Lots of room for thought this morning, encouraged by this weekend’s many comments and several hundred new readers from a galaxy far away.
So who are the so-called Thanet ‘Mafia’ that several of the comments allude to? Do they exist or are they stories to frighten small hoodies with?
Before I left the island to live in London in the early eighties, a number of names were as familiar to me as everyone else. One of course was Councillor Cyril Hoser, arrested for counterfeiting and forgery of documents but there were two other ‘Godfathers’ whose names I can’t mention on a public site and were allegedly linked to well-known south London gangsters. Being quite close to the law, I used to hear some of the unpublished details of their activities and what was revealed did shock me.
A good twenty years on and those names have either passed-away or are wearing incontinence pants and we live in a very different world with a shopping mall at Westwood Cross. But in the Thanet of the 21st century there’s still a sense, from what I read here, of a handful of respectable and well-established local businessmen exercising a disporoportionate influence in the community. Do they, I wonder, have as much say in our future or are they instead a force for the progress that readers are asking for?
What do you think and please remember to include the words “reportedly” and “allegedly” if you happen to have any unusual stories of your own.