News from Anna Soubry MP November 5 2016

a01Please read on for a variety of news and reports on my work in the constituency and Parliament. I greatly fear, in the wake of the so called ‘Brexit Judgement’ that we are in dangerous and highly unpleasant times – we must all come together to restore tolerance and reasoned debate.
So – quite a lot to read! Enjoy the rest of the weekend (especially Bonfire night)
As ever,
Anna

Beeston’s Central College set to close

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Central College has announced that their Beeston site will close after 2020. I met the Chief Executive John van de Laarschot yesterday; he said the plan is to cut costs by reducing the number of campuses and instead build a new £50 million College in Nottingham.

I am far from convinced this is a good idea. 500 students use Beeston College and whilst I accept the buildings at the rear are in poor condition, the front is modern and attractive – and it has its own tram stop. The closure will be yet another blow for Chilwell High Road. I am very concerned that yet again, the City is taking precedence over areas like Broxtowe. I will keep you updated as I work to persuade Central College and the Government that Beeston College should remain open.
On a happier note there are no plans to close the Arthur Mee Centre in Stapleford.

Kimberley Chapel – tribute to Team Trevor!

It was a real honour and a great treat to open and then enjoy the newly restored Kimberley Cemetery Chapel. Led by Town Councillor Trevor Rood a team of skilled craftspeople and a gang of volunteers have done an outstanding job. Now named the Chapel on the Hill, it is open for bookings for all manner of ceremonies and I am sure it will be a popular venue. You may remember the former Town Council had an expensive and inappropriate plan for the Chapel. Thanks to Town Council leader Roy Plumb, fellow Councillors and the Kimberley Residents Association common sense and hard work prevailed. The result is a splendid new community facility in keeping with the final resting place of many of Kimberley’s residents.

Sorting out Christmas lights switch ons!

My thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's meeting to sort out the Xmas light switch ons in Beeston, Kimberley and Stapleford.

My thanks to everyone who attended yesterday’s meeting to sort out the Xmas light switch ons in Beeston, Kimberley and Stapleford.

A number of constituents and traders in Beeston, Stapleford and Kimberley have complained to me that Broxtowe Borough Council was being a tad too heavy handed in arranging this year’s Christmas Light switch ons. The concern is that volunteers with proven track records for organising hugely successful annual events were being excluded. I held a meeting yesterday between Broxtowe Borough Council officials, the leader Richard Jackson, and Councillors Easom, McGrath and Macrae. We made good progress and agreed some important changes to this year’s plans. lessons have been learnt for next year.

I am hoping NET will ensure Santa arrives in Beeston on the tram. First stop Chilwell High Road!

Details of the November Christmas Light Switch On events in the diary section

Stapleford Post Office meeting

asn5It is now clear that Stapleford businesses were not given the opportunity to bid for the Post Office counter service which is moving out of the current premises. As a result only Bargain Booze has put forward a business plan and it appears to be a ‘done deal’. I met Post Office representatives and Stapleford’s BoroughCouncillors who like me are completely opposed to the move to Bargain Booze. We made it clear we expect the Post Office to stop the consultation and seek tenders from local businesses. I have again contacted the Chief Executive. My thanks to everyone who signed the various petitions and I will keep you informed of any progress.

Childfare campaign makes sense

asn6I am giving my full support to Childfare a campaign group set up by Emily Stott from Beeston. I met Emily and Madeleine Beestin to learn more about their aims’ In short they want travel firms and attractions to stop charging under 18’s adult prices. Please check them out and I hope you will also support them.

» Find out more about Childfare >>

Remembrance Sunday

asn9I will be attending the ceremony in Beeston this year. My thanks to everyone around the constituency who will be laying wreaths on my behalf at other ceremonies. In future years I intend to attend Remembrance Sunday at Stapleford and then Kimberley. I hope as many people as possible will gather to remember all those who have served, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice and their families.

