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SALFORD BNP BINS GARBAGE DEPOT MEETING
 

Star date: 14th June 2013

BNP BOTTLES IT AND CANCELS PUBLIC MEETING

`The BNP ran scared this afternoon' Councillor Balkind

At the last minute, Salford BNP cancelled its public meeting at the city's garbage depot, as anti-fascist protesters turned up to oppose what UNISON's Steven North called "hate and division in our city".

Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, was also present at the demonstration to hear Councillor Howard Balkind add that "the BNP ran scared this afternoon".

Full details here…


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SALFORD BNP CANS GARBAGE DEPOT MEETING
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Just a few hours before it was due to take place, the BNP dramatically cancelled its public meeting at the city's garbage depot on Eccles New Road.

Under election rules the fascist party, which is standing a candidate in the local Weaste and Seedley by-election, is entitled to hold such a meeting within a public building. But the Salford Star understands that when it became clear that the public was also entitled to attend, the BNP cancelled, fearing disruption by protesters.

Even though the meeting was called off, a lively demonstration outside the entrance to Turnpike House went ahead to show, as one of the placards stated, that `Salford Says No To The BNP'.

Speaking to protesters - who included council workers, people from the community, activists from Greater Manchester Unite Against Fascism, Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart and a few of the city's councillors - Steven North, branch secretary of Salford City UNISON, read out a statement he was going to tell the BNP had the meeting gone ahead…

"This is our workplace and you, the BNP, are not welcome in it. Every day in this building, people from different backgrounds come together and work together to provide services for the people of Salford. We do not discriminate against each other, and we do not discriminate as to who we provide these services for… You, the BNP, are attempting to sow hate and division in our workplace and our city and we oppose you doing that.

"Your leader, Nick Griffin, parades around Europe on tax payers' money. He does not speak for us when he calls Nelson Mandela an `old terrorist'. He does not speak for us when he denies the Holocaust. When members of your party excuse rape you do not speak for us. You, the BNP, are not welcome in Salford.

"You have never opposed attacks on services of this city that people need. You have never stood with the people of Salford in defence of our needs. All you have done is what you have done everywhere else - you have sought to profit from poverty and disenfranchisement. You have created problems in communities and then run away. That is why you are a spent force in politics.

"That is why we stand here today and say `You are not welcome'. We are proud of our city, we are proud of our diverse workforce and we will always stand together to make sure that people like you can never disrupt or break that."

Howard Balkind, councillor for Swinton South, added that while the BNP was entitled to hold a public meeting under election rules, Salford people were also entitled to hold a peaceful protest… "Following on from what happened in the 2nd World War the last thing we want is the establishment of fascism in Salford…

"I'm sorry that we haven't been able to enliven your evening with the BNP being here because I'm sure they ran scared this afternoon" he added "I believe they are elsewhere in the city but we know it's not within one of our public buildings."

With the BNP cancelling its meeting so late in the day, police, security stewards and an election officer were present, incurring a cost to cash strapped Salford Council, money which could have been spent helping to maintain vital services in the city.

See also previous Salford Star article - BNP To Meet In Garbage Depot - click here

not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 22:35:31 on 21 June 2013
@ Red Eccles,for labour to become democratic and accountable, they need a challenger to there cushy little world and last night it was ukip the nearest to them, no person or party should ever believe they have a right to rule, but that is what labour have done in Salford for 40+ years, I would vote for any one if it meant getting more democracy and accountability in Salford and last night that was ukip as they proved, I have never seen labour with so many people out on the street as last night maybe this will give them the kick up the arse they need, you might think that a bit shallow, but then voting for a party because your grandparents did, or probably worst not voting at all, tell me who would have you voted for out of all the candidates and what difference do you think they would have made. as for ukip I like the idea that we the British decide this countries future not some unelected no mark from Brussels. ukip must be on the rise, the main parties have got their dirty tricks departments digging in to Nigel Farage family business, just shows how much they fear ukip.
 
