18/07/2013 Leave a comment
Why we should support the Liverpool Irish community and this year’s James Larkin March #larkinmarch13
26/06/2013 1 Comment
It’s almost a year on since last years James Larkin march in Liverpool. A march organised by the south Liverpool based James Larkin Society and run on an annual basis to remember the Liverpool-born Irish Trade Unionist. Larkin is one of Liverpool’s most famous son’s and on a par with Liverpool’s other famous Irish son’s like John Lennon, Paul McCartney and even John Aldridge! It is right that Liverpool and especially it’s Irish community honour the great trade unionist that done so much to organise the working classes of Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin. Larkin’s legacy remains to this day in the form of the UNITE trade union and a body of working class writing and political activism that inspires activists worldwide.
Last year, this long running annual event that started off on Combermere Steet in South Liverpool and marched to Liverpool city centre, became the target for far-right racists and fascists supported by members of Liverpool’s Orange Order. I’ve detailed last year’s events in previous blogs, but suffice to say that the march came under a sustained attack of racist and sectarian abuse, threats and intimidation. In essence, the Irish community in Liverpool were targeted by groups such as the North West Infidels, Combined -Exforces, English Defence League and Loyalists. Fascists and racists presented the march as an ‘IRA’ march, as they do for almost all Irish community parades in the city to garner support.
Work has been done on the ground since to ensure that a correct view on the events of that day and the proper context given to explain why the Liverpool Irish had become a target by the far right and loyalists. This has been properly set out in Cairde na hEireann Liverpool’s Under Pressure report.
This year’s James Larkin March will be held on Saturday 20th July and it is more important than ever that anyone with any sense of a social conscience come out and support the march. It really is time that the racists, fascists and bigots are faced down. It really is time that Liverpool as city joins with one voice and denounces hate, especially the hate espoused by far right extremist groups. Not to actively support the march emboldens racists and fascists. Other communities will be next if racists and fascists manage to drive the Liverpool Irish off the streets. The far right have already targeted trade unionists in Liverpool and continue to make threats against our Black and Asian neighbours and anything they view as being ‘unBritish’.
The racists and fascists attacking the Liverpool Irish are the same ones who daily espouse their hate through attacks against shop owners,demonise the Irish community by associating it with the IRA and who attempted to hijack for political purposes the recent death of Drummer Lee Rigby. They offer Liverpool no future except Nazi dogma based around Aryan white supremacist ideology and the deportation of anyone with slightly darkened skin or non-christian beliefs.
We should unite and face down the racists and fascists. The James Larkin March can and should become a rallying point for us all against hate and intolerance. We know that the racists, fascists and loyalists will again attempt to prevent the James Larkin March from reaching Liverpool city centre and its up to ourselves and people of goodwill to face them down, support the Liverpool Irish and ensure that hate and bigotry is thrown into the dustbin of history. We rightly remember and are proud of our fathers and forefathers who fought against fascism in Spain in the 1930’s and then against Hitler’s Germany. Let us face down Liverpool’s fascists once and for all and restore Liverpool’s streets as a shared space for all communities.
15/06/2013 8 Comments
Members of the Orange Order in Liverpool reached a new low when they burned the Irish Tricolour flag on the grounds of the Provincial Orange Hall on Everton Road last weekend. This was preceded by a march by the Apprentice Boys of Derry through Liverpool city centre earlier……
Using the ‘IRA’ to demonise the Irish in Liverpool, a favourite past time for Liverpool Loyalists and Fascists…..
13/03/2013 Leave a comment
There has never been an ‘IRA’ parade in Liverpool as far as I can remember. I myself have never been on a parade that supported the ‘IRA’ either. The Provisional IRA ceasefired during 1998 and decommissioned its weapons during 2005 and is now defunt. There does exist small micro republican groups still intent on war but who have no support from Irish people in Liverpool. It’s a simple fact and reality. But Liverpool loyalists and fascists would have you think otherwise. It’s seems that any form of Irishness expressed on the streets is somehow ‘IRA’ and of course, there is a reason for this in my view. Loyalists and fascists see themselves in a war against anything they view as being un-British. Irish people who express themselves either politically, socially or culturally are seen as un-British and are therefore fair game for attack and slander. Cairde na hEireann’s recently published report shows the extent to which Liverpool loyalism and far-right racist groups have targeted Irish community events.
