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Thanet is not Boris Island says Johnson

According to Boris Johnson Thanet is too far away.

Johnson, with a background in something-other-than-airports, said in a tweet: we looked at Manston but decided it was just too far and wouldn't produce the regeneration...but good runway!!


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Does Thanet need the EU?

I talk to North Thanet Lib-Dem candidate George Cunningham about the EU. What he said surprised me.

After I quizzed Cunningham about Manston I talked to him about the upcoming EU elections.

From the video:

  • Polish immigrants cost us only 75% of what they pay in taxes (a net gain)
  • Polish workers have been leaving the UK because Poland is doing that much better for being in the EU
  • We have a shortage of ICT skills to fill jobs in the UK
  • The EU was something that the UK founded
  • If the UK left the EU could do things that are against our interests and we could do nothing about it
  • Ireland attracts companies by being in the Eurozone and may have taken jobs with it.
  • 400,000 Jobs in Kent are related to being in the EU
  • 2m Brits (about 3% of the population) live on the continent
  • Open Borders with other EU countries has led to more crimes being solved

Some more interesting facts about the EU.

  • The amount we spend to be in the EU amounts to 19p in every £100 of tax
  • UK Businesses gain more in trade in a month than we spend in a year
  • France, Italy and Greece effectively subsidise our membership
  • If we could get EU dentists into Thanet we could solve the dentist shortage in the area
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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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Margate was the first seaside resort to introduce deck chairs way back in 1898.

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MP Roger Gail (thanet North) wanted to increase VAT

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MP Roger Gale (Thanet North) has never voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance

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Too popular

On Wednesday 28th May the article The staggering truth about Gloag's Manston deal was so popular that it was briefly unreachable as the server could not supply pages fast enough.

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Did Labour Lie?

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

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MRP Minutes

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

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Manston Airport

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

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CCG to review

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

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Good comments

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

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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.

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

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