So is Swindon really an ugly place that no one cares about?

Owen Reynolds is angry about comments made by Katie Hopkins,

Owen Reynolds is angry about comments made by Katie Hopkins,

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NOTORIOUS Sun columnist Katie Hopkins has struck again, sparking outrage in the town yesterday after labelling Swindon an ‘ugly place no-one cares about’.

Swindon became the former Apprentice contestant’s latest target in an opinion piece on Friday, discussing cleric Abu Hamza’s terrorism conviction in New York.

In the article, she hit out at his family for continuing to live in London at the expense of the taxpayer, suggesting they move to Swindon instead.

“Surely the most sensible thing would be to move them to an ugly place no one cares about – like Swindon,” she wrote.

“Find them a grotty semi in the rough end of town next to a roundabout and a KFC and everyone will be happy.

“They can crack on doing Swindon-type things such as, erm, watching traffic, and the taxpayer can then save a bob or two.”

Owen Reynolds, of Pinehurst, was appalled by her description of Swindon.

The father-of-one, originally from Wales, was deployed to Wroughton by the RAF in 1956. He later married and moved to Swindon.

“I made Swindon my home and to read that this woman has the audacity to write this in a national newspaper annoys me immensely,” said the 76-year-old.

“She said ‘put them in the rough end of town’ like Swindon is a scruffy and dirty town but it is not like that. Just walk around the Town Gardens. They are beautiful.”

He added: “She calls Swindon ugly but has no right to say that. I’m fuming. I’m not worried about the terrorism connection she makes with Swindon. But what she said really got under my skin.”

Council leader David Renard said: “I’m not sure it dignifies a response. She clearly has never been to Swindon. I suggest until she does that she keep quiet on the subject.

“We just treat comments like these with the contempt they deserve.”

Her jibe was also criticised by Swindon South MP Robert Buckland.

“Yet again we see an ill-informed commentator making disparaging remarks about Swindon,” he said. “It really is time that people like Katie Hopkins came and visited Swindon to understand that this is a town that is full of variety and full of culture. It is far from the boring, bland place that she imagines it to be.

“Every time we get somebody like this person saying things like this it does our town no service whatsoever.”

Justin Tomlinson, North Swindon MP, added: “Swindon is a fantastic place to live. She is simply grabbing cheap and ill-informed headlines.”

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9:14am Sat 24 May 14

stu2010 says...

Yeah Swindon's a shitehole but it's our shitehole
Yeah Swindon's a shitehole but it's our shitehole stu2010
  • Score: 17

9:14am Sat 24 May 14

Arrowfield says...

There a certainly uglier places around especially in the north. Anyone been to Middlesborough, Bradford, Widnes, Blackpool or Stoke? Some of these places look like they have closed down. Swindon is a functional town not somewhere you need to take a camera to.
There a certainly uglier places around especially in the north. Anyone been to Middlesborough, Bradford, Widnes, Blackpool or Stoke? Some of these places look like they have closed down. Swindon is a functional town not somewhere you need to take a camera to. Arrowfield
  • Score: 8

9:56am Sat 24 May 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Yes!
Swindon is
Butt ugly
Yes! Swindon is Butt ugly Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -5

10:25am Sat 24 May 14

adsinibiza says...

Full of variety any culture???? Robert Buckland just can't be talking about Swindon
Full of variety any culture???? Robert Buckland just can't be talking about Swindon adsinibiza
  • Score: 9

10:58am Sat 24 May 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Katie Hopkins is scrummy
Katie Hopkins is scrummy Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -5

11:10am Sat 24 May 14

Phantom Poster says...

David Reynards says "She clearly has never been to Swindon". Yet if you look on her twitter feed:

"I once dated a man from Swindon that had penis problems. Those are the only memories I have. Penis issues and roundabouts."
David Reynards says "She clearly has never been to Swindon". Yet if you look on her twitter feed: "I once dated a man from Swindon that had penis problems. Those are the only memories I have. Penis issues and roundabouts." Phantom Poster
  • Score: 4

11:24am Sat 24 May 14

Phantom Poster says...

So Owen Reynolds of Pinehurst says: "“She calls Swindon ugly but has no right to say that". Well Owen, I think you'll find that she actually does have the right. By the way Owen, why has your view been chosen by the Adver to represent the town?

