Author Archives: Pete Radcliff

We’re redundant – hooray

Don’t get us wrong. We will fight all cuts, all redundancies and defend every job. But the job of stopping the BNP festival in Codnor, Derbyshire is one political job we are pleased to have got rid of.

There is a bitter dispute within the BNP; the promise by Griffin (like anyone would believe his promises) that he will resign his leadership within 2 years are clear indicators of their crisis. So this year they have called  off their prized event of the year their Red, White and Blue Festival of hate.

Of course, they try and deny the real reason for the cancellation of the RWB. In an interview in the local Ripley and Heanor News BNP’s Alan Warner and owner of the land on which the festival was held said: “We have cattle on the land at the moment and there are rules saying people cannot go on land used for cattle grazing for 90 days so it’s too late now.” Oh what a terrible shock that must have been for Mr. Warner and a perfect excuse.

He went on “I think the BNP should have come back this year to show that they are still here. People will say ‘we have beaten them and moved them on’ when that’s not the case.”  Of course not!

The BNP’s local councillor on Amber Valley Borough Council, Lewis Allesbrook said: “It is quite labour intensive to organise and put on and can consume whole months of key activists time. At a time of huge organisational steps forward, it was felt that key people would be better utilised by focusing them on the upgrade of the party election machine.”

Translate this means, ‘the festivals have been growing flops as a result of the campaign that anti-fascists  conducted against it, the BNP is in a total mess and any national pulling together of BNP activists might lead to punch-ups, the BNP has a demoralised membership, an unpopular dictator of a leader and street racist competitors (the EDL) are seizing all the limelight’.

Don’t be complacent though, most of the BNP’s difficulties are the result of their own stupidity and incompetence. The threat of fascist and racist growth still remains with the terrible economic crisis and a labour movement that is still yet to show that it will be the can champion workers interests and marginalise the squalid racists that are still confident as we can see from the mobilisations of the EDL.

Campaigners of the Notts Stop the BNP still remain active as do all the other local campaigns that built the demos against the BNP in Codnor. What we need to do now is stop the EDL!

We don’t expect to post here again but we do appeal on anti-racists who have supported our protests in Codnor in the past to support the new national network of democratic working class anti-fascist campaigns that has recently been set up, the Stop Racism and Fascism network that has already linked up anti-fascist campaigns in Nottingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Cardiff, Derby, Newcastle and South London. Watch the new website http://srfnetwork.org and join us in cleaning our working class communities of racism.

For workers unity – for Jobs and Home NOT racism!

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Press Statement on EDL provocation on Dec 5

See http://nottmstopbnp.wordpress.com for more info about protest.

Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP (NSBNP) has called for a show of unity on 5 December across all communities in Nottingham against the so-called English Defence League’s planned ‘protest’ in Nottingham.

The EDL, who base themselves on football hooligans, have organised so called protests in various towns and cities in an attempt to stir up racism and have been opposed by local communities  including trade unions and community organisations wherever they organise. The EDL claim to be against “Islamic extremism” but in reality this is an excuse to whip up racism as they try and organise a racist political force and racist attacks have taken place during their events.

It appears that the EDL have organised their event to coincide with the Forest versus Leicester City football match and the 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment’s parade through Nottingham. Our rally is against the EDL and is not linked in any way with the parade by the troops.

The EDL know they are  completely unrepresentative of British society and tried to keep their congregation point secret for as long as possible as they did not have the confidence to announce it when they announced their protest. It is only this week that it has become clear where they are congregating.

NSBNP’s Unity Rally will congregate outside the  Royal Concert Hall at 10am on the 5th. Continue reading

South Yorkshire Stop the BNP plans Sheffield campaign

South Yorkshire Stop the BNP have announced a major campaign in Firth Park, an area known to have been well-worked by the BNP.

The first public event of the campaign will be a public meeting on Saturday, 21st November 3 – 5pm in the Methodist Church, 8 Stubbin Lane, Sheffield S5 6QL

A map can be opened from this link

The organisers call for anti-racists and anti-fascists across the city to support this initiative.

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Nottm meeting and Unity rally against the EDL – 5th Dec

Announcements for Notts anti-racist and anti-BNP activity will now be hosted at this website http://nottmstopbnp.wordpress.com

Read the first entry there about the Unity Rally being organised on Dec 5th to counter the racist EDL provocation see this link to article about 22nd Oct meeting and leaflet.011

Statement from Notts campaign regarding EDL provocation in Nottm – 7th Nov

The following statement has been made by the Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP campaign, Sunday 27th September

The local anti-fascist campaign, Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP (NSBNP), is calling on trade unionists, working class community organisations and other anti-racists to join them in a Unity rally against the demonstration organised by the English Defence League (EDL)  in Nottingham on Nov 7th.

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Photos of August 15th

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Report of a picket at BNP meeting in Shirebrook

Notts Stop the BNP supporters joined others on Thursday, 2oth Aug, at a picket, organised by Chesterfield UAF, of a BNP meeting in a former mining village, Shirebrook, 6 miles north-west of Mansfield. The picket, about 20 of us in total, followed a violent racist attack at a local take-away by youths identifying themselves as BNP.

The BNP have a large branch in Bolsover/ Shirebrook. The BNP branch nominally is based in Bolsover although meetings are at the BNP members pub in Shirebrook. That pub, the Great Northern, has become very much a base for BNP activities. In the past the BNP have claimed as many as 40 attending some of those meetings.

The picture below shows one of those meetings.
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