"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

About


Norfolk Community Action Group is an organisation for all those who are interested in the formation of a campaigning group that aims to take on the uselessness and  impotence of government, be it local or national,  aswell as the self-serving political organisations that our councillors and so-called leaders belong to.

We are not a political party and have no interest in the vestiges of power. We would consider to stand in elections if it were determined to be of benefit to and by working-class people. Most likely we would stand on a platform of ‘None Of The Above’ however.

We describe ourselves as being non-aligned. In simple terms that means we have no links with, or answer to,  any political party be they left wing or right. Neither do we owe any allegiance to the left or right. Our interests are solely in the representation of working-class people by working-class people.

When we work together we leave our own ideological and political differences to the side as much as possible and concentrate on what we have in common, and as a result are able to work better towards our goals, which we see as anything that advances the well-being of our own class-the working class, who we believe do not have a voice and are not represented. Neither do we believe we ever have been or are likely to be represented while the current political pantomime is in play.

We are always open to direction from like-minded people with a focus on member consensus, as opposed to a hierarchical top down form of politics that is so prevalent in the political landscape in this country today. This means we have no leaders or positions of authority but obviously appoint people to carry out certain roles due to their own life skills that can be of benefit to this organisation.

We have members who believe in the electoral system and those that have given up on it.  That does not mean these members have no voice. On the contrary, we aim to get back on the streets making all our voices heard loud and clear and to hold accountable all those in positions of power who supposedly represent working class people. The decision to vote or not is a hard earned right. Besides, everybody is taxed irrespective of whether some decline to mark an X on a ballot paper.

Norfolk Community Action Group aim to turn it up a notch. Sitting back and accepting the fact that most of us have to break our backs just to get by, while the wealthy barely notice the economic downturn, is no longer acceptable to us.

Neither is it acceptable that no council housing has been built by the state for well over a generation. This simply has to change, and if it means us camping out in the gardens of local MP’s and councillors then so be it. We no longer plan to be out of sight and out of mind.

If you would like to join us or have news or an issue you wish to discuss, or are simply looking for advice on benefits, housing or any other problem that involves local government bureaucracy, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

8 responses

  1. Paul Webb

    Hello, a simple comment for you:

    Having looked through the site I can see that you are falling in to the usual ‘us and them’ mindset of party politics, religion, racism and all other types of bigotry which blames others for there situation and feelings. The end result being that if someone/something is your problem you are powerless to do anything about it or can engage in an impotent battle against your enemy, which will result in you getting nowhere and the system remaining intact.
    Surely any realistic, fair and egalitarian goal has to be inclusive, and to the benefit of everybody in our society, not just the working class. I suppose in your view I would be considered working class but it is not a label I would put on myself. If I were not working class would I be excluded from being a candidate for having my life improved?
    To single out inividuals or groups of people and orgaisations as particularly responsible is pointless. Even in the unlikely event of one problem organisation being dealt there will always be another to replace it. This simply perpetuates the permanant state of conflict.
    I am not someone who has all or even many answers to our societys problems nor am I an intellectual prone to spending countless hours indulging in mental masturbation over how to put the world right but there are a few things I am certain of. Firstly, voting for anyone is a futile act whether what you vote for wins or not. A vote is a signal of belief in the electoral system and helps to prop up the widely held belief that we are free because we choose our leaders. I would not even give the electoral system the credit of ‘spoiling’ my ballot paper. The whole thing is so comtemptible it defies belief. The whole political system is the problem not the components of it. The BNP and the Tories are no better or worse than the SWP or Labour. It’s all part of the same thing.
    Secondly, acceptance of how things are is not a weakness. It makes it easier to take an objective view of any given situation resulting in better decisions and also makes it easier to enjoy life – isn’t an enjoyable life for all the ultimate goal of change? If so, what better place to start than with yourself?
    Lastly, a lot is said about the wealthy, the ruling class, politicians, bankers etc. Has it not occured to you that these people have been duped just like eveyone else? Do you think they are happy? If you don’t then you should be looking to help them. If you do think they are happy you are saying that wealth brings happiness and should be trying to figure out a way to make everyone wealthy. They are people as well, just like you and me. Demonising a racist for example helps nobody. Empathy and understanding is the starting point for changing someone. The success rate will be low with this strategy but will be considerably higher than finger pointing, blame and confrontation.
    A final point, talk of Toffs, rich bastards, fascist scum etc is pure bigotry. Often said but very true: 2 wrongs don’t make a right.
    Paul Webb

    January 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    • Alec Ward

      “Empathy and understanding is the starting point for changing someone”

      Is that the approach you personally would have employed if you had been around and had the opportunity to put your point of view to Hitler in the 1930’s, do you think he would have listened, do you think he would have empathised with your point of view ?

