So much for the early start of spring!
I noticed the Thanet Way was blocked by an incident this morning just before the Shell petrol station outside Whitstable on the London-bound carriageway. I’m not sure whether it was an accident or the results of a police chase but the result was traffic mayhem visible back for miles.
Over at Stapleford I stepped into a proper simulator for the first time and to be honest the best analogy I can find is pedalling a unicycle along a tightrope, while simultaneously reading the instruction for flat-pack furniture assembly. While the modern ‘glass cockpit’ instrument system does everything except make tea, I rather wonder how anyone gets through the course and the flight test exam at the end.
You will see I’ve embedded a popular Blackadder sketch below. It was prompted by Cllr Green sending me an email asking if I might publish the Labour Group’s press release on the council budget, as his weblog is temporarily suspended or out of service; you choose!
I’m reminded that in concert with the ideas of Galileo, Da Vinci, Copernicus and others, a notable advance of the Italian Renaissance was the invention of double-entry bookkeeping and the rapid evolution of the European banking system, presently a sore topic. Sadly Labour’s collective grasp of our local finances conjures-up in my mind, that now famous Blackadder comment: “The Renaissance Baldric, was something that happened to other people.”
After watching last week's anodyne performance at the council's budget meeting, and out of interest, I do wonder how many members of our opposition party have ever run a business, successful or otherwise or even completed a VAT return. I’m sure someone will tell me.
Thanet has a unique and pressing set of challenges and at currently, there is a huge sensitivity to the argument for saving money while maintaining the highest possible standard of public services. I would agree that things can always be done better and economies of scale and cost can always be found somewhere. That said, with the FTSE now down as far as 3,520, (down 105 points today) I suspect that there’s not one of us who is not looking to make savings in our own domestic budgets. The implications of stock values remaining at this level for any length of time are almost too awful to contemplate where the public and private sector pension funds are concerned.