I don't know the full details of what RiverOak investment company have to offer in relation to possibly saving Manston Airport but from a cursory glance at the letter sent to Iris Johnson, it seems that they are genuine and more importantly appear to be offering to underwrite Thanet council should they wish to apply for a Compulsory Purchase Order.
Something you'd think any politician including Cllr Richard Nicholson might consider in a positive manner, and before I go further lets remind ourselves that he and other members of the council, get a fairly generous allowance, somewhere around in the case of Mr Nicholson, of £15,300 assuming he doesn't get sacked.
Now I appreciate that Labour politicians are more familiar representing those with their hands out, than those with the wit, enterprise and energy to create wealth, so it's possible that it may be difficult to understand that financial investors like to move quickly. I can ever appreciate that Thanet council don't want to make mistakes.
Just by chance I glanced KentOnline and found a report from Paul Francis who had spoken to Cllr Richard Nicholson who had this to say about the offer "We had no idea it was coming and personally" what really, adding he wasn't happy, who is but what's that got to do with anything?
He continued "We are not going to do business with people like this. We are looking at a CPO and getting legal advice and will make a decision in time." This begs the question who's we, the hard pressed local resident who's handing him fifteen grand a year to represent us or is we out of touch dinosaur Labour councillors harking back to the 1950's
Such is Nicholson's grasp of business practice and the commercial world he apparently ended his discussion "This is a very strange way to go about things."
Crikey I don't want to bury Thanet more that it seems old style Labour would, and I'm sure that many Labour councillors are a bit more pragmatic and familiar with the 21st Century.
I tried to speak with Nicholson but he apparently was busy, I tried to speak to Will Scobie but he was unavailable and since despite standing for Parliament he's not had job outside politics as I understand what would he know. I did speak with one Labour councillor who did seem a bit upset at the closed minded attitude.
We don't live in an Ideal world, it's real one, and I for one have a higher regard for RiverOak than the alternative asset strippers, it seems like they (RiverOak) offer the best and frankly realistic choice.