The demolition work has started on Sea Tower at St Mildred’s Bay this morning. Very soon, the easterly view of the property’s neighbouring houses towards the morning sunshine and Westbrook cliffs will be blotted-out by four luxury retirement blocks, adding to the Manhattan Skyline effect along our coast.
With almost non-existent parking already down the adjacent roads, I’m wondering what the effect will be as we move into the holiday season, with builder’s lorries and cranes trying to park-up and gain access to a road which is barely wide enough for two cars to pass each other. There’s no point saying anymore as one can’t stand in the way of progress.
A poor day for government. John Prescott has been having an affair. I would have more easily believed in life on Mars but not in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), otherwise known as “One Day Pigs Might.”
Life at the Home Office isn’t any better. Poor Charles Clarke, who works from 8am to midnight in the most brutal of ministerial schedules has lost a thousand foreign criminals; rapists, burglars, murderers, you name it. An easy mistake to make of course and if you happen to spot a suspicious looking foreigner (pictured), please ignore him or her or it, as the law isn’t quite sure what to do with them once their sentence has been served because in many cases, deportation isn’t an option under the Human Rights legislation.
North Thanet MP Roger Gale has said this morning that asylum seekers convicted of serious sexual and violent criminal offences should be immediately deported.
Speaking at Westminster the MP commented:
"It costs a minimum of £35,000 a year to keep a prisoner in custody. British taxpayers have a right to ask why this money is being spent on those whose ultimate destiny should - if the Home Secretary was doing his job properly - be deportation.
It is hard to find a reason why, once lawful appeal processes have been exhausted, those convicted should not be immediately returned to their country of origin.
We have to accept that there are difficulties: the Chinese, for example, refuse to accept returning asylum seekers. That cannot, though, be a reason for paying a prison bill for five or more years before commencing the process."
Commenting on the Home Secretary`s position following overnight revelations relating to convicted asylum seeker released into the community without trace the MP from North Thanet said: "Simply, untenable".