…Then Labour don’t even bother to turn up…!
Labour and UKIP formed an unholy alliance to block Class War from a candidate hustings on peace and the environment, organised by the Society of Friends.
The Society of Friends had no issue with Class War taking part, but Professor Peter Belton of the UEA decided to take it to the other candidates which could be contacted, to ask if they would agree. It was a revealing move for local democracy.
With an hour to go before the start of the Norwich South hustings in Friends Meeting House, Norwich, Clive Lewis (Labour) and Steve Emmens (UKIP) said no to Class War joining the panel. Simon Wright of the Lib Dems said yes, and the Green candidate Lesley Grahame, did not respond before the hustings began. On a decision of two party candidates to one, Class War was barred.
The conservatives had already dropped out. Shockingly and to everyone’s surprise, including the Society of Friends, Labour then joined them, empty chairing the hustings at the last minute.
David Peel said:
“Labour blocking Class War is anti-democratic and silenced the one candidate that talks straight about Labour cuts and austerity. Then not even bothering to turn up is the ultimate disrespect to the audience and all of the candidates who did.
“The impromptu hustings coalition with UKIP, mirrored as it is locally by Labour UKIP running austerity budgets at Norfolk County Council, shows they are running scared of Class War. The disgusting bestiality jokes about there being little chance of Labour losing Norwich South have also stopped. Class War has put an end to Labour’s arrogant complacency.
“Hustings audiences are also finding themselves increasingly lost in a political maze of Labour’s making. The confusing candidate strategy of disagreeing with Labour on some policies and agreeing with Labour on others has turned off audiences.
“Now even the candidate appears unable to remember – the reported latest public evasion “wait and see how I will vote” when confronted by legitimate questions like “how would you vote on TTIP which could destroy our NHS” is surely wrong.
“Labour and UKP feared the thought of Class War engaging with an articulate audience in a determined criticism of Labour’s imperialist foreign policy, its betrayal of the Palestinians, and its support for Zionism. Labour and UKIP feared Class War’s trenchant views on protecting the environment, scrapping Trident, and nuclear power.”
Peel said Class War expected more discrimination against the Party before the election was over.
“I am proud anti racist and anti fascist. I was a founder member of We Are Norwich which galvanised our city and sent the EDL packing. I will run for the working class and speak out. Labour and UKIP might ban us from hustings, but they can’t ban us from the streets of Norwich South, or from talking politics with our class.
“Vote Class War to end this system of murder and austerity, poverty and starvation, hatred, slander and division.”