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Who pays for this?

Who pays for all this?

Exporting live animals is expensive not just for the companies involved in the trade.

"Cost externalizing" is a socio-economical term describing how a business can maximize profit. They do this by off-loading certain costs known as "indirect costs" onto others and forcing the negative negative effects on to a third party. Brightlingsea in Essex during the mid nineties saw the cost of protests alone raise to £4 million (that's six noughts), over 1,000 complaints against the police and 421 arrests (all locals) during a nine month period.

This cost of outrage and objection is not reflected in the sale price of the exported animal meat nor in the industry estimations of cost. That's because the policing budget and by extension Essex's tax payers had to pay that particular due.

As exports resume in Thanet how many people who are aware of the extent of suffering, death and mistreatment that is required in such exports will feel able to sit and do nothing. The conscience of objectors will compel them to protest not because they want to but because they have no choice.

That means that the cost of police presence, which is there only to stop moral outrage turning to bloodshed, is a cost not paid by the customers of this British meat but by us the poeple who live here.

Protesting live exports from Ramsgate
Trust me when I tell you that if the RSPCA roundly and publicly condemns something that it is the strongest possible expression of moral disapproval regarding a technically legal activity. If simply unpopular actions by a company can cost them extensive market share as people express objection by going elsewhere what sort of objection is likely to an activity that can only be justified in terms of money?

Very few local issues in the last ten years have prompted the creation of a website (beyond a blogspot free one). Manston airport springs to mind and maybe our water supply. It should not surprise anyone that there is a dot org domain (and site) thanetagainstliveexports.org which has existed since September 2011. There is also a facebook page and an offical online petition (created Councillor Ian Driver) with over 14,000 signatures.

If it were just a few local people then that might be one thing but Compasion In World Farming, the RSPCA, World Society for the Protection of Animals and others have made it clear that the Live Export of Animals for slaughter abroad is inhumane and must be stopped.

The very same people who cost Brightlingsea millions and did significant harm to the relationship between police and the local inhabitants who participated in protests have squarely parked the fight in our backyard. They are here not because Ramsgate is special or has good connectivity by road (it could be argued we are quite isolated) they are here because no one else will allow them to use their port to export living animals to be slaughtered in some far away country.

Unsurprisingly these websites and protest pages are simply an extension of a the actions of a well motivated population who do not want to see animals exported from Thanet's ports.

We can be sure that the cost of these exports will be paid for out of our police budget. After all if £4 million were added to the cost of the export it would raise the price per animal by £20 or more. So if tax payers can pay that then the animals can be sold with a twenty pound discount without so much as a word of thanks to us.

You may also wish to ask who paid for the vet that had to put down so many animals, who pays for the inspections of the transport and who pays for the dock side storage when transports are deemed unfit for use?

The port has been forced to reopen to this trade because it has been argued that the exporters would lose customers and their business would be damaged. I put it to you, the reader, that they must be stopped because we will loose money and our police budget will be damaged resulting in a significant loss of security for people across Thanet and Kent as funds are diverted away from catching rapists, muggers and burgers and toward keeping truck drivers safe from the angry mob.

How much of the cost of this export business are we, the tax payer, will to pay for?

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Ramsgate to reopen to live animal exports

Thanet District Council have been compelled to allow live exports to resume.

The BBC reported 18 hours ago that the temporary suspension of live animal exports from the Port of Ramsgate has been overturned by the High Court.

Like wise Farmers Weekly reported the story saying that the move was welcomed by farmers who are preparing to supply thousands of sheep to France for the Muslim festival of Eid.

Thanet District Council are expected to launch an appeal and it is also reported that there may be compensation sought from the council for lost earnings during the ban.

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Conservative County Council Cuts

This is Kent report on the impact that Conservative lead cuts at Kent County Council are having.

Kent County Council (KCC) is currently a predominantly conservative controlled council. Their cuts include services for the elderly, switching off the lights on the Thanet way after midnight, reducing support for the Turner Centre and slashing support for children's sports development despite promises to the contrary.

Full extent of Kent County Council budget cuts begins to emerge | This is Kent

THE full extent of proposed cuts in Kent County Council's budget is emerging as the deadline looms for comments on the proposals.Conservative Kent County Council (KCC) leader Paul Carter says cuts are...

