Thursday, May 02, 2013

A Joke is a Very Serious Thing

'Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.' Winston Churchill

It's County Council election day, just in case you hadn't noticed and so I will be out today, supporting my Conservative colleagues, as you might expect.

Thanet's voting is frequently polarised along the lines of partisan support for the equivalent of political football teams. Today, I would urge people to consider carefully what their valuable votes may actually deliver as an outcome for local issues of health and transport and schools in contrast to what they feel about national policies such as immigration and the European Union.

Once upon a time, politics was all about public service. But for some, as we have seen here in Thanet, the purpose, appears to surround the achievement of local notoriety or celebrity status or even a well-rewarded and cynical career path, at the tax-payer's expense; avoiding conventional employment.

In local politics, we can, too frequently, be expected to be disappointed by those we elect to an office of responsibility and given the unusual number of the blatantly self-serving candidates, among them perhaps even a risk of an occasional scoundrel, rogue or chancer, looking for your County Council, vote today, discretion on the part of the voter may indeed be the better part of political valour.

'A Joke is a Very Serious Thing' said Churchill and I expect a few laughs and some level of disappointment on Friday morning. But like our national weather and our football team, it goes hand in hand with an interest in our system of democracy which is presently the best we have to offer. I wish all the candidates luck today.

To remind people in Westgate, interested in supporting or assisting in the development of a neighbourhood plan for the town, to help us see-off some of the more ruthless efforts of the developers, there will be a meeting of our new committee at Pauls Wine Bar at 6pm on Friday. Groups can now apply for expert advice to support them through the process, and a grant of up to £7,000, to create their own neighbourhood plan and shape development in their local area. If you wish to assist, here's a link to the Government's information but do come along, politicians and public alike. It's absolutely non-political.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

National policy on immigration and EU affects us very badly,less in Westgate perhaps, but 24/7 in Cliftonville.
Try living as a Brit born in Kent in what has turned into a filthy and dangerous crime-ridden Eastern European ghetto and you might appreciate it.
Hard for us to ignore it, even as a protest vote which may achieve nothing or the opposite to what we want.

Simon Moores said...

I do understand! But locking the stable door after the horse has bolted springs to mind. You may have noticed yesterday that the ONO has found we have 500,000 more immigrants than they previously thought!

Anonymous said...

Unless we have a referendum and exit the EU, IMHO a likely result, or at least refuse to have economic migrants bleed dry our generous to migrants social security system and infrastructure then central government, KCC and TDC need to allocate more policing and cleaning up to the affected areas.
I had a conversation with a senior police officer in Thanet last week who told me he has less officers this year than last year, and last year it wasn't enough. The police in Thanet need more money and resources to do their job properly.
I waited 6 hours last week for a response to a serious but nonemergency call and then the officers had to come from Canterbury as Margate Police was so busy and overstretched.
And unfortunately the TDC CCTV camera in Canterbury Rd Westbrook was yet again unable to come up with any usable evidence, even though it was broad daylight.What's the point of having them when the criminals obviously know they don't work so commit crimes just yards from the cameras in daylight?
Do I feel better for getting that all off my chest? Yes, thanks Simon.

Anonymous said...

Simon,

If only the Tory Party had promised a referendum before the next General Election, the outcome tomorrow may have been different. Instead of which, the ragbag of UKIP has taken advantage and is putting forward the most bizarre of candidates with unknown policies, other than getting out of Europe.

John Holyer said...

Simon,
Attack UKIP policies, tear them apart intellectually as you should do as a Tory. You could also attack UKIP and consequently their voters for being bizarre, weirdoes, clowns, closet NDSP, etc if you so wish, for that is politics too. However, should one choose this method Then I suggest it would be wise to bear in mind that many UKIP voters are Tories who may, or may not, return to the fold in 2015. Or maybe it is the view that their return would undesirable, for some reason.

Simon Moores said...

I have some sympathy with UKIP's central policies, as you would have read here and in fact I would say there's very little between them and the rank and file of the Conservative Party in regard to immigration and our place in the EU beyond the choice of process.

Only the Conservative Party, not the LibDems or Labour are going to deliver a referendum on Europe or is capable of trying to address the immigration mess, given to us by Labour.

With luck, this will lfocus David Cameron's thinking on such issues but here in Thanet we have succesfull UKIP candidates who some may regard quite unsuitable for such a responsible position in public life and at opposite poles to the charm of Nigel Farage

Anonymous said...

I have always voted Tory. When Cameron took to insulting UKIP voters, that was when I changed my mind. Thanks Cameron, seems 26% of the voters can't all be wrong, you helped me make up my mind. Now, is there any thing else you want to add to the insults or are you finally going to learn to shut up and listen to the people who didn't even elect you ?