Friday, February 07, 2014

Преступлéние и наказáние

I was planning to publish the rather odd story everyone has been anticipating this morning but as the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky might remark, the wheels of bureaucracy move slowly but then he wrote: “It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”

Since sending it to the home affairs editor of a national newspaper yesterday, it appears to have provoked enough interest for him to want to send a journalist down to see me next week. Meanwhile, a learned friend took a look and recommended that I wait for a conclusion, now promised for Tuesday in order to ensure it's all neatly wrapped with no loose ends.

So there you are, you may have to wait a little longer; sorry.

It very much look as if we are in for another 'Megastorm' over the weekend and I have absolutely no intention of moving my replacement aircraft, now re-fitted and waiting for collection, over to Manston, to risk being blown away again. Placed in perspective, the centre of the advancing Atlantic storm at 954 Mb is much more like a small hurricane going the wrong way, with a pressure difference of 2,000 feet between what is normal sea level pressure and what is presently coming our way. It's going to get very windy!

Given what we have witnessed this winter and a predicted rise in sea levels over this century, by as much as two metres, many of us may confidently predict that one day, in the not too distant future, Thanet will once again become an island but parts of our town may find themselves rather closer to the sea than residents might wish.

Looking at the coverage from Dawlish, where I flew in the airshow two years ago, I'm struck by the devastation caused by the sea. It reminds us all that even the thickest concrete defences are no match for nature at its wildest.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Better get your mooring posts in good people of Minster and Monkton!

Anonymous said...

I share the concern expressed by another commentator about your dealings with the police over this story. Unless you are a witness or in some other way involved, what right do you have to be seeking information from the police - and what duty do they have to provide you with any?

Now you say you have sent your article to a national newspaper. Why? What is driving your behaviour?

Simon Moores said...

You appear a little worried 10:40

Be patient.. all will be revealed in time!

Anonymous said...

There is always a flip side to climate change and I can see house prices soaring on the south side of the island as they try to mimic Sandbanks in Dorset.

Richard Eastcliff said...

You sure know how to keep us dangling, Simes!

Simon Moores said...

ECR, when it does appear the relevance won't be lost on you.

Anonymous said...

ECR, I wouldn't hold your breath if I were you!!Firstly this was a story under embargo by the BBC - false. Now a national paper - Hmm I wonder and very much doubt it.

Simon Moores said...

Well, I have one irritating reader threatening to gazumph me.. so I invite him or her to go ahead and we can all sit back and enjoy the fireworks

Richard Eastcliff said...

Oooh! Oooh! Can I light the blue touchpaper? Pleeeeeeeeez?!

Anonymous said...

Trailing stories which seem to be sub judice is sensationalist and does you no credit.

Simon Moores said...

There will be a couple of bangers and perhaps a rocket or two..but somebody seems very interested in what it's all about and I wonder why!

Simon Moores said...

Hmm.. 'Sub Judice' bit like a newspaper then?

Anonymous said...

"...bit like a newspaper then?" Doesn't make it right !

Anonymous said...

12:16 seems awfully tense.
I recommend an aromatic massage or a cup of herbal tea.

Anonymous said...

You have discovered the identity of the phantom raspberry blower of old London Town. You are Chuck Norris and I claim my fiver

Simon Moores said...

Pleased someone has a sense of humour. There are readers here who take themselves far too seriously!

Simon Moores said...

14:33 stop trying to spoil my surprise. If you know so much publish it but otherwise let's wait for the big day!

Anonymous said...

That's good. You've replied to my comment without even showing it! Bite the bullet Cllr.Moores and publish my 14.33 remarks and let's see what people really think.

Simon Moores said...

No that would give the game away, with much more too and besides, I just had the BBC on the blower who are also now waiting for signs of bureaucratic life on Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

Wow, it must be great to be so important ;-)

Anonymous said...

Really? Are you absolutely sure it's not under embargo! Sounds to me you've been gazumped.

Simon Moores said...

No embargo now.. media simply waiting on a definitive statement

Anonymous said...

What media? BBC have no embargo, so who are you talking about? You're playing rather childish games.

Simon Moores said...

I will admit I'm having a great deal of fun winding you up 8.40 you do seem to care rather too much about this story

Anonymous said...

Is the identity of a blogger who has been silent since before Christmas about to be revealed in a shock horror expose?

Anonymous said...

I think I can tell you what it isn't.

Solicitors to the Dame Janet Smith review (Jimmy Savile history) at BBC acknowledged a submission concerning Thanet. A Panorama programme of 1975 into Thanet care home industry.

