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UKIP's vile legacy in Thanet

After gaining control of TDC UKIP was been keen to prove it has what it takes. They failed spectacularly.

Since this victory, UKIPs time in power has seen an almost instant u-turn on their support of Manston, a vote in favour of racism, budget problems, indiscessions, a leader that failed (again) to pay tax to his own council (he was not the only UKIP councillor to do that), increased racists attacks, defections, broken promises, and Dreamland in entering administration admist suggestions of the (UKIP) council not pulling their weight.

Not exactly a glowing report.

UKIP did it's best to brand itself as the party of the people at the last local elections but the truth they seem eager to avoid is that they are a mixed bag of ex-tories and less than trustworthy fakes. After all, UKIP is a party that put forward a fake war hero and bigamist and stands accused of flouting of electoral law.

It was a UKIP councillor that was filmed saying compromising things while the chair of the planning committee. Shortly before he switched party citing UKIP's failure over Manston. Says, election pledges before the 2015 election have been largely unfulfilled.

In 2015 Thanet UKIP were forced to expell another member after her extraodinary racist rant on national television.

That embarrassment came around the same time UKIP lost overall control of TDC over its failure to carry out the only election promise it made. Then, a few months later, a report found that the only UKIP controlled Council had less than one-third of what a council of its kind should have.

That shortage of funds goes a long way to explaining why UKIP are so keen to over see a questionable merger of TDC with other councils. The shortage also explains why UKIP are considering selling off 8 council owned properties (including the Quarterdeck).

After the thrashing they received at the last election, it seems the Tory side of UKIP have seen which way the wind is blowing. Reports of UKIP members jumping ship back to the Conservatives do not seem all that uncommon these days.

Jumping ship from UKIP might be the only sensible move politically. After all, the national party is being asked to repay 150,000 of miss-spent funds and locally UKIP are losing votes faster milk turning sour in the hot weather.

So much for running the most boring council in the world.

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The lights are still on

When I started Thanet Star my intention was to shine a light on the parts of Thanet where the media and the council did not want a light to shine.

Somewhere along the way, I forgot that. I forgot that through the efforts of Thanet Star and other blogs like it lies and corruption have been exposed. That the truth was given time in the spotlight instead of spin and deceit.

It was Thanet Star that broke the news that outgoing Chief Executive Richard Samuels Pocketed over 230,000 plus an inflated pension at a time when front line staff were taking pay cuts or losing their jobs altogether.

It feels in many ways now, that the lights are being switched off one by one right when we need them most.

When the last newspaper in Thanet seems content to back an agenda, not in our interest. An agenda that seems to mostly consist of selling out to the backer with the deepest pockets. The question must be asked - who will shine a light on the truth now?

When the news breaking blogs seem to be vanishing, who will ask the hard questions now?

When I started Thanet Star my intention was to shine a light where darkness was preferred. I had forgotten that. I'd lost track of the very reason for maintaining this blog in a maelstrom of other projects.

I cannot undo that those with a destructively negative attitude have chosen to put me through a crucible. What I can do is make a choice. I choose to stand back up.

I choose to shine a light.

I don't know if I can inspire others to do likewise. Maybe that's not my purpose. What I do know is that as long as I am able, I will ask the tough questions.

If the mainstream media will not hold our leaders to account then we must do it for them.

This light is still burning.

The lights are still on

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Racist attacks children in Margate

Yesterday, outside Hartsdown Academy in Margate, a man started racially abusing children going home from the school.

One girl had the presence of mind to record the assault and the man can be clearly heard using the N-word in a video that is, frankly, hard to watch.

The news site, kentlive.news, reports that Margate children reported being racially abused and assaulted as they left school.

According to the reports, the man slapped a 12-year-old autistic boy pushed another youngster into the bushes.

The man has been detained by police and is reportedly being questioned regarding the attack.

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Disillusioned with the Thanet I love

I have a confession to make. I love Thanet and believe that it is worth far more effort than I have given it. Even so, I have become disillusioned.

In my lifetime, I have poured endless hours into community projects in Thanet. Sometimes as a supporter, sometimes as the one being supported. That's just who I am.

Sometimes my efforts have been met with joy, praise, and thanks. That's nice but it is not why I do what I do. I do it because it needs doing and I can help with the doing.

Sometimes, more often than I care to admit, I am met with indifference. I can cope with indifference - it is not nice but it is just a fact of life.

Sometimes, just occasionally, I am actively opposed. That's hard but I can live with that. It is just the way things have always been in Thanet. Especially in politics - I knew that going in.

Lately, however, I have been met with something I never expected - lies. Not the silly, school-yard lies wherein someone suggests that you are overly friendly with sheep or have two heads. No, these lies were created not to hurt but to inspire passionate hate.

I'd shrug it off if this was a political thing. I've had far worse said about me by one or two nasty Tories (now all UKIP, funnily enough). This isn't a politics thing.

This TDC level tribalism and hate is taking place in what should be a hobby - something done just for fun. Every now and then, while organising a party, a free event, or a poetry night I stumble upon a pocket of white-hot anger over... Over what? I really don't know. All I know is that someone (or a few someones) has been spreading poison.

I must admit that things have been quite for a while. There have been no fresh incidents for a month or two. Maybe this time it really is over. I thought that before only for someone I once admired to assault me with more verbal abuse than I would have thought possible from a mature human being.

Just to be safe, there are pubs and venues I dare not go to. Events I avoid. Not because I fear violence but because I simply could not face any more of this nonsense.

It is tiring in a way that goes beyond words. This BS has reached every blog, every club, and every charity I am involved with. It traces back to the same few names every time.

That's why I have not been writing for Thanet Star. It why there are groups on Facebook where I no longer actively contribute. Forums where I am never seen. And, as I mentioned, pubs I avoid.

This crap has soured things for me. I am disillusioned with the Thanet I love. After all, it is very hard to fearlessly and dedicatedly write about Thanet's issues when there is petty crap nipping at your heals all the time.

I don't write Thanet Star because I get paid to (I don't turn a profit from this blog); I write because I love Thanet.

It's one thing to disagree with me. Heck, I actively encourage you to express opinions that differ from mine. However, it is another thing to relentless attack me on a personal level.

For now, the bullies have won. But one day I shall return.

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2017 KCC election results analysis

Now that the KCC election results let us take a look at those results and the patchy coverage given by the KM Group.

The headline news is that Conservatives now control Kent County Council (KCC) with the Liberal Democrats the closest thing they have to an opposition.

Results by party

Conservatives

There were 81 seats available and 67 of those went to the Conservatives. In 2013 the Tories took 45 seats. That's a gain of 22 seats.

Conservatives now have 82.7% of the seats with 50% (half) of the votes. In simple numbers, they have four-fifths of the council but only half the votes. An argument, if ever there was one, for proportional representation (PR). I doubt the Conservatives would support PR as that would have only given them 40 to 41 seats.

Conservative gains came at the expense of UKIP (who wiped out entirely) and Labour.

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