Look, there are some more people here who think that Swindon is an ugly town:

http://tinyurl.com/p
dkcxws

Why don't we send then all hate mail - or even have then arrested, as Owen say's they have no right to say it :s

In fact, there seems to be a common theme about Swindon....

http://tinyurl.com/o
mmzkny
So Owen Reynolds of Pinehurst says: "“She calls Swindon ugly but has no right to say that". Well Owen, I think you'll find that she actually does have the right. By the way Owen, why has your view been chosen by the Adver to represent the town? Look, there are some more people here who think that Swindon is an ugly town: http://tinyurl.com/p dkcxws Why don't we send then all hate mail - or even have then arrested, as Owen say's they have no right to say it :s In fact, there seems to be a common theme about Swindon.... http://tinyurl.com/o mmzkny Phantom Poster
  • Score: 1

12:43pm Sat 24 May 14

Captain T says...

This woman has such a high opinion of herself it's a wonder she hasn't charged admission to visit an observation deck. Yet for all the spiteful, ill informed and tactless barrage of rubbish which emanate from her mouth and view from her teeth whitened like ivory tower, does she does not seem to realise that her only claim to any sort of fame is failure?

She was forced from The Apprentice = failure. The MET Office didn't want her back = failure. This Morning didn't want her back = failure. The woman is a mobile failure, flitting from one disaster to the next. She is, as the youth of today like to say, an epic failure. Look at things she has 'campaigned' for and bemoaned - the sexual exploitation of women in magazines such as Nuts for example. Yet where do we find she who must be listened to? Writing for The Sun. Yes, The Sun. Famous because of one page. Yet conveniently BBC1's finest failure is willing to overlook the page 3 features in return for a salary and a platform from which to spout nonsensical tripe.

In fact, Ms Hopkins has become the very thing she despised so very dearly from her Apprentice days, a common woman which a long track record and very little to show for it. She's had more rejections than an X-Factor contestant and yet still places herself in such a position as to judge others, their towns and their lifestyles. Well from what I've seen so far, she can be summed up thusly: A self proclaimed hypocritical over pretentious reject only fit for writing in a seedy little rag which no-one cares about.

What a minute, haven't I heard that sentence before....?
This woman has such a high opinion of herself it's a wonder she hasn't charged admission to visit an observation deck. Yet for all the spiteful, ill informed and tactless barrage of rubbish which emanate from her mouth and view from her teeth whitened like ivory tower, does she does not seem to realise that her only claim to any sort of fame is failure? She was forced from The Apprentice = failure. The MET Office didn't want her back = failure. This Morning didn't want her back = failure. The woman is a mobile failure, flitting from one disaster to the next. She is, as the youth of today like to say, an epic failure. Look at things she has 'campaigned' for and bemoaned - the sexual exploitation of women in magazines such as Nuts for example. Yet where do we find she who must be listened to? Writing for The Sun. Yes, The Sun. Famous because of one page. Yet conveniently BBC1's finest failure is willing to overlook the page 3 features in return for a salary and a platform from which to spout nonsensical tripe. In fact, Ms Hopkins has become the very thing she despised so very dearly from her Apprentice days, a common woman which a long track record and very little to show for it. She's had more rejections than an X-Factor contestant and yet still places herself in such a position as to judge others, their towns and their lifestyles. Well from what I've seen so far, she can be summed up thusly: A self proclaimed hypocritical over pretentious reject only fit for writing in a seedy little rag which no-one cares about. What a minute, haven't I heard that sentence before....? Captain T
  • Score: 26

12:44pm Sat 24 May 14

Captain T says...

Or even 'Wait a minute....' lol
Or even 'Wait a minute....' lol Captain T
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Sat 24 May 14

Phantom Poster says...

Captain T wrote:
This woman has such a high opinion of herself it's a wonder she hasn't charged admission to visit an observation deck. Yet for all the spiteful, ill informed and tactless barrage of rubbish which emanate from her mouth and view from her teeth whitened like ivory tower, does she does not seem to realise that her only claim to any sort of fame is failure?

She was forced from The Apprentice = failure. The MET Office didn't want her back = failure. This Morning didn't want her back = failure. The woman is a mobile failure, flitting from one disaster to the next. She is, as the youth of today like to say, an epic failure. Look at things she has 'campaigned' for and bemoaned - the sexual exploitation of women in magazines such as Nuts for example. Yet where do we find she who must be listened to? Writing for The Sun. Yes, The Sun. Famous because of one page. Yet conveniently BBC1's finest failure is willing to overlook the page 3 features in return for a salary and a platform from which to spout nonsensical tripe.

