"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



July 17th saw Ostend Gap come to life as Naomi and Martin Price and their extended Punk Rock Family held a charity event in aid of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the N&N hospital.

People travelled far and wide to enjoy a day of live music, a bbq and a raffle for the worthy cause raising a grand total of £575.

Naomi and Martin chose the NICU as both their sons were born premature, their grandson spent a few weeks in the unit in Bristol and many of their friends children have benefited from the unit at the N&N and so thought it would be a nice way to say thank you for all they have done and continue to do to help save the lives of many sick, premature babies.

The Price family would like to thank everyone who came along, all those who donated money despite not coming on the day, and all the bands that played for free.

A special thanks to Simon Saddler for all his hard work arranging the bands, Titch from Rhythmic PA for supplying the sound equipment, Mr Holgate for allowing the use of his land for parking, Styx Tattoo, Indigo Norwich, Jolly Roger Tattoo Studio, Roys of Wroxham, QD stores and David Walters for donating vouchers for the raffle and Norman Lamb for coming along and showing his support.

An even bigger thanks to all our neighbours for being so understanding throughout the day and to each and every member of our punk rock family for showing once again that it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside that matters it’s whats on the inside that counts.

Punx Not Dead Indeed! Nice one!


Defending The Welfare State And Public Services

Since 1948, Britain has supported the idea that state pensions, health care, education and other public services are best provided by society as whole. But this idea is now under threat.

The state pension is totally inadequate, leaving at least 1 in 4 older people to live in poverty

7m households have a child living in poverty and existing benefits provide a very limited safety net

Unemployment now stands at over 2m and workfare offers no solution

10m adults are disabled and face huge barriers to escaping financial hardship

The NHS is slowly being privatised behind a smokescreen of choice and competition, and patients are suffering as a result

Our public services are now facing massive cuts and further privatisation

The welfare state and public services are an essential part of any civilised society – pooling the risk across the population and providing support and services to us all.

Why should you get involved?

Whoever wins the next general election will be looking at the welfare state and public services as a way of cutting public expenditure. This demonstration must therefore send a clear message to all the political parties that the majority of people do not want to see further cuts and privatisation.

On 10 April 2010 we will have a unique chance – just weeks before an expected general election – to make our voices heard. Staying at home and thinking it’s someone else’s job to speak out for the welfare state and public services won’t be enough. Make sure you are there!

March and Rally. Saturday 10th April 2010. Assemble 12 Noon, Temple Place, Embankment. Rally 2pm Trafalgar Square.