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Love thy neighbour

Posted By SajiniW On 22nd February, 2007 @ 1:58 pm In Party politics, The BNP | Comments Disabled

Who would’ve thought it? It seems a significant minority of “ethnic-friendly” Lib-Dem councillors in Burnley have made friends in [1] all sorts of places.

The Liberal Democrats have since taken steps to suspend John Jones and Jeff Sumner. Both men are known to have backed a BNP representative for a key local position. They’ve since retracted an apology for their actions, telling the Guardian that they had ‘no regrets’ about voting for BNP councillor [2] Sharon Wilkinson - over her Labour rival - to join the board of a publicly-funded regeneration initiative.

Whilst the votes cast had no bearing on the final outcome (Cllr Wilkinson was not elected), words were exchanged between the gentlemen concerned and their fellow Lib-Dem council leader, telling them that “this was conduct not becoming of an elected Liberal Democrat representative”.

It’s interesting to note these individuals have supposedly ‘breached’ the party line. Given the furore over the BNP ballerina, I’d like to know whether you think it is acceptable to have members of racist parties on publicly-funded initiatives?


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#1 Comment By ally On 22nd February, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

“The plans concerned affected residents of all wards, including Ms Wilkinson’s. Should these residents be penalised from having a say thanks to the politics of their councillor?”
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This makes no sense to me. One councillor had to win and won had to lose. That’s what happens when sub-committees are elected. What’s your point, Sajini?

The meat of the article merely reinforces all my suspicions about Lib-Dems at council level.

#2 Comment By Amrit On 22nd February, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

Oooh, I get the first post on a thread! I feel so big. :-P

Just what position was it that Sharon Wilkinson was so ’suitable’ for? I’m curious.

And I’m sorry to be so rude, but she is quite terrifying looking. It had me hurrying right away from her profile

#3 Comment By Amrit On 22nd February, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

Sorry, not the first post after all *hangs head.*

#4 Comment By SajiniW On 22nd February, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

Sorry Ally - I’ve corrected the question.

#5 Comment By Leon On 22nd February, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

Speaking of the scum BNP I’ve just been told I’m now on Redwatch (along with a few pictures they’ve of mine they’ve used without permission the bastards)…I must be a bigger threat to the fash than I realised…

#6 Comment By ally On 22nd February, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

Ah we’ve all been there Leon, it’s no biggie. I’m still waiting for the first brick…

#7 Comment By Leon On 22nd February, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

Yeah fame at last! :D

#8 Comment By Juvenal On 22nd February, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

While blogging on this incident in January, I came across an enlightening edition of BNPTV on YouTube starring Ms Wilkinson. According to her, Building Schools for the Future is an exercise in social engineering, forcing Asian children to travel “out of their areas” in Burnley to go to school.

It would be funny, if it wasn’t so offensive.

#9 Comment By Kulvinder On 22nd February, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

Given the furore over the BNP ballerina, I’d like to know whether you think it is acceptable to have members of racist parties on publicly-funded initiatives?

If they’ve been elected yeah. I think this probably has more to do with local infighting and politics than anything.

#10 Comment By bananabrain On 22nd February, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

is “redwatch” anything like “jew watch”? it sounds like similar people.

b’shalom

bananabrain

#11 Comment By Leon On 22nd February, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

No idea, wouldn’t surprise me though…

#12 Comment By Jagdeep On 22nd February, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

Sorry, not the first post after all *hangs head.*

hahaha that’s so funny.

Don’t worry you say you like Virginia Woolf and Maupassant in your myspace so you’re still cool.

#13 Comment By Jagdeep On 22nd February, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

I’m waiting for someone to start up a ‘pickledpolitics watch’ to keep tabs on us Leon

#14 Comment By Anon+1 On 22nd February, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

Yawn. BNP are not racists, just nationalists who wish to protect the interests of their members.
Go to a meeting sometime to see the real truth.

#15 Comment By Kulvinder On 22nd February, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

SECTION 2: MEMBERSHIP
1) The British National Party represents the collective National, Environmental, Political,
Racial, Folkish, Social, Cultural, Religious and Economic interests of the indigenous
Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Norse folk communities of Britain and those we regard as
closely related and ethnically assimilated or assimilable aboriginal members of the
European race also resident in Britain. Membership of the BNP is strictly defined
within the terms of, and our members also self define themselves within, the legal
ambit of a defined ‘racial group’ this being ‘Indigenous Caucasian’ and defined ‘ethnic
groups’ emanating from that Race as specified in law in the House of Lords case of
Mandla VDowell Lee (1983) 1 ALLER 1062, HL.
2) The indigenous British ethnic groups deriving from the class of ‘Indigenous
Caucasian’consist of members of: i) The Anglo-Saxon Folk Community; ii) The Celtic
Scottish Folk Community; iii) The Scots-Northern Irish Folk Community; iv) The
Celtic Welsh Folk Community; v) The Celtic Irish Folk Community; vi) The Celtic
Cornish Folk Community; vii) The Anglo-Saxon-Celtic Folk Community; viii) The
Celtic-Norse Folk Community; ix) The Anglo-Saxon-Norse Folk Community; x) The
Anglo-Saxon-Indigenous European Folk Community; xi) Members of these ethnic
groups who reside either within or outside Europe but ethnically derive from them.

