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Loathe Thy Neighbour

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 20 October 2014, 19:49

While in Tennessee over the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Rodwan Saleh, a Muslim leader from Texas. He recounted a battle he had with local people when they bought some land for an Islamic Center.

The resulting outcry led to the story being carried on The Daily Politics show. I would recomment everyone to watch it:

Rodwan Saleh told me that since then the neighbour has come to accept their presence and no longer organises pig races to annoy his Muslim neighbours.

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HOPE shines in Thurrock

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 17 October 2014, 12:23

UKIP's bandwagon in Essex was halted yesterday after the party failed to win a key council by-election in Thurrock, an area that many pollsters believe will fall to UKIP at the next General Election.

Labour retained the West Thurrock and South Stifford ward by 260 votes, showing little change from May's local elections.

Thurrock will be a key parliamentary seat to watch. Labour have to win it if it is to have even any chance of forming the next Government, but the polls suggest that UKIP are in the lead by some margin.

The result is particularly heartening to the HOPE not hate team as we have spent a lot of time on the ground there over the last couple of months. In August, we held our HOPE boot camp in the town, and canvassed the best part of 1,000 houses in the ward. Last weekend, we had teams out on both days distributing a leaflet encouraging people to vote.

Well done to everyone involved and this result does show that when the hard work in done then UKIP can be defeated.

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Speaking out against Anjem Choudary

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 12:01

Here's my interview for the Washington Post on Anjem Choudary. The video was accompanied by a long article in the newspaper at the weekend

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Say NO to hate against the old and new “Other”

posted by: Guest blog by Elisabeth Pop | on: Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 09:46

This week marks the Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014.

Campaigning organisations and charities are putting together a series of events that will encourage the reporting of hate crimes, but will also promote local support services and raise awareness of resources already available for victims.

Events are due to take place up and down the country, so please check the full list here. They will culminate on 18th October, the International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime.

And confronting Hate with HOPE is exactly what we need, after records show a rise in hate towards old and new communities of “others” alike, those whose only "fault" is that they do not look, sound or dress like “us”.

The infographics below tell two stories:

1. How there is a correlation between increased levels of antisemitic and anti-Muslim hate crimes and international events

  • The CST has recorded over 200 antisemitic incidents for July 2014, making it the second worst month since their records began in 1984 (the worst was January 2009, when 288 incidents were recorded).
  • According to TellMAMA, the North London boroughs of Enfield, Haringey, Barnet, Camden, and Hackney have seen sharp increases of anti-Muslim hate crime year-over-year, and these increases are dramatic despite modest decreases in some areas including the Southeast London boroughs and Waltham Forest.

2. And how the British media, tabloid and mainstream alike, remains a driver of Fear and Hate. In August this year, the Migration Observatory at Oxford University proved what we all suspected: that, for the past year, the vast majority of UK national newspapers depicted Romanians, all Romanians, as “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”.

As HOPE not hate celebrates 10 years of offering an antidote to fear and hate, we ask our supporters to join us in offering an alternative to those who seek to divide our diverse communities.

We know that some people are angry with the state of the country and the political system, and we also know that new communities feel vulnerable and voiceless. But we believe that by working together we are more likely to overcome HATE, more likely to bring back HOPE and bring communities TOGETHER, more likely to make our modern, inclusive Britain a HOME for us ALL.

If you agree with us, then please get in touch at

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Getting ready in South Yorkshire

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 08:07

HOPE not hate is gearing up for the South Yorks PPC elections. We have produced 60,000 copies of a tabloid newspaper, focusing largely on the issue of on-street grooming by gangs, and are producing more targeted leaflets for students, former mining communities, women and Muslim communities.

If you live in Yorkshire and want to get involved, then please sign up here:

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Unfit to lead

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 3 October 2014, 18:32

At 4pm this afternoon, I sent this email out to our supporters in South Yorkshire. For those of you who live in South Yorkshire please do sign up and pass it on to your friends:

A few minutes ago the nominations closed for the election of the next South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, a contest that has been caused by the resignation of Shaun Wright following the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal.

Worryingly, it is a contest that UKIP believe it can win.

The election will be dominated by the Rotherham abuse scandal and UKIP has lost no time in trying to racialise the issue for its own political ends. The party has never cared about Grooming before but it is now talking up the issue by claiming that it is the consequence of Labour's "love affair with immigration".

This is both factually wrong but also designed to whip up an anti-immigrant mood amongst local people and is the reason why HOPE not hate feels the need to intervene in these elections.

Will you help us?

We also believe that UKIP candidate Jack Clarkson is unfit to lead. He posts pornographic, sexist and racist jokes on Facebook site, such a picture of a over-loaded bus in Sahara desert, which he remarks is the new No57 bus from Stocksbridge to Sheffield.

This is not the sort of behaviour that we expect from a Police and Crime Commissioner. If you agree, then sign up to help our campaign

The election will understandably be dominated by the Rotherham grooming scandal so we're putting together an eight-page newspaper that will counter the racists lies peddled by UKIP, the BNP and Britain First, but, even more importantly, will offer real solutions to prevent these sorts of scandals from happening again in the future.