In fact, Ms Hopkins has become the very thing she despised so very dearly from her Apprentice days, a common woman which a long track record and very little to show for it. She's had more rejections than an X-Factor contestant and yet still places herself in such a position as to judge others, their towns and their lifestyles. Well from what I've seen so far, she can be summed up thusly: A self proclaimed hypocritical over pretentious reject only fit for writing in a seedy little rag which no-one cares about.

What a minute, haven't I heard that sentence before....?
She wasn't forced from the Apprentice. She was picked for the final, but declined it. No doubt she decided that had more publicity value, as she obviously had her eyes set on a media career.

All her articles are aimed at getting people like you outraged, which in turn gets her more publicity which in turn gets her more work.

The Sun is the biggest selling newspaper in the UK - so "little rag" is hardly an accurate description.
[quote][p][bold]Captain T[/bold] wrote: This woman has such a high opinion of herself it's a wonder she hasn't charged admission to visit an observation deck. Yet for all the spiteful, ill informed and tactless barrage of rubbish which emanate from her mouth and view from her teeth whitened like ivory tower, does she does not seem to realise that her only claim to any sort of fame is failure? She was forced from The Apprentice = failure. The MET Office didn't want her back = failure. This Morning didn't want her back = failure. The woman is a mobile failure, flitting from one disaster to the next. She is, as the youth of today like to say, an epic failure. Look at things she has 'campaigned' for and bemoaned - the sexual exploitation of women in magazines such as Nuts for example. Yet where do we find she who must be listened to? Writing for The Sun. Yes, The Sun. Famous because of one page. Yet conveniently BBC1's finest failure is willing to overlook the page 3 features in return for a salary and a platform from which to spout nonsensical tripe. In fact, Ms Hopkins has become the very thing she despised so very dearly from her Apprentice days, a common woman which a long track record and very little to show for it. She's had more rejections than an X-Factor contestant and yet still places herself in such a position as to judge others, their towns and their lifestyles. Well from what I've seen so far, she can be summed up thusly: A self proclaimed hypocritical over pretentious reject only fit for writing in a seedy little rag which no-one cares about. What a minute, haven't I heard that sentence before....?[/p][/quote]She wasn't forced from the Apprentice. She was picked for the final, but declined it. No doubt she decided that had more publicity value, as she obviously had her eyes set on a media career. All her articles are aimed at getting people like you outraged, which in turn gets her more publicity which in turn gets her more work. The Sun is the biggest selling newspaper in the UK - so "little rag" is hardly an accurate description. Phantom Poster
  • Score: -4

2:21pm Sat 24 May 14

ChannelX says...

Captain T wrote:
This woman has such a high opinion of herself it's a wonder she hasn't charged admission to visit an observation deck. Yet for all the spiteful, ill informed and tactless barrage of rubbish which emanate from her mouth and view from her teeth whitened like ivory tower, does she does not seem to realise that her only claim to any sort of fame is failure?

She was forced from The Apprentice = failure. The MET Office didn't want her back = failure. This Morning didn't want her back = failure. The woman is a mobile failure, flitting from one disaster to the next. She is, as the youth of today like to say, an epic failure. Look at things she has 'campaigned' for and bemoaned - the sexual exploitation of women in magazines such as Nuts for example. Yet where do we find she who must be listened to? Writing for The Sun. Yes, The Sun. Famous because of one page. Yet conveniently BBC1's finest failure is willing to overlook the page 3 features in return for a salary and a platform from which to spout nonsensical tripe.

In fact, Ms Hopkins has become the very thing she despised so very dearly from her Apprentice days, a common woman which a long track record and very little to show for it. She's had more rejections than an X-Factor contestant and yet still places herself in such a position as to judge others, their towns and their lifestyles. Well from what I've seen so far, she can be summed up thusly: A self proclaimed hypocritical over pretentious reject only fit for writing in a seedy little rag which no-one cares about.

