"Thanet appears to be very crowded with many people who have come to Margate from other areas and countries." (UKIP)
Now, as the line between UKIP and the National Front in Thanet is reportedly blurred, one is really tempted to read between the lines.
"Can we not consider re-instating boat trips to and from London?" (UKIP)
I think the paddle steamers from Greenwich stopped operating before the First World War but UKIP fails to have noticed that the pier at Margate, where they all berthed, is no longer there? Happy memories for some of the older candidates though I'm sure!
|The Old Margate Pier|
Nice idea of course and the money to build this Wimbledon-like roof will come from where exactly?
UKIP may have been inhaling rather too much of the smoke from our popular home-grown plants but the Green Party appear to have been making it into cakes as well. The Greens endorse Thanet as a 'Green Isle' with a long policy statement that looks as if were written with blanks for 'Insert name of district here,' rather than anything that might vaguely be considered meaningful to voters. The Green Party is however dedicated to "making sure that cycling and public transport are prioritised," so on your bikes everyone!
The Independents, that's Ian Driver and Tom King really haven't that much to say and in Tom's case absolutely nothing other than standing behind a table in Westgate's Station Road this morning.
Ian Driver is predictable, demanding the termination of the Pleasurama development in Ramsgate, that Kent leaves the EU and that Ramsgate Town Council be replaced. Nothing this time on his views on the liberalisation of drugs. I'm sure he will attract lots of votes for the sake of mischief making at County Hall if nothing more.
Yesterday, I watched Labour's latest Party Political broadcast and that too seemed like a Blackadder pastiche of the industrial revolution, taking us back to the events before the Luddite mill riots of 1812.
Ed Miliband gazed nostalgically into space, flaring his nostrils and making promises that he knows he simply can't keep, when the time finally comes to reveal what Labour would actually do to deal with the national debt and the deficit, after the next General Election without having to broadly parallel what the coalition is doing today.
As an example, while concentrating on damning the tax cut for "Millionaires," (Labour's own idea) he ignores the fact that 2.7 million working people have now been lifted out of income tax altogether and that the wealthiest in society will pay a bigger proportion of our nation’s taxes in every year of the present Government than in any year under the previous Labour government. That's with 10% of the working population now contributing 68% of all income tax.
Economic policy in these days of austerity represents the interpretation of the ideas of Keynes, Friedman or Hayek, depending on one's intellectual loyalties. It was the Keynsian view of intervention, which flooded the economy with money - quantitative easing - after the financial crash of 2008, while Hayek had a very different. 'hands off' argument on how to re-balance the engine of the global economy following a crash.
When Cllr Poole stands up to give his regular lecture on "Millionaires" and "Greedy bankers" in Thanet District Council's Chamber, it represents the intellectual equivalent of counting beans and proves absolutely nothing.
So for reader's benefit and possible interest, I have embedded the BBC 'Masters of Money' programme on the work of Hayek and you can follow this to the programme on Marx and Keynes as well if you wish.