I’ve just got back from a meeting in Town, which was called to try and set up a local Unite Against Fascism organisation.
There were people from as far afield as Billingshurst and Caterham, with Horley and Horsham represented, as well as quite a few from Crawley, it was decided that it was best to set up a single group for the whole area, rather than to try small ones in each place. It may be that in time there are enough people involved to establish more local groups, but for now it seems best to work together.
Additionally, it wasn’t all Labour Party members. While there were some, there were also people from Respect/SWP and some who didn’t appear to be involved in any particular party. We know that Conservatives have delivered UAF leaflets in Crawley before. The intention is to avoid any political party being overly dominant and for the campaign to be as broad as possible.
The next step is to set things up properly, and to that end it is hoped that a proper AGM can be set up soon to agree who does what and how it is organised (the fun of writing constitutions!), and decide what are the priorities.
I turned up a bit late, but the meeting was late starting because people got delayed by the trains. While idling outside it was noticed that a couple of people were taking photographs of us. One of the people they may have snapped was just an ordinary bloke who wanted to know what was going on, and left when it became clear that people were being asked to join something. I suspect that our pics are destined to appear on ‘Redwatch’ or something like that. Seeing as the local radio controlled car group were meeting at the same place, they may just have been rival RC’ers, but I think that’s unlikely. I wonder if any of them will have been snapped at the same time?
When approached, the men wandered to a distance, although there was no threat to them. Perhaps they might have liked to chat, but maybe not.
[edit - Parental Advisory on the comments, as it seems that they may not have wanted to chat, but are happy to abuse people on the internet]