"I will be standing on a progressive platform calling for the reform of old fashioned and unworkable drugs and prostitution laws which will save £billions in police funding, which can be re-invested into community policing and cracking down on crime and disorder. I also want to Kent Police to take a much tougher stance on domestic abuse, hate crime and dangerous driving."
"Without the backing of a big party machine I will be reliant on donations from the Kent public to fund my campaign and pay the £5,000 election deposit. This is a chance for the people of Kent to have powerful, independent and non-party political person heading up law and order in the county".
For myself I would like to see a candidate, and I'm sure this does not apply to anyone we know, who is "independent" whether flitting from Labour to obscure left wing socialist activist led organisations and back to Labour over several years qualifies someone as a non-party person, is a moot point, I have my doubts.
I don't want someone who is happy have principles, involve the police and then for political expediency cuts a deal with someone we are lead to believe is involved in Hate Crime, which as we all know is never trivial but always vile and unforgivable.
The ideal independent candidate in my book would be a normal sort of working person, not involved in extreme politics, who earns their money in the real world economy not through public sector, quangos or welfare, who has a respect for police and public perhaps but with some objectivity, who can recognise issues such as Kent Police finding 30% of reported rape cases being non crimes.
Elsewhere this Press Release from local conservatives makes interesting reading
Press Release 2 July 2012
Cllrs Driver and Harrison – Lies and Hypocrisy
The TDC Conservative Group notes with interest that Cllr Ian Driver and Cllr Mike Harrison have agreed to work together, after Cllr Harrison referred to Cllr Driver as a ‘shirt lifting gender bender’.
Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Bob Bayford commented: “This is a cynical arrangement which ensures that both parties continue to exercise influence via the Overview and Scrutiny Panel and both continue to collect their Special Responsibility Allowances for doing so.
“Before receiving an Harrassment Notice from Kent Police and admitting that ‘I probably did say them things (sic)’, Cllr Harrison claimed on several occasions that his Facebook account had been hacked by the Conservative Group in an attempt to smear him. He has never apologised for these outrageous lies. The Labour Group has failed to call him to account for this.
“They have also failed to officially register Cllr Harrison’s derisory one month’s suspension, a period which did not include a single council meeting.”
The sudden announcement of the Councillors’ rapprochement came just days after Cllr Driver was quoted in the Isle of Thanet Gazette on 22 June as saying: “There is no place for misogyny and homophobia in politics. If you put yourself up for public office to represent people, that must include everyone regardless of their gender or sexuality. If you have these views, you are not fit for public office.”