The child holding this placard is about 10-years-old, he was posing for pictures after the DFLA marched on the streets of Manchester last Saturday 2nd June 2018

The DFLA say they are against extremism. They focus on Islamic extremism, apparently because it is taking over our country.

I walked amongst the DFLA crowds and other than their chants to kill Muslims and other obscene generalisations about Islam & the labour party they were a friendly bunch of people who just wanted to have fun.

If I didn’t have to get back to Liverpool, I would have stayed and tried to have some conversations with them about their views because I fine-grained believe that a lot of these people feel they have been let down and marginalised by modern society. The problem is that because of this they have need someone to blame and for too long neoliberal politicians have let them down so they’ve turned to groups that they can associate with, groups that have given them someone to blame, groups that have given them a simple answer that to them makes sense.

When we talk about extremism, we identify that vulnerable people are most likely to be radicalised. That is what has happened to a lot of these people and their children are being radicalised in to these far right radicalised ideologies. The leaders of the DFLA and similar organisations do not have week thought it plans for changing society and creating a better world for everyone. Their only plans are to get rid of Muslims then just as the Tories have done, the Blacks, the Europeans, basically anyone who isn’t white and English.

Real positive change comes from building communities, supporting local businesses, protecting the earth, being open and equal to all.

Arguments online don’t change people’s minds but physical action on the streets and conversations in real life make a difference.

Before I help an elderly person across the road, I don’t ask then who they vote for. I don’t ask the parent on their own with a double pram whether they believe in open borders before I help them up the stairs and I don’t ask whether people believe in Socialism before I hold the door open for them.

By doing great things within our communities, we can hopefully help these people and their children understand that the DFLA leaders and other similar groups have no plan to actually improve the issues that are affecting the working class of our country. Those issues all stem from austerity, not immigrants, socialism or Corbyn.

The Tories don’t care who the extremists and terrorists are because they created the environment where people get radicalised or become so annoyed that they turn to terrorism and that’s a part of their plan so that while their policies oppress the working classes of society they can make themselves rich through tax cuts for the rich.

Let’s not forget that in school we were taught that the British empire was a great thing when in fact the British empire was built in Racism, slavery and capitalism, is that great? Maybe if children weren’t taught to believe that, and that the UK doesn’t have a history of destroying other countries, maybe we wouldn’t have so many calling for the empire to be rebuilt and we would have less people at these marches.

With many thanks to: Dan Lewis for the origional story.

‘C’mon Paddy, EU can leave too’ – Councillor slammed for ‘racist’ famine tweet

The cartoon frog in the picture,🐸 known as “Pepe”, was adopted a number of years ago by far-right social media trolls to target, among others, autistic children.

A Belfast City councillor has been reported to a local Government watchdog over a “racist, sectarian and offensive” tweet.

Independent councillor Jolene Bunting, who has previously caused controversy by associating with and supporting far-right group Britain First, posted the tweet yesterday afternoon.

The bizarre image featured two frogs, one wearing a Union Jack T-shirt and the other wearing an Irish tricolour.

The frog in the Irish flag is crying, holding a pint of Guinness and wearing a hat that reads: “Please be patient I have famine.”

Accompanying the picture is the line: “C’mon Paddy, EU can leave too”.

The cartoon frog in the picture, known as “Pepe”, was adopted a number of years ago by far-right social media trolls to target, among others, autistic children.

Sinn Fein council group leader Deirdre Hargey said she has lodged formal complaints with the Local Government Commissioner for Standards (LGCS) and Belfast City Council over the tweet, which she branded “racist, sectarian and offensive”.

Alliance councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown also filed a complaint with the LGCS, calling the tweet “not only crass but racist and sectarian”.

Britain First far-right Jayda Fransen who recently bought a new home in Co Down

It was also revealed eariler this week that her friend far-right deputy leader of Britain First’s Jayda Fransen (pictured above) bought a new home in Co Down. It was also revealed that Jayda Fransen will be stepping down from Britain First and setting up a new far-right group here in the North of Ireland along with her colleague Independent councillor Jolene Bunting.

With many thanks to the: Irish Independent for the origional story.

‘English only’ council installs Ulster Scots planters

Anne Marie Logue

A row has erupted after a council voted for a strict ‘English only’ road sign policy – before installing plant pots decorated with Ulster Scots.

An Irish language group is to lodge a complaint with the Equality Commission after Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council refused a request by residents for a number of streets to have signs in Irish.

It then installed the controversial ‘planters’ bearing an Ulster Scots greeting in Antrim town centre. Sinn Fein has also hit out at the decision and accused the council of hypocrisy.

In February, the council voted for a strict ‘English only’ policy after residents from Abbeyville in Newtownabbey petitioned for signs in five streets to also include Irish. The predominantly unionist council voted against the request by 27 votes to eight.

