Yearly Archives: 2015

31Dec/15

Where were you Britain First?

Where were you Britain First?
Where were you Britain first as Yorkshire and Lancashire slowly sank below the water?
How many of your supporters opened their doors on Christmas Morning to welcome us into their homes as the 700 families of our village were evacuated due to the floods?
Where were your supporters yesterday as we were allowed to return to our homes?
Where was the help today as we had to stand knee deep in mud and silt shoveling it off our streets? Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh all stood shoulder to shoulder all day filling skip after skip with mud and filth, even the two Hare Krishnas who stand outside the post office every afternoon singing and chanting come rain or shine joined in. Where were you and your followers Golding and Fransen? two Labor councilors and the local MP managed to make it and mucked in with the clear up, where were you? Even David Cameron put in an appearance and he’s as popular around here as a dose of Herpes.
Our local Parrish church was so badly damaged the cost of repairing it will make even Mark Zuckerberg’s eyes water, maybe Britain First could hold a fundraiser on their page to help with the repairs Mr Golding? If every one of your page followers chipped in just £1 it will more than cover the costs with a shed load left over to throw a big street party in your honor. Sounds good yes? But we won’t hold our breath waiting for your help after all helping others will not do anything to line your own pockets will it?
So my original question still stands Britain First and all your followers where were you the last few days? Watching Football on Sky Sports no doubt, laughing as we sank below the water.
Britain First, in a few of weeks you are going to be holding a march in Dewsbury and as you shamble along the road between the Railway station and the market just listen to the jeers and catcalls and as you wonder about the vast number of people along the route who are opposed to you just think about this, their ranks will be swelled by 700 not because of something that you have done, but because of something you did not do
You did not help, the village that almost drowned is only six short miles away from Dewsbury and i personally guarantee you the hottest of welcomes on 30th January 2016.

28Dec/15

ISLAM AGAINST RACISM AND PREJUDICE

ISLAM AGAINST RACISM AND PREJUDICE
Islam’s manifesto of Universal brotherhood of human beings
by Abdul Malik Mujahid
From the Quran
“O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you” (Quran 49:13).
Explanation: There are several principles, which this verse presents:
This message is not just for Muslims only because God is addressing all of humanity. While Muslims are one brotherhood, this is part of a larger brotherhood of humanity.
God is telling us that He has created us. Therefore He knows the best about us.
He says that He created us from one man and one woman meaning then that we are all the same.
It also means that all human beings are created through the same process, not in a manner in which some are created with a better mechanism than others.
God is the One who made human beings into different groups and people.
These differences are not wrong, rather a sign from God (“And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colors. Verily, in that are indeed signs for those who know” [Quran 30:22]).
Note that no word equivalent to race is used in this ayah or any other verse of the Quran.
Islam, however, limits the purpose of these distinctions to differentiation and knowing each other. This is not meant to be a source of beating each other down with an attitude of ‘my group is better than your group’ or false pride as is the case with tribalism, nationalism, colonialism, and racism.
The only source of preference or greatness among human beings is not on a national or group level, but it is at the individual level.
One individual who is (higher in Taqwa), more conscious of his Creator and is staying away from the bad and doing the good is better, no matter what nation, country or caste he is part of. Individual piety is the only thing that makes a person better and greater than the other one.
However, the only criterion of preference, Taqwa, is not measurable by human beings. Indeed God is the One Who knows and is aware of everything so we should leave even this criterion to God to decide instead of human beings judging each other.
These are the deeply embedded ideals of Islam which still bring people to this way of life even though Muslims are not on the best level of Iman today. This is what changed the heart of a racist Malcolm X when he performed Hajj in Makkah. This is the power that brought Muhammad Ali to Islam. This is what still attracts the Untouchables of India towards Islam. This is the theory which convinced noted historian Professor A.J. Toynbee in 1948 to say that: “The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.”
Let’s ask ourselves if the Muslim Ummah today, in its individual and collective behavior is striving to adopt and promote these Islamic ideals?
From the Sunnah
1. Prophet’s response to racist comments:
A man once visited the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah. There he saw a group of people sitting and discussing their faith together. Among them were Salman (who came from Persia), Suhayb who grew up in the Eastern Roman empire and was regarded as a Greek, and Bilal who was an African. The man then said:
“If the (Madinan) tribes of Aws and Khazraj support Muhammad, they are his people (that is, Arabs like him). But what are these people doing here?”
The Prophet became very angry when this was reported to him. Straightaway, he went to the mosque and summoned people to a Salat. He then addressed them saying:
“O people, know that the Lord and Sustainer is One. Your ancestor is one, your faith is one. The Arabism of anyone of you is not from your mother or father. It is no more than a tongue (language). Whoever speaks Arabic is an Arab.” (As quoted in Islam The Natural Way by Abdul Wahid Hamid p. 125)
2. Statement of the universal brotherhood in the last Sermon:
O people, Remember that your Lord is One. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a black has no superiority over white, nor a white has any superiority over black, except by piety and good action (Taqwa). Indeed the best among you is the one with the best character (Taqwa). Listen to me. Did I convey this to you properly? People responded, Yes. O messenger of God, The Prophet then said, then each one of you who is there must convey this to everyone not present. (Excerpt from the Prophet’s Last Sermon as in Baihiqi)
3. Don’t take pride in ancestry:
The Prophet said: Let people stop boasting about their ancestors. One is only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All men are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi).
4. Looking down upon other people will stop you from entering the Jannah:
The Prophet said: Whoever has pride in his heart equal to the weight of an atom shall not enter Paradise. A man inquired about a person who likes to wear beautiful clothes and fine shoes, and he answered: God is beautiful and likes beauty. Then he explained pride means rejecting the truth because of self-esteem and looking down on other people (Muslim).
5. The Prophet condemnation of Arab racial pride:
There are many hadith, which repeatedly strike on the Arab pride of jahiliyyah. Arabs before Islam used to look down upon others specially blacks. The Prophet repeatedly contrasted the believing Africans versus non-believing Arab nobles.

