This 2016 video from Britain says about itself:
How Eric Clapton’s Bigotry Begat UK’s Rock Against Racism Movement
Eric Clapton’s drunken pigheaded prejudice became the eventual inspiration for the anti fascist 1970’s Rock Against Racism movement. The guitarist’s ugly colonialist comments eventually lead to the Anti Nazi League Carnival in East London’s Victoria Park, which is artfully documented here by director Alan Miles in his film ‘Who Shot The Sheriff?’. This is Part 1 of 3 I’ve posted of a rarely seen, yet most engaging work telling how music and politics collided in one of the most audacious, unlikely and exciting mass movements in British cultural history. Featuring interviews in this segment with a slew of participants including Don Letts, Tom Robinson and Syd Shelton while offering rarely seen footage of the historic Rock Against Racism movement of the late 1970’s. There’s lots of rarely seen archive footage from the punk and RAR era, including the famous 1978 march to east end London’s Victoria Park where some 100,000 walked to a punk/reggae show headlined by The Clash, Steel Pulse and the Tom Robinson Band. The full film linked at the end uses a wealth of interviews with the leading artists and activists who created RAR, many speaking for the first time about what happened, including Mick Jones of The Clash, Jerry Dammers and Neville Staples of The Specials, Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69, and Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex.
The film, Who Shot the Sheriff? was made possible by the generous support of the Amicus trade union and is a truly vital document of a momentous time that must not be forgotten in this age of continued contentious cultural and class disparity. The documentary tracks the rise of racism and the pre Brexit beliefs of the waning white working class and their National Front heroes hoping to restore Britain back to comforting colonialism, or that of wicked WWII era European Fascism. Miles depicts how a more enlightened generation of artists and activists, black, brown and white, united to fight back against a throwback Nazi threat that was dedicated to bringing a dangerous past of prejudice back into power. There’s also footage of the historic protests of local black people and anti-fascists from across London to stop a massive Nazi march in Lewisham in 1977 that led to the launch of the Anti Nazi League. Says the filmmaker Alan Miles” I wanted to make this film for two reasons. Firstly, it’s over 30 years since Eric Clapton got on stage in Birmingham and burbled this racist rubbish about how Enoch Powell was ‘our man’ and that Britain was overcrowded. Secondly, far right groups like the BNP are still present, and I want to let the new generation of anti-fascists know how important music is to counterblast the creeping curse of fascism. I want to stress how important it is to mix musical genres and cultures so we begin to really understand each other. We’ve started to forget those times. But we can’t forget them, it would be like forgetting the Holocaust. You have to remember and say “never again”. And the fascists are on the rise again with the BNP, though they’re now in suits and aren’t on the streets anymore. So I decided to start researching it, and started by reading Beating Time by David Widgery. It’s a very “punky” book and it really works. I wanted to make sure that imagery was in the film.” – Alan Miles, filmmaker
This 2016 video from Britain says about itself:
When Reggae & Punk Music United To Create Britain’s Rock Against Racism Movement
The 1978 Rock Against Racism Carnival in London attracted a miles long multi-cultural march of a hundred thousand citizens with a mix of punk rock, reggae and potent political organizing. The groundbreaking cultural event was a bright spot in a politically dark time in the UK, and part 2 of Alan Miles film ”Who Shot The Sheriff?’ tells the whole story by engaging with key participants. This comprehensively researched documentary presented on my @LilMikeSf YouTube channel here in 3 parts, features interviews and unseen footage from the Rock Against Racism movement of the 1970’s including interviews with Poly Styrene, Billy Bragg, Jimmy Pursey, Tom Robinson, Peter Main, Syd Shelton along with footage of Steel Pulse, Elvis Costello, The Clash, X-Ray Spex, The Specials, Misty In Roots, and Sham 69. The documentary tracks the rise of opposition to a wave of riot prone racism brought to the fore by the National Front (BNP) in Britain during the late 70’s. Director Alan Miles admirably pulls archival footage from many sources, and shows how a generation under attack, created an unlikely way to fight back against a growing Fascist & Nazi threat.
This is Part 3 of that video series, called When 2 Tone Ska & Punk Defeated UK’s National Front – w/ Specials, Beat, Ruts Etc.
Another video from Britain was called Eric Clapton racist speech 1976. It used to say about itself:
1 August 2009
Verbatim transcript of Eric Clapton’s infamous “Enoch was right” speech, that lead in response, to the formation of Rock Against Racism. Be warned – If you’re not shocked, there’s something wrong with you.
