Tuesday, April 26 2011
There is a golden opportunity to hear what the front runners have to say about the election issues tonight.
There is also a pretty good chance that the minor parties, the CCTV banners and the Get Rid of Everyone brigade will get a look-in, throwing in questions to try to unsettle the big boys.
I am talking about the Medway Messenger's hustings which are being held at 7pm tonight in the Pilkington Building at the Universities At Medway campus.
On the top table - ready to field the quizzers - will be the group leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups, Rodney Chambers, Paul Godwin and Geoff Juby, together with the Green candidate, Trish Marchant.
Holding the chairman's gavel will be fellow blogger, Paul Francis, Political Editor of the KM Group and the only reporter to be Kent Journalist of the Year on three occasions.
We have already had some excellent questions, but the real excitement will come from the questions on the night.
So come along - ask your questions - or just listen as the sparks fly.
One of my colleagues discovered that not every candidate is necessarily enthusiastic about winning.
I do not intend to give the self-appointed foul-mouthed individual publicity, but suffice it to say he didn't care whether or not he won a seat, and if the electorate is foolish enough to put him in a position of responsible power he was unlikely to attend council meetings.
So, Mr Prospective Candidate, why bother participating in the first case?
The saga of the parishes continues unabated.
Allhallows has called an emergency meeting tomorrow night in a bid to fix the lease on the Brimp before the election next week while High Halstow joined the list of parishes which have avoided an election.
New buses are coming to Medway.
Five completely unique singledeckers have been ordered for the 116 route between Hempstead, Rainham and Chatham.
This is becoming the Arriva service to serve the new higher and further educational establishments in Gillingham and Chatham Maritime.
The low-floor Wrightbus StreetLite midi-buses will be the first for any big bus operator.
succeeds Christopher Sweetman, who was suspended after a string of PR disasters during the merger of Chatham South and neighbouring Medway Community College.
A temporary principal has been appointed at the troubled Bishop of Rochester Academy.
The governors have moved swiftly.
The school started seven months ago, the head was ousted at the beginning of April and we're not even into May yet with head number two in place - temporarily.