The liberal-Establishment moves against a school dinner lady

Everyone who believes in freedom should roundly condemn the suspension from her job of a school dinner lady who took part in a demonstration in Manchester in the aftermath of the suicide bombing there, writes Christopher Goff.

In the days and weeks after Salman Ramadan Abedi's suicide bomb attack at the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017 that killed 23 people and injured a further 250, a number of public demonstrations of varying degrees of spontaneity and size have been held in the city of Manchester. Most of these demonstrations have been what you might call Marxist 'love-ins' – public gatherings of almost exclusively white people who strangely talk about 'unity' and where the fact that the Manchester suicide bombing was a religiously-motivated hate crime carried out by a Muslim is all but forgotten. Needless to say, these shows of supposed public 'unity' are exactly the type of thing that our political masters approve of, amongst them no doubt the socialist Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham. Such demonstrations have also attracted a lot of media coverage, as one might expect, and if there has been a black or brown face in the crowd to find the 'multicultural spotters' have found them.

But not all the demonstrations in Manchester have fallen into the Marxist 'love-in' category. One such demonstration, a march held on 11 June by a group calling itself UK Against Hate, drew several thousand attendees, only not the type of people our political masters might approve of. Organisers of the UK Against Hate demonstration, amongst them former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, said their march was "against Islamic hate", but for some people, including Andy Burnham, there were just too many tough-looking white men taking part for their liking. In other words, the UK Against Hate demonstration had a bit of a right-wing feel to it.

Andy Burnham later said of this demonstration on Twitter: "These EDL-types who came today need to have a look at themselves", and he criticised the holding of the march by saying that Greater Manchester Police was currently conducting one of its biggest-ever investigations and that its resources could be better deployed elsewhere. A counter-demonstration, described by its organisers as 'anti-racist', was also held in the city at the same time, however, if the only reasoning behind the 'anti-racist' claim appears to be nothing more than the simple-minded belief that all tough-looking white men with short hair must by default be racist, then the claim doesn't seem to stand up to much scrutiny at all. If the organisers of the counter-demonstration had instead said they were 'against Islamophobia', well then that might have made more sense because the idea that being Muslim makes someone a member of a particular ethnic group is of course ludicrous. As any half-wit can tell you, you get Asian Muslims, Arab Muslims, African Muslims, and also even European Muslims … because Islam is a religion and not an indicator of race or ethnicity. What more evidence of ignorance amongst so-called 'anti-racists' does anyone want?

Both Andy Burnham's EDL-slur and the appearance of 'anti-racist' counter-demonstrators did much to portray those individuals taking part in the UK Against Hate march as racist, and naturally this line was further propagated by the media who we know relish any and every opportunity to expose people they suspect of being racist. Anyone who at this point might be thinking of this dynamic, 'Well, this is exactly how 'anti-racist' witch-hunts begin', is of course spot-on with their analysis. We know that witch-hunts are based on things like ignorance, false rumour and hysteria … and so the scene is set.

And then who should happen to step into this 'anti-racist' quicksand? Answer: of all people, a school dinner lady from Preston called Rachel Booth, and whom someone like a colleague at work very likely spotted taking part in the UK Against Hate demonstration, that's who.

After it became known that Rachel Booth had taken part in the UK Against Hate march she was suspended from her job at Moor Nook Primary School in Preston, somewhere she has reportedly been working as a dinner lady for the past four years. In the same story on the BBC News website (7 July, 2017), it was also reported that Mrs Booth said her suspension had come as "a big shock" and "The grounds for suspending me was because it was an EDL march, which is a load of rubbish. Even if I was part of the EDL, which I'm certainly not, it should not have affected my job". Mrs Booth also said that she even attended the UK Against Hate demonstration with her mixed-race husband.

On hearing of Mrs Booth's suspension from her job, one of the organisers of the UK Against Hate march, a very Muslim-sounding Mohammed Fyaz, wrote in a letter to her employer the following: "The event in question was not organised by or linked to the EDL in any way" and "In the democracy in which we live, political, religious and moral issues should be allowed to be discussed, questioned and at times challenged freely, without fear of persecution or discrimination".

While the awful treatment of Rachel Booth certainly serves to highlight the persecution that individuals who are deemed to hold unaccepted views can sometimes face in life, there is in fact nothing particularly unusual about her experience. In fact, probably the most surprising element about this case is the fact that the BBC decided to report it at all. To say that Rachel Booth has become a real-life Winston Smith would not be too wide of the mark, but there are plenty of others who have suffered a similar fate.

Most of the people who have been sacked from their jobs for holding unaccepted political opinions have remained anonymous such is the unwillingness of the mainstream media to report such injustices. But some of the victims of these injustices have from time to time managed to kick-up enough of a stink to get themselves noticed. One such individual was British National Party member Kevin Scott, and who made the decision to stand as a candidate in the Bensham ward of Gateshead in the 2002 local elections. On hearing of his decision to stand in the elections, Mr Scott's employer, the DIY chain B&Q, promptly sacked him from his job. But Mr Scott, by all accounts not the type of man to suffer an injustice lightly, sometime later accepted an out-of-court settlement from B&Q after bringing a case of unfair dismissal, the company presumably not wanting the case to go to a hearing so as to avoid adverse publicity.

In another case, a health worker employed by the North Cumbria NHS Trust, Tina Wingfield, was suspended from her job after a report appeared in a local newspaper linking her to the BNP. Following an internal investigation, the NHS Trust in question said it had found "no evidence of unprofessional behaviour and as a result will not be taking any disciplinary action". However, after nearly three months of investigations North Cumbria NHS Trust reportedly took the decision to terminate Mrs Wingfield's employment after claiming the role she had worked in had been discontinued and they were now unable to offer her suitable alternative employment.

A Bradford councillor, Arthur Redfearn, was also dismissed from his job with West Yorkshire Transport Services after his employer discovered that he had stood for the BNP in local elections. Mr Redfearn's solicitor at the time said of this: "This case is important, not just for him, but there's a public interest as well. It is about the principle of whether somebody can be penalised in the workplace, in this case losing his job, simply because he has chosen to be a member of a particular political party".

And then of course there was the Police Officer, Steve Bettley, who in 2008 was sacked from Merseyside Police after his name appeared on a list of 12,000 BNP members that was circulating online in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, a piece of legislation that was supposedly designed to protect people's privacy but which has since found to be not worth the paper it was written on. In hindsight, had Steve Bettley been able to test the legality of the Government's blanket ban on members of the BNP from working as Police or Prison Officers in the European Court of Human Rights, one would think he might have won.

No-one involved in far-right politics would be stupid enough to claim that racists are not sometimes attracted to the movement. And while racists are the exception, they also tend to be weeded-out of well-run political organizations, and most usually in a fairly quick timescale. It might come as a surprise to some, but most right-wing organizations are not based on hatred of people of a different ethnicity or race, but instead on the love that people have for their country, their own kind and their way of life.

To label patriotic-minded individuals who dare show opposition to the prevailing Marxist dogma on issues such as migration and Islam as 'racist' is a prerogative of the liberal-Establishment. We know the liberal-Establishment cares not one jot for people like Rachel Booth, and if the liberal-Establishment can manage to send out a signal that people who it suspects of holding unaccepted political beliefs might one day be deprived of their employment, then it will do so.

This situation is a reality of life for citizens of Britain, and amongst other places North Korea, and it is a reality that nationalists have actually grown accustomed to. Only the thing we really don't like is living in a country that tries to pretend that it is something that it is mostly certainly not.

Copyright © Christopher Goff
Tag: Freedom
Uploaded: 17 July, 2017.