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Some conservatives are jolly nice people (just saying)

Some members of the conservative party are really nice people and an example of that which is good.

I think that it bears pointing out that while some conservatives (who shall this time remain nameless) are an example of all that is wrong with our district council they are some councillors who are actually decent folks, good councillors and an example of the type of person of whom we could do with more.

Yesterday I wrote about an (ex) Conservative who seemed to have a chip on his shoulder and was giving his party's name a further blackening (in my opinion obviously).

Peter Checksfield pointed out that while he worked as a doorman it was the Conservatives that were the most polite to him. This has prompted me to write this short post to say that, yes, I need to say that there are some really decent Tory's out there. Mr and Mrs Gale with whom I do not see eye-to-eye politically have been dead helpful and taken the time to help me on a number of occasions. There are a number of other conservatives who I shall not embarrass but are deserving of plenty of praise too.

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Bums, Banditry and How to Lose Votes.

This post could as equally be called a beginners guide to responsibility and blog comments but given the situation that has prompted it I think the headline far more, well not apt as such, appropriately witty maybe?

I am off course hoping to weigh in on the latest storm in a tea-cup that is the Cllr John Worrow vs James Maskell. Anyone further left of the political spectrum than the boundary of "undeniably right" might have missed this one completely. So here is a really brief recap:

Cllr Worrow has apparently taken umbrage with certain not named Thanet Conservative members on the grounds that he feels that they are being homophobic. Fair play I guess as such outdated non-topics as to whom another is attracted should have very little play in today's political party especially on a local level.

Apparently someone said something like we have J Worrow now on our side backs to the wall you know what I mean which is arguably a touch ambiguous but potentially a little childish.

Anyway on the 22nd James posted Mucho Worrow where he talks about Worrow departing the Conservative party (thus removing the one seat lead they had). In this post James talks about Worrow's blog posts. Sadly as he linked to the home page rather than the post I can't check this out any further.

The first reply seems to have been Worrow casting aspersions on James's accuracy which is fairly typical for a right of centre councillor in my own experience (you know who you are each of you). Generally this rarely amounts to anything and later the member in question cannot be reached for comment when the information they had been shouting "it's all lies" at turns out to be true.

Worrow was then called a drama queen and it went rapidly downhill from there.

Some anon suggested that Worrow and Will Scobie had a thing going and within the hour Will had popped in to point out that he preferred the fairer gender, sorry to disappoint.

Worrow got mad and demanded the post be taken down.

James said that it did not breach his personal comments policy so it was staying.

Worrow made vague threats about litigation.

James unsurprisingly failed to back down.

That's the back story but could you spot who has made a miss step? (It might surprise you).

Keep reading to see not only a number of councillors miss the mark, the point and the opportunity to win votes and just as interesting how Worrow himself is costing himself support with what should have been a free PR boost.

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The lights are on and we are home

Thanet Star will not be going off line due to the
humbug jobsworth society due to some Christmas goodwill and general sponsorship.

Flavour of the month is, for me, Hiltons World Wide Ltd with whom you can get a 15% discount (click here to find out how). I'd like to encourage you all to stop by the shop and say hi. That is if you can find some parking in Margate.

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Has Thanet Council been negligent or did it lie?

I am forced to wonder if our council is being wilfully ignorant of it's use of IT or just incompetent.

I have just read a Freedom of Information request Use of Internet by Council staff and what I have read is slightly alarming.

Sophie Chadwick, the Contracts and Partnerships Relationship Manager, writes that our council does not have the means to monitor external network communication and so since 2005 has never had to discipline a member of staff for misuse of the internet. As unlikely as this voluntary compliance seems it is fully explained by the admission that our council has no way of knowing if their Internet connection is being abused.

On the face of it this seems to be the sign of an employer that is prepared to look the other way if staff browse porn or generally waste time. It also means that staff can read Thanet blogs at work which is good I think.

However there is more than just a whiff of stupidity here. Our council (and our tax money) is at significant risk due to th lack of good monitoring processes.

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I'll keep blogging until the lights go out

Having been shafted by the Christmas Humbug Jobsworth Society there is little chance of me paying the hosting bills this side of Chrimbo.

I will however keep blogging until the lights go out.

In the unlikely event that my hosting company are very understanding I hope to pay up in the new year (somehow) and maybe come back on line. If not it has been great knowing you and my many thanks for staying around to read the blog.

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The changes in Council leadership: What do they mean for us?

Our District Council here in Thanet has recently changed leadership from Conservative who have held the reigns longer than I have been blogging about the area to Labour who have long contested that they can do a better job.

In this article I will take an in depth look at the implications of the changes and what it might mean to long standing concerns, power and council attitude.

Certainly no one was willing to say that they thought that Labour had a chance of taking control of the council. The straw poll I took on the Thanet Star Facebook page suggested that most people saw the winners as the Independents which in a way was true.

The Most Powerful Men in Thanet


If you hold true that men on our (Thanet) District Council hold any true power (as to, say, certain, shall we say, business men) then it would be safe to say that the most powerful men in Thanet may have changed.

Actually this is not true. The most powerful men in Thanet have simply let their strength be known. These men are of course Cllr John Worrow and Cllr Jack Cohen whose vote from among the Independents on our council first placed Cllr Bob Bayford in power and then removed him.

Cllr Bob Bayford for all that Cllr Clive Hart says about him being exceptionally well respected missed the truth of his leadership. A leadership which in truth had always been in the hands of the independent councillors. I am not sure exactly what the Conservatives have done, if anything, to loose favour with the Thanet King Makers but loose it they have.

Of course this might simply be a very astute move from the Independents to be sure that their power is respected. It was assumed that they would side with Labour for a change of leadership and yet they struck a deal to vote for Cllr Bob Bayford after the elections. One might argue that this was simply to let the Labour members know who was in charge when, as has happened, a change of leadership took place.

I am not saying that Cllr John Worrow and Cllr Jack Cohen were party to such tactical voting but I am not saying that they were not. What is clear is that Cllr Clive Hart's grip on power is subject to the opinion of two men who represent two thirds of the power in the Birchington South Ward.

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Farewell cruel world...

I'm jacking in blogging.

Just kidding. I am taking 5 days out from everything. I'll be back.

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