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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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A Rough Guide to Broadstairs

Broadstairs is one of those parts of Thanet that has an incredible amount to offer but frequently gets overlooked. I'd like to put that right with this post.

One of Thanet's less talked about blogs, The Bay Tree Broadstairs Blog, has a photo-rich overview of some of the Things to do in Thanetwhich, of course, focuses very heavily on things to do in Broadstairs.

Broadstairs hosts at least 5 festivals over the year.

If there are any more, please let me know in the comments below.

In addition to the festivals, I counted four museums and tours.

Again, if I missed any please let me know.

There are also a lot of pubs, and amazing places to eat in Broadstairs. Some, like the Chapel, have unique character, but all have some special to offer. I'm not going to try and list all the places to eat and drink in Broadstairs because I'd be here all day and I do not want to play favourites.

Within a few miles of Broadstairs, there are even more things to do.

  • Revolution Skatepark
  • Ramsgate Tunnels
  • The Horby Visitor Centre (somewhere I've always meant to visit)
  • Kentís only Computer Museum - Micro Museum
  • Walpole Bay Hotel Museum

The point is, that there is plenty to do in Broadstairs and I think it deserves a bigger mention.

To compile this article I relied on such sources as The Bay Tree Hotel's Guide to Broadstairs, Visit Broadstairs, and Things to do on a rainy day (Broadstairs).

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Stopping live exports from Ramsgate

The trade of live exports through Ramsgate bothers me deeply and most people would agree. Why, then, does it continue?

I cannot think of a single reason why the practice of live animal exports should continue. With so many other options for sourcing animals and animal products and a growing public appreciation for the suffering caused by such transport, the practice of live animal exports seems like a holdover from another age.

In case you have ben sleeping under a particularly large rock for the last thirty years, this is why live animal exports are so unpopular:

Warning: This shocking film is not for the faint of heart. Produced by Animals Australia, this video highlights the suffering that is part of the global trade in live animals.

Why can't we stop live animal exports?

Over 12,600 have "liked" the Facebook page Stop Live Exports From The Port of Ramsgate which is all well and good but what difference have all those clicks made? The cruel and unnecessary trade continues unabated.

Clicking "like" on Facebook might feel like action, and there is certain nothing wrong with it, but it is not the same as taking action. The likes on the Stop Live Exports From The Port of Ramsgate page represent a number of people equal to about 10% of Thanet's population (if that). That's hardly an indicator of legislative urgency to the powers that be.

With such an unpopular trade if banning live exports were an option, as an instant vote winner, it would have happened by now. You'd have to be a pretty foolish politician to look at the high number of "likes" on such pages and think it was not worth turning those into votes. So clearly there are other things stopping any one MP or councillor ending the trade in live animals from Ramsgate.

That thing is that the laws we have built in this country to protect our freedoms also protect the "right" of farmers to export their animals in this way. At all levels, politicians actually want to end this practice but a little thing called "the rule of law" and another thing called "fairness" is, strangely, in the way.

Although that sounds hopeless, there are still options open to those of us that care.

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Local Art

Local Artist, John Wooster-Brown has a new website.

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Margate was the first seaside resort to introduce deck chairs way back in 1898.

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