Jeremy Corbyn has promised a new bank holiday if elected – but can you trust him?
Jeremy Corbyn has promised a new bank holiday if elected – but can you trust him?
With the General Election campaign moving in to it’s final stages, the following local meetings will give you a chance to question the candidates and hear what their party’s propose for our area.
UKIP Public meeting – Thursday 23rd April (St George’s Day)
Start time – 8.15pm
Venue – West Drayton Community Centre, Harmondsworth Road, West Drayton, UB7 9JL
A noted author and media broadcaster, Peter also founded and heads up The New Culture Forum think tank.
Support speaker will be UKIP’s Hayes & Harlington candidate and Hillingdon branch Chairman, Cliff Dixon.
A Q&A session will follow their short presentations
Uxbridge & South Ruislip Constituency hustings – Sunday 26th April
Start time – 7.30pm
Venue – Yiewsley Baptist Church, Colham Avenue, Yiewsley, UB7 8HE
Boris Johnson will again be absent as he is ‘too busy’ to attend.
Hayes & Harlington Constituency hustings – Tuesday 28th April
Start Time – 7.30pm
Venue – St Anselm’s Church, Station Road, Hayes, UB3 4DF
Labour, Conservative, Green and Lib-Dem candidates will also be on show.
Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner constituency – Thursday 30th April
Start Time – 7.30pm
Venue – Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Oaklands Gate, Green Lane, Northwood, HA6 3AA
We hope to see some of you there
The following post is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the views and policy of the UK Independence Party (UKIP)
During all the doom and gloom of the last couple of years, it has been good to see the upsurge in pride in our country that has been fostered by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will hopefully continue via this summer’s sporting events.
Labour leader Ed Milliband has been quick to jump on the bandwagon and proclaim his ‘Englishness’ earlier this week on the back of this renewed sense of national pride, although having gone through the speech it is more a collection of soundbytes than a coherent strategy to restore our national identity – But more about that later.
This year is exceptional in the number of events so close together and the Jubilee was a huge and welcome one off event, but it has been noticeable over the last few years of the resurgence in celebrations of England’s national day on 23rd April – St George’s Day.
St Patrick’s Day in March has been a loud party for the Irish community for as long as I can remember, with everybody getting in on the festival atmosphere and having a good time enjoying ‘the craic’ and the Guinness, whilst the Welsh and Scots also celebrate St David and St Andrew in fine style.
Many towns and cities in England put on a St Patrick’s Day parade,including in London where successive Mayors have supported and sponsored what have been a great series of events over the last ten years. With the increased popularity of St George’s Day, I would hope that Boris Johnson may consider doing something similar to celebrate our patron saint in the near future – After all, the GLA has also sponsored events for Vaisakhi, Eid and Diwali in the capital and it would be good to have a day when English culture could be celebrated in the same way.
Unfortunately, and despite Mr Milliband’s cry to arms, there does seem to be an agenda in some quarters to either suppress this national pride or to smear it as something entirely different as I witnessed during a St George’s day event earlier this year.
St George’s Day with March for England
March for England started a St George’s Day parade in Brighton in 2008 (Above), where it was led out by The Gurkhas. Conceived as a family day out to celebrate our patron saint similar to some of the St Patrick’s marches that the Irish organise, the initial two years saw kiddies face painting and a party atmosphere at the pubs that the marchers visited on the day. The events were lightly policed and went off in good order with no problems at all, as can be seen in the picture below from the 2010 march
Unfortunately, there are some in our society who can’t tell the difference between being proud of your country and culture and being a ‘racist’, and started to oppose the march in 2010. Shortly after the picture above was taken,members of an organisation called ‘AntiFA’ assaulted a Police officer and attempted to get to women and children drinking in a pub. This then led to a bigger Police operation in 2011, when members of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and The Socialist Workers Party decided to oppose the March – The difference in Police presence and equipment can be seen below
I wrote about the atmosphere and the event where I was a guest of March for England on 14th May last year under the title ‘Patriotism – Is it a crime now?’ on this blog.
