The Rise of the Regressive Left

This post was previously published by UKFM News

The last few weeks have seen newspaper headlines over Labour anti-Semitism, ‘Stand up to Racism’ supporters counter protesting a Veterans march in York regarding the persecution of British soldiers (picture below) and a council meeting in Newcastle being disrupted by far left protesters who disagreed with them on a motion being put forward to adopt the widely recognised IHRA definition of the aforementioned anti Semitism.

Yet much of the mainstream media and political class obsess over the rise of the ‘far right’ and ignore the violence and abuse coming from what I would term the ‘Regressive left’.

So you have to ask yourself, why the fixation on one form of extremism and not on the other and why all of a sudden do we see this upsurge in intolerance from the left?

The reality is that the regressive Left has been intolerant for many years but it is only now, in the wake of the Labour anti-Semitism scandal, that people are waking up to it and the mainstream media are forced to report because of the masses of evidence coming out on what is, for the moment, a lightly regulated internet.

John McDonnell – Marxist firebrand

Living in Hayes in West London, this is nothing new to me. Our MP since 1997 has been Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, until relatively recently in his career a marginalised back bencher. An avid supporter of the IRA (He has an award from Sinn Fein that was presented to him by the IRA Old Bailey bomber Gerry Kelly on his wall), he opposed both the Anglo Irish Agreement and The Good Friday agreement, stating of the latter that “An assembly is not what people have laid down their lives for over thirty years….the settlement must be for a United Ireland”. That statement was given to and printed in the official IRA newspaper.

But it is not just Republican terrorists that McDonnell has sympathies with. In 2014, he ran a public protest through Hayes Town dubbed ‘Hayes4Gaza’, supported by the anarchist Socialist Workers Party and certain sections of our local community where he encouraged people to boycott all goods from Israel and donate to a ‘charity’ called Interpal. Interpal are designated as a terror funding organisation by the Americans as well as Canada and Australia with links to radical groups – they sponsor schools in Gaza where children are indoctrinated to hate Jews and the West. He also supported an early day motion in Parliament (EDM786) to put pressure on the Americans to take them off the list – a motion also supported by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and far left firebrand George Galloway as well as the Green party leader at the time, Caroline Lucas. (More about her later)

As far back as 2014, McDonnell addressed a meeting of the leftist Occupy movement at Westminster – his call for people on the streets and for taking ‘direct action’ resulted in 76 arrests for violent and criminal behaviour during and after the event. But this wasn’t a new stance for him – during the student riots at Millbank, he referred to the rioters as ‘The best of our movement’ and frequently calls for direct action if his political direction cannot be persuaded via the ballot box. He has called for left wing activists to target Tory MP’s, joked about lynching Conservative MP Esther McVey and kneecapping of councillors opposed to the IRA ,whilst encouraging his supporters to harass and bully reporters they don’t like, even going as far as to occupy newsrooms to force the media in to running stories they want publicised (From their angle of course).

Perhaps his most notorious outrage was when he told a meeting commemorating IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands that ,”There is only peace in Northern Ireland because of the bullets and bombs of the IRA”, a poisonous narrative that rightly got newspaper coverage – his attempt to get a statue put up in Hayes to the hunger striker didn’t get the same coverage and thankfully was given short shrift by our local council.

Ominously, McDonnell is now shifting more of his attention to support of Islamist extremism. As well as the Interpal support, McDonnell was a vocal campaigner for Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg and worked alongside the dubious CAGE organisation to have him released (Pictured outside the US Embassy below with a petition)

 

McDonnell has also shared platforms with the notorious hate preacher, Suliman Gani, a man with known anti Semitic views who also wants Ahmadi Muslims treated as apostates under The Sharia (ie – killed) – a curious position for an MP who has spent a lot of time trying to cultivate his vote amongst the Ahmadi community in our area.

When a local Sikh Guru was being pressured by certain local Labour councillors to direct his charity work towards one section of the community rather than all who need assistance, his calls to McDonnell to get them to back off were met with silence and his charity collecting tins were forcibly removed from shops in Hayes Town, allegedly at the request of the MP.

