Holy water chestnuts! I see the island's most venerable paper has eschewed puppy dog tales this week and put a real story on its front page! Most of which has been gutted from my ChinaGatewayGate exposé earlier this week and the sterling efforts of our local biblio-bloke Michael Child. Needless to say, neither of us get a credit. Kuh!
Interesting that the paper puts a series of questions to our Sandy on page 5, most of which, in true politician style, he manages to fudge. Example:
Q: There has been the suggestion on the blogs that (the TDC trip to China last November) was funded 'inappropriately'. How was the trip funded?
A: Arrangements for the trip were made through CGP. The trip was financed by Chinamex, an arm of the Chinese Government. Those that we met assured us this was the case.
Hmm. Shades of 'I know nothing' there, methinks. I wonder if Deputy Rodge could put his hand on his OBE and say the same? Oh well, we'll probably never know.
The paper also makes much of a current police investigation into the 'stolen' Tesco bag of documents (see ECR passim) and quotes CGP as saying Kent Police's Serious Organised Crime Unit is investigating. Later, in an editorial by the Gazunder's lovely editrix Rebecca Smith, yours truly and the biblio-bloke (the Woodward and Bernstein de nos jours) do get a mench. But only as part of a rather ambiguous, off-colour comparison to 'scandal-mongers'. Grrr!
Finally, the freshest ChinaGatewayGate news in the paper seems to be the statement by CGP, the outfit hoping to get planning permission for their 3m sq ft Chinese business park on top of our lovely aquifer, that their preference is now for more costly sewers, rather than their previous choice - the cheaper, icky-sounding cesspits that the Environment Agency has objected to. I wonder what flushed that U-turn out of the U-bend???!!!
Click here to read CGP's statement in the Gazunder
Click here to read lovely Rebecca's editorial in the Gazunder
And don't bother clicking anywhere if you want to read the front page splash - they make you cough up your 55p by not putting it online. Oh well, you know you read it here first anyway. Watch this space and who knows, you may read a bit more yet!