Walthamstow's diversity should be celebrated, according to Geoff Ellis

Geoff Ellis.

Geoff Ellis.

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Geoff Ellis says a strong sense of community and diversity enriches the lives of those in Walthamstow and helps to make racism a non-issue in the area.

He is urging people to celebrate the differences in the community and attend the United Nation’s anti-racism day on March 22.

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7:16am Fri 21 Mar 14

SillyCnut says...

Perhaps Mr. Ellis's life is enriched by the 4000 cases of FGM last year. Mine isn't.
Perhaps Mr. Ellis's life is enriched by the 4000 cases of FGM last year. Mine isn't. SillyCnut
  • Score: 8

10:42am Fri 21 Mar 14

ChingfordMan says...

Hmmm, from looking at his video clip he doesn't sound very convinced about his own argument !
Hmmm, from looking at his video clip he doesn't sound very convinced about his own argument ! ChingfordMan
  • Score: 5

6:55pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mdj says...

I wonder, if one were to Google the word 'diversity, how many sentences would come up that didn't include the words 'enrich' and 'celebrate'.

When phrases tire into cliches, it's often a sign that they're being used as a substitute for thought.
Here's an attempt to conflate any questioning of immigration policy with intolerance and racism. This is a linguistic power-grab with a strong political sub-text. Many people disagree with unfettered immigration and EU membership, and are entitled to do so without being smeared as racist. Whether this obviously well-meaning man has even noticed what he is saying is unclear.
Orwell's the man to read on this topic.
I wonder, if one were to Google the word 'diversity, how many sentences would come up that didn't include the words 'enrich' and 'celebrate'. When phrases tire into cliches, it's often a sign that they're being used as a substitute for thought. Here's an attempt to conflate any questioning of immigration policy with intolerance and racism. This is a linguistic power-grab with a strong political sub-text. Many people disagree with unfettered immigration and EU membership, and are entitled to do so without being smeared as racist. Whether this obviously well-meaning man has even noticed what he is saying is unclear. Orwell's the man to read on this topic. mdj
  • Score: 5

5:44pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Malcolm Shykles says...

This is an misinformed and slanderous video. UKIP has many Ethnic minority candidates - are these supposed to be racist?
For example the small business spokesperson and MEP candidate Amjad Bashir is a leading Asian entrepreneur, the London based boxer from Jamaica Winston McKenzie is hoping to be the London Mayoral Candidate for the party in 2016.
As for the United Nations, initially created to end wars, it now prolongs and enlarges them.
This is an misinformed and slanderous video. UKIP has many Ethnic minority candidates - are these supposed to be racist? For example the small business spokesperson and MEP candidate Amjad Bashir is a leading Asian entrepreneur, the London based boxer from Jamaica Winston McKenzie is hoping to be the London Mayoral Candidate for the party in 2016. As for the United Nations, initially created to end wars, it now prolongs and enlarges them. Malcolm Shykles
  • Score: 8

1:42am Sun 23 Mar 14

Thomas Evans says...

We have a very big problem in this country right now.

It has nothing to do with racism. It is more to do with people like Diane Abbott and Geoff Ellis trying to merge the lines between immigration and racism to make all conversation about immigration a taboo subject.

It is dangerous, counter-productive and goes in the face of the freedom of speech Geoff so enjoys to say his own piece.

Am i saying racism doesn't exist? No of course not. All forms of racism exist from one direction to another.

Geoff speaks so freely about people being anti-immigration merging immigration and racism as one and the doesn't even use the term "open door immigration". This makes this entire video disingenuous to say the least!

Are UKIP against immigration or people from other ethnic backgrounds? No of course they are not! They want to have a controlled immigration system so the transition of immigrants entering the country can be smoother.

It's this high volume of unlimited immigration which has lead to the rise in Far Right parties and organsitions popularity in the first place. With whole communities being either uprooted (see the forcing out of native Brits from central London as a example) and culture in other areas being affected by mass migration (see Newhaven, Dover and other areas for example).