His actions were disturbing enough when he was a backbench MP but now, as the most senior member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet team, the possibility of a man with a poor record in economic areas being handed the keys to the Treasury whilst having a notorious temper and dubious contacts and temperament makes him and his fellow travellers a clear and present danger to this country

Caroline Lucas – Blurring the lines between Green and Red by the seaside

In 2008, the English street campaign group March for England initiated a St George’s Day parade in Brighton. Led out by the Gurkha’s for the inaugural event, it was the intention to celebrate our patron saint in the same way as the Irish parades for St Patrick in the town. (Below)

 

The first two years went very well, with face painting for the kiddies, Pie and mash and the presence of the saint and his dragon. But in 2010, the likes of UAF and AntiFA decided that they didn’t want this ‘fascist’ flag in their town and a series of attacks were made against families enjoying the day in local pubs with a Police officer injured and arrests made. Social media from those groups afterwards stated that they had ‘smashed the fascist EDL’ in Brighton, despite this never being an event about anything other than pride in our English heritage, escalating the violence the following year. The difference in Policing can be seen clearly when you compare the 2008 photo with one I took in 2011 (Below)

 

By this time, Green Party campaigners and local councillors had become involved in the ‘counter demonstration’ and the family atmosphere was replaced by ugly scenes and intimidation.

In 2012, the route was changed after threats from the regressive left and running battles between UAF, AntiFA and the Police saw Officers hospitalised and Police horses injured – bottle bins were overturned and broken glass spread across the road to hinder horses getting through whilst missiles were aimed at the procession, injuring children amongst others. When the young lady pictured below received a missile to the head, Caroline Lucas MP was on a megaphone surrounded by masked far left thugs, urging them on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masked antiFA roamed the Park where the procession was due to end and speeches were cancelled by order of the Police for the safety of those involved in the celebration. (Below)

Further escalations over the next couple of years saw the end of the Parade as the organisers concluded that it was now too dangerous to carry on and that someone eventually would be killed. In 2013, far left protesters took rocks from the pebble beach and launched them at the parade whilst others in the 3 storey houses along the promenade launched bottles of urine amongst other things at the procession. What started as a family fun day had been turned in to a war zone by violent and aggressive militant leftist agitators and their triumphal rhetoric had started to attract the people they claimed to be against, the real far right, who were looking for confrontation.

The events I witnessed in Brighton showed me the real, ugly face of the regressive left on the ground – a face I have subsequently seen in demonstrations in London, most recently at the Day for Freedom and Free Tommy events, where masked leftists roamed the streets looking for victims to pick off away from the main, protected body of attendees.

Extremism – the Triple threat

Whilst the media, politicians and Police are talking about the ‘far right’, they seem to either ignore or deny the very valid threat from other sources. In the Greater London Assembly (GLA) last week, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick spoke of the threat of  far right terror and ‘so called Islamist inspired’ terror, something that Assembly Member Peter Whittle picked her up on very quickly. This is a stance that prominent anti extremism campaigner, Maajid Nawaz, has referred to as ‘The Voldemort Effect’ – the fear of speaking the name of the thing you are afraid of in the hope it doesn’t come for you.

Fortunately, Mr Nawaz has actually called out the ‘triple threat’ of far right, regressive left and Islamist terror on his LBC radio show – chillingly, he also pointed out that the regressive left is exceptionally dangerous as it now has proponents in senior positions within our electoral system/political parties.

Whilst we should never discount the real far right, regressive left Politicians and their violent bedfellows are a more immediate threat to the health of this country as I have seen across England since I started getting involved in the political scene in 2009. Only now are some waking up to it – I pray, for all our sakes, it is not too late to stop.

 

 

Further coverage of the Brighton St George’s Day 2012 event  can be viewed via this link – 

St George and the Dragons of Ignorance

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A challenge to James O’Brien

Hiding behind his fader and famous for talking over people he disagrees with and deflecting conversations, James O’Brien hosts his own show on LBC between 10am-1pm on weekdays.