Red Eccles wrote
at 15:44:25 on 21 June 2013
not a brain dead labour voter, all you've done on three articles I've read is talk about how UKIP are going to deliver us from evil. Clearly you're deluded. I agree with you when you say our rights are slowly being eroded but can you point out where the almighty UKIP have said that they are going to stand up for anyone but the ruling class? Just like the Tories and Labour they are a party created by and for the ruling class. How can you expect your beloved UKIP (who sit even further right than the Tories by the way) to work in our interests?
 
Gaza Farmy wrote
at 07:13:37 on 21 June 2013
@Bernard Brough your comment at 8:42:55 AM on Thursday, June 20, 2013, it says it all really. nothing to add apart from +++++++++++++++++. P.S I will be voting UKIP for these reasons.
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 14:42:55 on 20 June 2013
So who's next? Who do they decide they don't like and have no right to air their views. Only if we believe our arguments are so weak do we start to supress other ideas. Let the BNP have their meetings, let them air their views. Only then can we deconstruct their arguments and show them for what they really are. I might add that if the trades union movement put such a sterling effort into representing their members the political climate in this country might be a little different.
 
Mike Skeffington wrote
at 13:43:47 on 18 June 2013
We should remember the circumstances in Germany in the 1930s was vastly different from what we have in Britain today. The German people didn't see a political alternative in the early years that's why fascism was able to take hold. Gary Duke, we have no right to deny any political party a platform whether we agree with them or not, apparently you would deny that right which would make you no better than the fascists you oppose. Tomaz, wearing an emblem such as the star of David at a rally of this nature would be confrontational and intended to be so. Insider, it's never time to 'move on' from the experiences of WW2. The sacrifice has enabled people like us to voice these opinions. Mr Smart, the question of whether Ian Stewart owns a tie seems somewhat irrelevant given the more pressing problems we face in Salford.
 
not abrain dead labour voter wrote
at 19:08:33 on 15 June 2013
@Gary Duke, look what is happening in the country, what your talking about is already happening right under your nose, only it's not a far right party that is doing it, it's Tory,Labour,Lib-dems, supposedly middle of the road parties, our rights are slowly being eroded, were slowly being told how to think and how to act were becoming robots to the state. these above parties have learned from history, don't try to change everything over night, do it over a long period so the people don't realise it's happening. yes your right, brave men and women fought and died for our freedoms, but they didn't die for the handcuffs of fascism to be taken off our wrists to be replaced with handcuffs of the state to replace them with, which is what is happening now, we have no say in our future, the future, it's being decided for us. on the BNP there not going to do anything in this election, if people are bright enough they will put there x in the UKIP box, the only real alternative to labour, the only party who are not scared to discuss the issues the public are talking about.
 
Insider wrote
at 07:26:19 on 15 June 2013
At last our novice Mayor has done something! Him and Balkind have successfully promoted the Bnp. Are they going to do the same if the garrisons have a Worley Green meeting?what price democracy? And as for Balkind referring to world war 2 it's time to move on. We can all level historic allegations like Cromwell slaughtering Catholics , British war crimes. Come on labour if u are strong enough fight fascism the proper way at the ballot box! Sick of hearing the mayor saying he is a beginner!
 
Gary Duke wrote
at 19:36:56 on 14 June 2013
Let's be clear on what the BNP stand for: they are anti-democratic, just like their political forebears Hitler and Mussolini. The BNP are happy to USE the democratic process to try and establish credibility and respectability in the eyes of the public. They are also happy to USE the democratic process to abolish democracy just as their forebears Hitler and Mussolini did. History shows us time and again that the consequence of adopting the liberal nonsense of 'they have a right to freedom of speech' ends up with everyone else having no right to freedom of speech. There should be no public platform, nor any inalienable rights for these fascists to parade around our streets. Wasn't that what we were told we fought the last World War against?
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 19:35:24 on 14 June 2013
The term Fascism was first used of the totalitarian right-wing nationalist regime of Mussolini in Italy (1922–43); the regimes of the Nazis in Germany and Franco in Spain were also Fascist. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach.////// I suppose you can attach the above to any party or national identity weather right or left of the political spectrum. it's just that the left have used certain words to close down fair and legitimate debates on a wide range of issues in this country over the years, and this has lead to this countries problems. amazing the above picture shows of unionists with placards shouting down the BNP, when standing next to them is a man supposedly a unionist and socialist who is sanctioning the spending of millions on Salford reds, fountains,labour propaganda magazines,foot bridges and then sanctions the closing down of vital services in this city and where food bank are now becoming evermore prevalent, the BNP are a spent political party with a small following, yet we have a demonstration against a party with no power or say in Salford, when standing in the crowd next to them is a man who has cut the work force and cut wages to the lowest paid in the council and increased it for the higher earners, I look forward to the unions putting as much effort demonstrating against this council as it doe's to a spent irrelevant party like the BNP.
 
