"Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me", no marks for guessing which 'Carry On' movie that line came from and who said it!
It's encouraging to see that someone with a sense of fair play, a forensic passion for detail and no political axe to grind has decided to take his own look at a number of allegations that have popped-up recently on two of the the more 'left-leaning' local weblogs.
Michael Child has done a little sleuthing of his own and you can find the results on his ThanetOnline weblog. I'm sure that astute readers will draw their own conclusions over the motives behind several weeks of unrelenting mud-slinging and perhaps now it will come to an embarrassed halt.
Back to news of the economy then and a report from The Times that millions of public sector workers will have their pensions slashed under plans to deal with a massive shortfall in the value of government pension funds.
The writing has been on the wall for some time but the recession and the massive deficit will now lead to the inevitable as the public sector burden becomes unaffordable.
Local government pensions, which are ultimately guaranteed by the taxpayer, are funded by investments, but most others are paid for out of the public purse and this is now is a Black Hole of such a size that it will never be filled.
The Times reports "Local authorities are already resisting government plans to force better-paid staff to make bigger contributions to help to bail out pension funds. Some experts say that when actuaries examine the funds next year they will find a shortfall of at least £60 billion."
So not only is Government looking at the prospect of cutting back the public sector workforce by up to 10% and as a result, driving up unemployment to record levels but the value of the so-called 'Gold-plated' pensions will most likely be axed as well, as they are simply unafforable in the present economic context.
Many of us are old enough to remember reading by candlelight during the 'Winter of discontent' in 1978 and those times may yet come again. Curiously enough, I've been asked by BNFL to survey several of their nuclear reactors, which are soon to be decommissioned. This rather begs the question of where tomorrow's energy is going to come from to fill the gap between the decommissioning dates and the arrival of some magic new energy solution to keep the lights burning!