Suicide Notes: #1 UK – Being Earnest on Earnley

A curious thing happened on December 1st 2015 at the Chichester Observer. They published and then removed two articles about the modest parish of Earnley in Sussex.

Specifically, these pieces focused on the fact that Earnley was due to receive 200 “asylum seekers” seeking refuge. They of course followed the modern refugee profile consisting of males between the ages of 18-40. Best of all, these cultural enrichers would be sourced from our dear friends in Calais.

Locals in the area, with a population of just over 400, were naturally delighted horrified at the prospect. The Observer published a piece quoting a number of Earnley residents on their fears. I would give you a link to the piece, but the Chichester Observer kindly removed it the very same day it went up. Even the Google cache of the page is no longer available.

Fortunately I saved a copy.

Here is what the locals had to say for themselves:

“I walk with my mum and two young children in the village weekly. It has a population of less than 400 across three hamlets.

“It has no street lights, no pavements, no transport links, no shops, no police station. And they want to leave us with 200 male asylum seekers with nothing to do.

“I feel sick. Just one poorly screened individual and I am walking alone in a tiny village with two young children.

“I feel so vulnerable, my parents and the rest of the village are terrified.”

The asylum seekers would be security cleared so Earnley Concourse ‘would not be a detention centre’, the parish council has said.

Bracklesham Bay resident Graham Bray added: “This is a totally inappropriate location for this purpose and must be rejected completely.

“This would ruin the ambience of this lovely village.”

‘Would not be a detention centre’? Oh what a relief for the residents! This would mean of course minimal security, if any, and they would have the run of the town. As you may have guessed, this mass dumping of human trash was (surprise!) nothing to do with Earnley’s residents or its nearest local council. It was  “a Home Office project independent of either Chichester District Council or West Sussex County Council.” Yet again, residents were simply told what was going to happen, not asked. The only thing that stood in the way of ‘the project’ was planning permission. I’m pleased to report that since then, Stone Harbour Ltd, owners of the building that was earmarked for the Gimmegrants, have withdrawn their application for planning permission in view of the opinions presented to them by Earnley Parish Council.

There is more to note on this story however, if nothing else for posterity and as a warning for the future of similar developments that are even now popping up all over the country.

Shortly after the “Earnley residents ‘terrified’ by asylum seeker plans” story quoted above was removed, another piece went up for a few hours before also being pulled, entitled “Chichester community ‘need to welcome asylum seekers'”. I also saved this one.  It presented the polar opposite perspective to the now memory-holed article prior. In it, we find out that residents in Earnley and surrounds actually can’t wait for the human deluge:

Sarah Nunn helped organise a candle-lit vigil for Syria’s stricken refugees in Chichester in September.

Bracklesham resident Mrs Nunn said: “We need to welcome asylum seekers into our community because they are people in desperate need.

“We have all seen the photos. Who would put themselves, let alone their families into such danger if they were not fleeing for their lives?

“We, in Sussex, have so much in comparison, the least we can do is be welcoming.

“Is that not what we would want for our family if we were in their shoes?”

Commenting on the Observer Facebook page, Scarlett Lee Silvester said: “I look forward to their arrival.

“It’s nice to have a cultural diversity. Perhaps when they do arrive they could provide better transportation links if the residents are so worried.”

That last sentence was one of only two to give any indication at all that something was amiss. The second one stated only, “The news has divided opinion locally.”

No sh*t! Really?

Now depending on at what time you happened to read the Chichester Observer, you would have received a very different picture of the local sentiments. Anyone living in the area though is probably painfully aware of the kind of travelling clown show that purports to represent ‘local views’ but does anything but.

The only reason I picked up these two stories at all before they both went down the memory hole is that I have written a suite of web scrapers that I launch occasionally (they tie up the computer for a while even with multiple threads) to scan the front pages of local media for certain keywords/terms – which currently include ‘refugee’, ‘Syria’, ‘asylum seeker’ among others.

I’ve started doing this every couple of weeks to see what important stories are being reported locally, but fail to reach the national media and therefore national consciousness. I previously did this with keyword searches on fuel poverty and have been absolutely stunned by some of the stories that would be of national but that just end up buried or otherwise ignored. I suspect many don’t make it to the print editions either, so even less people see them whilst the hacks in question can pretend they’ve carried out some kind of due diligence.

