Looking Down on Manchester: A Profile of Paul Horrocks
THE Editor of the Manchester Evening News, Paul Horrocks, has recently become the darling of the leftist media Establishment in Manchester, with his unremitting tirades against the British National Party.
In his latest editorial outburst, Horrocks begged “the relevant authorities to investigate” the BNP leader for daring to warn about the need for tough measures to defend Europe from the illegal immigration invasion. Blatantly ignoring Nick Griffin’s clear statement that he was not arguing for migrant boats to be fired upon with African migrants still on board, the Manchester Evening News nevertheless accused Mr Griffin of “advocating murder”.
In view of the residual power that old-fashioned newspapers such as the Manchester Evening News still unfortunately wield, it is only fair that ordinary people should be acquainted with some basic facts about the publicity-shy man who presumes to order them how not to vote.
As editor of the Manchester Evening News since 1997, 55 year old Paul Horrocks has overseen the progressive decline of the paper from a moderately well-respected local journal, to a poorly printed rag, which now has to be given away free to more than half of its readers.
In recent years, the Manchester Evening News has become notorious for the sheer virulence of its multicultural extremist agenda. For example, on the very day in July 2005 when it became clear that Britain had been targeted for the first time by “home grown” Muslim terrorists, the Manchester Evening News editorial perversely focussed on berating the “far-Right” in West Yorkshire for supposedly “attempting to make political capital” – by distributing leaflets!
It is a characteristic hallmark of the most passionate zealots of multiculturalism that, in their own personal lives, they often seem strangely reluctant to enjoy the delights of multicultural enrichment which they are so keen to advocate for others. So it is with Mr Horrocks, who lives, not in some crime-infested and “diverse” district of Manchester, but in the upmarket, and almost exclusively white, rural village of Ainsworth, high on the hills north of Bury.
In lovely Ainsworth village, migrants are rarer than hens’ teeth, which rather undermines Mr Horrocks’ moral authority to lecture the beleaguered British communities of deprived inner-city Manchester about the need to reject the BNP and submit to multiculturalism. A cynic might suspect that if migrant colonists ever start to appear in Ainsworth in significant numbers, the editorial line of the Manchester Evening News may change abruptly in favour of an immediate curb on mass immigration.
Wikipedia describes the Manchester Evening News’ political stance as “left wing populist”, but it is clear from his lifestyle that Mr Horrocks himself is no demotic hero of the working classes. After a hard day at the office penning his anti-BNP tirades, Mr Horrocks can, quite literally, look down on the people of Manchester from the beautiful hillside home he shares with his wife. According to HM Land Registry, his luxury house was purchased in 2007 for more than £963,000.
Not only is Horrocks the editor of the MEN, but he is also a director of MEN Media Ltd and a former director of Bury’s exclusive Greenmount Golf Club. One is tempted to wonder just how many African migrants are to be found teeing off with Mr Horrocks at the 18th hole, or enjoying the country views over a gin and tonic up at the clubhouse.
Mr Horrocks is also a director of the Manchester Investment and Development Agency Service Ltd (MIDAS), where Horrocks shares the boardroom table with three prominent local Labour councillors. In the light of this, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Manchester Evening News has always been so reluctant to hold the Labour Party to account for its gross failures of governance in Manchester.
A truly radical campaigning newspaper would fearlessly speak the truth to the party of power, but the Manchester Evening News prefers to demonise the powerless; it is much less risky to attack Nick Griffin and his working-class grassroots supporters – and it certainly pleases the editor’s boardroom pals!
Paul Horrocks has every qualification for senior membership of the Establishment clique who have failed the city of Manchester and ignored the wishes of ordinary Mancunians for far too long. This is an elite which epitomises everything the British National Party nobly and defiantly stands against. We should be proud to have incurred the hatred of enemies such as this; if they should ever cease to fear and despise us, then we should start to worry!
FROM HOLD THE FRONT PAGE…
Regional press news – this story published 16 June 2009
How should journalists deal with rise of BNP?
The far-right party’s recent successes in the European and council elections have posed a dilemma over how its activities should be reported.
While some editors have taken the view in the past that all publicity is good publicity, and that therefore ignoring them is the best option, others such as Paul Horrocks of the Manchester Evening News, have sought to confront the party’s ideas head-on.
Now the union is calling on its members to join the debate, beginning with an event at its London headquarters on Thursday evening.
“The BNP’s election victories have brought a new urgency to questions about how journalists should report fascists and racists,” said a statement on the union’s website.
“There is a danger that racist ideas that ten years ago would have been considered unacceptable could become part of the daily business of politics.”
