Carnforth station must lift ban on Jim Walker
When a station visitor overheard Mr Walker’s private chat about reports of Syrian men posing as child refugees to enter the UK he reported him for alleged “racist” behaviour.
Mr Walker, who was not spoken to over the claims, was sent a solicitor’s letter banning him from parts of the station.
He said: “I’ve no regrets. I’d say it all over again because we must all stand up for free speech.
“It’s democracy to have the right to speak your mind. If anything, they should be apologising to me. I’ve been tried and convicted of racism in my absence – where’s the justice? People around here are all for me.
PETITION (Sign below):
We demand that Carnforth Station lift their ban on Jim Walker. When a station visitor overheard Mr Walker’s private chat about reports of Syrian men posing as child refugees to enter the UK he reported him for alleged “racist” behaviour.
This response conflicts with John Stuart Mill’s notion of freedom of expression.
Moreover, it is not “racist” to call for Britain to keep to the UN definition of refugees, which means those arriving at one’s first safe port of call. There are numerous safe countries between Britain and Syria.
Retired train driver Jim Walker, 71, helped track down and reinstall the iconic clock at Carnforth train station, in Lancs, 13 years ago. Since then he has been responsible for winding it daily.
The clock was made famous when director David Lean used it in his 1945 wartime romance movie about Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson’s short-lived affair.