Given neither of the two stories above lasted 24 hours, I was curious to find out what was going on. The Chichester Observer don’t like to pick up the phone it seems, but they *did* respond to email after a few days. Here is what they said:

“There were people making some legally problematic comments across social media relating to the story where the residents raised their concerns so we felt it was the best course of action in the circumstances to take that story down. Had we left the more positive story there it would have been unbalanced so we took that down too, leaving the one that was purely factual.”

Now, credit to them for pulling the other piece too. I do wonder if some kind of editorial battle was going on behind the scenes over this. Someone (I hope) genuinely wanted to accurately report the sentiments of local residents even if another member of staff thought it more important to present the usual activist regressive left talking points. The ‘factual story’ in question that was left up is here. Without researching it, you would have no idea there was any contention, never mind that 2000+ people signed a petition against the asylum seeker centre, with many leaving hostile comments against ‘the project’.

None of this detracts from the general feeling of unease at the prospect that they just don’t want to air certain opinions. “Problematic comments across social media” in response to the first story is just pure bullsh*t. People are livid about this being forced on them *and* being told to ‘shut up, racist’ too. The paper is not liable for how people react to this on social media.

Yet the only reaction I ever see from people who should know better and who should learn from it, is to double down. What is wrong with these people?

8 comments for “Suicide Notes: #1 UK – Being Earnest on Earnley

  1. Kath Gillon
    January 11, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I used to live in the Chichester area and am utterly appalled by this news, as if the influx of EU migrants pissing in peoples front gardens, shagging on private paths inside gates on private property, defecating and consuming vast quantities of alcohol in public gardens from 7am till 2am, murdering each other in cold blood and committing drive by muggings and assaults were not enough (and all of these happened near my home), they now proceed to introduce the calais mob to this once delightful and peaceful area. Well I hope they intend to build new prisons and increase the police budget 1000% to deal with the crime wave that will hit the area. Not to mention MORE interpreters payed for by local council tax payers, shipped into the area to explain the laws of the land to those who “No speekie da lingo” and who feel it’s their right to rape women and children and rob them of their hard earned valuables. Not surprised this story vanished for the Observer it’s a notoriously leftie rag, but may have changed since Kevin Smith the previous Editor lost his sight and left the paper.(although I gather he does still do some shit siring…ooops reporting …on occasion)

  2. Radical Rodent
    January 11, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    The phrase, “better transportation links” [my bold] certainly raises some doubt about the provenance of this particular “local”.

  3. Hereward Unbowed.
    January 12, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Up in my neck of the woods.

    All reporting on any local story concerning the Moors is dealt by, not reporting on it.

    Local robberies, muggings, small scale riots – you hear about them on the grapevine and as local newspapers would back in the day – gobble it up like their meat and drink. These days even if it is picked up ( via kind permission of local copperage), if they don’t print the names of perps, take it pretty much for granted that their ethnicity is not ‘white British’.
    And another thing, like with local drug arrests – all of these useless scrotes who peddle such misery are always whities in the local papers.

    You must understand that, thanks to a change in the rules certain minorities are just about bullet proof and the police ‘don’t go there’ – in all senses of the meaning, oh yes Donald Trump was quite correct.

    Verily does, the Southern Asian community via the Trans Asian highway are the chief importers of illegal substances Chinese dragon chasing potions. And Pashtun licenced by the Balochistani Talib up all the way from Quetta and up to Peshawar taking in the growing areas of Helmand and via iran and Turkey and because of the EU’s piss poor porous borders, through Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. Bejabbers, we’re so much safer in the EU – so we are?
    Inchie, Inchie, they’ve got it all sussed and bribed all the way to the top – ‘Schengen’ and the EU is a smugglers paradise! So, the local chieftains in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Rotherham, Bradford, Leeds and all areas surrounds in between run the local drugs cartels – by shopping a few pushers is par and the copperage lap it up – “wow the crime figures are soooooo down and hey – we’re cleaning up Gotham they scweam!” – no actually, the local Pakis are cleaning up.

    alack…..Apart from charity runs and do gooder events and fluffy bears, that’s all you get in the local propaganda sheets. No one these days in local media, inclusive of radio and TV but no one ever criticizes the local police, the local council, the local government idiots in the likes of the EA….. Why not? Well, because cub reporters have to be ‘on message’ where the real journos, old hacks who did the proper investigative (asking questions) stuff are, either dead or pensioned off, so all you get is guff and green guff and PC guff and naught else.

