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A day of two parts

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 31 March 2012, 21:07


It's been a long day at HOPE not hate campaign. While some of our research were monitoring events in Denmark, which turned out to be an embarrassing flop for the EDL and their sister organisations, others of us were finishing off our campaign newspapers for the forthcoming local and London elections.

Once again we have linked up with the Daily Mirror to produce local tabloid newspapers for some of our key target areas of the country. In addition to some of our traditional areas of the country, like Burnley and Amber Valley, we are also producing several different editions for London.

Most of these newspapers will be distributed during our weekend of action on 14/15 April but there will also be a number of other activities organised over the next few weeks.

In addition to the BNP, we are also preparing to take on the National Front, the British Freedom Party and the English Democrats. We have general leaflets being prepared for each of these organisations.

On Friday we launched an appeal to turn the Our Britain, Not Theirs poster into a billboard. We have so far received enough money for four billboards. We are discussing a deal with a couple of advertising companies that will give us a combination of billbaords and an advan so we can target some of our key communities to ensure the anti-BNP vote comes out.

Our current total stands at £2,425 but our target is £4,000 by midnight on Monday. That will give us six billboards and two advans for the final week of the election campaign.

You can donate here: http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/put-up-the-poster

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We are on our way

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 30 March 2012, 14:13


We've had a fantastic start to our billboard appeal. We've already raised enough for one billboard and we are well on our way to a second.

Billboards are the perfect way for tens of thousands of people to see our positive message every single day. Mobile advans will enable us to take our message through the communities in which we need to get out the vote. By matching this advertising campaign with the local community newspapers we will shortly distribute we can reach huge swathes of the population.

You can donate here: http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/put-up-the-poster

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Turn our poster into a billboard

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 30 March 2012, 11:03


Over the last few days 1,200 HOPE not hate supporters have sent in photographs of themselves and their loved ones in support of the Our Britain, Not Theirs campaign. There are some really wonderful images and they really reflect the kaleidoscope that is modern Britain.

Our original intention was to create a poster with these images but we have received so many photographs that we would like to create something much larger. Our options include advertising at bus stops, mobile advans and even giant billboards - but to do this we would need your support.

Can you help us turn our poster into a billboard?

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/put-up-the-poster

Billboards are the perfect way for tens of thousands of people to see our positive message every single day. Mobile advans will enable us to take our message through the communities in which we need to get out the vote. By matching this advertising campaign with the local community newspapers we will shortly distribute we can reach huge swathes of the population.

For just £150 we can buy a bus shelter advert until election day. For £350 we can hire a mobile advan to drive around our key communities. For as little as £700 we can hire billboard on a busy street location for two weeks.

Please help us set up some billboards

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/put-up-the-poster

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Hackney weighs in

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 29 March 2012, 20:40


HOPE not hate is teaming up with Hackney Unites to run a local version of the Our Britain, Not Theirs campaign. Simply called 'Our Hackney, Not Theirs', we are looking to contrast the vibrancy and diversity of Hackney with the type of society the BNP would like to create.

As John Page of Hackney Unites told their supporters: "Hackney is a special place and home to all communities, colours and religions. It has a vibrancy unique in London. And it is this we want to celebrate in a Our Hackney, Not Theirs poster."

We will launch this poster on Tuesday 10 April.

Over 50 people from Hackney have already sent in photos of themselves but our aim is for plenty more. Anyone from Hackney can add their picture here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture-hackney


 Posted: 29 Mar 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Islamist extremists give evidence for Anders Breivik

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 21:45


Norwegian killer Anders Breivik will be receiving support in his court case from three Islamist extremists. Among them is Mullar Krekar, the Kurdish founder of radical Islamic group Ansar al-Islam, who on Monday was sentenced to five years in jail for making death threats against Norwegian officials.

Breivik, who killed 77 people last July, is pleading not guilty on the basis that he was forced to carry out the attacks to save the country from Islamist takeover. Krekar and two other Norwegian Islamist extremists are believed to have been called by the defence to admit that their aim is for the Islamist takeover of Norway. Krekar, always keen for publicity, has announced that he is only too willing to attend.

The defence is also likely to call a number of anti-Muslim activists and commentators to give evidence about the dangers of Islam.

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Photos are pouring in

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 13:54


Speech Debelle's email to our supporters has had a great impact with another 183 people sending in photos in the last two hours. We are now almost at 1,000 photos in total.

To add your picture click here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture

Here are just a few more people backing the Our Britain, Not Theirs campaign.

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Celebrities sign up for OUR Britain

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 11:24


Speech Debelle, Eddie Izzard, Meera Syal and Fiona Phillips have all signed up to the Our Britain, Not Theirs campaign.

They will be adding their photos to the 800 people who have so far responded to our appeal to make a giant poster. Singer Speech Debelle has this morning also sent out an email to our supporters urging them to send in more photographs.

You can add yours here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture

 Posted: 28 Mar 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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The first arrive

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 09:07


Our Danish friends told us last night that the first Defence League supporters had begun to arrive in Copenhagen ahead of the demonstration in Aarhus on Saturday. The demonstration, expected to be attended by 2-300 people, will signal the formation of a European network of Defence Leagues.

EDL leaders had hoped to initiate such a network at their rally in Amsterdam in September 2010 but so few people turned up Lennon and co were just talking to themselves.

Aarhus is an interesting venue as it is the heart of the Danish nazi scene. However, even here they are likely to be met with a much larger anti-Nazi demonstration, with protesters from Norway, Sweden and Germany planning to join up with locals and anti-Nazis from Copenhagen.

According to our Danish friends about 40 people from England, Finland, Russia, Poland and Germany had arrived in Copenhagen and were staying in a hotel close to the main police station.

