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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Monday, 31 October 2011, 17:30
The BNP v Marion Thomas employment tribunal held in Belfast finished just before 4pm today.
Everyone who observed the proceedings agreed that tension, bitterness and hatred lay thick in the air like a poisonous cloud.
Patrick Harrington, the BNP's legal advisor, who earlier did not want to discuss Marion Thomas's allegations of being held against her will by officers of the BNP, chose to return to that very subject for the afternoon's session.
What transpired is that the BNP exchanged £7,500 in cash for what appears to be their membership database and server in a Tesco's car park in Northern Ireland.
Local newspapers tomorrow will lead on this and also Adam Walker's alleged description of the town of Comber being like a "dump".
Harrington, the former NF leader had to be helped with procedure by the chair of the panel, but managed to confuse the complainant Marion Thomas
nearly as much as he confused himself.
The key question remains was Marion Thomas held against her will by three agitated BNP members who were exchanging cash for property ?
Another allegation made by Thomas is that the BNP treasurer Clive Jefferson helped himself to £200 because of his "inconvenience" at having to allegedly hold her against her will. Or did he give it to Ian Kitchen?
On a number of occasions Thomas's legal representative queried Harrington's line of questioning. Harrington contends that Thomas was only employed by the BNP for six months and therefore can claim neither unfair dismissal or claim for redundancy pay.
As we have reported before, there appeared to be no love lost between Marion Thomas and Jennifer Matthys, daughter of the BNP leader Nick Griffin.
Jennifer has refused to attend the hearing saying that she feels intimidated.
Tomorrow should be fun if not a little uncomfortable for one BNP witness.
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Monday, 31 October 2011, 13:48
As the Belfast employment tribunal has just broken for lunch, it gives me a chance to update the blog with some of this morning’s proceedings.
Marion Thomas, sister in law of Jim Dowson has been giving evidence this morning and describes most of what the BNP are saying in the tribunal as rubbish.
Thomas alleges that Jennifer Matthys, daughter of BNP leader Nick Griffin took £900 from one of the BNP's bank accounts to correct an error made by her husband Angus regarding the BNP's postage.
When the matter of Marion Thomas's false imprisonment was brought up, Patrick Harrington, the BNP's legal advisor objected to it being discussed in the tribunal as he said it was a criminal matter.
The BNP spoke of one meeting that they claimed took place between BNP party manager Adam Walker and Marion Thomas where they claim a discussion took place regarding her redundancy. Thomas claims no such meeting happened as she claims Walker was on a boat home to England at the time of the supposed meeting.
At regular occurrences throughout the hearing, the Vice President of the employment panel has had to warn the BNP members present for disrupting the hearing by talking in the tribunal .
The hearing continues.
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Monday, 31 October 2011, 10:46
The hearing has been delayed from opening for 30 minutes.
Patrick Harrington, the BNP's legal advisor and leader of the fake trade union "Solidarity" has now showed his face.
Still some people seem to think Griffin is on his way.
Don't hold your breath for that one.
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Monday, 31 October 2011, 09:15
Some of the BNP bigwigs have started to appear at the Belfast tribunal.
Adam and Mark Walker appeared first, accompanied by two unknown females.
Next to arrive was the BNP's feckless party treasurer Clive Jefferson.
In all there appears to be approximately 8 people in the BNP party.
Marion Thomas, the complainant has also arrived with what appears to be a bodyguard.
All the parties appear to be in the reception at the moment with some harsh words apparently being exchanged.
As of yet there is no sign of Nick Griffin.
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Monday, 31 October 2011, 08:22
Waiting to see whether the BNP leadership have the nerve to show up in Belfast today. Griffin and co are expected at an employment tribunal to answer charges of unfair dismissal against former employee Marion Thomas.
The case is an interesting one as the BNP owe lots of angry small businesses money and the BNP has intimated once before that they fear for their safety there. It's expected that as many as eight senior figures could be called to give evidence, but not Mark Walker. He is in the North East at another tribunal related to his teaching ban.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 30 October 2011, 19:00
We love HOPE not hate because….
After over 400 entries and several hours of deliberation we have now selected the five winners:
“Hope gets you up in the morning
Hate makes you despise every day
Hope brings a smile all nation's faces
Hate makes many people turn away
Hope is a radiant double rainbow
Hope, not hate, must always stay.”
“I was born in India, sculpted in Canada and enriched in England. I live in London with an Italian partner, and feel that someone like me has a voice, a story, a reason, because of Hope not Hate. There was a time when I wanted to blend and be silent. Not anymore.”
“It proves to the world that each of us counts and single contribution changes lives and minds! Collectively we can do anything. That's totally awesome people power. And the email encouragements to be a better human each day makes me proud and smiley.”
“I love the campaign because it has a vibrancy and accessibility in the way it communicates .I'm also very proud that Hope Not Hate is carrying on the tradition of campaigning against fascism as my parents did in the east end of London during and way beyond the thirties. Let the spirit that informed the Battle of Cable Street live on!”
“I used to feel helpless and frightened by the bigotry and hate of organisations like the BNP. The HOPE not hate campaign has shown me that positive united action can make a real difference. I feel proud to have played a tiny part in that process.”
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition, unfortunately we could only pick five winners who each win a pair ot tickets for the forthcoming Left Field tour. We will be putting our favourite 50 on our website tomorrow.
Posted: 30 Oct 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 29 October 2011, 20:51
Reports are coming in that the start of the BNP's AGM today was a total disaster. So few people turned up (way less than 100 by all accounts), that even Griffin was apparently visibly shaken by the poor turn out. His old chum Simon Darby will no doubt be off to polish off some of that cheap booze he keeps blogging about in between begging people to send the party cash.
Just lately the BNP has been pushing that old lie again, that they're Britian's fourth biggest party. Judging by their actual membership figures, it is more likely they're Britain's fastest shrinking party. Still, once Simon's sobered up I'm sure we'll get a very low-price bargain basement spin on things.
But never mind, things should improve. I understand there will be lots of people to welcome Griffin, Darby, Harrington, "Rodney" Jefferson and co to Belfast on Monday morning. Let's just hope Griffin's got his wallet with him..
Posted: 29 Oct 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 27 October 2011, 11:08
HOPE not hate has recently criticised the English Democrats (ED) for allowing dozens of former BNP members to get involved in the party without any public denunciation of their former political allegiances. ED leader Robin Tilbrook has insisted that all those coming over have left their former racist views behind. He even told a recent English Democrat conference: “They [the former BNP members] will help us become an electorally credible party. We need to be sure they ascribe to civic or cultural nationalism and that they will be an asset to our party, but we do not need to be too defensive”.
