Uncategorized

Advocating life chances requires no apology

There was a nice moment in a Prime Minister’s speech about Life Chances earlier this month. Had it been a rotten one (I’m thinking Castro-esque here), it might have been appropriate. But this was a speech that would be quoted around the country, and in the US for its eloquence and ambition. I thought it was excellent. …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

Official Statement on closure of Whitstable Rumour Mill

I thought I’d pause briefly from reading through Whitstable Harbour Village notes to address an issue brought to my attention in various emails and on social media. It surrounds the current gossip about the Whitstable Rumour Mill, a popular and long standing attraction in the town. I wish to make clear both my position and that of …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

Egg on my face at the Museum of Fun

I’ll be honest, my relationship with the Museum of Fun is a difficult one. It’s not unfriendly, there’s certainly no malice. It’s only because my wife made it up a year ago, and after very clearly saying “never again,” she is now part of the team behind it this year. And just as 12 months ago it …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

Recreating the Battle of Graveney Marsh

In keeping with the spirit of avoiding the news for fear of bursting into tears, be they tears of laughter, rage or sadness, I thought I’d talk about war. But a good story about war, as you good as you can get given the circumstances. This Sunday is a special day for those of us …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

Ladesfield

I’ve had a break from blogging for a couple of weeks, owing to working abroad which has left me jetlagged and prone to falling asleep in my lunch. So I’m a little late to the Ladesfield debate. It’s been the single biggest issue I’ve been contacted about as a councillor so far. Most of the …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

“The Benign Prerogative”

I went on a march many years ago. A few actually. I wish I could remember which ones, but that would be to miss the point. It was a march, protesting about something, and we on the left were duty bound to attend. That was all a long time ago. But it was brought to …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

My green-gold fountain pen

One of my favourite Theodore Roosevelt stories is that of the “green-gold fountain pen”, written by Roosevelt admirer Ambrose Flack for the New Yorker magazine back in the late 1940s. It’s the story of the author as a young boy who loses his green-gold fountain pen after spotting his hero Teddy while out birdwatching. Losing his pen, …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

For England, the wary, and Councillor George

It was about the point that we stepped out of the Cathedral precinct, turning right onto Sun Street, when I turned to look at Cllr George Metcalf. On his face was an enormous grin, and his eyes beamed from behind his spectacles. “Isn’t this fun?” he said, as onlookers, many bewildered, tried to make sense …

Continue Reading