Friday, January 28, 2011

Daggers in the Forum

'There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.' Shakespeare - Julius Caesar

It looks as if Mark Nottingham's 'From One End of Kent may soon be no more. A lttle web-based research for news on the titanic struggle now taking place in Thanet's Labour Group, reveals that Mark has a card up his sleeve and is busily preparing his new campaign website, soon to be revealed, no doubt, to the small number of active supporters on his existing and rather pink-hued weblog. This is now liberally sprinkled with  vigorous, 'anti-Clive' sentiment by the like-minded, who clearly believe that all roads lead to, well Nottingham, where our local Labour party's politics is involved.  As work on this website still appears to be in progress, one must assume that Cllr Nottingham, having achieved his political objective and forced his leader's resignation, expects to be quickly returned to the bosom of his party and re-selected by his supporters; despite the best efforts and alleged 'Dark Deeds' of his colleague, Councillor Kay Dark and others that he refers to in his nine page complaint.

I was struck by one comment which conjures up for me a parody with the well-known scene from Monty Python's 'Life of Brian.'

"A number of Labour party supporters, including myself are going to form the 'Real Thanet Socialist Party' We have spoken with the electoral Comm and have the paperwork to create this political party; we will be fielding candates in every Labour stronghold ward in Thanet. However, if Clive Hart stands down as leader, for the good of the party, we will re-consider this."

Now if the video clip below doesn't paint the same comic picture of local socialist politics at its most farcical in your own imagination, please tell me why. After all, Thanet needs 'real' socialists but rather less, I suspect than it needs 'Real Ale', which reminds me,that I'm delighted to see that a Microbrewery has applied for planning permission to open in Westgate's St Mildred's Road.


Anonymous said...

Curiouser and curiouser, if I might quote Alice, best sums up this situation. With Clive Hart turning to the DARK side one supposes that Mark Nottingham is left alone to champion the cause of the true Labour Jedai. As there is a Jedai blogging forum, that just might tie in with the suggestion in this post of him opening up elsewhere.

Loved the comment over on Big News about Mark the bully geting his come uppance. Have you seen the man? Bully? Not in the piece of Souff London where I grew up he ain't.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mark is planning on standing as an Independent against his own party? I hear that this is what angry people do when they can't cope with democratic decisions!