I posted previously about David Green seeking to become Labour’s election candidate in Newington because he wanted to “seek revenge” on the voters of the ward for rejecting him in 2015. http://thanetgreencouncillor.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/labours-newington-candidate.html
I said at the time that portraying yourself as a “revenge seeking candidate” was being disrespectful towards voters and is not a healthy, or desirable, motivation for standing for public office. I still believe this to be true.
But today, instead of focusing on David Green’s motivations, I want to examine his previous record as a local councillor so that people can make up their minds about his suitability for office. To do this I have drawn up a list of David Green’s key political achievements when he was a member of Labour’s ruling administration at Thanet Council and a member of Thanet Councils Labour controlled Cabinet between 2011-15 .
Please bear in mind that this is my own analysis of, and opinion about, David Green’s political record between 2011-15. I would expect anyone interested in this matter to seek information elsewhere, including from David Green himself and the Labour Party, in order to have a balanced picture. That said here is my list of what David did.
1. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which approved the secret fee deferral agreement with TansEuropa Ferries which cost council tax payers £3.4million. David Green did not publically criticise this arrangement when it became known.
2. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which banned live animal exports from the Port of Ramsgate, even though the council had legal advice saying that this would be unlawful – costing council tax payers £5million in compensation to date. David Green has, to the best of my knowledge, made no public statement distancing himself from this reckless and expensive decision backed by himself and his Labour colleagues.
3. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which invested between £7-8million of council taxpayers money into the Margate Dreamland Amusement Park project and who appointed the park operator which has failed to pay debts of more than £3million and is now in administration. David Green has, to the best of my knowledge, made no public statement criticising the massive mismanagement of the Dreamland project which may eventually cost tax payers dearly.
4. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which decided to sell off Thanet’s publically owned heritage to the private sector such as the Ramsgate Pleasurama site, Broadstairs and Ramsgate’s pavilions, Margate’s Theatre Royal
5. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which failed, over a 4 year period, to develop a Thanet Local Plan thus allowing speculative developers to secure planning permission/ build housing on our rural green field sites at Manston Green, New Haine Road etc instead of building on previously developed brown field sites.
6. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which supported the development of an expensive (£26 million), unnecessary and environmentally damaging Parkway station.
7. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which cynically exploited the Save Manston Airport campaign by pursuing a Compulsory Purchase Order many people knew was extremely unlikely to be unachievable in order to gain electoral advantage. I do not recall David Green making any public criticism of this manoeuvre.
8. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which trashed via a dawn bull-dozer raid the Little Oasis Skate Park Margate which had been paid for and constructed by young people and their parents. Not a word of public criticism from David Green do I recall.
9. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which failed to recover into council ownership the Ramsgate Pleasurama site from developers who despoiled and blighted the seafront for 20 years.
10. Member of the Labour Administration/ Cabinet which disobeyed Government guidance to allow the public to film its meetings. Choosing instead to call the police to remove those who wished, through filming, to have councillors held to account. I do not recall David Green supporting proposals to allow the public to film of meetings until the council was forced to so by law change.
This is not, in my opinion, a very inspiring record of achievement for a wannabe “revenge seeking councillor”. Having looked at the list of candidates I would personally vote for the LibDems but even then, like David Green, they are also staunchly Pro-EU and I voted Brexit. But one thing for sure I would not be voting UKIP, Tory or Labour’s David Green