Author: thanetwatch



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.



Last year South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay accused Christine Tongue and two other of his constituents of being “anti Semitic” .

This was after they took part in a peaceful protest against a local company ,  Instro Precision, which is involved in arms manufacture.

Instro is owned by the notorious Israeli-owned Elbit Systems which makes drones that have been used to monitor and kill the Palestinian residents of Gaza.

The protest was part of a Kent-wide demo by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade which targeted weapons companies across the country, including British Aerospace and Babcock International.

Weeks after the protest, Mackinlay wrote to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asking him to ban Christine and the other protestors from a rally in Ramsgate, alleging they were “examples of anti-semitism”. He gave them no chance to respond or defend themselves and then tweeted this letter to his followers.

In this video Christine asks the controversy-dogged Mackinlay, now standing for re-election in South Thanet, to apologise for his behaviour.

(Note: The Crown Prosection Service is still considering pressing charges against Craig Mackinlay because of alleged irregularities in the reporting of his election expenses in the 2015 general election. )



Controversy-dogged Tory candidate for South Thanet, Craig Mackinlay, is questioned by a voter.

The Crown Prosecution Service is still considering whether to press charges against Mackinlay for his election spending in the 2015 general election.

The CPS has announced that they have decided not to charge other Tory politicians under investigation by the police for irregularities in their election spending because of lack of evidence.

The CPS could still decided to prosecute Mackinlay any time up to the election day, June 8.