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  • ross1948 17:59 on January 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Grunwick, NAFF, Scargill, , The Freedom Association, violent picketing   

    Grunwick – When Spiked Gets It Wrong, It’s VERY Wrong! 

    Spiked.com is often a source of very sensible opinion and information…


    …and I have often referred my readers to their articles..

    A Very British Vendetta – Freakos’ Furious Fox-Hunt 

    …as recently as yesterday!

    But although this recent one – https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/01/21/bbc-presenters-are-not-oppressed/– has a lot of sound content, as you would expect me to say, given it’s having a go at the whinerettes of the unspeakable BBC, it also includes something like a re-writing of industrial relations history.

    The Grunwick dispute was over four decades ago.

    I was quite far from the scene, but I remember it well enough – much as one remembers Scargill’s NUM boot-boys.

    Oops – my attempt at a Scargill photo was misconstrued – escargot, anyone?

    – and I’m fairly sure Scargill showed up on the Grunwick picket-line!

    However, I wanted to be sure of my recollections, after reading the Spiked piece. Thus last night found me looking through the internet, which made me realise that a large number of left/lib/marxist media have been trying to turn the red-directed rabble into heroes.


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    Police V Red Rabble, Grunwick, 1976


    I did mention the events, last year…


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    Two Rotten Remainers- The Anti-Clean-Break Letter Co-Plotters ! 

    …when I mentioned Jack Dromey, who tidied up his appearance and became a Labour MP, but I prefer to give you an extract from elsewhere, which explains the reality.

    Grunwick was a photo-processing business in north London owned by an Anglo-Indian entrepreneur who had dismissed a number of immigrant workers after a walk-out.

    The APEX trade union signed up the sacked workers, demanded recognition at the plant, and organised mass pickets which rapidly turned violent.

    The majority of Grunwick workers – mostly veiled Asian women – who did not want to be unionised had to be bussed in each day through a hail of abuse. Grunwick’s outgoing mail, containing the developed films on which the business depended, was “blacked” by postal unions and had to be smuggled out and discreetly posted elsewhere by NAFF volunteers. https://allaboutivens.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/michael-ivens-cbe-1924-2001/

    NAFF refers to an organisation nowadays going strong but under the name The Freedom Association.



    No doubt many of you might find their news-letter interesting.

    They did a grand job and the besieged women workers were eventually left in peace to do the jobs they liked doing – as far as I know.

    Anyway, I’ll still read spiked.com – as I try to read everything – cautiously!

    • JazPen 18:28 on January 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Grunwick, George Ward, yes, that was on all the front pages then, union picket violence against workers.
      As far as I can remember, your version is more reliable than spiked.com’s.


    • Pamela 19:35 on January 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hadn’t realised the Freedom Association was still in existence but I’m pleased they are. They did a very good job during the Grunwick dispute.
      That Dromey was typical of his kind, scruffy, as you show us, and a rabble-rouser, so his later ‘evolution’ into an anti-Brexiteer comes as no surprise.


  • ross1948 23:27 on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , NUM, , , Scargill, , , ,   

    Memories of Scargill’s Red Nazis, As Jakarta Cabbies Run Amok 

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    Officer Down! NUM bootboys attack a fallen cop


    Those of you who were in the UK during the marxist-run National Union of Mine-Workers’ violent strike thirty-something years ago must have been as appalled as me to learn of what happened in Jakarta today.


    Who could forget their red fuhrer Scargill’s war against parliamentary democracy?

    His hoodlums waged a campaign of vicious intimidation against working miners who defied his bully-boy strategy.

    Praise be there was Maggie Thatcher to prevent the triumph of their brutality.


    Who the Hell do these ‘protestors’ think they are?


    • While many of the cabbies involved in the protest demos against their Uber and GoJek compeititors behaved responsibly, others did not. Some thugs in their ranks not only criticised colleagues who exercised their right to work but physically attacked them.

    Worse, the louts intimidated passengers.


    ahok Ahok


    Hurray for Governor Ahok, who says he’ll revoke the licenses of cab companies which don’t take stern action against lawless ratbags who engaged in vandalism and forced passengers to get out of the taxis in the middle of the street. One such incident took place on the innercity toll road along Jl. Gatot Subroto outside the House of Representatives in South Jakarta.

    So THAT was why one of the people who kept me waiting at Ratu Plaza yesterday smsed to say she was ‘scared!’

    Here’s me thinking it was the heavy rain that deterred her from arriving on time. I’m glad I didn’t reproach her when she finally did arrive! 

    Taxi drivers were also involved in brawls with Gojek drivers near Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta, which brought traffic to a standstill.

    I was actually on Sudirman, to and fro, passing the time, awaiting my acquaintance, but saw no signs of this mayhem!

    A brawl also took place in front of the State Palace, where taxi drivers were also demonstrating.Hundreds of taxi drivers threw soil and water bottles at Gojek drivers passing the road near the palace. Gojek drivers shouted back at the taxi drivers.



    Indonesia’s authorities should emulate the UK’s much-missed Iron Lady when faced with such  disgraceful antics.

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