Please define 'Bristol values'
R L SMITH has completely failed to answer the question posed by David Redway regarding "Bristolian values" in his letter ("True Bristolians understand city", June 14).
He has set out a number of totally unrelated topics and issues that simply do not answer the question.
He refers to the issue of a failed road development at the Three Lamps Junction in Totterdown which took place 32 years ago and apparently led to the demolition of 450 houses which resulted in 2,000 people being turned out of their homes. Where are the true "Bristolian values" here?
He then takes the opportunity, yet again, to have another rant about the increased use of the motor car. Presumably true Bristolians don't drive cars?
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He finishes his letter by saying that "Bristolian values" imply a city where "its citizens are valued for their humanitarian Bristol attributes". What are these attributes and how do they differ from the attributes of good and loyal citizens of other towns and cities in the UK.
As a non-Bristolian who has lived in the city for over 30 years I, too, would like to know what values R L Smith thinks makes the citizens of Bristol unique. I therefore invite him to have another go at defining these values. Could I suggest, however, that this time he uses plain English and less of the pseudo intellectualism that has become a feature of his letters?
Ipso facto's, raison d'etres and dredged up quotations from numerous past and present figures actually add very little to letters to a local newspaper. They only tend to obscure the lack of reasonable argument, but there again, perhaps that's the main reason for using them.