 Posted: 28 Mar 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Photos still coming in

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 26 March 2012, 14:58


I'm still getting photos being sent in for the Our Britain, Not Theirs poster. I've lost track of the exact number but we have had well over 700 sent in.

You can add yours here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture

Talking of photos, yesterday I asked for photographers to help us in our work. Eighteen photographers, from across the country, have contacted me so I would just like to say a big thank you to all of them and I will be contacting them directly over the next day two.

In the meantime, I will leave you with a few more photos that have been sent in.

 Posted: 26 Mar 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Way off mark

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 26 March 2012, 13:37


The British National Party is claiming that it is on 7% in the latest London Mayoral poll. It is using this boast both to motivate their memebers but to also fundraise.

Of course, not everything is quite what it seems. The poll the BNP is referring to is an internet poll for a group of 40 London local papers and is still active (http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/9600004.London_Mayor_election_campaign_officially_begins/). Anyone can go on the internet and vote - as many times as you like.

The poll is still open and 'Others' are currently on 46%, while Labour's Ken Livingstone is on just 12%.

In terms of accurate, professional polls, the Evening Standard put out a YouGov poll in which the BNP is currently polling at 1% - some way below the BNP claim. (http://cdn.yougov.com/cumulus_uploads/document/vrobpzwo69/Copy%20of%20Results%20120315%20London%20Mayor.pdf)

There is, however, no room for complacency. The BNP is a ‘brand’ name and in a low turnout election their share of the vote is likely to rise.

 Posted: 26 Mar 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Photographers wanted!

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 25 March 2012, 10:56


HOPE not hate is looking for photographers to help us with our work.

As part of the Our Britain, Not Theirs campaign, we are organising a series of photoshoots in different parts of the country to celebrate the diversity of our supporters and the country at large.

You might be a professional, semi-professional or just a keen amateur. It doesn't matter as long as you can take a decent photo and support our cause.

We always need photographers, whether it is for a project like this, covering a BNP or EDL event or simply to provide stock photos to cover stories we might run. We will be grateful for any help you can give us.

If you think you have what it takes then please drop me a line at nick@hopenothate.org.uk

 Posted: 25 Mar 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Standing up for OUR Britain

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 25 March 2012, 08:44


An incredible 734 people have responded to our appeal for photographs for the Our Britain, Not Theirs poster. There have been a couple of hollywood celebrities thrown in and a few blanks but the overwhelming majority have been our supporters sending in photos of themselves and their families and wanting to be part of our campaign.

I'm still hoping to get 1,000 photos in but we will only keep this appeal live for a few more days as we will need to get on and make the poster.

You can send your picture here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture

About half of those who sent in photographs have also sent messages of support. Over the course of the day I will be putting some up. I have to say that reading replies and notes from our supporters is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job.

Here are a few:

Hina, from West London, sent in a photo with the following note: "The freedom to live in the land we reside in with the ability to feel safe and secure, without the fear and worry is something we are all entitled to without hate and discrimination."

Jacqui, from West Sussex, sent in a photograph of her daughter: "My beautiful daughter. British: she's English, Irish, Jewish, Polish & Indian. Need I say more?"

Erica, from Surrey, wrote: "The wonderful mix of cultures and traditions is what makes this country so good to live in. We all evolved from the same source, and, as good descendants, we have diversified and made life much more interesting."

Simon, from Huddersfield, writes: "Good luck on your upcoming local & London elections campaign."

Guru Singh, from Leicester, writes: "We are one world, one humanity."

Rob, from Manchester, sent in a photo of himself and his grandson and said simply: "Keep Britain safe!"

Jo, also from Manchester, writes: "I'm proud to live in a country which has a long, long history of embracing and absorbing invaders, refugees, workers and all newcomers who have made the UK such an exciting, vibrant, multicultural community. Long may it change and grow."

Anthony, from Liverpool, says: "As a Genealogist, I know from one DNA test that my genetic make-up comes from a huge range of different races and cultures. It is a certainty that everybody in the world originated in the continent of Africa. The sooner all people realise this fact the sooner we can start to live in peace.

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Chelsea take on antisemitic minority

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 23 March 2012, 15:46


Tomorrow Chelsea play host to Tottenham in a what will be an even more chanrged local derby. With both clubs chasing a Champion League's place there is likely to be even more tension, and potentially hostility, between the fans.

Chelsea FC has taken a bold step to address a minority of its supporters who have tarnished previous encounters by their antisemitic chanting. We applaud the club for this stance and we hope their fans display good-natured rivalry without the racism.

Here is part of the Chelsea statement:

"Tomorrow (Saturday) we face our north London rivals Tottenham, a team with whom we have a long-standing and passionate rivalry. Every game against Spurs brings with it an amazing atmosphere, however, for a minority of fans the game also brings hatred and a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse which has no place in football.

"Last year we launched the Y word campaign. The film, which features both Frank Lampard and Ledley King and can be viewed above, was made to specifically tackle anti-Semitic abuse. We would ask that all fans take the message of the campaign on board and realise that these words have no place in society and cause huge offence.

"The Y word is a race hate word. It is not an excuse to chant anti-Semitic abuse because Tottenham supporters use the word as a form of identity."

You can read the full statement here:

http://www.chelseafc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10268~2690123,00.html

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600 and rising

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 23 March 2012, 14:08


We have just been sent our 600th photograph for the Our Britain, Not Theirs poster. Our latest target is 750 by midnight so if you haven't sent us a photo please do.

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture

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Weekend of Action plans

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 23 March 2012, 10:14


Much of our focus today is putting together the final touches to our plans for our big weekend of action on the 14/15 April. We already have activities arranged for Burnley, Pendle, Tameside, Halifax, Leeds, Doncaster, Rotherham, Amber Valley, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Thurrock, Broxbourne and Three Rivers. These are our key areas where the BNP is either defending a seat or where they pose a serious threat.