    Indeed, Local rags are now part of much larger newspaper groups and thus are more sternly restricted by the goons of the UK PC Stasi, which no doubt will get their orders from on high via Angela’s offices in Brussels “migrants raping Germans, never I say, stop the press – to silence”.

    On the plight of these poor people in Earnley nr. Chichester and I know the area quite well, it is an abomination – they should stick em all in Kemp Town (or Crawley) – nobody would care there, certainly the local police don’t and the greens can welcome them into their homes just like they all promised, didn’t they?

    If it comes to pass, that, Earnley is invaded, who will report the resultant crime wave? Or, years down the line will it just become a very small replication of the appalling events in Rotherham?

    We are not free, we don’t have anything like a free press and the people of Britain are not consulted, this land has no democracy. In any event, who in their right minds would grant permission for a mass movement, which since circa 1997 has seen the UK population rise (from ± 57m) to an estimated 75 million and don’t quote me 62.5 million that’s just HMG ONS bollox.
    Inundated, unsolicited, by people with which, we have no links, worse even than that – most of the new arrivals hate everything Britain stands for, their ways are inimical to our own traditions and culture. Conclusion, this is deliberate ethnic cleansing and Earnley unfortunately for them, are in the front line.

    One thing that the residents of Earnley need to ask themselves, why did they vote Tory/Lav/Lib? At least UKIP, even if it was only for a few years the whole damnable Common Purpose of the UK administration surrender monkeys needs (figuratively speaking of course) an explosive thingy stuck under their arses – and UKIP would metaphorically bring that about. UKIP, at least would try to make a REAL difference, to bring about actual change in peoples lives and end this Totalitarian EU inspired government by diktat and with it, the death of the nation: through enforced mass immigration.

    Is it too late, is there any other choice, what can be done, you know the answer.

  4. Henry Kaye
    January 12, 2016 at 9:58 am

    This is off topic but the mention of Bracklesham Bay led me down memory lane. Many years ago (in the early 50’s) I, together with a group of other young people spent a weekend in a rented house at Bracklesham Bay. Together with a friend, I made an early morning walk along the beach in a westerly direction. After about a mile we were startled to see a sea mine washed up on the beach! It was quite early and there was nobody else around. Being typically English gentlemen we made note of it and continued on our way. A little while later we returned and by this time a small crowd had gathered. We didn’t stay to join them but returned to our rented accommodation. The thing that most interested us was how big the mine was./ Seeing them floating in the sea in war-time films they appeared quite small but this fellow was a good 6ft in circumference.
    I had quite forgotten about this incident until your article; I wonder if anyone else reading this can recollect the occasion?

  5. January 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    We have a situation up the road right now where they say it is is just “accommodation” but sources say it’s invaders. Everyone keeping quiet officially. This will end in tears.

    • Flyinthesky
      January 13, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Problem is it will be our tears, democracy eh, there’s an idea.

  6. Henry Kaye
    January 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    We’ve been here many times in recent years and still the ignorant masses refuse to see the kind of masters they have voted into power, again and again. I’ve said before – there seems to be no answer and at 84 years of age, I’ve given up.

  7. January 15, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Tasmania is an Island just south of Mainland Oz. We are assailed with ‘demands’ that we should be the main ‘processing’ centre for illegals for the whole of Oz. We even had a ‘detention’ place set up in a village outside of Hobart. It was barbed-wired and just for males. Women illegals were ‘accomodated’ in hotels in the city.

    What is notable is the nexus between local gummunts and state gummunts which lobby for this very atrocity as it attracts federal funds. Bugger the Tasmanian people. They get villified by the gummunt and news programs when they call for caution and sanity. Oh, apart from the ‘compassion-poisoned’ mob who hang out the welcome flags and feature on every TV program about the issue. The gummunts just love them.

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