Tuesday, December 31, 2013
In Thanet,it seems to me that in particular, Labour has shown themselves to be at the very least, less tolerant of scrutiny. It's easy to understand why given the thinly spread talent that makes up Labours front bench.
Thanet councillors seem to expect the mere fact of being elected demands respect, whereas those of us in the real world know that is earned.
In my view, Thanet council officers and council members exude arrogance, one reason I no longer go to meetings is the level of harassment which would not be out of place in Russia.
Having myself been bullied by council staff and forced to leave public meetings, it was with some sadness, that I read back in October how once again, a local blogger was forced to leave another public meeting apparently with the involvement of Kay Dark the labour appointed council chair.
Coming to more recent history, the councils standards committee I guess felt honour bound to resign after Labour led by Clive Hart objected to conclusions in a recent report suggesting councillors distrust of the public, the local suspicion of secrecy corruption and distance between council offices and the reality of people lives and needs of the community.
Let's face it, local politicians throwing their toys out that pram is nothing new, demanding that an independent group of, I suspect honest decent people volunteering themselves to serve local democracy, should have to rewrite a report to suit Clive Hart and his cronies is outrageous.
Moving on, I suggest Labour take lead from Bob Bayford's Conservative group who rather than have a hissyfit, following a Standards Committee meeting held on 21 November, thanked committee members for their hard work, making councillors aware of the "fragility of their reputation" with Cllr Bob Bayford adding “We accepted the report’s main conclusions on Thursday and we repudiate the torrent of criticism directed at the report and its authors during Thursday’s Standards Committee meeting.”
If Clive and his colleagues in the Thanet Labour group want a better 2014, I suggest they take good hard look at themselves in the mirror and look beyond the empty headed sloganeering. Probably the best way forward for Labour would be dump Clive Hart and that other genius Alan Poole who seems to specialise in blaming the public when the council cock's up, blimey they TDC cannot even empty the binds round here.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
These days people no longer feel comfortable talking about real issues particularly when they involve daring to touch on national issues or interest, sad really but Labour lead the way in undermining any idea of national interest, we live in a world in which are expected to accommodate celebrate diversity of all sort while any interest in preserving national identity is frowned upon. Schizophrenic
Monday, November 04, 2013
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
It's that last week of the political conference season, and while I'm no apologist for conservative politicians on the basis of what's on offer, and performance, David Cameron, is the best realistic choice for the next parliament.
This morning the Prime Minister, on the Andrew Marr show gave a confident performance, the sort of questions that Ed Milliband stumbled and tripped over, Cameron seemed to glide through, of course both, say little of substance and what they do say is crafted to please everyone, a particularly awkward subject the question of women wearing a veil, the PM suggested it wasn't a subject for legislation but supported individual choice, however some institutions insist on rules requiring that a women cannot hide which he also agreed with, I think with Ed viewers witnessed him struggle in a clumsy response as he searched his brain for the right answer.
As much as Nick Clegg is the best of the bunch and represents the middle ground of political thinking with its heart in an equal society, the leader of the next government will almost certainly be Ed or David, and I have to say this about Labour politicians, principal and even morality have long left the building, in the last government, they could not have done more harm to working people if they tried, lying and cheating all the way.
Labour politicians these days are soulless hulks going through the motions, a bit like fracking, pump a lot of hot air into their heads about past heritage of welfare, health service, working people, and they're momentarily revived, new energy is released, in small numbers, Labour politicians, are harmless but once they reach a critical mass, the side effects are cracks and fractures in both the economy and society.
Maybe it's the training at Eton or Conservatives sticking to their core values that allows Cameron to out perform Milliband, perhaps David appears better as Ed's been well and truly fracked as pressure builds from inside and outside, comparisons with Kinnock seem generous, pity really.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Councillor Rick Everitt - Who's not a reasonable person ? or Labour sink to personal abuse in harbour debacle.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Excuse me I've been away on holiday , on the island of Mallorca, a favorite of mine' arriving home at the weekend was a rude shock given the drop in temperature.
Catching up on local media things were pretty much the same as they had been two weeks earlier, three million pounds is even less likely to be repaid following the Transeuropa debacle , and still officers, politicians have yet to resign or even say sorry.
Sunday I thought I would go for a cycle, not wishing to be tough on Margate my journey on the bicycle did seem to be lacking in several ways one of which was the heat and secondly the vista, groups of noisy young men guzzling cans of lager was not as therapeutic as palm trees and brilliant blue seas.
