On the 6 of February 2012, a number of UKR activists assembled outside the General Synod at Church House, Westminster. There were a number of contentious issues the activists wanted to bring to the attention of the Synod delegates. A press release was issued prior to the protest.
Press release: UK Resistance – Working Class Action
UK Resistance - Working Class Action is a patriotic working class united front staging its first demonstration outside the Church of England General Synod on 6 February 2012. We will assemble outside the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre on the Broad Sanctuary, Westminster from 12 noon onwards.
The small gathering is to call for the resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and for him to be replaced by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. We believe Dr Williams to be out of touch with public opinion and severely lacking in the leadership qualities required in a time of widespread attacks upon Christian belief and custom in a Britain which is morally as well as economically bankrupt.
We would like to emphasise this protest was planned well in advance of Dr Sentamu's recent remarks regarding gay 'marriage', however we fully support those comments and believe that Dr Sentamu speaks for the common people on this and many other pressing issues. 'Honest John' Sentamu gives us, the English working class, representation we now lack in modern Britain. At this dawn of English political awakening we believe the fearless Dr Sentamu to be the Desmond Tutu of the English people.
UKR – Working Class Action is a small but national group of working class patriots who seek to combat the covert social class war we believe has been waged against our people over the last 40 years. UKR is neither right nor left wing, we have no connection to any political party, we are apolitical political activists. We are simply working class people who have woken up to the threat to our way of life and who intend to peacefully resist in the manner of our forefathers.
We are the resistance, long live the resistance!
UK Resistance – Working Class Action
The protest began at noon with activists peacefully making their point across the road from the entrance to the Synod on the Great Sanctuary, Westminster. UKR activists also patrolled the other side of the road distributing leaflets to interested members of the public.
Activists assemble on Broad Sanctuary
The message on the leaflets was as follows:
A DIRECT APPEAL TO THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL SYNOD OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
We stand here today as freeborn English working class patriots who, along with the majority of people, have watched with bewilderment at the denigration and slow disintegration of English culture. We have faced a covert social onslaught for decades, our cultural traditions and values along with the Christian belief system from which they were propagated are routinely mocked and devalued. Although admittedly not outwardly religious, as a group we recognise the important role the Church of England has played in forming the values and customs that we hold so dear and seek to uphold.
We also hope to gain representation for and highlight the plight of our people, the English working class. In an era of great technological advances, as working-class people we have regressed over a hundred years. Millions of us have been callously abandoned by the establishment, our once famously hard working and close-knit communities have disintegrated. We find ourselves purposely under-educated, unemployed, politically unrepresented, discriminated against, abandoned and ignored. Our traditional representative bodies, the Labour Party, trade unions and the Church of England have been hijacked by a militant middle class liberal elite with a subversive socialist agenda.
In the main, the Church of England has retreated constantly in the face of a militant liberal atheist assault masquerading as secularism. A long line of ineffectual leaders have repeatedly given ground to and even colluded with those who seek their and our downfall.
'We must make our stand with the oppressed'
There is a bitter irony in the fact that those are the words of the current incumbent of the Archbishopric of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. We, the English working-class, are the oppressed, but our struggle is the last thing Dr Williams or his ilk in the Church will address. In fact, it is increasingly clear that he does not have the best interests of the Church, or indeed the English people, at heart.
'Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them'
The words and actions of Williams suggest that he has not progressed from the subversive Marxist ideals he embraced as a University student. He spends too much time theologising and as a result has become detached, not just from his flock but from the real world.
We do not however want Dr Williams replaced with out of touch conservative elements within the Church who by their inaction and silence are complicit with the current status quo. Only the Revd. Michael Nazir-Ali and especially the Most Revd. and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, have addressed the concerns of ordinary English people and the issues they face. Dr Sentamu speaks for many people when he opposes attacks on tradition, widespread revisionism driven by political correctness and the denigration of English culture.
We hereby call for the immediate resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury or his removal by the members of the General Synod.
We call on the members of the General Synod appoint a true man of the people, 'Honest John' Sentamu, to replace Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury.
