Thursday, October 15, 2009

Banner Ban

Quite why Councillor Moores is complaining on his Thanet Life blog about not being able to fly his advertising banners over the 2012 Olympic games is a mystery to me. He writes:

'Our Government will shortly be enacting secondary legislation to "protect" the commercial interests of the 2012 Games sponsors. In a nutshell, you need to think back to the Beijing Games and the heavy-handed approach of the Chinese authorities. This legislation will be 'catch-all' to prevent, 'Ambush Marketing' within broad geographically defined areas and the airspace surrounding them.

So, let's say you try and wear a Pepsi-branded T-shirt within that defined area of London or perhaps Weymouth or Manchester or any other sporting venue. You could, in principle be arrested. Try flying a banner or displaying a flag or a travelling road-sign with the same and you certainly will be and if it's a 'Free Tibet' flag then I suspect that will be caught under the legislation as well.'

I've got nothing against the man personally, and he seemed quite nice on the couple of occasions I met him. But wasn't it his kow-towing Tory administration here in Thanet that suppressed the news of a flying visit by Chinese delegates in August, and blocked off Margate old town precisely so that no 'Free Tibet' flags could be waved in front of their China Gateway chums?

Sxx

20 comments:

Peter Checksfield said...
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Joshua said...

She's added an opinion to the story, it's not like she's just regurgitating.

Peter Checksfield said...
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Anonymous said...

http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/eastkent/Ramsgate-monks/article-1424000-detail/article.html

Anonymous said...

Peter... if you don't like it...SOD OFF.

Samantha Clarke said...

Well well well. From the gist of all that it would appear that Peter the Onanist from Westgate has been wiping the smegma off on my blog again, in between making love to his five knuckle friend.

Though I am glad to see that he's done the decent thing this time and spunked his load (of comments) up against the wall, without me having to finish off for him.

Tell you what Peter, just for you Hun, I'll put some photos of naked 16 year old girls up on the blog later ;-)

Peter Checksfield said...
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Samantha Clarke said...

Surely after all these years in your possession they will have, how can I put this politely, er, yellowed a bit by now Peter?

Peter Checksfield said...
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Samantha Clarke said...

Yes hun. But now we are all dying to know how you get the jizz off your computer screen? Do you have any special products you use? Have Kim and Aggie been round to mop up for you? Or are they a wee bit old for you? Do tell, we are all ears.

Peter Checksfield said...
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Samantha Clarke said...

You call chucking your wad into a Kleenex a sex life Peter? Woo-hoo, lock up your daughters! No, seriously, if you live in Westgate, lock up your daughters.

Samantha Clarke said...

Night night then girls and boy. I am shutting up early as I've got an 8 o'clock with my esthetician and I simply must get my beauty sleep :-)

Anonymous said...

Haha. Well "handled" Sam.
Getting back to the original subject of this thread, you are so right about the slithering toading to the Chinese by TDC. Disgusting. FREE TIBET!
And hold the market in the market Square next time if you don't mind.

Anonymous said...

Typical Moores. He can twist any topic into an anti-Labour Government rant. Trouble is, given the incompetent state of Thanet Council, most of his so-called stories can be turned on Thanet Tories too!

Anonymous said...

The problem with the Thanet blogs (previous incumbent to present company excepted) is that like most blogs they are very good at snarking but as none of them possess any obvious journalistic skills they will always remain a sideshow. By that I mean many of them are written so badly that nobody would take them seriously, or that they just lack journalistic insight and judgement.

DrM. said...

Ironically, you've missed the entire point of the post on Thanet Life and the reference to 'secondary legislation.'

Firstly, I'm not aware of any conversation and have never been party to any conversation regarding the China Gateway visit and any concerns over a Free Tibet protest.

I ask you, why would anyone with a spark of common sense wish to embarrass our Chinese guests anyway? This was all about much needed business investment in Thanet's future and not a foreign policy meeting with a strong international media presence.

If a new Chinese restaurant chain opens in Thanet would you sanction a 'Free Tibet' protest?

Back to the point then.

Free Tibet approached me to fly a protest over the Olympic flame cermony at the O2 centre but it didn't happen for a couple of reasons, the bad weather and strong winds that day making it impossible anyway.

However, the secondary legilsation that is to be trotted out prior to the 2012 Olympics will make such 'Ambush Marketing' an offense and so displaying a Pepsi Cola flag on a building or even an aircraft within the zones defined in the document could have you swiftly prosecuted. Once it's on the statute books I worry that such powers will remain indefinitely!

Anonymous said...

'If a new Chinese restaurant chain opens in Thanet would you sanction a 'Free Tibet' protest?'

Sorry Dr Moores, but this illustrates either an ignorance of the facts or a deliberate attempt to score a cheap political point.

China Gateway cannot be compared to a 'Chinese restaurant'. It is a state funded initiative by the Beijing regime.

Most of the Chinese restaurants in the UK are run by Hong Kong or Taiwanese Chinese, many of whom fled in fear from the Communists and have been in the country for decades, and precisely the sort of people that are likely to despise the tyrannical Beijing government that your administration are so happy to shake hands with.

I know you are used to treating your electorate here in Thanet like sheep you can herd into whatever pen your rotten administration wants them in at any one time. I am here to tell you that those days are rapidly coming to an end.

Anonymous said...

I say. Jolly well said.
That flies in the face of opinionated of 3.48pm.