Monday, February 29, 2016

Inspiration from Thanet's men in Westminster

I've been blogging for a long time admittedly recently I've not had the time or indeed the inclination and God knows  there has been little to inspire this grumpy old man to comment.

Still I am struck by just how much banality and mediocrity there is in public Life. I have to say that Rodger Gale fired my imagination last week with his recent communication regarding the European Union which unfortunately was very much sitting on the fence eventually tipping over toward prison Europe, such is his passion sir Rodger won't be involving himself in either campaign, has Gale ever stood out in a crowd?

In contrast Thanet South MP Craig Mackinlay seems to have been quite busy recently, in his view from Westminster in the Gazette he mentions that he has just visited Israel, having been invited by the conservative friends of , we of course can only imagine the tough questions that Craig asked in his meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu about Israel's merciless bombing of civilians in Gaza 2000+killed 100,000+ injured and more carnage with homes, schools and hospitals destroyed.

Still moving along Craig did stand up during last week's PM's question time and ask whether Dave would like to visit Ramsgate and then mentioned a Ramsgate PR group,in other business Craig revealed that he's been involved in a keep Britain tidy Project clean for the Queen , which requires politicians and presumably celebs to briefly to don a hi viz jacket, while gullible citizens get on and clean the streets, a job the local council have been paid to do.

Finally Craig Mackinlay has shown what a man of principle he is, we all know he has previously been a member of UKIP probably the reason he was chosen as conservative candidate for Thanet South, standing against Nigel Farage, so it is of no surprise that he has thanked the PM for giving him the chance to vote to leave the European Union.  I can't help thinking that without his former political party UKIP we wouldn't be having a referendum and to add to his misery perhaps you might consider the question of how much the Conservative Party actually spent in his political campaign anyway that's all for now although I understand expenses are being scrutinised.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Thanet MP's Why can't they do more for the Royal School for the Deaf

I may be wrong but I get the impression that both Rodger Gale and his colleague Craig Mackinlay MP have given up any hope of the Royal School for the Deaf being saved

Both seem to put the argument that government cannot continue to throw money at the school since it has been run into bankruptcy.

Clearly it seems to be a no-brainer that you'd never want to employ the previous management of the school in a similar institution.

Still it is clear to me that children at the school and young adults are victims of a harsh ruthless system with no compassion but will still need provision for care and education and it therefore seems ridiculous that a new management and organisation couldn't be set up to take over the bricks and mortar and employ the excellent staff.

I looked at Craig Mackinlays thoughts of the 23rd December concerning the Royal School for the Deaf and I found his language a bit too mechanical and lacking sensitivity perhaps I have misinterpreted his words "service users" (3rd paragraph from end) if so my apologies to Craig McKinley

Still the diminishing number of "service users" had a voice on Radio Kent this morning in the form of the mother of a teenage boy who is blind and deaf but has found a home at at the Royal School.

An hour later after the item was broadcast it was announced that David Bowie had passed on and that I found disturbing inasmuch it made me feel older realising that I'm approaching 60 this year, life is short.

However on the drive home, the thing that dominated my thoughts  was the realisation our local MP's or as I sometimes think of them publicly funded protectors of wealth, privilege establishment could do more.

It seems the government has endless money  to waste on pomp and ceremony perhaps one of the most shameful things(2015) I've ever seen in my life was the respect and fuss surrounding the funeral of the Saudi king last year, flags on government buildings lowered to half mast and probably many hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on flying out dignitaries such as Royals and politicians to pay their respect.

We are a country that can afford to let technology companies, banks, manufacturers, construction firms, simply refuse to pay tax but how sad that loose change cannot be found to clear the debts of the Royal School for the Deaf and a new competent management structure put in place.

We can live without MP's who can't change the world, save Manston or move mountains but they could be heroes if they save this school, the money could come from anyone of the hundreds of tax avoiding suited CEO's or their businesses.

Friday, October 16, 2015

TDC Chief Executive accuses long standing MP of making unfounded allegations

I am now obtaining counsel's advice to consider what action should be taken to support the Officer's defamed by your publication, the words in the final paragraph of Madeline Homer's letter referring to an email letter sent to council leader Chris Wells, in which she claims Sir Rodger Gail MP has defamed various officer's

Crikey what could mild mannered Sir Rodger have possibly done to upset Thanet's council top bod, not much in my view.  In writing to Chris Wells,  about the compulsory purchase order of Manston Sir Rodger Gale did mention concerns over a the previous CPO of Dreamland, which might have resulted in over caution concerning the Manston Airport CPO.

