Tuesday, 30 November 2010

New BNP Telephone Numbers and News from HQ

Please note the new telephone numbers for BNP membership and donations:

Our new Membership line is 0844 8094581

Our new Donation line is 0844 8094582.

The old numbers are still in operation but are being phased out.

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Despite recent problems, and efforts by disgruntled ex-members and other agencies to undermine the Party and exacerbate these problems, the BNP executive reports that the internal workings of the Party are improving rapidly and the outlook is much more upbeat than formerly feared. Most members, I think, will be pleased to know that operations will once again be carried out on the mainland.
Following an Advisory Council meeting on Sunday, Nick Griffin MEP reports:-

"We have now completed the bulk of the work required in
transferring the party administration centre from Belfast back
to the Mainland. This has been quite a complex task as it
involved arranging the rental of new properties, laying in new
communications systems and moving equipment. Staff Manager, Adam
Walker, has also started the redundancy process with staff
affected by the closure of our operations in Belfast. The bulk
of the mailings, the membership and the donation processing will
now be done from a new office in Cumbria, while the Voice of
Freedom subscriptions and the enquiries department will re-locate
to Nuneaton. In Nuneaton we have moved to a slightly smaller
unit as part of our cost saving effort.
The move from Belfast will substantially reduce our running costs as
we will no longer be paying consultancy fees and staff and office
costs will be far lower.

"We have learned a lot from our past association with the Midas
Consultancy and we are very confident that we can take those
lessons and practically apply them and further develop them as a
Party.

"Despite the predictions of the doom-and-gloom merchants and
naysayers during our changes it has been ‘business as usual’. The
last three ‘Friday fundraisers’ have been produced by a new team
and the response rate has been encouragingly high."

"Membership numbers dropped predictably after the “softer” members
who joined after the 2009 European victory dropped out after
their 12 months and internal issues have not helped, but I can
inform you that reports in some quarters of our membership
dropping below 10,000 are absolutely false"


Leicestershire Regional Organiser, Geoff Dickens, reports that we have most of our property critical to the running of the Party machine (including our own Truth Truck)now here on the mainland, and he says:-

"The AC meeting was very positive. Debt is down to under 300k, the deal was done with Jim Dowson. It's looking like 2011 should be better than 2010"

Friday, 26 November 2010

Blaby South by-election results

In the by-election for Blaby South, held on Thursday, 25th November 2010, the results were:-

Lib Dem: 381
Con 264
Lab 153
BNP 68

BNP 7.8%
Turnout 22.5%

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Minutes of the BNP Leicester Joint Meeting 20th Nov 2010

-The Meeting was opened and chaired by Geoff Dickens.
-49 people attended.

-Minutes of the last meeting were read by John Ryde and agreed.

-Matters arising- Geoff told us that as Kevan Stafford had stood down as Charnwood organiser, Steve Denham would take over the position aided by Michael Dyer. He went on to tell us that due to cutbacks the Belfast office would be closed, and that we [the BNP] are making inroads into our debt.
-Organiser's report- In the by-election in Saxondale in Blaby Gary Reynolds got 7% of the vote after putting out three leaflets. Peter Jarvis is a candidate in Blaby on Thursday.

-John Ryde gave us a press report. Of the postcards that Kevan had put through doors saying 'No To The Incinerator' 529 were posted on to the council, which was a good response, and it made it easy for people to give their view. Also they had BNP on them, telling the council we were on the case. John asked Wayne to come up and tell us about being 'in the paper'. Wherever Wayne has been since he has got very friendly feedback from people he has met. John suggested we Google to find out how many Common Purpose people there are in Leicester, in 2005 there were over 600.

-NW Leicester report-Wayne told us that Ivan Hammond is now on his Parish Council in Battram ward in Ibstock. Cromwell Dinner tonight, don't forget.

