A Facebook group run by a Green Parliamentary Candidate, a Welsh Scottish Nationalist and a Labour councillor has members who advocated burning down the UKIP shop in Merthyr Tydfil.
|Elspeth Parris, Green Party ‘watermelon’
who is happy to associate her group
with instigators of political violence and
The group – Merthyr says NO to UKIP – was founded by Elspeth Parris, Green PPC for Merthyr Tydfil. Other admins were David Davies, a Labour councillor in Merthyr and Harriet Protheroe-Davis, a student activist who will apparently join any campaign so long as it features a red star.
Also members of the group are two other Labour councillors from Merthyr, Darren Roberts and Rhonda Braithwaite, a Plaid Cymru PPC, Freddy Greaves, and UNISON managers Dawn Bowden and Dan Beard.
The member we are interested in though is part time musician Malik Furreed. Furreed was so incensed by the operation of democracy that he called for volunteers to ‘fuck up’ the UKIP shop in Merthyr which was due to open a couple of days later.
|Malik Furreed’s barely literate call to violence|
His friend Jake Morgan was quite enthusiastic about it, suggesting that they ‘burn whatever cunt goes in there as well’, an idea that Malik was quite happy with. Similar comments appeared on his Facebook page. Clearly someone has been in touch, as young Malik has deleted the comments. Luckily we have the screen grabs (right).
Had it been a UKIP supporter who’d said such things about a political opponent, UKIP would have expelled them and/or cut all links to them. No such scruples in ‘Merthyr says NO to UKIP’ though. Although the tweets and Facebook posts have been deleted, Malik remains a member. As do the Labour councillors, the Green PPC, the Welsh Scottish Nationalist and the Plaid PPC.
|Perpetrators of the violent attack on the UKIP shop in Penarth|
That they would put up with such threatening behaviour is hardly surprising. On the 14th December, a group of youths – one of whom does not look dissimilar to Malik – attacked the UKIP shop in Penarth, a short distance away from Merthyr. On that occasion, a gang of 6 – 5 youths and one older man who stayed safely out of range of the CCTV cameras – urinated in the shop doorway and threw beer glasses and bottles at the shop frontage. This was just 4 days before Malik was appealing for volunteers to do the same to the UKIP shop in Merthyr Tydfil.
Such behaviour in this part of South Wales is hardly new, although it has stepped up a notch since UKIP finished a narrow second behind Labour in this year’s European Elections. In July last year, we reported how a UKIP candidate in Llansamlet was forced to withdraw after his wife’s UNISON rep at work warned her that if her husband stood as a UKIP candidate, her career would be at an end. It is not surprise then to see two UNISON reps as members of the ‘Merthyr says NO to UKIP’ group – UNISON’s regional manager Dawn Bowden and University of Wales UNISON secretary Dan Beard.
|Protheroe-Davis and Merthyr’s homeless with a
rather confusing sign
There’s plenty of other hate around in the group. David Davies, group admin and the Labour councillor for Town ward on Merthyr council is a Hope not Hate activist who ‘likes’ Socialist Worker, UAF and In Defence of Marxism among other hard left groups. Double-barrelled class warrior Harriet Protheroe-Davis, another admin, belongs to a veritable smorgasbord of radical, hard left groups including Radical Independence Campaign, the violent Scottish Nationalist group, although her only link to Scotland appears to be as a student at Edinburgh University.
To date, actions directed against the Merthyr shop have amounted to little more than a poorly thought out sign held briefly outside the door by Protheroe-Davis and a number of Merthyr’s homeless to judge by their appearance. Some speeches were made, and a lot of people who pretended to be local turned up ‘spontaneously’, although a significant number went to some lengths to show their affiliation with the hard left of the Socialist Workers Party by staying out of camera shot and covering their faces. A number of ‘Stand up to UKIP’ signs were also present: the campaign is a strange mish-mash of activists which receives funding from both the trade unions and big business through the ‘British Influence’ group, but is run by the SWP front UAF. As we have seen elsewhere in the country, how long will it be before they tire of their tactics of intimidation in the face of UKIPs continued rise and resort to the sort of violence advocated by Furreed and seen elsewhere in the country?