Month: May 2015



The new issue of Thanet Watch is out this week. And things are changing. From this edition on Thanet Watch is going quarterly.

Says Norman Thomas: “From now on we will split our coverage of what’s going on in Thanet. We will be using our website to include more topical news and events about the isle, while we reserve the magazine for longer, more in-depth investigative articles.

“The magazine will still, of course, include it’s usual mixture of satirical sideswipes, skits, scandals and explorations of local history.”

The new issue

–investigates why Nigel Farage failed to become MP for Thanet but UKIP won the council

–lifts the lid on the outrageous “dirty tricks” which marked the election

–and digs into the history of the nearest thing Thanet has to a medieval castle….


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So UKIP have their first council meeting in the only council they control – and Old Mole is overjoyed to report that nothing embarrassing happened.

But they did take a most imaginative step in making the Reverend Stuart Piper (above) chair of the council.

The Rev Piper is famous as a man who got into a complicated case of employment law with the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, for whom he worked as a chaplain.

In 2011 the trust sacked Piper for gross misconduct.

Piper appealed, and the trust decided instead to issue him with a final formal warning, a downgrading of his role and a transfer to a different base.

But Piper argued that they had in fact sacked him and he wanted reinstatement to his role as  trust lead chaplain.

The case then gets so complicated it makes Old Mole’s head spin, but suffice to say the Rev Piper won his point.

So the message for Thanet council?

Now you’ve made the Rev Piper your chair, think very, very hard before you try to sack him…


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Civil war has broken out in UKIP, and Farage’s ex-election hard man Raheem Kassam (pictured above) is carrying the can for turning Nigel into a “thin-skinned, snarling” politician.
So now’s a good time to have a look at an interesting email Raheem sent Thanet Watch on Thursday 16 April, “not for quoting or attribution”…
Raheem wrote:
“UKIP has fought a clean, positive campaign across the entire country, and is the only political party that took the step to ban members who have had a history of political extremism…
“While I am unsure of who you are, or what your background is, I would appeal to your sense of human decency here – and urge your magazine to distance itself from anti-UKIP messaging that could put our supporters and members at risk of intimidation or worse.
“Will you put that on your front cover next week, and distance yourself from the people who are trashing the local area, and spreading untruths about UKIP? Are you committed to free speech, peaceable protest, and British democracy…?
“UKIP has always believed in peaceful democracy, and has never and will never, have any truck with extremists organisations or actions. We are the only party to ban extremists from joining, and we are the only party that has committed to entirely positive campaigning.”
 Passionate stuff … except when you remember that this is from the party who
–had an National Front man as Nigel Farage’s campaign manager
–hired a spy who infiltrated that same campaign group and tried (unsuccessfully) to incite them to commit acts of criminal damage.
–welcomed notorious far-right thugs to one of Farage’s meetings in Broadstairs
–the thugs who in the same town attacked Thanet Stand Up To UKIP campaigners and Labour Party canvassers the very next day.
“Clean, positive campaigning…”
Really, Raheem..?


The Guardian and the Independent newspapers have picked up on the story of Ed the Spy.
Ed the Spy is a man who infiltrated Thanet Stand Up To UKIP and tried (unsuccessfully) to incite its members to criminal acts.
Originally UKIP’s Martyn Heale told Thanet Watch that he had no idea who Edward Johnson was, but now UKIP has admitted they employed him to spy on Thanet Stand Up To UKIP.
To see the full Guardian story go to…


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More news of the man who spied on the Thanet Stand Up To UKIP campaign group (you can see him hiding behind the placard, above.)

The man, who called himself Edward, turned up at Thanet SUTU events and incited them (in vain) to deface UKIP signs and heckle Farage at UKIP meetings.

Last week Edward’s cover was blown when he turned up in a team photo with Nigel Farage.

Now G from Broadstairs has sent us a report of the following conversation he had with him.

I met “Edward” on Saturday 11th April 2015 during the Thanet SUTU demo outside UKIP’s  campaign office in King St Ramsgate.

Following the ending of the demo the SUTU members then met up for a drink at the The Belgian Bar in Ramsgate & I sat at the same table as “Edward”.

Following further casual conversation with “Edward” I formed urgent suspicions about him because of the following points:

  • His accent was too middle-class/posh for his declared official job as a self-employed builder. He declared that he was a builder from Essex who had been staying somewhere in the Addington St , Ramsgate vicinity; temporarily whilst  he seeks to live in & refurbish a local empty property, with the view to selling it once refurbished by him.
  • His hands were /are too smooth/soft for a builder!! His body build was / is too slim for a builder!! He spoke too politely for a builder! His handshake was too limp for a builder!
  • He stated further that he was trained via an apprenticeship to be a builder by his father & that he (Edward) is now branching out on his own to repair empty houses & to live in these, whilst he repairs these & then sell these on.


old mole

South Thanet’s new MP has lost no time speaking out on the issues of the day. He’s socking it to Kent Police for … corruption? institutional racism? taking half an hour to turn up for a serious assault? No. For giving up handling lost property.  But what’s gone missing, dear boy? A load of ballot boxes, perhaps…?



