Tuesday, October 25, 2016


I recently turned 60 and inconceivable as it seems to me the world has changed in ways I never thought possible

Looking back it's as if I was born into a world that was black and white, since that was the predominant available hue in both print television and film, and back in the past, with less Media news was also clearer with no spin

News outlets from the BBC to our own local newspapers,  have made news less important than commentary I guess because we can all comment with out awkward facts getting in the way of our mood swings.

The Isle of Thanet Gazette commentator plain Jane epitomises the sort of thing I mean, Friday's newspaper she apparently couldn't find why the Thanet Way had a 50 mile an hour speed limit I myself got the information in seconds by mumbling into my phone something like ok Google kent highways Thanet Way speed restriction, wallop  in a split second up popped a Tweet from the relevant authority, and the facts

Still also interesting to read plain Jane's views on what she considered sacred in Britain which included a judicial system freedom of speech equality compassion a jar of Marmite but sadly no mention of democracy which it's no surprise given the not inconsiderable whinging or bremoaning about brexit once again, get over it and move on for God's sake

Anyway moving on from small town commentary the most disturbing thing apart from me realising I'm 60 and I may not live forever is the shock that the establishment intelligentsia whatever we might call them have nothing but utter contempt for the majority of British people who have come to the honourable conclusion they have no wish to continue to be ruled by a committee of greedy and delusional Eurocrat's

Still these people so keen remaining tethered to Europe are affluent middle class people who haven't seen their jobs taken away by cheap labour or experienced the challenge of sending their children to school where English is no longer the first language of significant numbers of children

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sir Roger Gale backs Theresa May

It's not often I agree with sir Roger Gale MP however he has just sent out a statement* praising Mrs May's speech given at the launch of a campaign to become leader of Tory Party, as one of the most powerful and impressive speech he has ever heard.

After a week of extreme turbulence Teresa Mays launch of a bid to become Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party offers I think a ray of sunshine, this I think will be a view shared by anyone who sees or has seen Theresa Mays campaign speech today.  She makes Boris Johnson despite his obvious talent look like a bumbling buffoon in comparison.

I think if the Conservatives have any sense they will elect Theresa May, as far as I can see it she's probably the only person with the honesty and integrity to get the United Kingdom through the coming months and years as we extricate ourselves from the EU.

PS as I finish writing this I see that Boris Johnson has had the good manners to embrace defeat.

*Theresa May – Statement from Sir Roger Gale MP

I have just returned from the launch of Theresa May`s bid to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and for the first time in what has been a bad week I feel a real sense of hope where before there was despair. 
I have been involved in politics for more than 50 years and Mrs. May`s speech was one of the most powerful, and impressive for its quiet dignity that I have ever heard. 

We are reminded that while she is determined to reflect the view of the British people as expressed in the referendum, and to negotiate our exit from the EU on the very best terms possible, there is also a government agenda designed to create and strengthen social justice and equality that has to be pursued and that she intends to spend the rest of this Parliament, until 2020 (and beyond) doing exactly that. 

Earlier in the week I said that we now needed, to take us through a very difficult period in our history, a leader with vision, courage and determination that I had found missing in the Vote Leave campaign.  I believe that in Theresa May we have found someone who has emerged with the experience, skill and ability to reunite not just or even  the Conservative Party but  the whole Country.  She accepts the reality of the vote and she is ready to bat for Britain.  
I hope that we can now rally behind her and make the United Kingdom work again on the world stage. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Reasons to quit Europe - EU to force consumers to pay for euro TV

Just what sort of people inhabit the United Kingdom it seems to me that if the media are right and Cameron and Osborne are also correct then everything just comes down to a few pounds per annum or whether the economy grows by one or two or three or four or 5 percent.

The European remain campaign appear to believe that we are all totally without any principles, freedom, sovereignty, count for nothing. 

However forget money, forget migration (the other cliché), how about the petty but sinister intrusion into our lives by the European Union which now believes that suppliers of on demand media such as such as Netflix should have now have to have a quota of European content.

Imagine when the Eurocrats then focus on news media, presumably newspaper such as the Torygraph will have to accommodate qouta of left right and centre political opinion, imagine the socialist morning star newspaper wouldn't be able report on its miniscule revolutionary supporters.

Clearly deranged and powercrazed  Eurocrats feel they have to impose cultural quotas, ignoring the fact that currently individuals such as I can freely choose to pay for entertainment, I pay for Netflix because they produce and distribute quality programming which without loony euro bullies already provides content from both Europe and the rest of the world.

By what logic is it necessary for the Euro state, to try and manipulate even what we watch when we relax, it's this sort of intrusion that inclines individuals to question why we need there EU.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ten Years on

It is 10 years since I started this web blog and to be honest something's have changed for the good and some things are just the same as ever.

My original postings were often concerned with the Turner contemporary gallery and the controversy that surrounded it's creation and completion , the gallery has been a roaring success even with cynical old gits such as myself, although perhaps the best for down market proles such as me has been the resurrection of dreamland.

