A people-powered solution to hate-spreading newspapers

Below is a draft for a leaflet which can be printed by anyone with a printer, a leaflet which can then be blu-tacked, paper-clipped, stapled or selotaped inside or on the front page of a certain hate-spreading, fear-mongering newspaper.  This is a way for the people to answer back to the Fleet-Street elite on equal terms.  This is not a restriction of freedom of speech, it is an expansion of it.

This below leaflet is a draft, so I welcome suggestions on how to make it better.  It is also about a specific newspaper (I will not explicitly say which one, for obvious reasons!)

 

Dear reader, this newspaper is lying to you.

This newspaper is owned by a tax-dodging, corrupt, foreign billionaire.  This man is a member of the global elite, and uses this newspaper to distract people from the crimes of the British elites, by printing headlines which attack the vulnerable in society.

This newspaper has consistently taken the side of the rich, powerful and dangerous, against the vulnerable and working class.  This newspaper prints stories which defend or distract from the crimes of the elite, whilst creating fear, hatred, division and scapegoating.

  • This newspaper sided with greedy developers and exploitative landlords, whilst attacking their vulnerable tenants. When Russel Brand joined a group of working families protesting against being kicked and priced out of their homes at the New Era estate, this newspaper immediately leapt to the defence of the loaded landlords by attacking Russel Brand as a hypocrite!  This newspaper chose to side with rich and powerful property tycoons over British families trying to protect their homes and communities – This newspaper is an enemy of renters and working families
  • This newspaper lied about the victims of Hillsborough, siding with corrupt cops and politicians over fans and their grieving families. This newspaper is an enemy of football fans
  • This newspaper sided with lying government officials and brutal cops against Orgreave protesters and miners – siding with politicians and brutal cops over working people trying to protect their jobs and communities. This newspaper is an enemy of workers and working class communities
  • This newspaper hacked the phone of the murdered schoolgirl Millie Dowler, giving false hope to her parents and letting Levi Belfield, her killer, escape justice for longer. This newspaper is an enemy of justice, and an enemy of individual privacy.
  • This newspaper edited a WW2 veteran out of a photograph on Remembrance Sunday. This newspaper is an enemy of war veterans
  • This newspaper argued against the introduction of the minimum wage back in 1997 –This newspaper is an enemy of low paid workers
  • A ‘journalist’ for this newspaper has actually been imprisoned for setting up innocent people – This newspaper is an enemy of truth and justice
  • This newspaper has campaigned against the rights of British workers and citizens. – This newspaper is an enemy of every working person in this country.
  • This newspaper was one of the loudest cheerleaders for the Iraq War, parroting Blair’s lies and attacking the 1 million people who protested against it. This newspaper is an enemy of peace
  • This newspaper protected both Thatcher’s government and Jimmy Saville when allegations first emerged of paedophile crimes by Westminster politicians and Saville – This newspaper is an enemy of the victims of crime
  • The reason this newspaper prints so many angry, hateful and paranoid lies about poor and vulnerable groups such as migrants, refugees, minority religions, and benefit claimants (watch the film “I Daniel Blake”), is because it wants to protect the greedy portfolio landlords, extortionate property developers, exploitative employers, and tax-dodging multinational companies who are really draining the country dry and forcing the working people into poverty.

When you buy this paper, you are supporting a media empire (owned by someone who doesn’t even live in this country!) which spreads anger, hatred and lies to keep people divided and fighting amongst themselves.

Take a chance, ditch this nasty rag once and for all – we Brits are better than this elitist, establishment, Fleet Street nonsense!   Believe in a future for Britain which has hope, not hate, at its heart.  Stop reading this hateful rag, you will feel better, and this country will become a happier, more hopeful place to live!

Brexit, Trump, rising nationalism, and what you can do.

What can I do?

So, Brexit happened*, Trump happened, and we are now seeing nationalist bigotry, hatred and division rising up again in the West.  Language we thought had been consigned to the dustbin of history is foaming to the surface – fascistic attitudes legitimised by psychopathic, billionaire media moguls are breaking through into the mainstream.  In our newspapers, online, in our workplaces and communities, we are seeing hate and division being stoked by establishment Fleet Street barons and politicians desperate to deflect blame away from the elite – the elite they belong to.

Many among us, especially the millennials who were once so hopeful, now look to the future with despair.  What can we do?  We see the seeds of full-blown fascism beginning to sprout, and feel powerless to stop it.  Venomous, intolerant language is becoming normalised, people from overseas are being attacked in the street, and the political discourse coming from the tory front bench (via ukip) is becoming ever more nationalist, divisive and spiteful.   The vulnerable are still being blamed for the sins of the powerful.   Many people are terrified of what is coming, what has been legitimised by Trump and Brexit – we see the logical conclusion of these narratives, but feel powerless to stop it.

But we are not powerless.  Together, we are stronger than the prejudiced and intolerant.  Millions of citizens are frustrated and appalled by the horrendous, bigoted narratives which every day seem to become more and more mainstream.  Act, and despair vanishes – just try it!

Here is a list if things you can do every day to counteract the hateful narratives being pushed by far-right politicians and newspapers.  Print this list off and pin it to your fridge.  Commit to doing at least one act in each section every single week.  Carry a notepad, set yourself goals, and aim to complete as many as you can, or even go for completing the whole list!  There’s probably an app for this sort of thing too!?  Keep it up and keep going.  If enough people do a little bit for long enough, we can kill this beast with a million tiny cuts.  Any other ideas, please send them to me and I’ll add them to the list!  This entry is split into a shortlist, a longer list, and an explanation/justification at the end.

Before all of the above, remember smile, be kind, and talk to everyone, those who are vulnerable, those who you disagree with, all family, friends, and every member of your community!

