On Saturday I was given this leaflet on Ealing Broadway by a grey haired bloke with a pony tail â€“ you know the look. Anti-racism is an impeccable cause but you can stand against racism without standing with a bunch of revolutionary socialists. These people have a much narrower agenda, in fact they spell it out on their facebook site:
Over the last 2 years Stand Up To Racism has played a pivotal role against police racism, organising solidarity for refugees and for the government to open the borders.
These people literally think that by prising open the UKâ€™s borders that this will lead to a revolution in the UK and then on to a socialist utopia. They really do.
What on Earth is Rupa Huq doing speaking at this meeting? Last year she stood on Labour’s general election manifesto which offered “stronger borders” and the recruitment of an extra 1,000 borders staff (page 49 and 50 reproduced below).
Is Huq going to go to the meeting and argue for stronger borders or has she changed her mind? Most likely she merely hopes to appease the Momentum crowd she will need to have onside to get reselected.