Council Chairman Slams Racist Incidents In Scilly Following Brexit Vote

polling station scillyThe Chairman of Scilly’s Council says islanders “should not tolerate” racist incidents following the recent Brexit vote.

Cllr Amanda Martin issued a statement today saying our community, “is not immune to racism” and reporting that there have been, “offensive comments and so-called jokes made to or about islanders of foreign origin.”

Cllr Martin says these incidents are not acceptable, “even those presented under the dubious cloak of ‘humour.’”

The Council’s Chairman also said it is impossible to know the full impact of the Brexit vote on the islands, but it is, “already obvious that we shall be negatively affected on many levels.”

She said it’s unlikely that the Council will know “for quite some time” how the referendum result will affect future investment, adding that some laws and regulations may change in the long term, but this is likely to take many months.

Cllr Martin also warned that, “Our national government is in turmoil and appears not to have prepared for this result as there are no contingency plans as yet.”

In Scilly, a majority of 56% of the electorate voted to remain in the EU and 44% voted to leave. Turnout here was 79%.

31 Responses to Council Chairman Slams Racist Incidents In Scilly Following Brexit Vote

  1. Adam Morton, St.Martins July 18, 2016 at 9:02 am

    IMO it’s got very little to do with race, european integration or international trade but a lot to do with public sector jobs created from EU directives . It’s all well a good for the university grads that get these jobs with minimum wage protection, limited liability, sick, maternity & holiday pay etc but less good to the self employed private sector /small business on the receiving end of it and with no such protections! The other aspect is the cost of these public sector jobs to the taxpayer . not only does it detract from the resources available for public service but it creates inequality in living standards leading to discontent in the private sector. The vast majority of remain & leave voters were always going to vote that way. What tipped it was people with very little to lose, who took “uncertainty” over no hope!
    Our Council along with those of the entire country, civil servants & the public sector COULD have engaged with the rest of the electorate but they chose not to! They could have forced reform and made the vast amounts of taxpayers money (coming via Europe) work well for everyone but they didn’t. Instead they hid behind EU directives so they have now been taken away. Nowhere was this more so than the utter refusal to address the transport situation in Scilly. Scotland by contrast DID make it work for its outlying communities ,even with less funding per capita than Scilly . Unsurprisingly their vote was very different to England’s!

  2. Pete July 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    . It does not make a blind bit of difference where we may originally came from, even where our parents came from. What does matter is how WE FEEL as individuals to one another. Respect a person as you would respect to be treated from them.

    • Ian T. July 13, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Exactly, Pete which is the reason I belong to an international organisation whose three basic principals include that sentiment.

  3. Todd Stevens July 7, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    This is just doom mongering. The Government will negotiate the way to leave and those in business will do the rest. The country will settle into another groove and this will all be forgotten. We are out. Get over it.

  4. Pete July 5, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Is it racist for businesses through out the country, to take advantage of our poorly paid friends from Europe and use them as cheap Labour?

    • Morris July 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      You have a valid point however it is also inappropriate when those who have moved here and set up businesses only advertise for employees in their country of origin.

      • fed up now July 8, 2016 at 9:42 am

        i cant think of a single business on scilly that does that

        • Morris July 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm

          You are right I was referring to the slightly larger bit of the country beyond the Eastern Islands.

  5. Ian T. July 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    The sooner the world stops distinguishing humans by their race, colour, rellgion, class, country of origin or whatever, the sooner we shall have an end to war and conflict. This present outbreak due to Brexit is totally unacceptable. Regarding the so-called British which many of us claim to be – we are all immigrants if you look far enough back in history to when the first settlers from Europe walked across the area that is now the North Sea.

    • Lambsy July 6, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Oh dear you are back in your stride.
      What utter claptrap about the (quote) “so-called British”, nobody has the knowledge to give the definitive version of who traveled in which direction. Racism is wholly unacceptable but being British remains something to be proud of and of itself not the cause of the problem, ignorance is.
      Ask yourself, does the reader really need Ian’s “thought for the day”.

      • Ian T. July 6, 2016 at 9:27 am

        Sorry Lambsy but evidence shows that we all came from mainland Europe before the end of the Ice Age which resulted in Britain being cut off from the rest of Europe. I assume you do support the end of all forms of discrimination…??

        • Lambsy July 7, 2016 at 12:07 am

          Do you really think the meanderings of ice age man has any conceivable relevance to this question? Really? For goodness sake keep it real.

          • Roger Banfield July 7, 2016 at 7:18 am

            I fail to see what your rude and personal attack, on a fellow contributor to this open forum, has to do with the topic above. You write under a pseudonym. My view has always been that the forum contributor should have the courage and conviction to use an identifiable name, and to stand up and politely give the world their considered opinion on the main topic.
            Certainly the tenure of your comments do not go very far in promoting a sensible discussion regarding the topic above, and, in my view, does the opposite by raising the level above that of normal conversation to the level of being confrontational. A level that, if maintained, does not promote further discussions.
            Referring back to the main topic. My view is that any condemnation of racism is welcomed – by whomever it may be.

        • Peter R July 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

          Perhaps we didn’t all come from mainland Europe, perhaps some of our ancestors were already here…

          • Ian T. July 11, 2016 at 9:49 am

            Human life started in Africa so, whatever, they were immigrants. Or, if you prefer the Adam and Eve approach…..???

  6. Tom Gordon July 5, 2016 at 9:26 am

    There you are! Someone inferring that other people are racist on the sole basis that they spoke. That is offensive!

  7. Dave July 5, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I agree with these sentiments from the Council Chairman, there should be no arguments at all but there is!!. Very telling.