We also have school's overloaded with pupils due to the high population numbers, hospitals overloaded with patients, not enough houses going around and a transport network struggling with the load as a effect.

That does not even take into account the large influx of migrants dumped into the low skilled labour market. The United Kingdom has one of the highest Youth Unemployment rates in the United Kingdom. What an awful way to let down our kids.

People are spending tens of thousands of points piling up there debt to get a good education only to come out of Uni to find that there are no jobs available for them.

This lack of jobs doesn't just spread to the young though. We have now seen examples of people of all ages suffering.
Be it the middle-aged having to visit foodbanks to feed themselves and there families, or the elderly struggling to heat themselves because they have been scapegoated as a economic drain on the country regardless of the fact they have spent a lifetime working in the country and paying taxes to gain there pensions.

Honestly it boggles the mind how some MP's sleep at night!

Diane Abbott summed up UKIP as being a racist party earlier at this rally in one of the most hideous cases of hypocrisy i have ever seen in my life.

Let's not forget for a second that she represents the Labour Party. A political party that claims to represent the working class of this country.

What a joke when you consider it's the Labour Party that signed the Lisbon Treaty those years ago flooding the country with workers and leaving so many native Brits out of work?

2 years ago Abbott summed up white British Nationals as the "white people love playing "divide & rule" We should not play their game #tacticasoldascoloni
asm" in a blatant example of racism. Yet due to her skin colour and position she was accepted into a anti-racism rally with open arms.

Can black people not be racist to white people then? She never apologised sincerely for her comments and yet people seem to have forgotten her comments because it gets them publicity.

How can you preach against racism with a racist figurehead?

To finish off this post i will reiterate that UKIP are not racist, they are not xenophobic and they are the only political party that actively ban former Far Right members from joining.

That's right. The Lib Dems, Labour, Conservatives and Green Party have no policy when it comes to rejecting former Far Right members into there respective parties. BNP, EDL and National Front members are all welcome to those respective parties. There are many recorded examples, not that you will ever see it reported in the papers unless you really look hard in the deep dark depths of Google!

UKIP are not anti immigration, they are anti open door immigration. They want to have a controlled number of immigrants entering the country. That way we can take care of the people in the country economically.
They want to make sure we get the best for this country whilst decline people entry who have criminal records and have absolutely no intention of working in the country like the likes of Anjem Choudary and Suleman Maknojioa who have spat in the face of this countries generosity and flaunt our charity to commit evil acts.

The only way to regain control of our borders is to leave the EU. Mrs Merkel and Mr Burosso have already made it clear that the conditions of membership to the EU are non-negotiable. Open borders are a condition and this can not be changed.

Lib Dems are pro EU and have made it clear that it's the last thing they would do leaving the Union.
Conservatives have promised a referendum numerous times in the past beginning in 2009 when they were standing for election and failed to keep there promise. They will continue making promises when it suits them and will never keep there promise.
Labour are what they are, a fraud that claim to represent the working class, but had war-mongerers in charge like Tony Blair who almost destroyed our NHS leaving the Conservatives with a £70 billion NHS black-hole to fill in, as i have previously said betrayed the working class by signing the Lisbon Treaty and in-fluxing the unskilled labour market with workers from Eastern Europe.
Green's are a carbon copy of the Lib Dems with the difference of spending money we don't have on short term fixes for renewable energy sources that will not work

UKIP are the only party who will give 70% of the population what they want. A choice that they never had on EU membership, open-borders to millions and good care for the British people.

If you don't believe me and believe Mr Ellis when he says that diversity is a good thing in the huge numbers we have seen then remember one thing...

Turkey could very well join the EU in the next 10 years. That will open us up to people from a fast approaching 80 million population. Not to mention all the Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi and numerous other countries they hand passports to under the Turkish flag.