But would O’Brien be as effective in a neutral environment with a public debate and chairman to officiate? My friend ,Gerald Gravett, has issued the following challenge –

 

To

Mr James O’Brien.

LBC Radio

 

Dear James,

 

I am a regular listener to your radio programme. I listen as I like to keep an open mind.

 

May I congratulate you on the preparation and construction of your arguments. You clearly select angles which brilliantly favour your stance. Your weakness seems to me to be that whether you are right or wrong, you alienate many people by verbally denigrating and abusing those who disagree with you. You surely need to rely on strong arguments supporting your contention – which you do really well – but do rather less shouting at opposing views. You have perfected the art of shouting in a quiet but condescending manner, one that appears specifically designed to aggravate and provoke anger in those who disagree with you. You do yourself no favours in this regard. Understand opposing views, address them directly and do not just rail against them.

 

You criticise observers and reporters by saying they are all talk and it is easy for them to talk as they are not in a position to make decisions. But these people are able to influence those who make decisions by leading and reflecting public opinion. You fall into this category, as do your colleagues on LBC such as Nigel Farage, Ian Dale etcetera.

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Charville Lane Estate petition update

Regular visitors to the site may remember the residents of Hoppner Road, Romney Road and Raeburn Road approaching me about issues of flytipping in the garages at the back of their estates a couple of years ago.

Along with members of the local UKIP branch, I knocked on doors and raised petitions firstly to clear up the flytipping and then to secure the area around the garages and green areas to ensure a safe and pleasant environment for the residents.

After meeting with a council officer and contractor on site, things had gone quiet for a while but an email was received today to inform me that a survey is going out to residents about proposed changes to the area including bollards and fencing to sort the problem once and for all.

I have reproduced the information below and would encourage all residents to engage to make sure that the best solution is found to finally solve the issue.

Credit must also be given to new Charville Councillor Nicola Brightman who has discussed this at length with me and has been working behind the scenes to ensure that action is taken – a welcome change from previous Labour Councillor John Oswell who sent me a dismissive email telling me to keep my nose out.

 

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London crime rate – Khan has the answer?

The wave of violent crime in London has been making plenty of headlines recently, with murders in the Capital outstripping New York earlier this year.

Policing in London is the responsibility of the Mayor and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) who have issued plenty of soundbites so far but no real plan on how to tackle it.

With this in mind, Sadiq Khan’s latest statement on the causes shows just how out of touch with the situation on the ground he has become. Replying to a question on an LBC phone in show, the Mayor stated that ‘Cocaine use at middle class parties’ is driving the gang related violence on the streets, a position previously endorsed by both Simon Kempton of The Police Federation and Justice Secretary David Gauke when he mentioned it back in May.

In one way, I can see where the comment has come from – much of the violence is drug related and for the drug gangs to thrive, they need customers. However, cocaine use has not suddenly appeared out of thin air over the last couple of years under Khan’s Mayoralty and has been prevalent in London since at least the 1980’s. Indeed, when The City of London started to forge ahead after deregulation in the 80’s, the ‘yuppy’ culture embraced recreational drug use as part of their ‘work hard, play harder’ culture, not to mention the rise of the illegal raves at the turn of the decade where another drug of choice, Ecstasy, was a central part of the party experience.

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Project Fear 2.0

Following the Chequers agreement sell out, the remainers in government and their EU and big business allies are smelling blood in the water.

Whilst EU negotiators are playing hardball, the spin machine is launching in to Project Fear 2.0 in an attempt to either force BREXIT In Name Only (BRINO) or the EU’s preferred mechanism when a vote doesn’t go their way, a further referendum.

The latest scaremongering from Big Business saw Amazon UK head Doug Gurr stating that there could be ‘civil unrest’ within 2 weeks of a no deal BREXIT at a meeting with officials at the government owned country house, Chevening. Does he expect mass hysteria brought on by the inability to order a second hand hoover via his on line platform or is there a deeper reason to this statement?

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

May’s local elections saw the Conservative Council in Hillingdon returned to office with an increased majority, making a mockery of the Labour campaign centred around the hashtag #MarginalHillingdon.