My work in Parliament

asn7I have taken part in a number of Parliamentary debates and statements. The following links are self explanatory.

» NHS funding / QMC A&E >>

» All business needs a deal like Nissan’s >>

» Why we don’t need an inquiry into Orgreave>>

Thursday’s court case and the way forward

asn8I haven’t hesitated to condemn the outrageously inaccurate and abusive headlines and coverage yesterday of Thursday’s very important High Court Judgement. As you may know I trained as a journalist and later returned to my first profession and practised as criminal barrister in Nottingham. I feel particularly strongly about the matter because of my previous jobs.

The High Court had come to the conclusion that Parliament not the Prime Minister should invoke or ‘trigger’ Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which begins the process of our leaving the EU. I had followed the case whilst it was being heard in the court (via a live Twitter feed) and formed the opinion that the Government was likely to lose. On Thursday three of our most senior Judges ruled in favour of Parliamentary Sovereignty and I hope you will read their judgement << here >>. I believe the Government will struggle to win their appeal to the Supreme Court.

The issue the Judges considered was a matter of law – nothing to do with the rights or wrongs or the EU referendum and most certainly not an attempt to thwart or undermine the result.
The Judges considered a very important constitutional principle and quite rightly agreed that Parliament is sovereign and that a citizens rights cannot be altered by Government or the Prime Minister but only by legislation involving debate and a vote in Parliament.
Just as some people think their Lordships got it right others disagree – everyone is entitled to their opinion and there’s noting wrong with a rigorous debate!
However, instead of criticising the decision a number of newspapers turned their fire on the individual judges. They vilified the Judges; the Daily Mail stooped so low it used homophobic abuse, with few exceptions they completely distorted the very clear basis of the judgement.
It was appalling and disgraceful and I know many journalists are as ashamed of sections of our media as I am.
At the time of writing I am very sorry to report that our Prime Minister has not seen fit to defend the integrity and independence of our Judges. The Lord Chancellor’s three line statement is simply not good enough. as it fails to condemn the attacks on the Judges who heard the case. This is all a very sorry turn of events.

We are living in very unpleasant times. Hate crime in our country is 18% higher than at the same time last year and our Chief Constable Sue Fish, told me the rise is clearly linked to the EU Referendum.
I know many people who voted Leave who are as disgusted as I am by the incidents of hate and abuse against migrant workers, black people and people of Asian origin. This is not about whether you voted Leave or Remain, this is all about believing in tolerance and standing up against hatred and prejudice.
I am also horrified that a thoroughly nasty, bully boy attitude is at large from a small but significant part of our society. They think it is acceptable to hurl abuse and make idle threats against people like me who voted Remain and who continue to speak up for the 48% of those voters who voted in the same way.

I think we would do very well to remember we live in a democracy that revels in free speech. We could spend many hours rather pleasantly debating what makes us British and I believe we would agree that tolerance is one such thing. It’s about time we stood up for that great British value.

As the time approaches when we remember all those who have served, fought and died in our armed services we do so in the knowledge that they gave their tomorrow for our today. Many millions lost their lives in combat so that we could enjoy freedom and democracy. And amongst those millions were people of different colours and faiths and from different lands to our own.

We really must now all come together and heal the deep wounds that have opened up during much of the course of this year. We all have a duty to ensure a more temperate, responsible and tolerant debate.

The Government has nothing to fear from a vote on Article 50. Conservative and Labour MP’s will come together and vote for it. I am assured that triggering Article 50 is not irrevocable as many of us had feared. The really important matter is the terms on which we leave the EU which I believe should be determined by Parliament based on us getting the very best deal for our country.
You can be sure I will continue to make the case for us to stay a member of the single market (and customs union) and to benefit from the free movement of workers.

Kimberley Brewery cladding nonsense

Kimberley Councillor Shane Easom is somewhat on the war path. Residents and the developer don’t want wood cladding on the planned new houses and it turns out it’s Broxtowe’s planners who have insisted on it! Shane assures me nothing will now stop the much needed homes being built as he will sort out this unnecessary delay.

