Racist UKIP Invited to Torbay Anti-Austerity March 18.7.15

Mr Nick Slater Thanking Me for Travelling from London to Join the March

Mr Nick Slater Thanking Me for Travelling from London to Join the March

It is common knowledge from newspaper reports that the Green Party has what can only be described as somekind of mistaken ‘ideological’ truce with the well-known and racist United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP). I have been informed by a local former Green Party member that a UKIP represented was invited (obviously without my knowledge) to participate in the recent anti-austerity ‘walk’ (the description ‘march’ was apparently dropped early on in the planning as the Green Party considered its use too leftwing). The organiser of the ‘walk’ –Mr Nick Slater – was a Liberal Democrat who then joined the Torbay Green Party – before then joining the Socialist Party and the Trade Union Socialist Coalition (TUSC), following his apparent attendance at the London demo on the 20.6.15. I have contacted the Socialist Party and TUSC to gain their positon on the fact that a protest they officially backed – had a policy of courting the Torbay far-right – early indications suggest that both vehemently deny any connection with UKIP and are astonished that such a policy could be pursued by any members of their organisations. As I write, I am told that an investigation of the protest, its organisation, and its organisers is currently underway, and that I will be informed of the results. In the meantime, I have been informed that resignations are being discussed.

Just prior to the 2015 General Election in Torbay, the Livermead Cliff Hotel and Stagecoach buses in the area actively carried advertisement for UKIP. The Livermead Cliff even hosted a conference for these racists, whilst Stagecoach drivers were forced to drive buses eulogising UKIP’s racist EU policies. This was as well as Torbay Council sponsoring UKIP billboards around the town and along the main roads. My family started two petitions – one against the Livermead Cliff – and the other against the Stagecoach management – both calling for boycotts of businesses that routinely take money from a multicultural clientele, whilst simultaneous using that money to fund a racist political organisation. Nick Slater did not acknowledge our anti-UKIP campaign, and did not sign either of the two petitions. In June of this year, my father (Moses Waveman) was taken for a Father’s Day meal in the Babbacombe area of Torquay and was refused entry by two cafes because he was in a wheelchair. We launched an awareness campaign about disability discrimination in the area, and yet again Mr Nick Slater refused to acknowledge what had happened to my father, or support the disability awareness campaign. These important social issues were ignored by Mr Nick Slater – at exactly the sametime as he was trying to illicit my father’s support for the Anti-Austerity march.

During the march, the 200 to 300 hundred people who participated were excellent! After the initial shock of having to march with a UKIP fascist (who was continuously photographing and filming my partner and three old daughter and uploading the images to the Net) we marched with vigour and determination – putting the plight of those suffering under austerity before our own temporary inconvenience. At the beginning of the protest I asked Nick Slater if UKIP had been invited and his answer was ‘It would have been unfair and intolerant not to have invited him.” This is straight out of the book of the distorted logic of the Green Party. This inverted (and unSocialist) mind-set states that it is the victims of racism, fascism and intolerance that are the problem, because they keep complaining about the racists and the fascists that are doing them harm. This complaining is deemed ‘intolerant’ and is in fact the far-right tactic of blaming the victim for the discrimination they suffer. This is a point of ideology that the Green Party and UKIP currently share, as this newspaper article clearly highlights:

Greens ‘Could Work with UKIP’

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-8edb-Greens-could-work-with-Ukip#.Va_WssLbLrd

Nick Slater and his Green Party friends are of the opinion that UKIP is not a racist and fascist political organisation. Their perspective is that UKIP is a misunderstood nationalist movement that is trying to do good by its country – and that ‘foreigners’ and British born Chinese people (such as my family) are the ‘enemy within’. It is ironic to consider that ‘we’ marched as a family for the rights and freedoms of the very people who then unleashed a racist tirade against us. If anyone doubts the criminality of the UKIP movement, here is a brief list of key stories involving its illegality (bear in mind that Nick Slater, his family, his friends, his Green Party associates, and his colleagues are backing these people over my family):

Ukip condemned by cross-party group for running ‘racist’ campaign

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/28/ukip-european-election-accused-of-racism

Ex-Ukip MEP Ashley Mote sentenced to five years in jail for expenses fraud

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/07/13/ukip-mep-expenses-fraud-jail_n_7783678.html

Ex-UKIP man and marine Ian Couch spared jail after pig’s head insult to Cambridge mosque

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Ex-UKIP-man-marine-Ian-Couch-spared-immediate/story-25950427-detail/story.html

UKIP councillor receives suspended prison sentence for arson offence

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/ukip/ukip-councillor-receives-suspended-prison-sentence-for-arson-offence-3508

Former UKIP Chairman, Peter Entwistle, JailedFor Child Offences

http://www.socialstudent.co.uk/2014/11/former-ukip-chairman-peter-entwistle-jailed-child-offences/

Former Bury UKIP chairman jailed for child porn offences – Bury Times

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2014/11/25/former-bury-ukip-chairman-jailed-for-child-porn-offences-bury-times/

Former UKIP parliamentary candidate jailed for animal cruelty offences

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/UKIP-parliamentary-candidate-jailed-animal/story-24574007-detail/story.html

UKIP candidate Julian Penna sentenced for punching woman at Hull club

http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Ex-UKIP-candidate-Julian-Penna-sentenced-punching/story-26687808-detail/story.html