Break

Guest speaker Chris Beverley, Yorkshire regional Organiser and PA to Andrew Brons MEP told us about his paid role as Andrew's personal assistant. He works from Leeds not Brussels, on casework arising in the area; like the problems with the EU's rules on fishing, problems with housing, and the soldier, now without legs, who's car grant is being taken away by the government. The soldier has gladly accepted a donation from the ten percent of Andrew's salary that is donated to help with problems locally . Chris's job is to promote the MEP's role, and he brought us free copies of Andrew's first annual report as an MEP .

-The raffle draw came next and the collection, then some interesting questions for the speaker.

-The collection £239.38 plus 100 pesetas plus one euro.
-The raffle made £68.

-The next meeting will be the first week in February 2011

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Councillors face cull as districts plan full merger.....

A local councillor has sent us the following article from The MJ, the journal for local authority business magazine:-

Voluntary local government reorganisation is one step closer, as the body governing council boundaries has announced it is reconsidering how to best carry out reviews.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has launched two consultation documents which will, between them, make it easier for councils to change the number of members they have, or go for a complete merger.

Under the recent financial pressures faced by councils, all options for saving cash are up for grabs, with several councils considering their options to cut councillors or merge. Until now, many mergers have been focused on back-office functions or senior management teams, but increasingly, councils are considering a more radical approach.

LGBCE chair, Max Caller, told The MJ that he had been approached by two or three pairs of councils which were interested in possible mergers, including Mid Suffolk and Babergh Borough Councilss, with others showing interest. But, he claimed, more might come forward when they saw it as an option. He said: "I don't think we can estimate the demand until we have done the consultation."

He said the commission 'has the power' to force hostile mergers, but had no plans to use it. Unlike the local government reorganisation under the last government, any potential mergers were, for now, likely to come from councils themselves.

To join up, the commission would require councils to show value for money and would expect an advisory referendum to show support for an amalgamation.

Mr. Caller said: "From my conversations with councils across England, it's clear to me that there's an appetite among them to look at radical solutions to the challenge of delivering excellent services at a time of dwindling resources and rising public expectations. These papers will tell them if, and how, we can assist."

"Delivering electoral quality for voters will always be our priority. In achieving fairness for local elections, however, we can help councils reach their strategic aims too. The LGBCE is not just a regulator."

Last month, Telford and Wrenkin Council announced plans to review the number of councillors it had as part of its cost-cutting exercise. And earlier this week, Gloucestershire CC announced it had been given the go ahead to cut from 63 members to 53, after calls from the ruling Conservative group on the council.

Leader of the council, Mark Hawthorne, said: "I could not look our staff who are facing redundancy in the face if councillors weren't sharing the pain too."

The consultation will run until the end of the year, and Mr Caller hopes to have changes in place by the start of the new financial year in April 2011.

A consultation on policy and procedures for principle area boundary reviews, and Striking the right balance: A consultation on policy and procedures for electoral reviews, can be found at HERE
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*It seems odd that councillors would vote for their chance of being elected becoming more difficult. And what's to stop a new combined council merging with a 3rd? Then a 4th? Altogether, it sounds more impersonal and cumbersome, needing more executives to run it smoothly, not less. I'm not sure this is what David Cameron means by his 'Big Society'; shouldn't that involve smaller units, working from bottom up? I.e., local people who know their local area well?
Better surely to get rid of the overseas jollies, sky-high expenses and daft quangos which local taxpayers were never meant to fund, before they cut the peoples' representatives.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Middle Class Voters are Liars and Hypocrites

A Labour frontbencher has launched an astonishing attack on middle-class voters, branding them liars, racists, drunkards and even paedophiles, revealed in an article in the Daily Mail HERE

Eric Joyce, the party’s Northern Ireland spokesman, condemned the public for attacking lying politicians when they themselves may be ‘living lies’ at home.
In his rant, Mr Joyce condemned ‘articulate and intelligent’ parents for putting the interests of their own children over those of the poor.

