Westgate itself remains quiet in the evenings and so the dispersal order and the action I took around the station last week, appears to have achieved its objective and has, I hope, sent the right message out to the small group of young people who have been responsible for most of the incidents in recent months. The great majority or teenagers here in Thanet behave responsibly and sensibly but thanks in part to poor parenting and adolescent boredom, like so many other parts of the country, we have a problem minority with interests leaning towards vandalism, public nuisance and alcohol and Government has no real answers when it comes to tackling the unhappy consequences of twenty years of bad social policies
On a lighter note, I took delivery of one of Amazon's 'Kindle' electronic readers yesterday and in a matter of minutes had downloaded, wirelessly and quite free, many great classic works to read when time allows, entirely free. Marx, Herodotus, Kipling, H.G.Wells to name but a few. I find the screen reads very well indeed and there's the added bonus of being able to import PDF documents. I can see a future when council documents are delivered this way. Presently, we use reams of paper but now I can drop the contents of an entire council meeting into a small, searchable reading device. It has to be the way forward but then we still have some councillors who won't use email at all and that has to change. Its really time I believe, to challenge any elected representative if he or she is not prepared or even willing to use the simple mass communications' tools of the 21st century; much like asking why a councillor wouldn't have a phone number in the 20th century!