Five things that are not the news (but we think are)
Now, obviously I don't completely believe that but I'd like to take a leaf out of the book of certain local political types and justify why I have not had anything to say when the council's one time leader is being charged with corruption, Jimmy (I didn't start that fire) Godden's death, the change in local blue flags and the fact that the unaligned members are ruling the roost... and so on and so forth.
Peter C rightly accused me of running a boring blog.
TDC being hijacked by independents, Sandy being charged with bribary, Theatre Royal in trouble (& rescued), blue flags returning to our beaches... & you're reviewing the service at McDonalds.
Peter is right but just admitting that would be boring. This has nothing to do with "other commitments" such as earning a living so let us see if I can do the political shuffle - here's an alternative argument why these things are phooy.
Sandy is not news
To some Sandy Ezekiel has been guilty since 2009 (or before). I reported this for Thanet News Network months ago. December of last year in fact.
The only real news is how much Chris Wells jumped up and down and threw his toys out of the pram. Chris, having less of a grasp of the role of media and news than say he has of the finer points of C++ Compiler Optimisations declared
...it must be asked with malicious intentwhen I asked facebook readers if they thought the old codger was guilty.
Over 66% of my straw poll pronounced him guilty.
No-one is, therefore, the least bit surprised that the slimy wat-not has been charged with something. To be honest most of us are supprised it did not happen sooner. (Standards board hearings in 2009 aside).
Sandy is not news.
Keep reading to find out what else is not the news
TDC being hijacked by independents is not news
Right at the start of 2012 I called this one. I told you then that the non party members would own the council and Labour and Conservative would have to kiss indi-bum to get anywhere. Likewise I called the in-fighting and the resignations.
On a side note I called the Turner Centre on uncanny good statistics for performance and four months later the Turner Centre comes up with the dodgy stats.
The truth is TDC being hijacked by the indi's is not news it's old hat. It's been obvious since the elections (I was there). Uf you are unhappy about the state of affairs there is always a mayor and cabinet model to push for.
Theatre Royal in trouble (and then rescued) is not news
Is there ever a year in which this does not happen?
For starters it's a theatre in Thanet where arts uptake is not massive and the top ticket price is capped by market fairly low. Without some epic changes it is marginally viable at best.
That's not to say that to see it go would be sad just that yeah, this happens every year and the management are darn good at finding new hope.
blue flags returning to our beaches is not news
The blue flags are as much the news as my overtime sheet. These things come and go like the tide. One time they are here, then they drop off because Southern Water dumped crap at testing time then things are back to normal the next year. This is not a change just the seasonal fluctuation in the blue flag count.
News would be some radical changes to the way our water to handled so that the blue flags are better assured. News would be not having to find out via FOI that there is all sorts of crap seeping into the drinking water.
The blue flags important though they might be are not bloggable topics just yet.
The real news is happening right now in living rooms, parks and offices. We just can't see it yet.