Friday, February 05, 2010

A Few Good Men

Watching Andrew Marr's 'History of Modern Britain', I'm reminded of how I was once introduced to former Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, when he visited my university in the United States to give a lecture and I was propelled forward to meet him as a somewhat reluctant token British student who was only too well aware of the mess that he had left my home country in!

I met 'Maggie' once as well but can't recall whether that was before or after we were blown-up by the IRA at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition of 1975 when she visited the stand I was working on.

I've been a little short of blogging time this week and so have had to make do with reading everyone else's instead. How I wonder will Lord Nottingham of Northwood, react to three Labour MPs being prosecuted for false accounting and then promptly taking cover behind the 300 year-old, legal immunity excuse of Parliamentary privilege?  Even wearing the most rose-tinted of socialist spectacles, it's an indictment of an avaricious culture that should have no place in politics. Once again, in what may be the final hundred days of New Labour government, George Orwell's iconic novel, 'Animal Farm' springs to mind:

"Comrades!" he cried. "You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health."

On a far more positive and uplifting note and celebrating the heroism of American airman in the Second World War, plans to properly commemorate the events of 27th April 1944, when two 8th Airforce Liberator bombers crashed on our coastline, are now well underway through the Mayor and Margate Charter Trustees.

The FBI's 'Man in London', very kindly put me in touch with the US embassy's 'Air Attache', a colonel, who has enthusiastically agreed to come and represent the USAF and officially accept the dog tag belonging to Lt Hafner, which was originaly discovered on the beach at the crash site by Norman Turner and recently passed to the Mayor's office by Paul Wesley. This week, with the colonel's help, I've also put in a formal application for a flight of F15s from Lakenheath, for a 'Missing man' flypast along the seafront between Westgate and Cliftonville. He can't promise the aircraft but he's trying hard on our behalf and I will keep readers updated with any progress and so keep the afternoon of 27th April free in your diaries.

Kevin Crace, the owner of the Westgate pavillion has also kindly offered it for a reception after the remembrance ceremony and our eminent local historian, Dr John Lodge Pritchard, is also working closely with our small organising group on other related activities to mark the occasion.

Finally, I think I see some small green shoots of recovery out there, in that I have three marriage proposals to fly this month, the first of these over Leeds castle tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting. Personal messages of this kind slowed almost to a halt towards the end of last year and even with Valentine's Day approaching, its suggestive of a recovery in consumer confidence which gives grounnds for a little optimism.


Anonymous said...

anon again!

I wonder, do Town Councillors 'live' on expenses?

Anonymous said...

Depends what you mean by expenses? It might run to an extravagen annual can of baked beans on toast I suppose!

Call me Infidel said...

Hiding behind the Bill of Rights and invoking parliamentary privilege is truly despicable. I still think these three MPs are a token offering to appease a gullible public. But I live in hope that there is more to come. However since this will likely involve the incompetent shower in HMR&C I won't be holding my breath.