The worst that Sir Rodger has done is to perhaps, I think, suggest that the negotiation for the Dreamland CPO could have been better. ( I would of course normally quote Sir Rodger directly however who knows whether or not Thanet's boss might not wish to spend more tax payers money on lawyers)

Like it or not Sir Rodger Gale was elected to office, and has done a good job over the years, I doubt many feel it appropriate for the appointed chief of Thanet council to be using public money to censor correspondence of local MP even if he is critical of the leader of the council Chris Wells.

PS I did ask Medellin Homer's office if it was ok for me to comment however as you might imagine I've had no response at the time of writing.

I also asked yesterday if they could actually name the council officers who have been defamed and of course, how much this legal hoo-ha was costing. no answer as yet!  my guess and it's entirely speculative and detached from reality but once counsel (a lawyer to you and me) has stopped laughing, thought how much he can charge, factored in that the generous taxpaying residents of Thanet will be footing the bill, who knows it could be thousands!



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dreamland evacuated

Rain stops play at dreamland, due to heavy rain and possible lightning, about 1.50 pm today security bods removed the public from the amusement park, and into the entrance area.

Still on the plus side is been a great day so far, with a test train on the scenic railway, I assume punters such as myself and grand kids will be back in the park shortly.

No refunds are available the park is technically open although visitors have been turfed out and not allowed back in at this stage. 14.26

Sun is out and so are paying guests , outside the amusement park with still no concrete information, when or if it will open.

@15:01 the sun has been out for ten minutes and Dreamland park is still not open and still no news as why or when the park reopens.

With no information left the park @15:20.

In my view this situation was badly handled, it may well have made sense to evacuate the park during heavy rain for safety reasons but not informing
customers what is happening and when the park might reopen is inexcusable.

I visited the park at the weekend and was very impressed with everything, the staff were very professional and helpful, the mood was good enhanced by various entertainment, facilities clean, the rides in good condition, overall I thought the experience as pleasurable as any park.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

East Kent Sacrificed as France damages the UK Economy

Cutting through the back roads early this morning on the way into Margate, my attention was drawn to work at Manston airport to create a lorry park, it struck me in the dim light, as a somewhat weird and sinister sight, a line of tower lights have been placed along on the runway.

As I drove down Spitfire Way, I'm thinking,  how the hell are hundreds of trucks going to negotiate their way to the airport. (At its peak more 6,800 trucks have used the channel tunnel in one day).

Spitfire Way is a signifcant route out of Thanet travelled by many of us, who have to go outside the area for work it looks like commuters and those who live in Manston will be stuffed ,still the fat cat Tory masters in Maidstone and Etonian low lifes in Downing St. or indeed property speculators wont be losing any sleep.

It's some time since I last posted but the creation of a lorry park, at Manston is worth a mention,  my main thought is that, this may not have been possible without the Leadership of Kent County Council,  Paul Carter, has I understand has often suggested such a thing and has now got his way. So far his administrations has had many achievements traffic management is not one that comes to mind, in fact it's the controversies I recall, such as the failed broadcasting project, poor children services and fat payoffs to staff for reasons that have never been explained.

The background to the chaos at our channel ports, is the UK governments ineffectual reaction to repeated attacks by French activists. I think the Labour had it right the other day (not that they did Jack **** when in government) but its about time the government demanded compensation from France.

Part of the current disruption to cross channel traffic is caused by the plight of migrants, and I can understand why, they are so determined to get to the UK, however when we see the news, perhaps a question to ask is why are refuges are sleeping in tents and shacks, France is a rich country couldn't they do better.

My theory is that the limp attempts to keep channel crossings open are part of the French authorities conducting a covert economic war, some of the recent disruption has come from industrial disputes, it seems that France allows special interest groups to run riot, can anyone imagine Kent police to allowing trade unionist to blockade roads with mountains of burning car tyres such has recently been the case.

When will Cameron and his cronies man up and sort out France. It looks like Thanet is about to be cut off by the lunatic scheme to divert lorries 60 Miles from the channel ports.