An award-winning charity boss who was sacked for criticising the Left-wing agenda of Black Lives Matter has today been reinstated by a new board of trustees.
Nick Buckley was last month dismissed by the trustees of Mancunian Way, a ground-breaking charity he founded nine years ago, after an online mob accused him of ‘inappropriate’ and ‘insensitive’ views and demanded his removal.
He described BLM’s policies as ‘neo-Marxist’ and said they risked dividing communities in a blog published in June 6 after protests erupted in the UK following the killing of black American George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Campaigners branded his post racist and set up an online petition demanding he be removed. Within a week, Mr Buckley was sacked by the trustees.
Mr Buckley was supported by the Free Speech Union, which got behind a counter-petition and found him top lawyer Geoffrey Davies.
Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Davies of Keystone Law said: ‘In their anxiety to be politically correct the trustees simply ignored their contractual obligations.
‘When they were drawn to their attention the trustees realised the dreadful mistake they had made and agreed to resign and reinstate Nick as CEO.’
In tweets published this morning Mancunian Way, which helps young people in Manchester avoid a life of crime, said the trustees have resigned and a new board has asked the 52-year-old to return to his former role.
Nick Buckley was last month dismissed by the trustees of Mancunian Way, a ground-breaking charity he founded nine years ago, after an online mob accused him of ‘inappropriate’ and ‘insensitive’ views and demanded his removal. He described BLM’s policies as ‘neo-Marxist’ and said they risked dividing communities in a blog published in June 6 after protests erupted in the UK following the death of black American George Floyd in Minneapolis
In tweets published this morning the charity Mancunian Way said the trustees have resigned and a new board has asked the 52-year-old to return to his former role
The outgoing board denied removing Mr Buckley because of his social media posts or because of the online petition, and said he had been sacked in order to ‘protect the charity’s reputation following legal advice and Charity Commission guidance’.
Speaking to The Critic magazine, Mr Buckley said: ‘It has been a difficult five weeks, but common sense prevailed in the end.
‘We have rights in the UK that our forefathers fought for, we cannot allow them to be eroded for the sake of a quiet life.
‘I would urge everyone to stand up for their rights.’
He added: ‘The FSU is a much-needed organisation and without it I would have not stood a chance of righting an obvious wrong.’
Toby Young, general-secretary of the FSU, told Guido Fawkes: ‘I’m delighted Nick has been reappointed to the charity that he founded and which has done so much to help disadvantaged young people in Manchester.
‘No one should lose their livelihood at the behest of a Left-wing outrage mob.
‘Nick’s sacking was an example of cancel culture at its worst and I’m pleased that the FSU and Geoffrey Davies have been able to get him his job back.’
Mr Buckley wrote his blog after protests organised by BLM UK following the killing of black man George Floyd by police in the US. Writing on Medium.com on June 6 Mr Buckley said its slogan ‘is far too simple but is perfect for our modern age of social media and the willingness of social justice warriors to take up another cause’ (pictured, demonstrators in London, July 10)
The response was immediate and furious. Writing on Mr Buckley’s LinkedIn page, Reece Williams, a poet who works for a mental health charity in Manchester, said: ‘Please know that we will be doing everything in our power to have you removed from your position. Expect us.’ A few days later, an online petition calling for Mr Buckley’s removal was posted on Change.org by Karlet Manning (pictured, BLM protest in London, June 3)
What did Nick Buckley’s 570-word blog say?
‘Of course black lives matter. Let’s get this obvious point over and done with at the beginning. In fact, I would be interested if anyone can be found in the UK today who does not believe this point. It’s a pointless phrase, it like saying we are against evil!
‘The phrase is far too simple but is perfect for our modern age of social medial and the willingness of social justice warriors to take up another cause, buy another wristband or ribbon, to scream about something they have no understanding and to virtual signal that they are amazing individuals by taking a knee – such a powerful act of self sacrifice, it puts out D-Day veterans to shame!
‘What is happening in the UK over the last few days has very little to do with the horrendous incident in the USA. It is better described as part new fashion craze and part opportunity for anarchy.
Do you know who BLACKLIVESMATTER are? Do you know what this self prescribed political movement wants? According to their website they want to end white supremacy, disrupt the western prescribed nuclear family and dismantle the patriarchal practice. These are fancy words, what do they mean? They are exactly what post modern, neo-marxist use when they call for the destruction of Western Democracy and our way of life. Didn’t we learn our lesson from the last century when these same ideologies lead to the deaths of 100m people.