Despite the Organisers offering to meet with the ‘Anti-Fascist’ protesters (above) to explain what the march was about, they refused to discuss it and also ignored Police requests for talks. In the minds of these people, having a St George flag means that you must be either a member or associated with the BNP or The English Defence League (EDL),or hold racist, homophobic or anti-Islamic attitudes.It begs the question – What is the difference between having a St George flag on our patron saints day or a tricolour on St Pat’s? Both are a celebration of a Patron Saint and a culture, so why must one be demonstrated against whilst the other is to be celebrated?
St George’s Day in Brighton 2012 – The Dragons of Ignorance
This year’s St George’s Day parade was attended by fewer than the previous year – Many felt that they did not want to put their children in to an environment that was hostile as was seen in 2011, which with hindsight was probably not a bad idea.
The UAF, SWP and their cohorts had also been putting posters up around the town claiming that this was an EDL event to drum up support amongst the local community for their counter-protest. Again, March organiser ‘Pompey’ Dave offered to meet with them and address their concerns – His reward was to be branded a ‘Leading Portsmouth football hooligan’ based on an incorrect newspaper story from a few years back (Dave is not even a Portsmouth fan!). You also have to ask yourself if Sussex Police would be liasing with a known football hooligan year after year on not just this event, but others including a recent charity fundraising walk?
I took the photograph above at Brighton train station before the March got going, and as you can see there is a broad cross-section of people attending. It was also noticable that the only flags present apart from one ‘Help for Heroes’ banner were either the Cross of St George or the old English white dragon – This was a request from the organisers to reflect that this was a day for celebration of our country and culture by all and not a demonstration. The UAF were having none of it and posted on the net that March for England were inviting football hooligans and thugs to attend incognito, despite the request being quite clear.
We got a taste of what was to come at the station as some characters approached us whilst we were waiting to move off with a sheet on which was painted ‘We are all imigrants’ (Not a spelling mistake, this was how they had painted it on to the banner as can be seen above,pictured later on in the day). This was accompanied with chants of ‘we don’t want you fascists in our town’. Charming!
When the March did start, we didn’t get too far before being brought to a halt in a street where the pavements were raised above the level of the road that we were proceeding down. The counter protesters had blocked the road off ahead, and we got our first taste of the abusive language and missile throwing that was to follow us to the assembly point at Victoria Gardens and back to the station afterwards.Police officers clambered up on to the railings to try and stop this happening.
We found out afterwards that recycling bins had been emptied and that the protesters had been hurling bottles and other assorted missiles at the Police and their horses at the front of the parade, as can be seen in some of the images.Two Police officers were taken to hospital, and a number of Police horses were injured as was reported later by The Brighton Argus.
With the march unable to proceed past a makeshift road block, the Police took us down a side road where we found more abuse waiting for us. Bottles of urine were launched from the buildings above, and a wall of missiles could be seen flying in to the middle of the march from a side street. I was at the back of the march at this point, and as we were bunched up by the Officers at the back I could see that we were being herded in to the firing line from the side street that the Police on the left were unsuccessfully trying to stop.
A young girl in front of me was hit in the back of the head by a flying bottle and needed treatment by paramedics whilst a couple of officers tried to shield her from more harm. The gentleman escorting her, who I believe was her father, was given the opportunity to take her out of the march at this point but declined as there was no way of guaranteeing that he would be able to get past the ranks of counter demonstrators without further assaults being made.
Many of the protesters were taking pictures of those on the march, which I know from previous events are passed around and used to ‘identify’ targets for later on if you are still in the local area.
A particularly vile woman in a red jacket was shouting out that “It’s your fault, you shouldn’t bring your kids here you scum” as a justification for the assault. I later found out that she was the one identified by some of the marchers as having thrown the bottle! Fortunately, the young lady was OK and is pictured with a cool pack that the paramedics left for her to take the swelling down.
