Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in 21st Century England

Yesterday (Saturday 13th October) saw the latest march of the DFLA (Democratic Football Lads Alliance) in London.

A year after the largest demo ever assembled by their predecessor group, the FLA (Where 70,000 marched on Westminster), the message was being brought back to the capital that ordinary working folk will not tolerate Extremism, grooming gangs, disrespectful treatment of our Armed Forces and threats to our freedom of speech and way of life.

The DFLA liaised with the Metropolitan Police to set up the route, a very similar one to last year’s march, starting at Park Lane and ending by the War memorials in The Mall, a distance of around two miles. Unlike last year, the likes of SUTR (Stand up to Racism), AntiFA and elements of the trade Union Movement decided to mobilise in force this time around to counter demonstrate against what they saw as a ‘racist’ demonstration – one has to ask, what is ‘racist’ about demanding action against extremist terror, rape of young girls and the shocking treatment of veterans by this government? (But more of that later)

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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

London – A city united ?

The following post is the opinion of the individual author and does not necessarily represent the views of The UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Like many of you, I viewed the onset of the Olympic Games in London with anticipation but a hint of trepidation, especially in view of the G4S security blunders and the government’s ability to pluck disaster from the jaws of victory.(The Olympics – Testament to Cameron’s Folly, posted July 15th)

Thankfully, we need not have been worried – The opening ceremony was visually stunning (Although I have to ask what possessed the organisers to involve Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty and Doreen Lawrence in it?) , our forces personnel filled the G4S void and were a credit to their regiments, whilst our athletes out-performed even the British Olympic committee’s lofty targets for them in the medals table. The country was awash with patriotic fervour and the flags came out to support Team GB all across the capital (As seen at Victoria Station, top)

For two glorious weeks, everybody came together across the country irrespective of background and willed  Team GB on to even greater heights – It didn’t matter about your skin colour, religion or ‘class’, we were all supporters and all proud of the competitors from OUR island.

Those competitors mirrored their supporters,too – We had medal winners from all sections of the English, Scottish,Northern Irish and Welsh communities, from Royalty in Zara Phillips through to Super-Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua from London, from distance runner Mo Farah to the long jump champion from Yorkshire, Greg Rutherford (below) and the Chambers brothers in the rowing from Coleraine. Everywhere you looked, we had new heroes for our children to emulate.

It really brought home to me how sport was uniting our community whilst out in Hayes on the final weekend of the Olympics. I spotted a house with a large St George’s flag hanging from the top window, with smaller Union flags and bunting draped across the downstairs windows  and porch – In amongst the flags in that porch were pictures of the Hindu God, Ganesh. For those two weeks, as during the Golden Jubilee celebrations earlier in the year, I felt a great sense of patriotism that was enveloping our area and pulling us all closer together irrespective of our different origins.

Shattering my illusions

Unfortunately, with the closing ceremony of the games less than a week old, the divisions in our society have raised their ugly heads once again.

I received a phone call from my friends at March for England to inform me that the annual Al Quds parade would be winding it’s way through London preaching it’s messages of hate and sectarianism on our streets, although this year it was being carried out on a Friday in line with the rest of the Middle East rather than the Sunday that we were used to.

On the face of it, the parade seems to be a standard demonstration of an opinion which under normal circumstances I would have no issue with. I am a strong believer in the right to free speech which our ancestors have in many cases laid down their lives for, but I do not believe that the right to free speech should be abused as a basis for bigotry and anti-semitism.

The picture on the left was taken at the start of the Al Quds parade, and the battle flags of Hezbollah can clearly be seen – Hezbollah are a proscribed organisation in the UK under anti-terrorism laws, but those waving them were given a Police escort to spread their message through London on 17th August. The link below, a letter from the US Senate to the EU Commission, should give you an idea of what they are about

Letter from US to EU regarding Hezbollah

Cat and mouse through London

With the parade being on a Friday this year, it was more difficult for the counter demonstrators to get to the event. We met in London and were soon spotted and followed around by various officers of the Metropolitan Police, who approached us to verify why we were in London and what our intentions were. Isn’t it marvellous to know that when a march is organised in London to call for a holy war and the extermination of an entire race of people that our boys in blue(Or, more accurately, their politically correct masters at New Scotland Yard) are more worried about a few Englishmen who would like to express their democratic right to reply?

