Monday, December 31, 2007

The Big Prediction

Poor old Home Office Minister, Vernon Coaker. When presented with the Daily Telegraph story, that 500 people a day a being admitted to hospital as a consequence of binge drinking, he replied:

“It demonstrates the importance of the work that the government is doing in relation to alcohol and drinking.”

I think he means the “drink aware” message, particularly for tonight, where he urged people and predominantly the young, to drink responsibly but I do rather suspect that very few people will be listening or even bothering to visit the alcohol industry’s website? What do you think?

So what’s in store for 2008. As we have seen so many comments over the last few days, I thought I might invite Thanet Life readers to grab their crystal balls or gaze into their tea leaves and make their own predictions for the year ahead.

For example, does anybody want to predict another huge government blunder or data loss or is that too easy? Will we discover that Osama Bin Laden isn’t really living in the mountains of Pakistan but in a council flat in Tower Hamlets and of course, there’s absolutely nothing the government can do about it under the Human Rights Act?

Here in Thanet, we have some great opportunities coming our way, the ‘China Gateway’ being but one. However, as we all know, we have equally powerful challenges to face with infrastructure, housing, population and regeneration. Financially, we are on a par with Chief Engineer Scott (Scottie) from Star Trek, trying to squeeze more power from the engines to escape the gravitational pull of the growing public sector deficit ‘Black Hole’ that now defines our national economy.

Happier days ahead I hope and so may I take this opportunity to wish all our readers, Charlie and the commmittee of the Thanet Independent Action Party, (pictured) Gordon Brown, Ahmed Ahmadinejad, ECR, Tony Flaig and Thanet's Bloggers a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2008 to come!


60 comments:

Tony Beachcomber said...

I expect 2008 will be showtime for TDC and EKMT, the partnership that cannot manage and finance a museum. The EKMT may even manage to produce a set of accounts, something lacking over the past three years.

Anonymous said...

We will be told that the Turner Contemprary costs have increased by another £2.4 million due to huge rises in glass prices.

Tony Beachcomber said...

In 2008 TDC will discover they have a seaside related art collection that has not been valued for years worth more than £500,000.
In 2008, someone in the political elite will say, "lets put it in the Turner Centre" as some of it is influenced by Turner.
Other may say "lets open the Tudor House and make it a centre of excellence", after all it has the potential.
In 2008, The Grotto will acheive its recognition as an ancient monument.

Anonymous said...

Argos will close in Margate. Escape will move to Westwood Cross.

Anonymous said...

KIRK SHEPHERD FROM RAMSGATE HAS WON HIS WAY UNEXPECTEDLY TO THE FINAL OF THE WORLD DARTS - THE FINAL TO BE TELEVISED ON NEW YEARS DAY AT 7.30 ON SKY.

Thanet Observer said...

With regard to the alcohol issue raised in the first half of your post, it used to be too expensive to get so drunk, so easily.
With the advertising we have now, just heard a Morrisons ad on our local radio saying 20 x cans of Carlsberg for a tenner or something like that, then alcohol is cheaper than any soft drink or bottled water you can buy !

Stella Artois dropped their famous " Reassuringly Expensive" tag line used for years, their beer was being sold by one supermarket at 22p a can.

Thanet Observer said...

....and as for predictions... Ramsgate Harbour will become blocked due to lack of dredging, silt up, and become the 'Largest Sand Pit in the World'.

Anonymous said...

Brown's Government will talk even more toughly about knife-crime but continue to do nothing about it whilst penalising smokers, drinkers and ladies who take on yobs.

(Despite 6,323 people being convicted of carrying a knife in public(England & Wales) with a maximum sentence tariff of 4 years, ONLY 1,065 were given a custodial sentence last year with an average jail sentence of 3 1/2 months. 890 convicted offenders were given absolute or conditional discharges)

No wonder young people get stabbed at a high rate in this country.

Anonymous said...

Michael Child will continue to be ignored about Pleasurama site despite all citizens having a right to view submitted plans.

Anonymous said...