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24Dec/15

Katie Hopkins – Islamophobic Bigot

A family group who also happened to be Muslim were prevented from boarding a flight from Gatwick Airport to the USA recently. They were not given an explanation. Their MP, Stella Creasy, has had no success in getting the US authorities to explain themselves, and has now written to the Prime Minister. But one pundit knows all about what really happened: pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins has been on the case.

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Ms Hopkins has the nudge-nudgery on the go from the start: “This lovely big British family aren’t exactly conventional. They are two brothers – and 9 children… between 8 and 19 years old … I’m sorry? Two brothers and nine children. All called Mahmood … When was the last time two grown men, took nine ‘kids’ abroad on their own?” But one of the brothers was accompanied by his sister in law. Katie hasn’t bothered checking.

And then comes a really clumsy smear: “And then there’s their address in Waltham Forest, a known hotbed of extremism … Anjem Choudary – Britain’s loudest extremist hate speaker – came from Waltham Forest”. And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One, Choudary comes from Welling, in the borough of Bexley – not Waltham Forest. And two, he now lives in Ilford, which is in the borough of Redbridge.

So that’s more smears combined with crap research, or, as many people call it, lying. But on she goes: “And if it wasn’t enough that two Muslim men from an extremist area of England, plus their nine children were flying together without any women, to set off alarm bells there’s the fact that they have confirmed links with Al Qaeda … Yup. Intelligence was received about a Facebook page connected to the family address, containing extremist material sympathising with Al Qaeda”. Not really, no.

Over to CNN, that hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism: “A check by CNN on Wednesday of traveling family members on the UK Electoral Roll showed an email address associated with 18-year-old Hamza Mahmood that links to a suspicious Facebook page … The page appears to belong to a Birmingham resident with a similar name, whose occupation is listed as Supervisor at Taliban and Leader at al-Qaeda”. There’s more.

When asked by reporters about the Facebook link, the family said the email listed on the electoral roll is incorrect, missing some characters, and that the son lives in London, not Birmingham”. So Katie is talking out of the back of her neck once again. Have another go: “Tariq’s brother was also detained in Tel Aviv for 8 days before being ejected from the country”. No and no. He wasn’t detained in Tel Aviv. He never got past the airport.

He was refused entry to Israel, and was detained overnight. But readers should know to expect this from a pundit who talks about “playing my usual game of ‘spot the terrorist’ at the airport, (beard -5 points, rucksack – 10 points, sandals – 5 points – be honest, you’ve all done it)”. No Katie, we haven’t all done it. You’re just a cheap and nasty bigot.

And your pants are on fire too. No wonder the Sun sacked her.

Tim Fenton

04Dec/15

What is Strive (Jihad)?

