racism

PUBLIC MEETING: JACKIE & THE WITCH HUNT

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Jacqueline Walker, National Vice Chair of Momentum and anti-racist
campaigner, has been suspended by the Labour Party
because of allegations of anti-semitism which she absolutely
denies. Here she speaks about what happened and what it means
for the Labour Party, free speech and political debate in Britain.

7pm, Thursday 19 May, Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd,
Broadstairs CT10 2BT Tel 07989 070843

Hosted by Thanet Stand Up To UKIP
Supported by Momentum Thanet
FREE – ALL WELCOME

THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE

PILGRIM STATE BOOK

An extraordinary book about the immigration experience gets its launch in Thanet this Saturday.

The book, Pilgrim State, published by Hodder, is written by Jackie Walker, who first moved to Broadstairs five years ago.

In 1960s Deptford seven-year-old Jackie got a crash course in racism.

“You smell wog,” said a little blonde girl she thought was going to be her friend. “Don’t you ever come near me.”

When it was first published in 2008 Guardian called the book: “a survival tale to warm the chilliest heart.”

It tells how Jackie’s family came to this country from Jamaica in the 1950s.

Jackie’s mother Dorothy had an abusive father and experienced recurring mental illness, poverty and racial discrimination.

But she set out to keep her family together – and, despite all the odds, she did.

Says Jackie: “People become immigrants to improve their lives. And while they do that, they improve the quality of all in our society.

“My book is a testament to that struggle, to the bonds that keep a family together and a tribute to all who are prepared to risk everything for the betterment of the people they love.

“It’s a story which raises issues extremely relevant to what’s happening in Thanet today.”

Jackie will be reading extracts and answering questions at the launch which is at 7pm on Saturday 27 June at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BT.

IN THE NEW ISSUE OF THANET WATCH

PILGRIM STATE BOOK

In the new issue of Thanet Watch is news of a book launch about the immigrant experience by Jackie Walker. Jackie also writes about her involvement in the campaign to stop Nigel Farage becoming a Thanet MP. Here’s a corrected version of the news piece…

BOOK SPOTLIGHTS IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE

An extraordinary book about the immigration experience gets its launch in Thanet this June.

The book Pilgrim State, published by Hodder, is by Jackie Walker, who first moved Broadstairs five years ago.

In 1960s Deptford seven-year-old Jackie got a crash course in racism.

“You smell wog,” said a little blonde girl she thought was going to be her friend. “Don’t you ever come near me.”

When it was first published in 2008 Guardian called the book: “a survival tale to warm the chilliest heart.”

It tells how Jackie’s family came to this country from Jamaica in the 1950s.

Jackie’s mother Dorothy had an abusive father and experienced recurring mental illness, poverty and racial discrimination.

But she set out to keep her family together – and, despite all the odds, she did.

Says Jackie: “People become immigrants to improve their lives. And while they do that, they improve the quality of all in our society. My book is a testament to that struggle, to the bonds that keep a family together and a tribute to all who are prepared to risk everything for the betterment of the people they love.  It’s a story which raises issues extremely relevant to what’s happening in Thanet today.”

Jackie will be reading extracts and answering questions at the launch which is at 7pm on Saturday 27 June at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BT.

A VOTE FOR UKIP IS A RACIST VOTE – COME AND SEE THE EVIDENCE

The latest revelations about UKIP must dispel any last lingering doubts you might have about the party

They are, at heart, a deeply racist organisation pretending not to be one.

One of their candidates, Robert Blay, has said in Ramsgate that he would “personally put a bullet between the eyes” of a  rival Asian candidate if he won the election.

Blay made his comments outside a meeting where Nigel Farage was speaking.

He told undercover reporters that his rival Ranil Jayawardena’s family had only been in the country since the 1970s and that he wasn’t “British enough” to be in parliament.

UKIP has now suspended Blay from the party – though he’s still running.

But they’ve taken no action against one of their other candidates, John Leathley, who made some appalling racist comments on Facebook

Among other things, Leathley said, after seeing newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on TV, she “would love a big black thing up her a***”.”

