The Wessex Regionalists are proud of the fact Wessex is a diverse, multi-cultural region where people from all ethnic backgrounds live happily side by side. The new Wessex we wish to build under a progressive and democratically elected regional assembly would embrace this diversity. However despite this approach, the party has suffered postings on its facebook page from those of a far right and racist persuasion who have tried to hijack the wyvern flag of Wessex and impose a racial form of regionalism. They have entered into arguments and abused members and supporters. The perpetrators have since been removed from the group.
The far right view Wessex as a symbol of old, Anglo-Saxon England and the wyvern flag as an emblem of this. Such views are far from those of the modern Wessex we wish to build. The far right stand for an isolated Wessex and an isolated Britain, whilst we stand for an internationalist Wessex, as part of a reformed EU of 100 flags and a sustainable world economy. The far right oppose immigration on grounds of ethnicity, whilst we recognise the benefits of sustainable immigration yet have concerns about a growing global population. The far right oppose religious slaughter purely based on racism and not animal welfare (a fact enforced by the convictions of some far right activists for holding dog fights). They look upon religious slaughter as another reason to demonise and attack the Islamic faith, whilst we oppose the fact it imposes unnecessary suffering on the animal. We also support Muslims wishing to modernise their faith.
The fact the far right have latched on to regionalism is similar to how a parasite saps blood and infects its host. We will not let this happen. Regionalism is progressive and not regressive, which is why we need to make this statement condemning those who wish to damage its good name. The Wessex Regionalists are a modern, inclusive and internationalist party and therefore those with far right, racist views will not be welcome.
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