In the case of Leeds, Three Rivers, and Broxbourne we will be facing more of a threat from the English Democrats.

There will also be a large number of events across London, all of which will be revealed early next week.

In conjunction with the Daily Mirror we are doing a series of tabloid newspapers, localised to our key areas. Hackney Unites have ordered 50,000 and our group in Barking and Dagenham are taking 30,000.

 Posted: 23 Mar 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Let's meet the target by midnight

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 23 March 2012, 08:51


An amazing 521 people have so far sent in photographs of themselves for the Our Britain, Not Theirs campaign. We are still looking for more photographs and we've set ourselves a target of 750 by midnight tonight.

Can you send in a photo:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture

Just to recap: As part of our plans for the forthcoming local and London elections, the HOPE not hate campaign is planning to produce a giant poster to reflect the differences in values between our Britain and that of the BNP - and it would be great if you could send in a photo of yourself.

Last night we added some different photos to our montage. More people have sent in photos since it was produced but I thought it would be good to show some different faces.

 Posted: 23 Mar 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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EU funding rules tightened

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 23 March 2012, 05:56


The Labour MEP Derek Vaughan, who sits on the EU Budget Committee, drafted and successfully passed the amendment (12a) below to the EP's rules on the funding of transnational political parties.

This should make it impossible in future for these funds to be granted again in the 2013 budget and working is still on-going to claw back the money given to the three fascist MEPs (including BNP leader Nick Griffin) for this year.

12 a. Notes the conditions set out in the regulation concerning the financing of political parties;1 is concerned that "the principles on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law" are not being fully respected; insists that the granting of European Parliament funding should only go to those parties that rigorously uphold the founding principles of the EU and the Charter of Human Rights; asks therefore for the rules to be revised accordingly

1 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4th November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding (OJ L 297, 15.11.2003, p. 1).

HOPE not hate would like to extend a big thank you to all those MEPs, from a range of parties, who have campaigned on this issue.

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A big thank you

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 22 March 2012, 20:45


I'd just like to say a big thank you to everyone who has sent in photos of themselves for our Our Britain, Not Theirs picture.

So far over 450 people have sent in photos. Really incredible. Our aim was originally for 500 photos but we will probably pass that tonight so now we are raising our target to 750.

To add your picture, go here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture

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250 photos already in

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 22 March 2012, 15:50


Over 250 people have already sent in photos of themselves for our giant Our Britain, Not Theirs poster.

Just to recap: As part of our plans for the forthcoming local and London elections, the HOPE not hate campaign is planning to produce a giant poster to reflect the differences in values between our Britain and that of the BNP - and it would be great if you could send in a photo of yourself.

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture

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Get in the picture

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 22 March 2012, 14:07


As part of our plans for the forthcoming local and London elections, the HOPE not hate campaign is planning to produce a giant poster to reflect the differences in values between our Britain and that of the BNP – and we are calling on our supporters to be part of the picture.

Our aim is to create a poster containing hundreds of faces of our supporters and in this multiracial collage we will celebrate our Britain and be able to contrast it with the racist hateful country that the BNP would like to create.

The HOPE not hate campaign can be proud of our work in helping to defeat the BNP in many of its heartlands but our slogan has become something far more important in that it encapsulates a vision of how we in society should respect one another. HOPE stands for decency, tolerance, fairness and togetherness. Hate represents division, fear, intolerance and superiority.

Please send us a photo of yourself that we can add into the bigger picture

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/get-in-the-picture

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Appreciate the grievance, deal with the extremism

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 22 March 2012, 12:30


As reports come in that Mohammed Merah has been killed in a fire-fight with French police I do want to look at one issue which arose yesterday, namely the reaction of some antiracists to the killings.

In an article on the Stop the War Coalition website, Lindsey German claimed that the killing of three black French soldiers and four Jewish people could not be dismissed as an “isolated hate crime” or the “deed of one fanatic.”

On that, I totally agree.

However, she goes on to write: “No one can justify such attacks, but the shootings in south west France are the terrible and disastrous outcome of the West's war policies and anti-Muslim racism.”

Of course, behind every atrocity like this there is always a grievance – real or not. The perpetrator will justify their actions because of an injustice or to achieve a wider ideological goal.

And grievances, of course, do exist. Sometimes these are big international issues and sometimes they might be smaller, more personal ones. I’m not disputing that and I’m also fully in agreement that Western foreign policy has angered a lot of people, particularly in the Muslim communities.

But let us not also fail to understand the role of hate groups and the dangerous ideology they peddle. Reports coming from France suggest that Mohammed Merah was a supporter of Forsane Alizza (FA – the Knights of Pride), a group that appears to have links to the UK-based al-Muhajiroun/Islam4UK network.

Mohammed Merah did not appear out of nowhere. He didn’t wake up one morning and decide that he was going to take out his anger and grievances on those he blamed. Rather, his worldview and anger was partially created by his long-standing affiliation to Islamist groups, which included involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mohammed Merah sought out a friendly environment and Forsane Alizza provided him with an ideology.

There have been many British people who have trodden a similar path to Mohammed Merah. According to one recent report, 15% of all Muslims convicted of terror-related offences in the UK since 2001 have been linked to al-Muhajiroun. While there is no evidence that this group has orchestrated terrorist attacks, it has certainly been a gateway to terrorist groups.

We should also be clear that groups like al-Muhajiroun are hate groups. Their attitudes to women, Christians and Jews are totally reprehensible and have no place in a decent tolerant society. Let us not forget that it was al-Muhajiroun supporters who were behind the foul homophobic leaflets distributed in Derby. Unfortunately, too few antiracists have been willing to speak out against them or appreciate their danger. Some of the very same people who say that we should ignore this miniscule group were active in opposing Combat 18 – a group that was far smaller and had far fewer links to terrorism.

