|Laura Sandys at the Opening of The Charles Dickens|
Frank Thorley and Laura Sandys MP (pictured) each made a short speech and I had a good chat with author, Jane Wenham Jones about the unhappy state of local politics.
I see from the pages of the Thanet Gazette today, that the Council's Standards Committee has at this stage, exonerated Cllr John Worrow from all responsibility in the now notorious, 'Minnis Bay of Pigs' blogging story on the basis, I assume, that it was all the fault of the mysterious and fabulous 'Mr Fox', the website's editor and TIG secret- agent who has disappeared without trace or any forwarding address or telephone number and was unable to be present to give evidence.
Also in the local paper, I read that this 'High flying Councillor Moores' was 'Ushered away by security at Google's HQ at Victoria', when I dropped my business card into reception on passing last week. Google are soon going to be photo-mapping London from the air and as I already do this kind of thing, I sensed an opportunity.
Apparently, this was 'Another blow' to my career, which comes as news to me but shown below, is what I actually 'Tweeted'. However, the Thanet Gazette, which is overly smug and I suspect a little worried by the competition of rising number of readers visiting on local blog sites like this one for their information, turned it into something completely different and very personal. You judge who is making-up stories and I have expressed my disappointment at yet another example of shoddy and vindictive journalism to the editor, Rebecca Smith, at the Gazette:
"It appears that Google don't do casual visitors. Reception shielded by heavy security from the street. Don't call us we'll call you!"
If the little local news items are open to such cynical embellishment how can you trust that the really important issues are reported truthfully or not written without a personal or political agenda?