Barbara Martin

Tributes paid after death of Crawley woman who bravely took on the National Front

A WONDERFUL WOMAN: Barbara Martin stood up to racism at a time when National Front members were holding demonstrations A CRAWLEY woman who spent nearly 40 years standing up to racism in the town has been described as a “wonderful woman” with “a beautiful mind” after her death. Having the courage to speak out against … Continue reading

Peter Griffiths, Conservative candidate for Smethwick, in 1964. Photograph: Express and Star

Britain’s race issue: now and then

Channel 4’s Britain’s Racist Election about the notorious 1964 Smethwick campaign sheds light on our current political climate, says Jasper Rees Controversial: Peter Griffiths campaigning in Smethwick in 1964 in Britain’s Racist Election, Channel 4, 10.00pm Photo: Express & Star Race is proving to be this election’s hot potato, with the meteoric rise of Ukiplinked by … Continue reading


Ukip leader Nigel Farage is desperate to create a green and unpleasant land

IB Times – Nigel Farage thinks Britain has fundamentally changed when it comes to attitudes to race and is now as colour-blind as he claims to be himself.  If we needed further proof of the deep unpleasantness of Ukip Nigel Farage served it up in bucketloads yesterday. When asked by a Channel 4 documentary if there … Continue reading

Owner’s shock at ‘racially motivated’ attack on former restaurant

ARSONISTS have struck at a former Indian restaurant in a “racially motivated” attack. An investigation is underway following a fire at the MAA Tandoori Takeaway on High Street, Connah’s Quay. Police are treating the blaze as being racially motivated because ‘EDL’ signs – alluding to the far-right group English Defence League – were spray-painted on … Continue reading


Claude Sitton, front-line civil rights reporter in the South, dies at 89

In this 1961 photo, journalist Claude Sitton, right, listens as a University of Georgia official announces that reporters will be banned from campus during the university’s desegregation crisis. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) Claude Sitton, a Georgia native whose powerful reporting for the New York Times on church bombings and other episodes of wanton violence across … Continue reading


Australian-themed bar slammed for welcoming EDL protesters claims police asked them to

Hundreds of police were drafted in to maintain order near Walkabout in Manchester – it claims it was not out to make a profit from the far-right demonstrators Walkabout: Hundreds of EDL members flooded into Manchester city centre on Saturday Bosses at an Australian-themed bar slammed for welcoming EDL protesters have defended their actions – and … Continue reading


Veteran reports Britain First for defamation over fake photo

EXCLUSIVE: Far-right group Britain First have stirred controversy after posting up an image of a Navy veteran holding up a photoshopped sign. Britain First shared this to over 600,000 supporters. On 5 March, the group posted up a photo of a Muslim man holding up a sign that read: “Boycott bigotry and kill all non … Continue reading

The crowded East End ... Chrisp Street market in Poplar, 1904. Photograph: London Stereoscopic Compa

Ukip is nothing new: the British Brothers’ League was exploiting immigration fears in 1901

Nigel Farage would envy the power and influence the BBL wielded. But its crude rhetoric about immigrants flooding the nation is all too familiar The crowded East End … Chrisp Street market in Poplar, 1904. Photograph: London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images Enoch Powell warned of “rivers of blood”. Margaret Thatcher, David Blunkett and Michael Fallon spoke … Continue reading

Public shuns far right gathering

Police at the event FAR-right group Britain First came to Wigan at the weekend but suffered a low turnout for what was billed as a grand event. The political party, which has a strong anti-Muslim agenda, has grown considerably over the last couple of years, using social networking to spread their views and generate support. … Continue reading


Pegida UK: A lacklustre disappointment to its German parents

A man with a swastika on the back of his helmet holds a sign aloft amid the Pegida UK crowd in Newcastle.(IBT) For a new protest group, there is little new about Pegida UK. Its launch in Newcastle on 28 February could barely muster a tenth of the support its parent organisation in Germany drew, … Continue reading