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Missing voices

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 28 November 2011, 08:47


Just one of the false stories in the media vilifying Muslims

Just one of the false stories in the media vilifying Muslims

Towards the end of last week I caught a few minutes of the Leveson Inquiry into media conduct when Max Mosley was explaining how the News of the World had invaded his privacy and caused him a huge amount of distress for running a story about his private life. His testimony followed that of J. K. Rowley, Hugh Grant and Sienna Millar, among others. Celebrities upset at their treatment of sections of the British press.


I do not want to diminish the anger of these celebrities or their right to give evidence, but I am intrigued to see who else will be giving evidence.


Who will be speaking on behalf of mainstream Muslim society who are regularly vilified and abused in the press? Who is speaking up for the asylum seekers and refugees who are lambasted and and blamed for society's ills? The biased and misrepresentation of the immigration question and the vilification of Muslims has, in my humble opinion, far more serious consequences in society than the private lives of celebrities.


Let's have an inquiry into press behaviour but let's also ensure that the real victims of media abuse - those whose lives are really made a misery - get heard.

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Clarifying the story: a statement from the Dean of Bradford

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 27 November 2011, 09:08


There have been a lot of claims and counter-claims about the position of the Dean of Bradford in the Atzmon affair so I thought it was best to ask the Dean himself to make the last word. This is a statement he sent me last night and I hope it clarifies his position and answers those people, for their own political reasons, who have accused me of lying and falsifying documents:

Statement from the Dean of Bradford 26 November 2011:

"Mr Gilad Atzmon has posted a statement of mine on his website (http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/hope-not-hate-is-caught-falsifying-documents-again.html) which he has used to accuse Mr Nick Lowles of falsifying documents and spreading lies. I do not support this accusation.

I want to make it clear that I do not regard Mr Lowles as a liar or someone who has falsified documents, and I apologise if in any way this impression has been given by me. I did not in my initial statement quoted on Mr Lowles' blog make a public call for Mr Atzmon's concert to be cancelled, and it was on this basis that I disagreed with the headline over my statement. However, I had indicated elsewhere in a mail seen by Mr Lowles that cancellation would be preferred, since (as I note in my statement quoted by Mr Atzmon) I would have had to have withdrawn the concert if it had been due to happen on church premises due to the controversy involved, and it is this indication which led Mr Lowles to write the headline as he did; although it did not represent my intention it was not an unreasonable action for him to take, and he was engaged in interpretation not falsification.

Mr Atzmon and his supporters believe in his sincerity, and those opposed to him do not. Assessing what Mr Atzmon actually believes is not easy owing to the contested nature of the evidence. What is uncontrovertible is the fact that a lot of people believe that he behaves in a way which is anti-Semitic, flirting with Holocaust denial, and racist: and this behaviour has caused a wide variety of groups to distance themselves from him. As a cathedral we believe in truth, peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis, of whatever faith (or none); and we will continue to hold to that often uncomfortable position - a position which makes it impossible for us to offer a platform to Mr Atzmon."

 Posted: 27 Nov 2011 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments

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More offensive offerings

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 24 November 2011, 13:43


Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, I have just been sent a link to an outrageous article and cartoon on Gilad Atzmon's website. Entitled: 'Holocaust Tax Allowance' and written by Atzmon himself, the article makes fun of Jewish suffering in WW2.

His opening paragraph sets the tone for the rest of the article: "I do think that taking Tax from Jews is nothing less than Anti Semitism in practice. After the Holocaust and 2000 years of Jewish suffering we should accept that Jews have the right to hide some money from the tax authorities, just in case the horror repeats itself."

The article is accompanied by an equally offensive cartoon. Again, my point is that if a BNP member had produced this then people would be up in outrage, so why the silence when it comes to Atzmon?

