The Square square up to Harlow UKIP as they block them on twitter

Politics / Tue 28th Oct 2014 at 08:09pm

By Jo O’Reilly


THIS weekend on Twitter, Harlow’s iconic local music venue, The Square, sent a tweet to the official Twitter account for the UKIP Harlow Branch, politely requesting they unfollow the venue’s account. This was quickly followed up with a tweet stating that, in case UKIP were unable to oblige, they were being blocked.

At the time of writing, the Harlow UKIP account on Twitter had not responded to The Square. They have however posted plenty of cartoons accusing Ed Miliband of being a Socialist.

The Harlow music scene, with The Square at its heart, has had a long history of involvement in local politics. Harlow band Newtown Neurotics, released a single ‘Kick out the Tories’ in 1982, and The Square still plays host to Harlow Labour’s ‘pizza and politics nights,’ a night aimed at getting more young people to take an active role in local politics.

In typically understated style, head promoter Adam Smith, when asked for comment said, ‘I just don’t see it as that big a deal. It would mean more, if more people opposed them.’

He is right, with UKIP growing in popularity locally, (they won five seats in the local elections), and confidence. They recently stated: “feed back (sic), we are receiving is amazingly positive. We will also contest every ward. They are clearly hoping to make an even bigger impact on the town of Harlow.

Unless more people stand up and oppose them, ‘kicking out the Tories’ could be the least of Harlow’s problems.

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8 Comments for The Square square up to Harlow UKIP as they block them on twitter:

2014-10-29 17:20:36

Since the follow was purely to show support for a charity night the Square was holding - could they say why they want UKIP not to follow them? Are UKIP supporters not welcome at the Square? Could the writer of this article explain the last sentence please?

2014-10-30 08:25:56

A childish decision by the square who are happy for councillors who openly support the ILLEGAL encampments around the town to follow them.

2014-10-30 10:46:25

Bravo to the Square. Who would want to be associated (however loosely) with those bigots?

Jo O'Reilly
2014-10-30 13:18:35

Hello, writer of the article here. I am not certain the family of the young man who died, would welcome UKIP using a charity event in his name to score political points. That said, I don't think anyone has explicitly said UKIP supporters are not welcome at the venue. The last sentence is a pun on the Newtown Neurotics song of the same name if that clears things up for you. This article has literally nothing to do with the traveler debate so I am not sure why you would bring that up.

2014-10-30 14:06:52

Because of Ms.Stride's family's involvement in Housing Associations, particularly in East London, not to mention her father's key role in transferring council housing to them maybe she could confirm she or her family have nothing to do with this? The club does rent its premises from a Housing Association after all.

Jo O'Reilly
2014-10-30 16:27:39

I am fairly certain that Suzy Stride's Dad has nothing to do with the Square's Twitter account, but interesting theory.

2014-10-31 13:08:46

Jo - how does supporting an event score political points - surely being community leaders is all about supporting great events like that - whatever your political colours! Rooneyreverb - exactly what makes UKIP bigots? Is it because we talk about the Country's number one issue immigration when no-one else would? I seem to remember someone else getting in an almighty mess by using that word......!

2014-11-01 15:15:00

It's hoped that once the word bigot or racist is used it will close down the debate. If there is no connection through housing associations how about governorship of an academy school?

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