Sunday, 30 September 2007

BNP in Ipswich- not needed, not wanted.

Saturday morning was spent in Roundwood Road with local activists and our Labour MP- Chris Mole. The rain kept off and we managed to speak to a number of residents, and hopefully help sort out a number of issues that the residents mentioned, these included speeding and parking. Roundwood Road is used as an access point to Sidegate Primary, so traffic and parking is a concern to residents and also to the many parents who use this entrance.
Sue Thomas our Labour County councilor has used her locality budget to have school signs and "slow" markings placed on the road. this week we managed to get a barrier placed at the end of the path to the school, this should stop any children running straight out into the road.
This is what local politics is all about- not what happened later in Rushmere ward, last night in Whitby Road and today in my own road we have found BNP leaflets pushed through our door. No local content but just an A5 leaflet full of lies. You can see how these lies play on peoples concerns and worries.
In the 70's there was little sign of the National Front in Ipswich and this is the first time I have seen a BNP leaflet in Rushmere. But it is a worry that BNP leaflets were also seen in the west of the town earlier in the month.
There is no place in Ipswich for the fascist BNP, it is up to all of the three main political parties to combat the threat of the Far Right.
I hope any Rushmere residents have put the leaflet where it belongs- the blue bin!


Anonymous said...

nice one pointing out "blue" bin! a double entendre! disposing of facists and helping the environment! Jack P

Anonymous said...

Of course living over where your parents did there may have been little in the way of NF activity in the 1970's; however in the real world of the working class there was, and had to be put down with much force. We couldn't all run off and join the army, could we? Some of us fought Thatcherism, rather than running away and hiding in the barrack-room waiting to be strike breakers if the government wanted it.

The BNP is the bastard child of Labour party realignment and "new realism" i.e. the old boring traditional working class of Glamorgan Road, Brecon Close and Wherstead Road count for little compared to the Valley Road, Bixley Road and the IT classes. For the Labour Party base - blue collar , working class, whatever - there is the minimum wage, working family tax credit and ever ending rent rises. On top of that the Labour Party has continuously fawned, grovelled and scraped to immigrants, with the latest offering of knee bobbing being increased payments to polygamist hook handed bomber psychopaths.

Whether the BNP is right or as I believe wrong, the BNP doesn't spring from a vacuum. If you bothered to talk to the voters (not just the middle class self haters) you would find that they feel - and in a democracy feelings count a lot - that the Labour party doesnt give a tinkers cuss about them.

Before you get all in a tizzy about the BNP, you should ask why the people who voted in their millions throughout the eighties for Kinnock and Co. completely against the tide of the time are suddenly thinking of switching to Griffin.

Weren't your parents the opticians in Arcade St?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I've been too rough on you. Being in the Army, coming out with a fine, always paid pension, a ready made job waiting for you has sheltered you from the realities of the real world (and perhaps still does). Please reject my blog comment. I wrote it in haste, and now must repent in leisure.

Alasdair Ross said...

Yes- my Dad was the Optician in Arcade Street- I may of come a middle class background but i went to Towerramparts- and was a member of the anti Nazi league and the BNP, NF and what they satnd for- Far from the Army hiding me from reality- N Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo have let me see with open eyes what Right wing nationalisim can lead to- yes as a Labour party we need to make sure we get people behind us and must find ways of stopping the Far Right from attracting the working class- but taht is a problem we had in the 1930;s and 70;s- not helped by such panic stories about immigration in such paers as the Daily Mail othe Express.