To be in a dilemma is to be stuck between a rock and a hard place, caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea. Whichever way you look at it, it’s not a good place to be.
It seems that Thanet District Council have found themselves in just such a dilemma, not that they have realised it yet.
A few years ago the media was all over the Dreamland campaign, talking about bringing it back and returning jobs and trade to the area, boosting the local economy, and so forth. Then, a year or two later, Manston closed. Save Manston, the people cried. There were campaigns and everything, and that became not only the focus of the media but of the parliamentary election for South Thanet.
Then last week it was announced that Sands Heritage Ltd, the company that runs Dreamland, have gone into administration. National press have covered this, locals are outraged, there are social media campaigns, everyone is talking about Save Dreamland (again).
Which is where we come to the dilemma. Thanet District Council have never been renowned for their accountancy skills, often sinking huge budgets into failed causes, and the current council leader has been declared bankrupt. That in itself lends little faith to the likelihood of TDC saving Manston, which they have been promising since the current batch were elected on that very pledge. Now, with Dreamland, there are two huge causes to deal with, and the council do not have the resources to go full steam on both.
Devoting its entire attention to rescuing Manston almost fully occupies up the Thanet District Council legal department, save for enough time for routine work. There is no budget for extra legal assistance, so no possible way any staff can be assigned to Dreamland. Unless, of course, Manston is put on hold and efforts are concentrated on an intervention into Dreamland. Either way, there can be only one, and even then a positive result is not guaranteed.
The only options we, the people of Thanet, have, is to choose which of these two dying behemoths we want to save. Manston, a loss-making enterprise that loses out to larger sites near London, or Dreamland, a loss-making enterprise that loses out to larger sites near London. That, unfortunately, is the dilemma.