Yes, of course, Sarkosy and others have used inflammatory and anti-Muslim language in the Presidential campaigns. Yes, the French Muslim communities have been subjected to years of racism and discrimination. Yes, people are angry at French foreign policy. But let’s also remember that extremist groups of all types are a key part of the problem. People might be angry but these hate groups wind them up and encourage them down a violent path.

And no sense of grievance can justify the antisemitic attack on Jewish schoolchildren. It also wrong that the Jewish victims are denied victim status by some.

Why should we just look at the grievances of Muslim extremists and not be interested in the grievances of far right extremists? Real or not, they too are motivated by a sense of grievance but we ignore that to focus on the racist mindset which motivated them. We have to balance grievance with the ideology that motivates people.

To read our report on al-Muhajiroun buy a copy of HOPE not hate http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/subscribe/

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Opposing all extremism

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 21 March 2012, 08:33


French police surround a house

French police surround a house

It appears that the French authorities believe that they have cornered the man who they believe is responsible for the killing of three French soldiers and four Jewish people.

The BBC is reporting that the French Interior Minister, Claude Gueant, has said that the 24-year-old Frenchman from Toulouse claims to belongs to al-Qaeda and that he acted in "revenge for Palestinian children" and French military operations abroad.

Another report claims that the man, who has an Algerian mother, has made several visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

If true, then this hopefully brings this killing spree to an end. The debate and fallout will, however, continue.

It is interesting to read the live feed on The Guardian website, which a few minutes ago claimed: "Analysts say the shootings could transform the election debate and possibly tone down the populist rhetoric."

I think the reality will be quite different.

Marine Le Pen has instantly jumped on the news that the alleged killer was an Islamist and has already begun to link the issue to immigration. This, and the threat of Islamist extremism, will only be talked up in the coming weeks.

Over the last few days President Sarkosy has moderated his language and spoken out against 'hate' - ignoring the fact that he has been whipping it up over the last few weeks. While he might try to stay on this moderate theme for the next couple of days, with talk of bringing communities together, it surely will not be long before he too begins to play the race card again.

Let us be clear about where I - and I hope everyone at HOPE not hate - stand on all this. These were hate crimes carried out by an extremist following an extremist ideology. We must condemn his actions just as strongly as we would have condemned the man if he had been a neo-Nazi. Anti-racists and anti-fascists cannot stay silent on this. Islamist extremism is a threat and can do as much to damage the cohesion of communities as far right extremism.

However, there will be some who will take glee in the fact that the killer is an Islamist and use it to justify their own anti-Muslim hatred and prejudice. This is both wrong and dangerous and it must be confronted.

I will obviously write more about this over the coming days but in the meantime we should recognise that the Far Right are going will try to make political capital out of this and they must be confronted. One extremism does not justify another. We must speak out against them all.


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HnH welcomes a new patron

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 20 March 2012, 20:46


I'm delighted to announce that Speech Debelle is to become our latest HOPE not hate patron.

Mercury Winner Speech Debelle is joining a growing list of patrons, which include Meera Syal, Fiona Phillips, Simon Rimmer, Billy Bragg, Levi Roots, Eddie Izzard and Beverley Knight.

Her new album, Freedom of Speech, came out to rave reviews in February.

Speech Debelle on the HOPE not hate bus in 2010

Speech Debelle on the HOPE not hate bus in 2010

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Football's reaction shows the decency of people

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 20 March 2012, 14:08


The outpouring of shock, concern and support across the country for Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton midfielder who suffered a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup game against Spurs, has been both amazing and uplifting.

Everyone was shocked by the horrific images of Fabrice needing CPR on the pitch but this appears to have turned to partial relief as he has shown signs of improvement. Obviously there is still along way to go and the long-term damage of his heart stopping is still unknown but for now there is something to cheer.

When former Spurs boos turned football pundit David Pleat talked about the decency of the 'football family' he could have well been talking about society at large. To virtually a man, woman and child, Britons have rallied round in sympathy and support.

The story is even more inspiring when we learn of Fabrice's own background. The son of a political advisor to the President of Democratic Republic of Congo, he was forced to flee the country at the age of 11 as his family were hunted down during the civil war. He came to Britain without knowing a word of English but within a few years he was captaining his newly adopted country at Under-19 level.

Football fans have rallied to Fabrice in an outpouring of concern and compassion. After months of negative headlines about racism in football, let us cheer the real humanity of British sports fans and society at large.

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Fear and loathing in France

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 20 March 2012, 07:30


France is gripped with a sense of panic and foreboding as the authorities hunt the killer of three paratroopers and a teacher and three children at a Jewish school.

While there is still no indication as to the perpetrator, one media report in France is claiming that the attacks could be the work of one of three neo-Nazis who were booted out of the parachute regiment a few years ago after being caught posing in front of a swastika flag.

I have no idea whether this is correct or not and obviously people need to caution about jumping to conclusions. What I would say though is that the fear gripping French society, and especially minority communities, is palpable. I remember only too well the fear the London nailbomber David Copeland spread during his brief bombing campaign in 1999. I also remember the anxiety caused during the 2005 terrorist attacks on the London transport system.

Whoever carried out these attacks we should also look at the rising hate language used in the French Presidential campaign. As President Sarkosy courts the far right vote in a desperate bid to cling onto power, he too has fuelled hatred and fear.

Of course now, as a result of these shootings, Sarkosy is denouncing "hatred" within society. If he had any decency he should admit his own part in stoking tensions in French society.