‘If it really was about valuing UK black lives then we would have demonstrations about hundreds of young black kids being stabbed to death by other young black kids in London or riots about young black girls having their labia or clitoris cur off by parents. Are these issues not worth fighting against? Instead we have to import a particular incident and be outraged at the death of a career criminal.
‘The UK is not perfect, we have our own issues, my suggestion is that we fight horrendous acts committed in this country. How about we fight against UK male babies having their sexual organs mutilated? How about we fight against UK women being murdered in so called honour killings or having acid thrown in their faces? How about we fight against the lack of house building in the UK, which affects every single one of us and our children and our grandchildren?
‘We are allowing ourselves to be split into groups: black/white, straight/gay, muslim/christian, male/female etc. No good can come from this only conflict.
‘We have spent the last 70 years trying to move away from seeing the innate differences in people and trying to see only the character of the individual and judging them on their actions. It is the Martin Luther King way. It is the right way.
‘We are the luckiest individuals in the history of the world. No one has ever had it better than we do right now. There has never been a time or place where humans have lived in such comfort, with good health, with plenty of resources, with hardly any crime and long lives. Yet some people act as it has never been worse, needs tearing down and building again. Only one word describes these people: lunatics.
‘So please think on before you give your support to doctrines that only divide us and ultimately destroy us. Do not be a useful idiot’.
A statement from Mancunian Way published on Twitter said: ‘Mancunian Way, its trustees and Mr Buckley have confirmed a mutually acceptable statement to avoid litigation. The relationship between the parties irretrievably broke down following Mr Buckley’s recent public and private statements.
‘All trustees have made the decision to step down. A new board of trustees have been appointed and they have chosen to ask Mr Buckley’s company, BNB services Ltd, to resume the provision of its support services’.
Mr Buckley worked for Manchester City Council for seven years before setting up Mancunian Way in 2011, which has helped thousands of BAME youngsters to secure jobs and spot the signs they are being groomed by criminal gangs.
He previously told The Mail on Sunday that the charity’s trustees had been put in a ‘terrible situation’ by the pressure on social media to axe him.
‘That’s why the mob wins. They make people take a step backwards and once you take one step backwards, they know you’ll take another,’ he said.
Mr Buckley wrote his blog after protests organised by BLM UK following the killing of George Floyd by police in the US.
Writing on Medium.com on June 6 – the day protesters clashed with mounted police in London – Mr Buckley said its slogan ‘is far too simple but is perfect for our modern age of social media and the willingness of social justice warriors to take up another cause.’
He wrote: ‘What is happening in the UK over the last few days has very little to do with the horrendous incident in the USA.
‘It is better described as part ‘new fashion craze’ and part ‘an opportunity for anarchy. Do you know who Black Lives Matter are? Do you know what this self-proscribed political movement wants? According to their website, they want to end white supremacy, disrupt the Western prescribed nuclear family and dismantle the patriarchal practice. These are fancy words, what do they mean?
‘They are exactly what post-modern, neo-Marxists use when they call for the destruction of Western democracy and our way of life.’
Referring to Floyd’s criminal convictions, he questioned why the demonstrations were focused on the ‘unlawful death of a career criminal’ in the US rather than UK issues including knife crime, female genital mutilation, honour killings and a lack of house-building.
The response was immediate and furious. Writing on Mr Buckley’s LinkedIn page, Reece Williams, a poet who works for a mental health charity in Manchester, said: ‘Please know that we will be doing everything in our power to have you removed from your position. Expect us.’
A few days later, an online petition calling for Mr Buckley’s removal was posted on Change.org by Karlet Manning, who also works for a mental health charity.
The petition claimed his views ‘undermine the Black Lives Matter movement whilst working in a diverse community’ and were ‘inappropriate, insensitive and have since been deleted’.
On June 13, the row exploded on Twitter when the petition and Mr Buckley’s comments began to be tweeted by Left-wing campaigners and anonymous accounts. Two days later, Mr Buckley received an email from the charity’s trustees informing him their relationship with him was ‘terminated’. A red flag and the word ‘victory’ was later posted on the Change.org petition page.
Mr Buckley said he stands by what he wrote, although he accepts he could have better conveyed some of his arguments. He said he had declined an offer from his trustees to issue an apology for the blog.
‘That’s the coward’s way and I’m not a coward,’ he said. ‘If I had the guts to say what I said, then I need the guts to stand up and continue to say what I said.’