You can read the full article here:
http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/holocaust-tax-allowance-by-gilad-atzmon.html

Yesterday I reported that the Palestine Solidarity Campaign had distanced themselves from Raise Your Banners who had claimed that the PSC had given a clean bill of health. This is what its director, Sarah Colbourne, has told the Jewish Chronicle:

"I am very concerned at what appears to be an attempt by Raise Your Banners to misrepresent the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. PSC has made clear to Raise Your Banners that we have no links with Gilad Atzmon, and that Palestine Solidarity Campaign does not work with him. When a representative from Raise Your Banners contacted the PSC office some months ago, they were urged to take seriously the concerns of those who had raised this issue."

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GILAD ATZMON: Supporting Holocaust Deniers and spreading hatred of Jews

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 24 November 2011, 10:30


Our decision to ask Raise Your Banners to withdraw its invitation to Gilad Atzmon has caused a lot of controversy from his small, but very vocal, band of supporters. In all the years of writing this blog I don’t think I have received as many abusive and angry emails as I have over this issue, though it must be stressed that many of the emails are from the same two or three people.

I’m sticking to my position – namely that Gilad Atzmon flirts with Holocaust Denial, has supported Holocaust Deniers and is a racist antisemite. I will not be bullied or threatened into silence. HOPE not hate stands for decency, tolerance and equality. I will speak up against racism and antisemtism just as I will campaign against fascism and anti-Muslim prejudice.

Gilad Atzmon supports Holocaust deniers and claims that the established history of the Holocaust is misleading. He attacks Jewish identity in a way that would clearly be recognised as racist if it were about any other minority identity, and claims that because of how Jews behave, in the future people might think Hitler was right about Jews. He tells crude antisemitic jokes and mocks any concerns about antisemitism.

Much of the criticism against our position stems from those who believe that we are part of some Zionist plot which seeks to silence criticism of Israel. Nothing can be further from the truth. To me, this has nothing to do with the Israel/Palestine conflict but merely opposition to a man who makes racist and antisemtic comments.

If David Irving or Nick Griffin voiced Atzmon’s opinions then the Left would be up in arms – and rightly so. Virtually no-one on the left supports Atzmon though most prefer to stay silent than speak out publicly. Even the most strident anti-Zionist Jews in Britain believe Atzmon is antisemitic. The Socialist Workers Party, who used to have an association with Atzmon, have long since distanced themselves from him and even the leadership of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign have let it be known in the last few days that they want no public connection with him. I, however, am not going to stay silent. Wrong is wrong, from whatever quarter it comes from.

Let’s put aside the Israel/Palestine question (after all I have never once vocalised my opinion on this subject though my detractors are quick to accuse me of being part of a co-ordinated Zionist conspiracy) and let’s look at what Gilad Atzmon actually says:

Atzmon’s racism and antisemtisim

Atzmon targets “Jewishness” in his writings and not just Zionism or Israel. He writes about Jewish traits – as though every Jewish person is the same - in a way that is clearly racist. If someone wrote such generalised abuse of African-Caribbean’s then we would be rightly outraged. He claims not to be attacking all Jews, but then writes about Jewish identity and behaviour in a way that effectively treats Jewish people throughout the world as though they are one homogeneous group. We rightly attack the English Defence League for blaming all Muslims for the actions of a few so why should we turn a blind eye to Atzmon’s racism.

Here are a few of Atzmon’s thoughts:

“ Jewishness means supremacy and chauvinism and chosenness, and when it comes to Jewishness I am not a Jew because I am not a follower of Judaism…I deal mainly with Jewishness. What is Jewishness? Jewishness is different forms of tribally or racially oriented supremacy.”

“every single Jewish political discourse... is either already supremacist or on the verge of becoming supremacist.”

The idea of “Jewish supremacism” is most commonly associated with American neo-Nazi and former Klan leader David Duke, who wrote a book of that name. Duke has expressed his admiration for Atzmon’s writings.

Flirting with Holocaust Denial

Atzmon’s views border on Holocaust Denial. He certainly disputes the accepted Holocaust narrative and in doing so heaps praise on holocaust revisionists. Here are a few of his writings on the Holocaust (and these are separate quotes).

