As the events of Thursday night begin to sink in, I wanted to put a couple of thoughts down.
I am relatively new to local politics so I will refrain from trying to discuss the intricacies and make myself look a fool. Thanet Council's new leader Clive Hart is fully committed to working with the other groups at the Council and he is the right leader to bring Labour, the Independents, and the Conservatives together for the good of Thanet.
After eight years in control it was right for a different party to have a chance to take charge, but the nature of the political landscape is one that requires consensual politics. What is needed now is stability, and I believe that Councillor Hart and his newly appointed Cabinet need time to get on with the job of running the Council. I have noticed that Councillor Moores has been complaining already on his blog about the new Labour Cabinet. However I think that every fair minded person would agree that the new Cabinet should be given a chance first, and that attacking them only hours after taking office is pretty ridiculous. The point is that the new Labour administration was elected democratically by Full Council with a plurality of votes.
I hold no executive position within the Labour party or the Council, but if ever the opportunity presents itself to me I will always work with anyone of any party for the good of Thanet. I am confident that this sentiment is shared by nearly every member of Council, but now it is time to put this into practise and implement the politics that the people of Thanet have told us they want by giving no party overall control.