(All decent parents will put their children first, Mr. Joyce)

He accused parents of hypocrisy for condemning drug use while drinking too much and said that MPs were right to appeal to the worst instincts of voters, including racism.
Mr Joyce even condemned attitudes to the danger of paedophiles, pointing out that most sex offenders target young victims within their own families.

(Instinct is not confined to one class, Mr. Joyce. Neither is hypocrisy. But most people are decent and abhor paedophilia and excess so stop trying to put guilt where it doesn't belong)

He spoke out after shamed former minister Phil Woolas was ousted by an election court for whipping up racial tensions with false claims about his opponent.
Mr Joyce said: ‘Here’s the truth. It’s hard to lie as a politician because everything we say is subject to enormous scrutiny.
‘But politicians know the lies a lot of people live and they pitch to you accordingly.
‘There’s a lot of lying going on, for sure. But [critics] might want to reflect on who is really doing the lying.’

(One big reason why voters woke up and chucked your Party out, Mr. Joyce)

The outburst backs up Tory claims that Labour is not the party of aspiration and has a lax attitude toward hard drugs.

Michael Fallon, the party’s deputy chairman, said: "This extraordinary online rant demonstrates contempt for the electorate. Yet again, it calls Ed Miliband’s judgment into question. Only a few weeks ago he appointed Eric Joyce to Labour’s front bench."

(Careful, Mr. Fallon. How many election promises have been broken by David Cameron)

Mr Joyce goes on to accuse parents of condemning drug use among the young while drinking heavily themselves.
"Alcohol does immeasurably more societal and personal damage than ecstasy; but it’s available on tap,literally, while ecstasy’s an A-class drug. Many people support “the war on drugs” knowing that it’s completely ineffectual, while doing their own impressive bit for the Treasury down at the pub. So they feel OK for their pain-free opposition to “bad” substance abuse by the generation behind them while indulging themselves on the stuff their own generation deems OK." he wrote.

(They're really laying into alcohol, while praising hard drugs, aren't they. No prizes for guessing why.)

Outraged Tory Party chairman Michael Fallon described Mr Joyce's comments as an 'extraordinary online rant'

Tacitly accusing voters, like those who backed Mr Woolas, of racism, Mr Joyce said: "When desperate politicians in some tightly-fought marginals are tempted into grey areas of language and insinuation, they’re barking up the wrong tree. But on the other hand, perhaps they’re not."

(Is it the public who are obsessed with racism, and tell lies about their opponents, Mr. Joyce? No, it's politicians and their pet media, isn't it; stop looking for scapegoats among normal people.)


Sources close to the Opposition leader revealed that Mr Joyce will be disciplined by party whips. A Labour spokesman said: "Our top priority is to look out for the people of Britain. We have the highest respect for every voter – no matter who they support."

(Really? Whoever they support? We'll remember that the next time you lambast BNP supporters)


A chastened Mr Joyce sought to backtrack last night. He said: ‘I was simply saying that issues are not always as straightforward as they seem. I have the highest respect for the public and I would never insult voters.’

(You just did, Mr. Joyce, and I'm sure your constituency voters have taken note of it. You're right in one thing though: all is not as straightforward in politics as it seems.)

Mr Joyce was elected to Parliament in 2005 and achieved notoriety as the MP with the largest expenses.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Breaking News!

It is of course the news that Prince William has announced his engagement to live-in girl friend, Kate Middleton.I bet you're as excited as the BBC over this; it's the most important piece of news on their website and no doubt the media are already jostling to interview everybody the couple have ever known (with pics). David Cameron says:" Me and Samantha are overjoyed" (so much for a public school education). The Dress, the Ring, Are they Really In Love?, all aspects of The Royal Love Story will be feverishly explored, it's very hard to think of any other topic today!

Other trivial bits of nothingness tacked on at the end of the News:

*Suspected terrorists held at Guantonamo Bay are to be paid millions in compensation by the UK Government (Otherwise known as British taxpayers' money).

