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<b>Friday 3 October:</b> trams to Chorlton, Ruth Kelly to step down and BNP police officer forced out

Published on October 3rd 2008.


WORK ON the Chorlton extension to Metrolink is underway with the clearance and upgrade of the old train route to the suburb which closed to the public in 1967. The route will leave the existing line at Trafford Bar. A £575 million expansion of the tram lines was approved this year, and will extend the service to Rochdale and Droylsden. Work on the twenty miles of new tracks is expected to be complete by 2012, and increase journeys by 10 million per year.

BOLTON WEST MP Ruth Kelly will step down at the next election to spend more time with her children as they grow up. Kelly, who became an MP in 1997, said it has been “an honour and privilege” to serve the constituency. The Transport Secretary had earlier announced that she will step down from the cabinet at the next reshuffle.

A LONGSIGHT Police Officer who served for fourteen years has been forced to resign after wearing a British National Party (BNP) badge to a football match. A misconduct hearing by the force's Professional Standards Branch ruled that Stuart Janaway, 36, of Salford, should step down, even though he was off duty during the game at Old Trafford in September. Officers are banned from membership of the BNP, Combat 18 or National Front.

SECOND-HALF goals from Elano and Shaun Wright-Phillips sent Manchester City into the group stages of the Uefa Cup last night. City beat Cypriot team Omonia Nicosia 2-1 at Eastlands, and went through 4-2 on aggregate.

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AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

So you have to be believer in total democracy to be in the UK Police?? This gets better!!! And again...what about Muslims?? They don't believe in our democracy?? Are they banned from 'your' utopian police force??

PaulOctober 3rd 2008.

And if they were elected, I'd love to see what would happen to that freedom of speech you so cherish John!

johnthebriefOctober 3rd 2008.

Well, I was under the impression we lived in a society that valued freedom of speech, so I hope the copper pursues an unfair dismissal claim and if he does I wish him luck.

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

So someone wearing a badge is a wholehearted supporter?? Please don’t ever sit on a jury with powers of convictions like that! Does that mean the guy that it sitting opposite me with an MUFC badge on must me a wholehearted, fanatic supporter? And I must fear that he will attack me if I confess I am a Man City fan?? With regards to your other points – I’m just suggesting parity and fair treatment. With many other faiths/races/religion allowed dispensation to wear/display obvious signs of their beliefs (including Judaism and Islam), are we not setting separate standards if someone choosing to wear a Bona-fide POLITICAL PARTY badge when off duty gets sacked? If a muslim police officer was sacked because he went to a Mosque where non-muslims were deemed evil, would it be perfectly just and acceptable to sack him in your eyes?

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

I'd be more interested in you answering my questions....? As to why someone wore a badge. Maybe they were a sympathiser, maybe they supported them in preference to the other political parties. But have them virtually tagged as a full-blown member of the KKK is ridiculous. For them to lose their job with no proof of their job being affected is simply wrong in the face of inverse behaviour.

PaulOctober 3rd 2008.

Anonymous - do you honestly think that the work of a police officer who wholeheartedly supports the values of the BNP is not going to be in some way affected by said beliefs? Perhaps there's no proof but it's naive and dangerous to think otherwise. There is no place for extremist beliefs of either end of the political spectrum in our government, police and military.

burt CodeineOctober 3rd 2008.

Yes - the fallowfield loop. I presumed it would be built on the old rail line (seeing as it also stops behind Morrisons then continues to St Werburghs which seems to be along the same path as the loop (at least up to a point). Indeed, I wouldn't fancy us pedaling along next to a tram/train route...canals and barges are another matter mind.

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

Ah but John...much as that passage reads very well and would (through non-prejudiced, ignorant eyes) been seen as correct and good foundations for a POLITICAL party - the BNP are seen as racists by the PC-nutters who by their own admission care not for what Britain REALLY stands for, only by the misinformed/brainwashed idea of a Nirvana-state of totaly equality and fairness.

burt CodeineOctober 3rd 2008.

With regard to the Chorlton Metro line, I can probably say goodbye to the cycle loop up to Chorlton now. Most early evenings we would take our kids along here on our bikes and have a mooch around some of the food places, perhaps grab a drink in one of the bars then pick bagfulls of blackberries on the way back. It defined our summers (ahem) over the past couple of years and ticked off the exercise allowance for the week. I wouldn't have though there would be room now for a [smaller] loop and metro line.Oh well, progress is progress I suppose and I'm all for expansion of our woeful public transport, but I can't help thinking part of us has expired to the great loop in the sky.

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

...which in no way says it oponents are socially inept.... And if there is plenty, show some of this evidence about the BNPs non-democracy.

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

Alas I don't see the simplicity Andrew. Ones (legal) non-work beliefs and activities should not be presumed to affect ones work attitude unless proven. Black and Asian associations have in the past sought positive discrimination - wanting preferential treatment for non-whites. The dichotomy of the two (one openly supported and finded, the other so reviled that any form of support or sympathy gets fired sacked) is 'PC' gone mad.

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

They are not John - they are just someone Paul wouldn't vote for...therefore they are the wrong sort of democracy!! If anything they are being given foul play my not being able to be democratically consider due to prejudice and ignorance such as that which Paul demonstrates!

