Fairytale Of Medway

It was Christmas Eve online
In the Political Medway
An old man said to us, “it should be obvious to anyone”
And then he Facebooked a comment
A rare moderated view
We turned our screens away
And day dreamed about the news

Got on a Twitter thread
Piled on eighteen to one
We’ve got a feeling
This year’s for fake news.

So Happy Christmas
We love you Medway
We can see a better time
When all our hashtags come true

They’ve got plans for rooftop bars
They’ve got riverside developments of gold
But the news goes right through you
Despite skewing young, Medway is a place for the old

When you first read our blog
On a cold election eve
You never promised us internet fame
was waiting for we.

Keevil’s sarcastic
Jennings’ witty
Medway is not a City
When the Castle Concerts finished playing
They paid out for more
Jools Holland was swinging
All the drunks they were singing
We live tweeted the council 
Then blogged through the night

The boys of the Medway Cabinet
Were singing come what may
We will discover what “Brexit means Brexit” means
on Brexit day

You’re a liberal
You’re a snowflake
You’re bearded, woke and eating cake
A political bore on a news drip depressed on the floor
Called odious or adored
Emailed “you’re an ‘overtly political blog” or ignored
Happy Christmas your arse
We don’t pray at full council when asked

The more diverse Labour opposition group
Still being ‘anti-Medway’
And the bells are ringing out
For another election day

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Well so could anyone
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Virtual Doorstep: 19 Weeks to go..

It is said that elections are won on the doorstep, and that may well be true. Being armchair activists, it’s difficult to check up on that.
Twitter and blogs however are part of our social media present and future, and if the election was decided there, how would each of the wards be looking?

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Everybody Loves Rehman

Every now and again we get accused of being unfair on Gillingham and Rainham MP and Rainham Central councillor Rehman Chishti. Because we like to shine a light on what he’s up to among his many roles, apparently we are treating him unreasonably. Obviously that’s utter nonsense, but we thought in the spirit of Christmas it would be good to check in with what other local residents think of the esteemed MP. Surely that way we’d be able to build a balanced picture of how he is viewed in the community.

To start, we decided to look close to home, and see what comments had been left about Chishti on our own comments section.

Okay, maybe not the best start there. Surely they won’t all be this negative though.

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Voice of the Leader: December

Once a month we will be offering the Leaders of both Medway Council and the official opposition the opportunity to talk unedited about.. well, Medway politics. Today we hear from Alan Jarrett, Leader of Medway Council and the Conservative Group.

Alan Jarrett

This is the first of my monthly contributions to the Political Medway, and I read last week’s contribution by the leader of the opposition with a sense of déjà vu! For this is what I have been listening to ever since we took control of the council 18 years ago; but this time carefully setting out the ‘achievements’ of his Labour colleagues.

One by one the members of the Labour Group were named, and one by one we can now see just what they have achieved over all these years. NOTHING!

Whilst we read a list of what Labour had been trying to stop from happening in Medway, my contribution is going to set out all the things that the Conservative administration has actually done.

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