Shortlist

  1. Show solidarity with refugees
    1. Donate food, clothes and funds to refugee charities
    2. Volunteer rooms in your house for refugee children to stay in
    3. Spread a message of inclusion in your local community
    4. Talk to immigrants and minority individuals and businesses in your area
  2. Show solidarity with your local community
    1. Donate to your local food bank
    2. Give money to the homeless and the charity Shelter
    3. Volunteer in your local food bank or homeless shelter
  3. Block out the hatred coming from our newspapers
    1. Hide the hateful papers behind the nice ones
    2. Distribute a counter-narrative by stapling rebuttals inside the Daily Mail etc.
    3. Boycott hateful newspapers, and the companies which advertise with them
    4. Join the campaign group ‘Stop Funding Hate’
    5. Talk to friends/relatives who read these nasty papers
    6. Take and bin any free copies of these papers you see
    7. Sharing on social media is ok, but it will never be enough on its own
  4. Push for a Progressive Alliance – engage with local politics and force progressive voices to unite.
    1. Support the candidate which is strongest against tories/ukip in your area.
    2. Write to local progressive candidates who can’t win, and ask them not to stand, so as not to split the vote
    3. Join and donate to whichever party out of Labour, Lib-dems, Greens, SNP or Plaid Cymru you prefer, but vote for whichever local candidate is strongest!
  5. Join a specifically anti-fascist group. There are many, with many varied approaches.
    1. SUTR
    2. UAF
    3. Your local Antifa
    4. Start your own anti-fascist group!
  6. Retain your anger.

Long list

1) Show solidarity with refugees, migrants, and any other group who is currently under threat

  • Donate to organisations collecting for refugees – food, clothes, etc. [http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/refugee-crisis-find-your-nearest-collection], or simply google “[your area] + refugee solidarity”
  • If you have a spare room, write to your mp and volunteer it for a refugee family or orphan [https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/what_we_do/refugee_services/access_to_housing/rooms_for_refugees]
  • Print off the attached image, as either letter or sticker, and post it to a nearby business or home owned by someone from overseas, as a show of solidarity. [ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157793711500370&set=a.10154183360970370.1073741846.694670369&type=3&theater ]
  • Talk to your local migrant and minority neighbours and business owners, let them know you are on their side.

2) Show Solidarity with your local community

[http://england.shelter.org.uk/donate]

3) Counter the bigoted narratives being pushed by far-right newspapers like the Sun, Star, Daily Mail and Express**

  • Cover up the poison-spreading newspapers.  When you go to your local shop and see the daily mail, express, star or sun spouting hate, pick up a copy of the I, the Guardian, the Mirror, the New European, the Morning Star etc. and place it on top of the pile of offending newspapers, obscuring them.  This is a simple act you can do every day to blot out, just slightly, the panorama of hate which assaults the eyes of decent people every time they enter a shop.
    • Staple a counter-narrative inside the hateful papers. If you are feeling more adventurous, print off a sheet of A4 (templates to follow!) explaining why the narrative of these papers is so dangerous, take it to your local shop, and staple it to the front or second page or those newspapers which peddle such hatred and fear.  This is not impeding ‘freedom of speech’ it is exercising it – a democratic way of allowing the man on the street to answer back to billionaire non-dom media moguls without having to increase the click-count on their websites.
    • Boycott companies who advertise in hateful newspapers. If you see a product advertised on the front page of (or anywhere within) the Express, Star, Mail or Sun write to the company concerned and tell them you will boycott their product as long as they continue to advertise in publications which spread fear, hatred and division.  Advertisers want their products associated with a positive message, and if they think people see their advertising partners as hateful, they will pull their funding.  You can either do this independently or through the campaign Stop Funding Hate [ https://www.facebook.com/stopfundinghate/ ]
    • If you know a friend/relative/co-worker who reads these papers, talk to them. Get up the guts to talk to them about how dangerous their message is.  This may be awkward or uncomfortable, and may lead to strained relationships, but you have to try.  Do not insult your friend/relative/co-worker, instead insult the paper itself, explain why reading these hateful narratives is doing nothing to improve their livelihoods, and never will.
    • If you ever see free copies of these papers being handed out, you are well within your rights to take the entire stack and bin it!

4) The time has now come for the people to force a progressive political alliance between the many disparate parties on the left, centre left, centre and even centre right – we all need to be united in order to overcome this menace.  We may disagree on many issues, and we can return to campaigning against one another once the threat is countered, but for now, this is the biggest enemy.  The reason I call for this is not out of general anti-conservative sentiment, but a fear of the increasingly nationalist narrative coming from this particular conservative front bench, in their battle to reclaim ukip votes.

  • In elections, vote for whichever candidate is strongest against the tories and ukip – and let all the other candidates know you are doing so, be they lib-dem, Labour, Plaid Cymru, SNP, Green. Also talk to moderate conservative voters and politicians. If enough people commit to this act of people power, the people can pretty much force a Progressive Alliance even if the parties themselves cannot agree to one!
    • I realise many voters don’t agree with Corbyn or the detail of his policies
    • I realise many voters have not forgiven the lib-dems for the coalition and enabling tuition fee increases,
    • I realise that SNP and Plaid Cymru voters may be mistrusting of all establishment Westminster parties
    • I recognise that Green voters see major issues with lib-dem, labour, snp and Plaid Cymru policies

But there are bigger enemies now, far greater dangers.  We can go back to these comparatively minor differences once the nationalist/fascist threat has been countered.

  • If you are in an area where certain progressive candidates have no chance of winning, write to them and ask them not to stand, to avoid the vote being split. Sometimes it can be hard to work out which candidates ‘have no chance’, but the last election result is a good clue, and her eis how you find it;
    • Type your postcode in here. This will tell you your constituency [http://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/newseatlookup.html]
    • Type “[Your constituency] + 2015 result” into google. This will probably lead you to a Wikipedia page where you can see the result and thus decide which candidate to vote for next time – whichever was strongest vs ukip & the tories
  • If you are a moderate (or, as I like to call them, true) conservative, write to your MP threatening to vote against them if they do not counter the divisive nationalism coming from the tory front bench via ukip. Nationalism is the enemy of conservatism just as much as it is any other philosophy – conservatism’s core values are family and hard work – if an immigrant cares for their family and works hard, a true Conservative should be on their side.   Churchill fought fascists, remember.
  • Join and donate to one of these parties; Labour, Lib-Dem, Green, SNP, Plaid Cymru, but vote for the strongest in your area!