“It took me many years to accept that the Holocaust narrative, in its current form, doesn’t make any historical sense. Here is just one little anecdote to elaborate on:

If, for instance, the Nazis wanted the Jews out of their Reich (Judenrein – free of Jews), or even dead, as the Zionist narrative insists, how come they marched hundreds of thousands of them back into the Reich at the end of the war?”

“When I was young and naïve I was also convinced that what they told us about our ‘collective’ Jewish past really happened. I believed it all, the Kingdom of David, Massada, and then the Holocaust: the soap, the lampshade, the death march, the six million.

As it happened, it took me many years to understand that the Holocaust, the core belief of the contemporary Jewish faith, was not at all an historical narrative for historical narratives do not need the protection of the law and politicians”

“I am left puzzled here; if the Nazis ran a death factory in Auschwitz-Birkenau, why would the Jewish prisoners join them at the end of the war? Why didn’t the Jews wait for their Red liberators?”

Again, if Nick Griffin wrote such things we would be outraged. Why are people not outraged with Atzmon saying them?

Support for Holocaust Deniers

Atzmon has been linked to several leading Holocaust Deniers. This should tell us something about his politics.

“The Holocaust religion is also maintained by a massive global financial network...this new religion is coherent enough to define its ‘antichrists’ (Holocaust deniers), and powerful enough to persecute them (through Holocaust-denial and hate-speech laws)...The Holocaust religion is, obviously, Judeo-centric to the bone...This new Jewish religion preaches revenge. It could well be the most sinister religion known to man”.

“If you look for instance at the Jewish academics looking into the notion of the Holocaust, the history of the Holocaust, the research is really lacking. I think that the Holocaust must be looked again and again and again and again and as it happens, actually the only people who are doing it are actually Revisionists.”

“the [Nazi] death marches were actually humane.”

Atzmon also distributed a Holocaust Denial article, “The Holocaust Wars”, written by Holocaust Denier Paul Eisen, which Atzmon has described as a ‘great text’. This great text is notorious for its defence and espousal of amongst others Ernst Zundel, the convicted Holocaust denier.

Another of Atzmon’s associates is the infamous Nazi Israel Shamir, another Holocaust denier with links to many white supremacist and Nazi groups. Atzmon has described Shamir as a ‘unique and advanced thinker’.

Here are a few more interesting Aztmon quotes.

* Antisemitic caricatures

“Some Jews are rather unhappy with Charles Dickens’ Fagin and Shakespeare’s Shylock, who they regard as ‘anti Semitic’...On the other hand, the British Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) has managed to plant Anne Frank within the British curriculum...Fagin is the ultimate plunderer, a child exploiter and usurer. Shylock is the bloodthirsty merchant. With Fagin and Shylock in mind, the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians seems to be just a further event in and endless hellish continuum.”

* In the future, people may think Hitler was right

Atzmon argues that the Middle East conflict may lead some people to conclude that Hitler may have been right about the Jews. For example, in the apocalyptic scenario of nuclear war between Iran and Israel:

“I guess that amongst the survivors of such a nightmare scenario, some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all.’”

* Crude racist jokes

At a recent talk in Norway, Atzmon told this joke:

“Nobody speaks about throwing the Jews to the sea.

["Nobody?"]

Nobody.

["Never?"]

“No no. No. And it’s not fair on the sea as well. I never thought of that one”

[laughter]

Atzmon called a chapter in his latest book “Swindler’s List”.

And finally, somebody noticed that Atzmon says on his website that he has played with Paul McCartney, and decided to wind him up: This is the email he sent with the reply from Atzmon:

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Gilad Atzmon <giladatzmon@mac.com>
To: xxxx xxxxxxxxx <xxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.co.uk>
Sent: Sunday, 13 November 2011, 10:33
Subject: Re:

Send me his foreskin, once you chopped it .we ll look after it and re install it once he realizes what he is involved with :)

Sent from my iPhone

On 13 Nov 2011, at 11:06, xxxx xxxxxxxx <xxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> Paul McCartney is to be made honoury jew at this meeting for is marriage to two jews and his support for Israel. Apparently he has given millions.

