Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Gang of Four Collapses, Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom

With Sandy Ezekiel arrested on suspicion of fraud and misuse of public office the Gang of Four has collapsed.

Latchford sacked, and Samuel and White resigned with 0% fraud and payoffs.

All that remains is recovering the 0% salary fraud and missing £2M Manston fines and publishing the EKO and ChinaGate costs. The Labour £25k donation has been detailed but nothing else.

Silence from the TDC civil servants entrusted with monitoring and silence from the Environment Agency – I don’t understand why they aren’t being cautioned and questioned. Or were they specifically instructed not to carry out monitoring?

And silence from Buchanan no doubt awaiting the arrest warrant and extradition orders for the New Zealand Directors.

And silence on Manston pollution and Thor mercury.

With the last of the Gang of Four arrested for fraud and misuse of public office, surely a full Police inquiry into Manston, ChinaGate, EKO, 0% salary fraud, Pleasurama and Thor is long overdue.

Several of the Infratil directors for example have moved abroad to continue polluting, the Gang of Four senior civil servants have been retired with hush money, yet air and noise monitoring remains removed since 2006 with air pollution 4x EU safe levels.

We have been funding politicians and civil servants at TDC, KCC and EA to deliberately and repeatedly mislead and lie and endanger the public.

Besides being a cluster of dysfunctional councils in need of P45 reform, corporate manslaughter charges and jail sentences must be relevant.

What flimsy councillors and MP’s to simply remain silent – when will they speak up on the cancer cost?

Stop the Pollution, Stop the Corruption, Stop the Construction

A few miscellaneous points:

#astonishing to see ChinaGateway passed unanimously again by councillors given the overwhelming public opposition – as with the Labour bung and the offer of a Tory donation our councillors are always keeping quiet and then quickly delegating to civil servants to cop the blame.
#Youth unemployment: the highest figures ever in the UK – and no doubt the name in Thanet; presumably much is being done? Have a guess.
#Another awful development at the former Rover garage on Grange Rd: 39 flats and a skyscraper-style crane – abysmal town planning
#Kent Police launch the 101 non-emergency number which is rather good – and can redirect to the NHS and Coastguard etc
#McGonigal and the corruption accounts: when will the EKO figures and flights logs be provided? And if we’ve been paying for monitoring but none has been done what’s the cost of that?
#Slipway: another set of plans: yet the whole point of the Port is for it to be a working Port not a twee confection; and there’s simply no need for more buildings with 3,000 empty: TDC have failed to provide a Port and Marina plan for over a year now
#Xmas lights: an election coming so nice to see a few lights put up after ten years and two years of planning and painting lampposts
#Pleasurmama-Bungarama: still no plans or details of the Directors for this strange development – as Mayor I’ll level everything there and start again and consider an icerink and Olympic pool further along
#Bandstands: covered in graffiti and skateboarding on them which seems extraordinary given at least one is Grade 2 listed
#OAP’s in winter: shocking figures of 1,000 elderly extra deaths in Kent each winter – presumably c.100 in Thanet
#I’m speaking at a Greening the City conference in London in December
#Pegwell Bay: the towers are being demolished, how bizarre to want to spend public money to preserve them as some sort of toxic attraction, but the tourist walkway seems to have disappeared into bickering and silence again

As Mayor I’ll reserve Ramsgate’s council tax of c.£20M for RTC and reform of TDC with direct rule from Westminster.

For too long, three towns have been treated as one District with no scrutiny of civil service costs or actions. Ramsgate’s funds have simply been provided to Margate and presumably vice versa as the Party pendulum swings.

FOI means all costs need detailing – have councillors not had sight of the report and accounts and staffing costs and expenses and pensions?

Time for Change.

No votes in poisoning your citizens.

No tax-jobs for poisoning your citizens.

Jail for Carter and Buchanan and the Kiwi Directors.

No Gang of Four.

Let one thousand flowers bloom in East Kent.

Time for Change

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