The most prominent of the former BNP members in the English Democrats is Chris Beverley. Here, HOPE not hate researchers cast an eye on the validity of Beverley's political conversation.
Chris Beverley, the former Yorkshire BNP organiser and councillor has detached himself from all things BNP and extremist, or at least that is what he would like you to believe.
In a speech made to the English Democrats conference held last month, Beverley stated “I endorse the EDP’s opposition to extremism. I oppose all forms of extremism.”
Referring to his former membership of the BNP he continued “We all make mistakes in our lives and we all have ideas that we hold that we change over time but I believe and have come to the realisation that the English Democrats' approach to politics is the only hope that our people have."
Some people will welcome Beverley’s rejection of the BNP and extremism in general, however when the surface is scratched we reveal that the mask of respectability is paper thin.
Beverley recently wrote on his blog about a Leeds English Democrat meeting being held in his home town of Morley. He appealed for people to join the party and as the Leeds branch had recently opened a bank account, suggested prospective members send their membership fees and donations there, circumventing the party’s national office in Norwich.
The Leeds address for membership fees and donations is a familiar one. It’s the same PO Box that Beverley has operated for years. For much of the time it was the contact address for Leeds BNP. It appears to have shifted over to the English Democrats with Beverley too.
Further inspection however, shows that this is still the same PO Box that the BNP’s erstwhile MEP Andrew Brons also uses for his European work. If Beverley is so appalled by the politics of the BNP then why does he still work for one of its MEPs? If Beverley’s politics had changed so much then why has a BNP MEP allowed him to continue to work for him? If there is such a wide difference in political attitudes then why do both the English Democrats and the BNP share a PO Box?
To say the least, it is rather unusual to have two supposed rival political parties sharing the same address. But it does not end there. Along with his wife Joanna who is also an ex BNP councillor, Chris Beverley is listed with Joanna to the very same PO Box for something else, this time called “The Morley Community Trust.” The trust is an organisation set up with the intention of enabling local schools to switch to trust status. Both Chris and Joanna Beverley are listed as directors of the trust.
On his blog, Beverley sells a well known right wing book on English nationalism, instructing potential buyers to send their payments made out to “The Morley Community Trust.”
What sort of trust status the Beverley’s envisage for schools in Morley and Leeds remains a mystery. But as part of his conference speech to the English Democrats, Beverley discussed the notion of large numbers of BNP members jumping ship from the BNP to join both he and his wife in the English Democrats. He told the conference “Only a fraction of those people leaving the BNP will be interested in the English Democrats - only a fraction. The good news for us is that it is only the best people in that party that will have any interest in us. The most intelligent, rational, enlightened decent people - that's the good news for us.”
One of Beverley’s ex-BNP companions at the conference was Andrew Kershaw, an ex BNP official from Kirklees. Kershaw, the ex-secretary and treasurer of Yorkshire BNP has a conviction for racially abusing a police officer during a drunken night out several years ago.
Also photographed with Beverley, this time at a recent English Democrat meeting in Bridlington is the ex BNP organiser for the town Gary Pudsey.
Pudsey who has also previously been a National Front, Blood and Honour and Combat 18 activist was arrested along with 15 others in 1994 for their part in an attack on a bookshop in Nottingham which caused £10,000 worth of damage.
Pudsey displays a number of far right tattoos on his forearms. Pudsey has also previously been photographed with Magnus “Max” Wagegg, an unapologetic ex- Luftwaffe pilot and Nazi, who lived in the West Midlands after the war and became a beacon to far right groups including Combat 18, Blood and Honour and the tiny Aryan Resistance Movement who were active in the area.
Perhaps Kershaw and Pudsey are some of the “intelligent, rational, enlightened decent people” that Chris Beverley refers to?
We certainly wouldn’t use the term “enlightened” when we look at some of the European far right links Chris Beverley has.
Fluent in German, Beverley was a regular guest of the German far right political party the NPD. So close was Beverley to the NPD that he wrote a bi monthly column in the NPD’s newspaper “Deutsche Stimme”.
Beverley also has had ties with the European National Front, an umbrella organisation for some of Europe’s most extreme and openly fascist organisations. They include groups that deny the Holocaust, worship Adolf Hitler and other wartime fascist leaders, and have been linked to terrorism.
Beverley spoke at a European National Front meeting in Feb 2007 hosted by the NPD. The meeting, held in Reisa, Germany was organised by the German skinhead leader Jens Puhse, who ran one of Europe’s largest nazi music mail order businesses.
The ENF brings together some of the most hard line anti-Semitic organisations from Europe. They include La Falange (Spain), Noua Dreapta (Romania), Forza Nuova (Italy), Nationale Alliantie (Holland) along with the Nordiska Förbundet (Sweden).
One of Beverley’s closest German friends is Andreas Heine. Heine is a hard-core Neo Nazi originating from Hamburg and was one of leaders of the Hamburger Sturm group, a group linked to the notorious German Neo Nazi Christian Worch and his Aktionsbüro Norddeutschland.
Hamburger Sturm was banned after police suspected the group of issuing death threats against a German trade union leader in April 2000.
Beverley is also a huge admirer of the Hungarian Neo Fascist party Jobbik and has met with various dignitaries from the party including Jobbik MEP Krisztina Morvai. Jobbik has gained notoriety when it formed its own uniformed militia the “Magyar Garda” often compared to the Hungarian Arrow Cross, the National Socialist party that led Hungary for part of World War Two.
His admiration for Jobbik is to such an extent that he gives away free copies of the parties manifesto to anyone prepared to ask for one, via his personal blog. All Beverley asks is that you cover the postage, by sending in stamps to the same Leeds PO Box Beverley uses for the English Democrats.
Posted: 27 Oct 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 26 October 2011, 16:47
Just been sent this screen grab.
Claudia Dalgleish, the ever vocal girlfriend of London BNP organiser Steve Squire is never short of something to say, most of it unpleasant.
Dalgleish aka Claudia Bryan originates from South Africa and is a good friend of the BNP's resident fruit loop Claire Khaw.
Khaw was the lovely lady who said such pearls of wisdom as "The first half of Hitler's career was a roaring success. Hitler was a successful revolutionary and credit should be given where it is due"
It seems Dalgleish has turned her hand this time to a spot of anti-semitism.