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Making a difference

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 19 March 2012, 10:26


HOPE not hate activists were out in many parts of the country at the weekend, delivering the first of several pieces of literature in our key wards. We have identified 12 wards in which BNP councillors are up for election, the party won in 2008 (the last time these seats were up) and where the far right vote was above 20% last year.

Eleven activists, from the Amber Valley region, leafleted the bulk of a ward in Heanor on Saturday and another group did most of Hapton-with-Park, in Padiham, Burnley. Yesterday, a group of activists defied the rain to deliver leaflets in one of our key wards in Nuneaton.

There were new activists in each of the three areas, mostly brought in by the local meetings we had held in these areas last week. More local organising meetings are planned over the coming fortnight.

We have already had one email back from a local resident in Hapton-with-Park thanking us for our leaflet. "I received a leaflet from yourselves and have signed up for the campaign.

Admitting to having voted BNP for the last few years, the person wrote: "I also think it is time my views changed as I have two very young children and I want them to grow up in a world free from prejudice as no matter the colour of your skin we all bleed and feel pain the same.

"Anyway, thanks for the leaflet and if nothing else you have four new converts."

A cracking letter and I know our local organiser up in Burnley, Jason Hunter, is over the moon about it. It is little things like this which make what we do seem so worthwhile.

 Posted: 19 Mar 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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2012 campaign kicks off

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 17 March 2012, 07:25


Our 2012 election campaign really kicks off this weekend with a series of leafleting sessions in key wards across the country. Our initial focus is on those wards in which the BNP is defending. A successful election cycle from our perspective could leave the BNP with just two borough councillors and one county councillor.

Our big weekend of action is going to be over the weekend of 14/15 April. Over those two days the HOPE not hate campaign will be linking up with local acitivists to deliver our tabloid newspapers.

We have already got plans for activities in Burnley, Pendle, Tameside, Calderdale, Leeds, Rotherham, Amber Valley, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Sandwell, Three Rivers and Thurrock. There will also be a large number of events across London.

HOPE not hate supporters in other areas will also be encouraged to organise local activities. We have produced a new anti-BNP leaflet and we will shortly be bringing out leaflets targeting the English Democrats and the British Freedom Party.

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Nick Griffin must be feeling glum

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 16 March 2012, 11:50


A few weeks ago BNP leader Nick Griffin was crowing at obtaining funding from the European Parliament for Alliance of European Nationalist Movements (AENM), the fascist grouping he had set up with an MEP from France's Front National – which has since left the group – and Hungary's Jobbik party. He is probably not so smug now.

Yesterday there was a meeting of the Council of Presidents and the first item on the agenda was the AENM's funding. Not only has the President asked the Commission prepare a motion to improve the current regulation on party financing but it has also agreed to look into the possibility of reclaiming the money allotted to the AENM.

While everyone agreed that respected, political parties must comply with the fundamental criteria of democracy. On the initiative of Hannes Swoboda, the Conference of Presidents decided to launch the procedure under Rule 210 of the Rules of Procedure to verify the compliance of certain European political parties with the European principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.

In addition, the President proposed the establishment of a Group of Wise Persons who would be entrusted to watch over the tenets of European party financing.

It seems that even Griffin realises that his chances of being able to keep his share of €289,266 is diminishing by the second.

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EU investigation under way

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 15 March 2012, 12:38


I've just received news that there is now a full investigation into the funding that the BNP was to receive from the European Parliament.

As previously reported, the BNP (and some of their fascist friends) had been awarded €289,266 of EU taxpayers' money after they had formed a new alliance within the European Parliament. Since then, HOPE not hate has been working behind the scenes with politicians from across the political spectrum to get the decision reversed and there now appears to be a growing momentum to at the very least relook at the issue.

During its meeting today, the Conference of Presidents decided, on the initiative of S&D Group leader Hannes Swoboda, to launch the procedure to check whether a political party at European level is committed to observing the EU principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.

While there is still some way to go to reverse the funding decision we are moving in the right direction. At the very least MEPs will hopefully be able to set a precedent to prevent funding in future years.

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Pressure is mounting on EU

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 15 March 2012, 07:34


Last month I reported that the BNP (and some of their fascist friends) had been awarded €289,266 of EU taxpayers' money after they had formed a new alliance within the European Parliament. Since then, HOPE not hate has been working behind the scenes with politicians from across the political spectrum to get the decision reversed and there now appears to be a growing momentum to at the very least relook at the issue.

At the centre of the challenge is that the BNP, the Front National and the Hungarian fascist party, Jobbik, do not comply with the criteria set down for political groups within the EU to receive this money - namely that their views are counter to regulations governing the funding of European political parties.

In article 3 on the conditions for funding (EC 2004/2003), it clearly states that a political party applying for funding: "must observe, in particular in its programme and its activities, the principles on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law."

The BNP quite clearly do not uphold these principles. In its constitution non-whites are considered second-class citizens and the party has repeatedly called for preference to be given to "indigenous Britons" (which through its own interpretation can only be whites) in regards to employment, housing and schools.

Labour MEPs, to their credit, have been at the forefront to exerting pressure to get the funding decision reversed, but they have been joined by Swedish Social Democrats and many others. UK Liberal Democrat Andrew Duff to has also written to Martin Schulz, the EP President, expressing his concerns.

The British Labour MEPs have even discussed calls for the 2012 funding of pan-European parties to be stopped - which would include funding for their own political alliance - if this decision is not reversed.

Much of the pressure is being put on Martin Schulz, the European Parliament President and his officials who appear to have taken the decision to fund these three fascist MEPs without any consultation and it appears with very little, if any, legal advice.

Today, we are formally writing to Martin Schulz to express our concern. I hope to report more on this in the coming days.

