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Aled Jones Sits In

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 25 October 2011

Aled Jones sits in for Vanessa all this week and has a first look at the day's news, plus Pause For Thought at 5:45am. There'll also be a track from 'Jones' Locker' after 6:00am.

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  • Pause For Thought: Canon Garth Hewitt

    I live in Tower Hamlets in London. It's a place of great diversity and great community spirit. Recently, we were threatened by an English Defence League march against Muslims, and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Luftar Rahman called for people to come together in an alternative event to affirm that we are 'One Tower Hamlets'. He said, “This is a place which has welcomed people from all over the world who have made their lives here and have lived together peacefully. We have welcomed Protestant Huguenots, Jews, Irish Catholics and Bengalis. Our local paper even gave us a poster to put in our windows to show our support, and it said “One community, no place for hate.”

    I live very close to Cable Street and it has just been the 75th anniversary of when the Fascists or Black Shirts came to Tower Hamlets, led by Oswald Mosley in 1936. They wanted to march through the Jewish area of Stepney. It was a deliberately anti-Semitic provocation and half a million protesters turned out to stop the march. All over the East End routes were blocked but the only route not completely blocked was Cable Street. Barricades were erected and, although constantly charged by the police who were trying to clear the way for the Black Shirts, the barricades held and the community held back the march, singing “No passeran,” the Spanish republican song “They shall not pass.” And today I recognise we need the same spirit in Tower Hamlets, to stand against racism and oppression wherever it raises it's head.

    The lesson learned from the battle of Cable Street was that we must support all those who are devalued, or mistreated wherever they are, whether on our streets or across the world; the Bible reminds us we are all made in the image of God and so no group must be despised - there is no place for hate. We are indeed one family, one community.


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