For those of you following the story of ThanetStar.com we finally have some good news.
We have been speaking with the server providers and we have reduced the issue to a simple matter of money. As you know Thanet Star is run at the expense of the main editors with advertising revenue and occasional sponsorship helping out from time to time. This has left us lagging behind by about three months in terms of paying for our rackmounted server.
However as the server is hosted in an America data centre the company are under little if any actual legal obligation to those inside the UK. Our very kind hosts have agreed that if we can catch up a bit they will ignore any influences wishing to see us removed from the web. Indeed going forward they will happily tell them to apply to an American court if any person wants to silence us.
While this means that the good grace and extremely generous leeway we used to enjoy is a touch shorter than it once was it does mean that we can work towards coming back online in short order.
Expect to see us return in full force this month.
Cllr Driver captured the moment that UKIP’s thugs assaulted a protester in full view of the police. Watch on the right the guy in the black beany as the thug puts his elbow into the man’s throat and pushes him back a good three of four foot.
That’s what caused the flair up from the protesters right there. There’s no need for that sort of violence ever. I hope the gent presses charges.
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Despite what the “regular” press have been reporting this protest does appear to have been largely peaceful.
It seems quite clear from this video that this was not a singular protest but the presence of several groups outraged by UKIP’s policies.
Take a look at the faces of the police officers and tell me that those boys are not having a really crap day. They clearly don’t especially want to be there and I get the impression that some of them feel a degree of sympathy towards the sentiments of the protesters.
One has to wonder just how many foot patrols could have been made were these boys in blue not forced to protect a deeply unpopular political party. How many crimes went unsolved in order to have our coppers standing arround in the cold so a few overpaid tory wannabes could have a meeting?
I created this blog mainly to make sure that no one else claimed the Thanet Star name.