|The KLM Flight Arrives|
One unscheduled moment of comedy this morning, when a UKIP candidate for KCC turned-up, rosette and all for some kind of misguided political publicity opportunity and was firmly told where to go, as there is a time and a place for everything and a month before the county elections.
An important day for Manston and this time, we have a major carrier behind a daily service to one of Europe's largest international hub airports. Beyond the attraction of day trips to Amsterdam, there's the added benefit of Schipol as a springboard for scheduled flights to the rest of the world.
But hold on a moment. I also had a chat with Sir Roger Gale and then, KCC's leader Paul Carter, who 'had' been interviewed and as Clive isn't a candidate, quite why he had ducked-out of an interview opportunity to lend his public support to Manston, remains a little unclear.
|Airport MD Charles Buchanan|
So Clive, having failed to welcome the return of the Search and Rescue service last week, looks to be adding one more political cop-out, in a long and distinguished series of evasive maneuvers around the subject of Manston's future. If democratic localism existed in the real sense, then everyone in Thanet might have a say rather, than the agenda being completely hijacked by the 'No Night Flights' campaign.
People in Thanet need jobs and opportunity and the airport is one of the biggest potential employment cards we have left to play. Not appearing on the BBC to lend any words of encouragement and support whatsoever, sends a very strong message from the Labour Group that Manston remains a political embarrassment that Clive Hart's transparent and diversity conscious colleagues would rather not talk about on camera or the radio.
So please allow me, as a Thanet resident on behalf of many readers who feel the same way as I do, to welcome the KLM service to Manston and wish the company every success in developing it further; that's of course as long as it doesn't come and go after dark!