#16 Comment By Kulvinder On 22nd February, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

Just so we’re clear, i don’t have any problem with them defining themselves along ‘racial group’ lines.

#17 Comment By Don On 22nd February, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

Folk community? Beards, real ale and sticking your finger in your ear to sing ‘The Old Dunn Cow’?

#18 Comment By Chairwoman On 22nd February, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

For heaven’s sake Kulvinder, it’s just not feasible for everything to be ok.

#19 Comment By Chairwoman On 22nd February, 2007 @ 7:21 pm

I believe in the past few months you have supported, amongst other things, cannibalism, niqabs, children’s self determination, nudity and now political groups defining themselves upon racial lines.

I hope for your sake that you really are 6ft 5ins because you are well on the way to disappearing up your fundament, and frankly, you’re going to need the space!

#20 Comment By Don On 22nd February, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

CW,

Needed to be said.

#21 Comment By Leon On 22nd February, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

I’m waiting for someone to start up a ‘pickledpolitics watch’ to keep tabs on us Leon

If they do I reckon we should hold a party! If they are really that terrified of the “red threat” (I mean c’mon language like that hasn’t been used since Thatcher was in power!) then we must be doing something right.:D

#22 Comment By Kulvinder On 22nd February, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

CW I still hate PETA!

#23 Comment By Tahir On 22nd February, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

yes, but what’s more interesting is that they describe themselves as ‘aborigonal’ and ‘indigenous’ which is part is like claiming they are on the same plain as aboriginals in Austrailia or indigenous people in North America. I also find it really interesting that the white working classes on the Isle of Dogs, in the London Docklands, also describe themselves in the same way. They’ve been told i reckon, brainwashed into believing they are threat of extinction which is why they use the same language and generate paranois and fear..

T

#24 Comment By John Christopher On 23rd February, 2007 @ 12:48 am

This whole saga confirms my suspicions that the Lib-Dems are……….I’ve got to keep my promise in not using any profanity.

#25 Comment By douglas clark On 23rd February, 2007 @ 1:03 am

John Christopher,

I’ve considered myself a Liberal, voting for them even in lost causes. Your new age definition of Liberals, if I read you right, as opportunists, does not sit happily with my idea of what a Liberal actually is.

These two twerps should have the whip suspended until they figure out who the hell they are supposed to represent.

Your suspicions are not confirmed by a couple of power grabbing morons.

Thanks.

#26 Comment By Katherine On 23rd February, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

From what I can tell of this saga just from the posting here, the two councillors were criticised publically (and apparently, emotionally) by a fellow Lib Dem and have been suspended by the Liberal Democrats. Now, tell me again what that says about the Liberal Democrats?

#27 Comment By lithcol On 23rd February, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

I don’t mind pressure groups etc. defining themselves along racial, religious, sexual lines, but I draw the line at political parties. Given the diversity of our society, re: ethnic and racial origin, sexual identity there is no room for any political party that defines itself narrowly along a single dimension.
The BNP is and always has been a white supremacist, deeply fascistic party. It doesn’t like Jews, people of colour , homosexuals, freedom of expression, socialism etc. .
Unfortunately they are a legally constituted party that appears to have become a bit more savvy in recent years. Give them enough and they will eventually hang themselves.

#28 Comment By Owen Blacker On 23rd February, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

I wouldn’t worry about being on Redwatch, Leon. I’ve been on there for about five years now and I’ve heard not a thing from it. Bless ‘em. :)

#29 Comment By Sunny On 23rd February, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

CW I still hate PETA!

Shut it you philistine. You’re a disgrace!

#30 Comment By Chairwoman On 23rd February, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

Sunny - Kulvinder has amused himself winding everyone up for the past couple of days. I am now not sure whether he’s the fifty year old, earringed, pony-tailed, dope smoker mentioned earlier in the week, or an angry ‘o’ level student.


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[1] all sorts of places: http://politics.guardian.co.uk/farright/story/0,,2018201,00.html
[2] Sharon Wilkinson: http://www.burnley.gov.uk/site/scripts/councillors_info.php?councillorID=78&viewBy=name