What Warm Welcome ?
Local members of the Scottish Socialist Party have described a far right group’s claim of a warm welcome in Cumbernauld as being “ludicrous”.
A recent visit by Britain First to the town saw them being met by a demonstration that made it clear that their racist message was not welcome in the town. Local party member Kevin McVey commented, “Britain First is known for making outlandish claims about its own importance and last week’s comments seem to fall into that category. The truth was that when they arrived they were met by a large group of protestors who wanted to make it clear that their poisonous message was not welcome in our communities. They hung about for half an hour, giving their obligatory Nazi salutes, before departing. Meanwhile some of their colleagues huddled in a pub elsewhere in the town. Any idea that they were somehow warmly received is ludicrous. We need unity to stand up against austerity in our communities and groups like this who seek to sow division and hate will be opposed by all but a tiny minority.”
The party is also concerned that the group met in a local pub and is seeking clarification about how this happened. Mr McVey added, “We will be contacting the Condorrat Arms to clarify the circumstances about the meeting Britain First had in the pub. We wish to know if it was a pre-booked event because if it was, it raises serious questions about how a far right hate group is given access to a pub that is described as being family friendly. As a resident of Condorrat I am extremely uncomfortable about the idea that local people could go into the pub and land amongst a group of people who promote hate and intolerance of people because of their race, religion or sexuality. Understandably this has caused some concern and should not be repeated.”
For more information: Kevin McVey 07817123917