What is Strive (Jihad)?
In the Qur’an God encourage the believers to try their best and making the effort to achieve their goals. “And We charge no soul except [with that within] its capacity,23/62”
Jihad it is highest possible effort the person can do to achieve that. “And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.29/69”
Wrongly Jihad been associated with fighting. Nevertheless, Jihad has very wide meaning and ways. Start from striving against the self, to make the self able to accept the right path and avoid evil, “And whoever strives only strives for [the benefit of] himself. Indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.29/6” to strive against aggressive army that trying to destroy your home or your life by giving everything you can for this cause. “Go forth, whether light or heavy, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the cause of Allah. That is better for you, if you only knew.9/41”
The biggest strive is through (the Qur’an) by fallowing the teaching and spread its mercy and wisdom. “So do not obey the disbelievers, and strive against them with the Qur-an a great striving. 25/52”
Jihad in the Qur’an does not linked only with the believers. In few places might be associated with people who are polytheists. “And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents, but if they strive to make you join with Me (in worship) anything (as a partner) of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not. 29/8”
Jihad used to demonstrate believing in God through all the monotheist religions that fallowed the prophet Ibrahim teachings. “And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. [It is] the religion of your father, Ibraheem.22/78”
In general, there are no war such as (the holy war) in Islam. The subject KETAL or fighting need more attentions in different research. Main while (striven in a cause of Allah) is for people who defined themselves and their beliefs from an armed transgressor without breaking any law of Allah laws and those people who do this strive will get the highest reword. “The ones who have believed, emigrated and striven in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives are greater in rank in the sight of Allah. And it is those who are the attainers [of success].9/20”
In Islam, it is mandatory as a nation to protect itself and its people. It is not mandatory for each individual or person to do so. However, those people who do will get great reward because they fulfil their test. “Not equal are those believers remaining [at home] – other than the disabled – and the mujahideen, [who strive and fight] in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred the mujahideen through their wealth and their lives over those who remain [behind], by degrees. And to both Allah has promised the best [reward]. But Allah has preferred the mujahideen over those who remain [behind] with a great reward.4/95”
Moreover, all Muslims have to defend other people who are under transgression. In only one condition which is if they do not have treaty with the other part. “Indeed, those who have believed and emigrated and fought with their wealth and lives in the cause of Allah and those who gave shelter and aided – they are allies of one another. But those who believed and did not emigrate – for you there is no guardianship of them until they emigrate. And if they seek help of you for the religion, then you must help, except against a people between yourselves and whom is a treaty. And Allah is Seeing of what you do.8/72”

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04Dec/15

A view on the Islamic Prophet Muhammed & his wife Aisha

The Islamic Prophet Muhammed & his wife Aisha

It is believed in the Islamic community that the teachings of the Quran were passed down during the time of Muhammed, and for them, it is believed to be 100% correct and unaltered in over 1400 years. However, contrary to what some right wing propaganda may claim, there is no mention of Muhammad or his marriages. So the only point of reference that we have to investigate the claims that Aisha was allegedly between the ages of 6 & 9 years old when she married Muhammad are what are known as Hadiths. Hadiths, for those of you who do not know, are a collection of narratives, sayings and teachings of Muhammed documented following his death. It is important to understand and point out that the Hadiths between the two major sects of Islam, Sunni’s and Shi’a’s differ, but that is a different topic altogether. So we are going to generalise here slightly just to highlight a few points, using the majority following of Islam which is the Sunni sect.

According to the Hadiths, specifically Sahih Bukhari which is generally accepted across Sunni Islam as being the most authentic, Aisha is reported to have said that she was a “young girl” at the time Surah Al-Qamar, the 54th chapter of the Quran, was revealed. According to historians, the 54th chapter of the Quran was revealed 9 years before what is known as Hijrah, or the migration of Muhammed and his Muslim followers to Medina from Mecca, around 622 CE. Note the words “young girl” and not the term infant; it is suggested Aisha was born towards the end of 613 CE or early 614 CE. If this were the case, and the 54th chapter was supposedly revealed 9 years before 622 CE, that would mean Aisha would have not even have been born. So already, this raises serious question about her age at the time of marriage. Also, the first revelations were made to Muhammed in 610. If he was 53 when he took Aisha as his wife, and she was supposedly 6 years old, that would mean that Aisha was born in 617 CE, and so therefore would not have been born when chapter 54 was revealed, as this was 4 years prior.

