Greetings, today I am pleased to announce that a new political activist group has been formed in Manchester by Jim Edwards and co. I’ve decided to sit down with Jim and find out what the group was about, their aims and their plans moving forward in this time of political uncertainty.
Q1. Who are the Manchester Collective?
The Manchester Collective is more of a “what” than a “who” really. The concept came about from a trip I, and many others, took to hear Tommy Robinson read Martin Sellners speech at speakers corner in London. It was my first time there and I found it absolutely electrifying. Despite the sinister and dangerous atmosphere, the masked, shadowy figures lurking all around, it had the air of the remnants of an ancient Greek amphitheatre; or at least what it should be. I was instantly hooked.
When I returned home to Manchester I discovered that there had once been a speakers corner not far from the city centre, so I did my first live stream on Facebook, inviting anyone interested to meet me there. Unfortunately the location wasn’t great for frequent attendance, however I stayed in touch with the people I met there and we began to form a group of friends and activists that began to meet regularly and eventually live in my house.
The many discussions that have taken place since then have lead us to believe that right wing activism needs to evolve in two fundamental ways. Firstly it needs to become more locally organised so people can engage more frequently without the massive costs of constant travel. Secondly we need a legitimate rival to oppose leftist organisations like Stand Up To Racism.
So, as with SUTR, the Manchester Collective is not membership based. Essentially we are a Free Speech platform run by regular volunteers aiming to educate the public of the dangers of left wing extremism through open debate, effective communication, community engagement and regular protest. Much of the British working class feel as though they do not have a voice and have retreated into political apathy as a result. We’re here to help people find that voice by providing opportunities for us all to contribute through regular attendance, social media engagement, advice and guidance
Q2. What are your aims?
The Manchester Collectives aims are as follows:
– inspire locally organised activism in opposition to left wing extremism.
– educate the general, apolitical public of the dangers of left wing extremism and provide advice on how to detect warning signs of communist and anarchist radicalisation.
– shift the Overton window away from its perceived current position of imbalance to the Left.
– help improve the image and reputation of right wing activists in general.
– encourage the shifting of the focus of our criticisms inwardly for greater, more mature, lasting change.
– restore political balance in general to avoid more polarisation caused by Brexit and begin the healing process of this once great nation.
– unite the right under counter communism/anti-anarchism. Leftist activists unite best under anti-fascism, but why? Well it is our theory that it’s because they don’t actually have to say what they are for (which often they don’t actually know themselves) which causes internal conflict. They all know what they are against though and that’s anything they perceive as even slightly resembling Fascism. Fair enough we can play that game too.
Q3. What is your stance on Brexit?
Originally the thinking was that we would stay out of Brexit. Don’t get me wrong all our regular attendees are Brexiteers that want a no deal Brexit. But the original plan was to hold to a stance solely against Communism and Anarchism and being a Remainer doesn’t necessarily denote these extreme positions. That said Remainer activists do often argue for these extreme ideologies and consequently need to be opposed for balance.
Also as time goes by throughout the whole Brexit debacle, more and more extreme strategies and positions, held by leftist parties and politicians, are coming to light. Remainer extremists are becoming bolder and they must be countered. That’s why the Manchester Collective supports Brexit. Not because we’re necessarily opposed to a united Europe (if that’s what the aim of the EU actually is, which debatably it isn’t) rather we are opposed to the growing extremism of Remainer activists.
Q4. What are your thoughts on freedom of speech?
We are, at our core, free speech warriors. We believe free speech is the key to limiting the growing polarisation we are currently experiencing in Britain and are saddened and angry at the recent erosion of this fundamental right due to political correctness and so called “hate speech” laws.
We intend to use, and campaign to restore, our freedom of speech by speaking frequently and honestly, with courage and respect, while giving not one inch to those who would silence us in our own homeland.
Q5. What makes you different from other organisations?
The Manchester Collective differ from other organisations in that, as far as we are aware, there are no organisations that are all of the following:
– locally organised
– focused on opposing leftism only
– aiming to unite the British right
Q6. Where can people find out more information about the Manchester Collective?
As we are so new (and so underfunded) we have not, as of yet, been able to afford a designer for our website. We do however have a domain name we were very lucky to find, namely themanchestercollective.com.
Until the site is up and running though the best place to contact us is on our Facebook page by searching for “The Manchester Collective” or simply by commenting on our posts.
There is also a YouTube channel in the making and our first item of content should be uploaded soon ahead of our opening presentation event this Sunday the 22nd in Manchester at the Sevenoaks pub. Obviously most of all we encourage locals to attend our events in person and for details of times and places they can contact us on Facebook also.
Anyone not so local can help us by sharing our content and posts as often as they like and provide feedback and advice as we make mistakes along the way, of which we expect there to be many as we are only human and are chomping at the bit to make some real waves as we take back this city of ours and restore a little order to the current chaos on our streets.
Ultimately ours is a movement that will be built and maintained by working class locals to avoid accusations of being controlled. This will take time, energy, dedication and grit. Many forces will want to work against us. Many do not want united right wing activism or for that activism to be locally organised. But at the end of the day the people will decide how much time and effort this project is worth and it will be their contributions, their likes, shares and feedback that steer us to success.
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