The Day We Kicked the Fascists Out of Walthamstow

This September, we’ll celebrate ten years since we drove the fascists out of Walthamstow.

I remember walking up a packed Hoe Street, past closed and shuttered shopfronts, with the notable exception of the Rose & Crown of course, thinking “This is big”, but it wasn’t until we got to Bell Corner that I realised quite how big. Over four thousand local people, anti-fascists and trade unionists had turned up to oppose the racist EDL who had been escorted to Blackhorse Road with the intention of marching through our community to a rally outside the Magistrates Court and whose numbers barely troubled two hundred.

Met with opposition from local people from the moment they set foot outside the tube station, their route blocked by thousands of us at a key junction, forced into the back streets and literally wetting themselves in a police kettle in Farnan Avenue, and their leaders surrounded by anti-fascists in Forest Road, it’s fair to say that that Tommy Robinson and co. did not have a good day.

Like Roger says, most people aren’t racist.

To mark the anniversary, there’s a whole series of events which can be found here, including us playing a show at the Trades Hall, with tickets available here.

In honour of the occasion, we’re also re-releasing the Double B-Side, The Day We Kicked The Fascists Out Of Walthamstow (Graham Larkbey & The Escapees) c/w No Pasaran In E17 (Steve White & The Protest Family). It’s a free download and you can find it here.

46 Fascists

She’s a fan of a cross, and invading a mosque
Although Fransen would suggest that she’s of immigrant stock
She fell out with the lads with the fake marine badge
Now she’s up in bonny Scotland on Sturgeon’s patch

It’s a super election, well at least it is for some
But it’s always good to see a fascist on the run
She thought that loyal and proud might play to the Rangers crowd
But she heard another message, and she heard it loud

There’s 46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
46 fash was all that Jayda got
46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
I’m telling you that ain’t a lot
46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
46 fash was all that Jayda got
So, 46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
And Jayda can all fuck off

From EDL to Britain First To Glasgow last
From Rochester and Strood to the land of the Buckfast
From Islamophobia to a prison cell
Now she’s polling 0.1% in Glasgow South as well

There’s 46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
46 fash was all that Jayda got
46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
I’m telling you that ain’t a lot
46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
46 fash was all that Jayda got
So, 46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
And Jayda can all fuck off

There’s a word that they use that Russ says shouldn’t be excused
So we’ll keep the chorus light enough to keep you amused
But it took a tartan tory to give a headline to this story
And Nicola told her to fuck off on the news

There’s 46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
46 fash was all that Jayda got
46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
I’m telling you that ain’t a lot
46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
46 fash was all that Jayda got
So, 46 fascists in Glasgow Southside
And Jayda can all fuck off