Judging by the almost frantic response from Labour's Cllr Clive Hart to the column in today's Kent On Sunday by Cllr Chris Wells, you might think that a county election was around the corner!
Clive looks to have emailed everyone he could think of, me included and perhaps even Gordon Brown, to protest at Cllr Wells' "FUTILE ATTACK ON KCC OFFICERS" (his capitals).
Chris's column makes an interesting and thought provoking read but it doesn't mention Clive which has upset the latter, who says of his political opponent, Cllr Wells:
"Now, with his former role as a Cabinet Member terminated and with the county elections on the horizon, he apparently feels free to cynically chastise our Chief Executive and leading officers at KCC and furthermore, attempts to jump out of his constrained silence and on to a supposed bandwagon for electoral gain."
Laying politics aside for one moment, there's little doubt that there's truth in Chris Wells assertion that : "A dangerous mix of looked-after children and vulnerable adults is stifling Thanet's progress." If you don't agree with the statement, please leave a comment and tell me why or indeed why Thanet and particularly Cliftonville, should be over-represented in having to manage the problems of other councils much further away than the Government's 20 mile regulation for such 'displacement' allows.
Some of us are old enough to remember what the community in Cliftonville, Margate or indeed Thanet as a whole was like before it became a convenient 'fire and forget' target for other authorities.
Anyway, the nub of the problem here is that Cllr Wells is both authoritative and lucid and places Cllr Hart at an intellectual disadvantage at every turn. Apparently Clive thought of it first but I fear the challenge was never expressed so well as by Chris but read the column and decide for yourself whether the former has your sympathy or not.
Pictured, Cllr Hart in Cliftonville in the company of another endangered political species.