SUPPORT THE LABOUR CANDIDATE IN DANE VALLEY ON 3rd DEC!
As an ex North Thanet Conservative Asssociation chap, Bertie finds it strange to be advocating support in his ward for Mrs Sandra Hart, the prospective Labour Candidate for Dane Valley Ward and of course Clive Hart's wife.
There is no doubt that since 2003 when Labour Candidate Ken Gregory (yes,'Our Ken' who seems to switch Parties like a yo-yo) lost to Conservative Ian Gregory, Labour has had a tough time in Dane Valley. . Since 2007, it would be fair to say that the only Conservative Councillor of the 3 elected (all had my votes at the time), who has served Dane Valley properly has been Cllr Mike Jarvis. The problem,as Bertie sees it, is that Watt-Ruffell, our teetotal strict methodist, has been busy being Mayor and inviting psychics to his parlour; Jarvis having upset 'Our Leader' by thinking for himself on Planning and thus getting sacked (would Bradgate have got its extension on farmland with him and Cllr Bruce on Planning still?) has legged it to KCC, perhaps disgusted with his own Tory Leadership in Thanet; and the less said about Broadhurst the better, although unkind comments are that he took himself off to sulk in Panama, when his firm lost TDC's Security Contract. . So why do I recommend Mrs Hart? Simple really. Dane Valley needs proper representation by a hard- working local Councillor. With the exception of one or two very hard working Conservative Councillors, who get stuck into their wards; Simon Moores over in Westgate being an excellent example of a good ward Councillor; too many Conservative Councillors barely know where their ward is, let alone actually do very much in it. . So on the Thursday 3rd December, the electorate in Dane Valley might like to put national political prejudices aside, and ask themselves who is the most likely to come and knock on their doors throughout the year; hold weekly clinics; get stuck into issues that worry people; be instantly contactable by phone or e-mail and represent Dane Valley residents of all political persuasions. The answer, I am afraid, is Mrs Sandra Hart. . Who are likely to be her opponents in this election? . Well, we have a Conservative 're-tread' in Ingrid Spencer who lost out to Tom King in Westgate in 2007 and who has the misfortune to be an Ezekiel stalwart. Bill Furness of The Lib/Dems who would be a lone voice in the present 'Wild West' environment of TDC and like-wise any Independents like Wendy Allan. We certainly do not want a BNP representing Dane Valley and their literature has already appeared through the door! . The 3rd December is an ideal opportunity to send a message to Ezekiel that Thanet people are as fed up with him and his Council as they are with Brown and his Westminster Government and in the process add strength to the 'opposition' in TDC to fight the nonsenses in TDC that make it the laughing stock and butt of jokes, even among the KCC Conservatives at Maidstone.