Aisha’s father, Abu-Bakr, married 2 women prior to the formation of Islam (in Muhammed’s time). Aisha was born to the latter wife, her half-sister Asma was born to Abu-Bakr’s first wife, and it is known that the age difference between the 2 was around 10 years. It is also recorded that all 4 of Abu-Bakr’s children (2 children from each wife) were born before the formation of Islam as a religion (the last 22 years of Muhammed’s life, circa . 610. Given the approximation that Muhammed was born around 570 CE, he would have been 40 at the time, and if 613 CE is to be believed as Aisha’s year of birth, it would mean Aisha was born 3 years past the first revelation to Muhammed by the Angel Gabriel as is believed by Muslims. The “first year” of Islam is defined by the lunar calendar which Muslims follow, and where the traditional Gregorian Calendar is marked by BC/AD or BCE/CE, the Islamic calendar is appended by the letters AH (Anno Hegirae – “in the year of the Hijra”). So the start of the 1st year of AH is the equivalent of 622 AD or CE. On that basis, if it is widely reported and accepted that Asma was a decade older than Aisha, and that when she passed away in 73 AH she was 100 years old, that would mean that Aisha was 93, suggesting that she was born actually born in 601/602 CE. Think about that; if she was a “young girl” then when Al-Qamar was revealed to Muhammed (622 CE), it would mean she was approximately 19/20 years of age. These dates and ages are approximate, so give or a take year or two, but we are still nowhere close to the suggested age of 6, or even indeed 9. Muhammed’s consummation of marriage is said to have been in 2 AH, so that would suggest that Aisha was between the ages of 20 & 23 if the above is to be accepted.

Another point that raises questions are the Battles of Badr and Uhud, which took place in 624 CE (2 AH) and 625 CE respectively. It is recorded that one of Abu-Bakr’s children, his son Abd Al-Rahman, did not convert to Islam, and opted to fight against the Muslims in the Battle of Badr. His age is recorded as being of around 21/22, which would place his year of birth at around 602/603 CE. Although it is accepted he was older than Aisha, there is little evidence to suggest that this was much more than a few years at best. Add to this the fact that it is recorded Aisha went into the battle alongside Muhammed, it being common practise that women accompanied the men in order to tend to wounds and assist them whilst they were out in battle. It is also recorded in the Hadiths that no one below the age of 15 was allowed in the battle of Uhud, so even if Aisha was 15 at the time, that would suggest that she was born in 610 CE, so at the time of the revelation of chapter 54 of the Quran, she would have been 3 years old. That’s not a young girl, that is still an infant or toddler. Aisha is supposed to have married Muhammed 1 year after the Hijrah. So let’s say she was 3 at the time the 54th chapter was revealed; she married the prophet 10 years later, so she was 13, and if the marriage was consummated 3 years later as is suggested by those who argue that she was 6 at marriage, then it means she was 16 when she had sex. Correct us if this is stated incorrectly, but the age of consent in the UK is 16 is it not?

Another factor to consider would have been Muhammed’s daughter Fatimah, born of his relationship with his first wife Khadijah. Fatimah is recorded to have been born when the Prophet was 35 years of age, and to have been 5 years the senior of Aisha. This then would mean she was born in the year 605 CE, meaning Aisha was born in the year 610, again reiterating the fact that if this was true, that Aisha would have been 13 at the time of marriage, and 16 at the time of consummation.

These are but a few observations; the fact is we are talking about a period of over 1400 years ago, no one can say for sure, unless Stewart Green for whom this article was originally written, or anyone else, is holding out on us and has a time machine. There are many articles written by historians and various scholars alike. Not all agree, and the viewpoints vary from one person to the next. But certainly, for all the arguments thrown about regarding Muhammed’s wife Aisha, there are just as many arguments ,if not more, to suggest that the claims Aisha was 6 years old at the time of marriage to Muhammed, is factually incorrect.

One thing is for certain, of the reports, and the citations used by right wing groups and Islamophobes; this topic is used as a form of attack against Muslims to peddle their Islamaphobic thoughts and ideologies, and without doubt, the figures most certainly do not add up, and so the foundations for their arguments hold no weight.