From daily The Independent in Britain today:
Enoch Powell investigated as alleged member of Westminster paedophile network
Posted 2 hours ago by Cahal Milmo
Enoch Powell, the Conservative anti-immigrant firebrand, is being investigated as an alleged member of a claimed Westminster paedophile network after his name was supplied to police by a senior Anglican bishop.
The name of the late MP, one of the most divisive politicians of the late 20th century, was provided to Scotland Yard after a clergyman came forward with claims from the 1980s relating to ritual satanic abuse.
Mr Powell, a maverick politician who achieved notoriety with his so-called Rivers of Blood speech decrying migration to Britain, is the latest senior Parliamentarian to be made the subject of police inquiries into an alleged Establishment sex ring.
The Metropolitan Police has several ongoing investigations relating to claims against suspected abusers, including the former Liberal MP Cyril Smith. Detectives are also investigating allegations against former Home Secretary Leon Brittan.
The Independent understands that the claims against Mr Powell were passed to police by the Right Reverend Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham, more than a year ago but they have only now been made public.
The Rt Rev Butler, who is the lead on safeguarding for the Church of England, contacted police after details of the allegations against the late Conservative politician were passed to him by a fellow clergyman, Dominic Walker, the former Bishop of Monmouth.
It is understood that the Rt Rev Walker first heard the claims when he was counselling young adults as a curate in the 1980s and claims were made that an unknown number of MPs had been involved in satanic cult-type abuse.
Scotland Yard said it did not name individuals being investigated as part of its ongoing inquiries into the alleged sex rings.
See also here.
Police are considering an unprecedented legal challenge against the director of public prosecutions (DPP) over her failure to charge Lord Janner of Braunstone following allegations that he abused boys in children’s homes over nearly two decades. The proposed judicial review follows a statement on Thursday from the DPP, who said it was “not in the public interest” to put the QC and former MP on trial despite evidence from four police inquiries that he had been involved in the abuse of children: here.
GREVILLE JANNER’S family insist that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision not to proceed with charges of sexual abuse of children means that he is “entirely innocent of any wrongdoing.” Their statement echoes similar protestations by members of serial predator Jimmy Savile’s family. Savile could not face criminal charges because he was dead: here.
ANOTHER Cameron advisor arrested over child sex: here.
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DECEASED former Thatcher cabinet minister Leon Brittan objected to the banning of a notorious paedophile rights group, newly disclosed documents revealed yesterday.
The former home secretary, who died in January, has been accused of involvement in child sex abuse after it emerged he was brought in for questioning by police over a historical rape allegation in 2014.
Questions have also been raised over his handling of the issue during his time in office, after a 40-page dossier by the late Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens alleging paedophile activity in Westminster went missing.
Documents obtained by the BBC under freedom of information laws show that Mr Dickens, then MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth, wrote to Brittan on August 17 1983 calling for the government to take action against the Paedophile Information Exchange.
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50 years ago: Leading Tory delivers fascist “Rivers of Blood” speech
On April 20, 1968, a leading Conservative Member of Parliament Enoch Powell (1912-1998) delivered a fascist speech to a major Tory Party gathering, the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Center in Birmingham. The unabashedly racist diatribe, parts of which were televised, condemned non-white immigration and warned that in the United Kingdom eventually “the black man will have the whip hand over the white man.”
Powell, who represented Wolverhampton South West in the House of Commons, framed his argument as if he were speaking on behalf of “ordinary” constituents. This was a lie. Powell was a representative of the ruling class. His real intentions were to incite a right-wing movement and to divide immigrant workers—whose arrival in the UK was an outcome of the long and bloody history of British colonial plunder—from British workers.
Powell sought to blame immigrants for the austerity being imposed on the whole working class. British workers, he said,
found themselves made strangers in their own country. They found their wives unable to obtain hospital beds in childbirth, their children unable to obtain school places, their homes and neighbourhoods changed beyond recognition, their plans and prospects for the future defeated; at work they found that employers hesitated to apply to the immigrant worker the standards of discipline and competence required of the native-born worker….
Powell also sought to incite fears that Britain’s immigrants could become like what he referred to as “the American Negro:”
That tragic and intractable phenomenon which we watch with horror on the other side of the Atlantic but which there is interwoven with the history and existence of the States itself, is coming upon us here by our own volition and our own neglect. Indeed, it has all but come. In numerical terms, it will be of American proportions long before the end of the century.
To stop Britain from becoming “a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre”, Powell proposed ridding it of immigrants by “stopping, or virtually stopping, further inflow, and by promoting the maximum outflow.”
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