The photos below were taken of the Australian Protectionist Pathetics’ most recent public ‘rally’ against immigration and asylum seekers. Led by Balmain resident neanderthal Nicholas time-to-get-the-lube-out Folkes, the rally attracted less than 10 attendees across the course of the day, despite having Facebook group coverage and advertisement on Darrin Hodges’ Protectionist website.
It seems they can’t get enough of failing. (Click below to see other examples of their extreme unpopularity). The rally was held on the fringe of Sydney Uni, and there were three police officers flanking them. Shortly after these pictures were taken, another police vehicle arrived and requested that they move on.
The laughable irony all along is that all of these bigots think they have such massive levels of support for their hatred and intolerance, yet they fail over and over and over again. The consistent election results should be enough to send the message to these clowns that their support will never be more than 1 – 2%. But they went for it, again, and tried to organise an anti-Islam rally in the Newcastle suburb of Elermore Vale.It drew just four people.
The APP went public with their protest over the proposed Mosque, with spokesdummy Nathan Smith saying that thousands of Muslims would move to Elermore Vale and create parking issues. This is despite Elermore Vale having an existing population of a mere 28,000 people and no planned developments of apartment blocks or high rises. This is also despite there being an already existing 72 Mosques/Musallas/Islamic Prayer Rooms in NSW. It must be noted at this point that there was already an existing action group called EV CARES, who opposed the Mosque on the issues of increased parking hassles alone (despite the developers stating on the record that there would be on site parking), and even they wanted to distance themselves from the incredibly inept and unpopular APP.
Also of note – an existing Mosque in nearby Wallsend has been in existence for over a decade, with no bombings, mass suicides, acts of rape or pedophilia, community terrorism or public stonings. In fact, nearby residents affirm that the Muslims who use the Wallsend Mosque are friendly and hospitable, often inviting neighbours to functions, stopping to chat and bringing them food and gifts. This is completely oppositional to ‘information’ within APP brochures distributed around the suburbs stating that Mosques are a ‘focal point’ for the ‘significant’ amount of extremists within Islamic ranks.
Of course, the APP hides their blatant intolerance behind the idea that Islam is not a race, but a religion, and therefore can be the subject of discrimination, despite Australia’s freedom of religion laws. The APP and EV CARES both also hide behind the simplistic focal point of ‘parking issues’ in order to oppose the Mosque. Let’s have a quick look at the proposed Mosque location in Elermore Vale though (click to enlarge):
As you can see – PLENTY of room for the proposal’s on-site parking arrangements. The Mosque will not be even close to being as big as a supermarket, and look – there’s one for you to make your comparisons with right there on the map. In fact, the proposed Mosque is supposed to go in behind the giant Bi-Lo supermarket and carpark.
HERE is a suburb where ‘parking issues’ could be a legitimate argument against a proposed Mosque (click to enlarge):
So anyway, it all boils down to this:
* People that oppose Mosques don’t give a flying fuck about parking issues, they’re just hate/fearmongers who don’t like Muslims. Hence, “It’s a cowardly racist who hides behind cars.”
* White supremacist groups like the APP are epic failures and do NOT have any public support. This is shown in election results AND in protest attendees.
For those interested how the loony leprechaun party went, they achieved 840 primary senate votes, and were ‘gifted’ preferences which allowed them to claim a 1200 vote total (1198 to be exact).
What this means is, their entire facebook membership quota (833), and 7 other individuals (most likely family members who don’t… have facebook accounts) voted for them.
What this means, is that they had nil electorate support outside of their own internal workings. Somehow Hodges sees this as some kind of good result. True, it is a good result if you feel happy that it appears your groups membership had all voted for you.
Oddly enough, this figure (inclusive of the surprise preferences) brings their vote total to dead on what we expected their maximum capacity would be.
But why did the electorate ignore this pair of trendsetters? Let’s take a look at his preference justification:
On the other hand, The Communist Alliance thumped them with 5236 votes, While Australia first are probably laughing down their noses at the LWC’s result with their 7316. All post preferences.
Both of which were convincingly thrashed by the ‘Socialist Alliance Party’ at 24,261.
To give you an idea of how remotely insignificant their ‘good result considering’ was, the ‘Family First Party’ gained 207,445 after preferences and didn’t gain a seat, rather actually lost one.
The fact that the APP candidates gained nil acceptance in the electorate outside of their ‘club’ is an indication of how little impact they have on the current political sphere.
A good point raised by Chris. And despite their denial of being complete no-hopers, and their deafening silence over at their ‘Fuck Off We’re Full’ group, theantibogan authors managed to stumble across the remnants of their election party, where they couldn’t even attract more than 2 guests.
It’s hard to understand why these racist bogans still hold onto the idea that they’re representing the feelings of the majority of Australians. And with disrespectful campaign flyers like the one below, it’s easy for the rest of us to realise why they’re such epic failures.
* Post election results/comments provided by Scott Kernaghan