Friday, March 09, 2012

The High Cost of Dithering

There's only a week to go before the Labour administration here in Thanet, celebrates the first hundred days of Clive Hart's leadership and I'm planning a special pull-out supplement to celebrate this important political milestone for the island.
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To date, it's been an unprecedented record of achievement and leadership for the former Health & Safety officer. Thanks in part to Labour's 'No Night Flights' manifesto committment, Manston airport is now up for sale, Travelodge have reportedly pulled-out of their plans to build a hotel which would have funded a new stadium for Margate football club. The council's new Diversity Champion, John Worrow, shot down in flames, a second manifesto commitment on councillor allowances and to cap it all, has started his own 'Independent, Independent' party, with Labour renegade, Ian Driver and may be joined by another, lady member of the local Labour group, if the rumours I'm hearing this afternoon are true.

There is of course more. The island-wide parking policy is looking like a fudge, litter has gone to the dogs and Arlington drags on.

Alternatively, you can read the Leader's column in today's Thanet Gazette and be offered a very different view of local Labour's achievements so far.

Businesses don't like uncertainty and this is  particularly true here in Thanet where political dithering carries a very high cost measured in lost jobs and opportunity. All rather like a slow-motion  train crash or watching a 'Carry-on' film but played out in real life and real time for the citizens of Thanet to enjoy. Thank God, Labour moved 'swiftly' to appoint the island's first 'Diversity Champion' as an urgent priority; firm evidence of Clive's leadership and sound political intuition in difficult times.


13 comments:

Tim Clark said...

A bit like Michael on the MFC hotel. Don't live there so have avoided an opinion. However, have always wondered why we needed yet another hotel here; maybe a sports centre would have been a better bet but I don't suppose it would have forked out the dosh

Peter Checksfield said...

Maybe they'll build a hotel on the Arlington Arcade site instead?

Gordon Blimey said...

"Businesses don't like uncertainty and this is particularly true here in Thanet where political dithering carries a very high cost measured in lost jobs and opportunity."

Totally agree with you: where business is concerned, especially BIG business, there should be no questions asked and we should just let any scheme have it's way. It's about time our politicians got out of the way and let the private sector take over. After all, politicians are just elected idiots trying to get their hands on easy loot whilst business is only concerned with the welfare of the nation and it's consumers, I mean citizens.

As for Manston: we've now lost thousands of jobs and poor Infratil will probably never recover from the shock of having to deal with a place like Thanet and it's population of lefty nimbys and workshy dole-scroungers.

Tim Clark said...

Gordon. I trust you're being ironic!

Birch tree said...

Speaking of our Diversity champion - I note on an earlier blog that you mentioned the meeting that he invited us (birchington res.) to, but you don't say what happened. Please say sober Jack and blunder boy were caught out for the idiots they are.

DrM. said...

11 members of the public and nine councillors of different flavours and the Spode video in the earlier blog entry says it all!

Anonymous said...

Is diversity mandatory or do we have a choice?

1 o'clock Rob said...

Peter, last time I checked nobody wanted to operate a hotel on the Arlington site, even though plans to hide the Tesco shed from the main sands were included into the Arlington revamp.

Amazing, last time Labour were in control it took years to produce this level of incompetance and dithering!

Tim Clark said...

Proves they're quite good at it then - incompetence and dithering that is.

Peter Checksfield said...

That's exactly my point Rob. Travelodge wanted to build a hotel in Margate, but it seems they got tired of all the dithering. So maybe they'll be interested in using a prime seafront location with stunning sea views half a mile away instead?

Anonymous said...

Maybe sober Jack should be in charge!
LMAO
Did his "glove puppet" sidekick Worrow-the-champion wear his underpants over his tights at the meeting?
Wish I'd been there, could have done with a good laugh.

1 o'clock Rob said...

Peter I bet the deal they were getting for the land at Hartsdown made the whole thing a lot more attractive... I bet Freshwaters charges for a Hotel on the sea front would be significantly higher.

Anonymous said...

But what have the conservatives done in their time in power?