Nottingham in Parliament

My congratulations to Nottingham University who helped stage a magnificent ‘take over’ of Parliament. It was a great day and our great city is now firmly on the Westminster map. I have to add that I was delighted to be in the winning MP team that beat (thrashed?) the Vice Chancellor’s team in the Speaker’s University Challenge!

What’s on in Broxtowe

Saturday 5 November
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Bramcote Scouts Fireworks Extravaganza
5:30pm
Where: Hemlock Scout Campsite, Common Lane, Bramcote.
What’s on: Bonfire, fireworks, stalls, music, food and licensed bar. Gates open at 5:30pm with fireworks at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.
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George Spencer Fireworks Extravaganza
6pm
Where: George Spencer Academy, (lower site).
What’s on: Hot food, licensed bar, fairground rides, tombola, raffle, live music and fireworks at 7pm and 7:45pm. Full details here.
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Nuthall Bonfire and Fireworks
6pm
Where: Nuthall Temple Centre Sports Field.
What’s on: Hot food will also be on sale. Tickets cost £2 for adults and £1 for children.

Monday 7 November
Beeston Weekly Market
9am till 3pm
Where: Beeston Square.

Tuesday 8 November
Broxtowe EnergyFest – Citizens Advice Broxtowe
10am till 3pm
Where: Broxtowe Council Offices, Foster Avenue, Beeston.
What’s on: Full details here.
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Bramcote and District Probus Club
10am
Where: New Stapleford Community Centre, Washington Drive, Stapleford.
What’s on: Meeting every second Tuesday for talks. For further details please call Tom on 0115 939 2075.
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Nuthall WI
7:30pm
Where: St Patrick’s Church Hall, Nuthall.
What’s on: Meeting every second Tuesday. For further details please call Iris on 0115 9700407.

Wednesday 9 November
Beeston Weekly Market
9am till 3pm
Where: Beeston Square.
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Wednesday mornings with Dig In Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Full details of this weekly event here.
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Hope Computer Club
1:30pm till 3:30pm
Where: Hope House, Boundary Road, Beeston.
What’s on: For further details of this weekly event please call Michael on 030401110.
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Kimberley Pensioners Association
1:30pm till 3pm
Where: Kimberley Parish Hall, Newdigate Street, Kimberley.
What’s on: Weekly event with bingo, dancing, entertainers etc. Cost is £1 which includes tea and biscuits. For further details please contact Anna on 0115 938 5362.
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Chilwell WI
2pm till 4pm
Where: Christ Church Hall, Lime Grove Avenue, Chilwell.
What’s on: Chilwell WI meet every second Wednesday and there is a guest speaker each time. For further details please contact Nora on 0115 973 1579.
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Craft and Laugh
6pm till 9pm
Where: Kitty’s Handmade, 210 Derby Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Come along to the weekly craft and laugh sessions, where you will run your own project and also a mini project. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits, cost is £5.

Thursday 10 November
Beeston Camera Club
7:30pm
Where: Beeston British Legion Club, 16 Hall Croft, NG9 1EL.
What’s on: The Camera Club meet on a weekly basis, for further details please click here.
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Chilwell Ladies Circle
7:30pm
Where: Chilwell Road Methodist Church, Beeston.
What’s on: The Circle meets each week for a varied programme, including quizzes and talks. All ladies welcome.

Friday 11 November
Knit and Natter
10:30am till 12:30pm
Where: Kitty’s Handmade, 210 Derby Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Knit and natter session held on a weekly basis. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits cost is £3.50 per person.
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Armistice Day
11am
There will be a minutes silence in Beeston Square and Walter Parker Square, Stapleford (Kimberley Town tbc) to mark the 11th hour on the 11th day.
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Beeston and District Civic Society – Talk
7:30pm till 9pm
Where: The Pearson Centre, Nuart Road, Beeston.
What’s on: Jane Hutchinson from Broxtowe Borough Council will be giving a talk on recycling.