For those that are unaware WPWW stands for "White Power World Wide"
1488 is frequently used by neo nazis as it refers to "The Fourteen Words" slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children" The slogan was first used by David Lane, a member of the white separatist organization The Order. The Order was an organization active in the USA between 1983 and 1984 and is probably best known for the 1984 murder of radio talk show host Alan Berg.
The 88 in 1488 is used among Neo-Nazis, H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 is taken to stand for HH which in turn means Heil Hitler.
Wonder what the BNP's token Jewish councillor Pat Richardson makes of this ?
Posted: 26 Oct 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 24 October 2011, 18:17
BNP London 2012 mayoral candidate Carlos Cortiglia, accompanied by seven fellow BNP activists waving BNP placards, joined the anti-EU demonstration outside Parliament today. Holding a megaphone Cortiglia gave a short anti-euro and anti-EU rant next to the 200-odd UKIP activists gathered nearby.
Also on the demonstration were five supporters of the British Patriots Society (BPS), a tiny splinter of the English Defence League, with their own placards. They were standing on their own near to the BNP contingent.
Posted: 24 Oct 2011 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 24 October 2011, 15:37
It seems there is a storm forming in deepest Cumbria.
Debbie Stafford the BNP's councillor representative (Not that they have too many left) has quit the party after she labelled the BNP as being run in "a disreputable manner" and as a "family business".
Stafford sent a stinging resignation email announcing her intentions yesterday, the same email has been replicated on a website run by Andrew Brons MEP.
Brons just this last weekend held a conference in Leicestershire,where it was announced that he and his followers will run a "parallel" organisation within the BNP with the intention of bypassing party leader Nick Griffin.
Stafford who was awarded the position of councillor representative last December was elected unopposed with her husband Paul onto Wigton Town Council in April this year.
For your amusement we have included the resignation email in full.
From: Debbie Stafford
Subject: resignation letter
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011
I have resigned both my position as Councillor representative and my membership of the British National Party.
My reasons for doing so are quite simple. Neither the party nor the chairman has any respect for Councillors and elections. The party is run as a family business with a ‘job for boys’ attitude that will never change!
I have seen firsthand how the party is run from the Wigton office. It is conducted in a disreputable manner with dirty tricks being the order of the day. I feel I can no longer support such actions.
The National Executive is supposed to consist of elected Regional Organisers, yet I am still the only elected representative sitting on it (apart from Nick Griffin). You elected me onto the executive to give you a voice, not to be a yes-man.
However they have deliberately excluded me from NE meetings. I have not been invited!
I believe the reason they did this was precisely because I am not a yes-man. That is exactly why I was not invited to the previous NE meeting.
I have only ever been invited to two previous AC meetings, on both occasions as an afterthought with just a few days notice. This time I did not even get that. I heard nothing at all about the meeting until a councillor got in touch with me to ask how it had gone! To say I was shocked would be a lie, as nothing the party does would shock me now.
I feel this behaviour shows the lack of respect Nick Griffin holds for the councillors of the party. I am only there as your representative. To not invite an NE member that you voted for is disgraceful and shows a complete lack of organisational skills. The party truly has no organisational ability at the centre.
I am aware that at a recent North West Regional Council Meeting , Clive Jefferson decided that Nick Griffin’s son-in-law is to be the next Councillor Rep on the NE, and he will arrange this with a block vote of North West councillors at the forthcoming National Conference which will be held in the North West.
I do wish Angus Matthys luck with his upcoming position. At least he will definitely be informed about everything that is happening and he is personally a nice young man. Even though he has only been a parish councillor for a few months and is totally politically inexperienced. But I am afraid they just want someone on the NE to vote they way they want them to vote.
However I can no longer stay in a party that is run in this manner.
Posted: 24 Oct 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 24 October 2011, 12:25
Like many people I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Integration strategy by the Department of Communities and Local Government which I understand Eric Pickles has been working on for a while. This document will present an alternative approach to the Community Cohesion strategy pursued by the last Labour Government and is supposed to dovetail with the Home Office’s new Prevent strategy.
The report was expected in the summer but several months on it has still not emerged. Being the intrepid journalist that I am I decided to try and find out if there was any news on its release or indeed any other statement or speech Eric Pickles might have made on the subject. I added ‘pickles’ and ‘integration’ into google and waited eagerly for the results. To my surprise the first article that came up was a link to a Times of India story in 2001 where they discussed an initiative to celebrate the country’s 53rd anniversary of Independence through food.
“What better way to celebrate unity in diversity than with our country's popular pickles?,” the article read. “This unique idea to celebrate the 53rd year of independence is Punebased Chordia food products'. The company has launched an innovative gift-pack containing six different 'pravin' pickle varieties from different regions of the country to underline the diversity in food.”
Given how we at HOPE not hate campaign have used food as a means to bring communities together this article brought a smile to my face. It also made me think that perhaps Pickles, if he has not already finished his report, should also seek inspiration from such initiatives.
Posted: 24 Oct 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 23 October 2011, 20:17
As over 150 people crammed into a hall in Leicestershire to to tentatively make the first moves to setting up a rival party, Nick Griffin and fewer than 50 friends celebrated the BNP's annual fundraising dinner.
The worst turnout since the Trafalgar Club was launched reflects the dwindling support Griffin has in the party. While several hundred were entitled to attend only a handful bothered to turn up.
At least they could all get in the photo.
Posted: 23 Oct 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 23 October 2011, 14:37
The scenes of long queues outside polling stations in Tunisia should be a cause for celebration for everyone who believes in democracy and freedom. It was here, after all, that the Arab Spring first began back in December when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation that he reported was inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides.
A large turnout is expected and all commentators believe that the Constituent Assembly will have the highest proportion of women in the Arab world. The Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party, is likely to be the largest party though it could fall short of an overall majority. Ennahda has sought to allay the fears of Tunisian secularists by stating its commitment to democracy and women's rights.
While some people have become increasing concerned about the revolutions stalling and even, in the case of Egypt being reeled back, there can be no disguising the joy being experienced by the people in Tunisia.
The mother of Mohamed Bouazizi, expressed her hope that these elections heralded a new chapter for the country. "Now I am happy that my son's death has given the chance to get beyond fear and injustice," she told Reuters. "I'm an optimist, I wish success for my country."
On the other side of the world, however, there are less positive images emerging. Police were called to a demonstration against a proposed mosque after a pig’s head was stuck on a pole and splattered with red paint. The words “Terrorists” and “Go back to Afghanistan” were scrawled on signs.