5) Join a group which opposes the rise in racism and fascism – show your support on social media, turn up to meetings and rallies and, if you can afford to, donate.  There are many different groups and many different approaches;

  • Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) are a friendly and entirely above-board pressure group campaigning against the growing racism and fascism in the uk. [ http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/support-us/ ]
  • Unite Against Fascism (UAF) not only opposes fascist ideology, but is also affiliated with movements protecting worker’s rights. These are slightly more vociferous and numerous than SUTR, holding counter-demonstrations to fascist rallies. [ https://www.facebook.com/UAFpage/?fref=ts ]
  • Local ‘Antifa’ movements share the same goals, but are much more anarchic and militant. These groups directly and physically obstruct and oppose marches by the EDL, Britain First and many other proto-fascist groups.  Their approach is tough, and not for everyone, but they are an option.  Search out the local Antifascist (Antifa) groups in your area, or Anti Fascist Action nationwide. Type [your area] + ‘antifascists/antifa’ into google. . . or even set up your own!  [ https://antifascistnetwork.org/how-to-set-up-an-anti-fascist-group/ ]

Hold onto your rage – Many young people in America and Britain feel a profound sense of betrayal at their parent’s generation voting against their interests for Brexit and Trump.  I say to you now – feel that anger, feel that resentment, hold it tight and keep it inside yourself.  Hold onto it as a weapon, but never let it drag you down.  This will be your secret.  Your vengeance.  One day, the boomers will need our help, and they will not receive it.  When they try to bring in National Service, the Tory Youth, or some other such phony attempt to bring the young people back into the fold after spitting in their faces, throw it back in theirs.  Dodge the draft, or whatever ‘lets strong-arm the young into respecting people who hate them’ project these f&#@ers come up with!

Details, explanations, justifications

*  In attacking Brexit, I am neither questioning nor attempting to subvert the result of the referendum.  Even though I voted Remain, I concede we should leave the EU – and it is still possible to do so without becoming a nation of hate.   I also am not attacking all Brexiters, some of whom came from the left.

Instead, I would like to make a distinction between a ‘Brexiter’ and a ‘Brextremist’.  A Brexiter weighed up all the pros and cons of EU membership and came to a different decision to me, a Brextremist simply obeyed the rabid rantings of the right wing press.

A Brexiter is calm, sober, and willing to debate exactly what ‘leaving the EU’ will look like.  A Brextremist screams that anyone who disagrees with them should be silenced, and that our judiciary are ‘enemies of the people’.

I am not talking about the Brexit vote itself, I am talking about the far-right narrative which hijacked it, the wave of xenophobic bile that saw itself as legitimised by the result. Not every Brexiter was a racist, but every racist was a Brexiter… It is now your responsibility as reasonable Brexit voters to take your vote back from the hands of the neo-nazis who have tried to claim ownership of it.   I doubt many Lexit voters were pleased to see the National Front, and every other neo-nazi group under the sun, so happy with the result.

** It is easy to accept the simple narrative that ‘free speech’ allows these papers to write whatever they want.   However,  their fearmongering front pages are usually utterly misleading and sometimes entirely untrue – but any lies they get caught out on end up being apologised for in a tiny column on page 32 three weeks later, after the damage has been done.  Freedom of speech does not mean the freedom to lie and manipulate people’s thoughts to spread hatred.  If people had boycotted and attacked the nazi magazine “Die Sturmer” with enough force in the 1920s and 30s, the Second world war might have been averted – is ‘free speech for media moguls’ really worth genocide?!

‘Free Speech’ does not mean we should all have to walk past a panorama of hateful opinion masquerading as news every time we set foot in a shop.  “Just don’t buy it then”, “Ignore it” come the apologist’s excuses – but these loaded Fleet Street psychopaths are using their distribution networks, buying power and influence to fill every corner of our society with an endless stream of spite and paranoia.  This is poisoning our local communities and our individual psycho-spiritual wellbeing from the ground up, and we do not have to sit by and watch it happen in the name of ‘free speech’ for the likes of Rupert Murdoch and all the other right wing media non-doms – most of whom don’t even live in this country, let alone form part of our communities.

The words in these headlines are deeply harmful to society, our communities, and our individual wellbeing – yet these simplistic narratives and their easy ‘solutions’ are also dangerously addictive for the bitter, the uneducated, and the desperate.  Society regulates and prohibits the individual freedom to purchase heroin because of the wider social harm the drug does – the same could be said of newspapers which spread hatred.  We are not obliged and should not have to tolerate being assaulted by a barrage of hate from billionaire newspaper owners every time we enter a shop.

Porn mags have to be covered up and put on a high shelf in newsagents, and the hatred coming from these ‘newspapers’ carries far more social harm.  If society demands we hide pornography, there is no moral reason for people not to take their own direct action to hide hatred.  I do not accept that we need to hide nipples because of the damage they can cause but it is perfectly acceptable to sit back and allow hatred of society’s most vulnerable to dominate our daily news stands – which is more dangerous, fanny or fascism?!   If the ‘readers’ of these ‘newspapers’ so desire their daily dose of fear and hate, they will surely have no problem digging for it!

Introduction to Vanrants!

Vanrants!

Welcome to the Vanrants blog!  A blog documenting the political thoughts, ideas and rages which go through the mind of a Van Man from Bristol whilst out delivering.   These entries won’t be about ‘van driving stuff’, but instead the hopes, fears and other ideas which come into my head whilst out driving, especially those about the social and political state of the modern world.

In here, I will share some of the mad, manic, mediocre and hopefully sometimes insightful ideas that enter my head whilst on a delivery run.   Being a  Van Man can often be quiet and lonely, especially on long-distance night runs, but 10 hour shifts alone in the cab give the brain time to breathe, time to think, and this blog documents some of the extended musings which have emerged over the years.

Most of the Van Rants will be about the political and social stuff which infuriates and terrifies me – but don’t make any assumptions about this blog based on stereotypes of the ‘White Van Man’s’ politics.  This White Van Man is broadly left wing, and in favour of open borders, public ownership, power to the workers, investment, Remain, diversity, liberalism, tolerance and solidarity.  I am republican (as in ‘anti monarchy’ not the American type, obviously!) anti-austerity, anti-fascist, anti-nationalist, and against pretty much everything the bigoted, hateful, distracting and elitist right-wing press stands for.
However, my political ‘mind-map’ takes elements from across the spectrum; anarchist, communist, socialist, capitalist, liberal, progressive, green and even occasionally conservative!  The only ideologies I believe have zero role to play in humanity’s future are fascism, and fascism’s little brother nationalism – human beings should succeed based on merit, not on where they were born and to whom.

This blog will also be the work of a completely amateur political thinker.  I have zero formal education in politics, though I have read and thought about it a lot.  I write not from a position of academic strength, but from one which has had the time to observe, dwell on, and make its own mind up about certain political trends in the world.  In this sense, I am no different from the right-wing press, although unlike them, I am not a hack paid by overseas, non-domicile aristocrats (Murdoch, Dacre etc.) to tell the people of this country what to think, who to fear, and how to be patriotic!

Some of these entries are fueled by their own poetic neatness, but most fueled by anger at the growing intolerance and mean-spirited attitudes I see emerging in this country.

