In which our intrepid reporter continues to dig into what went wrong with children’s social care services in Medway, and what the council are trying to do to fix things..
Don’t know if you’ve seen but children’s social care in Medway is a ticking time bomb. The council have until the end of the year to prove they can turn around a bad mark from Ofsted and still take care of the most vulnerable children in the Towns in their time of need.
In which Caitlin Webb, the UK’s first Local Democracy Reporter, explains to us what purdah is, and how much it impacts an election campaign..
There’s a general election coming. There’s nothing more exciting for a political journalist. It’s where politics gets all serious and things could be really shaken up. We have now entered purdah, the pre-election period.
Quite the day for local politics Twitter last night, as over the course of a few hours we saw a councillor sharing anti-trans content, activists sharing anti-semitic tropes, autism being weaponised, and a staggering amount of hypocrisy all round.
In April the Home Office answered a written question from MP for Gillingham and Rainham (and friend of Jacob Rees-Mogg) Rehman Chishti. The question was on one of the biggest issues facing the constituency:
In which we welcome Caitlin Webb, the UK’s first Local Democracy Reporter, to The Political Medway to look at how welcoming Medway has been to refugees..
You may not know but 17-23 June was Refugee Week.
Before we delve into this subject- let’s get the facts straight. Refugees are displaced people who have been forced to leave their home country to escape war, persecution or natural disasters. This is different from migrants, who have moved to the UK for hope of a better life but could potentially return home.
Refugee Week may have gone under the radar because of the political sensitivity around the issue or simply because every week seems to be a celebration of something. Yet the Armed Forces Week has been promoted everywhere in the Towns.
What is it with certain members of the Medway Conservatives and social media? Following the three year long debacle of Mike Franklin, news reaches us that yet another Medway Conservative seems to have been suspended for sharing offensive content.
On 17 Jan 2018: Tracey Crouch voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Kelly Tolhurst voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Rehman Chishti voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.