Posts Tagged ‘Fascist scum’

Post plays with fascist fire

May 20, 2009

Local elections launch

You may not have realised, but there are local elections in Bristol on June 4th.

This is the Post’s coverage of the announcement of the list of candidates from May 13th.

You’ll notice that of 14 paragraphs the Post feels it necessary to dedicate seven to the fascist BNP: A party which has 0 seats in the city and is fielding eight candidates out of a possible 23 seats and who’s highest share of the vote at the last election was less 20% in St George East with 560 votes.

The article’s top headline “BNP fields more candidates than ever” is an interesting choice, too. Why not “Greens field more candidates than ever before” and report how the Greens (who already hold one seat and may pick up another this time) are standing in all seats for the first time. Or, “Respect party fields more candidates than ever”?

And why does Ian Onions feel it necessary to give us four paragraphs of detail from the fascists’ manifesto and no mention of any other party’s policies?

Are the Post actually trying to big-up the fascists’ chance of doing well in the election by giving them disproportionate coverage?

If they are going to give the BNP disproportionate publicity why not mention their links to terrorism and Nazi-criminals? Why not point out the recent revelations about their links with the KKK and a South African racist murder? Why not mention the fascist ideology of the BNP and it’s lineage through the National Front to the British Union of Fascists? Why not quote the BNP’s founder that “Mein Kampf is our Bible”?

In fact, the Post seem pathetically scared of upsetting the BNP. We’ve recently seen a copy of a letter sent to the Post’s editors by a local antifascist campaigner asking why the Post refuses to print letters or statements from ant-racists which expose the BNP’s fascist heritage and ideology. The campaigner claims that the Post regularly edits out of letters any mention of the criminal convictions of the BNP’s leaders and those Nazi quotes that Nick Griffin wants us all to forget about. What’s the matter, Post? Have you fallen for the BNP’s propaganda that they are a normal, respectable political party? Are you scared of upsetting those BNP supporting readers?

It certainly seems from recent coverage that the Post is almost hoping for success for the BNP; not because the Post’s journos and editors support the fascists, I’m sure they don’t. But rather, because it makes an interesting story; a bit of controversy and conflict, a bit of reader reaction to fill the letters pages and comments section of the website.

There is a problem with a local corporate rag which is focussed primarily on sales and profits. Their political ‘neutrality’ actually hides the contradictory forces at play: the desire not to upset the status quo, their powerful friends and contacts; and the desire for conflict and disruption to give them something to report, something to provoke a reaction from their readers and shift papers.

The result of this fake-neutrality is that the paper isn’t on the side of ordinary Bristolians, at all. Political neutrality actually translates into a partisanship on the side of sales and profits, and fuck the consequences for the rest of us.

"They come over ere, fillin up our cemeteries…"

December 5, 2008

We know that the Post is often a hotbed of reactionary shit. And we know that its awful politics attracts the kind of crayon scribblers and backward bastards who fill the Post’s letters page on a daily basis. But if you really want a glimpse at the ultimate lowlife scum who are attracted to the Post’s daily serving of reaction, check the commenters at the paper’s website.

The murder of 35-year-old Somali Mohamoud Hassan by 18-year-old April Bright in a pub in St Pauls after last year’s carnival is a pretty sad indictment of our society. The case hints at issues of inner city youth alienation, alcohol abuse, community tensions and issues around the alienation of immigrant communities.

Following Bright’s conviction and sentencing the Post ran this report about the dead man’s background. victim of St Paul’s murderer April Bright fled war-torn Somalia only to be knifed to death in the UK city where he hoped he would find salvation.

. . .

Mohamoud Hassan was born in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in 1972.

He had six brothers and four sisters and his father had a grocer’s shop.

His cousin Mohamed Ige, 30, who lives in Manchester, recalled how the African state collapsed into tribal civil war in 1990 and times were hard.

Mr Ige said: “His whole family was struggling, including him. It was difficult, there was no law and order. His tribe was Ashraf and Mohamoud was kidnapped by a rival militia at the beginning of 2002.”