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Palestinian activists denounce Atzmon

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 14 March 2012, 08:01


I was interested to read this blog (http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/palestinian-writers-activists-disavow-racism-anti-semitism-gilad-atzmon) in which a number of leader Palestinian activists denounce Gilad Atzmon.

HOPE not hate spoke out strongly against Atzmon last autumn, after he was invited to perform at a left-wing festival in Bradford.

At the time I wrote: "Gilad Atzmon is an antisemite and flirts with Holocaust Denial and Holocaust Deniers."

Atzmon and his small band of supporters attacked me for being a Zionist (and plenty more besides). Of course this was nonsense because I was not making a statement on Atzmon's views on Israel/Palestine but merely reflecting a wider view on his racist and antisemtic stereotypes and associations which if said by Nick Griffin or David Irving would have been pounced on by some of the very same people who criticised me.

Anyway, quite rightly, these leading Palestinians believe that Atzmon's views are both repugnant and do nothing to further their cause.

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Old racist habits die hard

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 13 March 2012, 17:27


As the Republican nomination battles moves to the deep south, Public Policy Polling has conducted some research in Alabama and Mississippi. The results are both depressing and scary.

In Mississippi only 12% of Republican voters think Obama's a Christian, while 52% think he's a Muslim and 36% who are not sure. In Alabama just 14% think Obama's a Christian to 45% who think he's a Muslim and 41% who aren't sure.

When asked about interracial marriage the results are even more depressing. A shocking 29% of Republican voters in Mississippi think 'interracial marriage should be illegal' while 21% in Alabama think likewise.

You can read the full report here:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/03/other-notes-from-alabama-and-mississippi.html

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A cause for concern?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 13 March 2012, 10:25


The Christian establishment is backing a campaign, run by hardline anti-gay evangelical Christians, which calls on the Government to halt its plans to allow same-sex marriage.

A petition against the Government’s plans is being organised by the Coalition 4 Marriage (C4M), which set up three months ago, and now appears to have the backing of the mainstream Christian leaders and 12 MPs, including nine Conservatives and two Labour.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, now Lord Carey of Clifton, backed C4M, saying the plan was a "hostile strike" on marriage. But last weekend a letter was read out in every Catholic church from the most senior English Catholic, Rt Rev. Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster who together with Most Rev. Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark, urged all Catholics to sign this petition.

The C4M petition currently stands at 167,000 names and is receiving huge media attention. What is less known is that Coalition 4 Marriage is a front for "evangelical" radical campaigning Christians. In encouraging their followers to sign the petition, the leaders of the Anglican and Catholic churches are basically handing over their data to support the broader campaigns of these groups, unknown to their unsuspecting flock.

Among those on the board of C4M re:

* Don Horrocks, the head of public policy at the Evangelical Alliance.

* Norman Wells, Director of the Family Education Trust that campaigns against sex education in schools.

* Andrea Minichiello Williams, Christian Concern For our Nation

* Sam Webster, solicitor at the Christian Institute.

Coalition 4 Marriage operates from 5 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle. It's neighbour, at number 4, just happens to be the headquarters of the Christian Institute.

The Christian Institute is a Christian evangelical pressure group which promotes a Conservative Christian viewpoint based on the belief of Biblical inerrancy. It has campaigned against gambling, euthanasia and abortion. It is probably best known for its outspoken campaigning against gay rights. It calls for the retention of Section 28, raising the age of consent for gay men and opposition to the Civil Partnership Act.

In 2001 the Christian Institute was criticised by the Charities Commission, for breaching rules limiting overt political campaigning by charities, after "publishing a 100-page report, Homosexuality and Young People (1998), which argued against reforming anti-homosexual law with no reference at all to a Christian view."

One of the patrons of the Christian Institute is Baroness Cox, who in 1987 co-founded the Committee for a Free Britain, a right-wing Conservative pressure group which backed the Poll Tax, supported the Contras in Nicaragua and used anti-gay material during their anti-Labour campaign in 1987.

In May 2004 she joined three other Conservative peers in signing a letter published by the UK Independence Party urging voters to support it in the elections to the European Parliament, for which she was stripped of the Conservative whip. She now sits as a crossbencher.

Cox has been a vocal opponent of Islam and in February 2009 she and then UKIP leader Lord Pearson invited Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders to show the anti-Islam film Fitna before the House of Lords.

Another C4M trustee is Andrea Minichiello Williams, of the Christian Concern for Our Nation (CCFON). Williams is on record as stating the Human Fertilisation Bill was “the work of the devil”, that homosexuality is sinful and that abortion should be illegal. The CCFON put out a press release celebrating the defeat of Dr Evan Harris, the Liberal Democrat MP in Oxford West and Abingdon, whom the Christian right had labelled “Dr Death”.

People should of course have the right to support or oppose the Government’s same-sex marriage plan and of course religion plays an important part in society and can help create more cohesive communities. However, in this case the leaders of the Christian churches are feeding this activism directly into radical groups, with no further oversight in what direction C4M and its parent organisations take. Pointing mainstream Catholics and Anglicans in the direction of radical "Christian" Islamaphobia and virulent homophobia is irresponsible.

At the very least the Christian leaders should demand a public assurance from C4M that the data gathered in this campaign will not be used to further the aims of their parent groups.

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A busy Monday

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 13 March 2012, 06:35


Yesterday was a really busy day for all of us at HOPE not hate. In the morning I attended the Connected Communities Policy Workshop hosted by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in collaboration with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). There were really interesting presentations by David Robinson (Sheffield Hallam University) on predicting and promoting community relations and by Matthew Goodwin on our current knowledge on the far right.

Most of the event was spent in small groups, both looking at some of the challenges about confronting extremism at a local level and then a more positive discussion about what could be done.