A number of megaphones were calling out and organising these attacks – Indeed, one behind the march was encouraging people to ‘get more missiles, they are putting the kids in the middle’. When I pointed out to one of the officers that this is an offence under the public order act and he should be arrested, I was advised that they were taking photos and would be making arrests after the event as any show of force at this point could lead to additional violence.Bearing in mind that many of the protesters had their faces covered and could not be identified, I couldn’t help but think that the main perpetrators would get away scot free.
On Victoria Gardens
The March finally made it to Victoria Gardens, where speeches were to be made as had been done in previous years. The UAF were out in force as can be seen in the photo on the left.
In 2011, a lady whose son lost his life in Afghanistan had made a particularly moving address but this was not to be in 2012. She was in attendance this time and I spoke with her at the start of the March where she advised me that those protesting had made her life ‘hell’ . It begs the question as to what sort of sick moron torments a mother who has lost her son in the service of our country?
You also have to ask what kind of ‘anti-fascist’protester would turn out with their face covered and parading a banner like the one in the picture below as seen on the walk down to the green? What has this to do with opposing racism and discrimination in your community?
Worse was to follow as we stood surrounded by our Police escorts. The black clad ‘AntiFA’ activists turned up and started patrolling the Police lines, looking to pick off anybody who was not behind the wall of officers.
The by now familiar taunts of ‘St George wasn’t English’ raining in from the other side of the line were greeted with a spirited chant from those assembled of ‘St George was a foreigner’ followed by a wag down the front starting up a chorus of ‘We’re not racists anymore!’ which was greeted by bemused looks from the assembled UAF before they reverted to a monotone ‘racists off our streets’.
We were then advised that the speeches were cancelled due to security considerations, and that we would be escorted back to the National Rail station where we should leave Brighton. In previous years, arrangements have been made with local pubs to carry on the day but with around 400-500 protesters intent on getting at the 120 or so on the march this time around that would not have been practical.It would also have been difficult to slip away for a quiet pint along the front with the amount of protesters on the look out for stragglers who they could pick off from the mass of photo’s they were taking, although I understand some did manage to carry on afterwards.
The Police brought vans across, and we were escorted out of the park behind the line of vehicles to stop the demonstrators getting to us once again. (Above) Unfortunately, the respite didn’t last for long and we were harried all the way back to the station by the motley collection of ‘anti-fascists’ with more missiles thrown.
Just before we went under the railway bridge, one particularly loathsome individual surged towards us with an Irish tricolour and started chanting, “IRA, IRA ” – I hope his ‘enlightened’ friends are happy with him for praising paramilitaries and for using the flag of the Republic in an inappropriate way at a celebration of England’s patron saint.
Unfortunately, it was typical of the bigotry and intolerance we had seen on the day from people who claim to oppose such things!
The patriots of March for England had once again shown restraint in the face of serious provocation from this motley assortment, and I am happy to say that there was none of the racist chanting that the UAF claimed that there would be at the event – Indeed, I have witnessed MFE working alongside people of many different races, religions and colours when covering their organisation for the blog so would have been far more surprised if there had been any! One idiot who nobody seemed to know threw a Nazi salute at the protesters and was swiftly and robustly dealt with by stewards and ejected from the march – It may have been a sarcastic reply to the taunting, but this kind of thing gets shown zero tolerance at events I have attended as a guest. A pity that AntiFA don’t show the same attitude as can be seen from the photo above.
A further viewpoint on the day was written by my friend ‘Esmerelda Weatherwax’ and can be viewed via the following link
St George – A figure to unite and celebrate
We are all aware of the Legend, and that our patron saint hails from overseas. Indeed, St George is the patron saint of many countries and regions around the world and as such could be held up as an example of how one man is a unifying figure to rally round and celebrate irrespective of your background.
Many countries have a patron saint who is not from their homeland, but still celebrate their life and have them as a focal point for national celebrations. St Patrick is a case in point – Whisper it low in Dublin, but he was actually an Englishman!
