Month: December 2015

THANET STOP THE BOMBING PROTEST

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People from all over Thanet gathered at Broadstairs war memorial to protest against the bombing of Syria on Saturday 12 December.

The protest was organised by Christine Tongue of the Thanet Stop The War group.

Christine said: “It was a very moving occasion. We had readings and a song and people expressed their opposition to the British government’s decision to join the bombing.”

She added: “What saddened me the most was to hear how many hundreds of civilians have already died in bombings in Syria. And I fear that the British bombing will lead to yet more innocent people dying.”

Christine explained why the Thanet Stop The War group decided to hold their meeting at the war memorial.

“The war memorial is a monument to those who died in war. What better place to come together say that we don’t want more deaths?”

She said that there will more protests in the future if the bombing continues

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SYRIANS SAY STOP THE BOMBS

ALEPPO BOMBED

On Saturday 12 December at 2.30pm people will hold a peace vigil at the war memorial in Broadstairs to show their opposition to the bombing in Syria. The following was written by one of those taking part.

The idea of bombing Syria is to destroy ISIS, but will it work?

In November the French government said 30 of their air strikes destroyed an ISIS training camp and munitions dump in Raqqa in Syria.

But a media activist in Raqqa said that the French air strikes hadn’t touched ISIS.

“It has been two insane nights,” he said. “People are horrified and everyone here lives in fear.”

He said that in the past few days Russian air strikes had caused the most destruction.

“Last week, Russian air strikes destroyed one of the main bridges in the city in addition to the national hospital. Most hospitals in the city have been destroyed in Raqqa,” he said.

“The US, Russia and France are all bombing Syria. How many more countries want to bomb us?

“Raqqa is devastated. Raqqa has endured the unbearable and we live in fear under ISIS’s dictatorship.

“Not everyone who lives in Raqqa approves of ISIS. I am a citizen of Raqqa and I refused to leave my hometown just like many others did.

“What the world needs to know is that we live under ISIS control on the ground, and constant air strikes from the sky. We are trapped,” he said.

In December, on the eve of the vote in Parliament on bombing Syria, the Observer newspaper spoke to Raqqan exiles in Turkey.

Most of them feared that more bombing would cost more innocent lives in their city.

Many were baffled and frustrated that the city’s fate was being decided in distant capitals and conference rooms where the people of Raqqa have no presence or a voice.

The Syrian activists known as Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently said:  “We are against the UK strikes on Raqqa; all the world is bombing Raqqa; UK will not make any change in the situation Syria. If UK want to help people then they should accepts Syrian refugees in their country and not close the border.”

The UK-based monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts the number of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes in Syria already at close to 400 since September 2014.

The number of Syrian civilians killed by Russian warplanes is at least twice that figure.

Just on Tuesday of this week (Dec 8) the Syrian Observatory received reports that  26 people,including 7 children and 4 women, were killed in Syria by Coalition airstrikes.

Many others were wounded  and the number of the dead is likely to rise.

There is an estimated 500,000 people in the Raqqa, and one million people in Raqqa province, including almost 150,000 children.

WE’RE ALL DOOMED!

OLD MOLE’S ONLINE DIARY

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Tory MP Gordy Henderson about to pen a blockbusting yarn about ISIS drowning Margate maybe..?

So what about this for a story…!

Isis terrorists sneak into Kent and detonate a bomb-filled World War II battleship, sunk in the Thames estuary.  The bombs go off causing the largest non-nuclear blast in history.

This creates a “tsunami”-type wave flooding coastal towns in Kent and Sussex, including poor old Westgate on Sea and Margate.

Blimey!

And as if Margate didn’t have enough problems with Dreamland in financial meltdown!

Reading this astounding story in the local press, Moley went into emergency research-mode.

The battleship in question is the American ship, the SS Richard Montgomery which, one night in 1944, while the captain was slumbering, ran aground on a sandbank in the Thames off the Isle of Sheppy

And the ship did indeed contain 1,400 tonnes of explosives which is still there and which, in theory, if it went off, it would cause one heck of a bang.

So if some ISIS terrorists did find out about this wreck and did manage to set it off…

Wait just a doggone sec, Deputy Dawg…

Moley discovers that bookshelves of writers have been there long before ISIS.