So that’s what these blog entries will be – a tidied up version of the diatribes of wonder and rage and bafflement that flow through my mind alone in the van!  These are my White Van Rants!  I am not saying I have any special insight, I am just curious to see what other people think of the ideas that run through my mind, and I welcome this blog to scrutiny and criticism from all!

As a person with no political education, I am also prepared for the fact that many of the ideas in here may already have been paraphrased by much more politically academic individuals and theorists – please point this out if you see it!   I have no intention to claim any kind of special political insight or instinct, I am only publishing as I feel a need to express the patterns, ideas and principles I have seen, and to see what other people think of them.

So, read my entries, criticise, question and respond.  I am going to aim for one entry per week, and am interested in voices which both and support and oppose my ideas!

Bristol Antifascists resist Bristol United Patriots

On Saturday 17 October, two very different protest groups clashed in Bristol.
Bristol United Patriots, a splinter group of the BNP, operating on a platform very similar to the EDL and Britain First, stated that they were to hold a rally, protesting against homelessness among veterans.
This alone, seemed interesting – a far-right demonstration with a positive message? A neo-fascist (I later found out that members of BUP have swastika tattoos – fairly damning, I feel!) group actually promoting the idea of protecting society’s vulnerable? This I had to see!
Another group, the mysterious Antifa, in this case, the offshoot Bristol Anti-fascists, said they would resist BUP’s march, form a counter-demonstration. Bristol Antifascists had said they could see through the smokescreen – that BUP’s were not planning to march against homelessness, but to spread a message of hatred towards some of the world’s most vulnerable people – the refugees from Syria’s civil war.
I wanted to give both sides a fair hearing, so decided to scope them both out.
I began by investigating Bedminster, this district was where internet sources stated both demonstration and counter-demonstration were due to occur.
On bike and on foot, I scoured Bedminster. Strangely, I could neither see nor hear either group, though there was a heavy police presence in the area; swat vans, bobbies on the beat, even a couple of police dogs, but no demonstrators – was I too late? Too early?
Eventually, after an hour of seeing no activity, I decided to leave – maybe the cops had broken up both demos before they’d even got started. Taking a circuitous exit route, in order to have one last search for either group, I hopped back on the motorbike.
Then, just as I was leaving the area, on the way out along Coronation Road, I saw police horses and vans gathered outside the Little Grosvenor pub, behind them, England flags and Knights Templar livery jutted out over the garden fence – I may have found the right wingers!
I parked up the bike on Bedminster Parade, but no sooner had I taken my lid off, than the gathering seemed to stir into motion.
Now, Bristol United Patriots had stated, in advance, that their march was going to be in protest against homeless veterans – a (half-way) noble cause. (Although, with 1 million empty homes in Britain – 1/3 of them empty long-term – there should be more than enough for veterans AND refugees).

