On Burnley Road: Class, Race and Politics in a Northern English Town

by Mike Makin-Waite

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What was happening in Burnley Town Hall when the British National Party was winning and holding seats there? What lay behind the far right’s advance, and what effect did it have on local government and wider policy trends? How did mainstream parties respond? This is the inside story of these developments, written by the council worker responsible for promoting good race relations in Burnley during the turbulent years following the ‘northern town disturbances’ of 2001.

On Burnley Road is both a remarkable example of granular social history and an urgent contribution to current debates on issues which affect us all. Makin-Waite’s perspectives on political identities, multiculturalism, and the potential of ‘civic mediation’ will interest anyone who is looking for effective ways forward to overcome racism and inequality, and to rebuild our democratic culture.

1. Introduction: riots in retrospect
2. What we learned in the Weavers’ Triangle
3. How political space gets created
4. When tomorrow belonged to them
5. ‘How do we get back to normal?’
6. Cohesion in context
7. ‘How do we handle the BNP?’
8. From Belfast to Burnley
9. Mapping future options
10. From Burnley to Brexit … and beyond