Thursday, November 27, 2008

Fancy A Leak?

I gather the higher ups at TDC are becoming more and more paranoid about the power (without responsibility, natch) being wielded by us lovely Fannit bloggers. Well, you know me. If I get an anonymous email from someone who wants to stick it to them, I'm more than happy to share it with the wider public! So, if you're a TDCer and you fancy a leak, you know where to come:

richardeastcliff@yahoo.co.uk.

Just don't do it all over the office computer, though!

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

no news of competition in the wings that's what we want - tories all kept very mum - even when china gateway blog news of tescos bags broke and police enquiry - by the way where is all that - do we know?

Michael Child said...

No news about the Tesco bags here 3.37 the serious economic crime unit don’t seem to leak much.

Anonymous said...

For years they've suppressed criticism in the local press by threatening not to provide them with stories. 'Bout time the local press got back to doing some real journalism instead of relying on the Council to feed them ready-to-print stories (or fairy-tales as they should more accurately be described).

TDCer said...

What irritates them especially about ECR is they do not know who he or she is. ECR carries no advertising, so no pressure can be applied there. No invites to boozy lunches or press launches can be sent out. It's a PR person's nightmare.

Anonymous said...

well said blogs seem to be only source of real info on what's going on - any news on petition front yet?

Anonymous said...

Thanet Online has posted about Thor now. They have remediation going on after God knows how many years of leakage of mixed solvents and even mercury into the ground.

Anonymous said...

I bet Sandy Beach and his pals love the conspiracy theories and all the other drivel that the bloggers rant on about.

At a time when the national government have led the country to the brink of financial collapse, taking any number you care to think of homeowners with them (not to mention the hundreds of thousands who are about to lose their jobs), all the blogging community in Thanet can come up with is an old hat story about Tesco bags.

Just goes to show them that the majority of bloggers are just Labour activists who can be ignored.

Rick said...

7.10

The Sericol and Thor remediations are matters of fact.

The standard of Pfizer pipe and vessel welding is a matter under Environment Agency examination. Fact.

The matter of Anthrax burials dated circa 1908 at the former isolation hospital at Haine will become subject of an FOI application if local historians can provide further information re Lifeboat records etc Fact

The matter of alleged sabotage over many years at Petbow Cummins is one of the main issues labelled "Conspiracy theory" by the reckless of mind. The fact is that Health and Safety Executive investigating engineers examined the arguments and could pose no other explanation for the history than sabotage. Fact

The matter of unlawfiring firing activity at the 6th Thanet Gun range is another issue labelled by the feeble of mind as consiracy theory. But the issue there is not whether it happened or not. The issue is Kent Police failure and refusal to interview and take evidence available from those who witnessed it. FACT

The FOI disclosures re Thor and Sericol reinforce a compelling case (being championed by Malcolm Kirkaldie and Michael Child) that precautionary principle, backed by the expertise of TDC Land Contamination Officers (not the convenience of tory cllrs), be applied to the hilt in monitoring the CGP Development. To prevent further contamination of Thanet's aquifer.

Michael is also fighting the issue of preservation of the Cervia.

There are good consequences flowing from Thanet blogger efforts.

Rick said...

Oh and 7.10

I think Thanet is being well served by TDC Land Contamination Officer Morgan Sproates. An officer qualified in science and no suggestion of having bought his qualies from Cyril (Unlike a certain tory cllr who worked as site maintenance at Sericol singing "You can drink the water but I will drink the wine")

Michael Child said...

Rick question; what are you drinking, the water or the wave?

Anonymous said...

7.10 I am not a labour activist- tory by heart - but we hate the corruption we see before our eyes we want BETTER not the mediocre councillors who purport to be "Conservatives in action" when all they are doing is furthering their own and their friend's causes- and in the process have run the towns down in good times - heaven help us in bad times.
They have had it their way for too long - we want them out!
It's not labour speaking it's conservatives who want better!

steve said...

local press, if you do read this, you should be ashamed of yourselves on two levels.

1) Taking the council buck by way of advertising and not having the gonads to ever criticise them even when overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing/shady dealing/cover up is obvious to all of us

2) From a professional perspective, as career journalists, a bunch of amatuer bloggers (no offence ecr, michael, tony) and their contributers get the jump on every interesting news story that happens in Thanet, and they report it far more neutrally than you even do. Its like Man U being being 8-0 by Margate every week.

Anonymous said...

