Thursday, September 26, 2013

Today in Parliament

I must have missed something really important in local politics while I was away or perhaps, I was simply asleep?

It appears that following this week's Labour Party Conference and full to brimming with new cliches, our young County Councillor and former Mayor of Margate, has swiftly promoted himself to the role of of MP. He is holding his first 'Parliamentary surgery.' I'm sure the Labour leader, Ed Milliband will be delighted and Laura Sandys, somewhat surprised at this latest election result, almost two years early.

Given his current racing form, I can safely predict that MP Scobie, the new leader of Labour's 'Ramsgate Popular Front.' will soon be given a seat in the House of Lords but not before assuming the role of Prime Minister, an inevitability that has yet to dawn on Ed Milliband, who had hoped to have the job first and all before a General Election. Quite what Nick Clegg will make of it all, it's hard to say but I do wish him luck and recommend that he acquaints himself with the definition of 'Hubris' in the dictionary.

On to more mundane matters and watching the lunchtime news, I see that the collective and voluntary decision by Ipswich traders, to remove strong lagers and ciders from their shelves, has achieved a remarkable drop in the levels of anti-social behaviour in the town over the last twelve months. Police and residents are reportedly delighted.

Strong alcohol on sale is a problem I've written about before and particularly its impact on my own ward Westgate, which as many readers may also know, is a higher than average, mental health  pocket, here in Thanet with a number of recovering alcoholics and drugs users being treated here.

I plan to approach all our licensed traders in the weeks ahead to ask if they might consider a similar voluntary code. Obviously, they would all have to agree if it were to work. It would be, I believe, a real benefit to our community to see an end to XXX cans and cider bottles strewn around the grass in Adrian Square and on our seafront. I may be asking too much but wonder what you think?


Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about the surrounding areas of Ipswich, but banning strong lagers and ciders in Westgate won't work unless Garlinge, Westbrook and Birchington (and possibly even Margate and Westwood Cross) does exactly the same.

Simon Moores said...

It's a valid point and up to local communities to press for it. Perhaps it simply has to start somewhere?

1 o'clock Rob said...

An interesting starting point Simon. I wonder if you can get the support of all the shops with licenses in Westgate tho...

Well done for trying tho!

Anonymous said...

You're right about Scobie. Given Eds big clanger this week over freezing fuel prices if he gets elected, when you can get the same deal or better right now, young Will would seem a safer pair of hands. Heaven help us if they get anywhere near the reigns of power. You only have to look at our current mess here in Thanet to see well they can do when they try!

Anonymous said...

3:19, I'm not sure you can blame Labour for Thanet's current mess when we have 2 Tory MPs, mostly UKIP (and formerly Tory) KCC cllrs, and a Tory-led TDC for much of the past 15 years!

S in Ramsgate said...

Hi Simon, I think we pay tax/council tax to ensure the police and local authorities use the powers given to them to keep the misbehaving in check. Volountary schemes work to a point, but where ar the local police in these situations? Ramsgate has terrible trouble with a group of alcoholics and junkies in the centre of town and the police are nothing but matey with them.

It's interesting you use the litter on the beach as a downside to the drinkers. Thanet council can issue on the spot fines for such behaviour. With hundreds of employees, miles of beach and good reason the keep the place tidy you would expect focus on beach littering wouldn't you?

Then why have TDC issued exactly zero fines for littering offences on thanets beaches of the past 12 months?

Rather than trying to get the business community involved voluntarily, perhaps its worth concentrating on what's within your control.

Anonymous said...

Labour should take note:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity
by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for,
another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything
that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they
do not have to work because the other half
is going to take care of them, and when the other half
gets the idea that it does no good to work
because somebody else is going to get
what they work for, that is the beginning
of the end of any nation.

Anonymous said...

Sure 4.04, the torys have left a considerable legacy, but Labour have just wallowed in denial and not moved Thanet on at all.

Anonymous said...

Sounds a great idea to pursue a ban in Westgate. I'm sick of picking up empty cans and throwing them away - another one tonight.

1 o'clock Rob said...

@3:19 hardly a clanger on Ed's part, what was funny was the amount of Conservative MP's whose campaign donations came from Energy companies started screaming the same talking points as their paid masters... err... oops I mean donors!

NPower now seem to be offering a deal where your bills won't increase for four years!

Anonymous said...

Some of these energy offers we're available before Eds big speech. I'd call that a clanger, and reason to sack his researchers, wouldn't you! Who on earth is going to trust him now with thePM's slot.

Simon Moores said...

I'm not sure I'm entirely familiar with the concept of TDC being within my control!

If I was still a Cabinet Member, then there's a vague chance of being able to exercise a little direction and pull one or two levers but as what was once my job is now within the capable hands of Cllr Alan Poole, I would start there.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7.07

True of the social effect. But not of the industrial and agricultural. Luddites ? The case for artificial employment to stop the incursion of the machine.

I remember when I did my underground training at Betteshanger Colliery. Trainees watched a film about a remote controlled working of a coalface.

My father in law had recently died after 43 years in the mines and ten years dying of silicosis and pneumoconisis. And it struck me in watching the film about a robot coalface that robots don't have lungs.

In the future when robots do more and more of the work who has to be poor and idle and who gets to be the rich by owning the robots ?

I went to an interview as a technical author way back when Maggie Thatcher was PM. The giant electrical company had just reported to govt how they could restore the economy without taking one person off the dole.

"Does that include would be technical authors ?" I asked and laughed.

I can only infer, since I didn't get the job, that the company felt my role should be on the stage entertaining the unemployed masses with my humour.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic set of points 7.07
Clear and concise in a way that any labour voter would understand. One of best things I've seen written on a blog for long time. More of the same please. Well done