Monday, 2 July 2012

Thanet Independent Councillor, Ian Driver, has announced his intention to stand as a candidate in November's election for Kent Police Commissioner.


"I will be standing on a progressive platform calling for the reform of old fashioned and unworkable drugs and prostitution laws which will save £billions in police funding, which can be re-invested into community policing and cracking down on crime and disorder. I also want to Kent Police to take a much tougher stance on domestic abuse, hate crime and dangerous driving."

"Without the backing of a big party machine I will be reliant on donations from the Kent public to fund my campaign and pay the £5,000 election deposit. This is a chance for the people of Kent to have powerful, independent and non-party political person heading up law and order in the county".

28 comments:

  1. So he wants them to get tougher on "domestic abuse, hate crime and dangerous driving" but lighter on drugs and prostitution, is that it? I'm sure the residents of deprived areas such as Cliftonville and Newington will be delighted!

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    1. A non party political person who is so far to the left that even Thanet Labour wasn't socialist enough for him, although they were a useful vehicle by which to obtain elected office. Interesting that you can be lighter on drugs and tougher on dangerous driving when the former is becoming an increasing cause of the latter.

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    2. With all due respect Mr Clarke and Mr Checksfield you are plain wrong . Alcohol is legal to consume, but not not legal to cosume when driving. just so with drugs i would argue. The legalsiation of drugs and prostition will help to drive out the pimps and gangsters who currently control these businesses and in so doing will significantly reduce police costs. let the debtate begin

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    3. Did the ending of prohibition in the USA see an end to drunkeness or crime. Of course, it didn't and the gansters just found other avenues in which to direct their criminal talents. We already have a problem in this country with drunken loutish behaviour, do you also want to send a message to our adolescents that drugs must also be OK because they are legal. Why not also legalise the carrying of firearms so they can protect themselves. As for the saving of police, or other public officials time, who is going to keep tabs on the legalised brothels, protect the women in them from perverts and abusers and the customers from STDs.

      Typical soundbite politician with ill thought through schemes.

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    4. Your comments always look like you've had one too many legal drinks Ian!

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    5. Mr Clarke perhaps I can assist with your education. Most drugs do not cause loutish behaviour. Quite the reverse they help people become tranquil and relaxed. If drugs were legal then there is a strong possiblity that the alcohol fuelled violence and disorder would actually reduce. In an ideal world I know what I would prefer more people smoking spliff or dropping E, than drinking Stella. It's medically safer than alcohol and causes less crime and disorder.

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    6. mr Checksfield for your infromation I don't drink too much alcohol. But I do smoke spliff from time to time and i do inhale. Not that I would encourage anyone to break the law. This is my own personal choice. I do however intend to use the office of Police Comissioner to campign (hopefully with other Commissioners) for a review of our archaic laws on prostitution and drugs. Being of a progressive turn of mind, i would encourage you to help my campaign and perhaps make a donation too. Unlike the big parties us independents don't have the kings ransom to pay the deposit. I await your call Mr C

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    7. So, you want to be the law but not follow the law?

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    8. So you're publicly admitting to regularly breaking the law then?

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    9. Changing the subject slightly Ian, what do you propose for your "much tougher stance on hate crime"? For example, a public servant (say, a councillor) who calls someone a homophobic name (such as "shirt lifter") and then lies about it to the police?

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  2. tough on hate crime unless it's a labour councillor and you want to keep him in power and collect allowances then its just a case of shake hands and get on with it?

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  3. Its official then...silly season has arrived earlier this year! What a farce!!

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  4. The good thing is that he hasn't a cat's chance in Hell

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    1. The good thing is he doesnt hurt cats!

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  5. There has to be a funny side.. see www.thanetlife.com

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    1. Cllr Driver, you have no idea about my level of education, but I would not mind betting it is somewhat superior to yours. As for your nonsense about drugs making people tranqil, that depends on the drug and the person. Murders, suicides, self inflicted injuries and traffic accidents are just some of the results of drug taking. Is that what you want to legalise and please, spare us the alcohol is legal so drugs should be.

      Have you ever been a cop or seen the results of drug abuse close up. I have so spare me the education as well, thanks.

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    2. A tiny minority of people get violent after drinking alcohol, but ALL stoners are lazy and lack motivation! They also very often develope mental problems eventually: I know several long-time dope-heads in their 30s and 40s who "can't work" because of "depression"...

      Personally I don't indulge in anything stronger than tea these days (and I'm now off for a run, something I doubt I'd be doing if I'd indulged in alcohol or dope the night before).

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  6. Cllr Driver not responded to Peter Checksfield's rather pertinent question on hate crime....that itself speaks volumes....

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  7. So calling someone a Militant Homosexual or a Shirt Lifter is as bad as calling someone's cell phone and saying "WITH A BIT OF LUCK YOU'LL GET AIDS? Now if anything speak volumes its that!

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    1. I don't think anyone in this thread suggested it was, Anon 19:52, but a shirt lifting gender bemnder would be enough to get you nicked in most scenarios and it does seem rather odd that mutual expediency seems to have somehow moderated the offence on this occassion.

      I am quite sure that if I, as a known Conservative, had used the same words to describe either Cllrs Worrow or Driver on a blogsite, the reports would be flying in all directions and the faithful would be castigating me.

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    2. Who said they're as bad? No-one on here as far as I can see.

      So how about just answering my question Ian.

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    3. Peter, don't you just love the way politicians say, as in this case, "let the debate begin" and then, when it does, they gap it over the nearest horizon without answering points raised by others. Makes you wonder what substance their was to their case in the first place or was it just another soundbite. Mind you, in this case the worthy councillor is no doubt out looking for yet another bandwagon to jump on.

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  8. The usual level of intelligent debate then.....
    Christine

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    1. Christine

      How can we have intelligent debate when you took all the brain cells? It was not us, by the way, who called for debate, but Councillor Driver and then he disappeared.

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  9. Sorry! It all starts so well doesn't it and then it gets personal....
    Christine

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    1. Now come on, Christine, for was it not you that made the one liner remark about the usual intelligent debate. Was that your idea of starting it so well.

      I thought the start was by Ian Driver saying "let the debate begin" but then he did a runner. Some debate.

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  10. Don't try rational argument with her - she's one dimensional and blinkered.

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