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Have Eastcliff Richard and Tony Flaig been blogging too long?

With the recent dummy spitting incident taking place between Eastcliff Richard (ECR) and Tony from Big News Margate (BNM) it occurs that maybe the stalwarts of Thanet blogging have become a little stale?

Worse yet maybe these once lead bloggers are a warning to us all? Perhaps, like certain bloggers turned politician, excessive exposure to Thanet District Council turns you from mild mannered reporter into an aggressive arse. Are we to see self aggrandising, fundamentalist style cross fighting between left-of-centre ECR and middle of the road BNM in the style of Labour-vs-Conservative seen at TDC?

So I put it to you, the reader, to try and answer: is the politics of Thanet so soul destroying that even our bloggers turn into apes or is this just a falling out between two blokes that need to take a few days off?

Personally I'd like to imagine that we the independent pundits are of a superior cut to the rabble we call a council but we all have our rose tinted specs on sometimes.

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This Normal comment was left by A.V.Ampire [score: 0]:

I feel that the two blogs in question appear to have recently taken their eye off the ball with regard to matters related to TDC. Where is the probing into suspect practice and policy. Officers and councillors must be sighing with relief at the prospect of the spotlight being turned away from them.

So - if the two in question read this - a plea from the populace - TDC's jugular is starting to heal - it needs to be reopened.
23/09/2009 05:27:28

This Normal comment was left by Richard [score: 0]:

None of the big issues were broken by those two blogs though were they.

ECR is a talented jester and did a good job of drawing in the blog punters.

Tony is a stalwart who identifies himself and, unlike ECR, does not indulge the coward charter of influence without consequence.

Maybe this is not the beginning of the end for Thanet blogging but the end of the beginning.

Next stage might be polarization and even net user chosen auto moderation. IE If you don't want to see anon comments push button B and they are filtered off.

May see more "DNFTT" and other such evidence of self regulation.

I think cllrs who blog should self impose a ban on anonymous comment.
23/09/2009 11:11:56

This Normal comment was left by tony flaig [score: 0]:

What a load of cods wallop, I terminated links with ECR due well covered reasons.

I have not changed, so its business as usually I write whatever takes my fancy
23/09/2009 15:57:08
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