*Unemployment hits 3 million today. (Bumped up by Twings moving their plant to Poland on 'Regeneration' money?)

A good day for burying bad news isn't it...

Oh, and David Cameron's quietly dropped his personal photographer (he couldn't find Cameron's good side presumably). That is trivial, but at least it'll save us a few pence. Let's hope it makes Euro MPs feel guilty enough to cut their expenses, that would save us millions.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Remembrance Sunday, Coalville

BNP members from around Leicestershire joined those from NWL Branch to observe Remembrance Sunday at Coalville, along with a huge crowd of local people. Some attended the preceding Service at the church, others waited to join the Parade when all proceeded to the War Memorial, where others were gathered. This year, our Treasurer and myself went on ahead to secure a place near the front, in order to get photographs. It was therefore very atmospheric to hear the drums in the distance, getting louder as the Parade came nearer, and to witness the incredible crowd which followed them. Surely, the people who turn out to honour our war dead gets more every year; the futile wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, resulting in the horrific death toll of our young forces men and women, preys on all our minds. But we honour all the fallen from all the wars and the recent losses focus our minds on those long gone also.

Many thanks to the Royal British Legion, the organisations who took part, and to Revd. Joss for the very moving service.
Below are some photographs taken on Sunday.

'Carve ther names with pride'
2 pictures of the wreath laid this year by NWL BNP Cllr, Ian Meller.

Leicestershire BNP members at the War Memorial






Photos of the Service, and the towering War Memorial at Coalville. During the 2 minutes silence, poppy petals fluttered down onto the crowd from the top, a lovely touch.
(Afterwards, we went inside the Memorial and were astonished to see only an iron ladder leading up through a tiny hole to the top. Whoever climbed up there to scatter the poppies - thank you and well done!)

As a sidenote to the day, it was good to see people coming up to shake Ellistown Parish Cllr's hand after the rather spiteful accusations against him by NWL Tory MP, Andrew Bridgen and a Labour councillor - from Loughborough!, Jewel Miah
Pots and kettles come to mind, gentlemen, remember that next year! Tip: think first before antagonising prospective NWL voters.

Looking for a job?

Cllr. John Ryde sent me a link to the Taxpayers Alliance website where he'd spotted an article by Fiona McEvoy concerning 'non-jobs'. Apparently, members send in examples of advertisements and the TPA publish them. You can read Miss McEvoy's article in full HERE

One of the public sector jobs advertised was for an "Interim Workstream Lead-Commissioning. Read what the job entails:-

Our local government client based in West Midlands is looking for an Interim Workstream Lead Commissioning to support the Putting People First Programme Manager in preparing for personalised commissioning in line with the Putting People First agenda. There are two roles, one covering Enabling the Citizen programme and another Enabling the Market programme.

You will be responsible for:
- Leading on preparatory work to strengthen commissioning processes and optimise readiness to implement the personalised agenda
- Coordinating and overseeing the Enabling the Citizen or 'Enabling the Market Workstream of the PPF Programme
- Ensuring that all commissioning strategies reflect the PPF agenda
- Supporting lead officers in the delivery of individual readiness.

To be considered for the role you must have:
- Detailed knowledge and understanding of governments policy in relation to Putting People First, jointly commissioned services, social care services, self directed care, etc
- Commissioning experience at a senior level within Social Care
- Be educated to degree level
- Professional qualification in Health or Social Care is highly desirable.


Now I'm sorry, but while you've been trying to decipher what that was all about, the job had gone. Probably to a non-person, that would be fitting.
Never mind, you could try your luck with another non-job which Miss McEvoy spotlights:

"Norfolk County Strategic Partnership are, apparently, looking to fill the post of “Community Cohesion Officer” on a contract of 18 months, which could possibly be extended to 2 years. The salary dwarfs many of those providing frontline services and – indeed – most private sector salaries at a staggering £36,306 to £41,421."

