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<b>Wednesday 15 September:</b> mum drives drunk with baby, job losses in Stockport, and Council tries to block right-wing rally

Published on September 16th 2009.


STAFF HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AT MEDIACITY. The eight construction workers were arrested on Monday by immigration officers and charged with falsifying documents. The Gambia, Ethiopia and Eritrea nationals, aged from 23 to 49, have been remanded in custody and are due before Manchester magistrates later. The construction company, Connolly Construction Facilities, will face no action. Immigration officials said this is the second time illegal workers have been arrested at the Salford Quays site.

A MUM DROVE DRUNK WITH HER BABY in the car. Despite being four-times over the drink-drive limit, Claire Cropper, 28, put her 10-week-old baby in her Nissan Micra and drove three miles. Cropper pleaded guilty at Tameside Magistrates’ Court to being drunk in charge of a child, drink driving, assaulting a police officer, and driving without insurance or a licence. She was given a community order, banned from driving for 16 months and had her licence endorsed.

BAE WILL CLOSE ITS STOCKPORT PLANT, with the loss of over 600 jobs. The MOD announced yesterday that BAE will close down its site at Woodford, in 2012 as part of plans to cut 1,100 jobs across the country.

MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL WILL ASK THE HOME SECRETARY to block a city centre rally by a right-wing group. Despite claims that the march will only be opposed to “militant Islam”, The English Defence League’s previous events have seen skinheads making Nazi salutes. The council is powerless to stop the 10 October march, and has asked Alan Johnson to step in.

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Misers are no fun to live with, but as ancestors they are great.

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating: 6/10

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johnthebriefSeptember 16th 2009.

Freedom of speech only matters when it's offensive - there's no credit to be gained form allowing someone to agree with you. If there's a history of problems with the organisation then that's a policing issue. I'd take a bet though that the best way to prevent any violence would be to persuade the anti-nazi rent-a-mob to stay away - some of them are just as extremist as the fascists and just as likely to start a fight

johnthebriefSeptember 16th 2009.

Cue a discussion about whether it's acceptable (in a free democracy) to ban a rally because of things they might do

johnthebriefSeptember 16th 2009.

Freedom of speech only matters when it's offensive - there's no credit to be gained form allowing someone to agree with you. If there's a history of problems with the organisation then that's a policing issue. I'd take a bet though that the best way to prevent any violence would be to persuade the anti-nazi rent-a-mob to stay away - some of them are just as extremist as the fascists and just as likely to start a fight

revporlSeptember 16th 2009.

Yes, but ALL the other EDL marches have ended in some degree of brawling and town centre disorder, twice in a month in Brum. There's a track record there, we should probably try and avoid that if we can.

freespeakerSeptember 16th 2009.

FlicE and johnthebrief - every single EDL demo has ended in violence. Whether that's attacking shoppers in Birmingham or smashing the windows of people's homes in Luton just because their skin tone was a bit dusky. That kind of thing isn't freedom of speech, it's pure thuggery and imho shouldn't be allowed. I believe in freedom of speech, but i also believe in the freedom to go shopping on a Saturday without getting my s*it kicked in by balaclava-wearing, hatred-spouting thug. You're right about the anti-nazi rent-a-mobs though. They cause more problems than they solve.

FlicESeptember 16th 2009.

Exactly- if we choose to live in a democracy, all non-violent protests have to be accommoddated, however politically offensive we may find them. When will people wake up to the fact that banning anyone from expressing their beliefs only fuels resentment and racism, and drives it underground?

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