So, although BUP’s facebook page is littered with the sort of anti-Muslim, anti-refugee guff you expect from a group with the word ‘patriot’ in its title, I was prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt – maybe they were caring people, who just wanted homes to be provided for injured soldiers? What would their first chant be? I wondered;
“Homes. For. Ve-ter-ans”, maybe?
“No. Home. Less-he-roes” perhaps?
Well, of course it wasn’t, although it followed the same time-signature! The first – in fact, almost the only – chant I heard from BUP was, of course;
“No. More. Re-fu-gees!”
(“No more?” I found myself thinking – we haven’t taken ANY yet, have we?!)
And so, the rabble was escorted by police horse, over Bedminster Roundabout Bridge. I followed on the bike, filtering to get up close, to see as much as I could – but I lost them as they were escorted past the Louisiana and I was, politely but firmly, prevented from biking after them by the fuzz.
So, I pulled a u-ey and sped off up round to Queens Square, eventually managing to park the bike on the South Bank of the Waterfront. All seemed to have gone momentarily silent – again, no sign of either faction.
But not for long; Still escorted by the fuzz, I heard BUP’s slurred chanting coming up the Waterfront heading over Pero’s Bridge. I decided not to follow them anymore, but to try and intercept them – head BUP off at the pass, see where they were going.
I broke into a half sprint and headed past the fountains and up Park Street. Looking down towards @ Bristol, I saw BUP being funnelled across the road. I made it up to College Green – the council buildings; that had to be where they were heading.
Up on College Green, I sat on the benches among the skaters, waiting, as another eerie silence fell – Movement and noise gradually began to emanate from the alleyway between the Marriot and the Cathedral – BUP were coming!
Where were the Antifascists? I thought desperately. So far, I hadn’t seen hide nor hair of them, despite searching, and here was a fascist group about to spread their poisonous message right in the cultural heart of my vibrant, diverse city!
Then, they appeared, as if out of nowhere! Like some deus-ex-machina moment in a Middle Earth story, they erupted up Park Street at the last moment – saving the day in the nick of time!
A battalion of antifascists, clad in black hoodies and masks, stormed up the street past the entrance to the hotel – All was noisy and chaotic for a moment, before everything settled into place.
A row of black clad Antifascists now blocked the top of the stairs – Black flags, with the Triple arrow motif, fluttered as four police horses, and many officers, inserted themselves in a line between the two groups. BUP were blocked off on the stairs, stopped in their tracks – the antifascist slogan “No Pasaran” (they will not pass) came to mind.
So what now? This was a standoff – the police protecting. . . sorry ‘separating’ . . . the fascists from the antifascists.
This seemed to me to be almost a perfect result for the antifascists – BUP were now cocooned down an alleyway, unseen and unheard to the growing crowd of bystanders, their poisonous message prevented from being spread.
Bristol Antifascists, whom I have never actually seen in the flesh before, stood resolute. Many wore black masks, but many more, surrounding the group, had their faces shown. These antifascist ambassadors talked to and interacted with the crowd, while their surlier, masked, foot-soldiers kept up their vigil on the cops and the fascists.
A banner was unfurled – “Migrants Welcome, Nazis Not”, and a wonderful moment occurred when the local skater kids posed for photos and threw some shapes in front of the banner.
So who were these antifascists? These strange, stealthy people who come out of the shadows, whenever fascism rears its ugly head?
It was hard to tell, behind the masks, who exactly they were, but I saw dreadlocks, Mohawks, flesh tunnels – in truth, they seemed like a group of alt. kids and adults – goths, punks etc.
As I see it, this would make perfect sense. After all, at its core, fascism is a severe form of conformity – it would seem to make sense that those who would oppose it, would be an unconventional lot!
Something else I noticed about them was that, by and large, they seemed a scrawny bunch, (apart from one heavy set bloke with a chain around his neck!) – how would these skinny folks face off against a bull-necked, beer-gutted, red-faced rabble of pissed-up, angry nationalists?
I stayed close, watching as chants erupted from Antifa towards BUP.
“Follow your leader – shoot yourself, in the head!” was shouted towards BUP, a reference to Hitler’s ignoble end. As I stood on a bench, attempting to get a better view of the crowd behind the police cordon, a brief scuffle and clash erupted between the antifascists and the mounted cops – I did not see exactly what triggered this, but a police horse charge into the largely stationary antifascists resulted in split lips and bruising amongst some members of the crowd, instigating another chant;
“Get that animal, off that horse”
Antifascists are not known to get on with the police, often seeing them as unofficial bodyguards to the far-right. As the scuffle seemed to die down, one cop knelt on one protester, I suddenly heard a voice shout from behind me;
“He’s one of them!”
In an instant, a group of antifascist protesters broke off from the main group and ran at a skinhead bloke behind who had been filming – a BUP infiltrator, a known face on the far-right scene, apparently – who was promptly chased off while the rest held the line.
I thought I’d best be careful – I was filming and taking pics too, and though I had chatted to a couple of bystanders and ‘friendly face’ antifascists, I had not been introduced to the masked lot and, though I support their ideals, I did not want to get on their wrong side!
Again I stood on the bench to see if I could see BUP, hidden behind a police cordon down the alley.
One actually managed to break free and run through the Marriot, presumably getting in through a fire escape or side entrance, but as he burst through, he was promptly sent back into the hotel by an antifascist charge, before being sheltered inside by the police.
Aside from these one or two scuffles, fronting between the antifascists and the cops seemed to punctuate a stalemate at the entrance to College Green – so I thought I’d try and get a view from the BUP side.
Running round the Marriot to the bottom of the steps, I encountered a further police cordon which prevented me from seeing much of BUP from this angle either – if Antifa’s aim was to ensure ‘no platform’ for fascists, they had succeeded – in this place, I could neither hear nor see BUP, even though I was trying to – I was witnessing a message of hatred and division being stymied by community action on the part of local antifascists, honestly, it was quite inspirational!
However, the fact that BUP remained hidden to all also meant that, to the average bystander, it looked as if the antifascist’s primary beef was with the cops, not the fascists cowering behind them. I had to explain to several people that there actually was a second group of protesters – fascists – behind the police cordon, as BUP could not be seen at all.
After another period of tension and inertia back up on the College Green end, a group of antifascists began moving off down Park Street – I did not know if this was a decision to try and outmanoeuvre BUP, or if they were being lead away by the cops, but followed as close as I dared. The voice of a female antifascist cried out;
“Don’t get kettled!”
And the group moving down the street seemed to spread out, to keep themselves from being surrounded by cops.
But before this smaller group could get down Park Street and around, the road – traffic and all – was blocked by cops. Obviously, counter to the police’s plans, the group went back up the hill, unkettled, and re-joined the main barricade.
Inertia once more.
Suddenly, there was movement – a large group – almost the entire gathering – of antifascists sprinted off towards the west end of College Green and down the steps West of the cathedral.
I had no idea what had caused this sudden movement, and felt caught between two stalls – do I stay here, in case BUP – who I still could not see – tried to make a break for it up the stairs, or do I follow the runners to see what they were up to?
I, and the skater kids, opted to follow the runners. I could not keep up, but did manage to get down the stairs and across towards millennium square – BUP were crossing the road, momentarily poorly protected.
The two groups clashed, scuffles erupting across the road and into the square. I winced – many BUP members, who I had only just seen – were exactly what I had expected – bullish, angry, red men with thick necks and arms, being set upon by a bunch of scrawny alt. types. I Was worried this would end badly for Antifa, but I was in for a surprise…
The fascists ran! Though there were one or two scuffles, the odd punch and furious scream hurled both ways, the overwhelming momentum of the encounter was the fascists running back across Milennium Square, back towards Pero’s bridge. A group of burly, brawler types had been sent packing – running for their lives, by a skinny group of alt. types.
I looked back up and saw the steps were clear. By the time I got to Pero’s Bridge, the fighting had died down but a crowd had gathered. I picked up what I could from bystanders and cops radio chatter.
A group of BUP were now trapped in Vshed behind a cordon of cops, Bristol Antifascists having chased them inside. Glasses and chairs had apparently been thrown by both sides.
On the south side of the Waterfront, was another small group, waving England flags and military insignia. Overheard police radio chatter reporting ‘about 20 right-wing left, coupla clashes around.’
Though the fascists been chased into their holes here, I did not know if anything was happening or had happened on College Green. I ran back to the bike, rode back up and checked – the place was deserted – quieter than it usually is.
I rode round the perimeter of the whole area, but things seemed to have quietened down. BUP had been moved back, away from College Green, held back by the antifascists. They were now on south side of the river.
And that seemed to be the end.
Today had been a demonstration of the logic of the playground, played out on an adult scale in the city. A group of bullies (BUP) had decided to pick on the vulnerable members (Refugees) and had been full of strut and bluster, proudly shouting down those who have less power than themselves. . . until someone stood up to them, at which point, they ran.
It is a tale as old as time itself – if an aggressive, power hungry, hateful person decides they are going to blame someone for their problems, it won’t be the powerful, it will be the disempowered.

School bullies will pick on the minorities – attacking hating, blaming and intimidating them, but a fascist, or a bully, would never stand up to a dominant, mainstream authority. Fascists and playground bullies expect everyone else to just back down and accept that they will bully the different, the vulnerable, the disenfranchised with impunity.

