It is indisputably good news that east Kent is to get high speed trains although there will be some who do not think local councils - in this case KCC - should be subsidising the costs.
KCC has some form in this area, having been involved in a few spectacularly unsuccessful ventures subsidising various initiatives with airlines at Manston airport that cost the taxpayer a considerable sum.
It is on rather more secure ground with its decision to pay £151,000 subsidy to get the High Speed services running to Sandwich and Deal and is on balance, probably right to do so - especially given the fact that it is clearly a service that could genuinely enhance the prospects for the Pfizer plant after it closes in 2012.
The tricky issue is whether there is enough commuter demand from the two areas to make the planned rush-hour services commercially viable. Clearly, Southeastern hadn't thought so otherwise it would have introduced them itself. But the rail operator is fully on board and not just because KCC is underwriting the service.
It has one eye on the next franchise and its willingness to give the idea a try is good PR, particularly given the justified hammering it has had from disgruntled passengers across Kent over the winter. (Indeed, at the KCC rail summit at County Hall, I was struck by just how co-operative a tone Southeastern was adopting to suggestions about how it might improve things).
But the message from all involved is a familiar one: use it or lose it. If insufficient numbers are travelling on these trains from October, neither Southeastern or KCC will want to make open-ended commitments given that the former cannot be seen to be propping up services that don't make enough money for shareholders; the latter because hard-pressed council taxpayers will inevitably begin to question whether it is the sort of thing the authority should be paying for.
But both KCC and Southeastern deserve some credit for taking a calculated gamble.
Mind you, I was intrigued by the timing of the announcement. KCC is not having an election so it is perhaps not bound by the purdah strictures quite as tightly as those councils who are. (Purdah effectively prevents councils announcing anything in the run-up to an election that could be construed as politically helpful to any party).
Thanet and Dover councils are having elections and they are both areas likely to benefit most from this news. Both are currently Conservative controlled and facing a challenge by Labour, which has hopes of wresting control. No wonder some Conservative councillors and the area's MPs appeared so delighted by the news.
I had never heard of Payan Tamiz until yesterday and I'm prepared to bet that not many voters in Thanet had either.
But Payan became the centre of attention for 24 hours after postings he put on Facebook landed him in trouble with party chiefs because of their derogatory and offensive nature. He won't be the last would-be politician to unwittingly land in trouble over unguarded comments on a social networking site.
Having seen the comments, I can see why he chose to quit the Conservative party. There's no doubt that he would have been pushed had he not done so. I also understand why those who masterminded the sting chose to release the incriminating evidence now rather than after May 5 - there was no real prospect of him getting elected.
Will it make any real difference to the results next week? Labour evidently hope so but I'm not so sure. There are bad apples in every party and every now and then, they get found out and it is good that they are.
But while undeniably an acute embarrassment for the Conservatives, I doubt it will swing many votes.