Near the Lido I turned of up toward Northdown Rd, cycling through Dalby Square, and was pleased to see new housing, which in my view now compliments Dalby Square, which if I recall rightly was supported by Thanet conservatives.
A rat infested site containing a derelict hotel has been transformed by building of new homes in the area, and the thought occurred, why hasn't Labour boss and local council leader Clive Hart had his usual photo opportunity and then I recalled how the labour party, had, led by Clive Hart gone all nimby and decided to fight this development even though it as I understand provides affordable housing. ( around the same time they also took an opportunist anti jobs stance against Manston)
I only mention this having read a letter from Clive Hart in the Gazette, claiming that he cares about local residents, as you might expect I found this almost as sincere as his recent endorsement of Will Scobie as a parliamentary candidate, thinking if he was so confident in Will's ability why wasn't he part of Thanet councils front bench taking the place of one of the dinosaurs.
Still let's not be to harsh, Clive Hart commands there same respect as Ed Milliband does at national level, which is er....
PS Well done to Cllr Driver and ECR for continuing to expose the ineptitude of those involved in the TransEuropa fiasco.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Seeing the above road sign, on the way to work, my initial reaction was, what the hell does that mean, "modified speed cushions", naturally I quickly decided that Transport for London, had become car friendly replacing the cruel speed humps designed to cause pain and damage to vehicle suspension with something altogether softer and humane.
Wrong, where there had once been manageable speed bumps, in this particular North London road, it appears to me that some sneaky mean group of road planners who probably don't drive have decided to inflict maximum hurt. The "cushions" are a cruel joke offering extreme discomfort.
Language evolves, words change, the urge to invent new ways to express never seems more important than when involving communication with us proles.
Why? often to sweeten the unacceptable and unreasonable, locally we now know that a three million pound debt accrued by a foreign ferry isn't a loss? Britain has the best police force in the world but is regularly on the news for corruption.
Without euphemistic language covering the backsides of the incompetent how would we get through day, without a revolution.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Like so many zombies with fixed expressions health "professionals" (by that I mean the managers thin on competence but fat on salary) have been paraded on tv screens in the last day or so to comment on the emerging scandal highlighting around 13,000 deaths due to inept hospital management, perhaps the most irritating, was not a health professional but former health minister Andy Burnham who's blaming, yes you've got it the coalition government.
No surprise that one of the contributors, to the Keogh report, highlighting this tragedy, Sir Brian Jarman, has accused Labour ministers of presiding over a "denial machine" ignoring his findings of high mortality rates, given the childlike denials Labour have for the economy I doubt few if any are listening to Labour on this topic.
Admittedly the Stafford hospital scandal was not the first failing hospital and as we've been seeing in the last few days, a significant number of hospitals are similarly poorly run.
Nobody's asked for my opinion, however the root cause if you were stupid enough ask, is this, arrogance generally emanating not from true professionals clinical and technical staff the ones with degrees, but the administrative bods, who might well be a dab hand with a power point presentation, or creating a spreadsheet, but useless with anything practical. Still maybe, visitors and patients should be questioning more.
I visited Stafford hospital quite often in the nineties, at the time I would have said it was vastly superior to Canterbury and Margate hospitals based on superficial criteria.
Over the years I've seen poor welfare in several hospitals, in recent times, I make a point of reporting poor practice, and this week has shown you can't trust the health trusts or Labour.
Clearly health staff are under pressure, that said if you think, you've relative being neglected, make sure you express your concerns.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY IN THANET BEGINS CAMPAIGN TO SAVE WELFARE STATE
The first meeting of the national People’s Assembly Against Austerity in Kent took place last week (Thursday July 4) in Broadstairs.
Over 140 people attended the meeting which was addressed by national figures in the People’s Assembly movement, including Jeremy Corbyn MP and Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party.
The speakers declared their opposition to cuts in public services and warned of the growing privatisation of the National Health Service.
One of the organisers of the meeting, Christine Tongue of Anti Cuts Thanet, said: “Britain’s public services are under attack like they never have before. Now everyone must come together to fight back. This meeting marks the beginning of that fight back.”
“The cuts are justified in terms of the financial deficit, but this is nonsense. The government is using the financial crisis as an excuse to push through policies they wanted to adopt anyway.
“The Welfare State was founded in 1945 when Britain was bankrupt after the war. People knew it was needed then and it’s still needed today.”
The meeting voted overwhelmingly to support a national demonstration to protect the NHS.