But when someone actually stands up to them, fascists and bullies will back down – because that is what their ideology worships – power, strength – so when someone resists them forcefully, they run.
Put simply, fascism is a seductive, corruptive ideology – one which appeals to the animal – the pack hunter in all of us (you will never see a lone fascist – the pack, the group, the nation, the race, is their binding philosophy).
Fascism speaks to something sub-human yet still seductive inside of all of us. However, like all animal instincts, it is pragmatic, and will recognise that if it encounters something stronger than it, it will retreat. Like hyena, fascists will only attack those which are weaker than it, and, as demonstrated in Bristol last Saturday, a fascist will run from that which is stronger.
This is the only language the animalistic fascist understands – and all the more reason why, I believe, militant anti-fascism, even that involving violence, is justified. We have all seen what happens when this ideology infects people’s minds on a large scale – it is a virulent, corruptive ideology and, if given free rein to spread its message, can infect the minds of others, turning the compassionate into the cruel, the decent into the decrepit.
If Bristol Antifascists had not opposed this group with force, then they would have walked unchallenged into the centre of my city, and been free to spread their hatred into the minds of the young and vulnerable, the shoppers on Park Street, the teens hanging out on College.
If just one person was prevented from being corrupted by BUP’s divisive, hate-filled message, then I applaud the forceful resistance of Antifa.
The only thing which will stop fascism from ever reaching its crux – its activation energy – the moment it becomes mainstream, is if it is resisted wherever it occurs.
Don’t get me wrong, despite their alternative, in some ways even hippyish appearance, Bristol Antifascists, and their parent affiliation, Antifa, are not soft-touch liberals – they are prepared to use violence on the streets to oppose fascism.
What you think on this stance is your decision, but it was certainly an effective tactic in stymying BUP’s message of hatred and bigotry. While I normally abhor violence in any form, and support right of even the bigoted and hateful to freedom of speech, I would, perhaps surprisingly, end by quoting Adolph Hitler;
“Only one thing could have stopped our movement – if our adversaries had understood its principle and from the first day smashed with the utmost brutality the nucleus of our new movement.”
Imagine if Germany in the 1930’s, had had a movement with the strength, passion, and, yes, the violent capacities of Antifa, how different – how much less horrific – the history of the last century could have been.

5 solid reasons why a right-wing capitalist should be pro-immigration!

The hypocrisy of right wing, anti-immigrant ‘capitalists’
One of the strangest things you will find among the bnp, edl, Britain First, a whole host of neo-nazi white power fuckwits and their mainstream representatives, ukip, is the sort of names they will call anyone with a pro-immigration stance; Loony left, Trot, Commie (y’know the sort of ‘insults’ the Hitler youth used to throw around).
These people will often accuse people who don’t agree with them of being a ‘commie’. They are proudly right-wing, proudly standing up for capitalism. . .
… Some of the less horrible, or more PR savvy, among the right, will say – ‘oh, we’ll accept a small number of people in desperation, but keep those “Economic Migrants” out.
What the hell is this?!  A capitalist saying we should close our borders to a massive influx of customers!  They say economic migrant as if it is a bad thing, but an economic migrant is, by definition, someone who has chosen to change their circumstances in order to better their own economic standing – This principle is the very CORNERSTONE of capitalism!

• A true capitalist would commend the economic migrant’s desire to improve his lot, and admire his tenacity in trying to better his family’s economic standing.

If the right wing in this country had even the faintest understanding of what capitalism means (and you’d think they would, seeing as they are so vehemently opposed to communism!), they would be welcoming refugees with open arms, as (Capitalist) Britain did before, during and after ww2, as (capitalist) West Germany did while the Berlin Wall stood, and after it fell, and as (capitalist) America has done, and continues to do, throughout its history.
• Truly capitalist nations have always welcomed open borders immigration.
Any sensible capitalist would surely welcome a raft of potential new customers and workers to boost the economy.  Think of all the different things they could manufacture, the different services they could sell, the different talents they could utilise!
• A true capitalist would welcome a huge influx of people, and would relish a growing market in whatever they wanted to buy!

And finally, the crux of capitalism – Improvement Through Competition. Surely these right-wing capitalism lovers would relish the chance for nations to ‘compete for citizens’ by improving their living standards and freedoms in order to attract more people, to do more work and spend more cash?! Not to mention the fact that, while the right wing rant against socialists, commies, Trotskyites etc, saying how we should all follow capitalist dogma, the moment a foreign or immigrant worker competes with them, they cry for closed borders and state protectionsm!

  • A true capitalist is not afraid of being out-competed by another worker

• A true capitalist would be pleased at the opportunity for nations to compete with each other for workers and customers (i.e. citizens)

So there we have it, a simple set of ideas and principles for next time some anti-immigrant fucknut decides to call you a ‘commie’ – remind him that if he were truly a capitalist, and not a Stalinist protectionist coward, he would welcome open door
immigration!
Be anti-immigration, if you like, but don’t you dare try and claim you are a capitalist at the same time!

The Left are the true Patriots, the Right are Traitors

We ‘Lefties’ are actually the true patriots, and why we should stop being so shy about the fact.
There is a constant and enduring narrative among the far right that their world view constitutes true British or English patriotism, and that having a left-wing political opinion makes you some kind of traitor.
However, if we are to look at facts and principals, we can see that, in reality, it is the Right wing who corrupt and weaken British identity, strength and sovereignty, and the Left who empower and embolden the British people.

British institutions
Whereas Right-wing neoliberal dogma wants to see our British institutions – collaborative enterprises created by ALL taxpayers – sold off to the highest bidder, even if that is France, Germany or China, the left want to see many of these industries renationalised – bringing the infrastructure back into the possession of the British and English people who paid for it to be established, improving service, cutting costs and bringing the profits back into the public purse.
The Left want British institutions to be in British hands, the right want British institutions to be in the hands of the highest bidder, wherever they are from! http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-unpatriotic-left-fallacy.html

The Left are Patriots because they want British institutions to remain in the hands of the British taxpayers who paid for them.
The Right are Traitors because they want to take British institutions out of British hands, and sell them off to foreign multi-nationals

