I have decided to vote Labour despite the fact that Labour Councillors, when running TDC from 2011-15, through their utter incompetence cost taxpayers at least £14million in unnecessary expenditure (£3.4 million uncollected TransEuropa Ferry fees, £5.1million Live Exports compensation, £2million Dreamland overspend, £5million operational loses at Ramsgate Port and much more).
I have decided to vote Labour despite the fact that Labour Councillors, when running TDC from 2011-15, opportunistically supported Manston Airport; threw their weight behind the environmentally damaging Thanet Parkway Station; failed to resolve the disgraceful Ramsgate Pleasurama scandal allowing the freehold to fall under the control of a Panamanian registered company and drew up, in secret, plans for the dirty, polluting industrialisation of the Port of Ramsgate which will irreparably damage the revival of tourism in the town.
Last but not least I have decided to vote Labour despite the fact that the party locally appears to be riven by a vitriolic, nasty, and allegedly bullying, internal civil war. A civil war which has witnessed the anonymous and widespread circulation, in and outside of the party, of information, aimed at damaging the South Thanet Labour Party Candidate Raushan Aara, and the announcement by a senior party officer and husband of the unsuccessful applicant for the post of election candidate, Karen Constantine, that he will not be voting Labour on June 8th 2016 .
All of this personal bitterness and rivalry, incompetence and lack of political principle, whilst sickening and depressing to me, and many others, has not put me off voting Labour on 8 June. Why? Because this General Election is much bigger and important than the damaged egos of self-promoting wannabe career politicians and much bigger and important than the mistakes, cockups and unprincipled betrayals of a bunch of councillors who had the temerity to describe themselves as socialists.
The General Election on 8th June is bigger and much more important than all of the nasty, vitriolic internal shit which has been a sad and pathetic feature of Thanet Labour politics in recent years. It offers a once in a generation chance for people to reject Tory austerity and vote for desperately needed investment in schools, social housing, health care and public services, including our security services, and the introduction of popular measures such as the nationalisation of the railways and water companies and for a truly ethical foreign policy.The General Election on 8th June also provides an opportunity for people who are passionate about the environment to vote for a Government which will work with the rest of the world to tackle climate change and the destruction of our environment. And call me an old-fashioned idealist if you must, but I am genuinely inspired by the slogan “For The Many Not the Few”