Was this shoot n scoot journalism ? Having a kick at the speck in Thanet's eye whilst ignoring the plank in the eyes of the NHS and the great and good elsewhere ?

In the history of developing care monitoring this was a significant programme. But what went on with editorial decisions ?

It appears that the submission has passed admissibility and will be going before Dame Janet.

She has encountered the issues before as they were ruled beyond the terms of reference of her Harold Shipman Inquiry (The stage that examined shortcomings in death registration procedures)

Simon Moores said...

err not that either! The clue was in 'Bonfire of the Vanities'

William Epps said...

Don't you just love a good mystery that keeps you guessing to the very end. Also the pleasure of watching those who cannot contain themselves and have to resort to guesses, threats and insults, or a combination of all three, to try to provoke the writer to reveal all prematurely.

Why not be patient, let us all sit by our screens waiting, rather like the closing act of a Poirot story, for the dramatic closure.

8:40, can I suggest a pill to calm you down while you wait. It may not be you after all, you know!

Anonymous said...

Wow, if the conspiracy bloggers spin any faster they will disappear up their own proverbials!

John Holyer said...

I'm still waiting to hear who shot JR? But then I don't get out much.

Anonymous said...

You're certainly not winding me up,Cllr.Moores. The other way round I think as you constantly refuse to publish my comments which contain facts you would rather conceal from the public.

Simon Moores said...

10:15 I'm exercising my right not to publish your comments for two good reasons.

The first, is that I consider your efforts malicious. Should you wish to grow a spine then cease hiding behind anonymity and you might attract just a little more respect.

The second, is that you seem hell-bent on attempting to spoil my story with one of your own and I really don't believe it would be in the public's interest to further muddy the waters.

So wait patiently, like even the BBC until we have a resolution that permits me to share the full story clearly with everyone.

I'm not hiding anything

Anonymous said...

Worrow no show again at full council, how long before his paid position becomes un defendable by his number one fan Ms Fenner?

Anonymous said...

But you most certainly are hiding some important facts and surely it has occurred to you by now that we are talking about the same story.There is nothing malicious about my comments.Publish them and let others decide...or do you believe that will damage the high self esteem you appear to hold.

Anonymous said...

William Epps, thanks for the offer of a 'chill pill' but really not required! I don't to wait to find out about this story and I can assure you it is not about me!

Simon Moores said...

But then again 12.15 and you can't be paying attention. I'm waiting for the bureaucratic loose ends to be tied up precisely so I can publish the story with a conclusion and no equivocation over the result

Anonymous said...

I am fully aware of that and I'm hanging on every word you say! However I trust your version of this story will contain all the facts.I think you know what I mean by that remark.

Tim Clark said...

954 Megabytes (Mb) or 954 millibars (mBar)?

Simon Moores said...

Has to be megabytes Tim but really these days, since the EU became involved, it should be Hpa, Hectopascals but that would confuse people further so I stuck with the familiar pilot's shorthand.

Simon Moores said...

Don't worry 4:49 it's been checked for accuracy and under the new libel and defamation act, the truth is an absolute defence. That said and from personal experience, very deep pockets are required to start a defamation action.

Of course one would need a reputation to defend.

Here's a good read which explains it all on the BBC website are required to reflect a changing world and the freedom to express opinion online.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25551640

Simon Moores said...

Sorry.. I meant 2:29 and as there appears to be an implicit weight to your comment, here's some more help on the matter which appears to be worrying you.

Summary of the Defamation Act 2013

The aim of the Bill is to reform the law of defamation to ensure that a fair balance is struck between the right to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation. The Bill makes a number of substantive changes to the law of defamation, but is not designed to codify the law into a single statute.

Key areas

includes a requirement for claimants to show that they have suffered serious harm before suing for defamation

removes the current presumption in favour of a jury trial

introduces a defence of "responsible publication on matters of public interest"
provides increased protection to operators of websites that host user-generated content, providing they comply with the procedure to enable the complainant to resolve disputes directly with the author of the material concerned

introduces new statutory defences of truth and honest opinion to replace the common law defences of justification. and fair comment.

Tim Clark said...

You're quite right although under the SI system a unit named after a person is capitalised so it is hPa

Tim Clark said...

My money is on either Sherman McCoy or Maria Ruskin

Duncan Smithson said...

Sorry - just skimmed this so sorry if I am missing the point BUT. Defamation. Interesting. It will be very interesting to hear anything on this subject. I seem to remember hearing its ok if it is your honest opinion. And can I state publicly that the Hamilton thing has seems to have died down after a DI in Canterbury called a gentleman in Arizona.

