Back to Thanet and the action still surrounds the Royal Sands development at Ramsgate. I think we risk losing sight of the fact that projects, such as these, are approved with the very best intentions on the part of the Council, in a part of the country that is desperate for regeneration. Occasionally or as a consequence of the prevailing harsh financial climate, developments fail or struggle, for one reason or another; the Sea Bathing Hospital development at Margate being one very good example. Royal Sands is now the subject of intense public scrutiny and I will be most interested to see the outcome. However, what none of us want to see, is a derelict site blighting a strategic position on Ramsgate's seafront for many years to come.
Along with Karl Marx' Trip Advisor review of Margate and Nye Bevin's recollections of the political career of Iris Johnston, I see that the most popular reference work in the House of Commons library, a self-help, style-guide by Labour MP Paul Flynn, on 'How to be an MP', was the most borrowed book from the House of Commons library last year. Thinking I might learn something about the inner struggle that defines the somewhat opaque Westminster village, I've just bought a copy for my Amazon Kindle reader. I have to assume that young Will Scobie is way ahead of me though!