My KCC Election Manifesto & Video

Saturday, 5 October 2013


Hola companeros  this is my first effort at video blogging. Hope it's to your liking. I am sure I will get better with practice. The subjects of today are Gadds Green Hop Ale, the passing of General Giap of Vietnam and filming Council meetings.

I have been  investigated at great public expense following complaints from 3 councillors that I took photographs at a Council meeting against the rules. Dead right I did! And here they are (they were also published in the Gazette at the time) They are photographs of a row between two councillors at a meeting which almost turned into a fight.

Surely your councillors should be accountable for their actions?  Especially when the Government has asked Councils to let the public film at meetings. In fact Eric Pickles Secretary of State for Local Government   has said that Thanet Council should let the cameras in. Rules or no rules, I make no apologies for taking these photographs and will do the same again if incidents like this are repeated.  In the meantime I would encourage the citizens of Thanet to attend meetings of the Council to photograph, record and film proceedings. The worst that can happen is that you are asked to leave.  Now turn up your speakers and dance  to Jimmy Cliff at the bottom of the page. 

General Giap head of the Vietnamese Revolutionary Army died at the grand old age of 102 yesterday. He led an army than defeated the French in the 1950s and which threw out the Americans in the early 1970s. I was a youngster at school and I remember reggae godfather Jimmy Cliff 's song Vietnam which played at all the youth clubs at this time. It was one of the first singles I bought. It had  to be a protest song didn't it ! Right on Jimmy!  RIP Gen Giap you kicked some ass.


  1. please grow up mr driver

  2. Let that little girl have more time!

  3. Please keep doing what you are doing Ian, the videoblog is a great idea by the way.

    Did you see this interview about wifi radiation in school classrooms?

  4. again Ian, hear hear! these peeps need to learn about transparency and democracy!

  5. Hi Ian. Here's an idea. Why don't you contact the BBC with an idea for a new programme? It would be a documentary about the life of a town councillor. You could get the camera crew to follow you to meetings with developers. ferry operators, council officers and to council meetings. I imagine the programme will simply expose the abject lack of transparency in Planet Thanet; a culture of secrecy and obstruction with doors being shut on the cameras at every opportunity and an elected representative being prevented from investigating incompetence and waste. It isn't that I want Thanet to be portrayed badly, but that's how it is and has been for a long time. In my opinion, it can never get any better until the arrogance is exposed, and local people get motivated to replace the entire administration with people who have a genuine commitment to democracy and transparency.

  6. please grow up mr driver didn't you know this is the 1950!

  7. Loving your vlog, Ian - keep it up!

  8. Mr Driver when will you grow up and realise that this is the 1950s, its so childish of you not to do as you are told!