Cllr Ryde caustically observes:

"Obviously, the cuts are not biting". Indeed...

Friday, 12 November 2010

A Nail in the Fuse Box: The Persecution of the British National Party

The following article is by Dr. Sean Gabb; writer, academic, broadcaster and Director of the Libertarian Alliance in England.

The suppression of political parties is becoming an interesting feature of life in the managerial superstate known as the European Union It happened six years ago in Belgium, to the anti-immigration Vlaams Blok. And in London, High Court hearings have just (November 8th and 9th) that will determine the fate of the British National Party. Since judgment was reserved, we do not yet know whether BNP assets will be seized and whether party leader Nick Griffin, who is an elected Member of the European Parliament, will be sent to prison. We do know what has become of England: it is now a soft totalitarian police state.

For those who may be unaware of it, the British National Party is what its name says it is. It opposes immigration and the associated political correctness and attacks on freedom of speech and association. It also opposes British membership of the European Union and British involvement in wars of military aggression that do nothing to secure the peace and prosperity of the British people. And it is contemptuous of the claims about man-made climate change that are an excuse for the massive enrichment of ruling classes everywhere.

Not surprisingly, the BNP is not popular with the British ruling class. This has been hard at work for at least two generations on destroying a constitution that, since the High Middle Ages, had been uniquely effective at restraining power. This is a ruling class that rejoices in having put common law protections through a shredding machine; and in alienating sovereignty to a mass of foreign and even unknown organisations, to the point where democracy has become a joke; and in sponsoring the mass immigration needed to reduce working class living standards and to justify totalitarian “anti-racist” witch-hunts.

Yes, not surprisingly, the BNP is a witch that must be hunted. It is described as a “racist” party, and its members as violent and even psychopathic criminals. Its leader, Nick Griffin, is remarkable for his ability to assemble softly-spoken persons of quality into something like a baying mob.

To describe all the ways in which Mr. Griffin and his party are persecuted would take an essay which would also be a dissertation on the growth of the British police state. I have not the space to write such an essay. Therefore, I will look at the two chief current persecutions.

The first was announced on Tuesday the 2nd November 2010: Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, told The Guardian newspaper that he would allow headmasters of state schools to dismiss any teachers known to be members of the BNP.
The ostensible reason for this is that members of the BNP cannot be trusted not to preach “hatred” in the classroom. Mr. Gove said:

"I don't believe that membership of the BNP is compatible with being a teacher. One of the things I plan to do is to allow headteachers and governing bodies the powers and confidence to be able to dismiss teachers engaging in extremist activity."[BNP members are to be barred from teaching; Education secretary pledges new powers for heads to dismiss teachers who are members of groups with 'extremist tenor', by Jeevan Vasagar]

Gove did add that this permission to dismiss would also cover members of other "extremist" organisations. However, it is to be doubted if radical Moslems and members of Trotskyite groups will be at risk of losing their jobs. There are too many of them in teaching, and they are too well-organised and too well-connected.

The permission might eventually be extended to religious Jews and Christians who refuse to celebrate the rich diversity of sexual orientations that is part of our established faith in England. Or it might not. But the permission will certainly be used ruthlessly to seek out and remove all schoolteachers who are, or who might have been, members of the BNP.

The second persecution has been under way for a couple of years: the concerted effort by the managerial state to suppress the BNP.
There is in England a taxpayer-funded body called the Equality and Human Rights Commission. This was set up under the Equality Act 2006, and it ostensibly exists to ensure that people are treated fairly and have their rights respected. One of its main actual functions has been to sue the BNP to the verge of bankruptcy in the name of "human rights".

In August 2009, the Commission began proceedings against the BNP under sections 24 and 25(5) of the Equality Act, on the grounds that BNP membership was confined to natives of the British Isles and white foreigners. Apparently, it was a violation of the Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended) that non-whites were not allowed to join a party committed to keeping Britain predominantly white.