I found the event really interesting and thought-provoking. We made some great contacts and hopefully some of these will turn into some practical joint working in the near future.

In the afternoon Ruth Smeeth and I addressed a meeting of Labour MPs around the theme of extremism in England. There was a far-reaching discussion which included the current state of the BNP, the connection between racism and economic insecurity, feelings of nostalgia and lost identity and possible dangers of rising English nationalism ahead of a vote for Scottish nationalism.

Throughout the day I was heartened to continue to receive really positive feedback about our new HOPE not hate magazine. The Holocaust Educational Trust tweeted: “Received our first copy of the new @hopnothate magazine today – it looks truly fantastic.”

A got a lovely message from my old friend Jason Hunter, from Burnley. While he pointed out a slight mistake in my piece on Burnley – where I claimed that they had delivered 20,000 leaflets and newspapers where it should have read - 295,576 (yes, Jason has kept a record of them all), he was complimentary about the magazine as a whole. “HOPE not hate is a force of nature not a point in time,” he told me. “The article is great and so is the mag as a whole. Can’t wait to read the lot.”

It was an equally busy day for the rest of the team. Our HnH organisers were attending events in London and Nuneaton, while Matthew was up in Northampton, speaking at an event organised by the local REC.

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Free thinking Stokie

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 11 March 2012, 09:40


I've been asked to plug this blog:

(http://freethinkingstokie.wordpress.com/)

I've had a quick look at it and it seems like something we should support.

What do you think?

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HOPE not hate addresses Labour councillors

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 10 March 2012, 19:01


My colleague Ruth Smeeth addressed a session about fighting the BNP at the Labour Local Government Association conference today. The session was chaired by Cllr Wendy Simon from Liverpool and also addressed by Cllr Mohammed Pervez, Chair of Stoke City Council.

Much of the focus was on the activities of the English Defence League, but there were also discussions about community cohesion and the leadership role of local Councillors.

HOPE not hate works with all parties but we are also aware that the majority of BNP strongholds are in traditional Labour-supporting communities.

The new HOPE not hate magazine was distributed to every delegate and Ruth told me that it went down very well. People liked the mix of investigation and positivity. Several people took out subscriptions on the spot and many others promised to take the magazine back to their local groups.

In the meantime, we've made the Voting to Violence pamphlet available to buy:

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/shop/voting-to-violence

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Just 57 hours to go....

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 10 March 2012, 15:02


Our special subscription offer for our new HOPE not hate magazine ends in just 57 hours.

For the past few days we have been offering a year's subscription (six editions) of our new magazine for just £15. Hundreds of people have already taken up this offer but for those who have not yet filled out the forms they must do so by 23.59 on Monday as that is when the offer ends.

The HOPE not hate magazine contains exposes and investigations of hate groups with more positive stories about how communities are coming together. In our first issue we reveal the secret rich backers of the BNP - many of whom choose not to be party members precisely because they want their identities to remain hidden.

You can subscribe at the special rate of £15 here:

https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/subscribe/

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New pamphlet now available

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 10 March 2012, 11:43


From Voting to Violence? Far right extremism in Britain is now available to buy from HOPE not hate for just £5, including postage.

Written by D Matthew Goodwin and Professor Jocelyn Evans, this pamphlet goes a long way to help us understand the motivations and views of far right supporters. Most interestingly, it has some frightening results about the attitudes of BNP (and to a lesser extent UKIP) members towards violence.

The study found that a hardcore of far-right supporters in the UK appears to believe violent conflict between different ethnic, racial and religious groups is inevitable, and that it is legitimate to prepare even for armed conflict.

We officially launched the report at Chatham House, on Thursday night, and it has received attention on Channel 4, The Spectator, the Observer and The Guardian.

The report should be essential reading for all anti-fascists. Understanding the motivations and views of far right activists can only help us defeat them.

From Voting to Violence? Far right extremism in Britain can be bought from HOPE not hate for £5.

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International Women's Day

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 8 March 2012, 13:37


Today is International Women's Day and my colleague Ruth Smeeth has written a blog about the day means to us:

International Women’s Day 2012

Today marks the 101st anniversary of the first International Women’s Day and thousands of people across the world will be coming together to mark this important event. People all over the globe are meeting to not only campaign for a better future for women but also to celebrate the campaigns that have been won over the last century and the remarkable women that secured the changes we now take for granted.

In the anti-fascist family I think we should use this special day to mark the role of women in our own movement. From Joan Lester MP, the first female editor of Searchlight Magazine, to Narmada Thiranagama, an incredibly inspiring woman who is one of HOPE not hate and the labour movement’s strongest advocates.

The HOPE not hate campaign has built on this wonderful legacy and our women supporters outnumber the men 2 to 1. The successes of the HOPE not hate campaign that we have achieved together, demonstrate just what women can do when they come together, which is one of the reasons I am so proud to be associated with HOPE not hate.

Today should also be a time for us to reflect and thank the women who helped us get where we are and those that help us every day. As for many of us, my role models were women, but they weren’t household names. Rather I am who I am, because of my mother and my grandmother. Two of the most inspirational women I have ever met, who shaped not only my politics but also my dedication to my community. My mum was a trade union activist throughout her career and my grandmother was part of the resistance at Cable Street in 1936. And it was my history teacher, a young woman who had just started teaching, who took me to my first counter-BNP protest , when I was 12. These women along with many others I have met along the way have taught and guided me and it is their example which I seek to emulate.

There is a massive job of work to do in Britain and across the world to bring gender equality, especially as we face the realities of the current economic situation, however I think we should also celebrate quite how much women have achieved in the last century.

For more information about International Women’s Day 2012 visit - http://www.internationalwomensday.com

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Declining homophobia in schools

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 8 March 2012, 07:50


It is easy to dwell on the hate in society but every now and then I read something positive that makes me think that society is changing for the better.

