Written by Sonia Gable
It was inevitable, but still deplorable, that the British National Party would seek to exploit the tragic and outrageous failure by the authorities in Rotherham to put a stop to the child sexual abuse that went on in Rotherham for 16 years.
An email today from Clive Jefferson, the BNP’s treasurer and de facto number two to the new leader Adam Walker, announces a day of action in Rotherham on Saturday to call for criminal prosecutions. “50 Labour Councillors and others ignored these crimes,” says Jefferson, which is fair enough – the independent inquiry says as much.
He continues: “FACT: Just ONE BNP Councillor would have blown the whistle!”.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 22:47
Written by NUT
Anthony Walker was a Black British A-level student from Huyton, Merseyside, a Christian and a keen basketball player, who was brutally murdered in a racially motivated attack on 30 July 2005 near McGoldrick Park in Huyton. The crime shocked the local community and gained widespread national publicity. The perpetrators were brought to justice and received lengthy prison sentences.
In conjunction with the Walker Family and the Anthony Walker Foundation, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) instituted an annual lecture in Anthony's name in 2007.
This October, for Black History Month, the eighth annual Anthony Walker Memorial Lecture will be held at The Broadway theatre Barking (The Broadway, IG11 7LS, 5 minutes’ walk from Barking station) on Friday 17th October 2014 from 6:30pm – 8:45pm. NUT is delighted to have the support of Unison, Unite and GMB this year. The lecture is attended by many teachers, students and others in the field of education as well as champions of race equality from around the country. It is one way that they can use our role as educators to challenge the stereotypes and ideas that lead to discrimination and racist violence.Add a comment
Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 12:19
Written by Sonia Gable
Last Wednesday in Middlesbrough the English Defence League tried to disrupt a peaceful protest at the violence in Gaza. About 15 EDL protesters came waving an England flag and an Israeli flag and purported to show solidarity with Israel. Police intervened when the EDL marched towards about 100 members of Teesside Palestine Solidarity Campaign who have been holding their vigil every Wednesday since mid-July.
I, like I am sure most people, deplore and am greatly saddened by the violence in Gaza that seems unending. Many of the people of that geographically tiny land are suffering terribly, but the people of Israel too have been subjected to violence from Hamas for many years and need peace and security. “Right” in this conflict does not lie wholly on one side, and there are extremists on both sides who do not want peace, but wish the destruction of their opponents. Most of the recent short ceasefires have been broken by Hamas in the first instance, one of several points that many on the left choose to overlook.
One thing is certain though. Nobody needs or wants the support of the EDL, or any of the rest of Britain’s fascists and racists. The British fascist scene is divided between those, such as the EDL and Britain First, who hate Muslims more than they hate Jews, and the more traditional and New Right fascists who still see the Jews (described among other things as ZOG – the Zionist Occupation Government) as the greater enemy of the “white race”, whatever that might be.Add a comment
Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 20:12
Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 12:03
Written by Sonia Gable
The resignations of Nick Griffin from the chairmanship of the British National Party and James Dowson from the leaderships of Britain First are welcome and will weaken British fascism.
Griffin, who stepped down from his position on Saturday 19 July, had presided over the big growth and subsequent decline of the BNP since he was elected party leader in 1999. The party started its run of council election wins in 2002 (apart from one short-lived success in 1993) and at its peak had around 60 councillors. Griffin’s biggest victory was his election to the European Parliament in 2009, along with Andrew Brons.
But Griffin was always divisive. His period as chairman was marked by internal strife, which Griffin always survived but which weakened the party. He even managed to fall out with Brons, meaning that the two were unable to maximise the benefit of their election as MEPs – thankfully.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 15:23