Losing two flights to this morning's bad weather around Gatwick and Brighton, gives me a chance to write a quick entry before making an attempt to get Brands Hatch in later on today.
First, I see that Kent on Sunday has our local Labour group, banging-on about training flights at Manston. I'm losing patience with much of what I read about this story, as it's increasingly obvious to me that the extent of the aviation knowledge of those concerned journalists and politicians both, is limited to knowing that an aircraft has a 'sharp end' where the pilot sits and that's about all. So please spare us anymore rubbish on the 106 agreement and talk of hidden deals.
Thanet Extra published an interesting column last week, which informed readers that "Housing benefits in Thanet are worth £53 million a year", while "The entire core budget of Thanet District Council is less than half the housing figure at £21 million each year."
In addition, Thanet is relieved of £24 million of its business rates by the government but still has to pay the administration costs!
You do the sums. When people ask where the money goes, now you know, with 21.7% of Thanet citizens with a "long-term limiting illness" and a quarter of the working population unemployed or economically unproductive. That doesn't leave much left over in the piggy bank for all the projects and priorities that really need doing on the island.
Yesterday, it was reported that "Over a million adults in Britain are known as 'Neets' - not in education, employment or training; their parents didn't work, they don't, and they are having children whose nearest brush with work will be turning the TV remote to Trisha. Until the national debate moves on to Neets, society will continue to suffer the hangover." Locally, this presents us all with a significant challenge to the future of our community and so perhaps central government will be a little less generous in sending money to Scotland and a little more generous in recognising that we could do with some extra help here too!