A major balls up by the local Folkestone and Hythe Conservative association took place last Friday [10/03/17] at the Grand. The Guest of Honour Lord Howard of Lympne [pictured] had arrived as had others only to be turned away and sent home, before anything got decided.
At the Grand on Friday 10th March the local conservatives were due to hold their local AGM. However, it didn’t happen.
It didn’t happen because the invitations which were sent out, were sent out by email. Now that’s all well and good in the 21st Century, but not according to their constitution. Their constitution stipulates that hard copies, yes, letters, by snail mail must be sent out to there 450+ plus local members.
Those who did bother to turn up, didn’t even make a quorum and we understand they were not amused after giving up their Friday night to attend a meeting which didn’t happen. We understand that an investigation is now underway to look into the shambles.
This is a party which runs our local Council in Shepway, this is a party which wishes to organise our lives, yet can’t organise themselves.
Anyway, that aside we understand that the Leader of Kent County Council, Cllr Paul Carter, took time out to come and help Cllr David Owen, [flat cap pictured below7/03/17] on the campaign trail for the forthcoming elections and look who else is in the picture, yes Mrs Jeffery and husband.
Also we can’t forget the Marsh. Cllr Tony Hills has had talks with Dr Therese Coffey MP the Under Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in her parliamentary office regarding the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) which might be put in place across Hythe & Rye bays.
So we’ve been doing some campaigning of our own across the district and the one thing we keep hearing time and again about our local Cllrs at District and County level is
“The only time I see a Cllr is when there’s an election coming up. They knock on the door give us some spiel then ask us to vote for them. None of them keep their promises, so I just don’t bother to vote anymore.” said Mr Peters.
Another voter told us: ” They (the Tories) only look after business and do next to nothing for the average joe. I won’t be voting.”
Mrs Clarke told us ” I voted UKIP last time, but that opposition leader, what’s his name [Len Laws] is an amoeba and seems to agree with the Tories at every turn. Neither he nor his group will be getting my vote on May 4th.”
We could keep going in the same vain for a long time as many people we spoke to said Cllrs were untrustworthy, took brown envelopes [not that we have ever seen any evidence of this] and just want to concrete over our beautiful district.
It is sad that this is how many people feel across the district but it is not true that politics is the art of the possible. Politics is a choice between the disastrous and unpleasant [J.K Galbraith]
That said, we’ll give the last say to Mr James, who put it so eloquently
” I wouldn’t p**s on any of them if they were on fire, as they are all the same, totally untrustworthy and on the take to feather their own nests.”