Cllr Williams, we would like to express our full support for the position taken by Coventry Council’s two most senior local politicians with regard to the comments you have made.
Your comments are frankly a disgrace to our city, to the people who live here and to the name of public service. Our city was built from ground up by people whose backgrounds are from all over the world. Our union members are proud to deliver services to all these Coventry residents. From our music, to our social life and in every workplace we live and breath multiculturalism.
When Enoch Powell made his notorious ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech in 1968 the result was a vicious carnival of reaction, abuse and hatred in this country. That speech is therefore a hated memory for very many in our city to this day. The direct beneficiaries of your ‘hero’s’ divide and rule game included the violent fascists of the National Front. By 1976, the NF won nearly 20% of that year’s local election votes in Leicester. In the 1979 general election, the NF fielded 303 candidates, polling 191,719 votes.
As you must be fully aware Cllr Williams, the wannabe political descendants of the NF, Britain First, are threatening to meet in Coventry at the end of this month. As you must also be fully aware their thuggish counterparts in the EDL also attempted to march in our city just over a month ago.
Cllr Williams perhaps you need to reflect on the relationship between political power and responsibility. Perhaps you need to consider the parallels between your arguments and the weasel words of these fascists about their ‘rights’. What about the rights of people to live without fear of racist abuse, hate crime, violence and threats. What about their freedom of speech Cllr?
Our contention is that the real problems – jobs, housing , education and loss of vital services are nothing to do with ‘multiculturalism’ but everything to do with the vicious austerity programme implemented by the party in government you support. Divide and Rule is the oldest trick in the book and you have been rumbled.
Coventry City Unison