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Who am I? part two

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 22 March 2011, 10:20


Two weeks after being informed that I was a Muslim, from the Muslim island of Mauritius and that Nick Lowles was perhaps not my real name I am no nearer finding out exactly who I am.

My identity is even more confused after learning from yet another BNP-supporting blog that I am in fact Jewish and my name might be Nick Knowles, (or Laurence King or even perhaps Pete Brighton). Not to be outdone one anarchist has even referred to me in a printed book as Rob Lowell. Mauritius has suddenly become a predominantly Hindu country, my mother has French-Creole roots and I am of "obvious mixed ethnicity".


The latest blog about me claims I am "very circumspect about [my] origins and very keen to spread disinformation." From what I'm reading on these BNP blogs there seems little need for me to spread the disinformation - my enemies are clearly quite capable of doing it themselves.

You can read my original Who am I? blog here: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1144/who-am-i

 Posted: 22 Mar 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Is the end near?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 22 March 2011, 07:38


Nick Griffin stand down

Nick Griffin stand down

Nick Griffin’s future as leader of the BNP seems bleaker as each day passes. Last week a number of individuals and companies owed money by the BNP began a class action against the party and Nick Griffin personally. On Sunday night much of the North East came out against their leader.

My colleague Matthew Collins has written an excellent article on the latest crisis engulfing the BNP. You can read it here: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news/article/1843/the-final-countdown

 Posted: 22 Mar 2011 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Midsomer fiction

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 07:57


So the creators of Midsomer Murders will not have non-white people in the drama because they claim it would be an inaccurate reflection of British village life. Perhaps Brian True-May, the executive producer of the show, would like to tell us which British village has so many murders in it.

 Posted: 16 Mar 2011 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments

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North Staffordshire explores HOPE and tackles hate

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 15 March 2011, 16:55


Last Saturday at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme several organisations including HOPE not hate, North Staffordshire Campaign against Racism and Fascism (NorSCARF) and the award winning New Vic Borderlines came together to produce a conference aimed at Community responses to the language of hate. The “Tackling Hate, Defending Communities” conference heard from speakers such as local Members of Parliament Joan Walley and Rob Flello comment on how they saw the correlation between Searchlight Educational Trust’s report ‘Fear and Hope’ and the issues currently facing Stoke-on-Trent. The panel, which included myself and representatives from Faith, local Council and the Police answered questions on how the organise should organise itself to effectively promote peaceful community cohesion. During the day adults were given the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops while their kids participated in the acclaimed “World in our Street” theatre workshop.

The conference agreed that the biggest threat to community cohesion is the six British National Party Councillors in the local area and that action must be taken to stop all six BNP Councillors re-election this May. Hope not hate’s next planned day of action in Stoke-on-Trent takes place on Saturday 19thMarch.

Event Link: http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/detail/march2011dayofaction/wyq

 Posted: 15 Mar 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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A weekend with old friends

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 14 March 2011, 13:19


I was up in Manchester at the weekend, first to speak at the North West TUC AGM and then for the HOPE not hate gig in the evening. It was great to catch up with so many old friends. Billy Bragg was on his usual good form and it was great to see the ex-Beautiful South singer Briana Corrigan for the first time. Almost 1,000 people attended the event and the money raised goes towards our 2011 HOPE not hate campaign.

 Posted: 14 Mar 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Welcome

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 13 March 2011, 22:10


Welcome to our revamped website. As HOPE not hate embarks on its 2011 election campaign we thought we would give our website a fresh new look.

It has all the background information of the old website but there is plenty of new information as well. We have re-organised a few things so we hope you’ll find it a bit more user friendly.

As our election campaign really gets into gear over the next few weeks we will be adding to our website on a daily basis. In addition to my blog, we’ll be having news from the front line, background information about BNP candidates and threat areas and details of our campaign events.

All in all it will be a vital tool in our bid to stop the BNP in the forthcoming local elections.

