Sunday, 1 March 2009


Laura Sandys has been very careful to say as little as possible in Thanet. Regular readers will know that she does not answer correspondence and avoids difficult issues. When down in Thanet she is too often all things to all people. China Gateway, Manston Airport, Thanet Council’s massive Council tax increase, all the big local issues she steers away from or stays silent.

Back home, yesterday in London, amongst her friends the mask dropped. Laura said that she opposes what the Labour government has done since 1997.

Here’s a Top Twenty of what Laura dislikes:

1. Record police numbers in England, Scotland and Wales
2. 85,000 more nurses
3. 32,000 more doctors
4. Brought back matrons to hospital wards
5. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time
6. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & extra £400 for over-80s
7. Over 30,000 more teachers in England schools
8. All workers now have a right to 4 weeks’ paid holiday
9. A million pensioners lifted out of relative poverty
10. 800,000 children lifted out of relative poverty
11. Free TV licences for over-75s
12. Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals
13. Free local bus travel for over-60s
14. Free eye test for over 60s
15. Five, six and seven year olds in class sizes of 30 or less
16. Free entry to national museums and galleries
17. Overseas aid budget more than doubled
18. Cancer death rates down by 12 per cent, saving 43,000 lives
19. Free nursery places for three and four-year-olds in England, Scotland and Wales
20. Brand new Ellington School replacing a pre-World War outdated, cramped building and work continuing at St. George's, Dane Court, King Ethelbert's, Charles Dickens to re-build these schools with 21st century buildings

These are all things that the Labour government has achieved through state action, but which Laura thinks are wrong. Here’s what she described these extra activities by government as being:

Laura Sandys, Conservative candidate for South Thanet, said she did not like the term "government" and described the state as a "flesh-eating disease".”

Click here for a fuller report.

This is particularly insulting to those nurses, matrons and doctors fighting the flesh eating disease MRSA in our hospitals. Laura compares all those state employees as being like a “flesh-eating disease.” How offensive, but when you are used to private education and private health care cover, the state is unnecessary. That’s how the wealthy live, not how most people in Thanet do. South Thanet has some of the lowest wages in the South East.

So, if you are a nursing assistant or a police officer, a teacher or social worker, a home help or you collect the bins, or if any of your nearest and dearest do one of these jobs, Laura thinks as a state employee you are like a “flesh eating disease”. The state that teaches our children, that nurses us when we are unwell, and sends troops to give their lives for us in Afghanistan and Iraq is a "flesh eating disease".

The nasty Party showing its true colours, Norman Tebbit would be proud.

If South Thanet Conservative Association have any gumption they will pull Laura in, tell her she is not up to the job, and get a fresh candidate who will regard all those locally who work for the state with respect, not contempt .

A local person who used state services would not have been so contemptuous.


  1. Laura Sandys will go the same way as Mark MacGregor before her. When will the Tory party learn that you can't just parachute in your choice of candidate and expect them to be elected? You have to search out suitable people from the locality. Of course, this is a real problem for the Tory party. They've made no attempt to build up a party base locally. Coupled with this, they have regularly abused and attacked the very people they are supposed to represent. The key turning point for Laura will be the ridiculous decision by TDC to authorise night-flights over Ramsgate with no consultation. Even those who think it's the right decision are appalled at the way they've gone about it. Now, they've compounded the error by holding a public meeting and not telling the public about it. When the public finds out that they've dismantled the airport complaints system the fur will really fly. And where is Laura while all this is going on? Showing us that Thanet isn't her home, that's where.

  2. I'm a civil servant, it's 02:53 hours Monday morning, I have been on duty since 12:00 Sunday so another breach of the European Working Time Directive and I have just arrived home. I have to work my self into the ground for the State and listen to ignorant people that includes MPs moan about civil servants.

  3. It's interesting that she saves her public speaking for events outside Thanet as she is rarely heard making any genuine contribution to debate/discussion here. People keep saying how 'nice' she is but is niceness a quality that should encourage the electorate to send her to Westminster? When I wrote to criticise her latest leaflet her replies proved how naive she is politically as she just tried to justify what she had written. Odd that all her points had already been covered by government legislation. Now, if this woman thinks 'government is a flesh-eating disease' why was she so keen to get in place legislation that would give more power to government, not less?

    Why does her party more more regulation not less?

    When at the Liberty Convention she was put on the spot and had to deviate from the script it was clear, according to reports, she was unable to do so. Whoever wrote the speech hadn't prepared her for the 'awkward questions'.

  4. What socialists seem to forget always is that there is a limit to how much taxpayers will bear before they reorganise their lives to reduce the tax target. there is a considerable body of evidence to show that this starts at around 40% of income.

    With stealth tax after stealth tax being burdened on the long suffering taxpayer, this effect is evidenced by the reduction in tax take. Government has simply got too big.

    As the republicans are fond of saying, Socialism works, that is until the socialists run out of other peoples money

  5. I think that Cllr Nottingham has got totally the wrong end of the stick.

    From what I understand Laura Sandys’s reference to the state was at one of the largest conferences on Liberty held in the country and she was talking about the state’s encroachment on liberties and freedoms - ID cards, Database Society, Surveillance Society.

    Not a mention of loyal public servants. Apparently the political party that was evident by its absence at this conference was the Labour Party.

    A pity for us who hold our freedoms dear

  6. Anon 9.41 Laura's reference was cited by a journalist who was present, click on the link, are you saying they are wrong?

    You have then gone and lied and personally abused me on another site.
    No you don't hold freedoms dear, you're just smearing as part of Laura's dirty election campaign, anonymously of course.