Community
Most people along the right wing complain that a sense of community and togetherness is being lost in Britain, and I have to say I agree. What I don’t agree with is who they blame for this loss.
What caused many communities to die? In many cases, it was the closing down of local industries, such as mining and manufacturing, which had formed a key social hub and sense of shared purpose among local citizens. . . This was done by right wing governments, starting out with Margret Thatcher’s, while the left actually fought to maintain these collaborative enterprises and help community cohesion evolve into the 21st century.
The madness of the current situation is that large swathes of rural England (and Wales) were royally screwed over by Thatcherism to a degree which is still felt today – yet some of the people most impoverished and disenfranchised by Thatcherism, are now putting their blind faith into a right wing party, ukip, which has pledged to ‘keep the flame of Thatcherism alive’?!
Another reason communities have died out is that – following right wing, pro-competition, neoliberal ideology – small, local businesses have been crushed by large national and multi-national enterprises.
People complain about Polski Skleps and Halal butchers, forgetting that before these enterprises moved in there were almost invariably deserted and decaying retail units, shuttered and boarded up – the result of neoliberal economics! The immigrants are actually helping to reinvigorate dying High Streets yet, because it is so easy to fear the foreign – all these different languages on our high streets – the people who are helping to rebuild our communities are being attacked by the very people who are complaining that our communities are dying!
British businessmen were not forced from their shops by gangs of Polish heavies – They went broke under right-wing legislation which empowered big businesses and crushed small enterprise.
Another great irony is the fact that the Right always complain about immigrants not integrating – yet treat them, from the moment they arrive, with unrestrained hostility! It’s no wonder these new arrivals don’t try to socialise with the locals, because the loudest locals treat them with utter spite and contempt!
Contrast the Right’s attitude of hostility with the attitude of the multi-cultural left. A friendlier, more inclusive attitude actually helps social cohesion, whereas the hostile attitude of the right creates nothing but division. The Right complain about crumbling communities, even though it is their unbridled hostility which creates this fracturing!
But don’t for a second think that the Right’s corrosive impact on our communities is limited to segregating those of different races and religions – their willingness to erode English unity through hatred and social exclusion doesn’t stop at foreigners and immigrants. You could be able to trace your ancestry back through five generations of pure ‘Britishness’, yet if you were not Christian, heterosexual, a football fan, or were artistic, intellectual, academic, enjoyed different pastimes, had different politics or different tastes in music (lets not forget, the far right have even attacked 100% British people, simply for being ‘goths’ or ‘hippies’), you too would be excluded from the Right’s factory-produced, cloned vision of ‘Englishness’. The far right don’t want community, they want conformity!
The Left are Patriots, because their inclusive attitude strengthens British communities by bringing all citizens together.
The Right are Traitors, as their exclusive attitude weakens community by splitting us into ever smaller and ever more mutually distrusting groups.