Since then, the Commission has been lavishing the taxpayers’ money on an action that is supposed to vindicate the right of non-whites to join the BNP—a questionable cause of action, bearing in mind that few non-whites can really be aching to join an organisation like the BNP, and bearing in mind that the British State overall has been running the biggest budget deficit in the civilised world.

But vindicating abstract rights has not been the purpose of the action. Its real purpose has been to shut down the BNP. The legal proceedings could achieve this in three ways:

First, the BNP might lose and be compelled to admit large numbers of non-white members. These could then exploit its internal structures or take further legal action until there was no more BNP.

Second, the BNP might lose and then be sued again for breach of the final order. This could result in forfeiture of all party assets and the jailing of Mr. Griffin.

Third, win or lose, the BNP might be forced into bankruptcy by the costs of defending an action that had unlimited funding.

This real purpose became absolutely clear in the March of 2010, when the BNP did change its rules to admit non-whites, and the Commission immediately moved to the second option in its strategy for destruction. The BNP imposed two conditions on new members to prevent flooding attempts. First, prospective members should be visited at home, to see if they were suitable for membership. Second, all members should declare support for the “continued creation, fostering, maintenance and existence” of an indigenous British race, and should support action towards "stemming and reversing" immigration. The Commission argued that these conditions amounted to “indirect racial discrimination”.

The Commission won that round. On the 12th March 2010, a Judge outlawed the requirement for home visits, saying that this might lead to intimidation—though admitting that there was no evidence it ever had. He also outlawed the requirement to declare support for party principle and policy. He said:

"I hold that the BNP are likely to commit unlawful acts of discrimination within section 1b Race Relations Act 1976 in the terms on which they are prepared to admit persons to membership under the 12th addition of their constitution." [New BNP membership rules judged to be biased, Manchester Evening News, March 12, 2010]

The reason for this, the Judge went on, was that no non-white person could support these policies without compromising his “personal sense of self-worth and dignity as a member of their racial group”.

And so the BNP changed its membership rules again — it would now accept members regardless of whether they agreed with its policies.

However, these conditions for membership were only suspended by the BNP, not removed. And so the Commission went to court again, this time arguing that the BNP was in contempt for not complying in full with the earlier judgment.

As I reported earlier, judgement has been reserved. We can, however, be sure that, if the Commission turns out to have lost, it will find some other grounds of continuing its taxpayer-funded vendetta against the BNP.

How much more of this the BNP can take before it goes bankrupt is hard to say. As of August 2010, the BNP was said to be £500,000 in debt. This is about a quarter of its annual income. Much of this debt appears to have been run up in legal costs.

Every time I write one of these articles about the persecution of the BNP, I get several dozen e-mails from people who claim that the party really is a national socialist organization, and that its recent conversion, under Nick Griffin, is a convenient lie.

I find this an irrelevant claim. I happen to believe that the BNP is a white nationalist organization. Even if it were not, though — even if the BNP leadership really did believe that non-whites were less than human and that the Holocaust never happened, but should have — the rights and wrongs of this case would be unchanged.

It is unfair to treat people in this manner. What has been done, and is being done, to the BNP is oppressive. It is not the sort of thing that happens in a functioning liberal democracy. In a liberal democracy, people have an unquestioned right to say whatever they please on public issues—and they do not suffer even official discrimination, let alone legal harassment. In a liberal democracy, they have an unquestioned right to associate or not with whomever they please—and are not subject to administrative and legal bullying about “inclusiveness” and the unacceptability of “hate”. The fact that BNP members and the party itself are victims of state harassment—and, as said, there is much more than the two instances just given—indicates just how much England has moved towards totalitarianism.

I go further. If Nick Griffin and the BNP were openly avowed followers of Adolf Hitler, and if they met together in public to listen to the webcasts of Harold Covington, they would probably be more left alone than they are. They are persecuted for their opinions on race and immigration. But they are persecuted still more because of all else they oppose or stand for. For all it did badly in the elections of May 2010 (in terms of seats—as two left wing blogs perceptively noted here and here, it did strikingly well in terms of votes) the BNP remains the one possible voice for working class dissent from the established order of things.