 Posted: 24 Nov 2011 | There are 6 comments | make a comment/view comments

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PSC distances itself from Raise Your Banners

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 23 November 2011, 12:29


When people first raised their objections to Gilad Atzmon performing in Bradford, the Raise Your Banners (RYB) organisers contacted the Palestine Solidarity Campaign for advice. I'll set aside the issue of whether the PSC is the most appropriate body to determine the antisemitism or otherwise of Atzmon's work for now, but their response, or so it appeared, was used by RYB to ignore the protests, including from many within their own organisation.

The RYB organisers, in the first of two public statements issued on Atzmon, claimed: "We have discussed the matter with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and are satisfied that PSC have no boycott of Gilad Atzmon or events that he is involved in."

Today, however, the PSC has distanced themselves from this statement, claiming, on twitter, "PSC has been misrepresented by Raise Your Banners. @PSCupdates does not work with Gilad Atzmon."

It would appear, given this latter statement, that RYB either exaggerated the PSC position, spoke to an individual who did not speak for the organisation or simply made the whole PSC claim up.

Either way, the key point is that the PSC approval was the main, if not sole, defence for Raise Your Banners organisers to ignore the protests. Now that has been swept aside will they change their position and withdraw the invitation?

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Dean of Bradford calls for Atzmon's invite to be withdrawn

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 22 November 2011, 14:28


The Dean of Bradford has added his name to the growing chorus of outrage at the decision of Raise Your Banners to invite antisemite Gilad Atzmon to perform for them in Bradford on Friday. Atzmon flirts with Holocaust Denial, Holocaust Deniers and is an antisemite and as such should have no place on a progressive platform. This is not a question of Palestine and Israel, nor is it an attempt to stifle freedom of speech. It is simply us, as anti-racists, demanding that a racist and antisemite should not be given a platform. The fact that Atzmon, and his supporters in Raise Your Banners, use information obtained from the BNP to attack us should be reason enough to shun him.

Anyway, I will go into this in more detail later but for now I would like to post a comment sent to me by David Ison, the Dean of Bradford:

"The Cathedral authorities were completely unaware of the nature of this musician, and in any case did not invite him. Our premises were hired by Raise your Banners (who have been here before, uncontroversially) who booked for a concert but told us nothing of the nature of the concert of the performers. We were not aware of any issues with this until we were contacted a few weeks ago by the Council for Christians and Jews expressing concern about anti-Semitism in the Cathedral - a concern which we completely share, as the Cathedral is committed as a Christian organisation to truth, justice and equality.

"We do not countenance or give permission for any form of racism or fascism, including anti-Semitism, to be given hospitality at Bradford Cathedral. Having asked for more information about Gilad Atzmon, it has only been in the last few days that we have received clear evidence of the nature of his public statements. In the event, the concert in the Cathedral had already been cancelled due to poor ticket sales; but it seems to be taking place in a smaller venue in Kala Sangam which is not connected with the Cathedral and over which we have no control.

"I am writing to the authorities at Kala Sangam to ensure they are aware of the issues raised by hosting a concert with this musician."

David Ison

Dean of Bradford

 Posted: 22 Nov 2011 | There are 7 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Pull the plug on Gilad Atzmon

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 19 November 2011, 07:49


Bradford TUC is joining up with the HOPE not hate campaign in calling on the Bradford-based Raise Your Banners organisation to withdraw its invitation to Gilad Atzmon who is due to perform at one of its events on 25 November.

Gilad Atzmon is an antisemite and flirts with Holocaust Denial and Holocaust Deniers. He was born in Israel but now lives in the UK and is a jazz musician.

This is just one of his many offensive comments about the Holocaust.

“When I was young and naïve I was also convinced that what they told us about our ‘collective’ Jewish past really happened. I believed it all, the Kingdom of David, Massada, and then the Holocaust: the soap, the lampshade, the death march, the six million.