Culture
This attitude also weakens the notion of English Patriotism. I am English. I am proud of many of the things England has done. We invented modern democracy. Our scientists and engineers have worked wonders across the world, saving countless lives, and our painters and poets have elevated the human spirit and brought joy to millions.
I am a proud Englishman, and I want to wave the flag of St George with pride – yet I am wary of doing so, as it has been hijacked by the EDL and other far right groups, with whom any TRUE Englishman would never want to associate with.
English poets, painters, teachers, engineers, scientists and politicians have, throughout history, sacrificed themselves to make the world a better place, yet they are now being marginalised in their own country because their flag is now associated with packs of hooting, alcoholic thugs who’ve never done anything for anyone but themselves in their whole lives.
These bitter, spiteful Neanderthals exhibit not the slightest notion of English honour, decorum, self-awareness, compassion, restrained consideration or decency. The identity of proud, upstanding Englishmen is being publically dragged through the dirt by its association with these pack animals.
The Left are Patriots, as they help share and elevate English culture and values.
The Right are Traitors, as they make the world see the English as a bunch of violent, uncultured thugs.
Standing up to bullies, defending the underdog
A true Englishman stands up to bullies and always favours the underdog. The thugs of the far right do the opposite and this is reflected in their shiny, slick new PR front organisation, ukip. Ukip have suggested policy after policy defending the strong and attacking the weak. They have proposed cutting regulation for banks, cutting taxes for big business and wealthy individuals, they opposed the Robin Hood tax, proposed giving sweeping new powers to already powerful corporate elites and employers, they gave tacit (and, in the case of Roger Helmer, ukip MEP, active) support to TTIP, all the while proposing cuts to benefits, curbs to immigration, attacks on women, homosexuals, the Arts and, last but most ironic, massive cuts to worker’s rights!
Whereas the parties of the left seek to protect the disenfranchised, disabled, minorities and the country’s lower paid workers. Labour have proposed a £8 minimum wage, and vowed to protect those worker’s rights which ukip are determined to destroy. The greens have even more radical policies for protecting the vulnerable and disenfranchised, and increasing the minimum wage even further.
The Left are Patriots, as they exhibit the English notion of resisting bullies, and standing up for the underdog.
The Right are Traitors, as they denigrate English decency and honour by sniveling before bullies, and attacking the weak.
Working class
Ukip are the only party with no proposals to increase the minimum wage and are the only party proposing massive cuts to workers’ rights – how crazy do you have to be to vote for these people, as a working class person?! Ukip claim to be for the United Kingdom, yet their bonfire of worker’s rights would ensure the British workers were completely at the whim of foreign corporations!
Whereas the left want to increase the pay and rights of workers – the quickest and most sure-fire way of expressing respect.
The Left are Patriots, as they want to empower and reward British workers.
The Right are Traitors, as they want to enslave British workers to multinational companies.
History
Has anyone else noticed how similar the list of people whom the far right hate is to those of Hitler’s Germany? Socialists, Communists, Lefties, Homosexuals, other religions, intellectuals, travellers – the lists match up perfectly, yet these fake-patriots also constantly invoke ww2 imagery, even though they would have been the first to cosy up to Nazi German. Their doublethink is extraordinary!
Perhaps the most ironic factor in the far right’s phoney patriotism, is the fact that they continually exhibit behaviours which are utterly fascist in nature – often hating the exact and precise same demographics as the Nazis. . . yet they also invoke the name of Churchill as a defender of British values against invading foreigners – foreigners they would gladly have colluded with, as Mosley tried to. They invoke both the Allied and the Axis mind-sets without the slightest awareness that these viewpoints were mutually exclusive. These people are the exact opposite of what a true British patriot would be, and if they’d have had their way, we’d all now be speaking German!
And let us not forget that one of ENGLAND’S best loved authors, George Orwell, specifically predicted that a slimy, anglicised form of Fascism would eventually come to England. How ironic that the people who most loudly shout about their own Englishness are actually agents of destruction of TRUE English pride.
The Left are Patriots, as we continue to resist the Fascism which we all fought against in ww2
The Right are Traitors, as they have become the Fascism we all fought against in ww2.
Masculinity
Masculinity as a notion has historically had a role to play in ideas of Patriotism and Nationhood.
One thing that cannot be denied in this new, safer country we are living in, is that masculinity is becoming a notion which is not so potent as it once was. However, yet again, we can see how the left energises and realises masculinity, while the right denigrates and destroys it. The fascists of Britain First and the EDL may represent notions of canine or simian masculinity, but certainly not human.
A Man has the honour and integrity to stand up for the weak, whereas a Fascist attacks them.
A Man stands up to bullies, a Fascist grovels at their feet.
A Man can stand tall, and stand alone, whereas a Fascist needs their pack.
A Man is strong enough to sacrifice his own wellbeing for his family and community, whereas a Fascist is concerned only with selfishness and spite.
Brotherhood and solidarity are other masculine notions which are exemplified by the left and denigrated by the right – a Fascist would never care for his Brothers and Sisters, if his Master’s said otherwise.
Another reason masculinity has decreased in relevance in the past, in the gradual erosion of typically masculine jobs requiring physical strength. Yet who closed down manufacturing in this country? Who replaced it with a service based economy of call centres and coffee shops? The British far-right complain of the death of masculine work, yet it was successive Right-wing governments that destroyed it, while the left fought tirelessly to defend it!
We all have an image of the hard-working left-winger – down the mine, on the coast, etc, but now the left has a new offering, from a surprising field;
Green jobs – putting up and maintaining solar panels, wind turbines, green infrastructure for example – are actually tough, all-weather jobs requiring strength, skill and resilience. It may sound bizarre, buth the infrastructure behind green policies will actually require truly masculine traits to realise. Isn’t that a brilliant thought?! That “A bunch of hippies” could be the very people which give Men back the heart and soul that was stripped away from them by Right Wing liars?!
We often hear about how ‘political correctness’ has denied a traditionally masculine, blunt way of speaking, of being expressed – yet if you think that ‘masculinity’ means nothing more than saying forbidden words and giggling like a naughty schoolboy, then I pity your weedy interpretation of what it truly means to be a man.
We also hear often how ‘health and safety’ is turning us all into cowardly, weak-willed little weeds, but this is nonsense. Think about what an absence of health and safety means – it means allowing your employer to take free liberties with your wellbeing and your life – what sort of submissive little pushover would allow himself to be his boss’ bitch in such an unquestioning and subservient manner?!
The Left are Patriots, because we believe in giving men back the work that empowered them, and exhibiting traits of TRUE masculinity – honour, sacrifice, bravery, compassion and stamina.
The Right are Traitors, as they seek to disempower men by mistaking pack animal violence, bullying, stupidity and subservience, for true strength.
Standing up for Britain (in the eu as well)
In terms of standing up for Britain’s interests abroad, the left have repeatedly shown themselves to be far superior to the right.
Let’s take the example of the EU, the far-right’s supposed strong hand. We have seen countless examples of green and labour MEPs turning up and voting against legislation which would damage British citizens, while ukip has remained absent. If ukip were anything but the grossest hypocrites in Europe, then they would turn up to every vote, and vote against it. . . but they don’t. They neglect to protect our interests in Europe, even though they are perfectly placed to do so, because they are too busy taking YOUR money and not doing a thing to earn it.
Ukip abstained on TTIP (and one of their MEP’s, Roger Helmer, actually voted in favour of it), while all 3 British Green MEPs turned up and voted against it. Ukip did, however, manage to turn up and vote against a decrease in the EU budget! That’s right, the party who constantly bang on about how expensive the EU is, actually actively opposed measures to decrease this cost, because it would affect their salaries and expenses – would prevent them taking money from YOU!
All ukip ever actually DO in Europe is turn up once every 3 or 4 months to shout at people because it looks good for the cameras – but in terms of actually taking action to protect us from inappropriate legislation, they are nowhere to be seen.
The Left are Patriots because they go to great lengths to defend British interests in Europe
The Right are Traitors because they refuse to defend British interests in Europe, even though they have the perfect opportunity to do so.
The left represents ascention, the right denigration.
Traditionally “left” notions, such as compassion, empathy, sharing, sacrifice, fairness, inclusion and self improvement, contrast sharply with the far rights vision of Britain.
The far right want to reduce strong British and English People down to the level of Hyenas. Barking animals which prey on the weak and snivel at the feet of the powerful. Unimaginative, pitiless, violent, wilfully thoughtless, conformist, cowardly, bullying, mindless pack animals – that is the Far Right’s vision of an Englishman and it disgusts me that this has been allowed to become the dominant narrative behind the Flag of St George.
Of course it is not true. These people are not representative of Englishness, but a cancer which is destroying it. And now we come to ukip. Racism and bigotry exist. In sparse little units in every country and even in every individual psyche. Intelligence, kindness and tolerance usually allow these cells to remain sparse – disconnected from one another. They represent a caveman instinct which may have been useful in the past but is now no longer so. Normally, these groups represent no threat as they cannot shake their hateful image, and spend most of their time fighting against one another. That is until a carcinogen such as ukip manifests. Ukip are very clever, using dog whistle politics to attract the bigots, yet weasel words to convince respectable people that they are different. Nick Griffin, the EDL and Britain First (as well as many other openly fascist groups) have given direct support to ukip. Ukip are a highly polished PR exercise which is walking a tightrope of respectability, appealing to the misinformed as well as the misanthropic.
The Left are Patriots, as they want to elevate British citizens to the level of enlightened, intelligent, cultured and caring beings.
The Right are Traitors, as they want to reduce British citizens to the level of hateful, paranoid, scapegoating pack-animals.
The fact of the matter is, that in any reasonable way, and with any examination of basic facts and principals, the left-wing actually represent the TRUE values of English and British patriotism, whereas the right denigrate it.
It is a simple truth that the further right you go, the more repulsive to true British honour the politics becomes. The right shame and degrade our integral British decency, whereas we on the left elevate it.
We need just to wake up and realise these facts – and then shout them from the rooftops.
Greens, Liberals, Labour, Socialists, Trade Unionists – there is no need to feel shame in your country any more – YOU are its true representatives, you are its true voice, you represent Britishness and Englishness in all its glory – Take our flags back from these hateful beings, Britain can become great again, all it takes is for great British people to stand up and take our pride back from the beasts who have sullied it with their filth.
Further links
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-unpatriotic-left-fallacy.html

Establishment figures, Ed Milliband vs Nigel Farage

Privately educated: EM = no, NF = yes.
Millionaire parents: EM = no, NF = yes.
Worked in City of London Financial sector: EM = no, NF = yesFormer Tory: EM = no, NF = yes
Got the Fleet Street Elite eating out of his hands?  EM=no, NF=yes
Proudly claimed £2m in expenses from taxpayer: EM = no, NF = yes.
Lazy? EM = no,NF = yes(http://leftfootforward.org/2013/11/ukip-meps-laziest-in-europe/)

As it happens, i am not, nor ever have been, a labour voter, but if asked who was the most ‘establishment’ figure out of Ed Milliband and Nigel Farage, Farage wins by a country mile