23 May 2008

Solidarity May Day flop (what else did you expect?)

A bit of a lull for us here at Norfolk Unity recently, with DG flitting off for a holiday and yours truly having his arm twisted to redecorate the kitchen (and the hall, and the parlour...), but we're back and fighting fit, so let's kick off with news of everybody's favourite One Big Vast Huge Onion...

Still labouring under the illusion that anybody cares for him and the other 210 members of the BNP front known as Solidarity, risible "General Secretary" Patrick Harrington called on his fellow British workers (he isn't one, by the way - a worker, that is) to pull out all the stops for May Day.

The Great Fantasist's call was duly answered - by around four people carting around professionally hand-scrawled placards, by our reckoning.

The One Big Vast Huge Onion ("establishing itself as a major independent Trade Union") reported that leaflets were handed out to rail communters in Romford and shoppers in Torquay High Street, and... er, that's it.

According to the Huge Onion's error-strewn website, "social events" were held over the May bank holiday weekend and "Other Chapters of our Brotherhood were out on the streets". But the Huge Onion doesn't seem to know where these "social events" were held or which streets the "Brotherhood" were out on, and Harrington's exhortation for the Brotherhood to send in reports and photographs of their activites has so far drawn a blank.

Mostly because nothing of the kind happened, and as indifference usually reaches fever pitch very quickly whenever the Great Fantasist makes a call for anything, ergo there was nothing to send in.

"Together we are strong!"

Not with the Great Fantasist running the show you're not!

Back in March the One Big Vast Huge Onion's website carried a statement from its token Sikh Pramjit Sadra, the "statement" grandly issued by the Onion's one-man PR-"company" with the webmail address, Accentuate. In it Sadra attacks migrant labour, but we're not interested in that as much as we are Mr Sadra himself. We've tracked him far and wide and been in touch with him frequently (though he doesn't know it - yet), and far from being a "British worker" Sadra seems to be involved in a number of get-rich-quick schemes - those flaming eAcademy emails (among others) are really clogging up my inbox.

We'll have more on Mr Sadra the British worker very soon.

We'll also have news of the trade union Certification Office's decision on the legitimacy of the One Big Vast Huge Onion.

Visitors will remember that the "union" was hi-jacked from its founders by the BNP last summer when allegations of financial irregularities concerning Patrick Harrington surfaced, so we have Official Solidarity (the original organisation founded by Clive Potter and Tim Hawke) and Provisional Solidarity (Harrington's One Big Vast Huge Onion group).

The Certification Office is investigating allegations of financial irregularities, and breaches of both the law and Solidarity's constitution.

The Certification Office will issue a ruling on whether the Harrington/BNP takeover was legitimate. If it isn't, a legal morass will swamp both sides, as a ruling in favour of Official Solidarity will almost certainly mean that the One Big Vast Huge Onion will have to hand over its assets and membership lists - and we can't see the BNP allowing that to happen without pulling a few strokes.

Something we do know for certain is that the Executive of Official Solidarity recently held a meeting to discuss the way forward in the event of the Certification Office ruling in their favour. The meeting concluded that the name of Solidarity had been so badly damaged by its close association with the British National Party and had attracted so little interest (even from BNP members) that there was no point in continuing with the operation, and they would disband it.

As the BNP and the Great Fantasist would find it very difficult to start up another fake trade union (because this time the real trade unions will be ready for them), Harrington would find himself with even more time on his hands than normal in which to "order" the start-up of more blogs devoted to "deconstructing" (his most favouritest word in all the world) the Unity websites that have done so much to remind the antifascist brethren that you don't need to visit a circus to see a clown in action.


Anonymous said...

Harrington is a very slippery customer. We will have to see if anything sticks.

Denise G said...

Harrington has a penchant for saying exactly the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Solidarity's so-called 'May Day of (In)Action' was marked by a total lack of action by Harrington and the Walker 'Brothers' in County Durham.

Seems that the two 'massive' scenes of leafletting in Torquay and some tube stop in Essex were the only evidence of action by Solidarity (no doubt 'ordered' by General Secretary Harrington himself).

The Great Fantastist hails from Edinburgh and the President from County Durham yet neither of these two wannabee union barons did anything.

"Do what I say, not what I do" should be the motto of Solidarity.

Anonymous said...