Our friends from the Iranian Greens were already on the streets, as seen by one of their members confronting the march on the left. The Al Quds parade is sponsored by the Iranian Government (pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini were prominent as seen by the pictures), yet nobody on the march was protesting against the human rights abuses perpetrated on their own people by Ahmadinejad and the ruling party of Iran which has no democratic mandate – Am I the only one to find this somewhat strange?

We moved on through Audley Street and arrived at Grosvenor Square, the destination for the parade, a few hours before the scheduled arrival of the marchers. Myself and a few members of March for England engaged in conversation with some demonstrators outside the Indonesian embassy,including a very vocal young lady in a wheelchair. They were part of the Free West Papua campaign, trying to highlight the plight of the native people who have been occupied by the Indonesians since the break up of the Dutch empire after world war 2. Their literature claims that 400,000 people have died as a direct result of this occupation, yet the West have said nothing and the press cannot report as all foreign journalists are banned from an island that is home to the worlds second largest rainforest. The contrast with the ‘Al Quds’ demonstrators, who have the right to free speech,could not be more stark if their claims are genuine.

After our chat and a quick pint in the Audley Arms, we moved on to the green outside the American Embassy to soak up the glorious weather. The Police presence was already quite obvious, with an officer coming over to talk with a few of us and advising us that the protestors had ‘spotters’ out to identify anyone who was likely to counter-demonstrate.

We quickly identified one who was sat next to one of the fountains – Why do these Islamist youths always dress in top grade Nike trainers and baseball caps? For people who claim to loathe western ways and traditions, I find it ironic that they latch on to the latest fashions amongst our youngsters and adopt them as their own! One of the officers advised us to move to a sectioned off area at the top of South Audley Street – When we asked why, we were advised that it was ‘for your own good as we can’t guarantee your safety if you stay here’. So there you have it – If you are an Englishman with your own opinions, the Metropolitan Police cannot guarantee your safety on the streets of your own country in the face of a march by two proscribed terrorist organisations sponsored by a rogue state. That sound you hear is Churchill spinning in his grave.

With the screen for events being set up, one of my MFE friends gave a quick gesture for effect (Mobot,anyone?) and then we retired to the position set aside for us. It was way too far back from the main event, and we struggled to hear some of the rhetoric. However, we did see not only Hezbollah flags but also those of Hamas, another proscribed group,plus we heard chanting regarding the elimination of the Jews.

When I confronted Police officers who were next to us and challenged them to make arrests under both the Public order and Race relations acts, they quickly turned their backs on me. I wonder if they would have been so quick to turn away if I had made comments about the marchers of a discriminatory nature and they had made a complaint?

Another account of events from my friend, Esmerelda Weatherwax, can be viewed below

Al Quds 2012 – Esmerelda Weatherwax of New England review

It also became apparent that the Labour MP, Jeremy Corbyn, was making a speech at the event. Bearing in mind the organisers, I sent the following email to his party leader, Ed Miliband, earlier today.

Email to Ed Miliband concerning a Labour MP’s attendance at Al Quds

I am writing to you with regards to one of your MP’s, Mr Jeremy Corbyn.

On Friday, Mr Corbyn made a speech at the annual Al Quds day rally outside the American Embassy. The Al Quds day march is sponsored by the Iranian Government and is supported by two banned terrorist organisations in this country, Hamas and Hizbollah, both of whose flags and imagery were very much in evidence at the event. Whilst the march is supposedly to call for the ‘liberation of the Palestinian people’, it features anti-semitic and anti-western rhetoric at every turn and a number of the speeches praise terrorism and genocide.

I find the presence of an elected representative at such an event repugnant and would ask if Mr Corbyn’s presence was sanctioned by your party and,if not, what he was doing at an event which in previous years has seen calls for jihad, racist comments about the US President and cheers for the persecution of Christians and Jews in the Middle East.

 

I also emailed Theresa May(Home Secretary), Nick Herbert (Minister for Policing and justice) and Uxbridge MP John Randall today regarding the march. We have just seen two events that have pulled us together as a nation and promoted the community cohesion that the politicians of the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties tell us that is one of their priorities. For them to ignore extremism on the streets of London that would call for another 7/7 or 9/11 is a disgrace and a betrayal of our country and it’s citizens of all backgrounds – The same citizens who so embraced the community spirit of the Golden Jubilee and the Olympics and restored my faith in England and the British isles as one people with a common goal.

