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duncan smithson

Fun-loving Dunc Smithson



Old Mole can hardly sleep in his hole for all this talk of the Newington by-election and Nigel Farage’s UKIP.

Back in May Thanet became nationally famous as the place our Nidge tried and failed to grab a seat in parliament.

Though the Crinkly One got some consolation when the Kippers won control of Thanet council – his party’s first such victory.

But since then of course it’s all gone giant-marrow-shaped for the Kippers.

Huge internal punch-ups over the party’s unfulfilled promise to reopen Manston Airport have led to numerous defections among its members and lost it control of the council.

That’s why the Newington by-election (caused by the emigration of UKIP’s sitting councillor to Thailand!) has got all the local politicos excited, with most seeing it as a critical two horse race between Labour and the Kippers.

So when a rumour reaches Thanet Watch Towers that not all Kippers are entirely thrilled to bits with the party’s choice of fun-loving Farage blue-eyed boy Duncan Smithson to fight the seat for them, we naturally whizz off an email to senior UKIP councillor and distinguished mayor of Ramsgate, Trevor Shonk.

What’s his view of Dunc as a candidate, we ask him?

We of course expect him to offer a glowing endorsement of Dunc’s talents.

So you can imagine how gob-smacked Moley was to receive not one word of approval from Trev for Dunc.

Instead we got the following – in Trev’s own delightful grammar and spelling:

“The best person will win whom ever wins this seat ,we at RTC [Ramsgate Town Council] will have to work with the elected councillor ,to much division in all parties so Ramsgate is the priority at all times

I will and always work with all political colours and that has been me from day one !!
Might upset a few ,the only way forward is working with each other for Thanet and all things local and we have so much stacked against us…”

Trev then, quite rightly, goes on to give as an example of what Thanet’s got stacked against it – the recent shocking closure of the Royal School for Deaf Children Margate.

But does he give us even one word in support of his close colleague Dunc Smithson in this vital election for his party?

Absolutely nothing.

Not believing its eyes, the Watch writes off to Trevor to double-check he’s got the point. We ask “Do you truthfully consider Duncan the best person to stand for Newington? Are you happy to canvass for him?”

Answer came there none.

But if Moley hears anything he’ll let you know…


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