Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cllr Nottingham Goes Nuclear


How to win friends and influence people in politics! The mostly absent member for Northwood has reappeared this morning, with a lengthy weblog entry timed neatly for the front page of this week's Thanet Gazette, attacking Labour leader, Clive Hart and the selection processes of Thanet Labour.

As one might expect, the catalogue of personal injustice in this 'open letter' to Cllr Hart, goes on for pages and I suspect that everyone other than the public at large, have known of Mark Nottingham's de-selection battle for months now. Whether this was a consequence of a rather eccentric and often unpleasantly personal weblog, being viewed as an uncomfortable political embarrassment by his colleagues or indeed, his attendance record at council or his ward, I really can't say. However, should you have the time to read through this considerable document, you'll also find the same tired references to 'Conservative Kitten Killers', councillors from Panama and members of the present cabinet with 'a record of misconduct.' It gets better of course, as Cllr Nottingham, among a series of other revealing allegations about Cllr Hart and his own colleagues, writes:

"sic Cllr Kay Dark had been secretly working with Conservative councillors to undermine her (Cllr Liz Green) as a Labour Kent County Councillor" and that he has been the subject of 'threats and intimidation.' 

Readers should draw their own conclusions but other than 'Carter Ruck', the first two words that spring to mind are 'Paranoia' and 'Barking'. With only months to go to the local elections he's chucked a hand-grenade into his own political group in a manner which is most unlikely to find him support. It's all rather like the movie, 'The Godfather' with Clive Hart placed squarely  in the sinister leading role. As a Conservative, I really can't thank him enough for revealing the power-struggle and inner strife within the Thanet Labour Group. 

8 comments:

Bluenote said...

As the son of a former Labour politician, a civilised and educated one I might add, who gave his all but was then stabbed in the back by his own party, this all comes as no surprise to me.

The moment I picked up on the grapevine of Thanet, rumours that both Mark Nottingham and Clive Hart fancied their chances of replacing the late Ladyman as Labour's candidate for Thanet South, one felt someone would have to be ousted. It is the way of that party and, as ever, any loyalty soon disappears as the hatred builds.

All one can say, I guess, is it couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch!

Anonymous said...

perhaps mark nottingham is right clive hart realy won,ts to be god some say he is llike the wind full of it /true god help thanet if he ever became council leader i don,t think that would ever happern

Tony Beachcomber said...
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Bluenote said...

Tony B, that is quite an alarming statement that the selection of candidates is a bit like 'X' Factor with performance on the night playing a major part in the process. Surely experience, past performance in the role and service to constituents should count for something. There is also something called loyalty which, not for the first time with Labour, seems sadly lacking in this instance.

You may not be bothered by the fall out because someone lost but you might well find that others are.

Anonymous said...

Unfirtunately not true. I've just posted anonymously and it allowed the comment - never metioned you at all

DrM. said...

Very good and illustrates what I suspected from the traffic log that there's an unusual watch on comments here from a familiar source! I think my message was clear.

Andrew said...

I've just seen Clive Hart's response to Mark Nottingham's open letter. It's got everything, but at least we won't have to be concerned over the prospect of Leader of Council Hart any more.

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