Talking of leaks I see the Conservative Immigration spokesman has been arrested by the Met and interviewed regarding the leak of Ministerial papers to the media. He "emphatically" denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to continue bringing to light embarrassing information which ministers try to keep secret. Blimey and he's astonished to have spent more than nine hours under arrest for doing his job he says....leaking classified material to the press. Whatever next? If I leaked material to the press in my lowly civil service position my feet wouldn't touch the ground!

steve said...

sorry, in reference to the local bloggers, you could be described as amateur journo's, your blogs are very professional!

Anonymous said...

The only leaks round here are into our water supply.

Michael Child said...

Steve no offence taken here, due to the National Health Service putting me in a contaminated cot after I was born I pretty much missed all of my primary education, so grammar and sentence construction are a total mystery to me.

Anonymous said...

leaks, what leaks? . Most of the so called 'leaks' are comments designed to 'stir up' people to see what floats out. You only have to read Bertie Biggles to see that 99% of his 'stories' are just a flyer to see what happens.

I prefer to trust good old Thom

Anonymous said...

Thanks Thom.

Anonymous said...

Dear 7.10pm Anon,
Since when did you need to be a labour activist to think that all polititions should have a moral compass and should seek to serve the public. The truely shocking thing in all this is that decent tories have stood by and let a gang of bullying thugs take over without speaking out. They have so far stood by, whilst letting the likes of Iris Johnson take all the flack! She's so far shown more b***s than all the tories put together in standing up for whats right. Shame on you other tories out there.

Joss (via email) said...

Talking of leaks, here's a goody. This quote from Cllr. Richard Nicholson in this week's Cliftonville West Matters newsletter:

"The Conservatives at TDC have sunk to a new low by taking away all the money set aside to improve access for the disabled over to Council owned buildings.

Buried in the Budget Monitoring report presented at Cabinet in September was a "capital adjustment" which took all this money and spent it on new double glazing at the TDC offices...(edited)...I was shocked to find the whole budget set aside for Disabled Discrimination Act works was to be used elsewhere. This £132,000 which included a substantial amount unspent from the previous year was now being used to part fund new windows for the Cecil Street Offices. The DDA money is nearly half the total being spent on new windows, it seems life will be cosier for officers but nothing for the disabled"

Anonymous said...

Iris tacking flack? does this mean that not only does she look like a barrage balloon she really is one?

Anonymous said...

There we go again...personal abuse from the Tory right. Perhaps they could club together, buy a brain cell, and try for a higher level of achievement. Yep, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Anonymous said...

The story about TDC using the DDA money for new windows was released to the press weeks ago but surprise, surprise, the local press ignored it totally in favour of some pro-TDC piffle.

It's amazing how many letters sent by me and others, many non-political people, don't get published if they'll upset the Tories.

TDCEscapee said...

I am also a tory at heart 7.58 but certainly couldn't vote that way locally. This current administration is not only bankrupt it is corrupt and tainted. There must be some good tories but where are they - why aren't they opposing the corruption and incompetancy that is so obvious at TDC.

Anonymous said...

Why aren't the good Tories standing up to be counted? You assume there are enough to matter. How many will stand by their principles in the face of Ezekiel and his bully-boys? If the 'Thanet Mafia' don't go before the next local election in 2011 what on earth will this area be like? It will be like it was when I came here in 1970 where everything was done via backhanders and viable businesses refused to come on the grounds they didn't do business that way. In those days any businessman could quote you the price for getting planning permission(mind you,I have been told the same today).

Anonymous said...

I see a R Muir (presumably non blogger as it hasn't been put on a blog yet!) has been researching the cost TDC has spent on consultants - IOTG letter because of a lack of expertise internally -does that mean the executive or the councillors are too thick to get their brief?

Bertie Biggles said...

99% of items are 'just a flyer', 11.17? Thanet bloggers, including myself, get used to those who would rather keep information out of the public's way, making wild attacks on the veracity of what is blogged. Surely you must realise that the harder the 'establishment' tries to deride items without reasoned counter argument, the more likely the average reader is to ask why this is the case? Secretive, authoritarian bodies do not like the truth to be exposed, hence the personal attacks. Far better to put the counter case openly, if you disagree with the view being taken?

Anonymous said...

I am always amazed at the idea that there is anything to leak. The only secrets I have been party to are those that are either financially confidential, ie release would give advantage to another organisation, personally confidential, ie , would place an individuals personal information in the public realm, or finally disclipinary, ie would put information in the public realm before it had been properly heard by a recognised tribunal. All of these are covered by the Data protection act, and excluded by the freedom of information act.

TDC LEAKER

Anonymous said...

5.44 - i have discussed my planning problems with my spanish friend he like you cant see the problem and why we Brits get so hung up about these things - "it must be simple enough to find out the price of success"these problems are routinely sorted out over there!