To my mind, this makes St George an ideal figure to represent a national day in England where we can all get together and celebrate the things that make our culture and country unique, a day where the kind of pride we have in who we are can be expressed in the same way as we saw last week during the Jubilee celebrations. The flag of St George is an inclusive flag as seen by his popularity around the world, not the badge of extremists as the likes of the UAF would have you believe .
Slaying the Dragons of ignorance
It appears that there are some who view being proud of your country as being some kind of affliction, that having such pride is tantamount to being some sort of swivel eyed fascist lunatic. The picture above from the 2012 St George event in Brighton makes it quite clear that in the eyes of the likes of the UAF and the SWP, ‘patriotism breeds racism’.
Unfortunately, this kind of ridiculous rhetoric seems to have many sympathisers in the corridors of power in this country. Green party leader Caroline Lucas MP was out with the UAF during the Brighton event, and has even had the brass neck to complain about the Police handling of the demonstrators, despite their violent acts towards both the women and children on the march and the Police themselves.
Her Green party colleague and Brighton councillor, Ben Duncan(left), has been vocal in his support for an anarchist group called ‘Smash EDO’ whose numbers include UAF members and who have staged violent protests against a military contractor in the town. Cllr Duncan is the cabinet member for community safety, and was reported by the BBC on 1st May as having tweeted that he ‘only smoked cannabis whilst murdering,raping and looting’, for which he has since apologised.
Whilst the rest of the country was celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last week, Smash EDO were staging a demonstration against a war with Iran and the EDO factory, whilst other ‘left wing’ groups also staged a UK Uncut march through Brighton on the Saturday (2nd June).
The UAF staged a ‘stuff the jubilee’ party in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on 4th June as reported on Sky News, yet they claim that this is their ‘democratic right to free speech’ that they would deny to others.
Which brings me back to why I feel that Labour leader Ed Milliband is purely paying lip service to the idea of Englishness and patriotism. Below is a link to the list of signatories to the UAF founding statement on their website
Look at how many MP’s are on this list from his party – Indeed, look at how many there are from all the parliamentary parties, including Prime Minister David Cameron!
How can any of them honestly hold their head up and make a speech such as Mr Milliband did earlier this week when this organisation claims that patriotism is racism? How does Mr Cameron have the nerve to go on national TV praising our Queen when members of this organisation that he is a signatory to are having a ‘stuff the jubilee’ party on the streets of England?
Indeed, new UAF Vice-Chairman Azad Ali (above) is the community affairs co-ordinator of the extremist Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) , a group dedicated to enforcing it’s own interpretation of Islamic law on to the democracies of Europe.He was quoted as justifying the killing of British troops and then unsuccessfully sued the newspaper who printed the story, has praised Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki and was filmed by undercover reporters from the Channel 4 Despatches programme saying, “Democracy, if it means at the expense of not implementing the sharia then of course no-one agrees with that” .
How does this square with the patriotism that Mr Milliband speaks of, when a senior member of an organisation that such Labour party luminaries as Ken Livingstone, Tony Benn and Diane Abbott are happy to have their name linked to would like to impose an alternative legal system above our own laws and democratic rights?
The way ahead
My idea of patriotism revolves around culture, country and community. We have seen recently how not just the English but all of our commonwealth cousins have come together to celebrate a joyous occasion in our country’s history. We are all part of the tapestry that is 21st century England irrespective of our backgrounds, and such events help to bind us together as a truly united nation.
I was fortunate enough to mingle with the crowds in London during the Flotilla on 3rd June and it brought home to me just how much we have to be proud of in England, a fact not lost on the multitudes who turned out from all corners of the world.In the face of onslaughts on our way of life from the twin evils of the EU and extremist terrorism, it is good to celebrate who we are and to be reminded of what we have achieved as a nation.
To continue to achieve as a country, we need to work together and have a feeling of belonging. A national day to celebrate this without the divisiveness of the likes of the UAF and their ilk would be a start, where the English people of all colours and faiths can gather under our flag and proudly say ‘We are a part of this community and we stand together, more alike and united than we are different’.
