The Conservatives have never really been under threat here. There will always be some Labour potential in Margate and its relatively Boho newcomers may actually boost that, but this seat didn't even go Labour in 97 and has not been at all close in recent elections.
Out of interest,Carlton,does the Isle of Sheppey count? That is still clearly separated by water from the mainland,however it is well connected to Sittingbourne by road and rail bridge.
Yes, indeed it does have all the attributes of an island in that it is entirely surrounded by water and at all stages and conditions of the tides, and by a proper depth of water, and by salt water or 'sea'. There can be no doubt of it in any way.
For me a connection by tunnel, bridge or causeway makes no difference to a description and a geographic actuality. 'In a state of nature' is it always surrounded completely by water? If it is it is an island. If it is not 'always' completely surrounded the definition is open to question and may not stand. It is as simple as that.
I know Sheppey well from childhood and in the period 1950-70 from family visits, fishing, bird watching and a short term affair of the heart. I attended upon and helped an academic in his researches on the structure of the soils (much of it is layers of silts deposited by the River Rhine before Britain was separated from the mainland); I witnessed the final years of the Sheppey Light Railway under steam; and I accompanied the famous Mick Fisher (king of slots and bandits) in his Rolls Royce, touring his haunts on the island in search of 'operator fraud'! He had 'Joyce' in the boot as his 'persuader'! It was an American metal baseball bat. I know Sheppey.
OK,that makes sense. You're very lucky to have seen the light railway in operation. It's so frustrating to me that I was born so many years after Beeching,which means I never got to ride on all of these beautiful bucolic little rural railways where you could relax on a trip through the country, not to mention the lifeline a lot of these lines must have provided to the small communities nearby. There are lots of preserved railways thankfully, but there were so many unnecessarily lost.
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