“Until now, we have mostly ignored them, but I sense that we have reached a tipping point and that it makes more sense now to challenge their policies and be sure that those voting for them know exactly what they are voting for,” he wrote.
“I blogged about this dilemna – to report or to ignore – previously and received a reasonable amount of feedback, almost all of which came down on the side of reporting, with the notable exception of someone employed full-time to worry about social cohesion who felt that it was still best to ignore.
“With the election of a BNP county councillor, we have decided that we cannot ignore the situation.”
Since when is it the NUJ’s job to ‘decide’ which views and ideas are acceptable or not? Do journalists have such little respect for the public that they now feel the need to abandon basic principles of fair reporting and regulate what the electorate can read? This behaviour is disgraceful.
Keith (16/06/2009 08:50)
I stopped buying newspapers about two years ago because I want to read honest unbiased reporting and not some unionised journalists doctored version of the news. Nowadays all my news come from the tv and the internet and is taken with a heavy pinch of salt.
chris g (16/06/2009 09:01)
I get a bit fed up of the those pontificating about who the public should vote for. The whole point of democracy and free speech is that you should be able to have choice on who to vote for. I’m not a BNP supporter, but if the media and mainstream politicians continue to harp on about their racist ideas it will only draw people further to extremism. By all means challenge but don’t thrust your views on someone else. It causes wars and resentment. http://www.plenty2say.com
john (16/06/2009 09:07)
The whole idea of journalists getting together to decide how to slant the reporting on the BNP brings to mind the soviet commissar holding a meeting on what the party line is to be on a particular subject. As an American who was close to several old school hard bitten San Francisco newsmen, the idea that these NUJ types should profane the air or the press with the obscenity of calling themselves news reporters boggles the imagination. A reporter as opposed to a propagandist, reports what his subject says accurately which is a concept none of theses marxist obscenities apparently have never heard of. Don’t worry though this article of your which you so boldly put in your trade journal will be wide spread. The BNP will make sure every British household gets a copy of this, because I have never seen a document that so incontrovertibly reveals your total lack of professional integrity.
Stan Mason (16/06/2009 09:14)
This is a disgrace. I can’t believe it’s happening in the UK. The NUJ is dictating how the news should be skewed. I also wonder why no journalists have spoken out about this attempt to undermine the democratic process. And while we’re at it – why does the NUJ have such contempt for the BNP? The Labour party lied to drag the UK into an illegal war which has cost the lives of over 500,000 people. How many people have died because of BNP policies? I can only assume the NUJ is OK with mass murder.
Onlooker (16/06/2009 09:17)
You wouldn’t hear a peep out of the NUJ if the BNP were an extremist left-wing organisation. Why ? Because much of the NUJ leadership harbours extreme left-wing views itself – one of the reasons I and many others tore up our union membership cards years ago. The NUJ has wasted so much of its members’ loyalty and goodwill oiver the years on pointless left-wing campaigns, that now – when it is genuinely needed to fight for its members – it is virtually toothless and discredited.
Joan Walters (16/06/2009 09:26)
How should journalists respond to the election of BNP councillors and MEPs? Answer: with the current wet liberal, Marxist mind set of journalists, you cannot. The pro multicultural, pro multiracial, pro “everything unBritish” ethos of the media means that all of you are incapable of dealing professionally and fairly with BNP MEPS, AMs, councillors, officials or even ordinary members. It’s in your genes, that’s why you have become journalists and not taken proper jobs. Don’t worry, the dole queue beckons for many print hacks as advertising revenues diminish and papers fold – BNP journalists will start to rise and take hold in the new digital media, you lot are finished. You have upset far too many readers with your vile rhetoric and biased reports.
Fatsod (16/06/2009 10:01)
Strange this. First of all, I fail to understand how the BNP is a far right organisation, bearing in mind their socialist credentials on their website, even the ‘send them back’ part is evocative of Old Labour. As for racists and bigots, I hardly think a bawhair off 1 million voters can be described as such, and that amount cannot be written off as a lunatic fringe either. As for the NUJ, well they should be able to report objectively, but I daresay they will not.
Karl Chappell (16/06/2009 10:15)
Why should these so called editors be able to vent their own personal message of hatred just because they have the power of print behind them. I would have thought editors would be more suited to the job if they did not let their political leanings interfere with fair reporting.
CD (16/06/2009 10:20)
You guys, you crack me up. one minute you’re complaining about the ‘Marxist mindset of journalists’, the next you’re saying how socialist and Old Labour you are. Make up your minds, will you? Hitler had some nice socialist, anti-corporate ideas, didn’t he? And how did that one turn out again? Oh, in a big holocaust. Though you might not have heard about that as you seem to think it’s “a total lie” (quote: Nick Griffin): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X8QQwU00Jk
Colin Cox (16/06/2009 10:35)
It is simple for anyone to discover the truth about the total bias of news reporting. Simply search BNP in a news search engine and you will have great difficulty in finding an unbiased balanced article about the BNP. Why are our opponents so affraid of us and why are they so affraid of letting the individual decide for themselves? They feel the need to dictate to the people how to vote. Wake up Britain and decide for yourself!
