I've been out doing something unusual over a high security prison near Birmingham today and will be curious to see if it makes tomorrow's papers, which are bound to be dominated by David Cameron's speech at the Conservative Party Conference.
One might expect to see the Labour Party cringing after Cameron's swinging attack on the Government; "Who has made the poorest poorer? Don't you dare lecture us on poverty!" As Channel 4 News commented, "The Tory Party has become the party of the poor and Labour is now the 'Nasty Party.'"
I'm sure that people, having heard the speech and Cameron's furious attack on Labour's record on poverty, will reach their own conclusions. I'm equally certain, we'll hear from Labour's 99th most popular Blogger, that our Labour Government is doing a really wonderful job, is giving Thanet more than enough money to deal with its growing challenge of social deprivation and that we should all be grateful for the mess the country is now in. It's not what I hear from people, either in my own ward or surprisingly enough, in Dane Valley either, ordinary working people sick to death of the half-truths, lies and spin that comes from a discredited Party desperate to hang on to power at our collective expense!
Whatever your political views, we have a debt crisis to solve and hard times ahead and we should all be ready for the fast-approaching changes in our lives that this will bring.
I had a call today from the Westgate PCSO who told me that the dispersal order for the village has been set back a week because of a statutory obligation to post the measure publicly in advance. There does seem to be some debate over the future of the bench I mentioned in earlier posts and so I suggest that if you have an opinion to air, one way or another, you come along to the Residents Association next Monday evening.