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2016 sort of foretold

Each year I take a guess at what will happen in the coming year. This year is, by far, the hardest to call.

A lot of things that I would normally write about could go either way. 2016 will be interesting, if nothing else.

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Labour win by-election but lose moral high ground

I was at the count for the by-election in Newington.

The results proved hard to call right up to the end when Labour finally took the win.

That means that UKIP have lost another seat and overall majority at TDC. It is starting to seem that any hope of stability at our district council is a fiction as the purple hold on the council becomes increasingly fragile.

The following observations are entirely my own opinion.

Despite a little inter-party tension early on the ballot was, overall, a civil affair. That is unless you happen to be in a place to earwig on conversations between candidates and supporters.

The bitter tribalism seen in council chambers was in full swing, albeit masked by pleasant smiles and every attempt at good manors. At one point I thought that Labours army of rosettes were going to start an argument with the venue managers over their tenancy to crowd the entranceway. Sure, it was very cold but the polling station is not an appropriate place for a political party to hang around in large numbers.

That's not to say that individual members of these groups were not, on the whole, apparently decent people but as a group this was less apparent.

The comments from the ex-conservative UKIP leader, Chris Wells, in Kent online seem to me to be equal parts sour-grapes and paranoia. The Labour comments, on the other hand, seem equal parts premature celebration and unnecessary crowing. Nether the winner nor the looser in that election can hold any claim of being a good sport - UKIP being a bad loosers and Labour very poor winners.

I understand that politics can be a passionate issue but every single person there is a human being, even if they do hold ideas that are next to impossible to agree with. Also, as representatives of the people (apparently), we should be able to expect better behaviour from our political parties.

Labour might have won the election but they seem to have been willing to needlessly surrender the moral high ground while they did.

We need change at TDC and, right now, I do not think that we are simply not being offered it.

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Sleepwalkers

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From Thanet to Calais

Jordan Williams shows us that compassion is alive and well in Thanet.

For months I have tried to put into words my experience and time spent in Calais. Even now I cannot truly express what I have seen and also learnt from everything Iíve experienced since the summer of 2015.

It all began back in the Summer of 2015 when the media started show daily coverage of the refugee crisis happening across Europe and right on within arms reach in Calais, which on a clear day I can say of the coast of Ramsgate, my home town. It dawned on me proactive action was needed and if the government was not going to proactively help then I should at least try and do whatever I could.

Jordan Williams, Lib Dem Candidate for Newington, writes about his time in Calais.

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New Year Resolution

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Honestly, would a polite email have really hurt you that badly?

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2016 (not) foretold: Newington

Every year I try and take a guess at what is going to happen in the coming year, this year is more challenging than most.

Not only is there a by-election this month with a seven-way contest but a lot of things I would normally write about could go either way.

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Newington - your guess is as good as mine

Like most people, I like to play the game of guess the election outcome. This Newington Election has left me scratching my head, though. It's a seven-way fight with some serious candidates and issues to contend with. Worse still, it falls on a sleepy part of the year when it is generally too cold to actually get out and cast a vote.

For Labour and Conservative, this is an election about clawing back what they lost. For UKIP and the Democratic Independent gang this is about Manston and desperately trying to hold on to what they have left. Then there are Green, Liberal Democrats and true independent candidates too.

I've only met three of the candidates.

In the Green Corner, we have Ian Driver. No introduction needed. A local character who has been a councillor before and stood for MP last May.

In the Purple Corner, we have a fellow who I've had a coffee with. To be honest, I was supprised that he came down Purple. I can only hope it was because he was disillusioned with Conservative and Labour rather than being a closet racist - I'd like to be at least a bit right about the man.

In the Yellow corner, we have Jordan Williams. Jordan is the candidate that I know best. Last year he gave up almost every Wednesday Lunch time to come and walk around Dane Valley and help me get things sorted out. With his help, the Dane Valley RAG got potholes filled, graffiti removed, vandalism repaired and a whole host of other things taken care of.

Jordan comes from the Newington area and if I was to offer any advice on the election it would be that this man is a great choice.

As to who might win. Your guess is as good as mine.

How do you call it?

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