25Nov/15

ASA Ruling on Knights Templar International

ASA Ruling on Knights Templar International
Knights Templar International
KTI-NOM-Suite 6049
PO BOX 6945
London
W1A 6US
Date: 25 November 2015
Media: Internet (social networking)
Sector: Retail
Number of complaints: 1
Complaint Ref: A15-311684
Ad
A post on the Facebook page of Knights Templar International dated 25 August 2015 stated “This is why we have Templars on the ground in Hungary. Chaotic scenes at the border with Greece, as migrants attempt to clamber on board packed trains You can help our Mission …remember, if we do not stop them over there the west will be flooded…Your Choice> https://www.knightstemplarinternational.com/donationtoday/” and linked to a news article headed “Macedonia: State of emergency declared over migrants”.

Issue
The complainant, who did not believe that the organisation carried out work on the ground, challenged whether the claims “… we have Templars on the ground in Hungary” and “You can help our Mission” were misleading.

CAP Code (Edition 12)
3.13.7
Response
Knights Templar International (KTI) said that they had been operating in Hungary for a long time and had members based there who ran pro-life missions, religious outreach missions, political research work and other activities. They said members of their organisation had also travelled to Hungary on a ‘mission’. They provided a number of photos, of which they said some dated from around March 2015 and some from September 2015, which they said showed KTI members meeting with the Vice President of the Hungarian Assembly in the Hungarian Parliament Building as well as visiting the Hungarian/Croatian and Hungarian/Serbian borders.

Assessment
Upheld

The ASA considered that readers would understand from the claims in the ad that KTI had, at the time it appeared, members in Hungary carrying out work related to KTI and that donating to them would contribute towards that work. We had been provided with photos which indicated that at some point individuals identifying themselves as KTI observers (via their jackets) had visited Hungary. However, the photos were undated and we had not been provided with any other evidence relating to the organisation’s work in Hungary to demonstrate that at the point the ad appeared KTI had members in Hungary carrying out KTI work. We had also not been provided with evidence that donating funds to KTI would contribute towards activities in Hungary. We therefore concluded that the claims were misleading.

The ad breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 3.1 (Misleading advertising) and 3.7 (Substantiation).

Action
The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told Knights Templar International not to state or imply that members were carrying out work in Hungary related to Knights Templar International unless they held documentary evidence to substantiate that. We also told them not to imply that donations would go towards specific work unless that was supported by evidence.

Full ruling here.

08Nov/15

Jon Gomm: An open letter to Britain First

This Remembrance Sunday, I’ve written an open letter to Britain First (a facebook-based far-right political party who organise paramilitary style “Christian patrols” and “invasions” of British mosques):

Dear Britain First,

I once visited a city where, 20 years ago, they demolished all the mosques, some were ripped down by hand. People stood up like you’re doing, and shouted “Put our country first!” So they did. In the most brutal civil war possibly ever seen in Europe, neighbours fought neighbours, the dead were hung like strange fruit from trees, and the city was cleansed. That is war, that is the pain we are commemorating this Remembrance Sunday. Lest we forget.

You don’t speak for white Britain. You only speak for those who can’t tolerate anything but their own way of life. And if they can’t tolerate anything but their own way of life, then there is no country on earth where they could be happy or feel like they belong.

You talk about “freedom” and “equality” but really you just want YOUR culture in YOUR country. Well, your culture is not my culture. I live in a happily multicultural neighbourhood of a multicultural city, and REAL British culture is about tolerance, justice and friendship. It always has been, we have fought to defend those principles.

I hope one day you see the light. Maybe one day you will feel the true courage inside you which only love can inspire, and not the false courage of hatred.

My beliefs are shared by the vast majority of ordinary British people. We are legion. We don’t have a uniform and a badge and a beret, like you guys wear. Because we don’t need a uniform to know where we belong.

Love from,
Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm is an English singer-songwriter and performer. Using a single acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, bass lines and melodies simultaneously, his songs draw on a range of influences and styles including blues, soul, rock and even metal. Michael Hedges is an important source of inspiration.[1] To date he has recorded three solo albums and has toured full-time since 2004 (WIKI)

07Nov/15

Britain First begging: Why £5000?

