Departing councillor warns of BNP threat

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Voters in South Oxhey have been urged to vote against the BNP next month when they are invited back to the ballot box to choose a new district councillor.

The decision by incumbent Hayling ward representative Kerron Cross to resign his seat at Three Rivers District Council means a by-election must now be held on Thursday, September 24.

Councillor Cross, who has represented the seat since June 2002, explained to the Watford Observer that he had been forced, with a heavy heart, to abandon the seat after accepting a new job.

He did, however, urge his former constituents to vote against the British National Party – the party which he defeated by just 14 votes when he retained the seat in June last year.

He said: “I am very sad to be stepping down as I have really enjoyed serving the people of South Oxhey. It is always been a great community with a very strong civic pride and spirit. People feel a great sense of togetherness and I hope this continues.

“There will be a big battle between Labour and the BNP so it is very important people come out and have their say. I hope that nobody wants a racist party on office. I would urge as many people as possible to come out and make sure this does not happen.”

Neighbouring Ashridge councillor Seamus Dunne, the BNP’s first representative at the council, said the party would contest the seat “without reservation,” adding that it had many possible candidates.

Councillor Dunne, however, has long denied that he represents a racist party.

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5:23pm Tue 18 Aug 09

Johan Cruyff says...

It is all too easy for people to play the racist or facist card when talking about the BNP. Thier energy would be better spent in realising why people vote for that party and consider why the main stream political parties seem unable to match that voter view. Immigration and a changing face of Britain IS an issue for people - one of the main issues indeed. Unless one of the major political groups is brave enough to realise the problem, then the BNP will be succesful.

Simply shouting "facists" because you don't like them is ignorant and irrelevent - in a democracy we should allow all views to be heard: and that will include the ones we might not like. But they exist for a reason - perhaps we should tackle the reason rather than just mud sling.
It is all too easy for people to play the racist or facist card when talking about the BNP. Thier energy would be better spent in realising why people vote for that party and consider why the main stream political parties seem unable to match that voter view. Immigration and a changing face of Britain IS an issue for people - one of the main issues indeed. Unless one of the major political groups is brave enough to realise the problem, then the BNP will be succesful. Simply shouting "facists" because you don't like them is ignorant and irrelevent - in a democracy we should allow all views to be heard: and that will include the ones we might not like. But they exist for a reason - perhaps we should tackle the reason rather than just mud sling. Johan Cruyff
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5:43pm Tue 18 Aug 09

Johnjones1959 says...

As superbly literate as you were a footballer, very very well put.
As superbly literate as you were a footballer, very very well put. Johnjones1959
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7:49pm Tue 18 Aug 09

M Foster says...

"I hope that nobody wants a racist party on office."

I totally agree with Mr. Cross.
That is why I cannot wait to get this discredited, traitorous Liebour party out of office.
If having Jobs Fairs for Black and Asian people only (along with a vast number of such discriminatory organisations) is not racism against the indigenous white people of these islands, I do not know what is.
"I hope that nobody wants a racist party on office." I totally agree with Mr. Cross. That is why I cannot wait to get this discredited, traitorous Liebour party out of office. If having Jobs Fairs for Black and Asian people only (along with a vast number of such discriminatory organisations) is not racism against the indigenous white people of these islands, I do not know what is. M Foster
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8:43pm Tue 18 Aug 09

flyinghoet says...

i would just like to say,good luck to the bnp,this country needs partys like you.the thing i cant understand is why members of opposition party's urge everybody to oppose the bnp..lets be honest,what the fu5k has this labour government done for this country and us hard working people
i would just like to say,good luck to the bnp,this country needs partys like you.the thing i cant understand is why members of opposition party's urge everybody to oppose the bnp..lets be honest,what the fu5k has this labour government done for this country and us hard working people flyinghoet
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12:06am Wed 19 Aug 09

big willie says...

The main players at Westminster have so disenfranchised the indigenous voters, that it's hardly suprising to see the far right making a comeback.

But when we see soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan in boxes, billions being spent on foreign aid, expenses scandals, an NHS in crisis and every Tom, Dick And Harry simply arriving on the back of a lorry being given the red carpet treatment, surely the government must realise that the public have cottoned on to their traitorous acts, the situation is now close to boiling point and the best they can do is beg Johnny Public to vote against a party, who basically 'tell it how it is'.
The truth hurts, sometimes....

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The main players at Westminster have so disenfranchised the indigenous voters, that it's hardly suprising to see the far right making a comeback. But when we see soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan in boxes, billions being spent on foreign aid, expenses scandals, an NHS in crisis and every Tom, Dick And Harry simply arriving on the back of a lorry being given the red carpet treatment, surely the government must realise that the public have cottoned on to their traitorous acts, the situation is now close to boiling point and the best they can do is beg Johnny Public to vote against a party, who basically 'tell it how it is'. The truth hurts, sometimes.... Check out how to overthrow a rotten government...legally .....(Mark Thatcher take note) http://www.facebook. com/l.php?u=http%3A% 2F%2Fwww.tpuc.org%2F node%2F257&h=fba68d2 f2d4deaa1a1f451a165f 9a0c8 big willie
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8:42am Wed 19 Aug 09

Garston Tony says...

If it wasnt for the main parties screwing up so badly then the BNP would not get a look in, dont like them but instead of attacking them hows about the other parties genuinly start doing things that will make voters more likely to vote for them and not so called extreme parties - representing the wishes of the population would be a good start!
If it wasnt for the main parties screwing up so badly then the BNP would not get a look in, dont like them but instead of attacking them hows about the other parties genuinly start doing things that will make voters more likely to vote for them and not so called extreme parties - representing the wishes of the population would be a good start! Garston Tony
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1:39pm Wed 19 Aug 09

reality-bites says...