The latest issue of The Economist carries an article which claims that homophobia is less rife amongst teenagers than it once was. The article refers to a new book, “The Declining Significance of Homophobia”, by Mark McCormack, a sociologist at Brunel University, who spent a year with 16- to 18-year-old students in three schools—an ordinary comprehensive, a tough college dominated by working-class youth, and a religious school. He found that while prejudice still continues it is not on the scale it once was.

The Economist backs up his research by data from the National Centre for Social Research and the National Opinion and Research Centre, which found that less than 30% of people in England thought that sex between same-sex people is "always or mostly wrong". This is down from over 70% in the mid-1980s and way lower than public opinion in the United States.

“It was a different world 15 years ago,” Ruth Hunt of Stonewall, told The Economist.

Homophobia still exists in society and the lives of many people are badly affected by bullying, prejudice and even violence. But while we should do everything we can to challenge this prejudice, from whatever quarter it comes from, let us also recognise and celebrate that attitudes are changing for the better.

You can read the full Economist article here:

http://www.economist.com/node/21548961?fsrc=scn/tw/te/ar/itsgettingbetter

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Doctor Who?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 6 March 2012, 18:14


Dr Liz Miller was voted Mind Champion of the Year in 2008. What's her connection to the BNP?

Find out by reading the new HOPE not hate magazine

https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/subscribe/

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Understanding far right supporters

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 6 March 2012, 13:38


The last few days have been unbelievably busy, not least because we have been sending out thousands of copies of our new HOPE not hate magazine.

We have had a terrific response and hundreds of people have already subscribed to the magazine online.

This week we are also bringing out From Voting to Violence? Far right extremism in Britain. Written by D Matthew Goodwin and Professor Jocelyn Evans, this research really goes a long way to help us understand the motivations and views of far right supporters.

From Voting to Violence? Far right extremism in Britain will be available from Thursday and can be obtained from us for £5. It will, however, be free to our growing list of Friends of HOPE not hate.

You can become one of our Friends by downloading a form here:

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/subscribe/Friends-of-HnH-march-2012.pdf

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The Conservative's race problem

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 6 March 2012, 12:23


The latest edition of The Economist ran a really interesting article about the difficulties the Conservative Party have of attracting voters from minority communities. While the party has 10 MPs from minority communities, all but one are from safe Conservative seats.

The article quotes from a Runnymeade Trust report which found that only 16% of ethnic minorities voted for the Conservatives in 2010. However, the article also made it clear that some of the new intake of Conservative MPs are determined to change this, including Croydon MP Gavin Barwell, who wants the Prime Minister to repudiate Norman Tebbitt's 'cricket test'.

This is all an area that I'm interested in and I will come back to it again at some future date, but in the meantime, here is The Economist article:

http://www.economist.com/node/21548940

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Through the keyhole

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 5 March 2012, 16:11


The woman who lives in this house, worth an estimated £1.8m, is a secret funder of the BNP.

To find out who she is and who else is giving money to the BNP get a copy of the new HOPE not hate magazine:

https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/subscribe/

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A new patron signs up

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 5 March 2012, 15:44


I'm really pleased to announce that Billy Bragg, one of our greatest supporter's, has just agreed to become one of our HOPE not hate patrons.

Billy has been a long-standing supporter of our campaign and every year has been out campaigning with us. To watch Billy in action on the HOPE not hate campaign trail, click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBtm3SpUpl8&feature=plcp&context=C337d092UDOEgsToPDskIr2y0n8MoFYHP9H7z8mTKp

He joins Eddie Izzard, Meera Syal, Fiona Phillips, Beverley Knight, Simon Rimmer and Levi Roots as a patron.

Today we launched the new HOPE not hate magazine. You can order a copy here:

https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/subscribe/

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HOPE not hate is here!

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 5 March 2012, 12:59


I'm delighted to say that HOPE not hate has just arrived back from the printers and is now ready for distribution. With forty-eight pages of news, views and comment, HOPE not hate is the new bi-monthly, full-colour magazine of the HOPE not hate campaign. I hope you will consider getting a copy.

The magazine is designed to reflect the work and positivity of our campaign. It exposes the activities of hate groups in Britain and abroad but it also trumpets the resilience of communities in overcoming hatred and extremism.

The first issue of HOPE not hatecombines a great balance of exposing hate and promoting hope. We identify the secret millionaire backers of Nick Griffin's BNP and we report on how Norwegian society came together following the Anders Breivik massacres last July. We profile the radical Islamist Al-Muhajiroun network and we report from Burnley, where local people are finally looking forward to life without BNP elected representatives on their council.

The magazine costs £3.50 but for this week only we are offering a year's subscription to the new magazine for just £15.

You can get HOPE not hate here: https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/subscribe/

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Playing the race card

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 4 March 2012, 22:24


As Nicolas Sarkozy battles to save Presidency, the French leader has reverted to playing the race card in order to shore up his right wing credentials and steal a few votes from the fascist Front National.

In a speech on Saturday, Sarkozy told supporters that there should not be any special allowances for halal meat or separate swimming hours for Muslim women in public pools.

This follows a speech by Interior Minister Claude Gueant, who riled against giving "foreigners" the vote in local elections as this would open the way to halal meat in school canteens and burqa-style bathing suits in public pools.

The Socialist Party has rightly condemned Sarkozy and Gueant, accusing them of scapegoating and stigmatising Muslims.

This sickening lurch to the right is par for the course for Sarkozy. He was elected President five years ago on an equally dispicable racist campaign.

HOPE not hate will be working with others to encourage the 400,000 French citizens living in London to cast a vote against racism in April's Presidential elections.

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