Stuart Bar­ton

Our colum­nist with his unique view of Ash­ford life

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

“Slice of Life” which was go­ing to take over its man­age­ment has pulled out.

“Here”, I hear you say, “is an ideal op­por­tu­nity for our coun­cil to demon­strate its com­mit­ment to the peo­ple it pur­ports to serve”.

Since it re­cently spent huge amounts buy­ing Park Mall and even more buy­ing In­ter­na­tional House and chuck­ing out the char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tions there, here is a chance to make some amends by do­ing some­thing for real peo­ple, rather than no­tional busi­nesses’.

Huh! Your voices, I re­gret to say, will re­main as un­heard as mine.

Of course, this is merely an­other ex­am­ple of our coun­cil fol­low­ing the lead set by the govern­ment, which seems de­ter­mined to make the lives of the dis­ad­van­taged as tough as pos­si­ble.

Two peo­ple wor­thy of men­tion this week as a con­se­quence of their un­men­tion­ably bad be­hav­iour are Fer­gus Wil­son, whose lat­est out­bursts have been widely re­ported, and the (now ex) Tory coun­cil­lor, Jim Wedg­bury, who blamed the West­min­ster ter­ror busi­ness on “Labour”.

Had he put his brain in gear be­fore speak­ing, he would rea­son­ably have traced the blame back to Tony Blair (ad­mit­tedly a one-time leader of the Labour party) who, with the en­cour­age­ment of the not-too-bright Ge­orge Bush and the many war-mon­ger­ing mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, sent so many of our young men and women to be killed, maimed or men­tally de­stroyed in the il­le­gal in­va­sion of Iraq.

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