The Gazette has a story this week about another shake up in Thanet Labour, Clive Hart 's record as leader of the council has been to be kind, mediocre, so far it seems to me that the lamentable administration has staggered behind the independents.
Notably councillor Ian Driver, happy enough to be elected as a member of the Labour party but exercising the good judgement not to be led by Cllr Hart and content to run rings around the hapless mishmash that is the Labour group.
This week is dominated by one of Drivers campaign's the obnoxious business of transport of sheep from Ramsgate harbour, good call really, this actually is one of those things nobody would miss should
Much of this year, that being the time Labour's headed the council (I should of course say controlled the council but that would be to overstate their competence), it looks like Driver has also been setting the agenda, the summer saw all that " gay" stuff, the ridiculous debate over gay marriage hardly relevant to local government, all kinds of unpleasantness at the time, not least homophobia from Labour and Tory and perhaps more offensive the suggestion of "hate crime" a modern day sledgehammer to curb independent thinking from local zealots.
Anyway so what has Labour achieved in a year, well little if you ask me, council tax is going to rise, low paid council workers are to have pay cuts and council bosses, well you know the score, as for Clive Hart who cares.
Things that need addressing in Thanet are the always declining economy, increasing crime, social deprivation and in recent years the increasing burden of a transient population in Margate, can Labour do anything not likely on past evidence.