Anonymous said...

Worrow hasn't been seen at the council in months but is still collecting his allowance.

Anonymous said...

I think you mean 2.21, so you're obviously not paying attention again. I'm not in the least worried but your intimate interest in the new 2013 Act proves to me you are unsure of your facts. I could have written that summary of the Defamation Act without actually having to Google it. Looks like Tuesday's publication day is off again,eh?

Simon Moores said...

You are becoming somewhat tiresome OVIT. Clearly you have an unhealthy if somewhat obsessive interest in what I write and when. When I'm ready, I'm ready and I'm delighted to hear that you can quote the 2013 defamation act by heart but you should really try and get out more.

Barry James said...

Simon where does moral judgement fit, to my way of thinking when any one posts on a blog when it is fully moderated the owner really should apply moral discretion on allowing posts. its different without moderation then the only way to deal with it is to delete posts after the posting when you receive a complaint from the aggrieved party.

Anonymous said...

"Doctor" Moores, you have dredged up the name I used to use - One Voice In Thanet (OVIT) - and assigned it to the wrong person. The coments that seem to be causing you some disquiet are NOT mine.

With the exception of the second post in this strand - my concern over the highly questionable relationship between you and the police prompted me to place it - I have not posted on your blog for a very, very long time. I am surprised that the sophisticated tracking and surveillance mechanisms you have long threatened your opponents with have failed you so dismally.

I prefer to comment elsewhere on the muck-raking, smearing and political dirty tricks-promotion that is Thanet Life, but so nice to "chat" after such a long gap.

Now I'm off on a cruise to the Pacific North West.

Simon Moores said...

As I thought, a blast from the past!! Enjoy your cruising 11:53 I'm sure that it's something you do quite a lot of but as you have discovered, again and again, nobody really cares what you think and thank you for the critical acclaim for my weblog which you will have observed I have pasted on my sidebar.

Simon Moores said...

Barry, in regard to moderation, the 'publisher' is expected to exercise a level of discretion and when challenged, would be expected to remove offensive and/or malicious comment of which there is frequently rather too much of here in Thanet, as you will have observed.

Personally, I believe that giving the trolls a platform, such as 11:53 here or Rick, does little for the credibility of the medium locally, except for a small and familiar group who appear to enjoy it. It's no different to what happened with bulletin boards and usenet forums before blogging arrived on the scene.

When you consider that Thanet, along with holding all the wrong records for such problems as obesity and domestic violence, also sits at the top of the vexatious complainant league, it comes as no surprise to find them trolling around what remains of our more popular weblogs

Anonymous said...

In amongst all the arguments above I fail to see the relevance or otherwise of megabytes, millibars, or any other scientific measurements, to the thread. Some enlightenment would be most welcome. Or is the QNH/QFE at your QTH.

Simon Moores said...

Neither do I really other than pointing at 954 mega widgets as being very low pressure which suggested the ferocity of the storm which hit us this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, getting a bit twitchy are we Cllr.Moores? Maybe you find my remarks tiresome because you know damn well I'm aware of the true facts of this story and probably more than you.To be honest I have absolutely no interest in what you write but it is interesting to see other people who share concerns about your "agreements" with the police.

Simon Moores said...

To be honest, I rather doubt that you do and I will very much look forward to publishing it. My only regret will lie in not seeing your rather foolish anonymous face.

It does occur to me that rather too many people appear to have stories they would rather not have revealed and there exists a certain twitchiness about what it actually is that has caused me to do such careful prepratory work.

Duncan Smithson said...

ffs! Simon - why dont you turn anon comments off? Its getting dull. Its just someone trying to score points and its pathetic! Very poor debating skills!

In the words of the scousers, "Calm down, calm down"

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Anonymous said...

Cllr.Moores have you been drinking or just completely lost the plot? You afternoon nap has thrown up some very strange ideas, none of which, I can assure you, are true. You are correct when you say you "could be wrong". Walking distance from your home - no. Police caution - never had one in my life. I'm beginning to believe this whole issue is affecting your state of mind.

Simon Moores said...

Perhaps not then but if you were to cease hiding beyond an anonymous tag then perhaps you might receive a little more respect for your opinions. Until then, as the expression goes.."if the cap fits."

I think I will take Duncan's advice on this one. You are becoming a little tedious and unlike some other blogs, I do try and keep to some kind of standard of debate, so I'll turn off comments now and get back to enjoying my Sunday afternoon