Monday, November 16, 2009

Valley Road

What, with a Dane Valley by-election in December and a General Election to come in the spring, the political atmosphere is starting to heat up with party loyalties clearly split between Thanet's leading blogs.

Naturally, I'm more than a little biased in favour of the Conservatives, but having just received a lecture on the achievements of the present Labour Government, leaving aside delicate matters of public sector debt, war, crime, immigration, Michael Martin and other matters, not discussed in polite conversation, I thought I might reach for some quotes from George Orwell's 'Animal Farm.'

My quote for the day is:

"The vote was taken at once, and it was agreed by an overwhelming majority that rats were comrades. There were only four dissentients, the three dogs and the cat, who was afterwards discovered to have voted on both sides."

However, with the Queens Speech in sight and Labour's last gasp at introducing new legislation or what some in the press have described as its 'scorched earth' policy to make Britain ungovernable in advance of the next election I would like to leave space for:

"Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?"

I wonder, perhaps, if we all take ourselves much too seriously where politics is concerned!


DrM. said...

I'm happy to accept comments about the by-election but I'm not prepared to accept inflammatory remarks about cats and a matter which is still sub judice, regardless of any persons feelings on animal welfare.

So I would ask 'Gary' to re-phrase his comemnt please!

Anonymous said...

anon again!
I saw Canterbury's Lord Mayor out on the High St selling poppy's the other week - now that's a real Mayor.
It was freezing, he looked very cold... but he was doing his bit for the community.

I see Dreamland has recieved a Government grant of some collosal amount. Oh, was this from a 'Labour' government? I believe so.
Now perhaps we will see some kind of positive action for this area, actually taking place.

Anonymous said...

So Thanet Tories are happy to accept Labour Government money to fund their daft ideas!

And with regard to Mayors; in the past, honourable people would have stood down in order to clear their name.

But lets remember, "If it falls to me to start a fight to cut out the cancer of bent and twisted journalism in our country with the simple sword of truth and the trusty shield of British fair play, so be it. I am ready for the fight. The fight against falsehood and those who peddle it. My fight begins today. Thank you and good afternoon".

Fine lot of good it did him!

But of course you've only been back in Thanet a few years. Some of us have been here rather longer!

DrM. said...

I'm not sure whether Labour Government or even EU money makes a big difference in this case. Dreamland won and Southend Pier lost out for a modest amount of development money, which needs to be considered against the vast sums that teh Government are cutting from the public sector.

To put this in context, if an incoming Conservative Goevrnment were to freeze all public sector pay and cut out all 'Middle class' family tax credits, the the saving might be £10 billion of what the BBC describe as an £80 billion hole in teh accounts. So £3.4 million looks a little modest by comparison.

The Heritage theme park was one idea for Dreamland's regeneration and approved by HRH the Prince of Wales among others I hear!

Anonymous said...

Why is there no search feature on this blog? I want to read up on your views on Newington centre in Ramsgate but do not wish to trawl through blog post after blog post.

Anonymous said...

Those of us who have been in Thanet for a while know exactly why the current mayor of margate was black balled by the Labour party.

The fact that he is now a born again Tory and Baptist is a laughing stock in Westgate where he has his old family.

The fact that you stand for and with him shows how naive you are, or how bankrupt you are.

If you don't believe me, then ask the Labour Rose about the Westgate Residents Association, and what they had to do to bail out the Wonderful Ted!

Anonymous said...

4:45-look at the page,next to the B symbol is the search box for the blog.
Type in Newington and there it all is.