I have been having a bit of a go FaceBook and Twitter, don’t worry I am not wrapping up the blog and going off to one of the other social media sites, I guess I am to old a dog to learn new tricks that well. The overwhelming problems with both of these sites is that the more people you interact with, the harder it is to see the wood for the trees. As something of an explanation here, the more friends you have the more information you have to sift through to find anything until you are pretty much left with what you would get if you put Thanet into Google.http://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-day-starts-with-fire-in-ramsgate.html where I had encountered the chap with the megaphone getting signatures for saving the airport in the middle of Ramsgate.
I put up a comment on the SMA Facebook group to the effect of “when a politician tell you something you want to hear check out his expenses, but when an experienced local politician tells you something you don’t want to hear, take careful note and act accordingly. This was soon deleted, which surprised me as it seems like reasonable general advice.
Now I am told that as a result of the man with the megaphone yelling sign the petition to save the airport while surrounded by posters saying Save Manston Airport petition thousands of people have signed something.http://www.jackieraines.co.uk/tsma/
Anyway there is this post on the SMA Facebook page: On Friday the 22nd, of August, THINK SUPPORT MANSTON AIRPORT (TSMA), launched a new public awareness campaign on the streets of East Kent. This has been in close liaison with Beau Webber & John Buckley with whom I have been working since 1st of August. We, (TSMA) now have a total of 7449 members, of which 7151 are paper signatures. These member signatures have been collected over the last 15 days while campaigning on the streets and talking to the public face-to-face….http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62738 with 2,260 signatures and http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/58429 with 556 signatures.
Non internet wise there was the Manston Music Festival http://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/supporters-of-manston-airport-held-23146/ where hardly anyone turned up and the SMA Annual General meeting where local politicians turned up but it seems only 20 of the 8,500 SMA members turned up.
Now my take here is that this is of interest whether you support the airport or you don’t. On the one hand TDC are already spending local council taxpayers money on investigating the cpo and this whole cpo business does seem to involve telephone number amounts of money and complex issues over liability that would make the few million in losses TDC have incurred recently look very small fry. On the other hand if over 7,000 people did really think they were signing a petition to support the airport, then this number of signatures could well have been enough to influence KCC into serious involvement in a way the could realistically have saved the airport.I will ramble on here as and when I get more time and will also endeavour to read through what I have already written and correct any errors.