A bit strong you might think (if you happen to be Cllr Clive Hart), and my justification a rather pitiful comment by one of Hart's colleagues, Alan Poole in response to Thanet councils negligent management of Margate town centre.
According to Friday's Isle of Thanet Gazette former councillor Paul Twyman, was motivated by council indolence into dragging a 10ft plant holder to the council offices, which had broken and lain some days strewn on Margate high street, astonishingly despite the proximity to the council offices and of course ignoring the fact, reported elsewhere in the paper, that Thanet council employs 45 cleaners, 5 mechanical sweeping machines, one road washing machine, 2 dog mess cleaners and 3 dumped rubbish removal squads, a list that long, should include a cuddly toy and a conveyor belt.
Still it would appear that despite all those cleaning resources, they don't have the apparatus to deal with an uprooted plant holder, anyhoo rather than saying thank you, Cllr Poole has given this rather mean and miserly response, "I am informed that you were aware of the broken hanging basket on Wednesday you did not think to inform anyone at the Council to get this dangerous object removed.
It's clear to me that any right-minded person seeing a plant holder, in middle of town (High Street) near the council offices, would natural assume that either an officer or street cleaner would deal with this, I'm taking a guess that Cllr Poole got advice on what to say from a council officer, otherwise he might have been a bit more apologetic, for what in actuality looks like council negligence and if he was a bit more savy, he would have done more than to promise to "investigate", more appropriate would be to "sort out" or "take charge", as you would expect from Thanet's Deputy Leader? .
So far Labour have yet to inspire confidence, whether it's former comrades, independents calling the shots or just the general style, I'm sure some time soon they'll show some leadership.