It has been brilliant to stand together under our flag for the last fortnight without any of the negative connotations put about by those who would destroy such feelings of belonging – Let us hope that this is a turning point where all the people of England, be they black or white and of whatever religion, can stand together and say, “This is our country, this is our community, and we want to take it back from the extremists and those who disrespect it”
A big thank you to Mickey English and Esmerelda for additional photgraphs used in this piece, and to Lawson Narse for the St George artwork.
The branch has been very active recently, hence the dearth of posts on the website! Amongst campaigns to stop building on green belt and covenant land and discussions with other local pressure groups about what matters to local people, we had the chance to go to London and ask questions of the current London Mayor, Boris Johnson. We met with London activist Ben Weald outside the Commons on a particularly fine early summer’s evening.
In conjunction with London Radio Station LBC, Talk London was an event where the people of the capital could put their questions to Boris about any item that affected them or their community. Hosted by LBC talk show host Nick Ferrari (Pictured above with Boris), ordinary Londoners were given free access to the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster on 2nd June to air their views.
The numbers allowed in were limited, so we were advised to be there early – Seven PM was the start time, but the queue was back around the building when the doors opened at six!
Methodist Central Hall
A large screen and two podiums were set up at the front of the hall, and a video was running showing the activities that had been put on by the Greater London Assembly (GLA) during the past year prior to the debate.
I was interested to see that as part of the GLA sponsored ‘Championing London’ events, there were images of the St Patrick’s Day parade, Eid in the Square and also a Vaisakhi event to celebrate Sikh new year which had pictures of Ealing & Hillingdon assembly member Richard Barnes joining in. Whilst these are popular events and deserve a celebration, it was interesting to note that there was no mention of a St George’s Day event, and none is sponsored by the authority – Am I the only one that finds it strange that we can celebrate cultural events in London from around the world, but not the national day of our own patron saint?
There were also videos of the GLA mentoring programme for assisting young people in risk of offending, and Boris talking about global warming and how the capital has to prepare for it (A bit strange I thought, as scientists are still not in agreement about how advanced climate change is and how it is going to manifest itself)
Nick Ferrari gave an introduction to the debate peppered with the kind of witticisms that are his trademark as an accomplished radio presenter before Boris took to the platform (Above)
Many of the most common issues for Londoners were aired such as crime, transport, The Olympics and housing.
The whole debate can be viewed on the link below, I managed to get a question in on behalf of the south of the borough at around 1-39-55 on the video
Questions from the floor
Boris took a number of questions regarding the cost of transport from the audience. He defended concessions for the elderly (The Freedom Pass for over 60’s) and children’s concessions, in my view quite rightly. He did seem to be a bit out of touch with pricing for London’s buses, however, saying that the average fare is 60p – It costs £2.20 for a single from Cowley High Street to Uxbridge on a 222, or £1.20 if you use Oyster. Nick Ferrari also pointed out that the cost of a zone 1 travel pass in Paris is the equivalent of £14 per week, £22 per week in Berlin yet £27.50 in London, all statistics that the Mayor passed off as being part of the system that he inherited.
This led in to discussions about the cost of tube drivers and their constant demands for pay increases. Statistics were quoted by members of the public that pointed to tube drivers getting a pay increase of 10% whilst other public sector workers were seeing pay freezes and redundancies, and annual wages of forty thousand were mentioned. Boris refused to answer questions regarding pay negotiations for the tube drivers, as he claimed that these were delicate negotiations that could not be put in to the public domain.
Questions from the London Cab Drivers
The RMT union were handing out leaflets before the event to the queue outside regarding an increase in assaults down to unlicensed cab drivers, and the United Cabbies Group posed the question to the Mayor during the debate. The Mayor insisted that these kind of assaults were decreasing, but a member of the group called Jonathan quoted Tranport for London figures disputing this. The figures went unanswered, as did the question from the floor concerning the closure of front desk facilities at many of London’s Police stations – The mayor said he had not heard about this, despite it being a feature issue on LBC the day before and being in national press columns.