And though unfair in itself, what is being done to the BNP should make any reasonable man worried about the future of England. Anyone who looks at the various manifestos and pronouncements of the BNP will see a party that claims to believe—and possibly does believe—in freedom of speech and association, in trial by jury, and generally in constitutional government as this has always been understood in England. It does not even advocate compulsory repatriation of those non-whites who are legally here. Whatever it may or may not believe in private, the BNP leadership is very distant in what it says from the Hitler-loving caricatures shown in the MainStream Media.

But destroy the BNP, and the result will not be a vacuum. Other movements will emerge. These will be less interested in organising to win elections and debates than in arguing their case on the streets. Already, there is an English Defence League that has no apparent interest in electoral politics. This is almost certainly less thuggish than the ruling class and the MSM claim it to be. Equally, though, it is less constitutional in its aims and methods than the BNP. And the English Defence League may be only the beginning of the next stage in working class dissent from the established order of things.

Until modern trip switches (circuit breakers) became the norm, household wiring in England was protected from overheating by wired fuses. Each ceramic fuse contained about an inch and a half of wire to a stated ampage. This connected power as it came into a property to one ring circuit. Any power surge or appliance failure would result in immediate burning out of the fuse. The fuses were deliberately the weakest point in the whole wiring system. One reason they have now been replaced with trip switches is because many people were in the habit of replacing fuse wires with nails. This meant that fuses never blew—instead, houses burned down.

What the British State is doing to the BNP is the political equivalent of sticking a nail in the fuse box. The destruction of the BNP will buy a few more years of life for the politically correct fantasy of England as a country of enlightenment and universal love.

What may follow is well enough known to any student of history...

Thursday, 11 November 2010

An Updated Poem for the 11th of November

TOMMY

(with apologies to Rudyard Kipling and the modern Army)

They flew me ‘ome from Baghdad with a bullet in me chest.
Cos they’ve closed the army ‘ospitals, I’m in the NHS.
The nurse she ain’t no Britisher, so she ain’t too impressed.
It’s like I’m some street corner thug who’s come off second best.
Yes, it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “You’re not welcome ‘ere”.
But when Saddam was collar'd, they was quick enough to cheer.
They’re proud when Tommy Atkins ‘olds the thin red line out there,
But now he’s wounded back at ‘ome, ‘e has to wait for care.

Some stranger in the next bed sez, “Don’t you feel no shame?
You kill my Muslim brothers!”; so it’s me not ‘im to blame!
An’ then the cleaner ups an’ sez, “Who are you fightin’ for?
It ain’t for Queen and country ‘cos it’s Bush’s bloody war!”
It’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’“Tommy what’s that smell?”
But it’s “God go with you, Tommy,” when they fly us out to ‘ell.
O then we’re just like ‘eroes from the army’s glorious past.
Yes, it’s “God go with you, Tommy”, when the trip might be your last.
They pays us skivvy’s wages, never mind we’re sitting ducks,
When clerks what’s pushing pens at ‘ome don’t know their flippin’ luck.
”Ah, yes,” sez they, “but think of all the travel to be ‘ad.”
Pull the other one! Does Cooks do holidays in Baghdad?

It’s Tommy this, ‘an Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, know your place,”
But it’s, “Tommy take the front seat,” when there’s terrorists to chase,
An’ the town is full of maniacs who’d like you dead toot sweet.
Yes it’s “Thank you Mister Atkins,” when they find you in the street.

