Campaigning proves thirsty work for one Conservative, at least
The election for Kent’s crime commissioner is a few months away but there is a distinct feeling that the campaign is under way.
First, the Conservative policing minister Mike Penning rejects the commissioner Ann Barnes’ bid for the government to bail out the force for the extra costs of Operation Stack.
He hints heavily that perhaps the money should come from the police reserves of more than £30m.
Then, the Dover Conservative MP Charles Elphicke has a dig at the commissioner saying she had “serious questions” to answer about why the force allowed two marches to take place in Dover, although strictly speaking that is a force matter.
Yes, tin hats on. There will be plenty more of this sort of thing to come.
ELECTION campaigning can be an energy-sapping business and the fight for the South Thanet seat was particularly gruelling as the Conservative
And you can’t say it doesn’t take the job seriously. It has reached an agreement with one debtor who owed the council £11,500.
The repayment scheme is for £10 a month.
That means it will get its money back in about, ooh, a mere 100 years.
KENT County Council has had its fingers burned over plans to sell off some of its country parks and beat a hasty retreat after an entirely predictable public outcry.
The idea of “privatising” parks is about as controversial as you can get in local government, next to closing public toilets or libraries.
Still, it is good to hear that they are having second thoughts.
Or, as its website puts it, it wants to review its “Country Park Offer” to ensure resources are “focused where they can make the biggest impact for our residents”, Quite so.
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