First for the compulsive bloggers here is my chart of the top Thanet blogs http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/512/id3.htm I have been brushing up my encoding so for the old style simpler view http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/512/index.htm both have style faults, I guess I am getting too old for geeking.
The policemen have been getting younger for some time and now it’s the mayors, despite being the only councillor with a formal qualification in politics, one of the only councillors I have ever seen in action, trying to do something positive for Margate here in Ramsgate, we must of course ask ourselves is he dignified enough and also is Margate dignified enough.
I noticed some time ago when I had a minor operation that the surgeon performing it was a lot younger than me, well at the time, going under as it were, my main concern was obviously, was he qualified, in retrospect I do wonder if an unqualified, but older and more dignified amateur would have been more interesting.
Funny old thing this, looking around the blogs the blue tint of Thanet life http://birchington.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/youre-hired-margates-22-year-old-mayor.html says "Our objection has nothing to do with age but everything to do with experience, tradition and obligation to the people of Margate." Mind you Simon seems to have bought a fisheye lens for his camera so his view may be a little distorted at the moment
Pretty sure it said something about a fousand years of history earlier, dodgy area history and some of Margate’s has been most undignified, overall the dignified bit of Margate history, is a bit difficult to pin down.
Mind you at the moment the local Conservatives seem to mostly be backing the losing horses, night flights, gay marriage, maritime museum and now young people in politics. I guess there must be some sort of age limit here as the youngest Conservative Prime Minister was only two years older than Will.
TIG seem to supporting Will, see http://thanetindependentgroup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/margate-spring-congratulations.html but then there is this suspicion from the blue quarter that TIG may be reds under the bed, I think this is mainly because the majority of their number are disaffected blues. Although form the red quarter they may bee seen as having a suspiciously blue tinge.
Over on Thanet Waves, see http://www.thanetwaves.co.uk/2012/04/will-power.html Will seems to be getting the thumbs up apart from the blue comment.
I guess though that from the blue point of view, it would be best, if we are going to have red mayor, for he or she to be a bad mayor and I doubt that Will will be that.
One thing that does concern me a bit is that the only councillor who appears to have a qualification in politics isn’t in the cabinet.
With Margate there was certainly a brief period of dignity in the early 1800s before the steam boats made it the easiest and cheapest seaside destination, this picture is from 1810 an ooses dignity, or at least ooses.
I think the first mayors would have been the bailiffs or maires of starting from the Norman conquest in 1066, at that time I think it would only have been cities that warranted a maire the spelling is a bit variable, anglosaxon is not my strong point.
My guess is that for the most part they would have been pretty much young thugs.
The first written reference for possibly a Margate maire, that I can see at a glance, is written by order of the regency of Isabella and Roger, Edward III being to young to govern after the abdication.
Pardon the translation, my latin being as rusty as my computer coding: 1338 To Bailiff Mergat. Merchants of Spain Catalonia Lombardy Aquitane have the king’s friendship and are to be compassionately received.
On the whole I would say from the correspondence the monarchy and barons of the Cinque Ports had considerable trouble with the men of Mergate, who were often liberating the cargos and throwing the crew over the side to drown.
If Will makes it far enough, he certainly wouldn’t be able to lay claim to be the youngest Thanet MP as he wouldn’t beat Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere (29 May 1898 – 12 July 1978) the Conservative politician, In 1919, he was elected as a Unionst [Conservative] Member of Parliament for the Isle of Thanet.
The lowest ebb of Margate’s dignity was written up by Admiral Howard, after the Spanish Armada. "The men have long been unpaid and need relief." The lack of fresh water caused an outbreak of disease and they went to Margate for help. As they were still waiting for their wages to be paid they were unable to buy fresh food for themselves. Howard wrote bitterly: "It is a most pitiful sight to see, here at Margate, how the men, having no place to receive them into here, die in the streets. I am driven myself, of force, to come a-land, to see them bestowed in some lodging; and the best I can get is barns and outhouses. It would grieve any man's heart to see them that have served so valiantly to die so miserably."
Anyway if I can get it to work this little film about Dreamland in its heyday I think sums things up.
O Dreamland is a 1953 documentary by British film director Lindsay Anderson, filmed at Dreamland.
I though perhaps a quick sketch of Will Scobie