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