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.