Making It Clear They Are Doing It Solely To Spite You…

The leader of City of York Council has cited “offensive and racist” responses to council plans as one of the reasons the authority will support proposals to welcome people fleeing persecution overseas.

Yes, never mind the wishes of the voters. If those are not expressed correctly, they can be ignored.

Sounds familiar.

At a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, Coun James Alexander revealed he and other councillors had received “some very unsavoury emails” following the announcement the authority would look into City of Sanctuary status for York.

Are you going to give us some examples, or are they the sort of racist filth that can’t be printed?

Coun Alexander said that he had received correspondence from one individual in which he referred to refugees in a number of emails as “bombers, criminals, cowards, rabble, thieves, rapists and scum”.

Coun Alexander said: “He demanded a £10,000 referendum on the City of Sanctuary proposal and blamed refugees for sewage problems and issues with York’s congestion. I responded that his views were offensive and racist.”

So long as he didn’t imply that was true of all refugees, I can’t see that you’re right on the racism charge.

And as for the ‘offensive’, bit, well, I refer you to Stephen Fry’s advice on matters of offence…

Still, at least you didn’t send the police to arrest him!

Meanwhile, elsewhere in York:

Dr Sentamu said: “It was not in the manifesto. It will not do simply to repeat the statement that it was in the coalition agreement. Joe and Jane public did not vote on it. That is why there is anxiety in the nation and that is why there is a lot of worry about it. Therefore, the Government would be wise to persuade the public, the professionals and most of all the staff of the NHS that it is in their interest.
“The best way of doing that is to allow proper scrutiny of the areas that have caused the greatest anxiety.”

Damn, I’m confused. I’m pretty sure the City of Sanctuary status wasn’t in York councillors’ manifestos either. So can we expect to see Sentamu leading the charge against it on that basis?

Or am I expecting coherence from the wrong people?

10 comments for “Making It Clear They Are Doing It Solely To Spite You…

  1. john in cheshire
    October 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I must be completely ignorant because this is the first time I’ve heard the term City of Sanctuary. Is it like the Nuclear Free Zones that were proclaimed in the 80s? It sounds like another socialist scheme to provoke normal people into doing something that can be used to justify further repression.

    • October 16, 2011 at 12:18 am

      What it is like is an example of something which sprouted exponentially when the Charities Act was revised. It is a political lobbying organization which is classified as a charity and therefore gets tax breaks, being funded by the usual suspects e.g. Joseph Rowntree Trust.

      These entities are places to park politico-wannabes where they can be funded by other pools of money which were supposed to do humanitarian work and some hand-outs from the public via councils etc.

      They should be immediately re-categorized as plain lobbying firms, like any other PR outfit, and pay tax accordingly. Regardless of what you think of Adam Werrity, note that Atlantic Bridge was barred by the Charities Commission. As far as I can see that was based on not liking political lobbying when it involves the US or Israel but is regarded as perfectly alright when a Catholic priest does it on behalf of unlimited immigration. Neither should be allowed to claim charitable status.

      • October 16, 2011 at 12:39 am

        Yet another Third Way Blairy NGO then.

        • October 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

          Yup!

  2. Jeremy Poynton
    October 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I like the part in the article where they talk of immigrants bringing their skills into the communities in which they settle. It’s very true. The Somalis have brought their expertise in gang warfare to those parts of Bristol they have settled in.

  3. October 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    The Catholic Rev Paul Wordsworth also sits on the Social Inclusion Working group.

    Diversity of the City of York Council’s Workforce – the
    council will report on how many women, disabled and black
    and minority ethnic people it employs and how many of these
    are in higher paid jobs. The Group will be able to suggest
    ways that the council can employ more people from these
    communities in the future.

    How about employing people on the basis of them being the person best able to serve the citizens of York – which is the job of the council- not dishing out jobs in a discriminatory fashion on the basis of patronage.

    Short PDF. Only the agenda, not the discussion.
    http://democracy.york.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=2153

    • Twenty_Rothmans
      October 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Diversity of the City of York Council’s Workforce – the
      council will report on how many women, disabled and black
      and minority ethnic people it employs

      They don’t seem to be short on retards.

      • Tattyfalarr
        October 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        suggest ways that the council can employ more people from these communities in the future…

        …and if they don’t want the jobs suggest ways the council can force them into it…and if forcing them doesn’t work we’re going to have to kill them/ grovel for forgiveness for being unable to tick a box.

        Farce. Utter farce. 🙄

  4. October 16, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Yorks ethnic diversity consists of 97% white (Wiki) thus 3% other; compared to 14% “not ‘White British'”(Office Of National Statistics 2011) for the country as a whole.
    This makes York “hideously white” and the leader of City of York Council would not be able to gain any Ethnic Diversity brownie points when discussing this with others of his ilk.

    • October 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

      Aha! A cunning plan then..?

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