I've been keeping an eye on Thanet's many weblogs today; measuring the reaction to last evening's vote on Manston night flights.
Predictably the debate is polarised and frequently abusive, which is disappointing but no surprise. As usual, a small but highly vocal minority are determined to drive their own agenda and are not prepared to accept the council's decision, even though and quite remarkably, it involved broad cross-party consensus and support; highly unusual for politics in Thanet.
I have yet to speak with or hear from anyone in my own ward of Westgate, other than Cllr King, who is against extending the night flights agreement. Rather, public opinion appears to support it as offering a much needed opportunity for Thanet at a very difficult time in our history.
The vocal, anti-airport minority who firmly believe that their's is the 'true religion' and who are busy damning the opinions or characters of others on our local 'Blogs' are doing themselves a disservice. Calm intelligent debate earns both respect and credibility but anonymous abuse simply labels those who use it as cranks whose arguments hold no value.
The vote is won, the decision has democratic weight and its time, I believe, to move on. There are more important matters for us to worry about in this country, on the day that a British bank announced a £10 billion loss. And as for Manston, let's see if British Airways does come and if so, what economic benefits will accrue to the local community as a result.