Mark (16/06/2009 11:49)
narc and CD are typical of the intolerant, narrow-minded left/liberal bigots who run our society. Anyone who deviates from the state ideology is automatically a Nazi and their views must be suppressed. To all these intolerant types I say – are your views so empty of logic and facts that the only way you can win an argument is by suppressing the opposition?
Rhory Fraser (16/06/2009 11:50)
As a former journalist, I am ashamed at the grotesque bias of the coverage of the BNP. 1m people voted for the party because they are sick of the effective omerta on the subject of mass immigration. If the State-funded Trotskyists of the so-called ‘Unite Against Fascism’ ever dared to stand under their own banner, how many votes would they garner? It is called democracy and the only political party undermining that process with its funding of egg-throwing anti-democrats like the UAF, is the Labour Party. I am not able to use my real name on this article for fear of reprisals from the militant left. Holdthefrontpage is attacking the wrong people
CD (16/06/2009 11:57)
Oh, and cheers Mark, I’m absolutely delighted – you’ve just proved my point completely. You’ve done the typical BNP thing of accusing anyone who disagrees with you as left wing. That narrow-minded view just shows your black or white (if you’ll pardon the expression) outlook of the world. So thanks for that – keep on spouting that rhetoric and do my job for me. Perhaps you think the British Legion are a bunch of liberal bigots too?
Alan (16/06/2009 13:10)
I look forward to how you plan to deal with the ‘Fall of the Labour Party’! All you are doing is contributing to the journalists who are out of work – newspapers are closing – why? because people can’t trust you any more!
FAST WOMAN (16/06/2009 13:59)
Giggler: ‘Surely the BNP aren’t as black as their painted?’ It’s they’re, NOT their. Much worse than affraid, I’m afraid. Memo to self: you’ve got to stop subbing the comments on this site.
Claire (16/06/2009 14:02)
With more and more of the British population becoming disillusioned with politics at the minute, maybe this could be an opportunity to focus on and simplfy the policies of ALL political parties. Think of it as a campaign to get voters back to the ballot box, while ensuring they know exactly what they are voting for.
Arthur (16/06/2009 15:03)
Just like Stalin eh, you loony lefty fascist freaks! Twenty million murdered in the gulags and torture chambers invented by Lenin. How many did Mao do? Pol Pot etc? The truth is ‘waysist’ is it? Well ok, we’re all ‘waysists’ now! And? ……..
Angharad (16/06/2009 15:13)
Challenge BNP policies, you say. Well, yes, lets do that. Here they are for all the world to see: http://www.bnp.org.uk/policies/ Go for it. Then lets examine the NUJ’s policies. By the by, I don’t remember the NUJ standing for election. Perhaps the ballot forms were so long and folded up that people couldn’t find them. Like Eukrap.
Peter Wesley (16/06/2009 15:29)
This is a typical example of the hypocrisy of the white liberal establishment as it struggles to keep a lid on its own latent racism by projecting it onto the white working class.
Lickyalips (16/06/2009 15:35)
Does anybody else see the irony of the NUJ acting like the fascists they accuse the BNP of being? Since when has democracy been subject to their approval and on their terms only. Must be something to do with the treasonable ‘Common Purpose’ Marxist ideology factory.
The government is prepared to face down Euroscepticism in the press to give a strong pro-European case, Culture Secretary James Purnell told the Fabian ‘Change the World’ conference, rejecting the claim that New Labour was in thrall to Rupert Murdoch.
‘Our approach to News International has been “fairness not favours”‘ said the Culture Secretary, reapplying New Labour’s account of its relationship with the trade unions to that which it should have with the powerful media group.
Beyond facing down calls for a referendum on the Reform Treaty, the government’s strong support for a licence-fee funded BBC and the refusal of BskyB’s bid for Manchester United demonstrated an even-handed approach which refuted claims of favouritism,’ said Purnell.
The Culture Secretary was responding to a challenge from Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, who argued that Britain’s ‘dire’ relationship with the European Union was excessively influenced by a nexus of Eurosceptic media barons who hold ‘an unbelievably tight grip over the entire media.’
She called on the government to strengthen competition laws and broaden media ownership. New owners ‘might still be fruitcakes, but at least we would have a wider range of fruitcakes owning media.’
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