My KCC Election Manifesto & Video

Monday, 25 November 2013

Laura Sandys MP

I would like to pay a personal  tribute to Laura Sandy's MP. She has made an incredibly difficult decision not to stand at the next general election. This could not have been easy for her.

Although I do not share Laura's politics she made a brave and  principled stand on issues which were not universally popular with her Conservative Parliamentary colleagues such as her support for equal marriage, her commitment to environmental  protection and green issues  and her opposition to live animal exports from the port of Ramsgate,

In addition to working tirelessly for her constituents Laura also supported and helped community organisations and charities working in her constituency. I got to know her when I was the manager of  Thanet Citizens Advice Bureau and her support helped the organisation continue its important work during difficult financial times.

I would like to wish Laura all the best and the greatest of success for the future. You will be a hard to act to follow.

10 comments:

  1. I was always impressed by laura's insight into many issues and wish her well

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  2. Think the thing about Laura is that she is a thoroughly decent human being who cares and she will indeed be a hard act to follow as a constituency MP.

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  3. Getting back to things that matter, I see that ECR's poll is showing that well over 90% of those voting think that TDC is useless. Yet Labour councillors said that the negativity all emanated from one person. Come on Ian, own up. Have you voted 150 times?

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    1. I'm too much of a democrat and would never stoop so low as ballot stuffing. Although having said that I may well get well and truly stuffed by a ballot in 2015. Funny thing is though, despite my outspoken criticism of the council and its political management I think it can become an organisation that people respect and that does a lot of good. There are many changes needed before we get to that stage and I will posting on this in due course. Hope it will provoke some debate and thinking

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    2. You haven't lived in Thanet as long as I have Ian. I'm afraid you can't change TDC by tinkering around the edges and changing a few things. The council is rotten to the core. Major surgery will be needed and it isn't going to be pretty. You've done a pretty good job stirring things up but, somehow, you have to find away of pulling together the people who can present the electorate with a real alternative at the next election. I'm thinking of something along the lines of a new political party which is devoted solely to representing the people of Thanet, with no ideological baggage. The trouble is that I wouldn't be accepting anyone who has previously stood for another party and that would rule you out.

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    3. I think it's even sadder that someone nearly 40 (Russell Brand is 38) is a self-appointed spokesman for the young! It's a bit like Elvis in his fat jumpsuit period speaking for young people (I confess I can't stand that man - Russell Brand that is).

      Anyway as I've said elsewhere, good to see you praising Laura Sandys.

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    4. Peter there's no way I am going to wear a jump suit. It would be bordering on the obscene and the Standards Committee would probably find me guilty of brining the Council into disrepute.

      Having said that I partially agree with you about Russell Brand. But he does speak for many younger people who are disaffected with politics and he has made some trenchant criticism of how we do politics. The problem is our political structures, especially at local government level are based on Victorian paternalism and the concept that councillors know best, when quite clearly they don't. These old fashioned structures have failed to keep pace with technological change especially in relation to communications, real-time and citizen reporting. If you refuse to welcome, endorse and harness these changes, like Thanet Council politicians decided to do, you become seen as secretive and out of touch. If you attack people who try to force the pace of change you become seen as bullying and dysfunctional.

      I hate to have to admit it, but your mate Simon Moores, was right when he said at the Standards Committee that the Genie is out the bottle with regard to communications technology and the reluctance of Thanet councillors to endorse this powerful force

      The problem faced by Thanet Council is how to make a friend and ally of the Genie you have, until now, been treating like an enemy.

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    5. If Rusell Brand is the face of Britain's future, I'm emigrating.

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  4. Ian it is very nice of you to praise a retiring politician and after reading tributes on twitter and elsewhere it is obvious she was well liked. The only thing I have found distasteful it the remarks by UKIP saying she was scared to face Farage which is why she has elected to stand down. Crass remarks from a distasteful party

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  5. Barry you are right. From my brief acquaintance with Laura Sandys I think she would have relished taking on Nigel Farage. But life is sometimes more important than politics and I, like most decent minded people, don't want to score political points out of someone's family issues. This is the politics of the gutter.

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