Saturday 12 November
Stapleford Craft and Produce Market
10am till 1pm
Where: Stapleford Salvation Army, Albert Avenue, Stapleford.
What’s on: Craft and produce market selling a variety of high quality hand crafted and homemade items.
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Classical Oxjam
6:30pm
Where: Beeston Parish Church.
What’s on: A classical range of performers from unaccompanied voice to chamber ensemble, harp to sarod and tabla. Full details here.
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Bramcote Old Church Tower – Brass Band
7:30pm
Where: St Michael’s Church, Church Street, Bramcote.
What’s on: Full details here.

Sunday 13 November
Remembrance Sunday
There will be a number of services taking place throughout the constituency with the main civic service in Beeston. Please click here to find details of your local services.

Monday 14 November
Beeston Weekly Market
9am till 3pm
Where: Beeston Square.

Tuesday 15 November
National Bereavement Coffee Morning
10am
Where: Tesco Toton Community Room.
What’s on: Coffee morning aimed at giving and receiving support.
– –
Beeston Business Network
6pm till 8pm
Where: The White Lion, Middle Street, Beeston.
What’s on: Networking group for businesses that meet every third Tuesday. Further details here.

Wednesday 16 November
Beeston Weekly Market
9am till 3pm
Where: Beeston Square.
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Wednesday mornings with Dig In Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Full details of this weekly event here.
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Hope Computer Club
1:30pm till 3:30pm
Where: Hope House, Boundary Road, Beeston.
What’s on: For further details of this weekly event please call Michael on 030401110.
– –
Kimberley Pensioners Association
1:30pm till 3pm
Where: Kimberley Parish Hall, Newdigate Street, Kimberley.
What’s on: Weekly event with bingo, dancing, entertainers etc. Cost is £1 which includes tea and biscuits. For further details please contact Anna on 0115 938 5362.
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Attenborough Friendship Group Coach Trip
1pm till 6pm
Where: Coach will depart from Attenborough Village Hall.
What’s on: Coach trip to Meadowhall for Christmas shopping, Cost £8pp. Please call Shirley on 0115 922 1183 to book a seat.
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Craft and Laugh
6pm till 9pm
Where: Kitty’s Handmade, 210 Derby Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Come along to the weekly craft and laugh sessions, where you will run your own project and also a mini project. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits, cost is £5.
– –
Beeston and District Local History Society – Talk
7:30pm
Where: Chilwell Memorial Hall.
What’s on: A talk by Trevor Lee “A night at the Empire”.

Thursday 17 November
Beeston Camera Club
7:30pm
Where: Beeston British Legion Club, 16 Hall Croft, NG9 1EL.
What’s on: The Camera Club meet on a weekly basis, for further details please click here.
– –
Chilwell Ladies Circle
7:30pm
Where: Chilwell Road Methodist Church, Beeston.
What’s on: The Circle meets each week for a varied programme, including quizzes and talks. All ladies welcome.
– –
Hemlock Garden Club – AGM
7:30pm
Where: Bramcote Memorial Hall.
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Beeston Player – Disposing of the Body
7:30pm
Where: Round Hill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston.
What’s on: Full details of the production here.

Friday 18 November
Knit and Natter
10:30am till 12:30pm
Where: Kitty’s Handmade, 210 Derby Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Knit and natter session held on a weekly basis. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits cost is £3.50 per person.
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Beeston Player – Disposing of the Body
7:30pm
Where: Round Hill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston.
What’s on: Full details of the production here.