      February 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

      • Paul Webb

        But I’m not talking about Hitler, am I. I’m talking about inclusivness within our communities. Predudice against people for their background, upbringing, income has the same effect on the person with the predjudice as racial predjucice etc, namely bitterness, blame and an abdication of responsibility for their own problems. Pointing the finger at ‘toffs’ and ‘fascists’ and feeling that by removing them you will solve your own problems is a naive and totally impotent position to take.
        I take people as they are regardless of whether they are rich or poor, black or white, young or old, male or female. I judge people on how they treat me personally, if they are kind, if they are loving, if they are generous. If someone is predjudiced I will condemn that predjudice, not that person. Come on, we’re none of us perfect. I have known many people with all the expected attributes of a so called radical – nothing for the right on types to complain about – but they have been boring, uncreative, mean spirited dullards. I’ve also known very bigoted people that may be racist or homophobic for example but in almost every other respect have been wonderfull people and an enormous asset to their family and community.
        What frustrates me with socialists and supposed anarchists(mostly they are far from being what I would call an anarchist) is the fact they they pick up a set of views, beliefs and enemies and then dig themselves in to that position leaving no room for creative thought, no room to try something new, no room to admit when they are wrong and no room to engage with people that could make a real contribution to what they are trying to achieve.
        The Hitler argument doesn’t hold any water at all. Alec, what would be most likely to persuade you or introduce you to a different point of view or make you put right your wrong doings? Would it be to label you, condemn you, blame you and insult you, or would it be to have someone look at things from your point of view, try to understand why you think and act as you do, respectfully engage with you and offer you an alternative? I would be very interested to hear your answer to this question.

        February 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

  2. Ruby

    If you say so Paul. Perhaps you ought to try re-reading this page to start with…oh and…the only good toffs and fascists are dead ones. Nice of you to spend the time writing your ‘critique’ though…however you appear to be all over the place. Tally-ho!

    January 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

  3. Paul Webb

    It’s a shame that people that see the failure of our culture and are willing to do something to change it are so stuck in their own clique’s dogma and little set of absolutes.
    I’m sure that much of your community based action is very valuable but it doesn’t alter the fact that wishing people dead who’s values and lifestyles you dislike makes you the fascists.
    I have re-read the above and what comes through loud and clear that though you talk of the ‘uselesness and impotence of government’ you then go on to make demands of them, in particular council housing. Make your mind up. If you are anti government why do you look to them to give you what you want.
    I think the truth is that like so many supposed anti state or ‘anarchist’ websites you are actually promoting left wing ideas and bigotry. For the most part these ideas are as far from anarchism as the ideas of your enemies (though perhaps scapegoats would be a more accurate term).
    One last question – what will you do with all the fascists, bankers, politicians, toffs etc in the unlikely event that you have your day? That’s a lot of people to kill. Still, I’m sure all your working class heroes won’t mind putting a good shift in, after all, the’re used to it! Maybe it could be industialised, gas chambers perhaps? Before you go jumping to conclusions my background is what you would call working class, I just treat the idea with derision because I don’t see any reason to shout about the fact that me and my kind have allowed themselves to be shoved around whilst frantically tugging our forlocks at the people doing the shoving. It takes two to tango!
    I daresay I am all over the place, it’s probably because I accept that I don’t have the answers, but at least with my mind open I’ve got some chance of finding them.
    I would suggest thinking for yourself or spend the rest of your life barking up the wrong tree like countless other ‘radicals’ before you.

    January 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  4. Cheers for the criticisms Paul, always welcome and food for thought. Best Wishes.

    January 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

  5. Paul

    Wow, I just read this from over a year ago. Christ, who the hell did I think I was, just appearing on here and launching straight into the ideas held here without any respect for the fact that others have probably spent a lot more time and effort forming their views than I have. Really, I still believe the main thrust of what I was saying, but what an arrogant wanker!
    Sorry about that and when I’ve read some more of the stuff on here I may post again.

    May 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

  6. cal

    Paul raised completely reasonable points, and ones easy to address. It would do the group credit to outline some responses.

    August 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

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