I informed Mr Slater that the UKIP participant was photographing and filming – but took no action. Given the circumstances, I did not want any violence on the protest and so I tried to get between my family and the UKIP participant to spoil his ability to get a clear shot. This person left us briefly alone only when the TV cameras showed-up. As we are obviously Socialists – the BBC kept well away from us – but they did approach Mr Slater – indeed there is a video on Youtube of Mr Slater being interviewed by the local BBC Spotlight programme and right next to him – clearly in-shot – is the UKIP participant. Below are a number of photographs I took of the UKIP participant harassing my partner and three year old daughter, and a brief selection of the racist comments that Nick Slater, his family, friends and Green Party colleagues uploaded onto his personal Facebook page attacking my family – whilst defending the presence of the UKIP participant. Mr Nick Slater has imitated this hate campaign merely because my father – Moses Waveman – withdrew his support for the march only when he discovered that a UKIP supporter was present, and that his daughter-in-law and three year old granddaughter was being photographed by him:

UKIP Member from Newton Abbot Officially Invited on the March – Uploading an Image of My Partner and Daughter to the Net

UKIP Member from Newton Abbot Officially Invited on the March – Uploading an Image of My Partner and Daughter to the Net

UKIP Member Photographing My Partner and Daughter - Uploading the Image on the Net

UKIP Member Photographing My Partner and Daughter – Uploading the Image on the Net

UKIP Member Photographing My Partner and Daughter - Uploading the Image on the Net

UKIP Member Photographing My Partner and Daughter – Uploading the Image on the Net

‘Are we able to track him down? the UKIP man Must say I feel a little uneasy he has had his photo used and been written about on a public forum without a chance to defend himself…’

Jem Dodd – Green Party Member – Torbay (Posted to Nick Slater’s Facebook Page)

The young chinese couple with baby, carrying the red flag, also caused some controversy…ridiculous…Their rightsThe young chinese couple with baby, carrying the red flag, also caused some controversy…ridiculous…Their rightsThe young chinese couple with baby, carrying the red flag, also caused some controversy…ridiculous…Their rights

‘The young chinese couple with baby, carrying the red flag, also caused some controversy…ridiculous…Their rights.The young Chinese couple with baby, carrying the red flag, also caused some controversy…ridiculous…Their rights.’ (Edited Version)

‘Why should we listen to that Chinese family? Their presence on the March was controversial to say the least. It’s like their rights are more important than our rights. This sort of thing should be kept out of Torbay!’ (Original Version)

Virginia Keyes – Green Party Member – Torquay (Posted to Nick Slater’s Facebook Page

‘Good point Jem.’

(Nick Slater – Organizer – Torbay Anti-Austerity Walk)

‘So the man who posts on a website called ‘An Exploration of Budhism, Philosophy & Leftwing Political Analysis’, believes the man who has worked tirelessly for months to organise a peaceful protest walk should’ve used whatever force necessary to remove the UKIP representative. But because he didn’t resort to such action, and remained calm (keeping within the tone of the day), he is therefore, “obviously pursuing a rightwing political narrative crudely disguised as “Socialist” .’ Congratulations Adrian, you’ve gained the attention you clearly crave and have forced people to discuss you.

While he means well, and has become a well known face in Torbay’s community, Moses Wave Man’s primary daily activity is sitting on a roadside and waving at cars. So given that the Dalai Lama’s job is safe, for now, Nick doesn’t need to take political, religious or social advice from him or his ignorant son.’

(Natalie Croxon – Green Party Member – Torquay (Posted to Nick Slater’s Facebook Page)

‘Thanks Nat! So well Said by my Sister! X’

(Nick Slater – Organizer – Torbay Anti-Austerity Walk)

‘Roaring over here! Glad the Dali Lama can sleep at night. To be honest Nathalie I was wondering what his credentials were and what it was that made him so wise & respected. That’s not to say I mean him any disrespect but just that if he wasn’t affiliated with the politics of his son he would more than likely be dismissed as a “crazy old man” As it is he’s like the Torbay mascot, which is great I just don’t know what it contributes to the community when I can tell you at least ten things that Nick has. (& others of course but since it was directly addressed to him..)  To surmise; amazing!’

Jem Dodd – Green Party Member – Torbay (Posted to Nick Slater’s Facebook Page)

I think that these comments are naïve, ignorant, immature, and typical of a group of insular people who are very much out of their depth both politically and morally, and definitely out of touch with a vibrant and tolerant UK that exists outside of Torbay.  Change will come to Torbay and we very much respect the majority of the 300 or so people who walked the 8.29 miles from Brixham to Torbay.  My disagreements with Mr Nick Slater and the small group around him are purely political and never personal.  I feel no need to verbally attack him or his family – the actions of whom very much speak for themselves.  In the meantime I will let the reader decide for his or her self.  In the meantime, as I write from London, many around me are bemused by the situation – as they are well aware that outlying places like Torquay are institutionally racist, conservative, and petty minded.  They do not know why I bother with this nonsense when there are more pressing things to worry about in the real world.  Be that as it may, I know from personal experience that many good people live there and I think the heart and soul of Torquay is worth fighting for!  Is it to be ‘racism’ or ‘tolerance’?

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