So why are things so crap for so many people? Well, I believe that one of the reasons is that the unresolved future of Manston Airport has become a major blockage to the regeneration of Thanet. Or more precisely, the way in which the Labour Party, UKIP and the Tories, have manged the Manston Airport issue is blighting the regeneration of the district. To be brutally frank these self-serving so-called politicians have, through their cynical manipulation of the Manston Airport saga, seriously fucked up opportunities for thousands of local people to have a better life, and they should be ashamed of what they have done.
The subject of Manston Airport has dominated Thanet for over 2 years. In this time The Labour Party, the Tories and UKIP have all tried to exploit this issue for their political advantage. I have previously exposed how the parties tried to hijack the Save Manston campaign with hypocritical promises of a CPO, when they were (and still are) supporting strategic regeneration plans based on a future without an airport. I explained how, despite their promises, Thanet’s political establishment knew damn well that there were no compelling legal grounds to successfully secure a CPO. And now with the recent collapse of the RiverOak deal you would have thought that Labour, UKIP and the Tories would have stopped playing games, been honest with local people and said that it’s game over for Manston Airport.
But no. Instead of telling the truth the manipulative bunch of wankers who pass themselves off as Thanet’s political leaders are continuing their campaign of lies and deceit about Manston. Soon after the collapse of the RiverOak deal a new Save Manston political coalition headed by the Tories, and perhaps soon to be supported by the Labour Party and the Democratic Independent Group, was announced. To avoid being politically outflanked by their rivals UKIP have declared that there are other speculators lurking in the shadows and that it might still possible to save Manston. So scared are Thanet’s politicians of being exposed for their initial deceit and dishonesty over the airport that, like naughty children, they are trying to disguise one lie with another in the hope that their cynical abuse of public trust remains undiscovered.
And what’s the result of this politically inspired dishonesty about the Manston Airport situation? Simple the future of the site is now extremely uncertain with the threat of a potential CPO hanging over it possibly for several more years to come. Ask yourself the question who the fuck would want to invest money in setting up a business on the former airport site when you may have to relocate, losing lots of money, a couple of years down the line? Nobody in their right mind would want to take this risk. So my conclusion is that the Labour Party, UKIP and the Tories, by playing cynical political games with Manston Airport in order to get votes, have ended up blighting a site with major economic regeneration potential. By doing so Labour, UKIP and the Tories are directly responsible for the growth of poverty and deprivation in Thanet.
Because make no mistake the 865 acre former-airport site is absolutely critical to the regeneration of Thanet. Had Labour, UKIP and the Tories been honest and truthful about the airport from the beginning then the CPO fiasco would have been dealt with months ago and we would now be seeing new investment in business, leisure and residential use at the site and benefiting from desperately needed jobs and training opportunities for local people. Instead the issue of the CPO has been deliberately played out and extended purely because of the self-interest of Thanet morally corrupt political establishment. And even after the recent RiverOak debacle there's still no end in sight to this pathetic political game playing.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Thanet’s political establishment have, through their deceitful manipulation of the Manston Airport situation, seriously fucked -up the regeneration of the district and cheated many residents out of a better future. This is why I am forced to write so many bad new articles.
Not that I am an expert in these matters, but if I was Stone Hill Park I would be taking legal advice about suing Thanet Council for an abuse of process which is improperly impacting upon their plans for site which they legally own.