Saturday, July 27, 2013

No Surprises There

No surprises for anyone, I suspect in the result that Will Scobie has been selected to fight Laura Sandys in South Thanet at the next General Election.

I have been predicting this might happen, pretty much since Will was selected and promptly elected as a Councillor in 2011, with his supporters on other weblogs, jumping through hoops, attempting to dismiss such a rumour as malicious gossip.

By anyone's standards, his rise has been meteoric and only in the North-east of England or perhaps even, North Korea, could such dynastic nepotism take-place unremarked. This does however illustrate Labour's own poverty of local candidates but I do wonder which Trade Union will be sponsoring him?

I'm sure we can now look forward to seeing Will being interviewed on the BBC's Sunday Politics show on his own plan for South Thanet. A TV debate with the very capable Laura Sandys would indeed be something to look forward to and would illustrate the enormous chasm in experience between them. I'm sure the people of South Thanet must feel very privileged today at Labour's choice on the heels of Pleasurama and TransEuropa.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is Len McClusky in the area? Of course Laura won it in 2010 with a majority of over 7000 and 48% of the vote. So just a case of getting his feet wet ready for the next time, assuming he isn't disillusioned with it all by then
and getting himself a real life first.

Allan Mallinson said...

Two aspects of this interest me. Firstly, many will recall the screams by Labour about Laura Sandys being parachuted into the constituency back in Ladyman days. Surely, to avoid being total hypocrites, Will should have been adopted for North Thanet.

One often hears the lament by Ramsgate folk about TDC favouring Margate with nothing changing on that score under Labour. Indeed, Allan Poole's dismissal of the good people of FORS is now the stuff of legend.

How then will Ramsgate folk respond to a Margate born and bred candidate, sired by a Margate councillor, current Margate based district and county councillor and former Margate mayor. Possibly a bit too Margate mafia for some I suspect.

John Holyer said...

He will need to get a new suit, preferably one that fits this time. He will be slaughtered on Sunday Politics and will be no match for Laura Sandys.

Bemused of Birchington said...

It is the silly season after all!!!!!

Anonymous said...

As much as I like Will a lot and he does genuinely have Thanet in his heart, I do not agree that he should be fast tracked by his father in any instance who is heavily involved in politics and the thanet labour group for that matter. He is not quite ready for that role. It was a privilege that he had a civic duty in 2012 and should leave it there for now. I personally welcome fresh young blood and insight but he is not equipped just yet for the role of MP at his tender age. Come back and try again Will when you have life experience on your side!

Anonymous said...

Ye unbelievers,
Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by young Master Scobie, as dear as Ms Sandys is, Will is more than able to cross swords with the fair maiden and hold his own.

After 18 months of further jousting it may be the not so young Will whose suit fits.

Paul James said...

I'm sure Will be fine with a head to head against Laura. The reason for the ill-fitting suit is so that he can hide his henchman and puppet master Iris inside for when he runs out of views and needs support. No-one will notice her hiding inside his trouser leg with an emergency pull cord and a speaking tube.

Anonymous said...

I would have liked to see Michelle selected, supported from the rear by Alan. They would have made a dynamic team that could have penetrated the local market. Still. We have Scobie the Younger. Dont knock him too much. There are at least two pot holes in Thanet that have be fixed as a result of his positive action. Good luck to Will.i.Am. Lets hope he doesnt work too hard, split the vote and let the kippers in!

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting for people to watch the Isle of Thanet Gazette. I am guessing that they will be covering one side of the story more than another. But perhaps I am just a little sceptical of Will's relationship with Tom Brown...

Anonymous said...

Thank you Simon for the biggest laugh I've had all week ! Apart from the fact that William Scobie can't dress himself, he lacks the skills, experience and intelligence to go food shopping alone, never mind going up against someone like Laura Sandys ! I bet she's terrified !!! (Not). If the boy knocked on my door canvassing for my vote I would tell him to go away and come back when he has lived a little and not used his family connections to get where he is. Honestly, I couldn't stop laughing when I read this story ! (You sure it's a real story and not just propaganda to cheer us up ?) He just looks so funny !!!

Norah Batty said...

"Mr. Grimsdale !"

Anonymous said...

Another Labour prospective candidate with no real work or life experience who if elected would have a say that would affect the lives of hundred of thousands who have actually lived a real, not pampered life, and who have actually had a real, not pretend job that doesn't revolve around politics. He is just one more on the "political class" roundabout. Mind you he has had the support of Harriet Harman, or was that the kiss of death?

Anonymous said...

Will is the only person who really understands the problems of fascism in Thanet and he's the only person who speaks up against fascists.

Simon Moores said...

Oh. please! Will is ticking political boxes. You know it, I know it and oddly enough, I suspect the population at large are possibly smarter than you give them credit for.

Anonymous said...

Most of them were smart enough not to vote for you lot in the KCC election, so you're probably right!

John Holyer said...

Anon 3:22 pm,

Does Will understand the problem with the Fascist Left - for that matter do you?

Anonymous said...

Don't get jealous of Will. He's a PPC in a marginal. He may well be a dopey GCSE boy in a charity shop suit, but this is Thanet, and in the land of the blind...

William Epps said...

A marginal? Other than Steve Ladyman's stint, following Jonathan Aitken's fall from grace, South Thanet in its various forms has been Tory since the year dot. Indeed, William Rees-Davies held the seat, first as West Thanet, for more years than most of us would care to remember and Laura Sandys had a majority of over 7,000.

Every seat is worth fighting for, but I hardly think South Thanet is one that central office would target or fund as a marginal. All Laura has to do is campaign on her record and have big posters showing Ed Balls face.