November 2017

Cllr Susan Joan Carey

November 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Cllr Susan Carey (pictured) was first elected to Shepway District Council (SDC) in 1999 for the then seat of Saltwood & Newington. She won the seat with 240 votes gaining 59.1% of the vote on a turnout of 32.2%. She has been re-elected on 4 further occasions; and has been an SDC Cllr for [Click to Read More]

Update on Otterpool Park

November 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Warwick Smith in The Guardian sets out that Companies “don’t give their money away for nothing. There is an understanding (rarely made explicit) that large campaign donations buy political access and favourable consideration in policy development and legislation. Why else would a [Click to Read More]

Are They Worth £9.2 Million?

November 20, 2017 // 5 Comments

In Kent – including Medway, there were 715 elected representatives who received  expenses and allowances in the financial year 2016/17. Kent has 559 elected representatives who sit on all 12 Councils, Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, [Click to Read More]

Kent MP Costs For 2016/17

November 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

All Kent MP’s have cost the UK Taxpayer the sum of £2,597,410 for the financial year 2016/17. (All information is drawn from IPSA’s website.) This year, unfortunately Damian Collins is NOT Kent’s most expensive MP. That privilege falls to Craig Mackinley, MP  for Thanet South [Click to Read More]

The Grand Inferno

November 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

Forgive the classical allusion but Dante might be the name that will be taking up a lot of Michael Stainer’s time over the coming months. But he won’t be studying the immortal verse of Dante Alighieri, author of the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language, especially not [Click to Read More]

Shepway Property Owned Offshore.

November 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

Yesterday, the Land Registry released all the title deeds of all tax haven/offshore companies which own property in the UK. There are, according to the Land Registry, 98,583 such properties owned by offshore companies in the UK in total. In Kent there are 1890 in Kent. And in Shepway there are 145. [Click to Read More]

The Colourful Geoffrey George Boot.

November 8, 2017 // 9 Comments

Over the last few days the Paradise Papers have been splashed across the front pages of many newspapers across the world. Once again, they like the Panama Papers have shown us how the rich tend to avoid tax on an industrial scale. One of the tax haven’s enabling them to do this, is the Isle [Click to Read More]