Off the Record
Political Editor Paul Francis
wait and see but we are not optimistic.
See page 33 for the latest on Manston being used as an Op Stack replacement. OVER at County Hall, there are some furrowed brows among councillors, who have received a note about their travel expenses.
KCC wrote off a tax bill of £179,000 after it emerged councillors should have been paying tax on car journeys to and from County Hall.
Now they are being asked if they would like to make a voluntary contribution to meet some of these costs, which some consider a personal liability.
Cue anxious faces and huddles in the corridor as they consider how best to respond. UKIP leader Nigel Farage seems to have got his mojo back after his general election defeat at the hands of Conservative Craig Mackinlay in the battle for South Thanet at the election.
Although the defeat was bruising, he seems reconciled to what happened, telling this week’s referendum rally in Margate that, “I would have liked to have stood here as your MP but we all have our ups and downs”. THERE was early sign it may not be all plain sailing for the government over the rules under which the EU referendum will be conducted.