Loyalist/fascist attacks have been multi-pronged involving physical confrontation to parades, misrepresentation of Irishness through their social media outlets and in their contacts either my email or through face to face contact with Police and other public bodies and representatives. They feed off the historical pains associated with the war that came to an end during the end of the 1990’s for their own racist agenda of driving the Irish community off the streets. Images of the two children killed in the Warrington bombing 1993 abound, as do references to other deaths caused by the IRA in England and the north of Ireland Of course, the irony that is often lost on the public is that the Liverpool loyalists and fascists who now appear to be acting as our moral guardians, have been and are themselves supportive of loyalist paramilitary organisations both in the north of Ireland and in England. They are also supportive of British Army Regiments associated with civilian killings in Ireland during the ‘Troubles’.
I’ve already highlighted in a previous post how the UVF had been operating out of the Derry Club on Everton Brow Liverpool and were it not for an investigation by Manchester Police (not Merseyside Police???) we would never have known about Liverpool UVF members posing with AK47’s in a specially made up room in the club itself, along with paramilitary uniforms, flags and emblems. These are the same people, associated with the Derry Club either through flute bands based there or through their connection with being ex-Kingo’s (King Liverpool Regiment, British Army), who now lead an often racist campaign against Irish parades in Liverpool organised by either Cairde na hEireann Liverpool or the James Larkin Society, who incidently have been highly supportive of the Irish peace process, supported the need to end conflict and division and form positive relationships between Britain and Ireland. There is an irony and hypocracy here that is often lost on others not least to the loyalist and fascists themselves.
The short lived union flag protests in Liverpool again showed the high levels of co-operation that now exist between Liverpool Loyalists and members of racist and fascist organisations such as North West Infidels, Combined Ex-Forces, English Defence League, National Front and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Well known fascists pictured themselves amongst all of the protests.
I do know that Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson met with these disparate groups/individuals following on from his meeting with Cairde na hEireann representatives during February. I can only imagine that the Mayor was subject to the same ‘concerns’ being expressed by loyalists and fascists as highlighted above. It would be wrong for any representative of a public body or police force to propagate the attitudes of loyalists and fascists in their dealings with Irish groups in Liverpool in the future. It would be wrong to pander to the racist and stereotypical views that these groups/individuals hold about the Irish community in Liverpool, specifically about ‘IRA’ parades and ‘IRA’ flags.
The issue of flags is actually laughable to say the least. Loyalist/fascists seem to have a problem with the ‘Starry Plough’ and the ‘Fenian Sunburst’ as these are ‘IRA’ flags. These flags are often flown by Irish flute bands in parades in Liverpool and have been for nearly 20 years. A quick look at Wikipedia will find that the Starry Plough is the flag of the Irish Labour movement including today’s Irish Labour Party and a long list of paramilitary organisations throughout the decades. The Starry Plough is flown in Liverpool to show support for the Irish/Liverpool working classes and always has and will be. The Sunburst was founded by the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1858 and is actually the flag of the Irish language organisation, Conradh na Gaeilge. Both these flags do not show support for the ‘IRA’ and is a myth propagated by loyalist/fascists in their continued attacks against the Irish in Liverpool and any expression of Irishness they find offensive. In the end, the mere presence of assertive and confident Irish groups/organisations in Liverpool such as Cairde na hEireann and the James Larkin Society mean that loyalist and fascist organisations will forever express these ‘concerns’, as its in their DNA to do so. Any form of appeasement to loyalists and fascists is futile and will only lead to further illogical demands down the road.
Of course, the list of things for Irish people in Liverpool to be unhappy about is limitless when one thinks of loyalist and orange parades on Merseyside including paramilitary uniforms, sectarian chanting, paramilitary flags of loyalist organisations including the UVF, and of course the open carrying of firearms as seen during this parade in Liverpool October 2012:
It really is not in the blood of Irish people to adopt the ways of loyalist and fascists with their attacks and continued harassment of Irish community parades in Liverpool, either through physical confrontation or the constant moaning to Merseyside Police and Civic leaders etc. I do realise that loyalists and fascists would relish such a move as the reality is that it is they who are ‘conflict junkies, it is they that have not embraced the peace process and it is they that wish for some form of inter-communal violence and tension in Liverpool.
