My KCC Election Manifesto & Video

Monday, 5 June 2017

I’m Voting Labour Despite & Because Of

Some of my readers have become alarmed and confused  by my unexpected appearance in a recent Tory election leaflet. So have I. Rest assured that I was not consulted about the inclusion of my image in the leaflet and contrary to  rumours nor have I joined the Tory Party. Although I have great respect for Craig MacKinlay’s  hard work on Live Animal Exports and  his ideas for the future of Ramsgate Port, I am,  and I shall remain a lifelong socialist and trade unionist,  and I  will not be voting Tory in the  General Election. Nor will I be voting for the LibDems, UKIP, or my former political party the Greens. I will be voting Labour and urge you to do likewise.

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”

 

8 comments:

  1. Good to see that you have come in from the cold and have finally found a cause worthy of fighting for.

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    1. Stand for Labour. Ramsgate needs you back in the Red

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  2. Good for you Ian.....I will be voting Labour too - having voted Green in recent elections....I feel Corbyn is a breath of fresh air. Will have a celebratory drink with you soon I hope.

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    1. let me know when you are in town Roger

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    2. Maria Koivisto6 June 2017 at 01:24

      Wise and compassionate words, Ian

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  3. A strange choice Ian. Corbyn is unlikely to be elected. Yet as you say the local Thanet Labour party is corrupt and incompetent so why vote for them? The Labour MP candidate is unheard of and unlikely to be effective in Parliament? You're sounding as a fanatic simply voting for the same party regardless?

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  4. Craig has done nothing on Live Animal Exports nor the Port in 2 years has he? And Manston he backtracked straight away as did UKIP about the pollution.

    He opposed BrettGate but so did everybody except Chris Wells.

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  5. Why hasn't Chris or Karen Constantine spoke up on the Pleasurama Labour corruption? She's a TDC and KCC councilor. She wants to be MP as well yet stays silent? Typical Thanet Labour silence or internal bickering

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