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posted by: Rachel O'Hara | on: Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 19:39
This was Gerard Batten’s only tweet in response to the bombing in Brussels this morning. No compassion for the victims, no anger towards the terrorists but straight forward blame of all Muslims.
The UKIP MEP for London has a long history of blanket criticising Islam and Muslims. From supporting a ‘Muslim Charter’, (A Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding, written by Mr Batten’s friend Sam Solomon), to the banning of new mosques in London until there is a place for non-Muslims to worship in Mecca and Medina, Batten is rarely quiet and never complimentary on the subject.
Batten has often been in the company of far-right MEP’s and has admitted to meeting with the funder of the EDL, Alan Ayling, aka Alan Lake.
Ex-Ukip member Nikki Sinclaire once said of Batten:
“Gerard talks about the gradual takeover of Great Britain and sharia law. He has been hell-bent on attacking Muslims.”
Today’s singular tweet certainly seems to endorse her view.
Posted: 22 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Rachel O'Hara | on: Thursday, 10 March 2016, 12:18
Last year saw many schools holding mock elections, spurred on by their statutory duty to promote ‘British values’ and the Department for Education’s desire for them to promote democratic processes.
It’s a useful exercise, but one which needs managing within the constraints of the classroom, leading some schools to focus on the UK’s three main parties. In doing so one, the Wildern School in Hampshire, found itself gaining national press attention as The Express offered up some manufactured outrage upon which UKIP supporters duly feasted.
The three-way election naturally did not include UKIP, nor the Greens, TUSC or Beer, Baccy and Crumpet party, all of whom have in recent years contested the local Eastleigh elections.
One UKIP voting father of a child at the school was outraged that the children could not vote for his party of choice. He also claimed to The Express that teachers told the children that Ukip was being excluded because it is a racist party. This claim was not substantiated by the newspaper.
UKIP deputy leader and North West MEP seized upon the story, using his Facebook page to accuse the school of “political brainwashing.”
This then led to numerous responses from UKIP suppoirters which included conspiracy theories…
….claims that UKIP are a race
…and some vile and irrelevant racism
In an email response to The Express, the headteacher mad perfectly clear the school’s position:
“Last year Wildern School held mock elections, for all of its students to experience what it feels like to vote. As there was only limited time available for the exercise, students spent one lesson analysing the main policies of the three largest political parties at that time. The school has a politically neutral approach and encourages children to engage with the political process. The mock election took place nearly a year ago and this is the first time the school has been made aware of any concerns.”
Despite the headteacher’s concise reasoning, Paul Nuttall is calling on the government to investigate the matter.]
It seems more likely that Department of Education and Ofsted officials will merely raise eyebrows and shake weary heads given this was the second politically-motivated attack on the school conducted by The Express in just one week.
On February 29 the paper ran a story with the screaming headline: “PC gone mad: Outrage as school calls police after pupil looks at Ukip website in class.” Further down a story littered with unattributable sources and evidenced only by one angry UKIP-supporting parent, it emerges that of it had in fact been brought to teachers’ attention that the pupil concerned had been looking at an English Defence League video.
So, rather than the picking on a pupil for researching UKIP, the school was following government guidelines under its anti-extremism drive. Whilst The Express might believe, as it implies, that this should focus only on the likes of ISIS, it does not. It also embraces far-right political grooming. So it should, given a recent report by the Royal United Services Institute, Chatham House, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the University of Leiden are more lethal and numerous than their Islamist counterparts. It found Britain hosted more far right attackers and plotters than any other European country.
Posted: 10 Mar 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Rachel O'Hara | on: Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 08:57
The Halesowen and Dudley Yemini Community Association (HDYCA) has reported a UKIP councillor for alleged racist slurs related to alleged attacks on local teenagers.
The complaint was lodged at the council after Stuart Henley, elected to Halesowen North Ward in Dudley in 2014, wrote an allegedly racist comment on line shortly after it was announced that Dudley council and HDYCA had struck a deal regarding a Youth Centre in Halesowen.
HDYCA is to lease an unused building in the borough to run a Youth Club for 18 months.
Unhappy with the news, Henley took to social media and wrote: "Dudley Council cannot get any worse, run by idiots, they are renting a youth centre to a Yemini group."
It what others view as positive news, the HDYCA stated that they plan to "provide young people with access to the building that is welcoming, safe, warm and clean where young people can engage in a range of fun, challenging activities."
Councillor Henley claimed that "a group in Halesowen" and a "police sergeant" had previously complained to him that teenage Yemini males had "caused issues" with young females.
The vice chairman of the HDYCA told the Halesowen News they were "very saddened of these unacceptable comments" and that they would "create hatred and animosity which could fuel the desire of individuals to cause physical harm to a person of an ethnic Yemini background."
Indeed, Ian Cooper, council member for children's services in Dudley criticised Henley's comments: "If Cllr Henley has any allegations about sexual exploitation then he must report them to the authorities and not slur an entire community."
Instead, it seems that Henley chose to vent his views on social media rather than to report his concerns to the police. Since the news articles, Henley has continually stated that he is not racist and that he "has a duty to speak out". Somewhat late, he has also suggested that he and the HDYCA sit and talk about how they "can work together".
