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 Thursday, 31 July 2014 22:29
Written by Oxford UAF
Around 30 fascists from the National Front came to Oxford on Saturday to sow division and to whip up hatred against our Muslim brothers and sisters.
They were cynically attempting to use the horrific cases of sexual abuse of children in Oxfordshire to stir up hatred against Muslim men.
We are proud to have taken part in the much larger Unite Against Fascism counter-protest.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 18:41
Written by Daphne Liddle
Their declared target was an empty shop in the Broadway that was rumoured to a communications centre for the Muslim Brotherhood.Add a comment
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:14
Written by Gerry Gable
Searchlight has always supported the idea of a Two State solution in Israel/Palestine.Add a comment
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 18:04
Written by Daphne Liddle
Around 100,000 people turned out to fill the city streets and the Racecourse field for the 130th annual Durham Miners’ Gala this year – estimated to be the biggest crowd since the 1984-5 miners’ strike.
The main speaker, the veteran Labour MP for Derbyshire and miners’ champion Dennis Skinner, proved a big draw.
The Trimdon Colliery band and banner were again the first to arrive at the Racecourse this year at around 8.45am. After that a succession of more than 50 miners’ lodge banners – most accompanied by brass bands and some by pipe bands – plus other banners from other unions, progressive organisations and local schools made their way from the Market Place, across the Elvet Bridge to the field throughout the morning. JP Sousa’s Liberty Bell (the Monty Python introduction music) seemed to be the favourite tune this year.Add a comment
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 15:24