He holds no ill-feeling towards the trustees. ‘They are lovely people but they weren’t ready for a fight. They found themselves in a terrible situation not of their making – pressure online. Did I think it was controversial?
‘Well, I knew it was going to upset some people because everything you put on social media upsets somebody. But it is not racist. I am not a racist.’
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Moment angry taxi driver speeds away throwing his passenger to the ground as he climbed out of cab
This is the shocking moment an angry taxi driver threw his passenger to the ground by speeding away as he climbed out of the cab after a row over face masks.
Jay Henry, who lives in Hackney, east London, had ordered a Bolt taxi to drive him to his mother’s house in Stanford Hill, north London, at around 11am on September 4.
But the 36-year-old, who works as a painter and decorator, claims he was left unable to work for weeks after suffering an injured back and foot as a result of the impact.
In the CCTV footage, the blue Toyota Pruis can be seen cruising down a residential road before swerving toward the pavement and coming to an abrupt stop.
The passenger in the back seat begins to open his door as the driver appears to turn around and speak to him.
Mr Henry continues to clamber out and places just one foot on the ground before suddenly the driver of the car speeds away.
He falls to the floor before looking over his shoulder in exasperation.
He manages to get back to his feet and walks steadily down the street in the same direction that the car drove off in.
Mr Henry then takes a moment to compose himself and rearranges his satchel before making a call.
Jay Henry, who lives in Hackney, east London, had ordered a Bolt taxi to drive him to his mother’s house at around 11am on September 4 when the dispute occurred
Mr Henry said that the the driver had become upset when he arrived because he had forgotten his face mask and had to run back inside to collect it.
He claims that after setting off the driver became more erratic, dangerously overtaking a learner driver and jumping red lights.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed they are investigating an allegation of assault against the cab driver who was working for the Bolt ride-hailing app at the time.
Speaking after the incident, Mr Henry said: ‘I ordered a cab, but I forgot my mask and had to go back upstairs to get it. I ran back down, put it on and he [the driver] started saying “you think I’m your slave”.
‘I said “just drive, I’ve got my mask now, let’s go”. Then he said “you think you’re my boss”.
Mr Henry continues to clamber out and places just one foot on the ground before suddenly the driver of the car speeds away
The 36-year-old, who works as a painter and decorator, claims he was left unable to work for weeks after suffering an injured back and foot as a result of the impact
‘I said “please just drive the car, we’re going to be late, I didn’t say anything like that”.
‘When he started driving he was going like an absolute madman, he jumped two red lights. He overtook a learner doing a test or a lesson. The way he overtook them was ridiculous.
‘I said to him “you don’t like your job, maybe get a new one”. And I said “maybe clean your car, you might feel better”. This Bolt was filthy.’
He added: ‘I opened the door to get out and I heard him mumble the word “slave” again. As I opened the door to climb out, I had one foot half out and he sped off with me hanging out the car.
‘The door was still open as he flew off, I fell heavily on my back and my foot bent under me. My trainer ripped in half from falling to the floor.
‘My back is still playing up, my big toe is still bad. I’ve not been back to work since because it hurts too much.
‘I should have gone to hospital at the time but I didn’t think I should, I didn’t want to waste their time, and because of coronavirus.’
Scotland Yard said officers are investigating an allegation of assault and that so far no arrests have been made.
A spokesman for the police said: ‘An allegation of assault was reported to police shortly after 11.00am on Friday, September 4.
‘It was reported that a man was injured after he was dragged along the ground a short distance, when a private hire vehicle he had been travelling in, drove away as he was exiting the vehicle in Lockhurst Street, E5.
‘There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.’
Bolt have been contacted for a comment.
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Vile sex attacker, 32, who violently raped an 80-year-old woman is jailed for eight years
A vile sex attacker who violently raped an 80-year-old woman in her own home has been locked up for eight years.
John Laming struck last Christmas Eve just 12 days after he had been freed from jail. The terrified victim yelled for help, but when no one heard, Laming taunted her: ‘Some neighbours you have got.’
The 32-year-old then sat swigging a can of juice after the attack and claimed the OAP was ‘strong like his granny’.
He was today sentenced having earlier pled guilty to a charge of assault and rape.
John Laming was today sentenced having earlier pled guilty to a charge of assault and rape
Lady Stacey said she had decided against imposing an Order for Lifelong Restriction.
But, she told Laming: ‘What you did was a terrible crime. You should be completely ashamed.
