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mumble mumble social welfare smilemumble mumble social welfare smileI haven't followed the election social welfare smileOutstanding candidate. This vote was more AGAINST Ladyman than for SANDYS then ?
anon again!I suppose winner's must be congratulated, and loser's commiserated.
Many think Sandys to be a poor choice of candidate and entirely out of step with, and disconnected from, the local community and local issues. But our system has delivered her as the MP and we have to accept that - and congratulate her on her success. That is the fair and adult thing to do.But let's hope that through this blog and similar local blogs, her activities and progress are monitored closely and held up to public scrutiny. The same should happen with her Thanet North counterpart, Gale. Instead of unconstructive attacks and "whinges", let's focus on how they vote and react and what they do, and comment on specifics. May be less fun, but it may do more good.Gale, certainly, does not accept the concept of local accountability and simply refuses to engage on the issues he cares nothing about. Perhaps persistent exposure of that may lead to a change either in his approach or on the public's support for him.
Roll on October......and the next election.
10:46, what's stopping you doing this with your own blog?
How could any party compete with the Ashcroft money poured into this constituency and a candidate who had three years living here doing the rounds of the coffee mornings/Christmas fairs?Let's see how she shapes up in the next few months and then perhaps get on her case regularly.
I saw no Ashcroft money. What are you smoking?
Who funded her endless piles of glossy leaflets, then, if not Michael Ashcroft?I await to see how she connects with the electorate now:- the homeless, the unemployed, those who have benefit problems, the pensioners, those waiting for hospital treatment. All those were helped by a fully-staffed constituency office open five days a week in a convenient for most location.
Lets hope they all remember there is an economy to fix before we decide which is the fairest way to vote.
So the dreaded Ashcroft money was responsible for a 7,000 plus Tory majority. Nothing to do with miles of foot slogging, knocking on doors, meeting people, getting involved on local issues and a well conducted campaign. Then we have the 'moved into the area just three years ago' nonsense. She is from the home counties, in case you hadn't noticed, whilst Steve Ladyman is from up North. How many MPs around the country are born and bred constituents?Finally, has no one on the left noticed the millions poured into Labour coffers by the unions or Indian steel magnates. Even the dear old 'squeaky clean' Lib/Dems have had some 'proceeds of crime' cash. No one's perfect so live with it.
For one who claims to be even-handed in matters political, Rock, you seem to be slavishly devoted to the Tory cause.
Please, when did I ever claim to be even handed? Having been brought up grass roots Labour, I hate socialism, in all it forms, with a vengeance and, as I have said before, would support any party that had a chance of ousting Labour administrations. But, what I do also abhor is the bigoted comments from the left that only ever see fault in the Tories. None of the political parties are perfect but some are less imperfect than others.
Ugh! That Rock's just a sort of bigoted bloke that said he used to be Labour. I mean it's just ridiculous. I don't know why ECR allows him to come on here.Sh*t! Did I just type that? I thought my computer was off.
'Used to be Labour' is an interesting point of view. I said I was brought up Labour but, since I had worked it out by the time I was about fifteen, I never voted for them. Like I said, I hate all things socialist whether that is Communism, Marxism, Militant Tendency, Socialist Workers Party or New or Old Labour. Far too 'Animal Farm' for my choosing so if that is bigoted, so be it. At least, however, I can see faults in all political parties, not just one like some commentators.
No, Rock, that is the point being made against you. You say that you can see faults in every party - trying to appear even-handed - but you constantly promote the cause of the political right and the Tory Party and condemn anyone else. Dressing up your prejudice cons no-one. There is no problem in your being a Tory supporter - it is your absolute right - just don't try to pass yourself off as a "to be persuaded on the issues" commentator.
And clearly without a sense of humour unless he's been hiding his head in a bucket for the past three weeks as he didn't get my reference to Gordon Brown's little faux pas.
So are Cameron and Clegg up to fixing the economy? I suspect not what we need are the strongest minds and sure footed decision maker. I struggle to see any of them in the parties as they stand, all they seem to be good at is banging on about how they should be the governing party. I guess we should just watch and wait if we have that much time.
Welcome to the new world of British politics I suggest you chill out. It works in Scotland and Germany and we are going to have to get used to it here. I for one rejoice in the deconstruction of the old two party system look what it has done to Thanet. Instead of squabbling like kids in the playground while everything turns to sh*t our politicians will have to agree on the common good for a change.
Still someone insists I pretend to be even handed! I am not. My view on socialism is well published and, if I had a real preference I guess it would be the Rhodesia Front or League of Empire Loyalists. In other words, I am out of my time but can still view and lament the damage done to my country by each Labour government over my lifetime since 1945. Having said that, several Tory governments have been too liberal or 'wet' for my liking particularly Ted Heath's shambles that took us into Europe.
I wouldn't let that dithery old cow look after my guinea pigs let alone my children. It really doesn't bode well that her head is already stuck so far up her own arse that she hasn't bothed to find out about the general election results. That's the trouble with these tories, it's always me, me, me with them.
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