Tuesday 3 March 2009

A Brave Man…

A businessman has stepped in to save a St George's Day parade in the West Midlands after a local council pulled its funding over racism fears.
Yup, that’ll be this parade.
Last month Sandwell Council said it would not pay for the event on 23 April through West Bromwich.

It said it had seen footage of last year's event which showed it had been "infiltrated" by the far right.

Local truck company director Chris Kelly has now pledged £10,000 to allow the parade to go ahead.
Oh, dear. I really hope his site licenses and H&S procedures are all up to date. The Righteous aren’t going to take this lying down, I’ll bet…
Mr Kelly, of the Keltruck company, said he came forward after seeing the issue highlighted on the BBC's Politics Show.

He said: "If people want to unite behind the English flag then so be it, as far as I'm concerned.

"It's not for a council to decide that."
Bravo, Mr Kelly!
The council had funded the parade for the past five years.

Leaders at the authority said they had made the decision based on advice from a watchdog.
Which watchdog?
The council's scrutiny committee is meeting later to finalise health and safety details for the parade.

Thousands of people are expected to turn up for the event.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this one…

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