Mr Leathey’s now apologised for his comments saying: “I read what I wrote now, I am shocked by them and am appalled and deeply ashamed of my words.”

But Ms Alibhai-Brown said: “I saw the apology and of course I’m not going to give any credence to it at all. You don’t apologise because you are found out…What he said was absolutely appalling. It’s sexist, it’s racist, it’s violent.”

So what about UKIP in Thanet?

Racist attitudes here are at the heart of their party and extend to links with violent far-right parties such as the National Front.

The evidence for this comes in the new documentary film UKIP UNCOVERED which is being screened tonight in Broadstairs and looks at the people behind the party’s bid to conquer Thanet.

“After watching this film,” says its maker Christine Tongue, “you have to conclude that a vote for UKIP tomorrow is not a protest vote, not a vote for something new or a vote for change.

“It is essentially a racist vote – racism of the most old-fashioned, vicious, irrational kind.”

UKIP UNCOVERED will be screened at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs CT10 2BT at 7.30pm. It will be followed by a performance of a new comedy about election shenanigans in dark ages Britain called ARTHUR OF THE BRITONS. With a script by Thanet Watch’s Norman Thomas, this is the newest production of Robert Poulter’s New Model Theatre. Entry charge is £5, ring 07989 070843 or 01843 604633 to book a seat.

UKIP & THE RACISTS

WEDGE’S WATCH

by Rob Wedge

Whatever Mr Farage may say, racists support UKIP.

That’s what the events on Saturday afternoon on Broadstairs seafront have shown.

Racists identify with UKIP.

If UKIP are successful the racists believe that justifies their racism, makes their racism respectable.

It makes them bolder, more daring, more public in their racism.

In their racist ideas, in their racist acts.

But we must never tolerate racism.

We must deny it.

We must disprove it.

We must stop it.

And that is why we must not let UKIP win.

MR FARAGE COULDN’T HAVE SAID THIS… COULD HE?

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Old Mole is reading a copy of the splendid new book, Making Plans For Nigel, by Harry Paterson, when he reads something that makes him choke on his mole-muesli.

The chap who originally founded UKIP, Alan Sked, is quoted as saying of Nigel Farage in the 1990s: “He [Farage] wanted ex-National Front candidates to run and I said, ‘I’m not sure about that,’ and he said, ‘There’s no need to worry about the nigger vote. The nig nogs will never vote for us.'”

The book states Mr Farage denies ever saying such a thing, and that Sked has challenged Mr Farage to sue for libel and slander, but Mr Farage has not done so.

Old Mole’s ghasted is flabber and we, of course, instantly get onto UKIP’s stalwart PR man Raheem Kassam and ask him for Mr Farage’s response to this jaw-dropping statement?

Mr Kassam’s comment? “We don’t comment on nonsense claims.”

Which is a sort of comment, when you think of it.

But of course there’s absolutely no evidence that Mr Farage has ever used such explicitly racist language, ever again.

He does however seem to be extremely happy to have an ex-National Fronter, Martyn Heale, running his campaign in South Thanet…

Sensational news flash: Harry Paterson author of “Making Plans For Nigel, A Beginner’s Guide To Farage & UKIP” published by Five Leaves Publications, is coming to Thanet to speak on Sunday 3 May. Watch this site for further details.

GREAT NEW BOOK ON UKIP

making plan sfo rnigel

If you want to know what makes UKIP – and Nigel Farage – tick, get hold of this fantastic new book.

Called “Making Plans For Nigel”, the book tells the party’s history and documents the evidence for the anti-woman, anti-gay, right-wing Tory and essential racist attitudes at its heart.

The idea that the party just has a few maverick loonies who the media pick on to discredit them is entirely demolished and the book puts forward an irrefutable case that UKIP’s intrinsic nastiness starts at the top – with Farage.

The book, by Harry Paterson, is published by Five Leaves Publications and costs £7.99. If you can’t find one in the shops, first say to them “Why haven’t you got this book?” then go visit http://www.fiveleaves.co.uk where you’ll be able to order one.