The Lack of Affordable housing in London
Regular visitors to this site will know that housing, or the lack of, is one of the issues that regularly features and is one of the key concerns that has been raised with me by Hillingdon residents.
Imogen Hammond from the Tideway Village in London (A houseboat community) raised the issue of homes alongside the Thames now being predominently owned by foreign nationals as second and third homes, and how the subsequent price increases in property had forced local Londoners out. Boris replied that you can’t stop this kind of thing in a ‘free market economy’. I brought up the housing benefit cap later on and asked what his answer will be to the mass of people being driven from central London to the outlying boroughs by the rising costs of housing in central areas, and as you can see from the answer I received on the link he was talking of fifty thousand new affordable and social house places being available since he came to office.
Unfortunately, Mr Mayor, the Coalition government last week gave settlement rights to over one hundred and fifty thousand asylum seekers who had been in the system so long that they could no longer be deported – Add that to the three hundred thousand already on the housing list in London and we are looking at a major problem that will not go away. Your election promise of 35% of all new builds being affordable or social housing were shown up by figures that pointed to just 10% built during your time in office meeting the criteria.
The Greater London Assembly
The GLA was initially envisaged to give Londoners a voice via the Mayor and his assembly members to make London a better place.
The initial cost estimated, as quoted by one of the people firing questions at the meeting, was less than £20 million per year – Equivalent to 3p per week or £1.56 per year for a Londoner living in a Band ‘D’ property as rated by their local council.
The figures now show that the GLA costs a Band ‘D’ resident FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS PER YEAR – You have to ask what we are getting for this bearing in mind the questions posed during the Talk London event?
GLA Elections 2012
The assembly elections take place every four years, and are due next year just before the Olympics.
If you want to have your say on how London goes forward, let us know via the website so we can take in to account what you want your area to be when putting together our team to contest these places.
The English Democrats will be running a full campaign for 2012, and believe that with the support of ordinary Londoners who care about their community than WE CAN make a difference. The old parties and the old politics have failed for Hillingdon, for London and for England – It is time to embrace real change with the only party that represents the interests of all the people of our country
For full details on The English Democrats GLA2012 campaign, please get in touch via the contact section on the website.
Since the Devolution Act gave Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland their own assemblies and parliament, there has appeared to be a resurgence in England of national identity. For example, when England won the world cup at Wembley in 1966, the terraces were awash with Union Jacks – Fast forward to the 21st Century, and the Cross of St George is far more prominent than the British Union Flag at sporting events across the board.
Our Patron Saints Day
I recently attended the March For England annual parade in Brighton to mark St George’s Day.There seems to have been renewed interest in celebrating our patron saints day, with calls from many to make it a bank holiday in the same way that the Irish and Scots get bank holidays to celebrate their saints and national identity.
This is the fourth year that MFE have arranged a day out in Brighton to mark the occasion – Previous years have seen kids face painting, food in the pub at the end of the parade, and a good family atmosphere around the event.
In the four years that ‘Pompey Dave’, the organiser, has run this parade there have never been any arrests amongst the patriots celebrating St George, and a great deal of money has been raised for charities – This year, over £1000 was raised for a forces charity.
The Politically Correct brigade miss the point
Above is a picture of the 2010 parade – As you can see, the event was lightly policed and people of all ages came along to enjoy a day out. MFE organised the route and times with the local constabulary, and everything went off like clockwork as usual. However, at the end of the event there were some instances of abuse and intimidation aimed at the MFE contingent by local members of left wing groups such as AntiFA and The UAF (Unite against fascism), who seem to think that waving our flag is akin to being a football hooligan or a racist. You have to ask yourself – Would they be throwing these kind of insults at Scotsmen waving a saltire on St Andrew’s day, or an Irishman with his tricolour on St Patricks?
