|St Mildred's bay|
There will be more political scandals and indiscretions of one kind or another here in Thanet but given recent history, this more closely resembles an unavoidable statement of fact than a Nostradamus-like prediction. To the outsider, local politics frequently represents a series of long-running personal feuds, frequently nothing to do with politics and split in many directions age and ideology among them.
While Ian Driver's one-man medicine show crashes around the island in pursuit of news-worthy and populist causes and Cllr Dr.Jack Cohen continues to be supported by officers during planning meetings, Leader of the Independents, John Worrow, will, in return for his self-absorbed propping-up of the administration, demand that Council Leader, Clive Hart, proves his public commitment to 'progressive' diversity, by including an openly gay or at the very least, a bi-sexual councillor on his Labour cabinet. This would, he may insist, set a bold example to the Conservatives opposite, who, rather like me, would much rather get-on with the rather more important challenges facing the island, than continually waste Council time with staged bickering over diversity issues.
With the Kent County Council elections only five months away, Labour will be expecting to recover some of the seats it lost the last time around when it was effectively wiped-out at County Hall in the wake of Gordon Brown's charm offensive and the recession. Having written the obituary for the Margate Charter Trustees and finished university in the same year, the energetic, young Will Scobie, presently Mayor of Margate, will likely have a four week gap between the end of his mayoralty and being presented by patron, Clive Hart, with a relatively safe Margate county ward, to fight as part of Labour's on-going youth opportunities scheme. There are strong rumours of an attempt, among members of the local Party, to try and position Will as a local youth candidate, just in time for the next General Election.
|Hovercraft on Margate Sands|
Attempts will continue through the Council's standards process, by the independents, to put an end to this weblog and its clumsy satire. I should add that I spoke with the monitoring officer last week and informed him that I had apologised unreservedly for using the adjective 'Sober' in conjunction with Cllr Jack Cohen and in the circumstances, further public expense and a full hearing in January would appear unnecessary, at least to me. I'm afraid the earlier clip from the Woody Allen film, 'Bananas' stands the test of independent scrutiny and is deemed to be fair comment on the charged political atmosphere here in Thanet.
Labour, concerned that ThanetLife is now attracting rather too many readers, will stage a circulation fight-back with a resurrected weblog from the lovable 'Lenin', Cllr Mike Harrison, crammed-full of hot socialist news topics, personal reminiscences of the good times during the Spanish Civil War and the occasional Facebook indiscretion. In fact and in the interests of balance and fair play, I'm rather tempted to offer to write it myself!
Before, I forget, another prediction, with my fingers firmly crossed, is an end to the flooding experienced in Westgate in 2012. Our MP, Sir Roger Gale has also been pursuing this complaint with Southern Water and I've received a letter from Katie Lewis, KCC's Drainage and; Flood Manager advising that "the cleansing work has now been undertaken and there has been no further reports of flooding since this work was completed."What goes down the drains in Westgate and occasionally blocks them, is something I would rather not dwell-upon.
I've lost my flow of thought and the dog, asleep on my desk in front of me is no help as its excessive flatulence can drive me away from my work for short periods. So I'll take a break and wish everyone who has visited my weblog in 2012, a very Happy New Year in 2013 as well.