‘It must have been extremely frightening for the woman involved. She was in her own home minding her own business.’
The former heating engineer will also be supervised for a further four years on his release.
The High Court in Glasgow heard how Laming already had a criminal past including a four year prison term for robbery in 2015.
Prosecutor Kath Harper said he was released from jail last December 12.
The victim was in bed when she was awoken by smashing glass around midnight on Christmas Eve.
She got up and was confronted by Laming, who lived in Rutherglen, but was not known to her.
The OAP ordered him out before bravely tackling him.
Laming fled from the scene, but was soon snared for the crime in Rutherglen, near Glasgow (pictured)
Miss Harper: ‘She reached for a metal pole used to open her window. She tried to hit him with it.’
The woman also pressed her panic alarm, but it failed to work.
The prosecutor: ‘She was also screaming. Laming said ‘some neighbours you have got’ when no one heard.’
The victim ended up on her bed with Laming leaning over her.
She pleaded: ‘What are you doing this to an 80 year-old lady for?’
Laming branded her a ‘w***e’ before going on to rape her in the dining room.
After the attack, Laming helped the terrified woman onto a chair and told her to make a cup of tea.
Miss Harper: ‘He said she was ‘strong like his granny’. He asked if she had any alcohol.
‘The woman told him she did not, but there was some juice.
‘He took a can and told her she had a much nicer house than him.’
Laming left after clearing up broken glass – but returned to ask for his vape e-cigarette which he had dropped.
The victim called her daughter to say a man had ‘kicked her door in’.
Police also arrived before the distressed pensioner was taken to hospital.
As she was being examined, she burst into tears and told a medic: ‘I fought back.’
Her injuries included ‘multiple’ bruises on her neck and body.
Laming was snared near the house he shared with his mum late on Christmas Eve hiding in a garden.
His lawyer Ann Ogg said: ‘He did not think he was capable of such behaviour.’
Laming was also placed on the sex offenders list.
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Police are called to a funeral wake in a pub garden
Police were called to a funeral wake inside a pub garden after mourners were pictured appearing to break social distancing rules amid the Government’s ‘rule of six’.
Officers visited the Old Crown in Wigston, Leicestershire yesterday after a local resident called them to claim people were not following coronavirus guidelines.
Police called the pub twice and spoke to the landlady Sue Humphries before turning up unannounced to check that the rules were being followed.
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: ‘Police received a call just after 1.30pm yesterday reporting concerns in relation to a number of people gathering at a premises in Moat Street, Wigston, and that Covid-19 guidelines were being breached.
‘Officers have engaged with staff and others at the concerned premises who co-operated with police to ensure guidelines were being followed.’
Officers visited the Old Crown in Wigston, Leicestershire yesterday after a local resident called them to claim people were not following coronavirus guidelines. Pictured: The wake
The resident who called the police took a video of people drinking outside at the back of the pub.
‘I was concerned at what I saw,’ she said. ‘There appeared to be a large group of people drinking outside the pub and they looked quite close to each other.
‘I felt I had to alert the police in case rules were being broken. I felt it was my public duty to report this and I would do the same again.’
Ms Humphries claimed she hosted a wake for 30 people on behalf of a local resident which started at 10.45am.
‘The police called me twice to check that my customers were following the coronavirus rules,’ she said.
‘I spoke to all of customers to remind them of the rules but we always ensure that the rules are being followed properly at all times. All our customers were in groups of six and spaced apart.
‘After the two calls the police just turned up at the pub. They asked us to move some people from the back of the pub to the front to help with social distancing so we did.
‘They left satisfied that no rules were being broken.
Police called the pub (pictured) twice and spoke to the landlady Sue Humphries then turned up unannounced to check that the rules were being followed
‘The last of the people from the wake left at about 5.30pm. We were a lot less busy after they left.’
Ms Humphries said she reopened the pub on August 1 after lockdown.
The incident came ahead of Oadby and Wigston today being urged to restrict their movements amid a new lockdown in the area.
Tough new measures to control the spread of coronavirus were today announced across parts of the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire.
The latest measures, which include a 10pm curfew on pubs and bars, will affect Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington, Halton, Wolverhampton, Oadby & Wigston, and parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale from Tuesday.
Residents in these areas are banned from socialising in homes or gardens with people outside their household or ‘bubble’ and food and drink venues are restricted to table service only. Restaurants, bars and pubs will have to close between 10pm and 5am.
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