The proposed mosque is currently a four-bedroom residence in an affluent part of the state and has received planning permission because the front of the house will not be altered. Local residents have strongly objected to mosque and organised a 1,600 strong petition, with some claiming that they are scared the area will become a “warzone”. A court will rule on the proposed mosque next month.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 23 October 2011, 09:41
There has been a disturbing rise in attacks on the gay and transgender community in 2010. Latest figures just released show that the level of recorded homophobic incidents rose from 4,805 in 2009 to 4,883 in 2010. Crimes against transgender people have been even steeper, with a 14% rise during the same period.
It is likely that the real level of homophobic crime is much higher and research suggests that three out of four people are still too afraid to report such crimes.
According to the Independent on Sunday nine people have been killed because of their sexuality, or committed suicide because of bullying, since 2009. The newspaper also notes that some of the rise in homophobic crime can be contributed to extremist religious views. Earlier this year there was a homophobic campaign launched in Tower Hamlets by Muslim extremists which included stickers declaring the area of a “gay-free zone” and Allah would be “severe in punishment.”
You can read the full story here:
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 22 October 2011, 18:00
You may recall how we wrote about Troy Southgate's New Right the other day. The group is a collection of odd balls, Anti-Semites and Hitler worshippers.
Their meeting in London due for November 5th could turn into a bit of a wake too after one of Southgate's political heroes died last week.
Southgate you may recall was once a strict adherent of Nick Griffin's 'Politcal Soldiers' who ran off into the woods and dediated themselves to God and Colonel Gaddafi in 1989, taking their inspirations from both the bible and Gaddafi's Green Book.
Southgate was yesterday promoting Gaddafi's seminal and bizarre masterpiece "The Green Book", describing how it made a "huge impression" on him. Indeed, Southgate still sells the book which he claims "even now it's very popular".
Should be some conference this one. Copies of Mein Kampf and the "Green Book" among all the pork scratchings and dusty beer mats.
There's really not much new in the "New Right" and certainly not much living inspiration either.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 22 October 2011, 16:34
Andrew Brons is nearing the end of his rebel BNP conference.
Some two hundred people have made their way to Queniborough in Leicestershire to hear what the "BNP Ideas" group that he launched some four months ago, have to say for themselves.
"Stay in the party" it seems. What big ideas he has...
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 22 October 2011, 10:05
Over 360 people have now entered our competition to win tickets for the forthcoming Left Field tour. As I have mentioned on earlier blogs there have been many wonderful entries which have encapsulated the HOPE not hate message in a really fantastic way.
Here are a few new recent entries:
“For a light at the end of a tunnel when you feel lost. When action is the vehicle for change, whilst seeking the truth and holding society to account.”
Kerri, Milton Keynes
“I love HOPE not hate, I believe:
That reason can win over fear,
That openness can win over prejudice,
That acceptance can win over misunderstanding,
That all human beings are of the same family,
That everyone is of value,
That hope can win over Hate!”
Alison, South West London
“Hope not hate
not for me
So keep it up
The jobs not done
And have some fun”
People have until Wednesday to win tickets to a Left Field gig of their choice. All you have to do is tell us why you love the HOPE not hate campaign. Click below to enter:
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 20 October 2011, 23:26
It’s been a big few weeks for far right meetings. Just under a fortnight ago the crème de la crème of British fascists met in Preston to once more pick over the bones of their unlamented fallen Fuhrer John Tyndall, the founder of the modern BNP who died in 2005.
This weekend as many as 200 dissenters within the BNP, led by renegade MEP Andrew Brons, are meeting in the Midlands to discuss whether there is any future in the BNP. Rather like at the Tyndall meeting, these people will be more united in what they oppose (namely BNP leader Nick Griffin) than anything else. According to Griffin, this evening, this meeting will see the launch of a new nationalist party - which we are supposed to be behind!
Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Griffin’s “mainstream” BNP are also gearing up for their forthcoming meeting/conference/wake, which is likely to attract a pitifully small turnout.
Finally, a coalition of some of the finest Jew hating conspiracy theorists around are having a meeting of their own. And, in time honoured far right tradition, they are having a factional split of their own. The “New Right” is a quasi-intellectual political group formed by the former National Front activist Troy Southgate and unites various strands of far right thinking into a bi-monthly talking shop.
Having split into two warring factions, they’re aptly enough holding their next meeting in a London pub on the 5th November. The who’s who of the group makes for interesting reading. One faction is led by a professed “National Anarchist” and the other by a man who until recently boasted of working for Military Intelligence.
Posted: 20 Oct 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 19 October 2011, 21:22
Over 270 people have sent in messages explaining why they love the HOPE not hate campaign. At stake are five pairs of tickets to Billy Bragg's forthcoming Left Field tour.
Here are a few more really positive messages:
“I love the Hope not hate campaign because it helps mobilise ordinary people like myself to make a difference and be heard by powerful institutions regarding our hatred of racist and fascist issues/events.” Judy, Coventry
“Hope not hate has united our communities when others have sought to divide them. It has become the vehicle to allow us to speak with one voice delivering a defiant message of one voice, one nation, one goal, equality.” Adrian, Peterborough
“The HOPE NOT HATE campaign has educated people about racism in our society and at the same time has provided an organisational framework for those who wish to actively oppose those forces using race to divide us. The campaign offers real hope to those seeking a more equal and just society.” Pam, Altrincham
“Because it gives me a chance to support something i feel passionate about. I was born at the time of the Holocaust and when I first saw photographs of the results of it something made me absolutely determined to voice my feelings about racialism and racial hatred whenever I could. I love Hope Not Hate because it feels the way I do.” Anna, Bath
“Hope not hate gives me faith in the human race and also they organise some great gigs!!!” Rob, Leicester
“Have found out about you relatively recently. Your impartiality is laudable and there is no price to be put on the value of the work you do building relationships/understanding and giving a voice to communities who would otherwise be under- or un-represented.” Caroline, East London
“Hope not Hate - it's all in the title. I love feeling part of a popular and successful campaign that is about all our futures - one that shows we can resist the far right through practical, peaceful and inclusive action.” Richard, Leeds
“I love the HNH campaign for a few reasons but the main one is that it speaks to the majority. A large percentage of anti-fascists organisations (however great they are) are preaching to the converted whereas HNH goes out to challenge those who may not have given the issues much thought. Most importantly they do this in a way that does not rely on catch-phrases or extreme slogans.” Martin, Brighton
You can add your message here and so give yourself a chance to win to the Left Field tour
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 19 October 2011, 16:24
This morning I sent an email to our supporters offering five pairs of tickets to anyone of the forthcoming Left Field tour which is being organised this autumn by Billy Bragg. To have a chance of winning these tickets all people had to do was to tell us why they loved the HOPE not hate campaign.
