Before I start, a quick mention for Sainsbury's ebooks, I'd not be troubling you with my personal angst, had Sainsbury's offer, of a Free ebook attached to my grocery receipt, been honoured.
I've come to the conclusion that Thanet is, really as badly run as is possible, and that most people in public life really are incompetent and self serving as we suspect, the reason amongst others I find it tooo depressing to ponder local issues.
Things I've resisted the urge to comment on include the outrage of council officers and politicians continuing hostility to free access to meetings, a month or so back, a member of the public was encouraged to leave for allegedly daring to use a tablet computer. Interestingly the "Gazette" wrote up the story IMHO without the usual toadying to the council, when this happened to me, I found the mention of the incident slanted, inaccurate and plain wrong, still those with their nose in trough, would of course dismiss my claims as sour grapes..
The public sector in all its grisly forms, has thrown up some disgraceful examples of abusing the public, they're meant to serve, the police and I don't mean those out on the street, continue to be exposed as less than honest and more than capable of perverting justice, perhaps most sinister being the recent controversy in which a member of the government become a victim in a politicised police force. Fire service, are currently in dispute over pensions despite, and believe it or not this is common view of working people that fire service having a well paid job with pretty good conditions, able in many cases to run their own businesses such as building works, so it was quite annoying to see fire officers walk away from a fire. ( As I understand it Fire service jobs are generally much sort after so, perhaps those who walked away could be sacked and easily replaced)
In national politics, Labour and the Unions continue to bring themselves into disrepute, Unite when they are not facing accusations of ballot rigging have now stumbled further into the gutter, by demonstrating outside the homes of directors of companies whom their in dispute, clearly some such people are low life immoral swine, but surely their families children and partners are entitled not to be threatened by moronic union activists. Locally Labour leader Clive Hart was shocked to see the need for "Food Banks" clearly he has no understanding of the damage his party did, to the economy during Blair/Brown years, which is why Food banks are necessary.
One recent news item, was the suggestion that Thanet council had been bought into disrepute by Cllr Ian Driver, now I myself have criticised him for grand standing, (but hey he's a politician!), the council have apparently spent big bucks, with lawyers, investigating Driver for having dared to photograph an incident in which it was suggested two councillor got a tad heated? God forbid that anyone should accuse councillors and officers bringing Thanet into disrepute by ejecting members of the public from council meetings or losing millions of pounds to TransEuropa ferries for which both Tory and Labour should apologise and not give silly explanations claiming they have not lost money.
Anyhoo coming back to where I started, I shall now down tools myself in mid rant! coming back to ebooks being a cheapskate I shall now trawl through project gutenburg or google books for a free out of copyright read, for those of you interested in local history a search such of this should give you something to occupy your afternoon.