So where do I start, I suppose that the rot really set in when we had an influx of DFL's. These people moved down to Ramsgate and set about educating the local yokels with their Lattes and Prosecco and other nouveau habits. Sadly they also imported their own particular brand of intolerance and bigotry.
A good example of this started with the iniquitous No Night Flights campaign. The people involved were mainly retired or wealthy DFL's who didnt want planes flying at any time and NNF was just an excuse to hang their prejudices on. The irony is that probably a lot of these people flew away on holidays to a nice villa in Tuscany or a sweet little Portugese village where the locals presumably cow towed to them thus feeding their superior attitude. Just not liking flying from the local airport as it disturbed their precious weekends. These NIMBYS slowly infested our Labour Party like some insidious cancer and systematically set about undermining all the work being done by local people to attract jobs and prosperity to Thanet.
Another consequence of DFL's is that they have driven property prices up beyond the reach of a lot of local people who now find that apart from the daily struggle to make ends meet they also have the worry of finding a home that they can afford on the piss poor wages on offer in Thanet generally.
These awful self righteous, self centered people also seem to belong in a culture of perpetually offended thin- skinned busy bodies constantly getting offended about something, someone or some group that did or said something and then demanding apology, followed by furious public outrage.
These people having slithered into a position of becoming candidates now also claim to be the candidates fighting for change, but actually what they are doing is rolling the clock back to the days of absentee MPs and rotten borough politics, when well-off people from London like them made decisions for everyone else and now they want to take us back to the days when ordinary people did not have proper local representation.
So for these reasons and others, I have cancelled my Labour Party membership and regrettably for the first time in nearly fifty years I shall not be voting Labour. I have always been a socialist and I believe in the principles of socialism. I have stood in successive elections on these principals and never failed to get elected, therefore I will continue to believe in them.