We have had a tremendous response, with just over 200 people already having sent in messages.
Here are just a few:
"I love the HOPE not HATE campaign because I believe that with the light of HOPE we will continue to out shine the negativity of HATE soul by soul by soul by soul by soul......x" (Paulette, Birmingham)
"Because it makes me so glad that people stand up to racist bullies. Hope not Hate makes me feel like I am part of a community of the sane and rational. I love the regular updates and I truly believe that Hope not Hate has contributed to the imminent demise of the BNP.
Why wouldn't I love Hope not Hate?” (Clare, Lancing, West Sussex).
“It’s positive, its proactive , its message is clear and its inclusive -best it gets results.” (Angela, Merthyr Tydfil)
I’ll be putting a lot more up later but in the meantime please do keep sending your messages in. The best five will receive a pair of tickets to the gig of their choice. You can add your message here:
Posted: 19 Oct 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 19 October 2011, 12:30
The Daily Mirror has exposed a BNP supporter as the leader of a new KKK group in Britain. Chris Hopgood, 51 and a tattooist from County Durham, boasts of being the leader of the KKK Grand Dragon. He is also a supporter of the EDL.
You can read the full story here:
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 19 October 2011, 11:40
According to the BNP website, two new appointments have been made in the already flagging North East region.
Anita Cooper has been appointed North East Fund holder, while her daughter Sophie Cooper will be an ambassador for the region’s Young British National Party.
That would be the same Anita Cooper who in March of this year attended a BNP meeting in the North East calling for the resignation of BNP party chairman Nick Griffin.
Cooper was photographed with other unhappy North East rebels holding up a placard that read”Nick step down now “.
However soon after that meeting Anita had a change of heart and threw her lot in behind the leadership of Nick Griffin and announced that she would be the BNP candidate for the Fawdon ward in Newcastle upon Tyne.
In the run up to the elections Cooper soon fell foul of the local media when it was revealed that her Facebook page was chock full of racist sentiment and sick jokes. She claimed that she hardly ever used Facebook and that someone must have hacked her account as she stated “I’m not a racist - I’m just not like that”
Of course this was a blatant lie and a poor attempt on her part to cover up the shameful material hosted on her Facebook page.
Not only was her account full of racism it also contained disgusting jokes made at the expense of the disabled. One grab posted to her page showed an image of a Down’s syndrome child with a T Shirt that had the motif “At least I’m not a Nigger”
It seems that in today’s BNP quality is no longer the issue when positions in the party are handed out, in fact the only requirements seem to be an undying loyalty to Nick Griffin and the ability not to ask the leadership tricky questions, all of these boxes Ms Cooper ticks.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 18 October 2011, 16:31
Visit the BNP website this week and you could be forgiven that this is not a party in crisis. As the bailiffs are banging at their doors and police officers starting to work their way through the numerous allegations of fraud the BNP leader Nick Griffin boasts of a new mother and daughter team in the North East and 2,000 leaflets being delivered by the party in Gosport.
Despite Griffin's protestations that the BNP is the only answer for the problems in Britain it seems as though the public isn't convinced. The latest Populus opinion poll puts the BNP on a miserable 1%, someway behind UKIP who are on 5%.
Meanwhile the wagons are circling within the party. This weekend Andrew Brons will be hosting his BNP Ideas conference in the Midlands. Over 150 party members have registered and it is clear there will be intense discussion about whether to stay in the party or whether to set up an alternative. Brons has been pondered splitting off since the spring (indeed he even got a close friend to register a new party) but he did not want to appear to be the one bringing the BNP down but instead was waiting for the party to implode as a result of its debt or a members revolt so he could present himself as a saviour of the right.
Many think it is already too late for Brons with dozens of BNP members already having walked and others who have remained having lost patience with Brons' dithering.
Perhaps, finally, Brons will make a decisive move this weekend but I will not be holding my breath. Griffin, meanwhile, will probably be out handing out another couple of hundred leaflets and pretending all is fine.
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 14 October 2011, 11:12
I've heard along the grapevine that the police are now looking into the BNP finances. While this should have been done some time away it's better late than never.
In the meantime we have launched an appeal to raise money to help produce a leaflet about the BNP fraudsters which will be delivered in their few remaining heartlands.
I've just sent an email I sent out to the 4,000 people who wrote to the Electoral Commission demanding they investigate the BNP, explaining that while the far right party might appear to be in a mess we must always remain vigilant to their threat.
Within minutes of sending the email we have already received £250 in donations.
You can donate here:
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 13 October 2011, 23:51
Danny Cooke scored 10.5% for the BNP in St Helens Ward by-election in Barnsley tonight. That's the worst BNP result there since 2004.
Still, their vote combined with that of the English Democrats (where most of those qutting the BNP seem to end up these days) is still over 19%.
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Tuesday, 11 October 2011, 17:35
I'm beginning to lose count of how many videos from how many different locations the BNP has issued in the last 24 or so hours.
Of course, when they say they're "answering the smears", the BNP are not really doing any such thing. The evidence suggests that in fact, most BNP members are feeling quite uncomfortable while Nick Griffin waffles down the camera while being interviewed by another one of his guilty party.
Obviously the cynicism expressed here and in other quarters last night put paid to any pre-planned emergency appeals that the BNP may have been planning once their website mysteriously went off line, but there is no denying that despite the recent limit being placed by the racing industry on race horses being whipped too much, the BNP persists in still absolutely flogging their old nag to death.
Seriously, "Turn Smears into Cash" says one of their satellite sites today. More appropriate would surely be "We make cash disappear, no questions asked". Or should that be "no questions answered"?
Nick Griffin was apparently "trending" very highly on twitter last night. Apparently most of it was abuse directed at him, while we're very happy to see that national curry week is still at number five. I'm sure that must leave a nasty taste in someone's mouth. That and paying the BBC license fee must really grind Griffin's gears (sorry, I wasn't going to mention his missing Skoda), because the BBC is according to one absolute senior BNP bore "one of the lynchpins of the entire multicult and globalist mind control machine..." I kid you not!
That would explain why the last thing of note that Nick Griffin ever wrote was about the BBC and the alleged Jewish conspiracy in it, right down to children's television presenters.
Griffin also claimed last night that the BBC was apparently the largest contributor to women in this country being sent to prison-for non payment of their license fees, apparently! I did a check, and while there is a surprisingly high number of incarcerations for that, it is not true. However, women in general are imprisoned mainly for crimes where they actually pose no risk to the wider general public. Perhaps Griffin should be thanked for drawing attention to that? Of course, that was never his intention. What wishy-washy liberal nonsense would that be in his eye(s)?