Back in 1977 a novel called Blockbuster has an extortionist threatening to blow the Montgomery up, causing serious flooding in central London.

A few years later the novel The Action of the Tiger theorises that the sunken ship contains America’s first atom bomb, undisturbed since the war until the present when, of course, some nasty neo Nazis find out about it.

More recently the 2009 book Timebomb spins a yearn about a group of European terrorists financed by a “dissident Saudi” (now who could that be?) attempting to ram a semtex-packed speed boat into the wreck.

And finally in the 2010 novel, A Loyal Spy, returns to the idea of trying to flood London (Thanet not being an important enough target of course), by planning to blow up the ship at the same time as a surge of high tide.

All great action-thriller fun, of course, but very unlikely to actually really happen.

The ship’s been sunk in the sea there for over 70 years, most experts think the bombs are extremely unlikely to go off, and would ISIS really take such a big chance at such a complicated plan, when they’ve got much more straightforward methods at their disposal? They may be murderous and fanatical but they’re not stupid.

So then who would seriously hold up the likelihood of some fiendish foreign types blowing up a sunken battleship in the Thames?

Who would have some interest in whipping up fear of alien conspiracies, no matter how far-fetched and foolish?

One of those delirious political chaps who puts ALL our problems down to those ghastly folks beyond the channel, perhaps?

Step forward Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

It was Gordon who asked the transport secretary in September what steps the government is taking to protect the wreck of the ship from the terrible terrorists which in turn triggered these wild headlines.

The minister reassured him by telling him all the precautions they’ve been taking anyway to keep an eye on the sunken explosions.

But our Gordon has form in harbouring fantasy fears of foreigners.

He’s a supporter of the Better Off Out campaign which calls for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union and has stated that the non-Conservative politician he most admires is UKIP’s Nigel Farage.

In fact, so in love was Gordon with our Nige, that in 2014 there was speculation he might actually defect to UKIP.

Eventually Gordon said he’d considered defection but decided against because he viewed some of their policies as “muddled and contradictory.”

Poor old Nigel must be kicking himself that Gordon didn’t  take his shilling.

The man has such a wonderful imagination.

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STOP THE BOMBING EVENT IN BROADSTAIRS

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People will gather in Broadstairs on Saturday to express their opposition to the bombing of Syria.

Christine Tongue, one of the organisers of the event, said: “For many people the government’s decision to bomb Syria is truly horrific. We fear innocent people will be killed. And far from stopping terrorism the bombing will just make things much, much worse.”

She added: “We are begging the government to stop the bombing now. There will be songs and readings and you’re welcome to join in, but if you’re against the bombing just come and show how you feel.”

The event take place at 2.30pm on Saturday 12 December at Broadstairs War Memorial in the high street.

 

 

THANET’S WATER

CORRECTION
 In the winter edition of Thanet Watch magazine, Dick Symonds wrote an article called “Thanet’s War”. Since the article appeared, the author has found a mistake.
“Since writing  I have checked my calculations and found an error. I am still working on the problem but it remains that it is not clear that we will have enough water to cope with the extra housing demanded by the government. And to ensure future supplies I still maintain we need our own sustainable water supply for a dry island.”
Dick Symonds.

TIME TO SCRAP TRIDENT?

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Daniel Blaney, vice chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, is speaking at a public meeting about Britain’s Trident nuclear missiles at 7pm on Wednesday 9 December.
 
A spokesperson for the Thanet Left Forum who are holding the detate said: “This is one of the most crucial decisions facing the country today — whether or not to renew this hugely expensive nuclear mssible system.”
 
The meeting will be held at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BT. 
 

DON’T KNOCK MOMENTUM, TOM

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Against all the forecasts, Labour win a comfortable by-election victory in Oldham, increasing their market share and trouncing UKIP, which had been hoping for great things
The next day, Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson is on the radio news. He welcomes the victory, but attacks Momentum, the grass roots movement commited to supporting Jeremy Corbyn.
Was Mr Watson unware of how much work Momentum volunteers put into helping Labour win Oldham?
If so, he should take a look at this piece in the Spectator, a publication hardly known for its friendliness to the Labour cause.