However, within a matter of weeks, the council installed large decorative planters at the junction of Church Street and High Street in Antrim inscribed with the greeting ‘Fair fa’ ye tae’ and including the Discover Ulster Scots logo.

The planters are designed to welcome visitors to the town’s Scotch Quarter, which has undergone a recent facelift.

Sinn Fein councillor Anne Marie Logue said the current situation is the latest slap in the face for Irish speakers.

“We believe that what has happened is wrong and a breach of equality legislation,” she said.

“It is hypocrisy in its rawest form.”

Cait Ni Ruanaidh from Ionad Teaghlaigh Ghleann Darach, an Irish language family centre based in Crumlin, said: “Congratulations to the Ulster Scots speakers in Antrim.

“It’s fantastic to see their language being promoted by the council. However, it is an absolute disgrace that gaeilgeoirs within this council are denied the same rights.

“This is hypocritical at best and in reality, downright sectarianism.

“The Irish language is spoken by people from all political backgrounds and this behaviour by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council politicises the Irish language.

“It also diminishes community relations by creating double standards and demonises our Irish language community,” she added.

“We are not out to attack or censor anyone else’s language, however, we will be lodging a complaint with the council and the Equality Commission.

“We believe the council is in breach of equality regulations.”

A council spokeswoman said a decision to brand a part of Antrim Scotch Quarter due to its historical context was approved in March 2017, prior to the decision to implement an English only sign policy, which was made on February 26 this year.

“There was no vote or objections raised at the March 2017 meeting, in relation to the matter,” she said.

“The proposal was to be implemented by the Ulster Scots Agency, however, due to some delays it wasn’t implemented until earlier this month.”

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the origional story.

Orange Order in Scotland is on the brink of collapse, according to leading historian Tom Devine.

ORANGE MARCHERS TAKE TO THE STREET OF GLASGOW, AS THE ANNUAL MARCHING SESSION BEGINS…ORANGE MARCH GLASGOW.
ORANGE MARCHERS TAKE TO THE STREET OF GLASGOW, AS THE ANNUAL MARCHING SESSION BEGINS….PHOTO STEWART ATTWOOD..ORANGE MARCH GLASGOW.

THE “anti-Catholic” Orange Order is in terminal decline and can only survive if it abandons sectarianism, according to historian Tom Devine.

He said members of the Protestant fraternity are ageing and their marches in July commemorating the defeat of Catholic King James II by Dutch Protestant William of Orange in 1690 are “widely condemned by mainstream Scottish opinion”.

The Sunday Herald revealed last year that the first prize in a fancy dress competition organised by Airdrie-based Whinhall True Blues Flute Band and held in an Orange Hall went to a man and woman dressed as Adolf Hitler and wife Eva Braun, and two children dressed in rags branded with a yellow star similar to the one Jewish people were forced to wear by the Nazis.

Other pictures of the 2013 competition, and an earlier contest in 2010, show men dressed as Catholic clergy, and one who appears to be dressed as the Pope has a noose around his neck to simulate a lynching.

The Order has also come under fire after footage emerged of crowd at an Orange Walk in Glasgow singing the banned Famine Song, accompanied by a flute band. In the video shot last July, a group repeatedly sing: “The famine is over, why don’t you go home?”, lyrics which refer to Irish immigrants. Eight people were arrested at the same event for a range of offences.

In a bid to rebrand, the Orange Order is due to hold a “media and public relations seminar in the spring” which is expected to take the form of a “how others see us” forum led by a professional PR consultant, according to an article in the Orange Torch, the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland’s newsletter.

Devine, who is a practicing Catholic, said: “The best way forward for them is to remove any traces of anti-social behaviour, which they have been trying to do, and to remove any traces of anti-Catholicism, because of course the Orange Order was founded in the 1790s in the north of Ireland out of fear of Catholicism.”

He said the Protestant organisation is currently in a “parlous condition” and added: “The numbers are absolutely clear – it is in decline. The mainstream Protestant churches don’t want anything to do with it and mainstream Scottish opinion, especially during the marching season, treats the organisation with hostility and contempt.”

The Sunday Herald contacted the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland but did not receive a response.

With many thanks to the: Herald and Times Group Scotland for the origional story.