Mr Ige said Mohamoud, then aged 30, was made to work for the rival faction and, though he was shot attempting to escape, he eventually managed to make a break for it and returned home.

Mohamoud had started a family with his wife Sainab, and had two boys and a girl, but at the end of 2002 he left his native country in search of a better life.

Mr Ige said: “There was no peace in Somalia, killing was going on and he sought asylum elsewhere. He went to Kenya and then the UK.

“He first went to Manchester, where he spent a year going through the asylum application process.

“He was living with his cousin in Moss Side and learning English.”

He first went to Kenya, then Manchester, and in 2004 Mohamoud came to Bristol where he worked at a warehouse in Emersons Green.

Living with friends at a housing association home in St Werburgh’s, he liked it in Bristol because he saw it as a place of opportunity.

“He was a very sociable person,” Mr Ige said.

“He was a friend of everybody, he would chat with any person and he had a good sense of humour.

“People liked him. His English was poor but he was learning.”

Here are some of the comments in response by Post readers.

Beats being a pirate

Gary, bristol

I couldn’t care less. Seems like he would have done better to have stayed in his own country.

Bert, Bristol

So he left his family behind in the war zone and went on his travels. nice. Should have gone somewhere safer but closer to home.

soarer, Bristol

. . . What concerns me more is that there were numerous complaints that Somalians, including the victim, were at best out of hand, and showing little (if any) respect for women in the pubs in, and around St Pauls that evening. When I hear this and am forced to the judgement, based on a lifetime’s experience, that generally speaking the Somalian refugees are the rudest, most arrogant, ignorant and generally unpleasant immigrants that it has been my misfortune to meet. I speak to many people and I have only had one conversation with a polite, respectful Somalian here in Bristol. I am old enough to remember the first black faces on the London underground in the 1950’s, and 60’s. It would do the Somalian community a great service if they remembered that they are our guests, many including myself are pleased to welcome them here, and behave accordingly: It is not their country and everyone has the same rights, privileges and responsibilities.

Patrick, Bristol

Patrick, Bristol neither of them are true english. This theory different cultures can live together has failed all over the world.

Mary, Bristol

Treat them as they would treat you if you were in Somalia. What that creature April Bright did was 100% out of order but please dont ask us to feel sorry for person looking for a better life, try the hundreds of countriys he flew over to get here, we are suckers

John, When in Rome

Perhaps Bristol should be left to the bristolians, great city, great people, ruined by outsiders

julie, wigan

I’ve come to the conclusion that our society simply isn’t compatible with Somali society. What’s normal in Somalia is rude or at worst criminal here. We therefore should not take any more asylum seekers from Somalia. Also aren’t asylum seekers supposed to seek safe haven in the first friendly country they come across. How can you travel from Somalia to the UK without going through about a dozen ‘safe’ countries.

Ian, Bristol

Did you know that TB has rapidly increased in Bristol due to the amount of people migrating into the city this is concentrated in Easton, St Pauls and approx 80% of known TB patients are somalian and a large amount of these entered britian knowing they had TB. Just one example of how the money is used…..

B, Bristol

Why the hell should we keep bending over backwards for these people when all they are doing is upsetting the harmony and making our country worse than the one they left?

John, fishponds

Its commonly known that Somalia is the most lawless and criminal country in the world (look at the neck of the Pirates there!) Lawrence Hill is now like Somalia they have a row of shops run by them for them! It is also common knowledge that there is no love lost between them and most Afro Caribbean’s either! They cannot come to this country and take it over with their hatred of women and rude and criminal ways! It is no wonder that people are becoming racist, this country is going down hill fast and any spare money there once may have been now provides for the vast amount of asylum seekers/immigrants etc. It was reported in a newspaper today that the Councils cannot cope with the drain on the services of these people………….so again we are left with hefty increases in council tax on their behalf……Charming! Coz you can bet your life that most of them dont even pay a penny of Council tax even though they are more than happy to accept everything going!

AJ, Bristol

Kayse Maxamed, easton, you mention grief to a house hold, get real, thay are not BRISTOLIAN, just more bad crap, let um swing

julie, wigan

Charming bunch, eh? What the fuck happened to the incitement laws?