Stand up to Racism – or stand up for Communism?

Saturday 17th November saw a mass march in London organised by ‘Stand up to Racism’ , allegedly against racism, ‘Islamophobia’, fascism and anti Semitism – having come across the organisation before, I was intrigued to see if this was really what they were concerned about or if there were other factors at play and to this end put my freelance journalist’s hat on to record the day and talk with people about what they were looking to achieve.

I arrived just before 12pm at the meeting point outside the BBC Centre in Portland Place to find the streets already awash with posters, various stands and placards piled up for people to help themselves to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of these posters and papers, as you can see, had mixed messages – for a march that was supposedly against anti-Semitism there were a lot of banners, flags and papers denouncing ‘Zionism’ as ‘Racism’. When I pointed out to a few of the protesters that Zionism is actually the belief that Jews have the right to self determination and their own homeland, many walked away from me. Those that did engage either advised that they were happy to support Israel’s right to exist but not on ‘Palestinian’ land or disagreed with the dictionary definition – but more of that later.

The trade unions were out in full force and large balloons were up alongside a makeshift stage outside the TV centre as more filed in to the meeting point. Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party stands were dotted around at various points, with sellers out pushing the Socialist Worker magazine and The Morning Star. Buckets were passed around asking for ‘donations’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started to mingle with the crowd and introduced myself to a few people as a freelance reporter for UKFM News to get their take on events.

Whilst nobody wanted to be filmed, a number were happy to give quotes. Lisa from Chester said that she was attending as racism is a tool to divide us and that Theresa May’s ‘Hostile Environment’ policy was an example of extremism. She advised me that we are all one race but that racism now is worse than it has ever been. In her opinion, only a change of government and Jeremy Corbyn in No 10 would change that (She was wearing a Momentum badge). I was going to question her further but had to beat a hasty retreat as I saw some faces in the crowd who may have recognised me and I was not taking that risk at this stage.

Mary from Sheffield advised me that she was there to show unity against the ‘far right’ and that she was representing the majority against a hostile press and a ‘racist’ President Trump.

I walked further up to try and get some other views, walking past the following stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attempts to engage in conversation about what they thought Zionism actually is proved fruitless, hostile body language and refusal to answer a straight question was all I got.

I then engaged with a young lady called Dani who advised me that her parents were from Chile – she was holding two posters and spread in between was a banner saying ‘Immigrants get the job done’ which she advised me was a quote from the popular musical, Hamilton.  She was happy to talk and told me she was there to oppose all forms of racism and push a positive image of migrants such as her family. I asked if she was aware of an MP in London who had opposed migrant workers coming to act as nurses in a hospital in her constituency, stating that they had no connection with the culture and community there to which she was rightly indignant – her view was that those of the medical profession help to save lives irrespective of where they come from. When I advised her that the MP in question was Diane Abbott, patron of SUTR, speaking about Swedish nurses in the 90’s she was quite shocked.

I also asked if she was aware of a Labour meeting last week in London, promoted by SUTR, that featured a known anti Semite and Islamist extremist, Shakeel Begg, talking about antisemitism (Poster below)

Again, she was genuinely stunned and told me that their ‘movement’ needed to have a better and more uniform stance on opposing all forms of racism.

This was a vast improvement on others who I had spoken with who either refused to believe it, stated it was a ‘one off mistake’ or simply walked away with a disgusted look on their faces.

I was impressed with Dani’s commitment and her openness on these issues and reflected to myself that if more on the march were like her then perhaps the day would not be a complete waste after all.

Unfortunately, as the march started to form up and move towards Westminster, my hopes in that regard were dashed.

Flags were in evidence with images of Che Guevara, a man whose stance on black people being ‘indolent’ and lesser beings than white Europeans is well documented,whilst the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union was also flown – a real bastion of tolerance and diversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then bumped in to Will, a Labour Party member who had been with us during the protests against anti Semitism on Parliament Square earlier this year. Whilst I disagree with many of his political opinions, he is a decent fellow and a man who has spent thirty years opposing racism from all sides, even being assaulted in his home borough of Harrow for sticking up for Jewish friends.

He advised me that he was happy to be filmed for his opinions and you can see that video here

 

I believe that Will truly is against all forms of racism but I felt so deflated by his answers to the questions about Shakeel Begg and the Labour candidacy of Ali Milani in Uxbridge & South Ruislip. Milani is a proven anti Semite and to switch the conversation to criticism of Israel being legitimate and having to have proper scrutiny is the cop out that Labour have been using to try and avoid confronting the rampant antisemitism in their party. To also mention JVL (Jewish Voice for Labour)  when they actually OPPOSED us on Parliament Square when we called out Labour anti Semitism can, in my opinion, only be for appearances sake whilst he tries to reform from within – good luck with that.

Will was shortly afterwards accosted by a woman who took him to task over Labour’s stance on Brexit, saying they were no longer socialists and that they have towed the UKIP line on the issue (I wish). She was harassing Labour members at the march demanding a ‘People’s Vote’, although she also revealed that she is not eligible to vote in this country. The march seemed to have a lot of angry remainers on it who blame our government for the ‘rise in racism’ and think that the EU will solve all those problems – hardly likely when their mass migration policies are fuelling tensions in the first place!