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 11 October 2011, 13:39
BNP MEP Andrew Brons is coming under intense pressure to leave the party and form an alternative. Brons has been considering his options for the past nine months but so far he has failed to make a move. He first toyed with splitting from the BNP back in the spring in the aftermath of poor election results but he hesitated too long and missed his chance. He then challenged Griffin for the party leadership, half expecting to be thrown out of the party or to be given the excuse of obvious electoral fraud to walk away. Again he bottled it.
As Brons has dithered others have walked away. Jim Dowson and Paul Golding went off to form Britain First and then Eddy Butler and Chris Beverley joined the English Democrats. More recently Richard Edmonds and the bulk of Croydon BNP have gone over to the National Front.
Now, in the aftermath of the Panorama programme, he is once again under pressure to leave and form an alternative.
Our guess is that he will continue to pontificate and the opportunity will pass him by. And in the meantime the BNP, under Griffin's leadership, will continue its slow death.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 11 October 2011, 07:46
I woke up this morning to find several hundred people had sent letters to the Electoral Commission asking them to investigate the BNP. The total currently stands at 1,451. This is really amazing and I'm expecting the number steadily over the course of the day.
In the meantime the HOPE not hate team will be trawling through the programme listing all the allegations made and then contacting the appropriate authorities.
Nick Griffin himself is in real trouble. The BBC has been provided with an email which clearly shows that he ordered the then party treasurer to falsify invoices in order to retain £4,000 of the taxpayers money. Today I will be writing to the chief constable of Dyfed-Powys police asking them to investigate. I will also be writing to the President of the European Parliament.
The BNP has tried to brush off the claims made in the programme but their bravado doesn't fool us. The police and other authorities will now be forced to act, internal opponents to Nick Griffin's rule will be encouraged and we at the HOPE not hate campaign will take to the local communities to highlight the fraudsters at the heart of the party.
You can demand that the Electoral Commission launch a proper investigation into the BNP here:
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 23:43
Despite Griffin's bravado, many current and former BNP members are beginning to give us their views on the programme. Here is what John Bean, a veteran British nationalist and former editor of the BNP magazine Identity, has to say:
"Because of the difficulty in establishing the name of a new nationalist party, I had until recently thought the ‘rebels’ supporting Andrew Brons could rally under the banner of BNP Reform.
"After seeing the Panorama programme the very name BNP is now toxic to the voters. Furthermore, the Griffin-inspired problems besetting the remnants of the party that once gave so much hope will only magnify. Much more excretia has yet to hit the fan."
Bean can rest assured that more is about to come out.....
Over 1,125 people have so far sent letters to the Electoral Commission. You can add your name here:
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 23:37
Nick Griffin has just posted up two video responses to the BBC Panorama programme but there is something not right. In one he claims to be watching the programme in Burnley while in the other he claims that he is in Scotland.
The contents are equally ridiculous. He claims that the BNP comes out of the programme in a better shape than before, with loads of people enquiring and even some new donors. Given that the party website has been down since the programme finished this is clearly another lie.
The man just cannot help himself.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 23:10
Peter Wardle will arrive at work tomorrow morning to find letters from over 1,000 HOPE not hate supporters calling for the Electoral Commission, of which he is Chief Executive, to investigate the BNP for fraud.
Given the late hour of the day, this is a really amazing response to the Panorama programme and it reflects the seriousness of the allegations made.
We have now raised our target to 1,500 by midday tomorrow.
You can send a letter here:
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 22:01
We have had an amazing response to the email calling on the Electoral Commission to fully investigate alleged fraud within the BNP. Over 450 people have sent letters to the Electoral Commission's chief executive.
So many people have answered our call to hold the BNP to account that we are now raising our target to 1,000 complaints by midnight.
You can add your name here:
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 21:47
I've just sent out an email to our supporters calling on them to ask the Electoral Commission to properly investigate the claims made in tonight's Panorama. It is quite clear that the BNP leadership has repeatedly broken the law and rules governing political parties and it is about time they were held to account.
You can send a letter to the chief executive of the Electoral Commission here:
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 21:22
Not a surprise is it:
There will be two likely lies they normally like to use:
1) "The largest DDOS attack in the world EVER!" (then there'll be a financial appeal) as we saw tonight.
2) "Millions of ordinary Britons trying to join the party".
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 21:01
Everytime the BNP get caught out they claim their Facebook/Myspace/emails have been hacked.
Isn't it bizarre. Hundreds of cases of racism, vile threats etc, etc and never once have they called the police to investigate.
Tonight, Griffin may well have to prove his email was hacked to explain the email to Dave Hannam to defraud the European parliament.
I think it's time the authorities punished the pigs
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 20:40
Former treasurer John Walker doesn't know what happened to it...
According to the BBC's accountant, the party is "technically" insolvement!
Nick Griffin calls that a "smear".
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 20:35
It didn't take long for the BNP's former fundraiser Jim Dowson to dish the dirt.
Dowson, a militant anti-abortionist is currently in a major dispute with Griffin.
Dowson was last seen at the funeral of UVF leader Gusty Spence...
Read about the key players here: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/panaroma/key-players
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 19:31
The Panorama programme has not even been aired and already the BNP are falling out over it. Yesterday BNP leader Nick Griffin attempted to answer the BBC allegations but already this has come under attack from his fellow BNP MEP Andrew Brons. 'Lies', is Brons' simple analysis of Griffin's defence.
We'll be giving our own assessment of the BNP defence as the programme unfolds.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 10 October 2011, 19:00
No doubt every fascist in the country will be stumped up in front of their televisions tonight waiting to see what their party has been up to.
Since learning that Panorama were investigating their finances the BNP has been overdrive trying to cover up its wrong doings and trying to distract attention away from themselves. Diversionary tactics one might call it.
This even included one bizarre interview given by Adam Walker during a rather damp squib BNP picket outside of the BBC where Walker, the BNP's party manager, described comedian Leslie Dennis as a murderer...
One BNP member in London has even been running a gleeful tally on line of job losses at the BNP. (More on his predilections later...)
So you get the hysterical picture that is unfolding.
Yesterday, Griffin's former Consigliere, the Belfast based fundamentalist Jim Dowson emailed an estimated 30,000 people with a string of further allegations about the BNP and its senior party members. At the same time, Griffin loyalists have been on the phone trying to elicit possibly, one final donation from the large number of people who are expected to pack the party in after tonight's programme.
