Using the ‘IRA’ to demonise the Irish in Liverpool, a favourite past time for Liverpool Loyalists and Fascists…..


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.

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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.

UKIP join latest Liverpool Loyalist/fascist flag demo…but swastika’s left at home…


Hello all and happy New Year to you all……

Our Loyalist and fascist friends in Liverpool have started the new year the same way they left the last one……struggling to find some purpose in the civic life of Liverpool and still supporting rioters in Belfast. Last Friday evening they held another joint protest outside St Georges Hall, Liverpool in support of Loyalists rioting against the democratic vote to reduce the number of days the Union flag flies on Belfast City Hall.
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Again we saw Loyalists with links to paramilitary groups such as the UVF,  joining with far right/fascist groups such as the North West Infidels (NWI), National Front (NF) and Combined Ex-Forces (CXF) in the Liverpool protest, but just so everyone was on message for the demo, NWI reminded us the day before that Swastika’s should definitely be left at home for this demo….I kid you not….
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If that wasn’t bad enough we had a re-emergence into the Loyalist/Fascist love-in that has developed over the past 12 months as a result of attacks against Irish community parades, of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). This party on a national basis has seen a growth of support in recent polls, but now it seems the mask is slipping for UKIP and underneath we see fascist and racist views by its representatives in Liverpool with its recent statement in support of the Liverpool flag demo and again an attempt at linking Irish community parades/marches with the IRA:

UKIP have been informed that there is to be a peaceful protest in support of the Union flag flying from Belfast city hall, tonight at 6pm-7pm on St George’s plateau, Liverpool. Here is an official statement from Liverpool branch chairman, sent out earlier to BBC, ITV, and Liverpool Echo.

UK Independence Party (Liverpool)

Statement 11/01/13

The UK Independence Party, Liverpool branch, supports the right of Unionists to peaceful protest at the removal of the Union flag from Belfast City Hall.

This is more than just about a flag. It is about the continual cultural attacks against Britishness in Northern Ireland. Apart from ethnic cleansing, Sinn Fein/IRA is engaged in cultural cleansing, so much for a shared future.

• We call upon IRA/Sinn Fein to reinstate the flying of the Union flag on 365 days of the year as it has done for 106 years.

• We also call for Sinn Fein/IRA to stop stoking up tensions in Liverpool by glorifying terrorism in the form of IRA parades.

We are pleased that people in Liverpool still remember the sacrifice paid by the people of Ulster in defence of our freedoms in two world wars against German fascism, and UKIP is pleased to support this peaceful Union flag demonstration against Irish Republican fascism tonight.

End of Statement

Neil Miney
Chairman,
UK Independence Party (Liverpool branch)

(ukipliverpool@live.co.uk)

Mobile 07787 527752

Ironically, while UKIP call Irish republicans ‘fascists’ and attempt to demonise legitimate, peaceful and legal Irish community parades/marches in Liverpool, they now seem to have no problems with lining up with Loyalist anti-democratic sectarian bigots and the fascists and racists of the NWI, NF and CFX. It seems that the support of the Alliance Party in passing the vote to reduce the number of days the Union flag is flown was suitably lost on Neil Miney, as were the notions of equality and shared spaces…..It really is a shameful statement and could be seen as incitement to racial hatred against individual members of the Irish community on parades in the city, could it not?????

Loyalism, Orangeism and fascism have another coming together in Liverpool….


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.

Loyalist/Fascist Protesters Liverpool

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……

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