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Stopping live exports from Ramsgate

The trade of live exports through Ramsgate bothers me deeply and most people would agree. Why, then, does it continue?

I cannot think of a single reason why the practice of live animal exports should continue. With so many other options for sourcing animals and animal products and a growing public appreciation for the suffering caused by such transport, the practice of live animal exports seems like a holdover from another age.

In case you have ben sleeping under a particularly large rock for the last thirty years, this is why live animal exports are so unpopular:

Warning: This shocking film is not for the faint of heart. Produced by Animals Australia, this video highlights the suffering that is part of the global trade in live animals.

Why can't we stop live animal exports?

Over 12,600 have "liked" the Facebook page Stop Live Exports From The Port of Ramsgate which is all well and good but what difference have all those clicks made? The cruel and unnecessary trade continues unabated.

Clicking "like" on Facebook might feel like action, and there is certain nothing wrong with it, but it is not the same as taking action. The likes on the Stop Live Exports From The Port of Ramsgate page represent a number of people equal to about 10% of Thanet's population (if that). That's hardly an indicator of legislative urgency to the powers that be.

With such an unpopular trade if banning live exports were an option, as an instant vote winner, it would have happened by now. You'd have to be a pretty foolish politician to look at the high number of "likes" on such pages and think it was not worth turning those into votes. So clearly there are other things stopping any one MP or councillor ending the trade in live animals from Ramsgate.

That thing is that the laws we have built in this country to protect our freedoms also protect the "right" of farmers to export their animals in this way. At all levels, politicians actually want to end this practice but a little thing called "the rule of law" and another thing called "fairness" is, strangely, in the way.

Although that sounds hopeless, there are still options open to those of us that care.

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Who can we trust on Manston?

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Labour said they were all in favour of Manston but when it came right down to it their head was quickly turned by the offers of income from the house builders who currently hold the land. Then UKIP came in with big promises only to do exactly the same thing and betray the one thing they promised.

UKIP's attempts to do what they said seemed to have been limited to a half-hearted report (and failing to pay their own council tax) followed them by giving up entirely.

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The original content of this post has been removed because the author was a #WhinyLittleBitch with all the maturity of a mayfly and all the depth of a shoe print on dry mud.

Honestly, would a polite email have really hurt you that badly?

This notice exists because Matt is too sarcastic for his own good and is not always so mature either.

This notice replaced the previous content automatically using a search and replace query directly in the SQL engine. If the mayfly in question has any further complaints he can stick them where the sun shines not.

Or he can try and sue me but he will lose.

Come at me bro.

Seb Reilly absolutely insists all his guest posts for Thanet Star are a product of our imagination. We don't like bullies and have removed all trace of his "contributions"
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UKIP & Tory Councillors vote in favour of racism

The motion before Thanet District Council tonight was a simple one, agree to continue to oppose racism and discrimination. But, the UKIP and Troy councillors were united in opposition.

Tonight Thanet District Council, under the direction of UKIP and Conservative councillors, voted in favour of racism in Thanet.

The motion, which was met by applause from the public, was quickly squashed by UKIP with a motion to not debate the motion.

A point of order was raised pointing out that by not allowing ten minutes for debate the motion would "fall" and therefore would be rejected by the council sending the message that Thanet District Council did not plan to continue to oppose racism.

This was met by smirks from UKIP councillors.

A vote was taken on whether or not the council should debate the motion (or reject it) and every UKIP, every Tory (as far as I could see) and everyone else with the exception of four Labour councillors swiftly voted to allow the motion to fall.

As the vote by show of hands was called there was a hush of disbelief from the public. As the vote was counted there were hisses and cries of this says so much, not in my name, and you're a disgrace from the public.

It fell to the public to remind councillors this goes on record, but they ignored the public and pressed forward with a near-united vote.

The public became more agitated with general cries of protest and not-too-subtle suggestions that each vote was a racist vote.

Tonight the UKIP and Tory councillors in TDC voted against an anti-racism motion allowing it to fall without debate. Thereby indicating that not only were they not in favour of pledging to have the council continue to oppose racism but they were not willing to even allow it to be discussed.

This was followed by a large-scale angry walkout by all or most of the general public.

Only five Labour councillors voted in support of the motion.

This is our council at work. Voting in favour of racism.

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Racism in politics is corrupting everything.

In the last few days we have seen commentary that the Brexit vote was a victory for racism something I questioned but found hard to disagree with.

I agree that not everyone who voted leave was racist. So now we have a leave result how can we who are not racist (both leave and remain) work together to reduce race hate in Britain?

There were a number of reasons for voting Leave. Any of those reasons that involved "kicking them out" or blaming "them" for our problems was, even if we don't like to admit it to ourselves, racist.

And that's the problem. How do we separate the race hate tint and get it out of politics once and for all?

After all no one should want to see more of this:

And yet that is what we are seeing. For example, independent.co.uk recently published a headline Racism lies at the heart of the vote to leave the EU, says leading asylum campaigner

Racism is to blame for Britain voting to leave the EU, a leading asylum campaigner has said.

Mubina Irfan, leader of the Scottish Refugee Policy Forum, said the Brexit vote will have a damaging effect on asylum seekers fleeing terror in other countries.

Thanet politics is already angry, divisive, and tribal enough without race being added to the mix.

Post Brexit vote, how do we address racism as we build whatever post-EU Britain might be?

On a local level, how do we build a racially tollerant Thanet in a country that looks to be exiting the EU?

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