Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Air pollution, Carter out and death penalty

Another of the bizarre egg on face but facesaving attempts by our councillors and civil servants around Manston.

Not just the silly debate on not allowing night flights even though that’s exactly what has been forbidden under the S106 airport operating rules.

Feeble whitewash to cover up the lack of enforcement. And hoping schtum payoffs for Samuel and White will cover over the traces.

And now an air quality debate and consultation – that doesn’t even manage to mention the words “airport” or “cancer” in the dozens of pages of bumf.

More public time wasted and not even a free gas mask.

It seems to be suggesting having air monitoring across the whole of Thanet - again presumably that’s supposed to happen anyway – but seems again to be referring to removing monitors from the actual hotspots of pollution.

Presumably so the figures could be averaged out over the whole of Thanet and hey presto no pollution at all.

Or just the usual pretence that the 3 towns are one Thanetville sprawl area rather than 3 separate towns.

Very concerning given St Lawrence High St under the airport flight path has over 4 times the EU safe levels of emissions.

And only silence and cover-up from our councilors, TDC and Environment Agency.

No P45’s as yet for the civil servants who are supposed to be in charge of monitoring and no recall on the lavish silence payoffs to Samuel and White.

As you’d expect I suppose for a bottom 10% council.

But the public will be paying the price.

Despite last year’s November night flight consultation and collapse, even in February Bayford and Sandys were recommending a Manston parkway to KCC.

And even in April Carter and Buchanan were off to Whitehall for £10M of public funds to prop up the airport.

An airport that even Infratil confirms is bust and night flights would be unlikely to turn that around.

And every day overflights illegally flying low over Ramsgate – rather than the specified rural end of the airport.

And no fines for noise or air pollution – the very things we’re now supposed to be consulted on.

And nothing on the cancer effect on you and your children and grandchildren.

The reality is our councilors are fools – simply bumbling along from one disaster to another wit their only legitimacy a spurious approval from their local Party.

Carter at KCC now faces calls to resign after Manston and Thor and cementing of Kent – Nick Chard will be a better Leader.

Bayford and Sandys are a mere irrelevance – it’s time to remove them; Cllr Jo Gideon seems more capable as a local Party Leader with John Worrow as Deputy and a remit to purge the party ranks and overhaul TDC.

And Jack Cohen makes a good leader of the Independent group.

Why is Ezekiel of the Gang of Four still clinging on? And why no moves to sack the bloated and incompetent ranks at TDC – after 5 months we seem to have not had a peep out of McGonigal other than signing off the tainted accounts.

Why do our councilors stand again and again - they’ve failed at every opportunity. Simply padding out the council ranks with double and triple hatters to silence meaningful debate and remaining silent on FOI costs of the civil service.

And why bother funding County councilors for £13k or so if their allowance to actually use is only £25k – a nett of £12k when KCC spends £2.3Bn is a ludicrous.

As with Chinagate and the Labour £25k bung simply selling off public land on the cheap to prop up political and civil service vanity projects seems the TDC way.

Even now poisoning their own citizens and covering it up.

Sandys – like Gale - is a mere Party hack parachuted into a seat for hand-raising in Parliament. 30 years of failure for Gale and now over 12 months of Sandys with nothing but empty statements and ribbon-cutting.

What are their policies?

Re-invoicing the costs of failure to Party Head Office and recall for incompetence would be a start, with a council tax strike and direct rule from Westminster.

If these fools are legitimised by Party Head Office then the party should fund their failure no doubt with more tarmac deals.

For too long effective governance has been confused with mere Party politicking.

Time for Change.


A quick note on the death penalty: Troy Davis in Georgia due to be executed, despite numerous witnesses recanting their testimony and someone else confessing to the crime.

It seems typical intransigence and incompetence from the judicial system to risk someone’s life over such shallow claims.

A link:

Also Margate man Joshua French still in Death Row in the Congo: forgotten by our councillors, MP’s and dozens of public sector lawyers and the Foreign Office:

And a link to moves to ban death penalty lethal injection drugs for export from the UK:

Outside of China, Iran and USA barely two dozen people are executed each year. And the death penalty is banned or nit used in most countries in the world now.

I’m told of an attempted armed robbery in the Co-op on Grange Rd on Monday – surely these kinds of incidents are reviewed by councilors and MP’s? Have a guess.
Animal exports from Ramsgate – and presumably Dover: here’s link to stop this disgusting trade:
As Mayor I will instruct Police and RSPCA inspections of the trucks, no shipments at night, and rest periods for any shipments believed to be more than 8 hours and confiscation of any sick animals.

How disgusting and pointless shipping animals around Britain and Europe for a few quid.

Time for Change

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