I was recently disturbed to discover that someone had slapped a National Front sticker on my front window, partially obscuring a Labour placard about the Tories’ mis-management of the rail network. I appreciate Thanet Extra taking the time to provide a sensitive report on the incident.
I offered the following comment:
“It was more than a little disconcerting.”
“Many people in Thanet will remember that the National Front marched on the streets many times in the 1990s. We are now seeing a rise of the far-right at home and abroad.
“Rather than tackling the plight of working people – government, minority parties and elements of the media have fanned the flames of discrimination and pitted people against each other. This is a dangerous game that can easily tip over into fascism.”
“As part of Kent Anti Racism Network, Thanet campaigners successfully opposed the racists who marched in Dover, and an attempt in 2016 to stage a White Lives Matter march in Margate fizzled out spectacularly in the face of united opposition from the community. The campaign group Calling Time on Racism works with shops, bars and restaurants which refuse to tolerate discrimination; look for their posters and beermats before you decide where to spend your money in Thanet.
“Just a few short weeks ago, we commemorated Remembrance Sunday. After World War II, everyone said ‘never again’. To make this promise a reality, we need to stand together against prejudice wherever we encounter it.”
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