Reading a 'Socialist-worker' style diatribe from Cllr Ian Driver in today's Thanet Gazette letters page, I'm really beyond surprise anymore. I suppose I'm counted as one of 'Cameron's Cronies' because I once 'went to Eton' in an indirect and accidental sort of way. How and why is another and rather long story and I think the Prime Minister and the Chancellor had left the 6th form by then.
Add to this, a long missive on why Thanet Council should turn Manston airport into a Las Vegas-style amusement park to finally rid the island of all those 'noisy aircraft' and I think the editorial flavour of the week is well and truly set, for me at least.
Aside from Labour wishing to debate next week, a matter, we already have the answers to, namely the controversial issue of Live Animal Exports from Ramsgate, Thursday's council meeting also has an agenda item of real local importance and that's the future of the airport.
Views between the two main parties are firmly polarised, with Labour seeking a motion "The Council adopts a policy of not allowing scheduled, pre-planned or otherwise timetabled flights between the hours of 23:00 and 07:00.
The Conservative view still very much revolves around the subject of seeking proper representative public consultation and the recognition that the airport plays an important economic role in the life of the island, with every sensible effort being made to support its growth and the potential for jobs that goes with it.
In my view, any regional airport that cannot operate any night flights, period, for whatever reason is most unlikely to be able to follow a rapid path of strategic development in a 24-hour economy; particularly if airfreight is involved. That said, most of the people I speak with on on the subject, recognise that an element of commercial pragmatism has to be sympathetically balanced with the local environmental considerations. In this respect, I don't see unilateral political ultimatums being helpful or indeed productive at a time when the island needs to engage with any and all opportunities for the future.
But that's just my opinion!