I guess news of the day is that we have lost another senior TDC officer, see http://www.thanetgazette.co.uk/officer-quits-Thanet-council/story-25894779-detail/story.html if it goes on like this we will be left with temporary officers and officers who live in Thanet.
I think we are getting to a toxic council level where some sort of action will need to be taken, if people don’t want to be associated with the council we are going to have problems getting good officers and good people to stand as councillors.
From the point of us the electorate there is very little we can do, about the only option open to us is to petition for and elected council leader, whether this would make things better or worse is a bit of an unknown.
We do definitely have some very good and hardworking council officers and councillors, but the direction of the council in terms of doing what local people want has got lost.
A prime example of this has been the recent business over Manston Airport, I would say on this one most local people wanted to have a small regional airport that they could fly from, with a strong emphasis on historic aircraft based around the existing museums.
I don’t think there were many people who wanted to Manston turned into an airfreight hub that passengers couldn’t fly from.
The council didn’t go down the road of exploring heritage grant funding and other ways of funding what I think people wanted, but they did go down a long and costly road towards an airfreight hub, which always looked like an environmental and financial impossibility.
True I don’t know if this is what local people really wanted, but where the council failed most was that they didn’t try and find out. We had a flawed online TDC petition started by someone not even living in the UK that could be signed by anyone in the world with an email address and signed twenty times by the same person if the had twenty email addresses.
But then it wasn’t down to me to find out, it was down to the council to use the internet to ask the local residents what they wanted, not such a very difficult thing to do.
Come election time my guess is that the result is going to be a three way split UKIP, Tory, Labour, resulting in a UKIP, Tory administration, in other words something very like what we had before the current Labour administration.
I guess the screenshot from the council’s website at http://thanet.gov.uk/your-services/what-we-spend-and-how/senior-management-structure-and-pay/senior-management-pay-scales/ says it all really.
Once again very busy in my bookshop today so I guess the quality of the blog posts suffer, sorry about this, I am doing my best and there doesn’t seem to be much more Thanet blog activity elsewhere.
I put up a post about Tool books at http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/books-about-tools.html which I suppose goes a long way to explaining the nature of book collecting to the non book collector.
If you collect tools or have a considerable interest in the history of technology I guess it isn’t difficult to see why you would drive a fair distance to visit my bookshop.
I am in the process of changing the credit card processing in my bookshop to PayPal, a strange one this as there doesn’t seem to be any reason why UK banks couldn’t come up with a credit card machine that would work on any shop’s wifi and be able to offer a competitive service.
The PayPal system uses an app on a smartphone or tablet the card reader connecting to the tablet by bluetooth, the snags are that the app only works on some smartphones and tablets and the bluetooth only works on some smartphones and tablets. Then there is the problem that updating the operating system on the smartphone or tablet can stop it all working. The upside is it is much much cheaper.
Shopping wise a big snag with technology is that it is very difficult to try before you buy, so I can’t easily try a tablet before I buy it, to see if I can use it to take PayPal payments using their card reader.
An interesting Manston document here http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/transport-committee/smaller-airports/written/17493.html
I will ramble on here