Saturday, 14 May 2011


In the wake of the news that we now have a hung council after no party won a winning majority in last week's local election results, Roger Gale MP says the following in the Thanet Extra:

“Thanet's Tories do not have an overall majority but were the figures to be reflected in a national election the Queen would be asking Cllr Bayford to form an administration.”

What a frightening thought. Bob Bayford as our Prime Minister? Can you imagine what that would look like?

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... Yikes!


  1. Scary - you should have posted this yesterday - Friday 13th! Of course, like Cameroon, he would have to be propped up by a minority party. Were any Cleggerons elected?

  2. Three Independents got in - according to the press, they're the kingmakers of our hung council at the moment. Not sure if any Lib Dems had any luck (most likely not!). This post was actually scheduled for yesterday, but blogger was down all day yesterday, unfortunately. Seems to back to normal now though:

  3. Robert Williams14 May 2011 at 11:00

    Luke, for an educated chap you can be a bit silly at times. Do you know Bob Bayford, other than what you have read through the media or blogsites. He is actaully a very decent man and a more than capable leader.

    Likewise, Roger Gale is correct in his statement about the results reflected nationally giving rise to a Conservative government. They took 47% of the vote to Labour's 38% although the fall of the seats makes it appear much closer.

    Whatever, the upshot is that our local polticians have to learn to work together and pretty damn fast for the good of Thanet. Bob Bayford is certainly up for that so let us hope the Labour party can forget their class warfare tribalism for now and also get on with the job.

  4. Nothing wrong with a bit of silliness, my friend! And I agree, Roger Gale is correct but my post was merely a bit of lighthearted jostling in the style of Guido Fawkes. And yes, I do know Bob Bayford, I've met him, he seems like a nice bloke, and I've spoken with him occasionally when I used to work at the council - shock horror!

  5. Robert Williams14 May 2011 at 18:31

    Thanks for clarifying that, Luke, and I agree that a bit of light hearted banter makes a change from some of the heavey stuff elsewhere.

    Not sure about the minority group with a much smaller share of the vote than either Tories or Labour being kingmakers. Hardly seems a very democratic solution. Better they all work together. Guess we can but hope.

    In the meantime, the world of Thanet blogging seems a bit in limbo at the moment with Thanet-on-line losing all its comments and a slow recovery elsewhere. Divine intervention or just weirdness in the ether?

  6. As an atheist, Robert Williams, the concept of "divine intervention" is no more plausible, for me, than another blogger who doesn't like Thanetonline's postings finding some way to disable the blog. But I don't do conspiracy theories.

  7. I guess you can say things like this Luke now that you're not working for the TDC (just as I'm now a "free" man, not working at my last job anymore!). ; )

  8. Robert Williams15 May 2011 at 13:12

    Anon, 18:31, it was a tongue in cheek comment. I am sure the almighty would be too busy to get involved in blogging and I am equally sure Michael Child did not disable the blog himself. For a spell there Error 404 windows were popping up all over the place.

    If you don't do conspiracy theories, by the way, might I suggest, the Thanet blog scene is no place for you. We have some of the most extreme around these parts from masonic plots to police cover ups and illegal paramilitary training to perjury in high places. Oh, and don't even go there with arson theories.

    Be careful they don't hunt you down and, since you don't do praying, keep your fingers crossed and your powder dry.

  9. I'd like to add the word 'allegedly' onto this. I don't go in for those kind of conspiracy theories myself, Robert, but hey, whatever floats your boat!