The Police and Crime Commissioner needs to be someone who will put the interests of the entire community first. A candidate who makes racist and sexist jokes and deliberately seeks to use the grooming scandal to whip up hatred of foreigners and Yorkshire's Muslim communities is clearly unfit to lead.

Help us stop Clarkson getting elected

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The nazi bus driver

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 3 October 2014, 10:07

Lay, left, marching alongside veteran nazi and Holocaust denier Richard Edmonds on last year's National Front Remembrance Sunday demonstration

Lay, left, marching alongside veteran nazi and Holocaust denier Richard Edmonds on last year's National Front Remembrance Sunday demonstration

HOPE not hate can exclusively reveal that a London nazi with a criminal record is a bus driver for Abellio.

Westley Lay, from West London, is a veteran nazi who has been active in the British far right for over 15 years with links to Combat 18, the National Front, BNP and, more recently, the British wing of Golden Dawn. For his day job, Lay drives London buses for Abellio in North West London.

Lay is obsessed with the notorious white power band Skrewdriver and its deceased lead singer Ian Stuart Donaldson. So infatuated, in fact, that he is turning a room in his house into a Skrewdriver shrine.

One item that might not being going on display is a pair of cherry red Doctor Marten boots he bought from a German skingirl after being told they once

belonged to Donaldson. Lay paid £200 for the worn boots, only to find out that they belonged to former C18 man Del O’Connor.

Lay’s older brother, George, is also a regular at nazi events and both are well known to be habitual shoplifters. A few years ago, Lay was imprisoned for threatening and intimidating an old man, who had earlier been attacked by George, after bumping into him on a bus. Despite his conviction, Lay is now driving a London bus.

He has recently gone to war against Combat 18, which he dubs “Compost 18” and its leader, Will Browning, “Brownpants”. Lay has accused the C18 leader of promoting the Cockney Rejects and instructing his supporters, at an east London club where they control the door, to assault a man who gave a Nazi salute at a gig during a Rejects performance.

He boasts to his nazi mates that he is a Unite shop steward, but this is strenuously denied by Unite who say that he is not even a member.

If Lay’s attendance at openly nazi events wasn’t enough, perhaps his employers might also be concerned to read a recent Facebook page where he hopes that a former C18 comrade of his is hanged for turning his back on the organisation.

Last November, whilst on the National Front’s Remembrance Sunday march, he made threats to shoot a HOPE not hate photographer.

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The nazi law man

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 11:17

By day, Piers Mellor is a Business Development Manager at Expert Law, which is “a leading online legal services provider, across a number of areas of law”, including human rights and immigration law. Outside working hours, the London-based Australian is one of Britain’s most promiscuous nazis.

In the last few years, Mellor has been an active member of the uniform-wearing New British Union; has attended National Front meetings; marched with the English Defence League, English Volunteer Force and the South East Alliance; attended lectures by the infamous Holocaust denier David Irving and happily wears T-shirts of he National Socialist black metal band Der Stürmer (named after Julius Streicher’s infamous Nazi Party tabloid newspaper). He is also a leading member of the laughably small New Dawn which heroworships Golden Dawn, the Greek nazi party.

Firm friends with long time nazi and C18-affiliate Eddy Stampton, Mellor supplements his pay from Expert Law by selling violently antisemitic and nazi merchandise such as badges and flags. One has to ask what any law firm, especially one that deals with human rights and immigration, is doing employing a man like Piers Mellor.

Piers with Holocaust denier David Irving

Piers with Holocaust denier David Irving

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To ban or not to ban? A call for articles

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 10:56

To ban or not to ban? How should we tackle extremism

Later today, Home Secretary Theresa May will announce plans to ban extremist groups and curb the activities of "harmful" individuals if the Conservatives win the next general election. Reports in the media today suggest that individuals could be stopped from speaking at public events, on television and their social media use limited under "extremism ASBOs". Police will be given greater access to the internet and all public bodies will have to develop counter-radicalisation strategies. At the same time, moderate groups will be supported and promoted.

Do you support these proposals? What are your own views about tackling extremism?

HOPE not hate is launching a public discussion about countering extremism and we want to hear your views. We will devote much of our November magazine to the topic and we will also be creating a mini-site to expand on the debate and allow a platform for discussion, ideas and good practice.

We are looking for contributions around the question of How should society tackle extremism?

There will be various streams to this debate, so ideas and contributions on them all will be useful:

  • What is extremism?
  • Where does extremism come from?
  • How should the Government tackle extremism?
  • How should communities tackle extremism?
  • What are the limits of freedom of speech?

Contributions should be sent to me at by Monday 20 October and be up to a maximum of 600 words. Some will be selected for the magazine, while others will form part of our online discussion. With all contributions, please ensure you give your full name, the organisation you are from (if applicable), and your contact details (though these will not be made public).

HOPE not hate will use this discussion to formulate its own position, discuss this with our supporters and present it to politicians and policy makers well ahead of the general election.

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Inside the Islamic State

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 26 September 2014, 09:37

This is a short, but fascinating film of life for women in the Islamic State. It was secretly film by a French woman with a hidden camera.

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