My email to Theresa May, Nick Herbert and John Randall

 

I am writing to you in your capacity as my local MP with my concerns about an annual march that takes place in London, the Al Quds parade.

 

I have witnessed the last two parades personally, and am perturbed that this level of hatred and anti-semitism is not only allowed on the streets of London but has a full Police escort through our capital city.

 

The march is sponsored by the Iranian Government, and supported by Hamas and Hizbollah – Both of these are on The Home Office list of ‘Proscribed Terrorist Organisations’ and their emblems and flags are always in full view at this event (I have attached a link below to show this year’s scenes) I am led to believe that it is a criminal offence to promote any group on that list.

 

http://www.israellycool.com/2012/08/18/scenes-from-londons-al-quds-day-august-17th-2012/

 

Whilst I believe in the right to free speech and am opposed to Section 5 of the Public Order Act as a restriction on that right, many of the speakers I have seen over the two years I have attended have breached not only that law but also many under the Race Relations Act, yet the Police stand by and allow this to happen.

 

I pointed out to officers at this year’s event that there was a clear violation of Section 5 being carried out yet they just shrugged their shoulders and walked away. Previously at the 2011 event I was given a section 15 dispersal notice to vacate Trafalgar Square during the march as my presence may have been offensive to the marchers (I had an England rugby shirt on!) Below are videos of the speakers from 2011 whose topics range from anti-semitism, through praise for Jihad and destruction of religious places of worship, on to just plain racism (Shabbir Rizvi made his comments about President Obama whilst the Met looked on, yet there have been recent prosecutions for the likes of Emma West whose misguided rant was far less hate filled)

 

http://www.israellycool.com/2011/08/24/scenes-from-londons-al-quds-day-august-21-2011/

 

Note also at the 2011 event the presence of Abdul Wahid, a senior member of the Islamist organisation Hizb-ut-Tahrir. This organisation is banned across most of Europe, and has clear links to various extremist groupings, yet they are allowed to preach their hatred on the streets of London.

 

It is interesting to see that he can go about his business as he sees fit, yet myself and fourteen friends were arrested last year whilst having a quiet drink in a pub a few miles away from one of their conferences ‘in case you might have been thinking of disrupting it’ – We had been laying wreaths at Tavistock Square with full knowledge of the Police on an annual event to commemorate 7/7! We were subsequently transported to Kent and then released without charge.

 

With the ever present threat of Islamist terror organisations, I would like to know how allowing a march which glorifies such people and also blatantly breaks the race relations and terrorism acts can be allowed to continue every year with an escort from The Metropolitan Police and, this year, with a speech from a sitting Member of Parliament in Jeremy Corbyn?

 

Last year, Home Secretary Theresa May banned a march through Tower Hamlets by The English Defence League which is perceived as the other side to the same coin, so surely a precedent has been set which can allow the banning of this event?

 

I look forward to hearing your views on this.

 

Personally, I am not interested in the politics of the Middle East and would rather spend my energies fighting for equality for England. I will, however, campaign against extremism in my own country and fight for the rights of all Englishmen irrespective of colour,creed or religion. I object to Islamists marching through London and praising the likes of the 7/7 bombers who killed my countrymen, and I will not sit idly by and allow our hard won personal freedoms eroded by religious bigots,’politically correct’ lobby groups and compliant politicians. 2012 has shown the best of our community via Royal pomp and competitive sports that have bound us together as a nation – We need to take that forward in a positive way and confront and challenge the negative influences in the lives of our countrymen and our children.

 

My thanks for additional information and photo’s go to Esmerelda Weatherwax, The Iranian Greens, Ben Weald,Roxy and  the Israelly Cool website.

St George and the Dragons of Ignorance

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

MFE Brighton 2012 – Esmerelda Weatherwax

St George – A figure to unite and celebrate

It never ceases to amaze me that these so-called ‘anti-fascist’ protesters chant that ‘St George wasn’t even English’ at the marchers every year.

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

 UAF Founding statement signatories

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.