12/12/2012 1 Comment
Before I go on, please find an update on our fascist friends of Combined Ex-Forces here and then read on…..
Fascists and loyalists in Liverpool continue to mobilise together and last Saturday they organised a demo at St George’s Hall, Liverpool in support of the rioters in Belfast protesting against the democratic vote taken by Belfast Town Hall to remove the Union flag from being flown 365 days a year.
For 90 years, nationalists have been told by upholders of the orange sectarian state that democracy upheld the right of the 6 counties to remain part of the ‘not-so’ United Kingdom. The real face of the undemocratic nature of loyalism and orangeism has been seen since with persistent rioting, attacks against police, elected politicians and nationalists in a street-based attack against the democratic process.
In Liverpool, the real connections made between Loyalists, Orange Order members, and the fascists and racists of the North West Infidels & Combined ex-forces continue to be clearly seen, as evidenced on facebook….
And if anyone thought that the CXF were extinct, then think again….they ‘haven’t gone away you know’ and the comments below by CXF were subsequently removed by NWI as it may be the case that even loyalists are beginning to realise the coming together of all ‘nationalists, patriots and loyalists’ to support ulster is not always a good thing, especially when they are Nazi’s, fascists and racists……
24/11/2012 2 Comments
Remember this? I do….so the next time a member of the Independent Orange Order, Derry Club,The North West Infidels, Combined Ex Forces or National Front go on about ‘IRA bands’ in Liverpool remind them of who the terrorist supporters really are and who have been dealth with by the security forces in this country and received convictions for being members of terrorist organisations. No, not members of the Irish community but members of Liverpool’s Loyalist/Orange community. Appears rather ironic doesn’t it that these people can come out onto the streets harassing and intimidating lawful and peaceful Irish community marches in Liverpool, yet at the same time, hide their own active support and links with terrorist paramilitaries such as the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). Here’s some information on the UVF:
The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) is a loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland. It was formed in late 1965 or early 1966 and named after the Ulster Volunteer Force of 1913. Its first leader was Gusty Spence, a former British soldier. The group’s volunteers undertook an armed campaign of almost thirty years during The Troubles. It declared a ceasefire in 1994, although sporadic attacks continued until it officially ended its armed campaign in May 2007.
The UVF’s declared goals were to combat Irish republicanism – particularly republican paramilitaries, and to maintain Northern Ireland’s status as part of the United Kingdom. The vast majority (more than two-thirds) of its 481 known victims were Catholic civilians. During the conflict, its deadliest attack in Northern Ireland was the McGurk’s Bar bombing, which killed fifteen civilians. The group also carried out some attacks in the Republic of Ireland, the most deadly of which were the Dublin and Monaghan bombings which killed 33 civilians, the highest number of deaths in a single day during the conflict. The no-warning car bombings had been carried out by units from the Belfast and Mid-Ulster Brigades. The Mid-Ulster Brigade was also responsible for the Miami Showband ambush, in which three members of the popular Irish cabaret band The Miami Showband were shot dead at a bogus military vehicle checkpoint outside Newry by gunmen dressed in British Army uniforms. Two UVF men were accidentally blown up in this attack.
The group is a designated terrorist organisation in the United Kingdom and a proscribed organisation in the Republic of Ireland.
24/11/2012 Leave a comment
Looks like Combined Ex-Forces just can’t help themselves anymore when it comes to venting hate against the Irish in Liverpool. We’ve had attacks on Irish parades/marches this year by this group and their allies within the Loyalist/Orange community, and now the targeting of Irish pubs in Liverpool (see above).
This is a very cynical attempt by this racist paramilitary group to demonise ‘Irishness’ and the Irish community in Liverpool and spread hate and mistrust amongst the wider community against Irish people in the city.
The image in their message is very clear…….’Irish Out’ and support for Loyalist paramilitaries…..