 Posted: 13 Mar 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Who am I?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 10 March 2011, 08:23


It would appear that I have a crisis of identity, a crisis so sinister that I have only now been made aware of it.

According to a BNP blog, I am "a weird Muslim Extremist Nick Lowles (not his real name) who has in the passed [sic] being [sic] a member of the violent left wing group Anti Fascist Action and who originally originates from Muslim controlled Mauritius. Lowles also claims to be an author and journalist amongst other lies he spreads about himself."

So, I am a Muslim, come from the Muslim island of Mauritius and Nick Lowles is not my real name. To say nothing of the six books that I obviously have hacked into Amazon and uploaded as part of my sinister cover.

This bizarre attack on me is part of a BNP reply to our recently launched 'Fear and HOPE' study, which the poor souls over in the BNP call 'Hope not Fear'.

Amidst their attempts to rubbish our report the BNP's antisemitism is not far away. In addition to portraying our report as 'anti-British' the posting is littered with references to Jews and Zionists. Perhaps I am a secret Muslim/Jewish Zionist!

That this attack on 'anti-British' Searchlight is on a blog run by an Italian is an irony obviously lost on the BNP.

 Posted: 10 Mar 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Another landmark passed

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 9 March 2011, 13:38


We are edging towards our fundraising target of £5,000. We have now reached £3,542, leaving us just £1,458 to raise. Every penny will go towards funding the leaflet for our next national day of action on Saturday 19 March.

You can donate here:

https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/contribute/sponsor-a-ward

 Posted: 9 Mar 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Halfway there

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 8 March 2011, 20:28


Earlier today I launched an appeal to raise £5,000 to fund 250,000 leaflets which we will distribute on Saturday 19 March.

We have now reach the halfway mark, at £2,500.

Can you sponsor a ward, a polling district or even a round?

https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/contribute/sponsor-a-ward

 Posted: 8 Mar 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Can you spare enough for a round?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 8 March 2011, 13:03


A couple of hours ago I sent out an email asking for support for our next Day of Action on Saturday 19 March. The recent Fear and HOPE report highlighted that economic insecurity was a key driver in support for right wing parties. As a response the HOPE not hate campaign is organising a day of action on Saturday 19 March to target those most susceptible to fear and hate. Our intention is to produce 250,000 leaflets and target the 62 wards most vulnerable wards, including the 12 where BNP councillors are up for re-election.

To achieve this we need to raise £5,000 by the end of the week. That works out at £80 for each ward, £20 for each polling district of 1,000 homes or just £5 for each delivery round of 250 homes.

Fortunately the Fear and HOPE survey tells us whom we need to target with these leaflets and what we need to say. With your help we can get the correct message into the right hands and so ensure we prevent the BNP from winning council seats in May.

We have had an amazing response to the email in the short time it since it went out. Over 70 people have already donated £1,700 between them.

You can make your donation here:

https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/contribute/sponsor-a-ward

 Posted: 8 Mar 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Star’s defence fools no-one

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 5 March 2011, 11:05


When Richard Peppiatt walked out on the Daily Star, citing their anti-Islamic stories and support for the English Defence League, the newspaper’s response was predictable. A statement issued by the newspaper. They claimed that he was just a casual employee, rather than staff, and was simply resentful as he had been repeatedly passed over for promotion. They claimed that he was the source of some of the celebrity stories he was complaining about and that he never vocalised his disapproval to the paper’s anti-Islamic coverage.

The Daily Star statement concluded: “For the record, the Daily Star editorial policy does not hold any negativity towards Islam and the paper has never, and does not endorse, the EDL."

Now, given that we know they have repeatedly displayed a negative attitude to Islam and came as close to possible to openly endorsing the EDL it is only fair that we treat the rest of the Star’s statement with a pinch of salt.

You can read Richard Peppiatt’s letter in full here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/mar/04/daily-star-reporter-letter-full

 Posted: 5 Mar 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments