"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik

James May R.I.P.


It’s with great sadness we pass on the news, if you haven’t already heard, of the death of James May a.k.a. James Walsh who has taken his own life at the age of 43.

James had been a regular visitor to Norfolk in the last couple of years, and his often controversial  but always thought provoking political ideas were in part behind the formation of this very organisation.

Quite simply James realized many years ago the left were stuck in political quicksand with absolutely no where to go unless they stopped crying ‘nazi’ at the drop of a hat and started sorting out there own back yard before attempting to save the world and making a complete arse of themselves in the process. And James was never shy of pointing out the eras of their ways, be it on the street, on a platform, a march or a Class War paper sale.

We will not attempt here to write an obituary as there are others way more qualified to do so. Therefore with that in mind we would pass you over to Paul Stott’s blog for a very moving piece on James’ political life. 

Our thoughts go out to his family and close friends at this awful time with a reassurance from all of us at NCAG, James May will never be forgotten and we look forward very much to his thoughts and ideas one day soon being put into print for a much wider audience.

R.I.P. James.

Paul Stotts piece James May-A Political Obituary can be found here http://paulstott.typepad.com/i_intend_to_escape_and_co/2012/12/james-may-a-political-obituary.html

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2 responses

  1. villa

    real shame , mad , beautifull , and tragic , bit of a john the baptist type character , but a lot more fun to hang out with , one of the good guys , i will miss him

    January 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

  2. guy playfair

    My name is Guy Playfair, I was a friend of James since childhood, before I left and moved to Canada. I have posted a comment here and there, but I wanted to add this one both as a rememberance of James, and a thankyou to the author above for making mention of James death.
    I send my condolences to his friends and those who may have worked in association with James. That almost sounds humourous, but I mean that in a nice way. He was a forthright guy who I found could see the fun in things, but was deadly serious about many matters, I feel bad that he may have felt himself so alone that he had to end it. Thankyou James, wherever you may be for your point of view and enthusiasm.

    February 18, 2013 at 11:49 pm

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