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In running this blog I will strive as always to be as ethically clear as I can. That is why I have drafted this page in an effort to make it clear exactly where you and I stand. I wish to be as transparent as possible with all such issues and though I am human I am going to try my best.

If this entire policy could be summed up in just a few word those words would be: "Don't be an idiot".

Comments

If the above short version is not quite enough below is a lot more text spelling it out for you. I'm going to assume you have read it. If I know you I might let you get away with bending the odd rule but if you are a complete stranger... Thanks for your understanding.

Privacy and Data Protection

Whatever you do when you use the Internet you computer blasts vast numbers of facts about you to the site you visit. This is a simple fact of life. These facts are not on a scale with the governments loss of data towards the end of 2007 and tend to be things like the numeric address of the computer (IP address) which is needed to get the web page back to you.

If you act like an idiot this data can be used to trace you back to your ISP and if enough complaints are made you could find yourself with no Internet connection. I do not make a habit of recording vast amounts of data about people but the server will log enough to solve any problems. This data is very very boring to go through so for the love of life don't make me read it, please.

In the event that I collect any data from you it will be stored on a computer in the USA. This is not because I am trying to be dodgy (I fully support the ideals of The Data Protection Act) it just happens that the exchange rate makes the computers over there much cheaper. I plan to never share any data on other people with anyone else without being made to do so by a pile of court orders and a team of fierce looking law enforcers to back them up. Submitting any data will be taken as an indication that you understand this.

Reviews and Recommendations

I do have other business interests off line and on and may well recommend products in which I have a vested interest. This might influence the neutrality of my point of view and I will generally try to point out if this might be the case. I do not plan to do reviews or posts that have been "sponsored" or subsidized in any way but if ever I do I will disclose this to you in the article.

I plan to earn a little from this blog and to that end will be selecting advertising partners to help cover costs and even get into the profit zone. This might mean that what I advertise and what I want to write about might be at odds. I will try to keep things simple on that front.

I may choose to use affiliate programs to select products to recommend. I trust you are able to notice when I do this and make up your own mind about the products. For this reason I'm not going to make a big fuss about such links should I use them.

All articles given are opinion only and do not constitute formal advice. In all cases a professional in the field should be consulted before significant action is taken. I refuse all responsibility for your actions as a thinking human being based upon what you read here. I hope, however, that what I say helps.

Party Political

In 2011 I joined a political party. The views expressed here are my own and not necessarily those of the party or it's members. I will not to let my affiliation cause undue bias in my reporting but you are welcome to point out if it might look that way.

Company and coverage

The views expressed here by me are my own at the time of publishing they are not the opinion of anyone else that might in anyway somehow to your mind be connected with me. As time passes they might stop being my views too depending on what I learn in the future.

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Did Labour Lie?

Who actually believes TDCs Health and Safety line? Comment now on Thanet Star.

Questions
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MRP Minutes

All of the Margate Renewal Partnership Board Meeting Minutes (Via FOI)

General
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Manston Airport

Two weeks to find Manston Airport buyer says North Thanet MP (via BBC)

General
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CCG to review

Thanet CCG told by High Court judge that policy on assistive reproduction technique is “unlawful”. [link]

General
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Good comments

Generally longer, more in depth, comments get flagged as spam less often.

Blogs
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Spam stopping

Matt has spent some time retraining the spam filter to avoid false positives and catch more spam. If your comment gets flagged as spam let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Blogs
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Did you know?

People traveled from as far as Boston USA to come to GEEK 2014.

Facts
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US vs EU

Did you know: Our special relationship with the US is underpinned by our strong influence within the EU.

Facts
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EU President?

Did you know: What the media often refer to as President of Europe is actually the President of the European Council which is a chairman by any other name.

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The EU and Tax

Did you know: The National Institute for Economic and Social Research in February 2000 showed that the British economy would contract (and taxes would rise) if we left the EU.

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Cost of the EU

Did you know: UK net-contribution to the EU accounts for only about 0.9% of our total public spending.

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