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins July 5, 2016 at 11:02 am

      I hope you aren’t trying to turn a vote concerning poor distribution of funding ,inefficiency and dissatisfaction with the establishment into something it’s not! Who are you to say there should be no argument that £30m in funding was spent on St.Marys in last five years and none on the off islands? No argument that the next £32m was also to be predominantly invested in St.Marys? No argument that precisely nothing is done to lower the cost of our transport links whilst the Scottish isles get more of the tourists by enjoying transport at 1/5th of the cost to us? If we get nothing from westminster, many of us will be no worse off but just perhaps we will have a tiny degree of control over investment. The Council is set to lose half its funding in four years time of course they are worried for their jobs & futures, welcome to the other 52% of the country!

      • Nanny Ogg July 6, 2016 at 2:12 pm


        • Adam Morton, St.Martins July 7, 2016 at 8:29 am

          Precisely the attitude of 48% of the country – the losing side!!!! 🙂

  8. Todd Stevens July 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Yet another doom and gloom merchant with distinct bias views. The only racism I have ever encountered on Scilly is the Council hypocritical policy allowing homes for locals only. This in any other part of the country would be viewed as racism.

  9. Chargepayer July 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I would not argue with her stance on racism nobody should ever be subjected to it and she was right to speak out about it.
    However I find it difficult to understand why we can be given a commentary on the referendum by the chairman and in particular her frankly audacious criticism that national government is in “turmoil”. This from the leader of a council that would have to raise its game to achieve a standard required by turmoil.

    • fed up now July 5, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Cameron – Gone. Boris – gone, Corbyn – likely soon gone. Shadow cabinet – gone.
      Does that not count as termoil to you? I would say its as tumultuous as it could get really

      • Chargepayer July 5, 2016 at 5:53 pm

        The observation may be accurate but the person making it is in no position to criticise.
        Our council is floundering along on empty and seemingly only intent on running up debt and squandering reserves. The chairman is silent on the many and repeated project failures under her stewardship and seeks to prepare the ground to allow the local financial carnage that is on its way to be blamed on the referendum.

  10. PETERBJENKINS July 4, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    this, i might add. is the tone from one end to the other of our nation. at least the dire england footy collapse brought adult comments, rather than the childish tripe which passes for ” thoughtful reflection”. the queen , as usual , got it right.

  11. Richard Hobbs July 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    It does seem to be the case that the thousands of racists spread across the country are now labouring under the misapprehension that 17 million people now agree with them. They couldn’t be more wrong if they tried.

  12. Tom Gordon July 4, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Racism is wrong and she was right to condemn it.
    Did we also hear her condemning all the offensive comments and so-called jokes made to or about people solely because they voted for Brexit, calling them racists or ignorant or Nazis, seemingly with impunity? That too was wrong.
    If her objective is to foster community unity and tolerance and respect, she could usefully condemn false libels as well, rather than publicise Scilly as she did.
    Roughly half of Britain disagreed with the other half – she could have helped heal the wounds!

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins July 4, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Well said.
      More than anything else this referendum highlights the inequalities faced in the country and how fed up with the establishment people are. Most of this press release is practically copied & pasted of the media. The reality is that these islands are known as the “fortunate isles” because they get some 20 times the funding per head of Cornwall which gets the highest level in the country. Of that funding virtually all is concentrated on Hughtown. Despite this Cornwall and Scilly is officially behind south Wales valleys as the poorest region in the country!

      • Here we go again July 7, 2016 at 6:46 pm

        No Adam we are all going to be losers because of the vote just you cant see it yet,the rise in racism and racist comments is just the first sign.You have voted with your heart rather than your head and in trying to protest against the establishment with your vote all you have done is empower it.Westminster has never been interested in Cornwall or The Isles and i dont think anything is going to change there except we will stop receiving any help from Europe.

        • Adam Morton, St.Martins July 9, 2016 at 9:39 am

          Newsflash; Westminster is already in power. Peoples frustration that caused them to vote leave is turning to anger at you and a government where all but the Labour leader and a handful of Tories, wont accept a majority vote and no doubt want to inflict a punishment government. The government has already cut half the LAs funding by 2020 and the chancellor is already bringing in his austerity cuts bit by bit. The Cornish economy is already the worst in Europe despite over a billion in funding . Europe’s economy is already in chaos with few net contributors , wakey wakey! You may be sheltering in your ivory tower but the reality for many is that there is in fact little to lose that they weren’t losing anyway. If we take a few bureaucrats down with us then so much the better! That’s what you get for ignoring people!
          60% of the workforce is self employed or small business , we don’t have any rights that the EU protects! EU directives are supposed to protect outlying communities but our Council uses it as an excuse to have no assistance with transport! Brexit is largely symbolic but its a punch on the nose for those that wouldn’t listen and now have to worry about their funding- nothing like a problem shared to focus the mind! I have no doubt that if this country pulled together , we can build a system far better and fairer than anything Europe can offer. The place to start is on your own doorstep! Stop trying to drag us backwards! It’s just insulting to claim that this country hasn’t the moral capacity without EU guidelines or the ability to lead the way.We want transparency and accountability which neither the EU or our LA have.They need to listen and stop telling and that goes for most MPs as well!

          Try and grow a backbone and use your own name so as your qualification in making such a comment can gain its rightful integrity.

    • Anne Lenten July 4, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      I agree with your comment Tom Gordon. I’ve been told that “the older generations should not have had a vote because they’re not being affected for as long.”
      There are some very warped notions of democracy about. Apparently a plebiscite of one person, one vote is not democratic enough for some. I won’t pin a label on them.
      Maybe ‘Logan’s Run’ lies just around the corner.