Thursday, January 24, 2013

Frocks Fantastic

Before I move quickly on to yesterday's main event, the Frock-a-licious charity fashion show at Westgate's 'The Knot' pub, the last 48-hours appears to have seen a local Councillor resign, quite dramatically, for the benefit of the BBC and then promptly change his mind and appear in the Council chamber on Tuesday evening. Ladies, please look away.

In the same Cabinet meeting, Labour's Cllr Michelle Fenner delivered one of the best political one-liners I have yet heard in Thanet to the amusement of those present, when arguing passionately against the petition for a dog ban at Dumpton Park Gap, during the summer months.

Cllr Fenner, who like her colleague, Cllr Poole, really does appear to believe in an international conspiracy of bankers against the working class, stated, in all seriousness: "The economic growth in Thanet will be hindered if people can't walk their dogs at Dumpton Gap." Thanks Michelle.We know the future of Ramsgate's dog walkers rest safe in your hands but I wonder if you might have any comments on the rather bizarre behaviour of your protege, the Council Diversity Champion, Cllr Worrow, this week?

Back to a delightful and packed charity fashion show at The Knot, in aid of the Oasis Womens Refuge and I've added a few of the photographs here and will try and upload some more later today.

Catching-up again with the raging Euro-debate on Twitter and elsewhere, on freeing us from the expensive and one-sided, bureaucratic shackles of Europe on our terms, I'm reminded of past times, when the 'strong Britain in Europe' business supporter,Roland Rudd and I wrote speeches for David Owen, back in the early days of the SDP. I remember, his younger sister, the equally gifted Hastings and Rye MP, Amber Rudd, when she started University and has come a very long way indeed, since the early 1980s, which does rather date me!

The Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate, features on the BBC's lunchtime news as the 10th worst-performing school in the country, even after having received £30 million as part of determined efforts to bring it up to equivalent educational standards with other schools in Kent.

This is very disappointing news, not only for the hard-working and dedicated staff but the students too but this reflects successive years of similar bad news, that now crosses generations. As a ward councillor living outside Ramsgate, I also have to ask how other local schools might have benefited from receiving even a fraction of that £30 million if it had been spread a little more evenly, given our very real challenges here in Thanet.

Staying with the subject of frocks and my own cruel reputation as the Blackadder of Thanet politics, I see our young Mayor of Margate, is 'Tweeting' that he's busy today delivering Labour leaflets in the Arlington tower and enjoying the view, with a nice photo of him in the mayor's robes. Whether, now he's finished university, he plans to find a job, to remain 'in chains' or join a number of his Party colleagues, enjoying life at the tax-payer's expense, indefinitely, remains to be seen.

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