Month: January 2017


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Christine Tongue says more demos against Trump are on the way.

People from across Thanet came together on Monday to protest against Donald Trump outside the Broadstairs office of Tory MP Craig Mackinlay — and campaigners say there are more demonstrations to come.
The protest — against Trump’s temporary ban on people from seven mostly Moslem countries entering the US –was called by the Kent Anti-Racism Network and supported by Momentum Thanet and local Labour Party members.
One of the protesters, Christine Tongue from Broadstairs, said: “We are calling on the British government to  withdraw its invitation to Donald Trump to come on a state visit to the UK.”
Christine added: “But we are also calling on Thanet’s politicians to say where they stand on Trump, including Craig Mackinlay and Chris Wells, the UKIP leader of Thanet council. Do they think Donald Trump should come to the UK on a state visit? Do they agree with his apparently racist policies?”
During an hour long demonstration, protesters in Broadstairs chanted “Dump Trump” and plastered anti-Trump messages to Mr Mackinlay on his office window.
Christine said there would be more events and demonstrations to come. “We’re planning lots more action for the future, in particular challenging UKIP’s attitude to Trump’s nationalist and anti-foreigner policies, including a major anti-racism festival in April in Margate. We are calling on everyone who feels strongly about Trump and his ideas to come and join us.” 
For more information about forthcoming events ring 07989 070843



Want to show your opposition to Donald Trump? Come to A rally in Margate on Saturday 21 January, 2-5pm, in the Old Kent Market, 8 Fort Hill, Margate CT9 1HD (opp the Turner)

The rally entitled “Another Thanet Is Possible” has been called by Momentum Thanet to focus on the major issues facing our community.

It will also see the launch of  the “Save Our NHS in Kent” campaign which has been set up to oppose devastating cuts in the health service and a stall for Access Thanet, a group fighting for disabled people in the district.

The event will include stalls, speakers, music and fim. The rally will start at 2pm and end at 5pm in the Old Kent Market, 8 Fort Hill, Margate CT9 1HD. More on 07989 070843



Letter to Jeremy Corbyn Number Two


Given the number of problems and issues facing you currently, Jeremy, my suggestion of what you should put top of your to-do list may surprise you.

It’s Donald Trump.

Many people believe Trump is a force for the bad but think he won’t be able to do much, because of the checks and balances in the US constitution.

But weirdly the US constitution means that while its president is held back creating good things (like a new health care system), it’s a whole different nuclear-powered kettle of kippers when it comes to bad things: like going to war.

In theory only the US congress can declare war. But acting as their country’s “commander in chief” presidents have in fact taken their country into a series of conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Then there’s the matter of Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger.

On January 20, after Obama steps down, the military officer carrying the nuclear codes will start following Trump.

From that moment on Trump will be able to order the launch one or one thousand nuclear warheads, each many times the size of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, whenever he pleases.

But to make things critically worse Trump may just have the motivation to pull the trigger.

This is because he has gained power by making huge promises – among the most important of which are to restore US employment on an epic scale, reviving dead or dying industries.

There is only one way he will be able to fulfill those apparently impossible promises – and that is by going to war.

And Trump being Trump might just do it.

This is why we need a major global movement against him.

This movement needs to embrace all those people in America who are already passionately opposed to him – as well as the multitudes in the rest of the world who see the danger he poses.

This movement certainly won’t be led by people like Theresa May who are already “repositioning” themselves to be on side with Trump.

This movement needs leaders who a record of refusing to compromise with the political or commercial establishment.

People who have risen outside the conventional power structures, because that’s the only way they will be trusted.

People like Bernie Sanders.

People like Jeremy Corbyn.

Go for it Jeremy. Start making the speeches.

All the best

R.B. Wedge