We believe we are fast reaching the point of no return, and that the future existence of the working-class to now be inseparable from that of the Church of England. We stand or fall together. Now is not the time for woolly Christianity, now is the time for militancy, your and our survival depends on it.
WE, THE WORKING CLASS, WE, THE PEOPLE!
UK RESISTANCE - WORKING CLASS ACTION
Common People against Common Purpose
In all 17 committed patriotic activists turned up, close to a full turn out and proof that the UKR could field an effective team for mobilisations. One activist, South-East organiser Terry Ribune reported: “17 patriots here. We are getting a good response and are enjoying the experience.”
The placards were unveiled at held up and gained an immediate profile. The leaflets were also well written, made and were liberally distributed. Activists protested in a disciplined and orderly manner opposite the entrance to Dean’s Yard which the delegates passed through. It is possibly the first time in history that a working class group has protested about working class issues outside the General Synod, so in that respect we have left our mark for posterity alone. Other roving activists targeted delegates and interested members of the public across the road outside Westminster Abbey. The location and the nature of the demo ensured we got our message to literally thousands of people, people going about their business in Westminster, tourists, most of the delegates at the Synod. We had a lot of support from passing members of the public and activists sensed their presence was getting round as one was asked if they were 'that working class group'. We got support from members of the public thanks to a combination of things, our attitude, our disciplined conduct and most importantly our valid message. It is interesting that some delegates questioned if we were a ‘white supremacist group’, it seems that in some middle class eyes, any group of white working class people who stand up to be heard are automatically either right-wing or racist, the fact we were calling for a man of African heritage to be promoted to one of the highest offices in the land seemed to escape them.
We made contact with one church group who at least offered us a dialogue re abandoned and isolated working class communities, which we gratefully accepted. Activists were fully briefed and prepared to tackle any questions raised. One, Erik, tackled a bishop in the shadow of Westminster Abbey. After a lengthy chat the bishop conceded that Erik had raised some very valid points, which again is proof that as working class people we are quite adept at speaking up for ourselves and holding our own in any debate.
Coalition Government Minister Vince Cable walked past the protest, pretending to be on the telephone, he was challenged to discuss issues concerning working class community by one activist, but the pretend phone call was obviously more pressing and Cable ignored the request.
The afternoon was concluded at the end of daylight at around 4.00pm and activists were addressed by Vic Burns who called for recognition of the concerns of working class people and demanded political representation. Burns concluded his speech by pointing at the Synod delegates in what he termed "their ivory towers of privilege" and posed the question "If Jesus was here, where would he be standing, in there with the out of touch delegates and their luxury, or out here, in the cold with the common people?"
Birmingham activist, Vic Burns addresses the gathering
After the protests the mood of activists was buoyant:
Terry Ribune: “So many people were interested, intrigued or supportive or just plain confused as to who and what we are. Only a couple were anti but even then they were polite, at no time (apart from a couple of drunks) did we get any animosity. Really proud to have been part of it to be honest, more than that, I’m extremely proud of being a member of this group! Everything was spot on, we made our point, we did it well, we upset nobody and we should be proud of ourselves.”
Rene Sansom: “They haven’t got a clue, it’s been a long time since genuine working class people stood their ground, and they can’t figure it out. The hierarchy thought we were gone, they dismissed us as irrelevant. Well no more working class silence. In the words of Kenneth Wolstenholme: "They think it's all over... it is now!" Working Class Action loud and proud.”
Vic Burns: "Speaking personally the most important thing for me yesterday was that we were there, making a statement. We made history by doing what we did, we're the first working class political group since before the Labour Party started, but also because unlike many of our peers in the working class, we cared enough about our country and our way of life to stand up, to put ourselves out and say no, we're not having it, you might have done a job on us but now is when we start fighting back, and we have started that now, fighting back effectively."
UK Resistance - Working Class Action has a number of protests and political activism planned over the next 12 months, and we are looking for dedicated and most importantly disciplined patriotic political activists.
You can contact UK Resistance - Working Class Action for more information or to enquire about joining at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are the resistance, long live the resistance!