Also from Telegraph:


"Employers prefer migrants to UK graduates
By Caroline Gammell
Last Updated: 1:17am GMT 31/12/2007



Labour's drive to boost the number of people going to university has produced a generation of poor quality graduates who are being outclassed by migrants, business leaders have warned.

Harrow targets boys from poor families
More British students are gaining degrees but they are still struggling with basic English and maths, leaving employers more inclined to recruit people from Poland and central Europe, it was claimed.


Richard Lambert: 'many bosses believe standards have fallen'


The Government policy to increase the number of degrees has been criticised in some quarters for encouraging the rise of "Mickey Mouse" qualifications such as Golf and Sports Turf Management.

Richard Lambert, the director general of the CBI, said many bosses believed standards had fallen with the rapid rise in student numbers."


I predict a new record for A level passes in 2008. There will be renewed assurances that educational standards are not being dumbed down.

I predict that, when this is debated on Thanet Life, Dr Moores will want to mention Professor R V Jones and/or Cobden Turner.

Anonymous said...

Dr Moore
you forgot to include the rest of our leader's letter;

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is cutting its share of the levy by 3% despite protests that the Government is inadequately funding local authorities over the next three years

Happy New Year!

Charlie

IA President

Anonymous said...

Rmagate Harbour's New Beach is awarded European 'Blue Flag' status.

Michael Child said...

Anonymous 3.26 a year hasn’t proven to be a long time in the Pleasurama saga, however I think the fact that TDC start spending £450,000 pounds on the site in a weeks time without viable plans for the development being in the public domain could be a bit of a wake up call.

I predict that the answer to the question, in a tidal surge storm with the sea in front and the cliff behind, how do the 1,500 people inside the building escape? In 2008 will be. “Beam them up Scottie” anyone out there got a better one?

Anonymous said...

Charlie, 'Irritating Bloke' and 'Axe-Grinder'(aka 'Obsessive 1.08am') get banned from Thanetlife,ECR and Bignews Margate.

Anonymous said...

Westgate Community Groups 'priced-out' from using splendid Sports Halls at King Ethelberts and Ursuline as has already happened to cricketers at Marlowe Academy.

DrMoores said...

Charlie, perhaps your leader needs something larger than the back of a fag paper on which to work out Thanet's budget. I rather wonder if anyone at the Popular Front has run an enterprise larger than a piggy bank?

At the simplest level of public accounting we have to abide by the example set by Mr. Micawber, in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. He summed this rule up by saying:

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."

Thanet Observer said...

Prediction : The amount of closed, boarded up, empty shops in Ramsgate overtakes those left open, largely in part thanks to TDC/KCC's wonderful efforts of directing all potential shoppers away from the 3 town centres.

Brain-Stormer said...

Heres hoping people will stop moaning about any change at all occuring in Thanet that may just cause some prosperity. Making money and wealth isn't at all easy. Unless we embrace new ideas the younger generations will not have anything to inherit:
My ideas partly based on some current ideas:
1) Steam full on with the Turner Centre, it needs now to be built.
2) Instigate a plan to demolish the whole of the High Street in Margate and completely renew it with offices, retail outlets, media centres, penthouses and apartments. Bring on board a major player such as has happened at Westwood Cross even if it means selling all the High Street area. (I know, easy to say but this is brain storming).
3) Develop out Dreamland with some decent houses, apartments and penthouses and some form of parkland area for recreation or attract an indoor aquarium to the area that of course has the sea in common. We need an indoor attraction.
4) Develop the jetty as already has been discussed for cafes, art studios etc.
5) Further embrace development at the Lido, well done to Paigle for having the guts to have gone as far as they have with the Seabathing Hospital and now taking on the Lido.
6) Attract development in the coastal sports industry, sports require suppliers. We have the best sandy beaches in the south-east. Who wants to walk on shingle to get to their water skis.
7) Embrace development at Manston. If the current owners flop then consideration must be given to alternative uses along with the current East Kent Business Park. That said it maybe any Chinese involvement sees the airport as crucial.
8) Embrace development of Ramsgate Docks.
9) Attract development in high tech industries.
10) Become a centre of modern architectual interest by way of leniancy in planning to more experimental projects. There are some excellent projects small and large going on or that have gone on around the coast in recent years. Make us a centre where people will travel to to see how modern and eco-style architecure can be presented in urban and countryside settings. Show we can shake off the museum and staid cultural ideals of traditional middle class, white England.
11) Employ a marketing consultancy to market the area to the wealthy via journals, periodicals etc.
12) Sort out the dredging problems at Ramsgate. How is anyone going to haul in their yacht over a sand bank?
13) Not sure about the old Dreamland Cinema. Its 1930s Art Deco design should be enhanced, a show of modernism for its time that is still relevant. Consideration to a hotel and health spa? Margate grew in popularity for its health giving properties and this is a multi-billion pound industry.
14) Consideration to the wildlife of the area and its geology. That could be a big draw too.