If that doesn't linger in the back of your mind as "worrying" than nothing will!
We have a very big problem in this country right now. It has nothing to do with racism. It is more to do with people like Diane Abbott and Geoff Ellis trying to merge the lines between immigration and racism to make all conversation about immigration a taboo subject. It is dangerous, counter-productive and goes in the face of the freedom of speech Geoff so enjoys to say his own piece. Am i saying racism doesn't exist? No of course not. All forms of racism exist from one direction to another. Geoff speaks so freely about people being anti-immigration merging immigration and racism as one and the doesn't even use the term "open door immigration". This makes this entire video disingenuous to say the least! Are UKIP against immigration or people from other ethnic backgrounds? No of course they are not! They want to have a controlled immigration system so the transition of immigrants entering the country can be smoother. It's this high volume of unlimited immigration which has lead to the rise in Far Right parties and organsitions popularity in the first place. With whole communities being either uprooted (see the forcing out of native Brits from central London as a example) and culture in other areas being affected by mass migration (see Newhaven, Dover and other areas for example). We also have school's overloaded with pupils due to the high population numbers, hospitals overloaded with patients, not enough houses going around and a transport network struggling with the load as a effect. That does not even take into account the large influx of migrants dumped into the low skilled labour market. The United Kingdom has one of the highest Youth Unemployment rates in the United Kingdom. What an awful way to let down our kids. People are spending tens of thousands of points piling up there debt to get a good education only to come out of Uni to find that there are no jobs available for them. This lack of jobs doesn't just spread to the young though. We have now seen examples of people of all ages suffering. Be it the middle-aged having to visit foodbanks to feed themselves and there families, or the elderly struggling to heat themselves because they have been scapegoated as a economic drain on the country regardless of the fact they have spent a lifetime working in the country and paying taxes to gain there pensions. Honestly it boggles the mind how some MP's sleep at night! Diane Abbott summed up UKIP as being a racist party earlier at this rally in one of the most hideous cases of hypocrisy i have ever seen in my life. Let's not forget for a second that she represents the Labour Party. A political party that claims to represent the working class of this country. What a joke when you consider it's the Labour Party that signed the Lisbon Treaty those years ago flooding the country with workers and leaving so many native Brits out of work? 2 years ago Abbott summed up white British Nationals as the "white people love playing "divide & rule" We should not play their game #tacticasoldascoloni asm" in a blatant example of racism. Yet due to her skin colour and position she was accepted into a anti-racism rally with open arms. Can black people not be racist to white people then? She never apologised sincerely for her comments and yet people seem to have forgotten her comments because it gets them publicity. How can you preach against racism with a racist figurehead? To finish off this post i will reiterate that UKIP are not racist, they are not xenophobic and they are the only political party that actively ban former Far Right members from joining. That's right. The Lib Dems, Labour, Conservatives and Green Party have no policy when it comes to rejecting former Far Right members into there respective parties. BNP, EDL and National Front members are all welcome to those respective parties. There are many recorded examples, not that you will ever see it reported in the papers unless you really look hard in the deep dark depths of Google! UKIP are not anti immigration, they are anti open door immigration. They want to have a controlled number of immigrants entering the country. That way we can take care of the people in the country economically. They want to make sure we get the best for this country whilst decline people entry who have criminal records and have absolutely no intention of working in the country like the likes of Anjem Choudary and Suleman Maknojioa who have spat in the face of this countries generosity and flaunt our charity to commit evil acts. The only way to regain control of our borders is to leave the EU. Mrs Merkel and Mr Burosso have already made it clear that the conditions of membership to the EU are non-negotiable. Open borders are a condition and this can not be changed. Lib Dems are pro EU and have made it clear that it's the last thing they would do leaving the Union. Conservatives have promised a referendum numerous times in the past beginning in 2009 when they were standing for election and failed to keep there promise. They will continue making promises when it suits them and will never keep there promise. Labour are what they are, a fraud that claim to represent the working class, but had war-mongerers in charge like Tony Blair who almost destroyed our NHS leaving the Conservatives with a £70 billion NHS black-hole to fill in, as i have previously said betrayed the working class by signing the Lisbon Treaty and in-fluxing the unskilled labour market with workers from Eastern Europe. Green's are a carbon copy of the Lib Dems with the difference of spending money we don't have on short term fixes for renewable energy sources that will not work UKIP are the only party who will give 70% of the population what they want. A choice that they never had on EU membership, open-borders to millions and good care for the British people. If you don't believe me and believe Mr Ellis when he says that diversity is a good thing in the huge numbers we have seen then remember one thing... Turkey could very well join the EU in the next 10 years. That will open us up to people from a fast approaching 80 million population. Not to mention all the Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi and numerous other countries they hand passports to under the Turkish flag. If that doesn't linger in the back of your mind as "worrying" than nothing will! Thomas Evans
  • Score: 6

