Friday, June 20, 2014

Tomorrow not Yesterday

The economy is growing. There's no doubt about this and my own brief blogging absence of late is simply a consequence of the mounting pressure of work in both my aviation and technology interests.

The new economy, as I've written before, looks rather different from the one that existed before the great recession of 2008. I've been lecturing on its impact elsewhere but for many, too many people and politicians alike, the changes that are taking place has them waist-deep in the muddy waters of denial and most of them don't know it yet. Think of the disruptive introduction of the Spinning Jenny or the Luddite demonstrations of 1812 and you will also find people in positions of responsibility, wedded to the vision of the post-war welfare state and a firm belief that tomorrow's economy and its workforce, looks like yesterday's; which it clearly doesn't.

Locally, our own political administration is also trapped in the past; the extent of its vision reduced to re-writing the same old plans and ambitions for the Thanet economy, wrapped in a glossier cover. Unless we strike oil under Dreamland in the near future, then the next decade is going to be tough for seasonal economies, like Thanet, as they are forced to adjust to new demands on the workforce. As I have declared I have no plans to stand again next May, tomorrow's challenges will be very much for other people to solve.


As anticipated, if not predicted, I see that John Worrow, formerly, Grey Party, Conservative and TIG, has now joined Thanet's Labour group and my next prediction is that he will be lobbying hard for re-election in a safe socialist ward, well outside Birchington; quite possibly where residents will be suitably diverse for his tastes and not be referred to as 'Pig Monsters.'

To accept Cllr Worrow as a true 'comrade' Labour must really be in a desperate condition.  I do wonder  if he will lose his well remunerated role of Chair of Finance, now his vote as an independent, alongside that of the politically capricious, Cllr Jack Cohen, is no longer pivotal in keeping Labour in control of the Council. And what happens now to Cllr Cohen?  Does he keep that Chair of Planning or is he forming a tiny party on his own with Kim Gibson? It's all a mystery but begs the question why anyone would want to be involved in local politics given some of the characters who determine the direction of our island? And that's without any mention of Cllr Ian Driver, former 'Police Commissioner in Waiting' whose limitless ambition and personal bandwagon now continues to rumble towards Westminster; leaving a demoralised and discredited Council tossed around in his destructive wake.

And what future for Manston, you may ask? To be truthful, I don't know. I'm pleased a petition has triggered a Council debate and I'm delighted that our two Members of Parliament are still working hard behind the scenes to try and find a solution that will give us back our airport. But the canny Mrs Gloag is playing a long game and with every month that passes with the airport out of use, her hand becomes stronger.

A chink in her armour, may be TG Aviation's High Court injunction for the flying school's loss of access to the runway. It's a start and I'm encouraged by so many people who have a commitment not to give-up the struggle. I only wish we had a few more local political figures who were equally supportive rather than sitting on the fence.

Remaining with aviation, I've a football banner to fly tomorrow, sadly not in Brazil but closer to home, where I have to find an open-top bus celebrating a team's success. With luck it should not be too hard to spot.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dreamland will undoubtedly be a success if it's give similar financial support as Turner. If Manston ends up in public hands, a mostly Tory-driven political team would have created some form of socialist wonderland where all of attractions are state-owned while people dodge dog-turds and piles of uncollected rubbish on the way to cash in their food stamps.

Maggie will be waiting for you all and she won't be happy!

Anonymous said...

I make that four parties in as many years! Hopefully the bad smell (politically) that follows Worrow around will not slip from the notice of whoever the hapless voters are that have him on the ballot slip

Anonymous said...

To be offered a safe labour seat after his antics over the past 4 years must be an April Fool Scenario next year. if iris had wanted to wipe the slate clean with her new administration she should have pulled the Chairmanship rug from under Worrow and Cohen at the first opportunity - she is now under no obligation to keep these two malcontents in any position of authority.The electorate will have their say next year and I think it will be a resounding goodbye to both of them

Anonymous said...

4.20 I make it five parties in three years
Grey party membership one himself as Leader failed to get elected, Cosied up to Sir roger and Laura, as a now true blue and given a safe seat in Birchington, elected, a few months later crossed the floor to the Independents, didn't like them, and then became the self appointed Leader of UKIP members just one, shortly followed by Jack Cohen, membership now two, brought about a change of governance in TDC from Tory to Labour, and now jump number five from TIG to Labour, he now only needs to add the Greens, UKIP and Lib Dems for a full house!!!
You couldn't make it up

Anonymous said...

8;35 I think you mean TIG (Tiggwinkles) not UKIP in the third line. Simon well done as usual you have written a good Blog.
TDC is in a mess, Worrow and Cohen have been the architects supporting a weak leader, It is time for Iris to show her mettle and remove the key positions these two hold. She has a chance, she must be brave and show leadership.

Don Wood said...

Simon can I ask are the flowers on the railings at Westgate plastic? I was heading to Canterbury and they looked it. Don

Anonymous said...

1052 the answer is yes!! Plastic flowers plastic Labour , Plastic TDC nothing is real

Even More Bemused of Birchington said...

I voted for Mr. John Worrow as a Conservative candidate and was concerned when he resigned the whip within six months. I agree that he can carry out his ward duties like any councillor, but when it comes to a vote on something that concerns Thanet then I want the Conservative voice, which I voted for, to be heard. Now that he has moved to Labour he should stand for re-election in a bye election in Birchington, standing as a Labour candidate. Since he has now been adopted by another political presumably his election expenses would be met by his new party whereas as an independent he would have to meet his own expenses.

Even More Bemused of Birchington said...

Strangely the link to 'Pig Monsters' doesn't seem to work. The Blog site is no longer available.

Simon Moores said...

You can find it here
http://www.tigabout.blogspot.co.uk

Anonymous said...

When I listen to some of the comments around the internet about people that are considering standing as a councillor I weep for the future. Some are mouthy, some are nimbys and some are simply a sandwich short of a picnic. 2015 will be an "election of a generation" but I really fear that we will see an increasingly chaotic council with a number of interesting characters that will be trying to do their best but getting the Isle no-where. This seriously concerns me.

Even More Bemused of Birchington said...

I note that Ann Gloag has asked for the details of the meeting between her and our ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE Iris Johnson be kept secret. Since we as electors are represented then we should be allowed to know the details of the meeting.