PaulOctober 3rd 2008.

If the pair of you think that the BNP is a democratic bona fide political party then you're both as 'socially inept' as Anonymous implies its opponents are. Look past the propaganda - they are a bunch of thugs hiding behind the appearance of a political party to gain ground. (And not I'm not some lefty greeny before you start implying that - I am however wise enough to the facts!

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

I'm no fan of the Police or the BNP, but (effectively) sacking someone for being a member of the BNP whilst having no discussion let alone proof of it affecting his job would seem exceptionally harsh? Especially when the police fund and fully support Black & Asian Police Associations??

PaulOctober 3rd 2008.

There's plenty of evidence if you care to look on the web or do some reading up (not their website). And my reading skills are fine thanks, above you wrote, "....as long as you its not in any way construable as being against any ethnic minority, gender ‘confused’ sect, socially inept group or anyone else that lefties/greenies/etc deem politically incorrect.”

johnthebriefOctober 3rd 2008.

I'm not a BNP supporter but I'm horrified by the story of this policeman being sacked for wearing a BNP badge. Thought crime is the phrase that comes to mind. There is a large slice of opinion that believes if we pretend the BNP doesn't exist or has no real support it will go away. It won't. If you disagree with someone's views you engage in a debate, you don't censor them. And Paul, this is the extract from their website dealing with democracy. (It's the first time I've ever looked at their site, I hope it doesn't get me sacked) Whether one agrees or not, I don't think it's "anti democratic" although that's a handy, right-on catch-all term of abuse if you want to be spared the trouble of looking at the facts. "The British people invented modern Parliamentary democracy. Yet in recent years the British people have been denied their democratic rights. On issue after issue, the views of the majority of British people have been ignored and overridden by a Politically Correct ‘elite’ which thinks it knows best. On immigration, on Capital Punishment, on the surrender of British sovereignty to the EU and in numerous other areas, democracy has been absent as Labour, Tories and Lib-Dems conspire in election after election to offer the British people no real choice on such vital issues. The BNP exists to give the British people, that choice, and thus to restore and defend the basic democratic rights we have all been denied. We favour more democracy, not less, not just at national but at regional and local level.Power should be devolved to the lowest level possible so that local communities can make decisions which affect them. We will remove legal curbs on freedom of speech imposed by successive Governments over the last 40 years. We will implement a Bill of Rights guaranteeing fundamental freedoms to the British people. We will ensure that ordinary British people have real democratic power over their own lives and that Government, local and national, is truly accountable to the people who elect it."

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

John we live in a society that believes in freedom of speech....as long as you its not in any way construable as being against any ethnic minority, gender ‘confused’ sect, socially inept group or anyone else that lefties/greenies/etc deem politically incorrect.

PaulOctober 3rd 2008.

I think the fact that he was wearing the badge quite clearly shows he 'wholeheartedly supports' the BNP. You make a good point that there are bound to be people throughout our police who hold extremist beliefs, but as it is wrong to do so, surely once it becomes apparent the correct thing to do is relieve them of their duties. Or do you think that is right that someone who holds extreme beliefs should be employed by a service that represents all of the British people, regardless of the race?

johnthebriefOctober 3rd 2008.

Paul, in what way is the bnp anti-democratic?

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

Paul - have you got any scrap of evidence to show that the BNP are not democratic? or that they would rebut free-speech? Oh and I didn't say its oponents were socially inept. Perhaps a slice of reading skill is needed along with your prejudice.

PaulOctober 3rd 2008.

Could you offer a couple of suggestions as to why someone who did not support the BNP might wear a BNP badge to a football match? I'd be interested to hear your ideas!! You might be interested to know that the German constitution bans the existence of extremist political parties. Not because it is undemocratic but because it recognises that there is no place for anti-democratic organisations in democratic societies.

PaulOctober 3rd 2008.

Whether they wholeheartedly support the BNP or merely sympathise, there's no place for supporters of anti-democratic organisations in our police force. End of argument.

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2008.

Firstly the presumption is that this person ‘wholeheartedly supports’ the BNP whereas the reality is – he was seen wearing a badge. But beyond that, extremists exist in every walk of life. Can the father of a child killed by a speeding motorist be objective against suspected motorists? Can the socialist who detests capitalism be impartial when dealing with a millionaire entrepreneur? Can the person whose father was made redundant by Rover be impartial against a BMW driver? Can the son of an Aristocrat be objective towards a ‘social underachiever’ ……..Can the Muslim who deems all non Muslims as Infidels and therefore evil be impartial towards non-muslims? Can the Jew be impartial against ‘Gentiles’?? I think you will find there are extremist beliefs and backgrounds in all walks of our government, police and military – its simply only an issue when it *might* be non-positive racial discrimination!!

CitizenandrewOctober 3rd 2008.

Black and asian police associations are there to support police officers from ethnic minorities in an organisation that has not always been known for it's tolerance of ethnic minorities. The BNP is a political force that believes that non-whites should be treated differently from white people in the UK. Police officers should treat all citizens of the UK equally before the law. For this reason it is wrong for a police officer to wear a BNP badge. Simple.

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