7:21pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Linzi1 says...

Another dangerous Leftie nut against his own White English people!! It's us that experiences racism from the foreigners that come to England to live!
Another dangerous Leftie nut against his own White English people!! It's us that experiences racism from the foreigners that come to England to live! Linzi1
  • Score: 1

2:18pm Thu 27 Mar 14

faro0485 says...

Thomas Evans wrote:
We have a very big problem in this country right now.

It has nothing to do with racism. It is more to do with people like Diane Abbott and Geoff Ellis trying to merge the lines between immigration and racism to make all conversation about immigration a taboo subject.

It is dangerous, counter-productive and goes in the face of the freedom of speech Geoff so enjoys to say his own piece.

Am i saying racism doesn't exist? No of course not. All forms of racism exist from one direction to another.

Geoff speaks so freely about people being anti-immigration merging immigration and racism as one and the doesn't even use the term "open door immigration". This makes this entire video disingenuous to say the least!

Are UKIP against immigration or people from other ethnic backgrounds? No of course they are not! They want to have a controlled immigration system so the transition of immigrants entering the country can be smoother.

It's this high volume of unlimited immigration which has lead to the rise in Far Right parties and organsitions popularity in the first place. With whole communities being either uprooted (see the forcing out of native Brits from central London as a example) and culture in other areas being affected by mass migration (see Newhaven, Dover and other areas for example).

We also have school's overloaded with pupils due to the high population numbers, hospitals overloaded with patients, not enough houses going around and a transport network struggling with the load as a effect.

That does not even take into account the large influx of migrants dumped into the low skilled labour market. The United Kingdom has one of the highest Youth Unemployment rates in the United Kingdom. What an awful way to let down our kids.

People are spending tens of thousands of points piling up there debt to get a good education only to come out of Uni to find that there are no jobs available for them.

This lack of jobs doesn't just spread to the young though. We have now seen examples of people of all ages suffering.
Be it the middle-aged having to visit foodbanks to feed themselves and there families, or the elderly struggling to heat themselves because they have been scapegoated as a economic drain on the country regardless of the fact they have spent a lifetime working in the country and paying taxes to gain there pensions.

Honestly it boggles the mind how some MP's sleep at night!

Diane Abbott summed up UKIP as being a racist party earlier at this rally in one of the most hideous cases of hypocrisy i have ever seen in my life.

Let's not forget for a second that she represents the Labour Party. A political party that claims to represent the working class of this country.

What a joke when you consider it's the Labour Party that signed the Lisbon Treaty those years ago flooding the country with workers and leaving so many native Brits out of work?

2 years ago Abbott summed up white British Nationals as the "white people love playing "divide & rule" We should not play their game #tacticasoldascoloni

asm" in a blatant example of racism. Yet due to her skin colour and position she was accepted into a anti-racism rally with open arms.

Can black people not be racist to white people then? She never apologised sincerely for her comments and yet people seem to have forgotten her comments because it gets them publicity.