Another meeting to discuss local actions will be held on Tuesday August 6 at 7.30pm in the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs. More information from Christine Tongue on 01843 604 253. and 07989 070843.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Here's, why I think it's a joke, as far as I know Will Scobie has been immersed in politics educationally and vocationally, not helpful I feel in giving the sort of life skills or work and business background needed to understand wider issues, ideals, theory and training are quite separate from harsh reality.
So far Will Scobie, has been a Thanet Councillor for a couple of years, and probably as a result of being made Margate Mayor a narrow victory for Kent county council.
I've been busy of late but last time I looked, Thanet council leader Clive Hart has yet to use his talents in his cabinet.
Thanet Labour along with the national party represent that awful "entitlement culture" quick with the "Cuts" begging bowl but thin on solutions, and if we are honest ignorant of their own treachery to working people.
In fairness I believe Cllr Scobie has shown some promise, such as when council dinosaurs debated using mobile phones and tablets at the council, but then during the recent shameful crisis in which Thanet Council has given away THREE MILLION pounds plus to a foreign company Transeuropa what was his contribution, well I don't know other than a well publicised picture of Scobie looking into pot holes.
Still I don't doubt that current member for Thanet South, Laura Sandys MP would not be too perturbed at the choice.
If you'd like to know more about Will Scobie click here for his comments about potholes such as reporting twenty himself or "potholes can be dangerous" not as dangerous as Thanet council officers and councillors agreeing THREE MILLION POUND unsecured credit with a foreign company and has he reported this to the councills auditors?
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Other reading The Grocer, Telegraph, Facebook, FT, Kentnews, Arlington Margate
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
A couple of contentions items are on the agenda tonight, one the never ending saga of the royal sands development, of which Michael child is expert and best placed to discuss
Next a more recent foul up, (please note other four letter words are available) the Transeuropa debacle, so far from my cursory view of the evidence we've had a couple of its not me Guv type communications from Tory and Labour, with no likelihood of any one putting their hands up.
I write this as I travel home from another hard day at the office (building railways) wondering if it's worth traipsing over to the council offices, for what it's worth I feel it's most likely to be a bit of a disappointment.
Will council officers be suspended/resign pending an enquiry, will Clive Hart admit that his lot are incapable monitoring the council finances, or Bob Bayford admit to reckless deals?
Please excuse the usual grammar spelling title cockups I'm posting this on the trip home.
UPDATE After the meeting
Neither Clive Hart or Bob Bayford or indeed the TDC Chief Exec or any officers resigned
Also this is my understanding hampered by an abysmal sound system £3,300,000. owed by Transeuropa is apparently just an illusion, to make it simple, they just failed to pay for services at Ramsgate Harbour Simples!
Just imagine you rented an asset like a house or this case a harbour and your customer failed to pay accumulating a debt of three million with no security, of course you'd just laugh it off.
Clive Hart and in this instance his alliance partner Bob Bayford, failed i'd say to convince most of the public of their joint defence.
The only members of the council with any comprehension of basic business principals seemed to be those independent members. Big Thank you to Tom King for articulation of the problem and Ian Driver for conveying the incredulity of the general public.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Does it matter, well only if you pay tax, still the cost spread over the population of Thanet works out at around twenty five quid each. I wonder if a full detailed report will be issued to us the paying public naming and shaming those responsible. I doubt it Clive Hart was recently featured in the local paper bemoaning, people daring to ask, as their right, for honest info from the council.
TDC P R announcement
- A sum of £1m has been identified in respect of prior year adjustments to housing benefit subsidy. This is a highly volatile budget due to the impact on the subsidy of increases in caseloads and errors in benefit calculations and so normally any underspend would be put into the Customer Services Reserve to mitigate any future overspends. However, the current balance in this reserve is considered appropriate for this purpose and therefore this budget underspend can be utilised to offset the Transeuropa debt position;
- Unallocated unringfenced grants of £92k have been identified;
- A balance of £43k remains on the Housing and Planning Delivery Grant reserve which is unallocated;
- A sum of £1m will be drawn down from the New Homes Bonus;
- Savings in the cremator project of £196k will be utilised;
- Carry forward budgets of £257k from prior years have not been utilised and will therefore be taken to offset this debt;
- A sum of £200k will be taken from the Priority Improvement Reserve which will still leave a balance of £405k to support invest to save and one-off initiatives;
- A sum of £196k will be taken from the VAT Reserve;
- The bad debt provision has been reviewed and a sum of £200k can be taken to contribute towards this debt.