As it happened, it took me many years to understand that the Holocaust, the core belief of the contemporary Jewish faith, was not at all an historical narrative for historical narratives do not need the protection of the law and politicians.”

“It took me many years to accept that the Holocaust narrative, in its current form, doesn’t make any historical sense. Here is just one little anecdote to elaborate on:

"If, for instance, the Nazis wanted the Jews out of their Reich (Judenrein - free of Jews), or even dead, as the Zionist narrative insists, how come they marched hundreds of thousands of them back into the Reich at the end of the war?”

“I am left puzzled here; if the Nazis ran a death factory in Auschwitz-Birkenau, why would the Jewish prisoners join them at the end of the war? Why didn’t the Jews wait for their Red liberators?”

Atzmon is also implicated in the distribution of the Holocaust denier Paul Eisen’s essay ‘The Holocaust Wars which he has described as a ‘great text’. This great text is notorious for its defence and espousal of amongst others Ernst Zundel, the convicted Holocaust denier. He has also been linked with Israel Shamir, another Holocaust denier, who has links to many white supremacist and Nazi groups. Indeed when Eisner’s document was originally posted it was on Shamir’s website, Atzmon described Shamir as a ‘unique and advanced thinker’.

We believe that Atzmon should be shunned by all decent people - just as we would shun David Irving and Nick Griffin. Just because Atzmon is Jewish does not mean that he cannot be either antisemitic or deny the Holocaust.

Bradford TUC voted unanimously to denounce Atzmon and his invitation to perform at the Raise Your Banners event. The TUC has written to the organisers in the hope that they will withdraw the invitation. Paul Meszaros, of Bradford TUC and HOPE not hate Yorkshire, said: "There is no way that Atzmon should play. The evidence against him is overwhelming.

"We are appalled at this decision and believe that this is a serious point of principle. Bradford TUC has long been at the fore of the anti-fascist movement in the area and it is in this tradition that we demand the withdrawl of Atzmon’s invitation."

 Posted: 19 Nov 2011 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Mr Angry

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 18 November 2011, 14:38


Darren Lumb

Darren Lumb

You would have thought Darren Lumb would be in a happier mood, especially as he has just been promoted to the position of BNP West Yorkshire organiser.

But it appears not. Poor old “Dazza” has been more than a bit grumpy of late.

We’ve just had a less than friendly blog response from Lumb, using the same email address that is used on his own blog. It seems he is less than happy with our article “Griffin's Dog Day Afternoon” (http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1483/griffins-dog-day-afternoon).

That article tells the tale of the “Combined ex-Forces” (CXF), a strange EDL off-shoot whose leader Michael Rafferty brags of having guns and snipers that they are willing to use against police officers. The story goes on to explain how Rafferty and his tin soldiers happily swelled the ranks at the recent BNP campsite/vigil held close to The Royal Albert Hall.

Lumb also camped out that day and was no doubt happy to see the bigger boys with their pretend military uniforms and shiny boots. We’ve included a photo of Darren trying to look menacing.

We would have thought that as Mr Lumb now holds such as important position within the BNP that his correspondence would have been a little more, polite?

To Hope not Hate

From Darren Lumb

“Listen you false pieces of shit, if you want to have a go anytime any place then so be it. but don't ever ever ever ever ever bring shame on our brave heroes, If you want to fight for the ''good cause'' then we will be happy to bring the fight to you, I’m sick and tired of your lies and propaganda, either come to the battleground or keep it SHUT.”

Lumb doesn’t just direct his bile at us. Prime Minister, David Cameron has also been a victim of his bile. This was left earlier today on David Cameron’s Facebook page.

“Oh cunt Im going to rip your fucking head off when I see you.. The one thing I don't like is traitors and Jews. Get ready wanker Im going to rip your arms and legs off..”

Recently we wrote how unemployed Lumb was convicted of using racially aggravated threatening or insulting words and behaviour after he called a petrol station worker “a black bastard” (http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news/article/1946/bnp-organiser-convicted-for-racist-tirade) He also has previous convictions for assault and disorder.