The UAF decided this year that they did not want the parade, and tried to get it called off. The MFE organisers invited the UAF along to meet with them and the Police to explain what the event was about, and to plan the routes – The UAF declined to attend, and refused to co-operate with the Police at any stage. They made it clear that they would be out in force to ‘counter protest’ and that they saw the event as being some sort of ‘racist and fascist gathering’. The difference in Police presence and attire can be seen in the picture below of the 2011 parade
We met up in The Railway Bell pub opposite Brighton national rail station, and a police line was stretched across the street between the pub and the UAF on the other side of the road. Even at this early stage, abusive language was being hurled in our direction – Hardly what you would expect from people who are concerned with stamping out fascism and racism in our society.
The parade moved off late after the Police had to move on some UAF who had spread out across one of the roads on the route in an attempt to block the march. (see below)
With this protest split up, groups of UAF shadowed the march hurling insults and, in some cases, missiles at the parade. – I was hit in the back with an egg just before we got to our destination in Victoria Gardens where we were to be addressed by a lady who lost her son in Afghanistan.
One particularly loud youngster pointed at me and shouted ‘homophobe’ – I enquired back that if she was so worried about discrimination against our gay population, why was she protesting at a St George’s parade rather than in Tower Hamlets where one of my gay friends has had threats and leaflets pushed through his door? “Fascist!”, she yelled back at me – I take it that she is not studying debating skills at University, then!
Another UAF intellectual started shouting in my direction that “St George wasn’t even English” – I replied back that we are all well aware of that, and as he is patron saint of many countries wouldn’t he agree that St George is a great role model for an integrated and multi-racial society? Cue another torrent of profanity and abuse.
By the end of the parade, once again no MFE members had been arrested. There were eight arrests amongst the UAF counter demonstrators, including one man who threw himself through the Police cordon at Victoria Gardens and started spitting at members of MFE
The Erosion of our values through political correctness
This photograph (above) was taken in London last year, and shows Islamic Extremists burning flags in London. Contrast that with the earlier picture of the 2010 MFE St George event, where families can be seen enjoying a day out.
Despite this, the politically correct brigade will throw all sorts of accusations at you merely for being proud of your country, but woe betide anyone who criticises the likes of Anjem Choudhary and his followers when they create scenes like this. Don’t the UAF realise that by constantly bleating about ‘Islamophobia’, they are promoting extremist behaviour above our own culture whilst driving a wedge between decent,law abding Muslims and the rest of our population?
Don’t they realise that by condoning the behaviour of extremist elements in our society and stopping the authorities from cracking down on them, they are actually fuelling recruitment for the far right groups that they oppose?
Their ridiculous behaviour and refusal to discuss and debate on any issues actually exacerbates the problems that they claim to want to sort out. Unfortunately, many of our leading politicians and trade unionists are signatories to the UAF founding statement, giving the thuggish behaviour described above a veneer of respectability that it does not deserve.
The politically correct fear of offending minorities
Many of you will have been horrified by the sight of poppies being burned last Remembrance Day by the extremist group, Muslims Against Crusades (MAC), whilst they chanted for death to our soldiers . I have yet to speak with any of my friends amongst the Asian English community who was not disgusted with what they saw – Yet only two of the MAC were arrested, and only one of them was actually fined for what they did (A paltry £50), despite this being a highly provocative act and one that was very likely to incite violence and fuel religious intolerance.
Contrast this with the recent case of a man in Cumbria burning The Koran – He got seventy days in prison. Whilst I would never condone the burning of any religious book, where is the consistency in the ruling? Why are our courts so scared of punishing these fanatics? None of the ‘minorities’ I have spoken to would have been offended by a much more severe punishment for the members of the MAC!
Then we had the case earlier this week of English Defence League (EDL) Leader ‘Tommy Robinson’. Mr Robinson was in court in Hammersmith on a public order offence charge that related to him grabbing a black Islamic battle flag from one of the MAC during the aforementioned ‘poppy burning’ incident.
He had previously been charged for assaulting a Police officer, but when that case collapsed he was then charged with the Section 5 Public Order offence.
