Thursday, April 27, 2006

Head to Head

Thanet North MP, Roger Gale and Thanet Gazette editor, Rebecca Smith, will reportedly be going “head-to-head” in a BBC Radio Kent interview on Friday morning. This will take place sometime between 7am and 9am. I haven’t got the exact time yet but will add it to this post once I find out.

The subject is of course the allegations made by the Thanet Gazette on the front page of last week’s paper and I’m sure it will prove most interesting listening, raising questions as it does over the standard of accuracy and reporting employed by our local paper in regard to Mr Gale’s choice of office staff.

11 comments:

forgotten majority said...

I think rather than going on BBC Radio Kent, I think Rodger Gale should seek legal advice concerning the two rather uncomplimentary photographs featured in this article.

Anonymous said...

anon again!
as far as Roger Gale is concerned, I do not think he has much to worry about....
The IOG, however, must be shivering in it's boots. They really are treading on extremely thin ice, and have been since the name Godden appeared in its list of Directors.

James Maskell said...

I expect the Gazette to say its caring for the public good, which is bunkum. My interest in the local press faded after talking to a reporter from the Gazette about the Victoria Lights earlier this year. The question which struck me hardest, which was asked more than once to others I introduced him to, was whether any animals had been injured or killed at the junction. The importance placed upon animals by the reporter above that of humnans is bizarre. This is an area with three primary schools nearby...

Anonymous said...

Only read it briefly, but was it not about anti-immigration MP and his links to someone who has aided illegal immigrants? If Blair or Brown or even Ladyman was linked to this I would see it as wrong, and the same for Gale. Not a resigning offence, but pretty foolish and very newsworthy.

Anonymous said...

I didn't realise Gale was anti-immigration; what evidence have you got to make that assertion? Go back and read the article properly.
Do you not applaud employers aiding in the rehabilitation of offenders by having the conjos to employ a former prisoner? What is at stake is a former miscreant's right to rehabilitate without ongoing public humiliation, particularly as she is unlikely to re-offend and poses no threat to society.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if you lot would be so quick to defend him if it was a former illegal immigrant he'd employed?

Anonymous said...

Anon of 3:44, the point is, he didn't. He has done no wrong in employing an ex-con. He has been very public spirited in fact by giving employment when other MPs would never have done. You might not like Gale's political hue but if you know anything about the man you will know he is a man of principle and christian integrity.

Anonymous said...

4:51 - I wasn't intending to slur Roger with my comment, I'm sure he's a very honest and hardworking MP with enormous integrity. Nor was it my intent to slur ex cons who attempt to rehabilitate themselves. My comment was rather aimed at the hypocrisy of many of the contributors to this site who imho would rush to condemn any MP that wasn't of a blue hue if they had acted similarly. 3:44

James Maskell said...

So you are giving us a theoretical example where you dont know how we would react as you are saying without anyone giving their opinions, that they would be hypocritical about it? I think youve jumped the gun there and accused us of something weve not even hinted at doing!

Anonymous said...

No James, I am making a reasonable assumption given the overall tone of comments put on this blog. But please be clear, I'm not impuning Simon's impartiality, it's more the commentators, who appear to be drawn in the main from the North Thanet, Tory side of the island. And again, that's only to be expected, as that's where this blog is based. 3:44

Anonymous said...

There are two excellent letters in this week's Herne Bay Times about Gale's decision to take his bat and ball home and refuse to have anything more to do with the newspaper group. They make the point that with Gale, as soon as anyone criticises him or seeks to challenge him, he tends to turn quite nasty and to issue threats, including "severing links" and suing. He has done it before - years ago when news broke about his son being caught in possession of a firearm on a bus, and when locals in Herne Bay criticised his support for the run-down of services at Kent and Canterbury Hospital. He seems to have a curious view of democracy.