The March moved off but it was difficult to gauge numbers as the Police stewarded it in to one side of the road and they could not have been more than 6-8 abreast at any one time – the speakers later claimed there were 30k but looking at the form up at Portland Place I would reckon around 6-7k, although more did join as the march progressed.

It was a mix of students, posh people from South London, trade unionists, left and far left supporters and what Paul Joseph Watson refers to as ‘swamp donkeys’ – I will leave that final description to your own imagination!

The megaphones were in full force and amongst the chants were references to Tommy Robinson – “Tommy Robinson go to hell, take your nazi friends as well”

I found this quite ironic when you see the hostility towards the Jewish right to self determination I had come across earlier, many of the responses in breach of the IHRA definition of anti Semitism. Indeed, there were leaflets and banners out opposing the right of Jews to decide what is hostility towards themselves under that definition but those same people were fully behind the right of certain sections of the Muslim community to define ‘Islamophobia’ – maybe the extremists such as Begg and Azad Ali of the UAF whose organisation was listed as funding the march? I pointed out Ali’s history to some of the attendees – saying that British soldiers are ‘legitimate targets’, praising Al Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki and stating that nobody would accept democracy at the expense of implementing sharia law. When challenged, I pointed out that journalist Andrew Gilligan had been taken to court over exposing this and Ali had lost – the response in the main was that they didn’t trust the judge and that Gilligan is not a reliable source. The exposure of Begg as an extremist in a Judge’s opinion was also similarly dismissed.

The purpose of the march was also I feel compromised by banners such as the one below

 

Prevent is the government’s anti-extremism strategy. Whilst it is flawed, it is a starting point from which engagement can be made and a modified strategy is essential to stop extremism at the root. Those I engaged with on the march about this were convinced that Prevent is ‘racist’ and the real problem is the ‘far right’. At the end of the march I discussed with two gentleman that the real problem is three fold – the real far right, Islamists and the regressive left. When I stated that Maajid Nawaz of the anti Extremist Quilliam Foundation has mentioned the triple threat on his LBC radio show, he was denounced as uninformed, a Zionist shill and his organisation was denigrated as a hotbed of extremism propped up by ‘Zionist’ funding.

In the pen

When the march ended at the meeting point on Whitehall, a screen and stage were in evidence.

Opposite 10 Downing Street is a pen that demonstrators are allowed to book and I soon saw some colleagues I had demonstrated alongside before in evidence – they are pro-Israel campaigners and had their flags with them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They were confronted by people from the march carrying Palestinian flags and being pretty intimidating – indeed, Harry who is in the picture on the left was assaulted from outside the pen with pro Palestinian campaigners trying to slap him around the face – I recognised one of them, a short man of Arab appearance, as being one of the people who was at the PSC event in London in October where a 70 year old Jewish woman was hospitalised.

They were trying to engage with the marchers to put across their point regarding the Gaza situation but, having joined them in the ‘pen’, I could see it was virtually impossible. Very few would debate with most just screaming insults and waving flags – I got a dose of this when I picked up an Israeli flag.

Those who did engage had little real knowledge of the situation – one even told me that Balfour was an ‘anti-Semite’ as he only drafted the declaration to get the Jews out of England. When I asked him why they are still here, although in reduced numbers, he didn’t have an answer.

Again, when I stated that there is a triple threat to Jews, I was told that there is no problem with the regressive left and the Islamists and it is all to do with the ‘far right’. When I questioned why Israeli flags are flown at the demonstrations they refer to as ‘far right’ I was told it was because they want the Jewish state so that they can send them somewhere else. When I put forward the opinion that maybe it was because they supported Israel against Islamist extremism from Hamas and Hezbollah then this was taken as an example of ‘far right Islamophobia’. I then gave examples of regressive left anti Semitism (Events where Jews are denied entry, the aforementioned assault on a 70 year old woman and Corbyn speaking alongside Islamists at Al Quds in 2012) which were all summarily dismissed as ‘smears’.

Stand up for Communism

When leaving the event, I walked past yet another stall with the below banner up

The Scottish gentleman manning the stand had been suspended by his trade union for constantly pushing this rhetoric but had seen nothing wrong in it – he said that ‘some of his best friends are Jews’.

It was a familiar theme throughout the day – despite allegedly being against anti Semitism, a large proportion of the march refused to accept that Jews can decide what they see as discrimination but you cannot question what everybody else sees as discrimination against them.

What I did see was a huge presence from the regressive left with an agenda against Capitalism, the current Government, Brexit and Trump.

Speakers included Weyman Bennett of the UAF, who ranted about the ‘thugs’ of the ‘far right’ – neglecting to mention that he has criminal convictions for assaulting Police officers and was part of the Committee of the Socialist Workers Party who covered up a rape allegation against senior member, ‘Comrade Delta’.

That they can masquerade under the banner of being anti racist and pull in decent people like Will and Dani under a false pretence should be a worry for us all – their real agenda needs to be exposed so that the integration rather than balkanisation of our country can be achieved.

Their divisive rhetoric for leftist political aims must not stand

 

 

 

 

 

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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