I've been doing a little research in regards to the value of £5,000 which keeps cropping up when court action arises involving Britain First, and Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen hold their hands out to their followers. I'm immensely confused as to why they use such a high figure when merely instructing solicitors: "We need to urgently instruct our solicitors once again to take action against Chesterfield Council immediately". 
Now whilst I have a working knowledge of Law, having done my degree in the subject, I respect that I am no solicitor, so it's not my area of expertise per se. However, I understand the process in which Britain First can make a claim against the council, as they intend to do: "We need to raise £5,000 over the weekend so that on Monday morning our legal representatives can pounce on Chesterfield Council.". I therefore asked a close friend of mine who is a practising solicitor to double check that I hadn't overlooked anything, which she confirmed I hadn't (aren't I good? 3 years since I graduated, I can't remember what I did yesterday but stuff like this is seemingly recalled at will). Paul states in their latest letter that they feel that the council "cannot legally cancel our contract", but that "they are going to try!". He's probably right, the council in their own terms & conditions under cancellations, only make note of being able to " cancel a hiring if the hall is required in connection with an election or if the hall is unusable due to breakdown of machinery or damage to premises". In these circumstances the council are obliged to refund any charges to the hirer, but are not liable for anything else. One would imagine that an immediate direction that Britain First would take if they felt so strongly about this would have been to apply for an emergency injunction. This is something which can be arranged to be heard at short notice even the same day in some cases, if they opt to have it heard ex parte (without the council present to provide a defence to the application). The chances are that they probably wouldn't be granted an ex parte hearing, but it's certainly an avenue they could have explored. The letter is dated the 4th of November so, assuming that the letter wasn't emailed to them immediately, and they were not given the courtesy of a phone call advising them of the cancellation at the time the letter was issued (which would I imagine, be normal practise for a council in the event of a change), it can be accepted that the letter arrived through the traditional postal system by Friday the 6th of November 2015. But we know of their own admission that “Chesterfield Council have sent us an email at the last minute”. They certainly can't argue they received notification over the weekend, so they have been given clear of a weeks’ notice, given that they chose to publish their announcement on this very date, and not at the "very last minute" as they claim. So, certainly therein is sufficient time to lodge paperwork for an injunction and serve it upon the council with a view to arranging a hearing for both sides at short notice sometime in the upcoming week. Now understandably, in order to file documents for this matter, it will cost money. So let us take a look at these costs. There are 2 elements to this. One is the cost of filing the paperwork to the courts. This is a cost which is a fixed figure, dependant on what they are claiming or asking the court to do. These figures are openly available to anyone, simply look on the Ministry of Justice's website (herein referred to as MoJ); the form with the relevant charges is the ex050 form. As I said, the amount this would cost varies on what Britain First would actually be seeking from the court. Assuming that they were simply seeking an injunction to stop the council from withdrawing on their contractually binding agreement, the fee would be a fixed rate of £280, payable to the County Court. Remember that figure. The other element to cost would be that of instructing a legal specialist if they were too lazy (or lack the intelligence) to fill out and submit the forms themselves. Agreed, they may just be instructing someone who has the necessary legal experience to ensure that the paperwork is filled out correctly, and is watertight in respect of the law.
Paul seems certain it is an open close case; “Chesterfield Council are taking a big risk with this decision because we have a signed legal contract for the booking, we have paid all the necessary fees and have complied with all of the clauses in the contract. In other words, they cannot legally cancel our contract.”, but I will assume that for his own piece of mind, that is the reason behind instructing a solicitor as opposed to filling out the forms himself. So I asked a number of practising solicitors what the cost would be to file such paperwork. The general consensus is a figure that is representative of 1-2 hours work, so in between £150 - £400 depending on who you are instructing, and their fees. Further to this, they would look to keep around £300 on account prior to any court dates, with a view to keeping that account in credit pending any subsequent dates if the matter could not be resolved in the first sitting. So let’s do the maths; the court fees, the solicitors’ charges for preparing the paperwork for an injunction, and a fee on account for the file should legal representation be required in court. That’s £280 + £400 + £300 respectively, giving a grand total of £980. Let’s round that up for arguments sake just to allow a little margin of error and have a nice round figure, to £1,000. That’s some £4,000 off the money that Paul Golding is seeking to raise over the course of the weekend, but realistically achievable if those foolhardy enough to believe in the cause that Britain First stand for. There is another scenario, in which through the County Court, Britain First can make application for “damages” – this is a legal term for what is generally monetary compensation. For this, there is a guidance table within the same form from the MoJ that allows you to calculate the cost of filing paperwork. It looks like this:

