Saturday, 28 February 2009


Lots of news on the blog sites about how the District Council's Budget will affect us all. I think it may help to put the matter into perspective:-

If you live in an 'average' band 'D' house it will cost an extra £7..80p a year. Any other rise comes from KCC, the Fire Authority, The Police Authority,and ,if applicable, your very own parish council or Charter trustees.

When you look at it like that I would contend that its a good budget.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Vanishing Bloggers

I am sad to see that a couple of our long established bloggers are 'mothballing' their keyboards for the time being. I may not have agreed with either of them all the time, but their views were always worth a read.

I hope they will be back soon.

Ps the picture is called 'Vanishing Giants'

Saturday, 21 February 2009

The Death Penalty

The Eddie Gilfoyle case demonstrates why we should not return the death penalty to our legal system. If this man is proved innocent how would we have 'compensated' him for the taking of his life?

Friday, 20 February 2009

Sevenoaks Election Labour Loses!!

B****Y H**L

What have the people of that area done.? They have only gone from left wing to ultra right wing!!

I have no particular love of the Labour Party, ( To the few who do not know I left them a few years ago) but They do need to get their house in order if the are losing one of their traditional seats to the BNP.

Me, I would prefer to see Labour on the up rather than the BNP. I find their views abhorrent.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009


The big debate this morning on Radio Kent was about packaging, 'Is there two much packaging on food?'

An interesting debate, but one that I am unsure which side I am on.

Do I want tomatoes that someone else has squeezed and sneezed over, or do I want them pre-washed and packed? Are potatoes better washed (so I do not pay for the mud) or are they better and easier to carry in a plastic bag?

As a final thought, why cant I have a plastic carrier bag. After food use it makes an excellant dog bag.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Cricket NOT

What the hell is going on in Antigua?

I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend of cricket after the heated debates of Thursday and friday. Now I am set for a weekend of being a human punchbag by my grandchildren.

I always thought cricket was the sport of gentlemen, now football is looking almost attractive!!!

Friday, 13 February 2009

The Great Airport Debate

An interesting debate last night at Thanet District Council.

Apart from a few sound and good views from both sides there were a few 'County Election' broadcasts from some who hope to be candidates for the forthcoming June event.

I have to say that the blog sites are alive with some fire and vitriol from the 'Anti' brigade. Also praise from the 'Pro' brigade. Overall the final decision was , I think, good for Thanet as a whole, if not for all. If the air lines stick to to agreement I will be a 'loser' in that most of the flights will be near to my home, but EU jet were not too bad, a price worth paying for the prosperity of the area.

As I do not have the skills (ie, piano players fingers) I cannot keep contemporaneous notes as my colleague Cllr Nottingham can, but I do agree with Cllr Mrs Tomlinson, the site of him in 'action' is most distracting. (Peter Checksfield please note)

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Dobbin Of The South

I see that the Judges have finally chosen. The symbol that will face new arrivals at Ebbsfleet will be a white 'Cart' Horse. Aside from the fact that there is a recession on could they not have chosen the Invicta Horse? ( I do know its meant to be a posher type of horse, but it does look like a cart horse)

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Thanet Matters

Just been to a meeting today where we were discussing the future of our isle for the next 20 years. I have to say I was impressed by the 'cross party ' support for our thoughts.

This place has a real future, lets not let it get held back by the inward looking Luddites who claim to speak for the majority of the population, when clearly they do not. (oops is that a bit controversial or what?)