Saturday 19 November
Beeston Farmers Market
10am till 2pm
Where: Beeston Square.
– –
Beeston and District Civic Society – Coffee Morning
10am till 12 noon
Where: White Lion Bar and Kitchen, Beeston.
What’s on: Come along to find out about the Civic Society.
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Beeston Player – Disposing of the Body
2:30pm
Where: Round Hill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston.
What’s on: Full details of the production here.
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Christmas Fair – Newthorpe
1pm
Where: Newthorpe baptist Church.
What’s on: Christmas Fair with lots of various stalls.

Sunday 20 November
Formation of Toton and Chilwell Neighborhood Forum.
3pm
Where: Toton Methodist Church, Stapleford Lane, Toton, NG9 6GA.
What’s on: Full details here.
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Nuthall Christmas Lights Switch On
6pm
Where: Laurel Crescent, Nuthall, NG16 1EW.
What’s on: Full details here.

Monday 21 November
Beeston Market
9am till 3pm
Where: Beeston Square.

Tuesday 22 November
Bramcote and District Ladies’ Probus Club
10am
Where: New Stapleford Community Centre, Washington Drive, Stapleford, NG9 8PY.
What’s on: Tricks of Light and Colour by Bob Massey.

Wednesday 23 November
Beeston Weekly Market
9am till 3pm
Where: Beeston Square.
– –
Wednesday mornings with Dig In Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Full details of this weekly event here.
– –
Hope Computer Club
1:30pm till 3:30pm
Where: Hope House, Boundary Road, Beeston.
What’s on: For further details of this weekly event please call Michael on 030401110.
– –
Kimberley Pensioners Association
1:30pm till 3pm
Where: Kimberley Parish Hall, Newdigate Street, Kimberley.
What’s on: Weekly event with bingo, dancing, entertainers etc. Cost is £1 which includes tea and biscuits. For further details please contact Anna on 0115 938 5362.
– –
Craft and Laugh
6pm till 9pm
Where: Kitty’s Handmade, 210 Derby Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Come along to the weekly craft and laugh sessions, where you will run your own project and also a mini project. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits, cost is £5.

Thursday 24 November
Beeston Camera Club
7:30pm
Where: Beeston British Legion Club, 16 Hall Croft, NG9 1EL.
What’s on: The Camera Club meet on a weekly basis, for further details please click here.
– –
Chilwell Ladies Circle
7:30pm
Where: Chilwell Road Methodist Church, Beeston.
What’s on: The Circle meets each week for a varied programme, including quizzes and talks. All ladies welcome.
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Christmas Fayre – Stapleford
4pm till 8pm
Where: Stapleford Care Centre.
What’s on: Charity Christmas gift and craft fayre.

Friday 25 November
Knit and Natter
10:30am till 12:30pm
Where: Kitty’s Handmade, 210 Derby Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Knit and natter session held on a weekly basis. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits cost is £3.50 per person.

Saturday 26 November
Christmas Bazaar – Attenborough
10am
Where: Attenborough Village Hall.
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Christmas Fair – Cossall
12 noon till 3pm
Where: St Catherine’s Church, Cossall.
What’s on: Christmas fair selling beautiful and unique gifts and refreshments. Free entry.
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Christmas Tree Festival
10am till 4pm
Where: St Barnabas Church, Barn croft, Beeston, NG9 4HU.
What’s on: All are invited to see the trees, beautifully decorated by different groups within the community. Refreshments will be available.
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Stapleford Christmas Light Switch On
3:30pm till 6:30pm
What’s on: Full details here.

Contact me

High Road,
Barton House,
Chilwell
NG9 4AJ

0115 9436507

anna.soubry.mp@parliament.uk

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10 Responses to News from Anna Soubry MP November 5 2016

  1. Dr Allan Dodds says:

    I think that the EU referendum was a huge misjudgment on David Cameron’s part, as was the Scottish referendum. Each one has left grave divisions in society with neither side feeling that the results were decisive. I suggest that if any further referenda are to be held, there should be a bar set at, say, a 60:40 majority with a 55% turnout. I also believe that the results should be considered as advisory as we have a representational democracy, not a plebiscite one.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      In the United Kingdom referenda are considered by Parliament to be advisory. However when the Prime Minister of the day states (in both cases) that whatever the result that will stand, and the Government will accept that result, the electorate can hardly be blamed for getting annoyed when some people do everything in their power to overturn the result.

