Politics, yes boring! but it colours pretty much all our life even the vast swathes of those who opt not involve or take an interest.
Still tedious as it is, I was not surprised when I turned up at Thursday nights TDC Cabinet meeting, to see that apart from me there was only one other in the public gallery, and myself missing the first half hour.
Not really remarkable was the absence of any proper news hounds, although usually there’s one member of her majesty press present, the Gazette generally has somebody still Thom Morris has now jumped ship, leaving three journalists and an editor to churn out KRN’s three Thanet papers ( I think we can expect more animal stories and slightly rewritten council press releases in the coming weeks).
So has the public missed out, probably not as far as I can tell, there was no real excitement, basically the cabinet meeting consists of Tory’s nodding through agenda items, with backbench members or the Labour groups raising queries, which may or may not be answered by cabinet members or council officers who have to sit around waiting to chip in not, no doubt as they contemplate office gossip or a late dinner or what’s occurring in Emmerdale Eastenders or corrie.
Anyhow as you can imagine these meetings can be turgid, just to give a flavour I think Cllr Wise at one point spoke on the lack respect for authority ( the anarchist in me was tempted to shout something like for “gods sake who cares?” or “boring” ), why was I there, well, I was interested item 11 Cabinet Advisory Group, Thanet works, as a brief explanation Thanet Works is government sponsored scheme involving the WNF (Working Neighbourhoods Fund), TDC has around £4 million of government to play with.
The aim of WNF is apparently to “tackle concentrated pockets of worklessness”, I’m hoping this will also include Thanet’s unemployed, still as this issue doesn’t seem to interest our official Tory group cabinet members who didn’t expand on it and indeed apparently it didn’t excite any questions from Cllr Clive Hart’s Labour group either it was nodded through with no elaboration (Labour as we all know no longer represents the underclasses preferring the well healed self perpetuating public sector workers).
The only excitement thereafter seemed, the issue of asset sales with minor points scoring on the earlier flawed attempt to sell Northdown House without bothering to check the legality first, at least its now confirmed that TDC wont be attempting to flog off Northdown Park estate for a while.
All in all not a great example of what democracy is about, still at least we still go through the motions not that you’d always know from the Gazette, Adscene, or Thanet Times.