Well Said Tony - ignore the hard working, law abiding taxpayer at your peril Mr Brown!

The BNP should put Gordon Brown on their payroll - He's and Labours inept, naive, ignorant running of this country is the only advertising they need!

I'm a Ukip man myself - i believe in common sense, and that is what all the other parties lack!

And don't get me started on the limp-dems.......jeez
!

Well Said Tony - ignore the hard working, law abiding taxpayer at your peril Mr Brown! The BNP should put Gordon Brown on their payroll - He's and Labours inept, naive, ignorant running of this country is the only advertising they need! I'm a Ukip man myself - i believe in common sense, and that is what all the other parties lack! And don't get me started on the limp-dems.......jeez ! reality-bites
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5:31pm Wed 19 Aug 09

earth_chylde says...

All I can do is Echo many peoples comments and views... its not Racism which makes many people vote for BNP it is purely because so many are so fed up with feeling like the minority in their own country..we have so many familys in need, people out of work, elder ladies/gentlemen wanting to work but cannot find jobs...because all the jobs seem to be going to the immigrents of our country... Someone has got to stop this now before it gets any further out of hand...and if BNP have a way to do this then they get my vote!
All I can do is Echo many peoples comments and views... its not Racism which makes many people vote for BNP it is purely because so many are so fed up with feeling like the minority in their own country..we have so many familys in need, people out of work, elder ladies/gentlemen wanting to work but cannot find jobs...because all the jobs seem to be going to the immigrents of our country... Someone has got to stop this now before it gets any further out of hand...and if BNP have a way to do this then they get my vote! earth_chylde
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9:49pm Wed 19 Aug 09

CallowlandChris says...

A few points leap to mind. Firstly, if you claim it's wrong for the government to discriminate in favour of immigrants, then why do you support the BNP who want to discriminate against non-white people. You'd have the moral high ground if you were arguing for a level playing field, like the Tories, UKIP etc, but what the BNP stands for is a whites first policy. Replacing one kind of well intentioned (but flawed) kind of discrimination with another more sinister kind is hardly progress.

Second point: I managed to get a job without any trouble because I worked hard and got qualified. There are plenty of jobs out there but only if your willing to invest effort in getting a skill that people want. The NHS doesn't recruite overseas for care workers for fun - they do it because they can't find enough people in our 'indigenous' population who are willing to do the hard jobs. I worked doing temp jobs before and the reason why my bosses prefered employing the Poles was because they worked harder because they wern't as lazy as their english equivalents. Anyone who thinks they are unemployed because 'the government gives jobs to foreign people' is living in cloud cuckoo land - it's because you either don't have any qualifications/skill
s or your unwilling to work for the same pay that the poles et al will.

Third point: anyone who thinks that UKIP are the common sense party just needs to look at some of their MEP'S. A bunch of failed used car salesman without the talent to get anywhere in the Conservative party. The EU needs reforming - that is comman sense, however, leaving it would be nuts.

Fourth point: while I agree Labour have made some shocking mistakes (Iraq war, 10p tax thing, not regualting the banks properly), they have not done nothing for the country. The NHS is a lot better for all the investment, there are more police now than before and things like 'Sure Start' have been good for poorer people.

Finally, the post above ranting about 'the NHS in crisis' and 'billions in foreign aid' needs to stop reading the Daily Express and get some more fresh air. Simple fact: no society in history has even voted for fascism (BNP) when they have been well educated, been living in a nice environment and economically prosperous. Based on that I really don't want to ever go to South Oxhey cos it must be grim...
A few points leap to mind. Firstly, if you claim it's wrong for the government to discriminate in favour of immigrants, then why do you support the BNP who want to discriminate against non-white people. You'd have the moral high ground if you were arguing for a level playing field, like the Tories, UKIP etc, but what the BNP stands for is a whites first policy. Replacing one kind of well intentioned (but flawed) kind of discrimination with another more sinister kind is hardly progress. Second point: I managed to get a job without any trouble because I worked hard and got qualified. There are plenty of jobs out there but only if your willing to invest effort in getting a skill that people want. The NHS doesn't recruite overseas for care workers for fun - they do it because they can't find enough people in our 'indigenous' population who are willing to do the hard jobs. I worked doing temp jobs before and the reason why my bosses prefered employing the Poles was because they worked harder because they wern't as lazy as their english equivalents. Anyone who thinks they are unemployed because 'the government gives jobs to foreign people' is living in cloud cuckoo land - it's because you either don't have any qualifications/skill s or your unwilling to work for the same pay that the poles et al will. Third point: anyone who thinks that UKIP are the common sense party just needs to look at some of their MEP'S. A bunch of failed used car salesman without the talent to get anywhere in the Conservative party. The EU needs reforming - that is comman sense, however, leaving it would be nuts. Fourth point: while I agree Labour have made some shocking mistakes (Iraq war, 10p tax thing, not regualting the banks properly), they have not done nothing for the country. The NHS is a lot better for all the investment, there are more police now than before and things like 'Sure Start' have been good for poorer people. Finally, the post above ranting about 'the NHS in crisis' and 'billions in foreign aid' needs to stop reading the Daily Express and get some more fresh air. Simple fact: no society in history has even voted for fascism (BNP) when they have been well educated, been living in a nice environment and economically prosperous. Based on that I really don't want to ever go to South Oxhey cos it must be grim... CallowlandChris
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