|Lancaster over Reculver Towers|
The targets between 16-17 May 1943 were three water dams in Germany's Ruhr industrial region. Two on the rivers Möhne and Sorpe, and a third on the River Eder.
|The Start of the Mission - credit M.O.D|
Returning to the present, which is far less exciting, it's the annual general meeting of Thanet District Council tonight. This is when we witness the local 'Game of Thrones,' to determine who controls the three most important committees, as well as the appointment of a new Chair of Council.
Tonight of course, we not only have new microphones but two new members of UKIP sitting in the chamber, Zita Wiltshire and Roz Duncan and they will be looking to be recognised as a minority presence, alongside Cllr Worrow's surviving TIG party with Cllr Dr Jack Cohen and Cllr Tom King's Independents, Cllr Bob Grove and occasionally Cllr Ian Driver.
Clive Hart and Labour are clinging-on to a minority administration and need the independent vote to stay in place. So one may expect that Cllr Worrow and Cllr Cohen will hang on to the 'plum' committee jobs of Planning and Finance, in return for their votes, even though they have consistently proved themselves wanting. What happens to Cllr Ian Driver after his most recent series of outbursts is another question. Labour badly need his renegade vote but they simply can't afford the association with his toxic left of left wing personality politics as the County election result proved last week.
On a further note, a source tells me that a member of Labour's front bench is the subject of two separate bullying complaints from council staff. If this allegation is correct and I will leave the local paper to investigate, it's a very poor reflection indeed of their trades union credentials.
|Cllr Will Scobie|
Lastly, the BBC's Sunday Politics Show, this coming weekend, looks set to have a beauty contest between Colonel Roger Latchford, Will Scobie and me. I was interviewed in the rain on Margate's harbour arm yesterday afternoon and young Scobie, as he pointed out to me in a Twitter message, was interviewed in the sheltered warmth of the Cup Cake Cafe (a new political nickname perhaps?) Roger Latchford, UKIP's new leader at KCC, was interviewed in Ramsgate and one can only guess what he was up to?
Which one of us puts up the worst performance remains to be seen and I might put up a poll on Sunday morning for anyone who can bear to watch the result.