      Alan, if you want to change the rules to make our system “fairer” then lets overhaul the total voting process in this country. But I suspect that you don’t want to be fair, you just want to make sure that the electorate can’t vote differently or influence the people who you feel should govern us.

    • RichHartman says:

      Reading Soubry’s notes, she seems to assert that her government’s decision to hold the EU referendum has directly resulted in a significant increase in what is currently termed ‘hate crime’.

      • Barry Morrison says:

        And as usual it’s nonsense..It’s always convenient to use what someone says to back your own argument that you’re right and everyone else is wrong..I’ve been hearing this for months now about an increase in so called hate crime..Will someone tell me how many of these alleged hate crimes have resulted in criminal charges being pressed? as those who have told me about the alleged hate crimes can’t provide with an answer, probably because there have not been any charges

      • Fred R says:

        That’s denial of a Flat Earth magnitude. Even the police have registered and openly acknowledged a sharply-increased incidence of reporting of racist incidents and physical attacks post-referendum. Your pushing of the red herring of “charges” is disingenuous, to be kind. The evidence is out there, in Spades, and if you want to see it then Google is your friend. If, as is more likely, you don’t, then no amount of spoonfeeding it to you on here will change your mind. I could point you to, say, Facebook groups documenting racist incidents, but that’d not butter your parsnips, I’m sure.

  2. Ian Tyler says:

    Anna, could you clarify your position in regard to the continuance of Broxtowe Borough Council or its incorporation into Notts County Council.

  3. Fred R says:

    “I greatly fear, in the wake of the so called ‘Brexit Judgement’ that we are in dangerous and highly unpleasant times – we must all come together to restore tolerance and reasoned debate.”

    I never thought I’d be agreeing with a Tory MP on pretty much anything, but kudos to La Soubry for her sentiments in this article on the ‘Brexit judgement’, and the disturbing and illiberal reaction to it by the barking tabloids, and on her condemnation of racist abuse and attacks post-referendum. As an ex-journalist and ex-brief I can see why she’s upset by all this. However, it’s difficult to see the “ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE” headline, and those in the Sun and Express, as anything other than a concerted attempt by Big Sister’s regime to suppress opposition to its rule by executive fiat. The Mail would not have printed such a headline without at least the tacit approval of the regime, and more likely actively consulted the regime before doing so. These are “dangerous and highly unpleasant times”, as she rightly states, but it’s difficult to see the current febrile, reactionary and violent atmosphere improving. On the contrary. Sadly, “tolerance and reasoned debate” disappeared from political discourse years ago, and the referendum campaign has buried it deep under a fetid decomposing layer of untruth, hatred and propaganda from where it’ll likely never be exhumed.

  4. Barry Morrison says:

    All very interesting Fred but some police forces have already said that some of these so called race hate crimes were reported before the june 23rd referendum but they were’nt followed up because there was no evidence to support that they actually were….Then after the referendum, all of a sudden it becomes politically expedient to do so. Brilliant innit?..And please don’t quote google search to me..You know as well as I do that you’ll find any answers you want on google..

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      The “increase” in hate crimes wouldn’t be mainly down to the swingeing cuts in policing would it. If people are less likely to be caught, they are more likely to offend. A bit like the statement that ‘crime is falling’. Reported crime may be falling because people are not reporting minor offences knowing that the police don’t have the manpower to deal with them fully.

    • Fred R says:

      So it’s all lies, eh? Well, that fits in with our post-truth age. Ok, believe what you want – it’s your conscience, not mine. As for Google, it can be easily used to find reputably-sourced reports, as well as garbage. Just let your fingers do the walking. Oh, and try using Boolean search operators for cleaner results.

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