Please no Kiss me Quick hat schemes, we've grown past that.

Anonymous said...

Dr Moores 4:40

Thats rich coming from a member of the Nasty Party.

Under the last Nasty Party's last government the then Chancellor Norman Lamont raised interest rates from 10% to 12%, then to 15%, and authorised the spending of billions of pounds to buy up the sterling being frantically sold on the currency markets.

Charle IA Thanet

DrMoores said...

Charlie, that was rather a long time ago and you may recall that since then, the Bank of England has been responsible for the setting of interest rates to avoid such a disaster re-occurring, as might easily have done with Northern Rock.

At that time in the 80s, governments had not caught-up with the technology the real time nature of the internationl money markets and the consequences were painful. So while we can learn from history, times and Britain's place in the global economy have changed a little.

As an advocate for your own party you must be able to imagine the votes you must be losing every time you make an appearance.

Now if you want a real view on both national and local financial matters, I'm sure that Cllr Cameron, who is after all an economist, can set you straight if he pops in for a read!

Meanwhile,, it's New Year's Eve and I have to "Pop-out" for a while!

Anonymous said...

Wrong decade 'Dr Know it all' it was the 90's not the 80's and to think you're after Gale's Job.. God help us all if you get it.

Charlie

Anonymous said...

Who's a 'Proper Charlie' Then?

Ken Gregory

Anonymous said...

Who's a 'Proper Charlie' Then?

Ken Gregory

Anonymous said...

14 excellent ideas from Brainstormer; not sure about the practicality of demolishing the High Street but that's what it needs. It really is no use trying to recreate Margate as it was in its 50s and 60s heyday. We've got to accept that casual seaside visitors are no longer enough and we need a combination of tourism and industry to keep the place going. As Dr Moores says, the money for the Turner Centre is specifically for that project and if Margate foolishly turned it down, the money and the project would be grabbed by somewhere else in the county. We just need to get on with it, and the local rag is doing the town no favours by stirring up opposition to it.

And Charlie, you only seem to have been around for a day or so but already you're very tedious and not doing your party any good at all.

grim reaper said...

2008 clairvoyant news.
Gazette staff locked by persons unknown in a hidden cellar beneath their building and remain trapped for 2 weeks before lack of journalists spotted. IA group were there at the time delivering the rizla paper with their manifesto on it.
Police have narrowed down their list of suspects with a grudge against the Gazette to 7,950 persons in Margate alone. Questioning continues as it was 6 weeks before anyone reported members of the IA group missing. Nobody had noticed their lack of involvement or action in anything at all.
Trades Description Officers have demanded that the group be renamed Thanet InAction immediately to save confusion.
Charlie must be clairvoyant too as he signs I A already. InAction in Action!"

Pinch of Salt said...

Have to predict before 'Axe-Grinder' gets to it as Thanet gazette hinted details on Friday:

Prediction 1. Ursuline College
submits planning application for new block ( for 6th Form?) using BSF funding for block to built at front of site by Canterbury Road.

Prediction 2. Ursuline rents or buys St Angela's site for replacement classrooms and music centre as prefab building is demolished for new build and other areas are refurbshed.

