Saturday, January 25, 2014

Watching the Elected

So Nigel came and went; was mugged by the usual band of suspects and left Cliftonville to the faint strumming of accompanying banjos, vowing never to return.

By all accounts, his much-publicised school debate in Broadstairs proved an anti-climax and left people wondering what UKip's policies really are. At the end of last week, he further confused the politically minded, when he was asked if his party's entire 2010 election manifesto after he was asked whether the UK Independence party still wanted to introduce a dress code for taxi drivers, regularly deploy armed forces on the street and repaint trains in traditional colours. His subsequent attempt to distance Ukip from its manifesto of four years ago may put Mr Farage under more scrutiny about what the party stands for in the run-up to the May elections but for many, it will still remain a vote against the political establishment and one which risks delivering the very opposite of the outcomes of they might wish for.

Gordon Brown Hands Over the Keys to the British Economy
Meanwhile, in the light of so much good news this last week on the recovery of the British economy, Ed Balls announces that Labour would introduce a 50p tax rate for rich (it was 40p under Labour) and a 10p tax rate for poor, which Gordon Brown abolished in 2007. Quickly rubbished by the CBI, this economic master-plan, would apparently deliver a balanced budget and solve the 'Cost of Living Crisis' at a stroke. And if, for one moment, you are really prepared to trust Ed Balls on the economy, there's a place vacant in the same group queuing-up to bash poor old Nigel Farage outside the Walpole Bay Hotel.

 Former Trade minister Lord Digby Jones remarked on Ed Ball's budget announcement: "It's great politics, it's lousy economics"

I've joined the ranks of those using the KLM flight from Manston to avoid having to spend hours negotiating Heathrow or Gatwick. I've a conference coming-up in Madrid and by far the simplest solution is to park at the airport, take the shuttle to Schipol out of Manston, change gates on arrival and wait sixty minutes for the next flight to the Spanish capitol. This takes about five hours of travel stress and the train fare out of the equation.

I'm expecting a sizeable local story to appear in the next week or so. It's been alluded to elsewhere but until it's all properly resolved I'm going to sit on it and the BBC have it under embargo. After that, I plan to deliver both barrels in one direction. Expect to be surprised and perhaps a little shocked too. Enough said for now and I don't plan to write very much here until this new revelation sees the light of day.

PS. See today's story on Thanet regeneration in the Observer on Sunday.

24 comments:

Duncan Smithson said...

Looking forward to the news breaking! I hope it is more evidence for change at TDC! Talking of which, can you confirm if you are standing for TDC in 2015? Thanks

John Holyer said...

Simon,

I could not agree with you more about KLM and Manston.

However, on another blog on another day I recall an anti- Manston fanatic stating that in his opinion anyone who travels from Manston rather than flogging to Heathttow or Gatwick is merely being lazy.

Simon Moores said...

Standing in 2015? There's a thought. Bit early for such questions as I am hoping to win the Euromillions soon

Simon Moores said...

No Rick..its not about murder and treason. I have deleted your comment

William Epps said...

Poor Rick, Simon, for elsewhere around the blogs stories abound about DCIs and DIs hunting down anonymous bloggers for saying nasty things about other bloggers. When my teenage daughter was mugged in Westgate for her mobile and purse, all we got was a phone call from a PC. In fairness he was most helpful and eventually recovered the phone. Mention this merely to highlight investigative priorities.

Get mugged and you get a PC, but call another blogger a bull shitting chancer and its Barnaby himself who takes the case.

Anonymous said...

Do we still have an active conservation group in Westgate?
If so when are the meetings, and can the general public attend.

Simon Moores said...

I'm not aware of any meeting dates but if I am given one I willlet you know.

CHRISTINE TONGUE said...

Not the Harvey Patterson story? Another UKIP defection? Nigel Farage proposes to Mary Portas.....

Anonymous said...

William, why don't you campaign to change things rather than just complaining on blogs? Just a polite suggestion, and as a cllr more people are likely to listen to you than they would a nobody like me.

Anonymous said...

Oh jolly good Simon. So you didn't want to maintain a grasp on the Old Queens Peace then ? Not even in the traditions of Margate seaside postcard humour.

(A reference to the Walpole Bay incident Simon has chosen not to share with his readership)

Is "Rick" your invisible friend by the way

William Epps said...

5:22, do you really think I do not try. I seem to spend my life trying to bring about change, writing to MPs and making suggestions for improvements. Trouble is, even as a councillor, which is fairly low down on the rungs of influence, nobody seems to listen. Party hierarchy go about their pet schemes, whether that be gay marriage or police commissioners, and the voices of the rank and file are ignored. Look at Labour where the leadership seem totally deaf to people's concerns over immigration and the EU.

The point you miss is that, whoever we are or of whatever party, our leaders know what is best for us!

Anonymous said...

Walpole Bay incident?

Don Wood said...

I am Waiting for the breaking News Simon. By the way what is your take on the Walpole Bay fiasco?

Anonymous said...

Should we be concerned about Nigel Farage ? I don't think so. Most of the UKIP Councillors haven't got a clue, the rest are too elderly to care. It is alarming that people are allying themselves with a party that has no clear policies and one that its very leader describes their last manifesto as drivel. He said he has a blank sheet and is starting again from scratch.....not the words of a seasoned politician ! UKIP are a flash in the pan, they will fizzle out, mark my words. I give them a month passed the General Election.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:57PM,

And if you're wrong.......or has that never happened.

Anonymous said...

Is the story you refer to about Harvey Paterson and co being deleted? If so is this in the North Korean understanding of the word deleted? IOTG Refers.

Anonymous said...

Where's the big announcement then?

Simon Moores said...

I'm afraid the po-lice move rather more slowly than many of us might like. A week in police time is is measured against the rotation of the planet Jupiter.

Anonymous said...

Poor choice of analogy Simon. Jupiter rotates once every 9 hours 50 minutes, meaning a po-lice week is about .4 of our earth week. Orbit of the sun is a different matter, taking 11.86 years to complete one orbit.
Or was your analogy correct?

Simon Moores said...

No I'm absolutely wrong, having taken a wild guess at giant Jupiter's rotational period based on its orbit and been promptly caught out by an astute reader!

Anonymous said...

People on Jupiter much prefer a day rate than piece work.

Readit said...

BREAKING STORY,

Prepare to be amazed and shocked.

"Simon Moores admits he is wrong":-0

Simon Moores said...

It happens from time to time... Once in a blue moon :>)

Anonymous said...

Should we be worrowing about your promised revelations?