Margate is better than it was 10 years ago although that said there have been down sides, not least the suggestion of misappropriation of EU funds, the loss of the royal school for the deaf and of course the Conservatives alleged  inability to get their sums right when accounting for election expenses

Still on the whole it seems that Thanet council is being run slightly better than in the past, which may well be due to the inexperience of UKIP in running the council.

I think councillor Chris Wells has done a good job given the naivety of some of the members of UKIP as for the Manston issue, some of those UKIP quitters also don't realise that Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will be the proposed new housing estate for Manston god willing never!

As you will appreciate I'm a little out of practice on blogging , but for my next blog I will be touching on brexit and the incredible campaign of Lies and interference from foreigners in what is a discussion of British sovereignty for now, I will just say this it is a measure of how corrupt this country has become that the best argument David Cameron and George Osborne can come up with is the cost to the economy, they clearly place no value on independence or our sovereign rights,  the generations who sacrificed themselves for this country, do they really think 3 to 6% shrinkage to the economy, matters a toss when freedom and principal are at stake.

And really if they Osborne and Cameron gave a flying er.....  for ordinary hard working people would they really be in the Tory party, I think not.

Till the next time.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Inspiration from Thanet's men in Westminster

I've been blogging for a long time admittedly recently I've not had the time or indeed the inclination and God knows  there has been little to inspire this grumpy old man to comment.

Still I am struck by just how much banality and mediocrity there is in public Life. I have to say that Rodger Gale fired my imagination last week with his recent communication regarding the European Union which unfortunately was very much sitting on the fence eventually tipping over toward prison Europe, such is his passion sir Rodger won't be involving himself in either campaign, has Gale ever stood out in a crowd?

In contrast Thanet South MP Craig Mackinlay seems to have been quite busy recently, in his view from Westminster in the Gazette he mentions that he has just visited Israel, having been invited by the conservative friends of , we of course can only imagine the tough questions that Craig asked in his meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu about Israel's merciless bombing of civilians in Gaza 2000+killed 100,000+ injured and more carnage with homes, schools and hospitals destroyed.

Still moving along Craig did stand up during last week's PM's question time and ask whether Dave would like to visit Ramsgate and then mentioned a Ramsgate PR group,in other business Craig revealed that he's been involved in a keep Britain tidy Project clean for the Queen , which requires politicians and presumably celebs to briefly to don a hi viz jacket, while gullible citizens get on and clean the streets, a job the local council have been paid to do.

Finally Craig Mackinlay has shown what a man of principle he is, we all know he has previously been a member of UKIP probably the reason he was chosen as conservative candidate for Thanet South, standing against Nigel Farage, so it is of no surprise that he has thanked the PM for giving him the chance to vote to leave the European Union.  I can't help thinking that without his former political party UKIP we wouldn't be having a referendum and to add to his misery perhaps you might consider the question of how much the Conservative Party actually spent in his political campaign anyway that's all for now although I understand expenses are being scrutinised.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Thanet MP's Why can't they do more for the Royal School for the Deaf

I may be wrong but I get the impression that both Rodger Gale and his colleague Craig Mackinlay MP have given up any hope of the Royal School for the Deaf being saved

Both seem to put the argument that government cannot continue to throw money at the school since it has been run into bankruptcy.

Clearly it seems to be a no-brainer that you'd never want to employ the previous management of the school in a similar institution.

Still it is clear to me that children at the school and young adults are victims of a harsh ruthless system with no compassion but will still need provision for care and education and it therefore seems ridiculous that a new management and organisation couldn't be set up to take over the bricks and mortar and employ the excellent staff.

I looked at Craig Mackinlays thoughts of the 23rd December concerning the Royal School for the Deaf and I found his language a bit too mechanical and lacking sensitivity perhaps I have misinterpreted his words "service users" (3rd paragraph from end) if so my apologies to Craig McKinley

Still the diminishing number of "service users" had a voice on Radio Kent this morning in the form of the mother of a teenage boy who is blind and deaf but has found a home at at the Royal School.

An hour later after the item was broadcast it was announced that David Bowie had passed on and that I found disturbing inasmuch it made me feel older realising that I'm approaching 60 this year, life is short.

However on the drive home, the thing that dominated my thoughts  was the realisation our local MP's or as I sometimes think of them publicly funded protectors of wealth, privilege establishment could do more.

It seems the government has endless money  to waste on pomp and ceremony perhaps one of the most shameful things(2015) I've ever seen in my life was the respect and fuss surrounding the funeral of the Saudi king last year, flags on government buildings lowered to half mast and probably many hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on flying out dignitaries such as Royals and politicians to pay their respect.

We are a country that can afford to let technology companies, banks, manufacturers, construction firms, simply refuse to pay tax but how sad that loose change cannot be found to clear the debts of the Royal School for the Deaf and a new competent management structure put in place.

We can live without MP's who can't change the world, save Manston or move mountains but they could be heroes if they save this school, the money could come from anyone of the hundreds of tax avoiding suited CEO's or their businesses.