tomasz. wrote
at 19:18:27 on 14 June 2013
with regards to that canard about "their rights to hold those beliefs" - sure. no-one stopped them exercising their rights. they cancelled their own meeting after a bunch of other people exercised *their* rights to tell the BNP they are abhorrent. and wearing a star of David is not "confrontational". being a fascist is.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 19:13:37 on 14 June 2013
Please to see Salford Star giving good advice and at the same time they keep impartial. From various recent comments from others it is a great shame we see attacks on our elected Mayor. I am sure Mayor Stewart would love to protect all Council services, invest in homes, young people's futures and expand services to older people. But just look at the big balance sheet shortfall that was waiting for him. It is clear whoever won the Mayor place could not have achieved many feel good projects. If Salford Council deficit is £600million we have to live with that and accept under the circumstances our Mayor does his best for the small pay he gets in having to cope with that massive burden. As for the BNP, not for me, but give then their democratic right.
 
Mr Balls (Edward) wrote
at 19:12:50 on 14 June 2013
@Brain, true true true could not have said it better myself.
 
Mrs Balkind wrote
at 19:12:30 on 14 June 2013
What voter says is true the Nazis are not the threat facing this city as very very few people will vote for them the biggest threat is labour who we cant get rid of and run the city as a rotten city.
 
Mr Smart wrote
at 19:12:19 on 14 June 2013
The question on my mind is "does Ian Stewart actually own a tie" tell the scruffy bugger to get down Tescon he can get himself one for a quid. He is supposed to be leading this city what he looks like on the international stage god only knows they probably think no one in Salford can dress themselves.
 
G Merrett wrote
at 19:12:06 on 14 June 2013
I think this is shocking and someone should report the actions of the council to the electoral commission. Weather we like what they say or not, this is still a free country.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 12:52:03 on 14 June 2013
See `not a brain dead labour voter's' comment below...We're not going to censor your comments but please get a grip! Understand what fascism actually is - and, even though the Star is seen as one of Ian Stewart's harshest critics, calling him a `fascist' is just within the realms of rank stupidity. End of.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 12:45:48 on 14 June 2013
the star says the fascists never turned up for the meeting, but if you look at the above pictures there was a real fascist there and his name is Ian Stewart, isn't he the one that stops the people of this city rightfully gaining information through the freedom of information act or giving interviews to the star and being made accountable, isn't he the one closing vital services in this city and sacking people, against the wishes of the people . the most dangerous fascist party in this city is already in power and it is called the Salford LABOUR party, they are not accountable to anybody, the BNP are not the threat to this city, labour are.
 
Reg Howard wrote
at 12:27:40 on 14 June 2013
I noted the protest against the BNP meeting with mixed feelings,whilst I fully support the idea of stopping the spread of their vitriolic propaganda within this country,I am also aware of their rights to hold those beliefs,and those rights i would defend because they are the same rights that every person has and the right to practise and express those beliefs.To get rid of this and every other threat to our society requires a change in the law something which politicians should concentrate on rather than being confrontational and acting in a manner likely to cause a disturbance e.g.turning up at a anti BNP rally wearing a holocaust type star of david (see Councillor Balkinds picture),but then,he has never been the most diplomatic person, like the time he called me a T---t on salford on line.
 
Norman wrote
at 12:27:10 on 14 June 2013
Good old Ian Stewart for attending, that's right crush anyone who dares to challenge Salford Labour. Let's not have any debate in Salford even if we do or don't like what is said, let us continue to pour the feed into the Labour trough so they can keep their snouts in. Tell you what fuck it lets stop having elections as well that will save a few quid, we could just all bow down to Kim Jong Stewart our great leader.
 
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