First it’s election fever in Thanet tomorrow, two elections one to replace Sandy Ezekiel as a TDC councillor and the other to replace Ian Driver as a Ramsgate Town Councillor.
With the Labour domination at RTC, I don’t see that it changes much there whoever gets elected.
With the TDC one, I don’t think the result there would do much to change the balance of power there, the current situation being; 26 - Labour Group; 23 - Conservative Group; 3 - Independent Group; 2 - Thanet Independent Group; 1 – Independent.
No overall control with 6 independents holding the balance of power, it would seem unlikely that the Conservative group will get the leadership back and it seems most likely that we will have a Labour lead TDC at least until the next district elections in ablut two years.
An interesting aspect of this one is that local businesswoman and blogger Louise Oldfield is standing.
The candidates are: Wendy CHAPLIN Conservative Party, Alan CURRIE Labour Party, Rozanne DUNCAN UKIP, Louise Elizabeth OLDFIELD Independent, Seth PROCTOR Liberal Democrat.
The only candidate I have ever heard of or can find any trace of their existence on the internet is Louise Oldfield, this may be significant in the county elections the only non UKIP candidate that got elected, Will Scobie appeared to be the only candidate with a normal internet presence. By normal I mean that you can at least find their activity on facebook and twitter.
I aint saying they aint there, just I couldn’t find them, in this day and age, if say I was going to employ someone and I couldn’t find any trace of them on the internet, I would find this a bit strange. I guess timewarping back to when I first started voting in the early 70s, I would have expected the person I voted for to have a telephone and to be able to use it, not sure I would have bothered to look in the telephone directory, I would have just assumed they had.
Addendum since I put the post up I have hade a tweet from @AlanCurrie3 to say he is on twitter. He is standing as the Labour candidate and has been on twitter for about a fortnight now so the message may be getting across.
On to a rather bizarre aspect of TDC’s management of The Royal Sands Development on The Pleasurama site in Ramsgate, it seems TDC have been hosting an E-petion about the development on behalf of Friends of Ramsgate Seafront and only one person responded to it.
Every time TDC involvement in this development comes up one is inclined to wonder, incompetence or corruption and with Friends of Ramsgate Seafront being a strong group, only one respondent seemed pushing credulity a bit. It seems the petition ran from the 26/04/2013 to 29/04/2013 which seems a bit of a short time. Perhaps at some later date TDC intend to make some unusual decision and justify it with the petition, who knows here is the link to the petition information on the TDC website http://tdc-mg-dmz.thanet.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=54&RPID=4906224&HPID=4906224
And a link to the same document copied by me in case it should unexpectedly vanish.
The Pictures are courtesy of Ben again and I may ramble on here