In 2014, UKIP had stood in all 22 wards in the Borough, falling agonisingly close to picking up seats in Harefield and Yiewsley whilst affecting the outcome in many other marginals and establishing themselves as the third force in the locality. With no candidates standing this time, it reverted to a straight fight between the ‘big two’, with the Greens and LibDems not even making a dent despite aggressive campaigns in some target areas.

In my ‘home’ ward of Charville where I have stood before, the Conservatives took two seats from Labour in an unexpected clean sweep and their new team here have already made an impact in terms of getting things done on a local level – a welcome change from the invisible Labour Councillors during the last term of office. (It helps that all three are Charville residents)

However, whilst individual councillors on both sides of the floor are making an effort it would appear that there is no change at the top in terms of the running of both the ruling and opposition groups with Hillingdon residents the poorer for it.

The start of the year saw a familiar occurrence when an election is in the offing, notably the ‘special ward edition’ print runs of the Hillingdon People council magazine (Or ‘Pravda’ as many of us refer to it). This was also bolstered by banners appearing on lampposts proclaiming what a great job the Council is doing for residents with slogans such as ‘Council Tax frozen for 10 years’, neglecting to mention that in January 2016 the Council tax benefit for the low paid and disabled was cut.

With such propaganda being paid for out of your pockets, I once again submitted a Freedom of Information Request to find out how much had been splurged as my former colleague Jack Duffin had done previously in 2014.

The results are below and quite damning –

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EU Withdrawal Bill receives government assent

The Royal Assent was given to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act earlier this week, meaning that it is confirmed that we are leaving The EU in March next year.

But are we?

The last few weeks have been dominated by manoeuvring, backroom deals and uncertainty.

Theresa May apparently gave ‘assurances’ to remain supporting Tory MP’s that she would give them a ‘soft’ BREXIT, MP’s who have since been critical of the vote that stops them having a say on the final deal.

Some media outlets have been reporting that a compromise has been made where Speaker Bercow can decide whether the Government needs to go back to The House in the event of a deal that doesn’t match what he wants – why so much influence would be vested in this pompous Popinjay, a remain supporter as seen by his vehicle stickers, is beyond me.

Labour are all over the place, an opposition that fears taking a stand either way for fear of upsetting their remain supporting intelligentsia in the South and their leave supporting core base in the North, not to mention their major donor the Unite Union who are solidly behind remain. The ‘principled’ Jeremy Corbyn, an outspoken critic of the EU when a backbencher, has been a passive remainer since before the Referendum in an attempt to put party unity before country.

One day they are saying we must leave the Single Market and Customs Union, the next they are not ruling out a further referendum.

This morning we saw Tory minister Greg Clark on Sky’s Sophy Ridge show state that a ‘transition period’ could extend beyond 2021 if the ‘evidence’ changes – a transition period that is merely a way of delaying BREXIT until the remain element can carry on their new version of project fear and either keep us in the EU by stealth (BRINO) or reverse the referendum result completely.

This whole farce is further evidence that the establishment in this country do not respect the voice of the British people who voted to leave in 2016, but it is hardly surprising. In his book, ‘The Road to Freedom’ which was published before the Referendum was even a possibility, UKIP leader Gerard Batten MEP predicted just such a response from the ruling class if we went down the road of triggering Article 50 after a successful campaign to get ourselves out of the EU.

Whilst we are officially leaving the EU, the ‘transition period’ is just what the powers that be want to try and get a second bite of the cherry – after all, the Irish were made to vote again after a referendum went against The Lisbon Treaty and the French and Dutch were ignored after votes against the EU constitution (They just changed the name and whacked it through without a vote).

Any attempt to bring ‘the deal’ back to The House will only weaken our hand in negotiations – after all, if Barnier and the Brussels negotiating team know that offering a bad deal will bring the UK back to the table and delay BREXIT then they have no incentive to offer us anything like what we are looking for.

It’s not over yet

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You can purchase a copy of Gerard Batten’s book ‘The Road to Freedom’ here for a full overview