Hassan Mahamdallie digs out his old Sham 69 singles and looks back at a band whose gigs became a battleground between NF fascists and their opponents
The appalling footage of Chelsea “fans” pushing a black man off a Paris metro train, while chanting: “We’re racist, we’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it,” has rightly provoked widespread condemnation. It has also prompted this nice anti-racist – and non-partisan – reply video.
Campaigning against the far right, racist UKIP party in your area? You can download or order Stand Up to UKIP leaflets with “Seven things you need to know about UKIP”. Here’s a smaller image for web use. There is also a Buzzfeed article with the same text. And here’s a Polish version of the leaflet – powiedzieć nie rasizm!
One incident in a football match has opened the way for campaigners against racism in Spanish football and, more widely, in the Spanish state. The hero is the brilliant Brazilian attacking full back Dani Alves, who plays for Barcelona.
The second of the “great” TV debates over Europe between Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, is now over. The result was depressing and predictable.
At last spring is here, West Ham are staying up and I feel jazzy. So here is a list of some of the albums that have been on heavy rotation on my turntable. Its a real mixed bag, I hope you like some of the tracks. All are readily available, so you should be able to pick any up you think you might like.