How can you preach against racism with a racist figurehead?

To finish off this post i will reiterate that UKIP are not racist, they are not xenophobic and they are the only political party that actively ban former Far Right members from joining.

That's right. The Lib Dems, Labour, Conservatives and Green Party have no policy when it comes to rejecting former Far Right members into there respective parties. BNP, EDL and National Front members are all welcome to those respective parties. There are many recorded examples, not that you will ever see it reported in the papers unless you really look hard in the deep dark depths of Google!

UKIP are not anti immigration, they are anti open door immigration. They want to have a controlled number of immigrants entering the country. That way we can take care of the people in the country economically.
They want to make sure we get the best for this country whilst decline people entry who have criminal records and have absolutely no intention of working in the country like the likes of Anjem Choudary and Suleman Maknojioa who have spat in the face of this countries generosity and flaunt our charity to commit evil acts.

The only way to regain control of our borders is to leave the EU. Mrs Merkel and Mr Burosso have already made it clear that the conditions of membership to the EU are non-negotiable. Open borders are a condition and this can not be changed.

Lib Dems are pro EU and have made it clear that it's the last thing they would do leaving the Union.
Conservatives have promised a referendum numerous times in the past beginning in 2009 when they were standing for election and failed to keep there promise. They will continue making promises when it suits them and will never keep there promise.
Labour are what they are, a fraud that claim to represent the working class, but had war-mongerers in charge like Tony Blair who almost destroyed our NHS leaving the Conservatives with a £70 billion NHS black-hole to fill in, as i have previously said betrayed the working class by signing the Lisbon Treaty and in-fluxing the unskilled labour market with workers from Eastern Europe.
Green's are a carbon copy of the Lib Dems with the difference of spending money we don't have on short term fixes for renewable energy sources that will not work

UKIP are the only party who will give 70% of the population what they want. A choice that they never had on EU membership, open-borders to millions and good care for the British people.

If you don't believe me and believe Mr Ellis when he says that diversity is a good thing in the huge numbers we have seen then remember one thing...

Turkey could very well join the EU in the next 10 years. That will open us up to people from a fast approaching 80 million population. Not to mention all the Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi and numerous other countries they hand passports to under the Turkish flag.

