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Which of course, brings us neatly to the subject of the week's County Council elections, only forty-eight hours away now.
If you believe even part of the election literature flying around, then Westgate's library is to be closed at least twice, the fire station closed altogether and huge fees imposed on anyone, without restriction, who visits the Minnis Bay Day Centre.
Some readers may have noticed that Labour have been shipping a small army of 'activists' to Thanet, from as far away as south London - looking at their 'Tweets' - as part of a concerted effort to try and find the former Mayor of Margate, as of yesterday evening, a new taxpayer-funded job on the slippery ladder of socialist politics to further his post-university career. 'Any job' may do in fact, other than one which actually involves working for a living in the more conventional sense, like you and I and all inside a single term as a district Councillor.
In Birchington, UKIP's manifesto, which recommends regular vigorous exercise for young men and 'birching', as a suitable sanction for failing to wear a shirt in Station Road, has been welcomed by many, as has the suggestion, that the parish council introduce Sharia law on Fridays. What may soon be the former site of Brills, on the mini-roundabout may be turned into a CCTV-equipped pillbox, should the party succeed in attracting enough votes to send its candidate to County Hall.
The LibDems have gone awfully quiet since my last blog entry, as have the Green Party who are strongly opposed to the hoverport in Pegwell Bay. So I very much expect Thursday to be a three horse race between the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP. As I've written before, voters should be very wary of what they wish for, as exercising any form of 'Protest' vote is likely to achieve the very opposite of what they might want in results that may impact their lives over the next four years.
I think that many of us may agree that the political scene in this country is now starting to polarise, with the socialists, prepared it seems to promise anything, remaining in denial over the state of the nation's finances and prospects and shifting to the left and Conservatism showing signs of lurching to the right, as represented by UKIP and the debate over Europe and immigration. Where this will leave the people of Kent on Friday morning remains to be seen but I suspect the outcome may leave ordinary people worse-off and buried in a pile of soon to be broken promises. We'll see.