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Council in legal fight over live exports ban

Thanet council are being taken to court in an attempt to orce the lifting of the live animal export ban.

Although Thanet District council have not said who has made the application they have said that they will not be backing down on this issue.

BBC News - Thanet council legal fight over Ramsgate live exports ban

A council that temporarily banned live exports from Ramsgate port is served with legal proceedings challenging its decision.

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On the unfairness of council pay cuts

Thanet District Council would like to cut the wages of the low paid but protect he over paid...

Deputy leader of Thanet District Council weighs in on pay review | This is Kent

THE deputy leader of Thanet council has admitted he would be "jumping up and down" if he was a lower-paid council worker facing a pay cut.Last month, the Isle of Thanet Gazette exclusively...

Among those missing out would be those earning around £17,400 (such as gravediggers, says the web site) as they will lose £925 (5.3%). However the top nobs such as chief executive Dr McGonigal (who earns £109,000 per year) are being protected against cuts.

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Brace yourself for a very bad idea

Say hello to the Isle of Slave Labour.

Workers bang on the gate of the ministerial cabinet
According the The Telegraph a report due to be considered by the Conservatives recommends flooding Thanet with over five thousand workers who will have to put in a 30 hours week in order to get their benefits and will then be penalized if they cannot find work in an environment where the completion just went from huge up to insane.

The 5,000 will be every person currently claiming out of work benefits. After taking a 20% reduction in benefits they will need to labour for 30 hours (for free) until such time as they can find a job with any remaining company not willing to use slaves.

With 5,000 people working for free in Thanet expect high job losses adding to the number of free workers until the norm in Thanet is to work for 30 hours for the equivalent of just £2.30 an hour. Kiss goodbye to basic minimum wage keeping the job market here somewhere close to meeting anyone's needs. Say hallo to slave labour and increased crime and homelessness.

This something that I can only describe as Most brain damaged Tory idea to date.

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Made in Thanet: Bat for Lashes

Here is a video the backdrop of which might be familiar.

Natasha Khan (better known by her stage name Bat for Lashes), is an English singer-songwriter. The video to "All Your Gold", her single from upcoming album "The Haunted Man" was filmed here in Thanet.

Personally I had never heard of her but apparently Thom Yorke, Debbie Harry, and M.I.A. have complimented Khan's work, Ringo Starr said she was one of his favourite new artists, and Björk was also spotted at one of her early gigs. So there we go.

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Do you have any fond memories of the Thanet Times

The Thanet Times has gone.

Was The Thanet Times an important part of Thanet life and will, a year from now, it be missed?

Raising a glass to days of fun and frivolity at the Thanet Times | This is Kent

DID Hitler visit Thanet? Did songstress Mandy Winters have an alien's baby? Was a Ramsgate man eaten by a crocodile? The answers to these and a thousand similar intrigues could be found in the pages of...

Thanet Times was one of the Northcliffe Media titles that were offered for sale to the KM Group until the OFT said no to the sale.

Northcliffe closes another weekly | Media | guardian.co.uk

The axe has a finally fallen on the Thanet Times, a part-free, part-paid weekly that was one of seven titles Northcliffe Media tried to sell to the KM Group last year.

Thanet Times has been running for over a hundred years. They said via ThisIsKent It has been an honour to bring you the Thanet Times every week and we could not have done it without you – our readers.

Thanet Times publishes its final edition after 116 years | This is Kent

TODAY we turn the page on a piece of isle history with the final edition of the Thanet Times.The newspaper which spanned three centuries during its 116 year history, brought all the best local news...

Did you read Thanet Times?

Do you have any fond memories of the Thanet Times? Tell us about them.

Northcliffe axes Kent weekly after 116 years - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage

The closure of the Thanet Times after 116 years of publication was announced in this week’s edition and carried on its website thisiskent today.

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Fairwell to the Thanet Times

The Thanet Times is to close it has been announced.

Northcliffe axes Kent weekly after 116 years - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage

The closure of the Thanet Times after 116 years of publication was announced in this week’s edition and carried on its website thisiskent today.

What does this mean for news, journalism and politics in Thanet?

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