A brand new investigative magazine is to be launched in the Isle of Thanet, East Kent. With its first issue out on March 1st, Thanet Watch is a new monthly magazine which promises to search out corruption and incompetence in the locality.Editor Norman Thomas said: "Stories of dodgy goings-on and underhand deals
are legion in Thanet, but hard evidence is too often thin on the ground. I hope Thanet Watch is going to change all that." The magazine's slogan is "keeping an eye on the Isle" - and Mr Thomas says it will be untiring in its exploration of the shadier side of life in Thanet, "Buildings which mysteriously burn down, money meant for regeneration being used for private gain, scams, bribes and cover-ups - these are the stories people are going to find in our pages," Mr Thomas said. The first issue has stories of gangsters in Thanet, mysterious goings on in Ramsgate harbour and a councillor calling for an end of a "culture of secrecy" in local government.
But, Mr Thomas said, the magazine won't confine itself to exposes. "For example, in this issue we have one architect's alternative vision for Margate seafront. It's the kind of thing which I think will make people stop and think about what's happening in this area and how things might be different." "Also, alone in Kent we have an Occupy camp here, an extremely exciting development and we have a major piece on what that's all about." Mr Thomas has been a journalist for over 25 years, working on newspapers, magazine and documentary films. "The first ever magazine I edited was a weekly paper in Cardiff and we uncovered many stories of corruption there. But the sort of stuff we've been digging up in Thanet really makes all that look like kids' stuff." The magazine will also contain a what's on listing, giving what Mr Thomas claims is a "unique guide to all the events, arts and entertainments" of the area. "There's lot going on in Thanet, more than in most localities, and it really isn't covered adequately at the moment. Thanet Watch is going to help its readers make sure they don't miss out."