With a record like this, I would have packed up my trestle table and quietly gone home. But no! Not the Stand Uppers! Believing their own baseless propaganda to the truth the erstwhile Farage slayers now want to Stand Up To UKIP Thanet Councillors and presumably “inflict a magnificent defeat” on a council administration democratically elected, less than a week ago, by over 40% of those who voted. Honestly this childish nonsense makes me feel like puking. Watching UKIP councillors “like a hawk and when they put a foot out place – step on it” is utter bollox! This is the job of the Council’s Monitoring Officer; the District Auditor, the Scrutiny Committee, the Standards Board; the democratically elected Labour and Conservative opposition groups; the Department of Communities and Local Government and
If you aim to challenge a UKIP council you do it by developing roots in the community and campaigning on issues like poverty, low pay; benefits sanctions; the shortage of social housing; poor education and health provision; which affect tens-of-thousands of people in Thanet. You should also be campaigning about the threat to Thanet’s environment posed by Labour’s Local Plan; the Parkway station; the Airport CPO; the threat to equality and human rights posed, not just by UKIP, but by Labour and the Tories as well and of course the desperate need for regeneration; job creation; and proportional representation the absence of which got us into this mess in the first place.
Playing the role of Thanet Council’s self-appointed moral guardian just because it’s a UKIP council is hardly likely to achieve anything, especially bearing mind that a UKIP council will be determined to prove that it is better managed; better behaved; more open and transparent than its Labour-controlled predecessor. A task which to be honest will not be too difficult to achieve.
Most people know, but the Labour Party and its hangers-on on the left have forgotten, there is no shortcut to gaining electoral support, other than long and patient campaigning and practical support in the community. So Stand Down Stand Up say I.