Monday, February 22, 2010

Up The Arseholes Of Thanet!

My word! There seems to be a right to-do following Mike Pearce's excellent column in the Gazunder last week in which he revealed that a very senior Thanet Council officer had once referred to the isle's electorate, i.e. the people who pay his wages, as 'arseholes'.

Mike had asked the full-time council official why the good people of Thanet appeared so anti the multi-million pound Turner project. He smirked and said: 'If you ask arseholes, that's the answer you would expect.'

My network of spies at TDC confirm this is the general view held by those in senior, well -paid positions. They treat the island as their own personal fiefdom, with 'consultations' only held for show. I mean, who's ever heard of anything being overturned by a TDC consultation? No, what tends to happen is they decide what they want to do and then do it, willy-nilly.

Bertie Biggles has already written an excellent piece about this on his Thanet Strife blog, and now the real Dr/Cllr Biggles has chimed in on Thanet Life. And, as ever, Simes has missed the point. For once this isn't a party political argument. We're not talking about councillors of whatever hue here. We're talking about 'very senior' council employees who are paid full time to do the elected members' bidding.

It's a case, I'm afraid, of the tail wagging the dog, with the rest of us having to put up with what comes out from under the dog's tail.

Click here to read Mike Pearce in the Gazunder
Click here to read more about arseholes on Thanet Strife
Click here for no mention of arseholes on Thanet Life

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its a well known fact that the senior TDC officers are told by their chief exec that they are the top dogs, and he normally says the elected members are fleas (rather than the tail) "a nuisance, don't do much harm but damned difficult if not impossible to get rid off except every 4 years when you might get a change of flea"

Richard Eastcliff said...

Call the RSPCA!

DrM. said...

ECR, I don't believe I referred to it at all on my weblog?! I was talking about courtesy in general.

I would however be shocked and appalled to hear of any officer referring to the public with such disrespect, irrespective of it being in bad humour or not!

Anonymous said...

Judging by the comments you and others make about the council ECR it's hardly surprising that they call you and Paul Wells names. Going back on a previous theme, anyone promoting the flag for Thanet as a purple headed bell-end could hardly be described as anything else but an AH. If the cap fits, wear it?!

Richard Eastcliff said...

A senior council officer writes, there.

Anonymous said...

are soles in season

Anonymous said...

Who's this Dr.M does he have a cure for arseholes?

Anonymous said...

Guess who now has a Facebook profile:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000659570225

And guess who's not on his friends list:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000801432203

Anonymous said...

Since they think I'm an arsehole, can I refuse to pay their wages?

Anonymous said...

I expect your "wages" are in reality benefit, which is why they think you are an a******e.

Richard Eastcliff said...

Thanks for the info 5:33pm.

So Margate's cat-killing councillor and his missus are on Facebook eh? And I see Ted has 37 friends.

None of them feline though.

Anonymous said...

I work and I struggle to pay my Council taxes. My salary has gone down over the last three years and other expenses have gone up, particularly food and fuel. I really don't see why we have to pay Council tax to employ people who treat us with contempt.

However, my biggest criticism is levelled at Councillors. Councillors are elected and it is they who should be running the Council. Council officers are mere servants and it should be the job of Councillors to remind them of this and to keep them in check.

There should be an immediate investigation to establish the identity of the scumbag who was interviewed by Mike Pierce and, once identified, the scumbag should be sacked with no recompense. Councillors could demonstrate that they are runnign the Council if they organised this quickly.

Richard Card said...

If the people of Thanet are arseholes why does it not cross TDC official minds to ask how they fit in ?

If the area is an arsehole are they just passing through ?

I picture Pearce now. Morris dancing his way along, a pewter pot jangling from his belt and a quill aloft in one hand. "I will write it how it was"

Anonymous said...

Shit happens (in Thanet)

Anonymous said...

Poop, poopy poop!

Why is it, that unelected members (AKA Throbbers)can call us arseholes when in reality this term exemplifies their actions?

Thought I would ask.

Anonymous said...

Twats.

Richard Eastcliff said...

Ah, the quality of debate here in Thanet! It makes me pine for the Oxford Union!