There’s s’posed to be a covynant to treat us fair an’ square,
But I ‘ad to buy me army boots, an’ me combats is threadbare.
An’ ’alf the bloody ‘elicopters can’t get in the air,
An’ me pistol jammed when snipers fired. That’s why they brought me ‘ere.
Yes, it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, “We ‘ave to watch the pence”;
Though bold as brass the P.M. sez, “We spare them no expense.”
But I’ll tell you when they do us proud an’ pull out all the stops,
It’s when Tommy lands at Lyneham in a bloomin’ wooden box!

- by Patrick Campbell

Monday, 8 November 2010

Creeping Sharia

BNP Councillor, Cathy Duffy, has written to various supermarket chains, querying the standards of slaughter of their meat products, specifically halal slaughter.
This is the reply from the Co-op (text in 'bold' is by me):

"Dear Madam

"All own-brand fresh and frozen meat and poultry sold in Co-operative and Somerfield stores has been humanely stunned prior to slaughter, and all abattoirs and processing plants supplying our own-brand products are required to work to the standards laid down by the Humane Slaughter Association in their Codes of Practice.

"All our own-brand meat and poultry, with the exception of seasonal New Zealand lamb, is British Farm Assured. We require the New Zealand farms, abattoirs and processing plants to adopt the same high welfare standards as we expect from sites in the UK.

"As is the case with the overwhelming majority of lamb from New Zealand, our own-brand lamb from New Zealand is slaughtered in accordance with halal procedure, but, as detailed above, all animals are humanely stunned prior to slaughter.

"All our own-brand British lamb has been humanely stunned prior to slaughter, to the standards laid down by the Humane Slaughter Association in their Codes of Practice. We do not specify halal in our product specification, although several of our supplying sites produce only pre-stunned halal lamb.

"As the process used for all our own-brand lamb is essentially the same, and the welfare of the animal is not compromised at any stage, we do not label any of the lamb as halal. We are currently awaiting further guidance in relation to the labelling of these products, and will consider future actions once we are in receipt of this guidance.

regards
Commercial Team
Pauline Franey
Customer Relations Officer

Cllr Duffy says:

"I am beginning to think that all the large supermarkets have now got together and decided on one 'standard' reply to complaints based on the responses I have received from the other stores which is pretty much like this one!

"Why can't I bring myself to believe what they say though?

"Since we have started to shop at markets and other shops, local farms and a local butcher, who does not believe in the Halal way killing of livestock, etc, we are beginning to notice some rather 'large' savings in the purse - so I guess it really does pay to 'shop around'."

Halal slaughter is a component of Islamic Sharia law; for muslims, food must be halal compliant. For strict muslims, they need to know that their meat is definitely halal compliant, and we who wish to avoid it need to know what we are buying, so it should be labelled.
Whether stunned or not (I'd like to see proof of that!), only muslims are allowed to work with the production of halal meat, which also involves Islamic prayers being said over each animal. Thus, halal slaughterhouses discriminate against non-muslim workers, denying them equal rights in the labour market. By buying halal slaughtered meat we would be complicit in one more example of Sharia law creeping into Britain.
It's very similar to Jewish kosher meat, but when did you ever see this in the supermarket? Why the covert introduction of Islamic-style food onto our shelves now?

Asda has a halal meat section, but I noticed last week that it was much smaller than usual; I also noticed one or two packs of halal-labelled meat tucked into the normal section, Given the growing number of muslim customers at this store, does this mean that all Asda meat is now halal assured?

Sadly, I won't be buying any more New Zealand lamb. In fact, I'll only be buying pork products at supermarkets in future, and taking Cllr Duffy's advice of only buying other meat from local sources, from butchers who can assure me of where the animals were slaughtered. And I won't be eating chicken or steak in pubs and restaurants either because they can't, or won't, tell me where it comes from.

How about you? Are you going to be complicit in creeping Sharia, or are you going to be a bit more careful with what you're actually buying? And wouldn't you rather support British butchers anyway, who refuse to kow-tow to medieval methods of slaughter?

* A Daily Mail reporter discovers the gruesome truth about halal slaughter in Britain today. Read his article HERE