Prediction 3. We, Linksfield Road residents, breathe a sigh of relief as it will all happen at the front on Canterbury Road.

Ewen Cameron said...

Charlie of the PPFFLB (or is it the PFFLB?) is, I think, groping for "Black Wednesday" - 16th September 1992.

His grasp of facts remains approximate.

In amongst the Urban Myth Machine is the entirely incorrect statement that interest rates went to 15%. They didn't. They stayed at 9.88%, and were cut to 8.88% a week later. The "15%" myth came from an (entirely ill-advised) attempt to head off the inevitable slide of the pound from the ill-conceived ECS/ERM (precuror to it's horrid sucessor, the Euro). It didn't last the day, and never happened as an overnight rate.

The Bank of England rate did once go to 15%, in October 1976 - now......who was in power then?

(a clue - "crisis, what crisis? This was when Brtian had to stagger to the IMF for a bail-out, as its government had brought it to the brink of bankruptcy)

Nor, whilst we are slaying ill-informed myths, did the Treasury (not the Bank of England) "spend billions". It did stake billions, and took a loss on it (last estimate I read was £800m). Bad call, but not anything compared to the crater known as the Labour 70s. Higher loss figures are often cited, but these include losses from private investors and banks on the same side of the bad call.

Folks like me, who actually watch the economy full time, often refer to the day as "White Wednesday", as it marked our escape from the Euro. This is a subject for another day and another thread, but I am one of those dinosaurs who sees value in us, as a clasically trading nation, in having an independent currency.

It hasn't done Switzerland any noticeable harm.....

I've no great objection to the PFFLBT/U/V, but please, Charlie, get your facts right before wasting bandwidth.

Regards to all

Ewen Cameron

Anonymous said...

A 2008 PREDICTION.
Poor old Action in Thanet come in for lots of stick from Tory(TDC) Cllrs whenever they stick their heads up above the parapet.

DrMoores said...

Quite right Charlie.. a senior moment, or a typo, as I remember what I was doing on the day quite clearly! I had part-funded and started selling a realtime software system that was starting to be used by those same money traders, based around the old Lotus 1-2-3 software. If I recall correctly, I was on the Lotus stand at London's Olympia, when it all started to break.. the panic that is.

Anonymous said...

Thanet Inaction loses party political masterplan in pub. Found under bar stool and used to roll a joint.

Anonymous said...

908 Thanet InAction Party laughed at by Labour supporters too!

Anonymous said...

Don't you oppress me!
I can take it no longer and want to be called Loretta.
Thank you.

Charlie IA Thanet

Anonymous said...

Everyone thought that I done the dirty on Annie of Wesgate, but the truth is I am her after the Op, thats why i'm a bit effeminate.

(BRING IT ON)

Reg (Chair PPFIIT) said...

Happy New year, Charlie or Loretta! The Popular Peoples Front for Inaction in Thanet are desperately short of members, so come and join us. We have just spent 5 hours discussing the motion, proposed by Brother/Sister Jo "What has TDC ever done for us?"

Anonymous said...

I'm not effeminate i'm real man ask the cleaner in St Milds




Dr Annie

Anonymous said...

What N Thanet really needs is an effeminate gutter snipe as an MP that spends his spare time in chat blogs ;)

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Doc, on letting bloggers rip on the last day of 2007! An amusing days comments. Last year's 'Lido thread'as the last for 2006 was turgid by comparison. Probably explains why you have had over a 1000 visits in 36 hrs.! Keep Thanetlife going well in 2008. Happy New Year.

DrMoores said...

As I mentioned in an earlier post, once you pass 20 comments you start to discover that the thread takes on a bizarre direction and life of its own!

Try and keep the conversation polite and intelligent. It doesn't hurt!

Anyway, I need to put the champagne on ice, with everyone else out there I hope, so with 45 minutes until 2008, here's wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year and thanks for visiting!

Anonymous said...

That's an unpleasant comment, 11.08.! shame on you.

Anonymous said...

Thank God the conservatives are an oppostion party and have no real power. Happy New Year Gordon Brown - well done!


Iris

Poor Old Codger said...

As a retired person living on a meagre pension (raided by your hero Brown) do you really mean well done, Iris? What reality do you inhabit? Happy New Year anyway, as you are clearly'away with the fairies!'

Anonymous said...

I thought TDC were bad enough wasting money to 'amuse the mobs' (Thanet Fun Day in Cliftonville) but is it really true that we are about to see Ken waste £1.1 million in fireworks on the Thames Embankment to keep the London 'mob' happy ? Feed a few people to the lions, its cheaper!

Anonymous said...

This Labour government has a record that you would die for Dr Moore

Happy New Year!


Iris

Anonymous said...

You must be joking, Iris , or whoever you are! It would take far too long to list the failings of 10 years of Labour maladministration, incompetence, ineptness and fiscal impropriety, yet alone the sexaul impropriety of too many ministers of state before 2008. So happy New Year and could I ask you to think about Pink Floyd and that wonderful line " there's some-one in my head but its not me". Try and return to reality.

Nick O'Teen said...

It is just the start of another day and another year so what is all the fuss about? There are thousands on The Embankment inhaling more toxic fumes in the next few minutes than they would have if they had sat in the smokey atmosphere of The Swan on 30 Jun 2007! Happy Bally New Year as we start another year of misery under the puritanical fascists that the Labour Party has become!

Anonymous said...

Chris Well told me that he is going to replace old Roger the dodger

Simon Day

Anonymous said...

I want to build a house on Tom King'S FRONT Garden.

Its ok i'm on planning


VOTE TORY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$<< 4ME


Simon toDAY

Anonymous said...

Simon, happy new year from 1.08 axe grinder! Let's be honest, without your excellent forum, a lot of things would be pushed under the carpet!

Thanetlife is a meaningful and thought provoking medium, and though I have certain irritations that have caused me to focus on a certain annoyance, you have at least allowed me the medium of publicity.

May you and your family have a peaceful and prosperous New Year, and let's hope Thanetlife continues to be the focus for speculation and scoops as it was in 2007!

Anonymous said...

What a load of bum kissing nonsense


Roger Angry OLD.B.E

Deputy
Important Person

Anonymous said...

Poor 11-08 You can see why envy is such a destructive thing to be consumed by.
Perhaps his anorak strings are a little too tight and he's being ignored again!

Lord Lucan said...

Having a problem focussing eye-balls this morning and haven't some people been busy! 50 threads to read down? 11.08, as some one has already commented, a nasty, vindictive,snide little comment from one who probably fits that description.
Must go and hit Alka-Seltzer, Happy New Year, Dr Moores.

Anonymous said...

WHATS HAPPENED TO CLLR GREENS BLOGSITE??????? HAS HE BEEN ABDUCTED????????

Anonymous said...

Chris Wells is NOT replacing Roger Gale.

Anonymous said...

No 1.43 he was tied to a firework on the Embankment and later fed to the Lions for the mob's amusement. Sad!

Anonymous said...

Now there's a coincidence 1;16am. I've just managed to get planning permission for a multi-storey car park in Tom King's garden.

Anonymous said...

Iris 11-43. The only people who are dying for Labour's record are people in hospitals, people in care and our forces stuck in a pointless war. Then they die in hospital back here but only after they've taken off their uniforms in case anyone gets offended.
Crawl back under your stone.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

"Ahmed Ahmadinejad" - can I presume irony?

Prediction for 2008 - Drinking will be the next no-no. There will be a war on binge drinking. Interesting that Coronation Street is dropping the Rovers Return. Drinking like smoking will be "outlawed". Watch this space.

DrMoores said...

Dear old Ahmed has a short fuse and is reportedly building a nuclear weapon in his garage. Best be nice to him I though!

Anonymous said...

Especially as the garage is in Cliftonville!

Anonymous said...

All our 3 main soaps link around pubs! You have got to be joking Mr Jacobs!