Perhaps Darren has too much time on his hands? It’s possible that if Lumb got himself a job and stopped hanging around with pretend soldiers and washed up politicians his childish messages might come to an end.

Still, we’ll continue to judge Mr Griffin by the ongoing company he keeps.

Lumb's threat to David Cameron

Lumb's threat to David Cameron

 Posted: 18 Nov 2011 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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A rose by another name?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 16 November 2011, 10:23


Hatred: It has not gone away, Theresa May.

Hatred: It has not gone away, Theresa May.

Apologies to Shakespeare but this is most definitely not a rose. A week after the Home Secretary banned the organisation Muslims Against Crusades (MAC), it appears the group has magically reappeared with a new name.

Not being a gambling man, I will not even bother kicking myself about the missed bet I could have had. I'm sure we were all certain that this was an inevitability.

A new group "IZAR UD DEEN-IL-HAQ" has appeared as the exact mirror of MAC, resplendent with links to videos of some of Fleet Street's most favourite hate preachers.

Theresa May's banning order last Thursday may have left the MAC's twin organisations the BNP and EDL twiddling their thumbs (and rubbing shoulders with drug dealers) with no poppies now being set alight, but the ban has made absolutely no difference in stopping the extremism of either the MAC or the EDL.

The MAC claimed after the banning order that this was actually some kind of victory for them. It probably stopped Anjem Choudary facing a hundred or so beer-swilling Nazi thugs and causing further damage to community relations, but he also got to miss out on his most treasured front page horror stories.

That the MAC can simply go off and re-form must be music to the ears of Stephen Yaxley Lennon, the leader of the EDL. Having called an early end to a rather difficult and disappointing year, Lennon has been holding hurried discussions about the rebranding of his own group. Perhaps his wasted and expensive couple of hours on a roof top in Zurich will be his last stand, even?

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Nick Griffin and the Drug Smuggler

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 15 November 2011, 20:22


Nick Griffin with Arthur Disbury

Nick Griffin with Arthur Disbury

Now this is an interesting photograph.

This was taken at the BNP’s “Protect the Poppy “vigil held close to the Royal Albert Hall last Friday.

In what was nothing more than a shameless publicity stunt, Griffin along with around 30 BNP members pitched some tatty tents on the pavement overnight and decided they were going to “protect” the same area where Islamic extremists from the "Muslims against Crusades" organisation had planned to burn oversize poppies, repeating the same offensive display from the previous year.

As it turned out, the BNP’s “show of force” wasn’t needed as The Home Secretary Theresa May announced 24 hours before that "Muslims against Crusades" was to become a banned organisation by midnight last Friday, preventing the Islamists from repeating the stunt.

However Griffin and his floundering political party thought it a good idea to camp out anyway despite the fact that they were mostly ignored by the passing public.

One person who paid them more attention however was Arthur Disbury.

Disbury from Devon who is also known as Tony Davis is a well known EDL activist who regularly uploads vile racist videos to the Youtube website along with equally offensive diatribes to Twitter using the moniker “Dizzy99”

He is also a convicted drug smuggler!

Disbury was part of a team who conspired to smuggle heroin and cannabis resin into Channings Wood prison near Newton Abbot in 2002.

Inmates of the prison along with former inmates and a prisoner’s girlfriend plotted to smuggle the drugs into the prison by throwing packages of drugs over the prison’s perimeter fence. It was Disbury’s job, who was an inmate working in the prison gardens at the time, to locate the packages and smuggle them into the prison itself.

Unknown to Disbury and the plotters was the fact that their telephone calls were being monitored by the prison authorities who suspected correctly that a drug smuggling operation was about to take place.

A package of cannabis was thrown over the fence, but Disbury was unable to locate it due to the fact it had been thrown over into the wrong place, however a prison drugs dog did.

At Exeter Crown Court Judge Graham Cottle directed the jury to find Arthur Disbury not guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin to serving prisoners but was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis and was given a four year custodial sentence.