What a minute, haven't I heard that sentence before....?
The Sun sells between 220,000 and 250,000 copies per day.
[quote][p][bold]Captain T[/bold] wrote: This woman has such a high opinion of herself it's a wonder she hasn't charged admission to visit an observation deck. Yet for all the spiteful, ill informed and tactless barrage of rubbish which emanate from her mouth and view from her teeth whitened like ivory tower, does she does not seem to realise that her only claim to any sort of fame is failure? She was forced from The Apprentice = failure. The MET Office didn't want her back = failure. This Morning didn't want her back = failure. The woman is a mobile failure, flitting from one disaster to the next. She is, as the youth of today like to say, an epic failure. Look at things she has 'campaigned' for and bemoaned - the sexual exploitation of women in magazines such as Nuts for example. Yet where do we find she who must be listened to? Writing for The Sun. Yes, The Sun. Famous because of one page. Yet conveniently BBC1's finest failure is willing to overlook the page 3 features in return for a salary and a platform from which to spout nonsensical tripe. In fact, Ms Hopkins has become the very thing she despised so very dearly from her Apprentice days, a common woman which a long track record and very little to show for it. She's had more rejections than an X-Factor contestant and yet still places herself in such a position as to judge others, their towns and their lifestyles. Well from what I've seen so far, she can be summed up thusly: A self proclaimed hypocritical over pretentious reject only fit for writing in a seedy little rag which no-one cares about. What a minute, haven't I heard that sentence before....?[/p][/quote]The Sun sells between 220,000 and 250,000 copies per day. ChannelX
  • Score: -4

3:20pm Sat 24 May 14

Moth says...

I moved to Swindon almost 20 years ago. As with everywhere else, Swindon is not perfect. The town centre leaves a lot to be desired but this is down to bad management from respective councils going back a number of years and very bad decisions being made, unfortunately at the taxpayers' expense.

Swindon does have too many roundabouts and far too much "traffic calming" - the mess at the former Whalebridge roundabout is one example.

Katie Hopkins has not lived here so she really doesn't know what she's talking about. Swindon, as I said above is not perfect. No place is but it has a lot going for it too.

I like living in Swindon, warts and all!
I moved to Swindon almost 20 years ago. As with everywhere else, Swindon is not perfect. The town centre leaves a lot to be desired but this is down to bad management from respective councils going back a number of years and very bad decisions being made, unfortunately at the taxpayers' expense. Swindon does have too many roundabouts and far too much "traffic calming" - the mess at the former Whalebridge roundabout is one example. Katie Hopkins has not lived here so she really doesn't know what she's talking about. Swindon, as I said above is not perfect. No place is but it has a lot going for it too. I like living in Swindon, warts and all! Moth
  • Score: 8

4:49pm Sat 24 May 14

PJC says...

ChannelX wrote:
Captain T wrote:
This woman has such a high opinion of herself it's a wonder she hasn't charged admission to visit an observation deck. Yet for all the spiteful, ill informed and tactless barrage of rubbish which emanate from her mouth and view from her teeth whitened like ivory tower, does she does not seem to realise that her only claim to any sort of fame is failure?

She was forced from The Apprentice = failure. The MET Office didn't want her back = failure. This Morning didn't want her back = failure. The woman is a mobile failure, flitting from one disaster to the next. She is, as the youth of today like to say, an epic failure. Look at things she has 'campaigned' for and bemoaned - the sexual exploitation of women in magazines such as Nuts for example. Yet where do we find she who must be listened to? Writing for The Sun. Yes, The Sun. Famous because of one page. Yet conveniently BBC1's finest failure is willing to overlook the page 3 features in return for a salary and a platform from which to spout nonsensical tripe.

In fact, Ms Hopkins has become the very thing she despised so very dearly from her Apprentice days, a common woman which a long track record and very little to show for it. She's had more rejections than an X-Factor contestant and yet still places herself in such a position as to judge others, their towns and their lifestyles. Well from what I've seen so far, she can be summed up thusly: A self proclaimed hypocritical over pretentious reject only fit for writing in a seedy little rag which no-one cares about.

