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Live animal export (Video)

Shipping TV have made a short video about the live animal export trade.

According to the video the courts have ruled that this is legal and that the ports have to allow it.

What's your opinion on the export of animals for slaughter on the continent?

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Cover up over KCC Poverty Report?

Does anyone believe the Tories in KCC did not change the poverty report for political reasons?

In November KCC published a report on poverty in Kent which strongly linked the worsening of poverty to the cuts in benefits. By January the top Tories at KCC had re-written the report to cast the blame onto housing issues and the economy and away from Tory led policies of benefit cuts.

Does anyone here believe that there was not a conflict of interest in that action?

According to the BBC The first report said increases in homelessness, a rise in people in temporary accommodation, increased use of food banks and rising crime in some areas could be linked to the government's welfare changes.

Yet the revised report blames house prices, the economy (which the Tories say is getting better not worse) and the cost of living. I'm not the only one to notice the inconsistency in this or to observe that if the cost of living goes sharply up at a time when the amount of benefits drops then poverty results. Same thing different words.

Thanet Families in Need have also called out KCC's Tory spin machine on their weasley words:

Kerry Keating, director of a food bank run by Thanet Families in Need, said she blamed benefits changes for the increase in clients.

"How can the economy be blamed when there is growth in the economy?" she said.

"People are coming to us because of benefits cuts."

Source: BBC Report on the Kent Council Report on Poverty and the Possible Cover Up

Tony Travers, professor in government at the London School of Economics suggested to the BCC that The only way to get to the truth would be to get an independent organisation to look at it.

So the question remains does anyone here belive that KCC are not covering up on the issue of poverty in Kent? Is anyone convinced that they are not simply trying to protect their Westminster colleagues?

Did KCC's Conservative Leader accidently tell the truth or did he really need to make the report a little more "balanced" and by whose definition of balance?

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Drug Laws Make No Sense

The suggestion of a Cannabis Café for Thanet got a lot of people talking but what are the issues we are talking about here?

Blogger Chazwold (the chap who UKIP's thugs hit for no reason) writes about Drug Policy and raises the point that understanding of drug culture and use and legislation are worlds apart.

Indeed he is not alone. There is a growing consensus that the current enforcement led approach is not working. In fact there is a strong suggestion that a full cost benefit analysis of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 might show that that the cost of the act far outweighs any benefit it might have produced. Caroline Lucas MP has been campaigning for such an investigation into the value for money that drug laws actually bring.

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No one gave me permission

Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman talks to Russell Brand.

Paxman asks Brand "who gave you permission to edit a political magazine?"

Brand answers in the closing few seconds of this video "no one gave me permission, I'm taking it".

This is the right attitude to take. No one is going to give you permission to express your opinion, to start a news portal for you local area, to blog, to vote (or not). To be a voice for change. But then again no one is able to stop you.

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KCC in denial over Kerswell payout?

Are Kent County Council in the history denial business? Ask local residents.

Former Kent County Council chief Katherine Kerswell caused some upset when she was given a £420,000 pay-off last year after just 20 months in the job. She then went on to work for the Coalition to ‘reform’ the civil service on a salary which was just £500 a year shy of the prime minister's at £142,000. The Daily F(M)ail had a good moan about this but it was also covered by Kent news and The Telegraph.

The interesting part of this story was uncovered by Paul Francis who tweets as @PaulOnPolitics when he discovered the depth of Kent County Council's embarrassment over the massive pay cheque and subsequent payout. It would appear that they have scrubbed all mention of her from the public site - historic or otherwise.


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