The ring leader of the plot, Mark Ruggier, a former inmate was jailed for eight years with his other co conspirators all receiving length sentences.

Disbury was told by Judge Cottle “Anyone convicted of conspiracy to smuggle drugs is in a serious position and smuggling drugs into a prison makes it even more serious.”

These photos will no doubt leave a nasty taste in the mouths of two “political” leaders, EDL leader Stephen Yaxley Lennon who tries and fails to dismiss links between the EDL and the BNP and Nick Griffin for allowing himself to be photographed with a convicted drug smuggler.

Disbury: A regular on EDL demo's

Disbury: A regular on EDL demo's

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A fascist at heart

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 15 November 2011, 14:46


I was looking for an old HOPE not hate video on YouTube last night and I came across this short clip from The Cook Report documentary into Nick Griffin, made in 1997. Have a look and tell me that Nick Griffin is not a fascist at heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X8QQwU00Jk&feature=related

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The hypocrite

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 9 November 2011, 17:33


EDL leaders Stephen Lennon and Kevin Carroll have climbed up on the roof of the FIFA building in protest at the decision to ban the England football team from wearing a poppy on their shirts during Saturday's match against Spain.

They are presenting themselves as defenders of the Poppy.

This is more than a little hypocritical given that Stephen Lennon is a convicted football hooligan and banned from every football ground in the country. In July, Lennon was convicted in July of leading a street brawl with 100 football fans and given a three-year banning order. More recently he has been convicted of headbutting a former soldier at an EDL demonstration.

It is important that neither the symbol of the poppy nor the three lions of England are appropriated by extremists.

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A bad workman always blames his tools

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 08:47


Another bad day at the office for Nick Griffin

Another bad day at the office for Nick Griffin

BNP leader Nick Griffin finally broke his silence over his latest court defeat by blaming his solicitor. “We will be suing the solicitors who made such a mess of a cut and dried case against the UAF-linked list leakers,” he told his followers on twitter. “Shame on those trying capital from the fact that we had to take action to protect the privacy of our members.”

A bad workman always blames his tools it seems. Unfortunately, the judge saw things slightly differently. “You’ve done very well,” he told Griffin and Darby’s barrister. “I’m unimpressed, I’m afraid. It’s not your fault. None of the arguments are substantial enough to a realistic prospect of success.” With that he dismissed their application for appeal.

It seems that Nick Griffin and Simon Darby could be personally liable for the £100,000+ legal bill they will have to pay, not even counting their own legal fees. Not to worry, there’s still the case against Michaela MacKenzie going on in Bristol, which Griffin has already lost once in court, and we are awaiting the outcome of the Employment Tribunal that took place in Belfast last week. That means there will be plenty more solicitors to blame as the bailiffs come knocking at the door.

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Update.

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 7 November 2011, 13:04


Further details are now reaching us regarding the outcome of the "Decembrist" case against Nick Griffin and the BNP.

This morning in the Royal Courts of Justice,Lord Justice Ward dismissed Nick Griffin and Simon Darby's application for leave to appeal in the Decembrist case.

The £45,000 that had previously been paid into the Court Funds Office is today being paid out to the solicitors for the "Decembrists"

Costs totalled around £111,000 when they were calculated back in December 2010.

In addition to any further costs incurred this year, Griffin and Darby will have to pay 8% interest.

Lord Justice Ward told Griffin & Darby's barrister "You've done very well. I'm unimpressed, I'm afraid. It's not your fault. None of the arguments are substantial enough to give a realistic prospect of success. I see no realistic prospect of success and I dismiss the application."

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Breaking news: Griffin loses latest court case

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 7 November 2011, 12:37


I've just heard that a court in London has just found against Nick Griffin and the BNP. We believe that he now has to find another £90,000 to pay off the 'Decembrists' - a group of former members and party employees who challenged his leadership and were subsequently sacked and expelled. They were sacked in February 2008 and the case came to court in December 2010.