Finding against him, the magistrates imposed a £315 fine – Yet Emdadur Choudhry, the poppy burner, got just a £50 fine on a similar section 5 and has shown no remorse for what he has done! He has also been quoted in the press as saying that he will pay his £50 fine out of his benefits payments!
Society gone mad
It appears clear that years of political correctness have now led to the ridiculous situations described above.
Celebrate your patron saint and fly your flag with pride – Expect to be abused and branded a ‘racist’ or fascist.
Abuse the men and women who laid down their lives to ensure your freedoms – Well, you have the right to free speech that they died for whilst disrespecting their memories.
In my opinion, this is the PC society gone mad. We are all members of the English Community, we should all be treated with equal respect – One country, one people and one law to cover all. This crazy pandering to minority views is creating division where none needs to exist, and is counter productive. It is time for common sense, a return to English values and a return of pride in our country.
From all at The English Democrats Hillingdon Branch, we would like to wish you a very happy and enjoyable St George’s Day.
Whether you are celebrating at home, popping down the pub or attending many of the festivities being arranged up and down the country, fly the flag and remember the following quote from Cecil Rhodes –
“Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life”
I will be in Brighton tomorrow celebrating our patron saint with the March For England annual family event – This is a great day out, hope to see some of you there!
On Page 2 of The Gazette last week, local Hayes Reporter Jack Griffith paid tribute to John McDonnell MP for submitting the most Early Day Motions in the House of Commons, and responding to the most, in the current parliament sitting – A grand total of 544, of which he was a primary sponsor on 20 and a sponsor on 113.
These figures look truly impressive – After all, in the wake of the expenses scandal, many of us look at MP’s as being overpaid and underworked windbags, even though in some cases the reality is far removed from the perception. Surely, Mr McDonnell is showing how hard he is working for the local community?
Actually, further investigation reveals a slightly different story. Early Day motions are a way of getting a subject that you care about brought in front of the house for debate – If you get enough respondents to an EDM, then the house has to debate what you have brought up in more depth.
So, what vitally important things has John McDonnell brought to the attention of the representatives of this country, and at what level of success?
EDM258A1 was brought about the state of the ticket office at Ealing Underground Station (Note, Ealing and NOT Hayes,Ruislip or Uxbridge) – This got 1 respondent (McDonnell himself)
EDM319 was about pay differences on board British merchant ships depending on race – This got 20 supporters.
EDM564 was about the first anniversary of the closure of a wind turbine plant on the Isle of Wight, and got a massive 16 supporters.
EDM633 referred to the arrest of Reza Shahabi in Iran, a local union leader – This got 33 supporters.
The catalogue continues, with motions about Underground staffing, The UK Film Council, the Parliament Peace Camp, a congratulation of a media mogul – All of which got minimal support.
So why does this matter so much?Well, I can give you three reasons as follows….
Firstly, not one of the EDM’s that John McDonnell has brought up directly affects the people of Hayes and Harlington, who he claims to represent. Where are the EDM’s about lack of housing, rising crime, increase in class numbers and cuts to the budgets for education,the NHS and housing?
Secondly, each EDM costs approximately £800 to put up – So 544 EDM’s equals £435,200 of taxpayers money, £16,000 of which was directly triggered by him and he co-sponsored £90,400 worth of expenses.
Finally, there was one EDM that I feel sure all English patriots would have liked further discussion on – That was EDM1083 that was put forward to debate a bank holiday for England on St George’s Day. John McDonnell, supposedly a ‘local MP for local people’, voted against this one, although he does like to celebrate St Patrick’s Day every year – Nothing wrong with that, but why then deny the English their day? Especially when you are supposedly the ‘only local candidate to stand for MP in Hayes & Harlington’.
To their shame, both John Randall (MP – Uxbridge) and Nick Hurd (MP – Ruislip and Northwood) also failed to back this EDM.
But then, having a sense of pride and community is not what any of the old three political parties want.