What a minute, haven't I heard that sentence before....?
The Sun sells between 220,000 and 250,000 copies per day.
That's about 300,000 copies too many then...
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captain T[/bold] wrote: This woman has such a high opinion of herself it's a wonder she hasn't charged admission to visit an observation deck. Yet for all the spiteful, ill informed and tactless barrage of rubbish which emanate from her mouth and view from her teeth whitened like ivory tower, does she does not seem to realise that her only claim to any sort of fame is failure? She was forced from The Apprentice = failure. The MET Office didn't want her back = failure. This Morning didn't want her back = failure. The woman is a mobile failure, flitting from one disaster to the next. She is, as the youth of today like to say, an epic failure. Look at things she has 'campaigned' for and bemoaned - the sexual exploitation of women in magazines such as Nuts for example. Yet where do we find she who must be listened to? Writing for The Sun. Yes, The Sun. Famous because of one page. Yet conveniently BBC1's finest failure is willing to overlook the page 3 features in return for a salary and a platform from which to spout nonsensical tripe. In fact, Ms Hopkins has become the very thing she despised so very dearly from her Apprentice days, a common woman which a long track record and very little to show for it. She's had more rejections than an X-Factor contestant and yet still places herself in such a position as to judge others, their towns and their lifestyles. Well from what I've seen so far, she can be summed up thusly: A self proclaimed hypocritical over pretentious reject only fit for writing in a seedy little rag which no-one cares about. What a minute, haven't I heard that sentence before....?[/p][/quote]The Sun sells between 220,000 and 250,000 copies per day.[/p][/quote]That's about 300,000 copies too many then... PJC
  • Score: 4

5:08pm Sat 24 May 14

house on the hill says...

Interesting comment on the other thread to this story where someone pointed out that there were double the comments about this issue than there were about the local elections. That would seem to add weight to her story that people care more about a self opinionated hack writing for a low rent paper than they do about who runs their town!

Of course there are better and worse towns as there will always be, but for me the frustration is that it clearly could be better if the various councillors who run it did their jobs and made it into something instead of endless bickering and idiotic decisions usually just for their own benefit and allow what heritage we have to crumble into ruin (like their brains). Sad but true!
Interesting comment on the other thread to this story where someone pointed out that there were double the comments about this issue than there were about the local elections. That would seem to add weight to her story that people care more about a self opinionated hack writing for a low rent paper than they do about who runs their town! Of course there are better and worse towns as there will always be, but for me the frustration is that it clearly could be better if the various councillors who run it did their jobs and made it into something instead of endless bickering and idiotic decisions usually just for their own benefit and allow what heritage we have to crumble into ruin (like their brains). Sad but true! house on the hill
  • Score: 9

5:32pm Sat 24 May 14

pendingo says...

The Sun is a rubbish newspaper with rubbish journalists especially clueless bimbos like this one. Being Swindon born and bred as far as I'm concerned no one has the right to call our town ugly unless they have lived in it for some time and know every street corner.
The Sun is a rubbish newspaper with rubbish journalists especially clueless bimbos like this one. Being Swindon born and bred as far as I'm concerned no one has the right to call our town ugly unless they have lived in it for some time and know every street corner. pendingo
  • Score: -3

7:01pm Sat 24 May 14

Phantom Poster says...

pendingo wrote:
The Sun is a rubbish newspaper with rubbish journalists especially clueless bimbos like this one. Being Swindon born and bred as far as I'm concerned no one has the right to call our town ugly unless they have lived in it for some time and know every street corner.
....and here's me thinking that we have freedom of speech in this country!

So who gave you the 'right' to decide who can and can't comment on Swindon? If there weren't some truth in her statement then locals wouldn't be so hyper-sensitivity. If she made the same comment about Bath or Cheltenham then the locals there would just laugh it off, because it was so absurd.

I've lived in Swindon for over 35 years, and yet don't know every street corner. Are you saying that only taxi drivers can criticise Swindon?
[quote][p][bold]pendingo[/bold] wrote: The Sun is a rubbish newspaper with rubbish journalists especially clueless bimbos like this one. Being Swindon born and bred as far as I'm concerned no one has the right to call our town ugly unless they have lived in it for some time and know every street corner.[/p][/quote]....and here's me thinking that we have freedom of speech in this country! So who gave you the 'right' to decide who can and can't comment on Swindon? If there weren't some truth in her statement then locals wouldn't be so hyper-sensitivity. If she made the same comment about Bath or Cheltenham then the locals there would just laugh it off, because it was so absurd. I've lived in Swindon for over 35 years, and yet don't know every street corner. Are you saying that only taxi drivers can criticise Swindon? Phantom Poster
  • Score: 2

7:10pm Sat 24 May 14

Chowmai says...

Any town that Katie Hopkins does not live in is beautiful.
Any town that Katie Hopkins does not live in is beautiful. Chowmai
  • Score: 7

9:37pm Sat 24 May 14

mug? says...

This story is hilarious.

