Battle of Lime Street success but the fascists haven’t gone away ye know…


Some thoughts after last Saturdays disaster for the racists and fascists of National Action and North West Infidels . Firstly, they were defeated by the combined effort of anarchists, socialists, footie lads, black community, Irish community, elderly, young people, trade unionists and ordinary joe public. Both the counter demos organised by the UAF and AFN were effective and done the job to varying degrees of success. In the end, the fascists were out numbered by the people of Liverpool and were soundly defeated.
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Local loyalists and Orange Order members didnt turn out to support the racists but either did they turn out to oppose them. Their simple hatred of the Left and Irish community wouldn’t allow them to do so and as seen in the recent past, they will need to co-operate with the racists at some point in the future to attack Irish community public events in Liverpool. Its a symbiotic relationship that needs each other in order to achieve potentional success, in a shared hatred of anything that promotes Irish community growth.

Loyalism and Orangeism is a strange entity in Liverpool. Contrary to popular belief, Loyalism/Orangeism is not linked to protestant Irish immigration to Liverpool. It is purely English in its historical nature and its goal has always been to thwart the progress of the Irish catholic community in Liverpool, servile adherance to British imperialism and support the maintenace of the protestant British royal family.

If there is one thing to certainly wind up a Liverpool loyalist or Orange Order member is to ask the simple question, when was the last time Queen Eliabeth II ever attended an Orange parade? The simple answer is never. The English Queen won’t touch them with a barge pole, which certainly is an inconvinient truth for the loyal people of Liverpool’s Orange community despite their loyalty to the British crown and all of its successors.

While Elisabeth Windsor has given the Orange Order a massive swerve, she has however laid a wreath in memory of all those who fought for Irish freedom and the formation of an independent Irish state. This happened in 2010 and forms another inconvinient truth for loyalism and Orangeism in Liverpool. It really is a good example of unrequinted love by Liverpool’s Loyal servants.
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So back to the fascists. They will be back. They have an existant partnership with Liverpool Loyalism and Orangeism, and what better way to get back on the ground in Liverpool than to target the next major Irish street-based event. I kid you not. The battle against intolerance is not over. A simple call to arms by either Fascists or Loyalists to oppose the non-existent IRA in Liverpool would suffice and in the past provided us with bizarre images of a  Black woman (below) shouting abuse behind a line of NF poster carriers back in 2012 in Liverpool, when CNE Liverpool commemorated the Liverpool Irish who fought against fascism in Spain.
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Finally, Mayor Joe Anderson’s assertion that HE should have the right to decide on who does and who doesnt march in Liverpool is worrying. Joe can’t be trusted. In 2013, in response to another threatened mobilisation by Fascists, Loyalists and Orangeism, against the annual James Larkin March and Rally, Joe made headlines in the Liverpool Echo that he would ban all contencious marches in Liverpool. Joe is not only a threat to Fascists but also a threat to other communities and the broader Left.
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They haven’t gone away ye know, so it will be time to unite against the racists and fascists in the very near future I would say…. so No Pasaran!

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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.

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