So, it's squeaky bum time tonight for the BNP.
And they deserve every moment of it.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 9 October 2011, 20:50
As we understand it, the EDL were hoping to use this picture taken of their hooligan leader with England and QPR mifielder Joey Barton to try and raise their profile on the back of a faux celebrity endorsement. We are publishing it here and now to ensure that no such con happens.
It's more than likely that Barton has no idea who the poisonous growth on his shoulder is.
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 7 October 2011, 19:47
Now here is a very strange tale of two people who claim to be in love, yet one of them tells the world that they don't even know the other.
I'm talking about Danny Cooke, the Yorkshire BNP deputy regional organiser. Danny is standing as a candidate in a by election on Barnsley council next week.
Nothing particularly strange there we hear you say.
However it all gets a bit weird when a local newspaper, The Barnsley Chronicle, runs a story revealing that Cooke has just received a conviction for criminal damage at Barnsley Magistrates Court.
When the newspaper asked Cooke if it was he who had been in court he denied it and claimed it was someone else with the same name.
The newspaper revealed it had seen documents linked to the case and that the documents contained two addresses, one in Huddersfield and another in Barnsley.
The Barnsley address has a Daniel P Cooke listed on the electoral register and is the same address Cooke has used on his nomination papers for the by election.
The Huddersfield address belongs to Rachel Firth, Kirklees BNP organiser and the girlfriend of Danny Cooke. The problem is, Cooke claims he doesn't know the woman and has never met her and she is definitely not his girlfriend.
Personally, I find this surprising. A quick look at the BNP website shows there are several stories including photographs of the two together. Being the concerned sort that I am, I have reporduced some pictures of the two together here.
Love is a wonderful thing, Danny. Don't be ashamed of Rachel, either. Be ashamed of being caught lying and be very ashamed of causing criminal damage.
Amnesia.... It's a terrible thing.
Anyway, here's the original article from the Barnsley Chronicle:
BNP candidate denies having a conviction
The BNP by-election candidate yesterday insisted he had not been in trouble with the law claiming he was a victim of a smear campaign.
Danny Cooke, 29, hopes to be elected as ward councillor for St Helen's in next weeks poll.
On Monday, a Daniel Paul Cooke, 29, appeared before Barnsley magistrates and admitted criminal damage. The address given was Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe.
He was bailed until November 7th for a pre-sentence report.
When The Chronicle contacted Danny on Wednesday to ask if it was him he said "no" and said he had been out in Huddersfield all day.
Yesterday The Chronicle was shown documents linked to the case which included the Skelmanthorpe address and another on Highstone Road, Worsbrough Common.
Highstone Road is listed as Danny's address on his nomination form for the election. The electoral register shows a Daniel P Cooke lives there.
Yesterday Danny said he lived on Highstone Road but insisted he had not been in court "I've no idea. it's certainly not me"
He said he was employed in security and could not work if he had a conviction.
When told The Chronicle like to report on the mystery he said there was another Danial Cooke who lived in Wosbrough.
He said various stories about him were being put around the St Helen's Ward, Athersley. "It's probably and English Democrats smear campaign." he said.
A woman called Rachel Firth lives at the address in Skelmanthorpe. Newspaper reports on the internet claim Danny Cooke has a girlfriend called Rachel Firth but Danny denied knowing her.
The pair are friends on Facebook. When told this Danny said he had about 1000 friends and he did not know them all.
I know of her. She's not my girlfriend
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Friday, 7 October 2011, 14:45
Thurrock BNP held a meeting last night. From the outset it appeared to be the usual sort of BNP meeting: No blacks, Asians or Jews were allowed to attend and there was a bit of argy-bargy in the car park afterwards too. (That might be to do with the large amount of alcohol that was consumed before, during and after the meeting.)
Collectively the group decided that they would not be renewing their party memberships when they expire at the end of the year. This has not gone down too well in the party leadership, as you can imagine.
The leadership's current form suggests that having budgeted on Essex coming to the aid of the party that they've probably already gone out and spent the Nazi lucre on staples, bottles of cheap cider and glass coffee tables. And golf clubs.
The fall out started this morning when the combined forces of what is left of the BNP's membership in Essex exchanged pleasantries.
Griffin's infamous lap dog, Mick Braun of "spray pakis (sic) and poofs with hydrocholic (sic) acid" fame, described the decision as akin to when Rodney Trotter took over the tenants association in 'Only Fools and Horses'. I assume it was that he was referring to, as apparently the other Griffin sycophant Clive Jefferson has also earned himself the moniker "Rodney" in honour of said show.
Karne McGinn of Thurrock BNP, formerly a racial comrade of Braun's, hit back. Having been told by the impressively optimistic Braun that he and the rest of Thurrock BNP could be "replaced", McGinn suggested that any replacements that Braun and Herr Griffin could drum up would be "ethnic candidates or maybe South American".
Touché! That's got to be a dig at "charismatic" Carlos Cortiglia, the formerly anti-British Uruguayan who is now standing for the BNP in the London Mayoral elections. Is he not ethnic too, by the way?
Warren Parrish, a veteran activist and candidate close to the BNP's first councillor Derek Beackon announced that he would not be renewing his membership either, as the BNP was "no longer" the party that he trusted.
Braun reply was swift labelling Parrish a "Nazi" to which Parrish replied "The only reason I haven't been active recently was that you showed up and f**ked everything up in Essex".
Then there came a new angle. I'm going to refer to it from now on as the "Ferguson Factor". I know that Sir Alex- a former shop steward and passionate trade unionist won't appreciate it, but there then followed an analogy that Nick Griffin was a winner rather like the manager of Manchester United!
If the football analogies continue, there's a small token of our appreciation available to the first person that can provide us with a picture of Clive Jefferson under an umbrella so that we can run the obligatory "Wally with a Brolly" headline.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 7 October 2011, 09:33
The “poster boy” for the Conservative Party's “Become a Councillor” campaign has been suspended from the party following revelations in the media over his links to the English Defence League.
Blaine Robin, ward councillor for Kursaal Ward on Southend Council was suspended after it emerged he had attended an EDL meeting held in his home town.
In a statement issued by Anna Waite, chairman of Rochford and Southend East Conservative Association she said “Rochford and Southend East Conservative Association abhor and condemn far right groups such as the English Defence League.
We have recently been made aware that one of our members, Cllr Blaine Robin, attended a meeting of the EDL. As a result of this we have decided to temporarily suspend his party membership pending an internal investigation by the Conservative Party.