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Paul is asking for £5,000. So let’s take a figure from the table above to work with, just to put this into perspective. If they were putting in a claim for £100,000 then the cost of filing the claim would be 5% i.e. 5% of £100,000 = £5,000. But then that leaves no room for solicitors’ fees etc. as mentioned earlier. So we know that they aren’t claiming that much. What about the lower end of that figure, the £50,000 mark? Well 5% of £50,000 is £2,500 which would leave them with the same for costs of services. Do they really think that their conference was worth this much? More to the point, do they think the judge will agree to their demand for this value? Bear in mind that the onus is on them to prove to the judge that their claim is worth this value. If they don’t, they potentially lose money, or if the judge rules in the favour of the council altogether, they lose their money, have to pay their solicitor, and become liable for the councils’ legal fees as well. It’s plain to see that if they are seeking a figure lower than £50,000 that once again a £5,000 target for funds seems a bit excessive. Whichever figure they are choosing to go for, Paul seems to have made it clear that this is something they are considering:

“Usually in these situations, when a contract has been breached causing immense hardship and cost, the complainant can win damages – who knows what can happen.”

But ask yourself this; if they do choose this option, what happens with the unspent funds? More-over, what happens if they are awarded damages too? Will they be returning any of the money they’ve begged for from their supporters?An alternative option would be to pursue the council through a more powerful court, the High Court, in an attempt to fight the council for the breach of contract on other grounds, such as discrimination. Now this is a much more costly option, with the need to instruct a solicitor, to instruct a barrister. Referring back to the guidance issued by the MoJ in terms of fees, to file an application in the High Court would cost £480. Factor in the Solicitors costs to prepare the paperwork at £400, gives us the grand total of £880. Let’s round that up to £1,000 again just to make things a little easier to work with. The cost of a Barrister will vary, depending on the level of experience, generally reflected by the number of years in service. Generally speaking, a barrister with under 5 years of experience will cost somewhere in the region of £75-£125 per hour. So that would give Britain First between 32 and 54 hours with a low level barrister. Someone with over 5-10 years can charge between £125 and 275 per hour, up to 15 years’ experience can easily charge upwards of £200 up to around £500. A member of the Queens Counsel (QC) can charge upwards of £350 per hour with no upper limit. So let’s say they go for someone who isn’t a member of the QC but has a number of years’ experience under their belt. I assume they want the best their money can buy, so a barrister with over a decade over experience would provide them with between 8 and 20 hours of service. So they would want to hope that the case doesn’t over run this time frame, and that they win it, because obviously the council would need to instruct a barrister too, and the costs are going to be more or less the same if you think about it. If they’ve had to beg for the £5,000, there will they another £5,000 if they lose? That’s if the costs don’t actually spiral out of control above that figure. Not to mention any damages that may get awarded. But again, say they do win. Say they are awarded damages. Not only will they have got back the £5,000 they’ve begged for, the will have an additional amount on top of this figure. Where does all this money go? Is any of it returned?

Obviously, there may be any number of other factors, options and variables that can affect this, but it gives you a general insight into the immediate options that Britain First are able to make use of, but I urge you to think very carefully about the figures I have displayed, and the figures being asked for. How transparent are Britain First really? Where does all this money actually go? Are they really a party you can trust? How many more times will they be passing the collection plate around for countless reasons, it seems there is always an excuse, always a reason they need their followers to cough up some spare change. And ask yourself this – do you really want a political party in power if every time things go wrong, they turn to their followers for more money? If they had the power, would that be a choice each time funds ran out, or would they enforcing taxation laws making it mandatory to hand them money every time they demanded it. There’s a famous legend that sounds
familiar to that, something to do with a Sherriff of some City in the East Midlands, and his arch enemy was the
good guy, who was a dab hand at archery and wore tights!

Article written by

Hugh M.
06/11/2015

References:

http://www.chesterfieldvenuehire.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Terms-Conditions.pdf

Britain First website update re: cancellation of conference
http://www.britainfirst.org/chesterfield-council-cancels-booking-for-britain-first-conference/ (retrieved
06/11/15)

MoJ HMCTS Form Finder
http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/ex050-eng.pdf (retrieved 06/11/15)

06Nov/15

Hall of Shame – Dale Robinson

Every now and then an individual appears so vile they deserve their own entry into our fascist hall of fame.
Meet far right troll Dale aka MC Destin-E.

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No, Dale, you are not racist because you are white, you are racist because of your ideas and language.

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MC Destin-E, works the club scene in the Barnsley area, at least he did, not sure what the clubs will think after they recieve the screenshots.

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No To Hate!