1. Katie Hopkins (I'd never hear of her until this http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=edZjdgU0a
sM

2. Katie Hopkins

3. The Sun 'News'paper

4. The Sun 'News'paper employs Katie Hopkins

5. This isn't Saudi Arabia

6. Swindon is a dump with some very nice areas in it but in the main it's a dump (if I need permission, I've lived here 32 years)

7. "They can crack on doing Swindon-type things such as, erm, watching traffic" That's actually quite funny.

8. I appear to have developed a penchant for lists. That is probably more annoying the hilarious.
This story is hilarious. 1. Katie Hopkins (I'd never hear of her until this http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=edZjdgU0a sM 2. Katie Hopkins 3. The Sun 'News'paper 4. The Sun 'News'paper employs Katie Hopkins 5. This isn't Saudi Arabia 6. Swindon is a dump with some very nice areas in it but in the main it's a dump (if I need permission, I've lived here 32 years) 7. "They can crack on doing Swindon-type things such as, erm, watching traffic" That's actually quite funny. 8. I appear to have developed a penchant for lists. That is probably more annoying the hilarious. mug?
  • Score: 1

9:59pm Sat 24 May 14

trolley dolley says...

Swindon is run down and scruffy.

There is no point in going on about Katie Hopkins, it will not change anything.

If you look at the town from an historical point of view, just ask yourself what the railway works with all its wealth brought to the town.

The answer is row upon row of ugly red brick houses and shops.

If you go to other towns they have beautiful Art Galleries, Libraries, Town halls and Theatres, we have nothing.

Swindon had a few and I mean a few buildings of note, but they are now gone or in utter disrepair.

So Katie Hopkins makes a fair point.
Swindon is run down and scruffy. There is no point in going on about Katie Hopkins, it will not change anything. If you look at the town from an historical point of view, just ask yourself what the railway works with all its wealth brought to the town. The answer is row upon row of ugly red brick houses and shops. If you go to other towns they have beautiful Art Galleries, Libraries, Town halls and Theatres, we have nothing. Swindon had a few and I mean a few buildings of note, but they are now gone or in utter disrepair. So Katie Hopkins makes a fair point. trolley dolley
  • Score: 9

4:43pm Sun 25 May 14

jazzpunk says...

I think they should move Abu Hamza's family next door to Katie Hopkins, then they would have something ugly to look at; although they would benefit from cheap heating with all that hot air.
I think they should move Abu Hamza's family next door to Katie Hopkins, then they would have something ugly to look at; although they would benefit from cheap heating with all that hot air. jazzpunk
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Sun 25 May 14

house on the hill says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
pendingo wrote:
The Sun is a rubbish newspaper with rubbish journalists especially clueless bimbos like this one. Being Swindon born and bred as far as I'm concerned no one has the right to call our town ugly unless they have lived in it for some time and know every street corner.
....and here's me thinking that we have freedom of speech in this country!

So who gave you the 'right' to decide who can and can't comment on Swindon? If there weren't some truth in her statement then locals wouldn't be so hyper-sensitivity. If she made the same comment about Bath or Cheltenham then the locals there would just laugh it off, because it was so absurd.

I've lived in Swindon for over 35 years, and yet don't know every street corner. Are you saying that only taxi drivers can criticise Swindon?
Actually you need to have lived somewhere else to be able to criticise, if you have only ever lived here how would you know if it is good or bad\? If it your home town then it is the best place you have ever lived and the worst. There will always be better or worse, opinions are just that and not fact!
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pendingo[/bold] wrote: The Sun is a rubbish newspaper with rubbish journalists especially clueless bimbos like this one. Being Swindon born and bred as far as I'm concerned no one has the right to call our town ugly unless they have lived in it for some time and know every street corner.[/p][/quote]....and here's me thinking that we have freedom of speech in this country! So who gave you the 'right' to decide who can and can't comment on Swindon? If there weren't some truth in her statement then locals wouldn't be so hyper-sensitivity. If she made the same comment about Bath or Cheltenham then the locals there would just laugh it off, because it was so absurd. I've lived in Swindon for over 35 years, and yet don't know every street corner. Are you saying that only taxi drivers can criticise Swindon?[/p][/quote]Actually you need to have lived somewhere else to be able to criticise, if you have only ever lived here how would you know if it is good or bad\? If it your home town then it is the best place you have ever lived and the worst. There will always be better or worse, opinions are just that and not fact! house on the hill
  • Score: 1

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