Thursday, May 19, 2011

Another Four Years

The annual meeting of the council tonight and as a consequence of the balance that now exists between the two main parties, we have a Labour Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Thanet District Council, Doug Clark and Kay Dark and a Conservative cabinet, led by Bob Bayford and which now welcomes the very capable Alasdair Bruce to fill the vancy left by the retiring Roger Latchford.

A standing ovation was given by all present, to the outgoing Chairman, Margaret Sheldrick, who has been unwell but made a valiant effort to appear and pass her best wishes to all. Her firm but good-natured presence in the chamber will be sorely missed and we all wish her well.

It's worth noting perhaps the overwhelming support for Kay Dark, despite the best efforts of the suspended and now ex-councillor Mark Nottingham's supporters to discredit her online in the most reprehensible fashion. I've written before that politics in Thanet can be a dirty business and to reinforce this view we now have a new Northwood councillor and a new Labour weblog that makes Mark Nottingham sound almost moderate in comparison. This describes the Queen's visit to the Irish Republic this week as: "She won't give a proper apology for 500 murderous years of tyrannical occupation of Ireland. She won't abdicate and take her rotten, corrupt family of scroungers, grafters and racists with her."

Why I ask do Labour councillors feel obliged to express themselves in such a crude and forceful manner? Did the people of Ramsgate really want to use their votes to re-introduce the eccentric hard-left political views of the Socialist Workers Party or Militant Tendency back into Thanet?

Thanks to the abstention of the three  independent members, the political future of the island and its direction is in safe hands for the next four years. For this we have to thank them, as led by Cllr Tom King, they clearly recognised the natural strengths of the Conservative group in contrast with the trite and rather tired left-wing political slogans on offer from the Labour front bench

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

In safe hands for the next four years! You must be joking! TDC is not exactly a forward-thinking council is it. The way TDC has dragged its feet over the way it handles tourism on Thanet is shocking. They are clueless.

DrM. said...

And I suppose you are properly informed about the detail? No.. then it's just another opinion, much like all that guff about building a new amusement park with the Turner money!

Anonymous said...

I know more detail than you. That is for sure. You run the risk of making yourself sound silly, but don't let me stop you.

DrM. said...

Then share it with us... do...!

Tony said...

Whether you like the new blog or not it's called "freedom of speech", I suspect there are people that find your views just as obnoxious. Me, I'm neutral.

Anonymous said...

I would have to agree with you about the anti-royalist sentiments expressed on Red Thanet and the undesirable language. Makes one wonder if these views were made clear in the leaflets of said candidate during the election.

We have, after all, just had the royal wedding linked to an outbreak of patriotic street parties and polls showed support for the monarchy still runs high in this country.

One has to wonder about such extremist minority views and do they have a place in local governance unless the candidate was elected on such ticket. I am sure the Labour party hierachy in Westminster would be appalled at the prospect of going to the country on a 'get shot of the Queen' promise in their manifesto.

I would also agree that the new Red Thanet blog promises to make One End Of Kent look like playground bickering in comparison. Be interesting to see how it develops.

Anonymous said...

As Cabinet Member for Customer Services what does this involve and what comes under your portfolio?

DrM. said...

Sadly, so called Freedom of Speech' also embraces the all-too familiar offensive socialist drivel of the kind all too familiar to the Labour Party!

Anonymous said...

Tony, whilst agreeing that not everyone would support Simon's views, or even his way of expressing them, he does not do offensive language or extremism.

Sadly, some Labour members seem to turn to the rhetoric normally associated with the more extremist parties of the far left and right.

Whilst the utterances coming out of Red Thanet sound like Socialist Workers Party propoganda one does not tend to find Conservative councillors publishing BNP views on their blogspots.

Anonymous said...

Simon

Is Cllr Ian Driver the former member of Southwark Council who stood as the Socialist Labour Candidate (Scargill) at the 1997 General Eelction In Lambeth Vauxhall?

Laurence Davies

Anonymous said...

Do you know you are a cunt?

DrM. said...

Looks as if I've upset 2:34 and long may it continue.

I might hazard a guess that he had an unhappy childhood and a few issues along the way but never quite escaped from puberty!

Robert Williams said...

He certainly seems obsessed with parts of the anatomy, Simon. Perhaps his was a difficult birth!

Anonymous said...

how sad that 234 has to go so low am a little surprized you put it on , i think it is so sick of people whom do this perhaps it was a labour member ??or somebody just sick
i for one willnever be reading your site ever again

DrM. said...

While I would prefer not to have published the abuse that concerns you, I think that on rare occasions it's important to add light and shade to the debate.

This kind of language isn't unusual and I only publish it here to illustrate what I frequently have to deal with from those who despise my politics