Surprisingly, Henley says he cannot remember the name of the police sergeant who claimed there was a problem with teenage Yemini males and appears to have no proof and no grounds to make an official complaint.
Unsurprisingly, UKIP are standing by their man. Indeed Bill Etheridge, the UKIP MEP for the region and who has previously warned of 'Rivers of Blood' in relation to immigration, took to twitter in Henley's defence.
Posted: 9 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Rachel O'Hara | on: Monday, 7 March 2016, 21:27
There has been much debate and mudslinging over the weekend due to the resignation of John Longworth from his role as director general at the British Chamber of Commerce. Many claim that he was pressured out of his job for expressing his opinions on the EU referendum despite he himself saying in a text to The Guardian;
“FYI(For Your Information) I have resigned from the BCC as I would like to (be) able to express my own views freely on the (EU referendum) debate.”
Being vocal as ever, Farage took to Twitter to say;
Nigel often finds those that agree with him “thoroughly decent”. He also tweeted
despite the fact that Longworth claims that the decision to resign was entirely his own choice and voluntary.
Not one to stop digging, Nigel continued, this time on LBC radio, claiming that;
“If John Longworth had said he wanted to stay in the EU, he'd still be in a job.”
When news of John Longworth's resignation came through last week, Nigel, seeing yet another opportunity to boulder his vote no campaign, pounced eagerly and invited Longworth to Ukip's Bristol conference.
Nigel's hypocrisy came screaming into the conversation over John Longworth's resignation, on LBC, when he suggested that;
“the establishment and big business club together to try and stifle debate”
Well Nigel, you managed to do that all by yourself! Twice in two months you have fired Suzanne Evans for not agreeing with you and you call your only MP, Douglas Carswell, “irrelevant”.
Posted: 7 Mar 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Rachel O'Hara | on: Friday, 4 March 2016, 14:35
Nigel Farage is, in traditional fashion, blaming everything that he feels is wrong in the UK on our membership of the European Union.
On Wednesday Ukip released a party political broadcast highlighting London's housing problems.
Ukip Mayoral candidate, Peter Whittle, is seen speaking to two Dagenham mothers who both live in overcrowded housing, the theme being, the growing length of the council housing list and theoverpopulation of London.
At the end of the broadcast Farage states:
"..our population is going up by over a third of a million a year as a direct result of "open borders", a term he uses to describe free movement within the EU.
With just the minimum of research, (or applying a little common sense), it is obvious that this is simply not true. Let's have a quick look at immigration figures. Immigration to the end of September 2015 was 617,000 and emigration 294,000, yielding a net immigration figure of 323,000. Net EU migration was estimated to be 172,000.
You do the math Mr Farage! 151,000 immigrants were from countries outside of the European Union.
Meanwhile in an opinion piece written for social housing and local government news site 24dash, Andrew Charalambous, Ukip's housing spokesman claimed that “immigration levels are the principle catalyst for the current UK housing crisis."
Again, this is simply not true. London does not have a shortage of bedrooms, it has a shortage of both social housing and affordable homes. Investors from overseas have been encouraged to buy numerous properties to fuel the economy and many of these properties are left empty. Bigger, more expensive homes have been allowed as they bring in greater profit. Indeed, many of the developers are from overseas e.g. China and Qatar.
The effect on London, of this scheme is shown clearly in this chart, published by the Office for National Statistics:
As more money has been invested in central London, the population density has actually reduced, swelling the numbers of people living in boroughs further away from the city centre. Also important to note is that immigration from India was responsible for the largest population growth in London. Mr Farage, if you've got an atlas (perhaps Enoch signed your old school copy when visiting Dulwich College?) you'll not that India is not in the EU, not even in Europe.
It is NOT our border controls that are causing the housing crisis in London but the
encouragement of foreign capital employed for trophyproperty investments, the lack of investment in social housing and the buy to let scheme.
Posted: 4 Mar 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Rachel O'Hara | on: Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 09:42
Suzanne Evans has today been sacked from her current role in Ukip.
Sacked last year from her media spokesperson role; sacked as Deputy Chairperson just last month and today sacked as welfare spokesperson. Suzanne reacted on Facebook:
For now she says she does not know the reasons why but we can all have a little guess. Nigel Farage last night claimed that Ukip's one and only MP, Douglas Carswell was irrelevant. During a debate set up by Ladbrokes on the European Referendum Farage said
“We've got two dozen MEPs united. Hundreds of councillors united. Our three peers united. It would be better if Douglas Carswell saw the world we do. He doesn't. It doesn't matter.”
Suzanne Evans is a supporter of Douglas Carswell and this is bound to create a rift between her and the party leader.
Another reason for her sacking could be her views on Farage leading the vote leave campaign. At an event in North Wales last month, Evans referenced a book, written by a think-tank, called “How Not To Talk About Europe”. The book suggests that 2it's best not to mention Farage when out campaigning to leave the European Union”.
Suzanne Evans believes that concentrating purely on the fear of immigration is not an effective way of campaigning as, the book suggests:
“people who are concerned about immigration have already made their minds up.” They will vote to leave.
Despite her many sackings, Suzanne remains ever faithful to the party and it's policies as well as enjoying the and remains to have the support of at least one Ukip MEP.
Posted: 2 Mar 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments