Month: May 2017




CRAIG MACKINLAY in the 2015 election with Sam Armstrong on the left.

There are two big questions controversy-clobbered Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay must FULLY answer before we cast our votes in South Thanet on June 8.

Number one (you may know this one)…

Did he fail to properly account for his election expenses in 2015?

The Crown Prosecution Service is still considering charges against him.

The other you may not know.

Why, when he was our MP, did Craig hire a man called Sam Armstrong as his chief of staff?

We can’t say too much about Sam because of an impending court case.

But we can ask Craig WHY he hired Armstrong.

Give us your answer, Craig.

The voters need to know.



By Rob Wedge
Isis has claimed responsibility for the horrific Manchester bombing.
So were they, by any chance, trying to influence the general election?
But if so, how would Isis want you to vote on June 8th?

Let’s think…

Isis and their followers believe in “jihad” – a struggle against the western powers who they blame for the bad things happening in the world.

They believe there will come a final, apocalyptic reckoning in which they will win and establish a glorious caliphate empire across the world.

This means…

They WANT their suicide bombers to stir up hatred and violent reaction.

They WANT western powers, like Britain and the US to answer their bombings and killings by pouring military force into the Middle East.

They WANT western countries to “crack down” on immigration.

They WANT them to ban burkhas and make Moslems and other foreigners feel under suspicion.

They WANT the West to be aggressive, to be hostile, to shoot on sight.


Because this will prove everything they preach to their followers is true.

Because this will ramp up the numbers of volunteers ready to commit more outrages.

Because this will fan the flames of fear and suspicion and hate and racism absolutely vital to their campaign.

Because this will further their cause.

Now who do you reckon is more likely to give Isis what they want?

Someone who will maybe favour repressive measures against foreigners, a pointless counter attack in Syria or Afghanistan, a shoot to kill policy on our streets, and much more hand-holding with Donald Trump in America’s endless “war on terror”…?

Or someone who has fought for peace all his life despite bitter opposition from inside and outside his own party?

Theresa May or… Jeremy Corbyn?

Which one would Isis want you to vote for?

Think carefully before you decide.




Craig Mackinlay, controversy-clouded Conservative candidate for South Thanet, still hasn’t heard whether or not he’s to be prosecuted over his 2015 election expenses spending.
But don’t weep too many tears for this ambitious character who, novelly, was both one of the founders of UKIP and also beat it’s erstwhile leader, Nigel Farage, to become MP for Thanet.

After all, Craig has had certain electoral problems (though on a smaller scale) in the past.
This was back in 2012 in a very different election in Kent, but again for the Tories, when around 50 people got mail-shots from him who hadn’t signed up to get them. This was a clear breach of data protection legislation.

There were complaints and Macca had to apologise. He said it was “an honest mistake” – but it’s still unclear how these people’s personal details ended up being added to the local Tory party’s database.
In the end baby face Macca ended up losing the election. But maybe this was only poetic justice.
Old Mole believes naughtiness should NEVER pay – but especially not when you’re trying to become Kent’s first elected police commissioner…!!




Contoversy-tossed Conservative candidate for South Thanet Craig Mackinlay is a chartered accountant – and proud of it.

At the moment, though, Craig is still under investigation for how he accounted for his 2015 election expenses spending. (“I’ve done nothing wrong,” he claims.)

But, Craig, isn’t that what accountants are supposed to be for – accounting for things? There’s irony for you.

Though, of course, as a chartered accountant, one thing Craig does know about is the meaning of wealth – and helping his rich clients get even richer.

And Old Mole, for one, believes he’s very good at that.

After all, he’s already abolished child poverty in Thanet.

Yes, it’s true

Last year, Craig told us: “Poverty is an emotive word which suggests a picture that we associate with true third world conditions. These are very rare anywhere in the UK and practically non-existent in Thanet.”

But, Craig, this was after a charity published figures showing that more than a THIRD of Thanet’s children are now in poverty – and the figure’s rising.

Like the clever figures man he is, the whizzkid ex-Ukipper simply redefined these kids out of existence.

And while we’re on the question on figures, Craigey old chap…

Have you by any chance worked out how many days people who break election expenses laws are likely to spend in prison and how that much that would add up to in lost earnings for a highly paid chartered accountant?

I mean, just to be on the precautionary side…





Craig Mackinlay, the controversial Conservative candidate for South Thanet, is still being considered by the Crown Prosecution Service for charges relating to his spending in the 2015 general election. These relate to the Tory “Battlebus” which imported many activists to support him and a gaggle of Tory strategists who stayed at a posh hotel in Ramsgate. The CPS’s verdict is due soon.


Poor old Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay.
The other day we we were surprised to find him making a big effort to connect with Thanet folk by canvassing in Ramsgate town centre. As one of his Tory toff mates said: “We don’t normally do this kind of thing – people usually just vote for us.” Could he be rattled by the threat presented by his Labour and UKIP opponents?
Or perhaps is it maybe more to do with the fact those pesky Crown Prosecution Service people are mulling over his spending in the 2015 election..? After all, the possibility of a fine or even prison sentence is less than thrilling, especially when you feel and claim that you have done absolutely nothing wrong.
He certainly didn’t seem his usual jolly self. And he had vanishingly few senior local Tories at his side. About the only one was that maverick Jason Savage, the sort of beaming, vicious, political gadfly he probably could have done without anyway.
Could it be that ex-UKIP founder Craig has fallen out of favour with his local Tory colleagues? Surely not!
But perhaps so. One senior Conservative councillor told one of Moley’s spies that Craig had done nothing to help her campaign in the recent county council elections. He also hadn’t had gone round canvassing with her – but that “maybe wasn’t such a bad thing.” Oh, does that mean he’s gone toxic, asked our spy? The Tory nodded.
As we say, poor old Craig…



Jeremy Corbyn has been attacked for wanting to take us back to the 1970s. In reply Steven Todd, who lives in Broadstairs, wrote this on Facebook…

So Jeremy Corbyn wants to take us back to the ’70s, does he? (It must be true,the Daily Mail told me so).

While there were some pretty grim aspects to that decade, let’s not forget it was an age when we had enough policemen on the street, when young people could afford to buy a home, when children played games with other children (instead of in a chat room with some weirdo of 50 pretending he’s 14) when food banks were unheard of, when real banks served real people instead of themselves, when hospitals still had matrons instead of MRSA, when we had a manufacturing industry, when Britain owned its energy companies, when university was free and taught you something of your subject (instead of what you need to pass an exam) and when your food wouldn’t be 80% sugar, chemicals and colouring. People talk of the strikes, and, yes,there were too many. But therein lies the rub. Today’s government wouldn’t dream of allowing such power to the working man. He must be oppressed, lied to, preyed upon and thoroughly frightened into toeing the line, until finally robbed of his pension upon retirement. This is a gutless age in which the lies of the media and the spin of the government have created a moral vacuum.

Welcome to the age of beige, sound-tracked by that nice Ed Sheeran. Welcome to the dissatisfied, post-Brexit world of today.



While canvassing in Ramsgate for controversy-dogged Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay, one senior Tory councillor stopped to speak to Christine Tongue.

He spoke, she says, about Aram Rawf, who recently stood for Labour in the Kent County Council elections. Aram came to Britain from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq as a teenage asylum seeker and is now a British citizen.

Christine was appalled by what the Tory said.




Earlier this month UKIP lost ALL its seats on Kent County Council. And  to the surprise of some it’s chosen the Rev Stuart Piper rather than Thanet Council leader Chris Wells as its candidate in the forthcoming general election in South Thanet. The Watch asked  Ramsgate mayor Trevor Shonk, one of the Kippers who lost their seats in KCC, what’s going on.



Despite the controversy surrounding him, Craig Mackinlay is still standing for election in South Thanet.

Recently the Crown Prosecution Service announced it wasn’t going to press charges against any Conservative politicians who were accused of not properly reporting their spending in the 2015 general election due to insufficient evidence to prove any dishonesty.

But in Craig’s case ONLY, the CPS have delayed their decision and now have until Election Day to decide whether to proceed or not. This means he could be arrested any day before then.

In this clip Thanet Watch pays a visit to a Tory canvassing session in Ramsgate town centre and asks one of Craig’s helpers what he thinks about this extraordinary situation.