Patrick Harrington’s attack on Norfolk Unity is part of his long personal campaign against the British anti-fascist movement that has sought to expose the fascism of Patrick Harrington, the BNP, etc.

Don’t forget that in October 1996 Patrick Harrington complained to the Charity Commission about Searchlight Education Trust (which runs the excellent anti-fascist magazine Searchlight). In their reply to Patrick Harrington, the Charity Commission stated that Searchlight Education Trust does not mislead the public as Patrick Harrington alleged.

Interestingly, one of Patrick Harrington’s fellow fascist travellers, the odious racist Final Conflict blog describes Patrick Harrington as one of the key ideologues of BNP leader Nick Griffin:

One of my sources within the BNP writes:

"Griffin seems to be getting rid of his old Executive Committee, and forming a new invisible one, incorporating;

Arthur Kemp; Tony Lecomber; Patrick Harrington; Simon Darby; Lee Barnes. This inner circle is nothing to do with the EC, but the real people that Griffin shares ideas with. As the EC can get rid of the Party Chairman by a two thirds majority if they wish, rumour has it that Griffin is moving to abolish the EC ...

Patrick Harrington is nominally the leader of another political party (the Third Way)!

(‘Liberal and Zionist: It's the BNP’, Final Conflict blog, 4th October 2007).

Anonymous said...

Solidarity are currently working on new mottos after the inept failure of their misappropriate motto, 'Together we are strong', after word got out from Unity that the union has only 200 odd members, and they are all at each others throats with Harrington the Great Fantasist himself enjoying many petty rows with his exec 'team'.

So far we have 'Together we are wrong', very apt considering how utterly wrong Solidarity have been from day one.

Also in the running we have 'Together we all pong'. Again, quite appropriate considering that the union stinks of corruption and fascism.

Or how about 'Together you've all been stung'? This sums up how the members of Solidarity have been ripped off for £60 year for a do-nothing General Secretary and a do-nothing President to preside over a tiny group making pretentious statements and press statements (through a friend in a pretend PR company so that members money can be put in their own pockets)and issuing orders to set up blogs. When any member needs help from Solidarity they are told by wannabee union General Secretary to "go find a solicitor to help you", as they told poor Mark Walker.

Or just maybe the motto 'We're all going for a song' as the union implodes through its own set of internal contradictions, its symbiotic relationship with the BNP, its internal rivalry and the current investigations of the Certification office who are probing into tthe organisation.

By the end of the year no doubt Solidarity will be where it belongs: in the bottom of a waste paper basket with the Great Fantastist himself, Patrick Harrington, being exposed for the charlatan that he is.

Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Anonymous said...

Interesting that Harrington spends so much time in 'deconstructing' Unity ( and no doubt will have more time when his fake union is run into the ground).

Here's a definition of deconstructionism


A term tied very closely to postmodernism, deconstructionism is a challenge to the attempt to establish any ultimate or secure meaning in a text. Basing itself in language analysis, it seeks to "deconstruct" the ideological biases (gender, racial, economic, political, cultural) and traditional assumptions that infect all histories, as well as philosophical and religious "truths." Deconstructionism is based on the premise that much of human history, in trying to understand, and then define, reality has led to various forms of domination - of nature, of people of color, of the poor, of homosexuals, etc. Like postmodernism, deconstructionism finds concrete experience more valid than abstract ideas and, therefore, refutes any attempts to produce a history, or a truth. , and challenge the tendency to centralize power through the claims of an ultimate truth which must be accepted or obeyed by all.

Three points from the above -

1) It seeks to refute any attempt to produce a history, or a truth.
That means that the true history of Solidarity and the actions of Harrington/Griffin are to be changed by airbrushing history. It also means that Harrington is disinclined towards truth, both as a concept, an experience and an ultimate expression of a higher intention, ie Harrington is a congenital liar.

2)"In other words, the multiplicities and contingencies of human experience necessarily bring knowledge down to the local and specific level". Which means that Harrington can outlaw trutha nd fact and substitute his own version of reality and truth and consign normal perceptions and definitions of reality and objective fact and experience as irrelevent.

3)A deconstructionist examination can be applied to people like Harrington who seek to pervert the truth. Therefore by deconstructing the likes of Patrick Harrington one sees the following deconconstructed equilibrium

Patrick Harrington = superinflated ego = unquenchable quest for power and self-glorification = contempt for the truth =liar