|Ever Get the Feeling You've Been Cheated?|
this nobody said nothing, which should be of concern. His 2 minute speech was full of gushing hyperbole, yet Shapps failed to give a commitment that his Government would support Thanet Council’s moves to compulsorily purchase the airport site. In fact he didn’t mention the CPO once. And sadly the short film of Shapps meaningless rhetorical flannel illustrates, through the applause he received, that it is indeed possible for politicians to fool most the people most of the time.
|Should You |
To mislead and to give publically funded false hope in order to protect your political party's arse is manipulation and cynicism of the first order, which in my opinion verges on the immoral, if not possibly the downright criminal. Yet this is precisely what the Labour and Tory parties, through the personages of Shapps and Johnston, appear to be doing. I make this allegation because whilst espousing the Save Manston mantra and leading the CPO battle cry the Labour and Tory parties have been formulating policies based upon having no airport at Manston for at least a year before Anne Gloag owned the site and long before she announced it was going to close! Here’s the evidence of the deceitful game played by old fashioned Labour and Tory politicians.
So as early as 2012 senior politicians, council officers and businessmen were already actively discussing and planning for the Manston/ Thanet Central Island area to become a major centre for residential, commercial and industrial growth without the need for an airport. Although of course no-one was stupid enough to say this out loud, it’s not inconceivable that Infratil, a company with close associations with Anne Gloag’s Stagecoach, or perhaps a politician or maybe a council officer, may have possibly briefed Gloag about KMEEPs emerging plans for the Manston/ Thanet Central Island area and how massively lucrative these plans could be for her if she bought the airport from Infratil and then closed it down. But of course this purely conjecture on my part.