Sunday, April 01, 2012

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Good jobs are few and far between these days but  I thought I would feature the dazzling career opportunity below in the event anyone attracted by the pay and conditions.

I suspect that one or two eccentric bloggers or indeed any independent councillor looking for an unusual but high-profile cause; a Peter Tatchell-like figure, battling for the rights of under-privileged Meerkats as a minority group, with great TV prospects, may well be tempted to apply.



I'm sure you welcomed, as I did, the decision by the council's Cabinet on Thursday night, that alongside approval of the new and contoversial parking plan, (reported by James Maskell) which will offer parts of Birchington a thirty-minute free concession, the equally good news that the parish council will now be expected to fund 'diversity-awareness classes' for all residents over the age of fifty at the Birchington Village centre.

Cllr Michele Fenner also announced that Birchington will also be the first village in Thanet and indeed the country, to trial the experimental appointment of the island's first 'Diversity Blogging Wardens.' These will be uniformed individuals, volunteers given statutory rights of entry under the amended Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), voted through Cabinet by Labour just after Xmas in case you missed it, to examine personal computers for non-diverse content but presently, at least, with no powers of seizure and arrest.

I'm hoping it will all make the BBC Daily Politics show at noon today, as the corporation's 'Guardianstas' appeared quite enthused by the whole idea. Further official details (item 6.2 of the Cabinet papers) of a meeting to be held at the Birchington Village centre from our council 'Diversity Champion', Cllr Worrow, who will be leading this initiative are reproduced below and a date will be announced shortly:

"6.2 A Public Meeting is to be held to talk about the responsibility of Bloggers regarding the Racial and Religious Hatred Act, with the aim of recruiting voluntary 'Diversity Blog Wardens', known as DBWs.

6.3 DBWs will become the blog and social network equivalent of Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators and will focus on local blogs and social networks.

6.3.1 DBWs will look out for hate posts and will report them if it is thought the law has been broken.

6.3.2 It is important to remember that DBWs are voluntary workers, and like Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators, they will have no powers of arrest."

Thursday's Cabinet also saw the new and revised council events budget - see decision - agreed by the Labour administration. Readers will have heard that Margate's 'Big Event' won't be taking place this summer but in its place, there are plans for a 'Minnis Bay Pride Diversity Weekend', to be held in the dip at Minnis Bay.

Cllr John Worrow commented:

"The Minnis Bay Live team, will be working together with members of the LGBT community, to make this an event you won't forget. The show is to be compared by Cllr Ian Driver, and will include Live Rock, Reggae music, a Village People Tribute Band, a Boy George lookalike contest, and an alternative Dog show for animal lovers.. There will be something for everyone."

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Simon, You'll do anything to make me laugh! Surely they're not serious.

Tom Clarke said...

Simon, please tell me you are having a laugh or am I just being slow witted this morning. Am I really going to have to address my wife as mister, to avoid sexual discrimination, or risk being incarcerated in a place for the undiverse by a uniformed warden.

Anonymous said...

Now they want to dye Broadstairs beach pink in support of Equal Marriage


http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Shock-plans-dye-Broadstairs-beach-pink/story-15685928-detail/story.html?202209537=7135

Anonymous said...

You're always slow witted Tom.

Gordon Blimey said...

@11.06

Another indication that The Gays and their allies 'The Guardianistas' are taking over Thanet!!!!111!!

But dont worry, the Telegraph-reading majority, led by keyboard warriors Simon, Tom Clarke and myself are ready to stop this leberal-lefty lunacy: We'll fight them on the beaches...etc,etc.

Tom Clarke said...

Well said, Gordon, and we have the edge for they made themselves nuclear free years ago.

12:43, thanks for the vote of confidence and good to see that you, at least, are sharp as a button as ever.

Anonymous said...

Catholic Cardinal supports Gay Marriage

Oi oi losers wake up to what's happening

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/04/01/cardinal-church-will-relax-its-approach-to-civil-marriages-for-gay-couples/

James Maskell said...

Sad just how much of that blog is true, given its an April Fools...

Birch Tree said...

Brilliant Simon - only wish the Birchington parking bit was an April's Fool as well. While the rest of the island gets a whole day each week free - what do we get in Birchington thanks to Chumpion the Wonderboy and sober Jack - a measly half hour per day. Lot of use that is - not all of us are young and I will just about get into the High street only to have to turn round back to the car before time's up! Now I understand why councillor Bruce didn't vote for it, as the other two have been crowing about forever!! Bring back Margaret Sheldrick!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! I wonder if our Diversity Champion will see the joke.

Anonymous said...

You forget that Birchington Councillors Simon Day and Keith Coleman-Cooke voted for the half hour. Shop Keepers prefer half hour free every single day, rather than a blocked up car park on a saturday

simon moores said...

I think you may find they voted to 'consider' the half hour. In any event, Cabinet flew in the face of their own consultation on Thursday night.

Clive Hart claimed to have consulted the Birchington councillors but when challenged, had to admit, rather uncomfortably, that he had in fact only consulted err... Cllr Worrow and Cllr Cohen... there's a surprise!

Anonymous said...

My my 6.17 sounds remarkably like mr Worrow. The car parking isn't for the shopkeepers it's for the customers!.... who aren't going to be in the shops very long with half hour free.

Anonymous said...

6.17 Simon Day never does anything any good for the town, lord knows how he keeps getting voted in, as for the other one, he already seems to be a waste of space!

Anonymous said...

7.39 - "waste of time" - what do you expect of someone with the initials KCC!