Unionists unite against Irish Language Act

Leaders of political unionism in Northern Ireland have reiterated their opposition to a mooted Irish language act. Arlene Foster, Robin Swann and Jim Allister have each outlined their respective objections to Sinn Fein’s demand for official recognition for Irish. The three unionist leaders were speaking in the Orange Standard newspaper in support of comments made by Grand Master Edward Stevenson, who previously told the News Letter that while his institution has “no quarrel” with Irish speakers, he felt the language was being used as “a cultural weapon by political republicanism”. The show of unity from unionism comes after the collapse of talks aimed at salvaging devolution last month. The Irish language has been a key sticking point in efforts to restore power-sharing, with the Province having been without a functioning government since January 2017. DUP leader Mrs Foster claimed “no unionist would be against reasonable legislation”, but stressed a return to devolution “cannot be at any price”. She also accused Sinn Fein of holding Northern Ireland to ransom “to advance its own narrow agenda”. And despite claims by Sinn Fein that a draft agreement had been reached – which included provisions of an Irish language act – Mrs Foster remained adamant that no such agreement had been struck. UUP leader Robin Swann said his party does not believe there is any need for legislation to protect Irish, adding that the issue was being used by republicans as “a tool to further divide people” in the Province. While many proponents of an act claim the language has been “oppressed and starved of funding”, Mr Swann said the reality is that “by any standard of measurement, Irish is very generously provided for”. TUV leader Jim Allister expressed his alarm at the potential repercussions of official legislation for the language. He continued: “The pattern of language legislation in Wales and Scotland is a progressive tightening of the noose. It will be no different here. “Anyone who gives ground on this issue is helping to facilitate the republican ‘struggle’.”

With many thanks to the: News Letter for the origional letter.

Read more at: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/unionists-unite-over-irish-act-1-8439245

Empey hits out at Sinn Féin ‘hypocrisy’

FORMER UUP leader Lord Empey has accused Sinn Féin of “utter hypocrisy” and inaccuracy over claims proposed Parliamentary Boundary changes are “a gerrymander for the 21st century” against nationalists.

In a submission to the Boundary Commission, the republican party criticised the body’s proposal to retain four seats in Belfast – a change to an earlier plan was to cut the number of constituencies to three.

It also argued the Commission has been “unduly influenced” by unionist lobbying, especially regarding proposed changes to Fermanagh/South Tyrone. Lord Empey, pictured, said Sinn Féin “never bothered to engage meaningfully with the Boundary Review at any previous stage”.

“The Ulster Unionist Party had concerns about the origional provisional proposals, largely because we did not beleive they respected community ties and that they would cut towns off from natural hinterlands, and we made representations to the commission in a bid to influence its its thinking,” he said.

“The latest revised proposals are certainly not perfect but they are an improvement on the provisional proposals which Sinn Féin now seem to be championing.” He added that “In order to reduce the North of Ireland’s representation in the House of Commons, our total number of seats will be reduced from 18 to 17, and a unionist seat is being sacrificed.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Bimpe Archer for the origional story.

Sectarian graffiti daubed near West Belfast Caterpillar plant

The sectarian graffiti was daubed on a wall close to the former FG Wilson plant

fg wilson graffiti Springfield Road

UNION chiefs last night branded sectarian graffiti daubed close to a major industrial plant in west Belfast as a “reprehensible attempt to divide workers”.

The slogan ‘FG’s loyalist not welcome’ appeared on a wall of the Caterpillar plant, a former FG Wilson base, close to the Springfield Road on Monday.

While the graffiti appeared to have been painted over by yesterday morning, there was strong condemnation last night of those responsible.

Susan Fitzgerald from Unite trade union said: “The sectarian scrawl written on a wall outside the Caterpillar site in Springvale has been designed to intimidate and divide workers – it cannot and will not be allowed to succeed.

“Workplaces are the one place in Northern Ireland where people come together across the sectarian divides.”

She added: “Unite stands full square against sectarianism and intimidation and the disgusting graffiti at Springvale today. Anyone that threatens a hair on the head of any one of our members is an enemy of our union”.

Jackie Pollock from Unite said it had contacted political leaders from DUP and Sinn Féin to “seek to clam the situation”.

“This sectarian slogan is a reprehensible attempt to divide workers and will not be allowed to succeed,” he said.

“Unite represents this workforce and they stand united against those who offer nothing positive.”

Alliance assembly member Stewart Dickson said it was “disgraceful”.

“This type of graffiti was designed to intimidate one particular section of our community when entering a certain area,” he said.

“But it has absolutely no place in our society and will not be tolerated.

“Those behind this graffiti are not representative of the vast majority of people, who will rightly find its message abhorrent.”

DUP MLA William Humphrey said: “Sectarian graffiti designed to intimate workers from the PUL community and deter them from working or seeking employment at Caterpillar’s west Belfast plant.

“Previous attempts to intimate Protestant workers at the plant failed. This will also fail.”

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said: “There is no impediment to anyone in this city working in west Belfast, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or their background.

“Workers in this part of Belfast have enough to contend with without turning on each other along sectarian lines.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News