“I would like to make it clear that Blaine has been active in fighting against racism and intolerance for many years and that at this stage it appears his behaviour in associating with the EDL represents a serious error of judgement but no more "
On a video of the meeting uploaded on Youtube, EDL leader Tommy Robinson aka Steven Yaxley Lennon can be seen pointing towards the councillor saying “I’m proud that the first politician, I’ve ever met who actually represents his constituents was a man who is a local politician in Southend”
The Prime Minister and leader of The Conservative Party David Cameron recently spoke about the EDL in parliament labelling the EDL and its racist agenda as sick.
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Thursday, 6 October 2011, 21:03
Busy day for me today. I've been working in Belfast on quite a good story that should annoy a few fascists when it comes out. One naughty type even suggested that I would be punished for it. (Word is that he seems to thrive on that kind of activity).
Being in Belfast, I took the opportunity to visit and talk to some of the businessmen and women who fell hook line and sinker for the BNP's promise to pay their bills on time. In most cases, they just did not pay at all. The BNP has left a real trail of destruction over there.
Traditionally we have no truck at all with people 'who lie down with dogs' but Northern Ireland has a low wage economy and a sense of desperation prevails in the case of small businesses trying to make just enough money to get by. And the BNP did not just rip off one community, they spread their tentacles right across the communities. On that point I was a little bemused...
That was until I picked up a story in today's Irish herald. I don't know the writer, Claire Murphy, but she got a story between her teeth and most certainly ran with it, no questions asked!
"BNP plans Irish wing to oppose immigration" wrote Claire. Initially I thought it would be in line with the BNP's traditional plans for the Irish. I assumed that Nick Griffin was sending his lardy security team to the Emerald Isle to build some kind of wall to stop the Irish visiting Britain. But no, the BNP is apparently "agitating" (whatever that means), for the "establishment of an 'Irish National Party' and believes there are already like-minded groups in existence." So, why would the British "agitate" for one then?
Claire also writes that the BNP "grew in popularity in the last UK election". Maybe it's an old story. I believe the correct word or term to describe their last election results is actually "annihaliated". A quick look on google would show that. Even just a little knowledge of the subject too, actually.
Not only that, Nick Griffin is described as the leader of the "anti-immigration lobby." Apparently not an Imperialist apologist, then?
Still, at the end of the day it was pretty run of the mill reporting, actually. One does not expect an Irish journalist to remind its readership, warn even, that the BNP is more than "traditionally" an anti-Irish party. Perhaps this explains why Patrick Harrington refuses to join them? He launched his own "party" on St Patrick's Day long ago and has stuck with that tiny grouping and the allegations that he is some kind of pro-IRA supporter ever since. (Perhaps that's the punishment he thinks I deserve?)
I shouldn't be the one to give any Irish journalist a history lesson. There are many excellent Irish journalists who will no doubt over the next few days pour scorn on Claire's story. Least of all, why would Ireland want an Irish model of a British party? Wasn't there some kind of dispute that went on and on for a few hundred years based on a similar premise?
Claire fails to mention or perhaps even remind her readers of a little bit of shameful English history. My father, who is Irish, never let me forget it. The BNP more than a little harks back to and longs for an era when one could quite happily refuse board and lodging to "Blacks, Irish and Dogs". if one so desired, one could even put it up in the front window of one's house or hotel.
But the story goes a lot deeper and is far more sinister than that. During the most dark and horrifying days of conflict in Northern Ireland, the BNP's security wing, Combat 18 (C18), peddled drugs and provided guns and bullets for the Loyalist murder squads in Northern Ireland (when they were not also grassing up their Loyalist friends, that is).
"Bog trotters" I seem to recall was one way that the BNP referred to the Irish. They even ran trips to Northern Ireland to help stoke up the fires of sectarianism.
Only a couple of years ago there was almost a revolt by the revolting members of Liverpool BNP when the Irish tricolour appeared on the banner of the local party. "The Irish tricolour is a terrorist flag" protested one senior member.
Historically, the last time a group in Ireland rose up against that country's progressive and anti-Imperialist traditions, they ended up on a half empty boat heading to fight for the Fascists under Franco. When they got there, most of them ended up getting shot by fellow fascists!
These days there will obviously be people in the BNP of Irish descent and heritage. The BNP's founder John Tyndall was even of Irish descent. This says more about the great things of this country than it does about the BNP's policies.
What Claire Murphy could really have done with mentioning is that under the BNP's policies, there would be no Ireland at all. It would be just another part of Britain under British control.
Still, I guess having almost bled the north of the Island dry, like the parasite that the BNP is, it has to try to bleed another part of the body dry just to survive.
Posted: 6 Oct 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 5 October 2011, 08:47
The HOPE not hate campaign celebrated the 75th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street with a small party of its supporters in a Brick Lane restaurant. Among the 44 people present were four who had relatives involved in the protest which stopped Mosley's blackshirts, three who had done work for us inside the far right over the years, past and present staff and some of our key supporters in the union movement.
The event was held in Cafe Bangla, whose owner Gedu had himself been very active in the fight against the National Front in the 1970s and more recently the BNP.
Former Searchlight editor Steve Silver gave a short speech about the events of Cable Street while I said a few words about the challenges facing us today.
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 3 October 2011, 14:00
The anti-fascist and Trade Union movement came together yesterday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, with rightly so, a march down said street with an excellent rally afterwards.
Seventy five years ago, Max Levitas, then a 21-year-old living in London’s East End, stood beside Irish dockers and the Jewish community, Communists, Socialists and Trade Unionists as they built barricades across Cable Street to block a march by Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts.
Yesterday morning, Max who is now 96, marched again down the same street where he addressed a crowd of over 1000 people. He was as resolute yesterday as he was when he was one of those many thousands who confronted Mosley’s fascists.
Speaking passionately, Max recalled “There were so many different issues that came together in 1936, there were the rent strikes, lack of housing, the fight in Spain, the fight against fascism here and the battle against unemployment.
“All these issues were harnessed into one. The fascists tried to divide us, but we fought against segregation."
After Max there was an extraordinary contribution by Hetty Bauer, a 105 year old veteran of the Battle. The crowd sung happy birthday for her too.
After a host of other excellent speakers from local campaign groups, Unite the Union and Bob Crow from RMT, our very own Matthew Collins closed proceedings in his usual witty way with a recollection of selling fascist newspapers just up the road in Brick Lane in the 1980's and early nineties and being given a rudimentary lesson in anti-fascism by an outraged local.
Cable Street is our history. We are very proud to celebrate it.
You can find out more about The Battle of Cable Street here
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