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Celebrating being English in England is racist! Or at least so says some local Councillors!!

“England’s biggest St George’s Day parade is facing the axe after councillors said many of those attending it were racist. For the last decade up to 15,000 have assembled in the town of West Bromwich under the slogan ‘Forever England, For Everyone’. Children and parents from all over the country parade through the Black Country town waving St George flags and marching to rousing anthems such as Jerusalem. But last night the local council, Labour-controlled Sandwell, voted to withdraw its support for the parade. Funds will go to support a Party in the Park instead.”

I’m surprised they haven’t moved to arrest anyone who admits to feeling patriotic. Maybe all that cash saved could be donated to the local Mosque? Labour HATES Britain, it’s that simple and their tenure in power has done more damage to our Nation than the Germans did seventy years ago.

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35 thoughts on “CELRBERATING ENGLISHNESS WITHOUT SUPPORT FROM ENGLISH COUNCIL

  1. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could arrange a good country accordian band, or a spirited double time flute band, to go over on a goodwill trip to their fellow British patriots ?

    Arbitrary personal judgements against the, presummed, personalities of those presumed to be planning to attend a festivel being used to proscribe the festival itself is pure and total bigotry. Taking selective negative inferences against individual persusaions and applying it to the disadvantge of the right of a body of people to express their national heritage would not be tolerated in many other circumstances.

  2. David:

    Perhaps because St George was half Turkish and half Palestinian they don’t wish to offend the British Jews.

  3. "Another organiser Mark Cowles said ………… ‘We have been approached by extreme Right-wing groups and we have turned them away.’ "

    Those damned extreme right wing GROUPS again eh!!!

  4. I take it then David, that you are equally incensed when you read about Belfast City Council refusing to fund the St. Patrick’s Days parade in Belfast every year? After all, the participants are merely showing their pride in their nationality. Or is this different cos they are Irish?

    ‘Maybe all that cash saved could be donated to the local Mosque?’

    What are you even on about now??? Your hatred/intolerance of all things muslim really shines through at times.

  5. seimi,

    I think David is making a pun based on genuine incidents of disparity in the treatment of various groups by civil authorities. The predetermination of the rightness or wrongness of any assertion based on affection for creed, rather than value of contention, is a shining example of bigotry. Indeed, it is the definition of bigotry.

    Irish Barry,

    Fascinating, what can you tell us about the history of foul husbandry in Cappadocia or its relation to George the Dragon Slayer ? ps – "half Turkish and half Palestinian" – your specific anthropological incites astound me, given the establishment of the Turkish Republic occurred in the 20th centuary, I assume either you mean Turkic or that you belive George of such divine portent that he transcended time. You could have said he was half Chinese half Jordanian by your logic, and be no less ridiculous.
    FYI – There is no ethnic group called ‘Palestinian’ this is a Latin term applied to a geographic area which had no nation states until British establishment, and which contains several ethnic groups.

  6. Cromwell’s Horse:

    I see your humour bypass was a success. Good luck with the recovery. I’m sending flowers and chocolates.

  7. yeah but march down the street enmasse yelling allah ahkbar and they’ll tip their hats to ya

  8. They’ve had a decade to organise a parade. Banning it because celebrating Englishness in England (or anywhere) is ‘rascist’ – is ludicrous. That said it looks pretty crap, where are the floats?

  9. Cromwell’s Horse – Perhaps David could answer questions put to him, rather than you doing it for him. Are you his spokesperson?

    As to the ‘banning’ of the parade – Whilst I would completely oppose any ‘banning’ of any celebration of any culture, this seems to have been changed, rather than banned, from a parade to a party, much the same as the St. Pats parade in Belfast. And for much the same reasons – In Belfast it was for fear of Republicans taking it over, in West Bromwich it’s for fear of racists. I was unhappy at losing the St. Pat’s parade, but since I am opposed to any organisation or group taking over the celebration of a christian saint, I accepted the decision in Belfast. I also agree with the decision in West Bromwich. St. George should be celebrated as the patron saint of England, not held up as an example of someone’s ‘Britishness’, or even worse, as an example of one group’s superiority over anothers.

    It isn’t ‘racist’ to change a parade that attracts racists. Think about it…

    The solution here, as I see it, would be for all those who would have attended the parade, yet are not there for racist motives, to attend the party, and make it the biggest and best party possible. These are celebrations for feck sake! Celebrate!

  10. Where do you draw the line mahons? If this parade is attracting racist groups, how do you handle that?

  11. If this parade is attracting racist groups, how do you handle that?

    Why the assumption that something needs ‘handling’?

    Free-born men and women do not need ‘handling’, least of all by the sociopaths of a political faction that racialises political discourse, the law and institutions as a matter of course.

