Cripes! I see our beloved council gets top billing in the Rotten Boroughs section of this week's Private Eye! Under the snappy headline 'Hao Do You Do?', the Eye delves into the contents of that Tesco bag of CGP documents at some length, noting that they seem to indicate last November's council 'fact-finding' trip to China was paid for by the developer, rather than the Chinese as stated for public consumption. The piece concludes:
It is surely coincidence that CGP (the China Gateway developer), which wants the council to erect signs on its borders saying 'Welcome to Thanet - Home of Chinese Globalisation', has dropped its plans to drain foul water into cesspits since these documents came to light, and has declared itself after all in favour of the Environment Agency's recommendation that it spend £600,000 on mains sewers to prevent contamination of drinking water. Even stranger, Thanet's planning committee mislaid its customary rubber stamp last month and narrowly voted to defer the decision to a full meeting of the council later this year.
I'd link to the item, but that Ian Hislop chap doesn't publish Rotten Boroughs online, meaning you have to go and cough up your £1.50 (like I did in Waitrose). Kuh! As if he wasn't already made of money!