Thursday, December 03, 2009

Why I Won't Be Voting Lib Dem In Today's Dane Valley By-Election

Well, the short answer is because I don't live there, thank heavens! But ordinarily, of course, I have a yellow streak a mile wide, and would be gung-ho for Bill Furness to get elected, despite his proposer being the chippy fat man from Margate. But no, I'm (virtually, of course) supporting Labour.

So why the change to Hart? First I would like to scotch the rumour that I'm supporting lovely Labourette Sandra Hart, wife of the equally lovely Labour leader Clive Hart, merely so's I can make Hart to Hart hay about 'Max', 'Freeway' and 'big hair' should she get elected. Noooooo. Not me.


Er, yes, well. Ahem. Seriously though, by all accounts, Birchington Bill is a thoroughly nice cove. But the point is, he lives in Birchington. Not Dane Valley. Surely the electors have had enough of absentee representatives after the last incumbent, Panama Steve Broadhurst, was discovered to have spent the majority of his time 5,000 miles away in central America? Plus Lib Dems in Thanet are about as common as hen's teeth, so in my view the only chance of deposing the current Thanet Reich lies with Labour.

Remember, this is a local election on local issues, so we should be putting aside the fact that Old One Eye has f*cked up the country royally, and concentrating on the fact that the Tories round here have f*cked up Fannit locally.

Meanwhile a bird tells me that another Dane Valley Tory, the alleged cat-killing Mayor of Margate, will be up before the beak today somewhere out west. Perhaps someone will tweet the result of that particular contest later in the day!

Update: Margate Mayor Edwin Watt-Ruffell and his co-defendant, wife Alexandra Watt-Ruffell, have entered a plea of not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a kitten in their care. The pair did not appear for the hearing at Sittingbourne court this morning. A trial date has been set for next year. Click here for more.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Even though you are the most famous blogger in Thanet I take it that you wont be switching on Margate's xmas light on Friday. I see from the mayors comment that nobody special will be needed. quote:


The Mayor of Margate says “the Christmas spirit will shine through” at the switching-on of the town’s Christmas lights tomorrow.
Cllr Ted Watt-Ruffell and organisers had planned a low-key event after last year’s impressive ceremony, led by the former Boomtown Rats star and global poverty campaigner Sir Bob Geldof.

Richard Eastcliff said...

I suppose we'll have to wait and see if the cat is, er, out of the bag by then, eh?!!?!

BTW, I was asked, but I'm otherwise engaged in Brighton tomorrow.

?lk said...

http://www.yourthanet.co.uk/kent-news/Mayor_s-animal-cruelty-case-back-in-court-newsinkent30685.aspx?news=local

Richard Eastcliff said...

Er, yep. That's what the update links to. Do keep up, ?lk!

Richard Card said...

Stepanie Powers ? Now there is a girl who knows how to care for cats

Anonymous said...

Latest exit poll shows Labour ahead by a mile.

Anonymous said...

Although I may have made that up.

Anonymous said...

Well the count wont take long! If labour loose they can always blame Gordon, the cons can blame Panama Steve, the independant can blame herself and the Libdems can blame the person who seems to be the libdems blogger-in-chief.

And just remember what Ken Gregory said on a Margate blog yesterday:

You all seem to forget, the people are not as daft as us politico's seem to think... They will make up their own mind, That is something that all politicians would do well to remember.

Richard Eastcliff said...

So, only one man and his cat turning out in DV then! And the cat's died of flea anaemia!

Anonymous said...

Polls have closed... and the winner is... Sandra Hart!

Anonymous said...

Although I may have made that up too.

Anonymous said...

Er, no I didn't, as it turns out!

Anonymous said...

Great for Thanet. The Harts seem decent, honest people more in tune with the locals. I am a Tory but not a Thanet Tory which is not the same thing!