By Rob Wedge


Today our Tory government gave fair warning of what it intends to do with its new term.

It says it will fast-track a string of new powers to tackle “radicalisation,” claiming the UK has been a “passively tolerant society” for too long.

Its new “counter-extremism bill” will include new powers to close down premises used by extremists and “extremism disruption orders”.

But hang on.

Whatever does our government mean by “extremism”?

How will we know if we’re being “extreme” and avoid ending up in the clink?

Well, the government defines extremism as being the “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values.”

That sounds like replacing one dangerously vague definition with another.

I mean, what are “fundamental British values?”

Not being too much of a leftie, perhaps?

Saying the government shouldn’t invade another country?

Knowing the words of the Eton Boating Song?

Well, the government says British values include “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, etc.”

Grand catch-all words which sound fine and dandy, but in a court of law could be stretched to mean whatever anyone wanted them to mean.

I mean, what is anti-British?

Is Thanet Watch magazine anti-British?

Some (very dodgy) folk say it is.

During the last election campaign Thanet Watch received through the post an anonymous, nasty little document riddled with lies, but also, in its weird way, very threatening.

Mostly attacking an organiser of the campaign group Thanet Stand Up To UKIP, it also found space to have a go at Thanet Watch.

The document says:

“In some ways it [Thanet Watch] resembles a community magazine, but closer inspection reveals it is anti-British.

“Go into Thanet newsagents and, if you see copies, try to slip a few UKIP leaflets inside, or, better yet, ask the newsagents if they are aware of what they are selling.”

Thanet Watch outlets were also sent copies of this nasty little document, and we have discovered cases where shop owners have been “talked to” by UKIP-minded characters.

At least one gave in to pressure to take the magazine off sale.

So what is anti-British about Thanet Watch magazine?

Read every page of every issue (if you already haven’t done so!).

You won’t find anything anti-British there.

Unless you count anti-British as being anti-UKIP.

So, Mr Cameron, please bear in mind that passing laws against people for being “anti-British” is a dangerous game.

Especially if all you mean by it is a group or individual who you don’t like the look of.


More news on the man who anti-UKIP campaigners believe spied on them…

Here are two pictures of the man, who called himself Edward Johnson, at two Thanet Stand Up To UKIP events. In the first one he seems to be trying to hide from the camera behind a poster…

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The second one shows him more clearly and without his dark glasses.

Ed also gave the campaigners a list of Nigel Farage’s meetings (click on PDF below) during the election campaign, apparently to incite them to attend and cause trouble (which they didn’t do).

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It was finally revealed that Ed was not what he claimed to be when a campaigner spotted him in a “team shot” photo with Nigel Farage and other Ukippers posted on Facebook by senior UKIP councillor Trevor Shonk last week (below).


A UKIP spokesperson denies knowledge of who Ed is and what he was doing in the photo with Farage.

Do you recognise “Ed”? Let us know. Email



“Edward” (the man with dark glasses) in group shot with Nigel Farage, posted by Trevor Shonk on May 8

The Thanet Stand Up to UKIP (SUTU) group which campaigned against Nigel Farage believe they were infiltrated by a UKIP spy calling himself “Edward”.

According to the group, “Edward” came to their meetings, attended their events and demonstrations and even texted some members calling on them to deface UKIP billboards.

The campaigners suspected they had a spy in their group but couldn’t prove it until one of their members spotted him in a photo with Nigel Farage’s team posted by senior UKIP member Trevor Shonk on Facebook on May 8.

A Thanet SUTU spokesperson said: “We were sickened to see this man who had come to our meetings, socialised with us, listened to our conversations in a photo with Nigel Farage’s team.

“And this man not only spied on us, he actually urged some of our members to commit criminal damage.”

The campaigners have photos of “Edward” at one of their events in Ramsgate and of texts he sent encouraging them to demonstrate against Farage.

In a text message to one of the members of the group, “Edward” said:

“Alright mate I done a bit of defacing last night at the billboards only a bit as there was quite a lot of people about also saw some more that havnt been touched next to asda in town what do you think ? They mega offend Me what say you pal ??? You have some friends that might want to help?”

The Thanet SUTU spokesperson said: “None of our members rose to his bait, but it is outrageous that he was inciting us to these actions and trying to undermine our campaign. We call on Nigel Farage to explain his relationship with this man and to explain what he’s doing in a group shot with him.”

A spokesperson for UKIP told Thanet Watch he had no knowledge of the man or why he was in the photo with Farage.


old mole

Fresh faced Craig Mackinlay has gone zooming up in Old Mole’s opinion (never mind that was from a very low base, o cynical one).

Interviewed on local radio this morning he admitted that tactical voting by Labour Party supporters may have played a part in his famous victory which stopped Nigel Farage becoming MP for the area.

He went further. He even said Labour Party bods had come into his office to tell him they were doing just that.

Good for you, Craig.

Old Moley believes there were three things which swung this against Nige Farage.

One was Tory voters voting Tory.

The other was Labour Party and other party supporters voting Tory.

And last there was a group called Thanet Stand Up To UKIP whose tireless campaigning educated and influenced countless numbers to vote anything but UKIP.