If that doesn't linger in the back of your mind as "worrying" than nothing will!
Technically speaking, Turkey, or the Ottomans, the Barbary States and the Moroccans were allies of England, until the Young Turks flipped the alliance to Germany when they controlled Turkey from behind the curtain. I read that Captain Jack Sparrow was based on a real person by the same name or the arabs called him Jack Asfur because he fascinated with sparrows.
[quote][p][bold]Thomas Evans[/bold] wrote: We have a very big problem in this country right now. It has nothing to do with racism. It is more to do with people like Diane Abbott and Geoff Ellis trying to merge the lines between immigration and racism to make all conversation about immigration a taboo subject. It is dangerous, counter-productive and goes in the face of the freedom of speech Geoff so enjoys to say his own piece. Am i saying racism doesn't exist? No of course not. All forms of racism exist from one direction to another. Geoff speaks so freely about people being anti-immigration merging immigration and racism as one and the doesn't even use the term "open door immigration". This makes this entire video disingenuous to say the least! Are UKIP against immigration or people from other ethnic backgrounds? No of course they are not! They want to have a controlled immigration system so the transition of immigrants entering the country can be smoother. It's this high volume of unlimited immigration which has lead to the rise in Far Right parties and organsitions popularity in the first place. With whole communities being either uprooted (see the forcing out of native Brits from central London as a example) and culture in other areas being affected by mass migration (see Newhaven, Dover and other areas for example). We also have school's overloaded with pupils due to the high population numbers, hospitals overloaded with patients, not enough houses going around and a transport network struggling with the load as a effect. That does not even take into account the large influx of migrants dumped into the low skilled labour market. The United Kingdom has one of the highest Youth Unemployment rates in the United Kingdom. What an awful way to let down our kids. People are spending tens of thousands of points piling up there debt to get a good education only to come out of Uni to find that there are no jobs available for them. This lack of jobs doesn't just spread to the young though. We have now seen examples of people of all ages suffering. Be it the middle-aged having to visit foodbanks to feed themselves and there families, or the elderly struggling to heat themselves because they have been scapegoated as a economic drain on the country regardless of the fact they have spent a lifetime working in the country and paying taxes to gain there pensions. Honestly it boggles the mind how some MP's sleep at night! Diane Abbott summed up UKIP as being a racist party earlier at this rally in one of the most hideous cases of hypocrisy i have ever seen in my life. Let's not forget for a second that she represents the Labour Party. A political party that claims to represent the working class of this country. What a joke when you consider it's the Labour Party that signed the Lisbon Treaty those years ago flooding the country with workers and leaving so many native Brits out of work? 2 years ago Abbott summed up white British Nationals as the "white people love playing "divide & rule" We should not play their game #tacticasoldascoloni asm" in a blatant example of racism. Yet due to her skin colour and position she was accepted into a anti-racism rally with open arms. Can black people not be racist to white people then? She never apologised sincerely for her comments and yet people seem to have forgotten her comments because it gets them publicity. How can you preach against racism with a racist figurehead? To finish off this post i will reiterate that UKIP are not racist, they are not xenophobic and they are the only political party that actively ban former Far Right members from joining. That's right. The Lib Dems, Labour, Conservatives and Green Party have no policy when it comes to rejecting former Far Right members into there respective parties. BNP, EDL and National Front members are all welcome to those respective parties. There are many recorded examples, not that you will ever see it reported in the papers unless you really look hard in the deep dark depths of Google! UKIP are not anti immigration, they are anti open door immigration. They want to have a controlled number of immigrants entering the country. That way we can take care of the people in the country economically. They want to make sure we get the best for this country whilst decline people entry who have criminal records and have absolutely no intention of working in the country like the likes of Anjem Choudary and Suleman Maknojioa who have spat in the face of this countries generosity and flaunt our charity to commit evil acts. The only way to regain control of our borders is to leave the EU. Mrs Merkel and Mr Burosso have already made it clear that the conditions of membership to the EU are non-negotiable. Open borders are a condition and this can not be changed. Lib Dems are pro EU and have made it clear that it's the last thing they would do leaving the Union. Conservatives have promised a referendum numerous times in the past beginning in 2009 when they were standing for election and failed to keep there promise. They will continue making promises when it suits them and will never keep there promise. Labour are what they are, a fraud that claim to represent the working class, but had war-mongerers in charge like Tony Blair who almost destroyed our NHS leaving the Conservatives with a £70 billion NHS black-hole to fill in, as i have previously said betrayed the working class by signing the Lisbon Treaty and in-fluxing the unskilled labour market with workers from Eastern Europe. Green's are a carbon copy of the Lib Dems with the difference of spending money we don't have on short term fixes for renewable energy sources that will not work UKIP are the only party who will give 70% of the population what they want. A choice that they never had on EU membership, open-borders to millions and good care for the British people. If you don't believe me and believe Mr Ellis when he says that diversity is a good thing in the huge numbers we have seen then remember one thing... Turkey could very well join the EU in the next 10 years. That will open us up to people from a fast approaching 80 million population. Not to mention all the Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi and numerous other countries they hand passports to under the Turkish flag. If that doesn't linger in the back of your mind as "worrying" than nothing will![/p][/quote]Technically speaking, Turkey, or the Ottomans, the Barbary States and the Moroccans were allies of England, until the Young Turks flipped the alliance to Germany when they controlled Turkey from behind the curtain. I read that Captain Jack Sparrow was based on a real person by the same name or the arabs called him Jack Asfur because he fascinated with sparrows. faro0485
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