This could turn out to be a very expensive day for Nick Griffin. The party is also appearing in a Bristol court for the latest saga in the on-going Employment Tribunal hearing relating to Michaela MacKenzie, another former party employee who was sacked after falling out with the party leadership. She successfully won an Employment Tribunal in June 2010 but Griffin has refused to pay the £25,000 she is believed to have been awarded in the settlement.

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Adding insult to injury

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 7 November 2011, 09:55


The news that Christopher Alder’s body has turned up in a morgue ten years after his family thought he had been buried has just added insult to their long-suffering injury.

Christopher Alder, a former British paratrooper who saw service in the Falklands, died after being restrained by police officers in a police detention area Hull in 1998. Alder, then 37, died after being choked to death by police officers after being arrested following a brawl.

Video footage showed a beaten and tied-up Alder lying prostrate on the floor as officers chatted amongst themselves for over 10 minutes. Four police officers were later acquitted of manslaughter but an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concluded that the four police officers were guilty of the "most serious neglect of duty" over the death and that they were guilty of "unwitting racism".

The family ran a long campaign for justice and this latest revelation has hit them hard. "I'm just in total shock, I really cannot believe that after all we've been through, after all the family's been through ... there can be so much incompetence,” his sister Janet Alder told the BBC.

"It just feels like contempt. It feels like adding insult to injury when you're trying to move on with your life."

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Poppy cock-up

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 5 November 2011, 07:48


In a desperate bid to garner some media attention and wrestle the political initiative back from the English Defence League, the British National Party has launched a campaign to 'Protect the Poppy'.

This follows the burning of poppies by the Muslim Against Crusades group on Remembrance Sunday last year.

The MAC is planning a repeat of this offensive action this year, at a demonstration called 'Hell for Heroes' outside the Royal Albert Hall on Remembrance Day. The BNP is planning a counter-protest and no doubt the EDL will appear as well, though they have been caught by surprise by the BNP protest.

Unfortunately for the BNP their campaign has not got off to a good start. It appears that they began publicising the campaign website without actually securing the domain name and this has been snapped up Paula Wood, a supporter of Andrew Brons and his BNPideas group.

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Cyril Paskin

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 4 November 2011, 18:04


It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death, on 1 November, of Cyril Paskin, one of the most committed and courageous anti-fascists of the post-war period. Cyril was a co-founder – and became the field commander – of the 1962 Committee (or ‘62 Group’ as it became known) that successfully beat back the attempted fascist revival of the 1960s. His bravery contributed to the diverse society that we strive to promote and protect today.

Cyril was a key ally of Searchlight from the outset and remained a passionate supporter of our work. We are honoured to have known him and our thoughts are with his wife and family.

Cyril's enormous contribution is further described in his obituary here:

http://blog.thecst.org.uk/?p=3165&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cyril-paskin-zl

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Building international co-operation

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 4 November 2011, 07:00


I've just returned from a few days in Sweden with our colleagues at EXPO, where we discussed the current trends on the political right, the HOPE not hate campaign and future joint initiatives.

EXPO is Sweden's leading anti-fascist and anti-hate organisation. It was set up by Stieg Larsson, the late author of the Millenium triology, in 1995 with the aim of studying and mapping anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and racist tendencies in society. It produces a magazine with the same name and has a large and expanding educational department which gives about 400 lectures a year to schools, trade unions and other civic organisations.

I was joined over there by our international organiser, Graeme Atkinson, who played a big role in helping establish EXPO, and bringing them into the international anti-fascist network, 16 years ago. It was a really worthwhile trip and I think EXPO and the HOPE not hate campaign will be working much closer together in the future. The Breivik massacre in Norway and the growing international anti-Muslim sentiment was just one of the areas which highlighted the need for greater international co-operation.

As always, we have much to learn from each other. The EXPO magazine is clearly the most professional anti-fascist magazine in Europe while they were very keen to hear about the success of the HOPE not hate campaign in mobilising civil society against the politics of hate.

You can learn more about EXPO here: http://expo.se/index.html

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