Skegness councillor’s concern over rightward lurch

Coun Mark Anderson has vowed to fight racism and bigotry in Skegness.
Coun Mark Anderson has vowed to fight racism and bigotry in Skegness.
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A former mayor of Skegness is concerned ‘bigoted and racist’ political views are leading the town on a rightward lurch towards social unrest and divisive attitudes.

Coun Mark Anderson has expressed his dismay upon hearing allegations that a newly elected UKIP county councillor had been making racist remarks on Facebook.

Though Coun Chris Pain has protested his innocence, Labour’s Coun Anderson said the allegations were ‘nothing more than I expected’ and fears it is just the start of worse to come.

“All of this is just stirring up racial tension and causing problems in our community with disgusting attacks on other nationalities,” he said.

Coun Anderson likened the situation to the rise of British Fascism under Oswald Mosley around the time of World War Two and the race riots in London during the 70s and 80s.

He fears that working class communities struggling with the economic down turn are susceptible to far right political views, which he is determined to stop.

“I’ve witnessed the race riots on the 70s and 80s and I never thought I would have to witness them again,” he said.

“Now we are seeing right wing bigoted parties trying to do the same and I will use all my might to combat them because I will not stand by and have social division in this town.”

Coun Anderson had previously raised concerns about UKIP’s county council election campaign, which featured posters warning of the ‘massive threat’ posed by the millions of Romanians and Bulgarians who will be eligible to migrate to the country in 2014.

He felt the party’s claims about its impact on Lincolnshire were ‘ridiculous’ and designed to ‘spread the fear of God’.

Coun Anderson also criticised Coun Pain’s plans to save county council cash by cutting translation services for foreign speaking Lincolnshire residents.

The relatively minor savings incurred by the cuts, Coun Anderson feared, would have far more damaging social consequences to justify their use.

After the Standard published the service’s £49.500 costs of the service Coun Pain said the figures did not represent the full picture, which was far greater than the county council had stated.

Coun Pain says he will do what ever it takes to prove his innocence.