  12. I am not aware of any parade promoting Islamhsd ever been banned in this country. It would be racist!

  13. Pete:

    I agree with you to a certain extent. But what if the presence of the racists causes rioting, which it could well do. Then you’d need police intervention, which wastes time and money better spent on solving crime. I say let’s party.

  14. I have no brief for racists, but it there is rioting, then the authorities need to take a hard look at the rioters before they clamp down on anyone else.

  15. If this parade is attracting racist groups, how do you handle that?

    Why the assumption that something needs ‘handling’?

    Free-born men and women do not need ‘handling’, least of all by the sociopaths of a political faction that racialises political discourse, the law and institutions as a matter of course.

    I meant handling the situation. You seem to assume I mean the people themselves.

    So, what you are saying is it’s ok for people who are attending a celebratory parade in honour of their patron saint to have to share it with people who are openly racist? Surely the ‘free-born’ men and women who AREN’T racist have a right to celebrate without having to put up with racist groups? In fact, I would imagine that was what this council thought as well when they decided to withdraw support. And fair play to them.

  16. Seimi – Let them march, the fools are better exposed outdoors than by making martyrs of them by prohibiting their right to make fools of themselves.

  17. In the US, we let the " Nazis " and whatever is left of the KKK march – repeatedly. The country survived

    The problem is that the leftist and "anti racist " groups probably want to draw the line in a way that would prohibit those who are not racist at all. You cannot have that.

    And the principle of speech should be preeminent – with very very few exceptions

  18. FYI peeps – They withdrew financial support. They did not ban anything. David’s post title is misleading.

  19. Ah, La Cage aux Folles. I enjoyed the original but the remake with Robin Williams was a bit OTT. There again, what movie or show with Robin was not?

  20. La Cage

    The original was a good movie

    Yanking anticipated funding just before the event is to take place has the same practical effect as a ban, but comments noted.

  21. Just look again at the background of that ‘photo on the top of your screen.

    The fire brigade and ambulances. How pathetic is that?
    "The corner of a flag might flick into someones eye and catch alight".

    Maybe, one day those ‘plowshares’ will be hammered into swords….

  22. "Yanking anticipated funding just before the event is to take place has the same practical effect as a ban"

    Not when it concerns nationalism it doesn’t The Phantom. The proof of how patriotic you are does not come through government funding. Unless you believe in the nanny state.

  23. In the US, we let the " Nazis " and whatever is left of the KKK march – repeatedly. The country survived

    The problem is that the leftist and "anti racist " groups probably want to draw the line in a way that would prohibit those who are not racist at all. You cannot have that.

    Ok, that’s a fair point. However, would any of these groups be welcome – indeed – invited to July 4th parades? Because that’s what’s happening here. Racist groups using the St. George’s day celebrations to promote racism.

  24. –However, would any of these groups be welcome – indeed – invited to July 4th parades? —

    No – the other parade attendees would probably sort ’em out.

    The problem ( or so it appears from afar ) is that any English nationalism seems offensive to some, or any nationalism at all. That’s not right either.

  25. Phantom –

    Correct. Patriotism in the Celtic nations is officially approved. English and British patriotism is thoroughly verboten. To wave either flag is akin to subversion.

    Of course, many on the Left have still to realise that the decades-long suppression of English and British patriotism created the vacuum that racists leapt into. It was the deliberate political goals of the Left that allowed these groups to move in and claim our flags as their own.

    The tide has moved back now somewhat and English and British patriots can show their symbols without quite prompting the kneejerk National Front/BNP associations, but there are still those on the Left who claim illness at the site of them.

  26. This is simply not true. The parade has not been banned. The public funding has been removed and given to the annual St Georges Day party in the park. The parade was ugly, often attracted anti-social behavior and was a total nuisance for the people in the neighborhoods through which it passed. By the way, we dont have a local mosque.

    Get you facts right first.

  27. West Brom –

    Boing, boing.

    Now there’s explicitly banning an event and there’s de facto banning it by withdrawing essential assistance.

    Now I have no problem at all with the Sandwell Council not spending taxpayer money on a civil parade – but let’s see the council serve the people by doing what it can to sweep away the pernicious effects of the health n safety goons who seem to get out of bed only to pee on someone’s fun.

    And if the parade is not banned then let’s see the police serve their fellow English subjects by making themselves visible for once.

    Now tell me, is this St George’s Day ‘party in the park’ a civil affair or sanctioned by the council?

  28. ‘It was the deliberate political goals of the Left that allowed these groups to move in and claim our flags as their own.’ Pete Moore

    So what your saying is the Left deliberately planned things so that they allowed the Right to gain power over the Left??? I’ll have a pint of whatever your drinking mate! :o)

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