Saturday, 9 May 2009


I am about to pound the pavements in Cliftonville in support of my two Conservative candidates for Margate & Cliftonville Ward in the KCC Election to be held on 4th June. I regard them both highly and hope that they will succeed.
My first dilemma is what on earth am I doing supporting the local Conservative effort whilst pondering leaving NTCA? The majority of local Conservative Councillors seem to have no problems with a Leader who has brought them and his office into disrepute and did not have the decency to resign, so why should I be worried about it? The problem is that I am bothered, as it is a simple issue of principle.
I think I can resolve this dilemma on the grounds that I made a promise some time ago to assist and will keep that promise. To mis-quote from that classic western, High Noon', " I'm doing it for the singers and not for the song".
My second dilemma is that I have been impressed by the other two candidates for this election, Clive Hart and Iris Johnston who, whatever fellow Conservatives might say, do a jolly good job as TDC Ward Councillors. But only two members can be elected to represent Margate & Cliftonville at KCC . In High Noon terms ' I also respect these singers but not the national song they sing'.
I just wish that we could take national politics out of local government. The pavements beckon.


Anonymous said...

Hear, hear, many of us have the same dilemma!? but as one friend says "Iris will always have my vote"
Agree with your sentiments entirely Bertie no upright standing natural tory is going to vote for them locally when they are hi-jacked by the current characters, death threats, dirty dealings it is not "cricket"

tony flaig bignews said...

Easy to solve your dilemma vote for one from each party, I too have a dilemma I like Chris Wells and have promised him my vote some time ago, I also like Mr Jarvis but I also like Clive and Iris so I'll most likely for vote for Chris and Clive which is what I did last time round.

My problem with the conservatives is the shocking attitude of Tory leaders at least one cannot be trusted to behave in public and another refused to take responsibility for Kent TV's hostile attitude toward my ability to express myself.

Anonymous said...

Thats why we need more independants because we vote for the characters not the parties!
Mind you if everyone was trying to put the area first we wouldnt have these dilemmas!

Roger said...

15.41 Death threats - yes I know someone who received such a veiled threat from their tory councillor - poor man became extremely ill and he was very elderly. There are some nasty people in positions of authority in Thanet and it is high time that they were booted out.

Bertie Biggles said...

I am concerned about your comment 15.41 and yours also 21.01. If you are really suggesting that 'death threats' have been made by any one, then these are matters for Kent Police and should have and can still be, brought to their notice. If there is substance to what you state then please do so.

' Thanet Strife' is not the place to discuss allegations of such a serious nature.

Tony Beachcomber said...

I won't be having any dilemmas, I will be voting for myself for the first time.

Bertie Biggles said...

Good on you, Tony!