Little has changed as a result of recent elections here in Thanet, it seems and nothing confirms this more than the views of Cllr Clive Hart our esteemed leader of Thanet council.
As you might expect our great leader is full of er
bull....no SORRY, enthusiasm, with the elections over, he kicks off his latest sermon in this week's Gazette saying how it's great to be back with the paper, full of the usual waffle, "working" "behind the scenes", "partnership with relevant agencies", "tackle antisocial behavior" are the tried and trusted cliches.
Still he finishes his piece with classic Clive Hart "It's so good to be back. I love elections but I'm glad that any small distractions (like losing badly) that may have caused are now well and truly over". Crikey !
Having observed the count , the "distraction" also known as democracy (the country elections), I must have slipped into a parallel universe, as it appeared to me that both conservative and Labour were clearly shocked by UKIP's vote and the idea that considerable numbers of the British public now ignore party loyalties to make clear, concerns over a bloated undemocratic and corrupt Europe Union.
Labour appeared particularly miffed at the result, although the unusual decision to promote Cllr Will Scobie as Margate mayor despite, I guess with little life or business experience outside the classroom or lecture hall has paid off, with a narrow victory.
Anyhoo, I don't doubt that for the political establishment, nothing has changed, Labour will continue as always and Cllr Scobie will add a fresh paragraph to his Cv, for consideration by various constituency selection committees for 2015.
Elsewhere in the Gazette I see Cllr Kim Gibson, is the new mayor for Ramsgate, at a time it's blighted, having just lost its channel ferry service, such a blow for the town and district. Whether this will trouble the new mayor is a moot point, certainly Labour has a poor record of supporting transport infrastructure, I can't recall her predecessor Cllr David Green supporting the nearby airport or rail projects and with Clive Hart recently refusing to talk up the airport on BBC local radio, giving for me a rather weak and improbable excuse that it was forbidden by election law (Clive Hart was not even a candidate) there's not much hope us.
Labour nationally failed to make any breakthrough for this reason, having engineered a monumental economic disaster which we're still living through and showing utter contempt for working people and the national interest, it has in concert with BBC media pals, gone big on negative campaigning particularly attacking necessary reform to the benefits, and as you might expect having nothing intelligent to offer.