Sunday, 19 April 2009

Taking the BNP seriously

By Edmund Standing, cross-posted with Harry's Place

What the BNP’s ‘modernisation’ reveals about modern Britain

The BNP’s rebranding strategy reveals something very interesting about Britain, and white British people in particular. For years, by promoting ‘racial nationalism’, the BNP remained an utterly marginal organisation, largely attracting hardcore racists, skinheads, and social misfits. The fact that the BNP now feels the need to tell its activists to cover skinhead haircuts, to not make extreme statements, to avoid any violent rhetoric or acts, and to appear ‘normal’ and ‘respectable’ clearly demonstrates firstly that there are still plenty of extremists in the BNP, but also shows the extent to which Britain has changed - the vast majority of Britons want nothing to do with racist bigots and do not want to be associated with a party that represents hatred. It is also interesting that, as with other far-right groups, as well as with Islamist and pro-Jihadist organisations, the BNP is attempting to tap into the widespread feelings of alienation and atomisation felt by many in a society that is perceived to have poor social cohesion and to lack a sense of ‘old fashioned’ community. The BNP’s activists’ handbook reportedly states:

Millions of people live very lonely and isolated lives. The decline of the family and the break-up of communities mean there is a big gap in [their] lives. Filling that gap, giving people an ‘alternative extended family’, is the most powerful recruiting tool.

Note, therefore, that appeals to racist sentiment are seen as far less likely to succeed than manipulatively offering a superficial form of community and family. The ‘modern’ BNP seeks to appeal to the many people who feel isolated, not just on a personal level, but also detached from a political process that is seen to favour the views and interests of elite groups of politicians and big business, as well as minority groups and foreign workers at the expense of the bulk of the population. When people find themselves agreeing with the BNP now, it is far more likely they fear social degeneration and the marginalisation of ordinary people’s views than that they subscribe to pseudo-scientific racial ideologies or want to see every non-white person in Britain forcibly shipped off to their ‘ancestral lands’. The BNP’s leadership sees this - they know full well after years in the wilderness promoting ‘white nationalism’ and loony ideas such as Holocaust denial and Jewish conspiracy theories (step forward Mr Nick Griffin), which got them nowhere electorally, that they now have to project an image of populist patriotism and opposition to migrants undercutting Britons or minority religious groups (in particular Muslims) being pandered to while white Britons are ignored.

‘White Nationalism’ - a dying and unworkable ideology

At this point, it is worth considering the other parties and groups of the far-right in Britain, who still preach to varying degrees a Nazi-esque racial ideology, in order to demonstrate quite how alien such views are to the vast bulk of British people, and how hard line far-right views are completely dead in the water.

Take the National Front, for example. Once a fairly large organisation (back in the ’70s and ’80s), the NF is now a shadow of its former self, fielding few candidates in elections and gaining a pathetic number of votes when it does so. Even today, the NF still has as one of its key policies the mass repatriation of non-whites from Britain and the creation of a white racial State. According to the NF website:

[T]he National Front would halt all non-white immigration into Britain and introduce a policy of phased and humane repatriation of all coloured people currently resident here. Such a policy would be expected to extend over 10-15 years and its completion would thus depend on the recurrent election of successive NF governments.

However, the NF now realises how implausible and hard to sell this proposal would be:

Repatriation, is of course the most difficult of all political issues, a hard sell even to an open minded population. But almost impossible to justify to a population who have been brainwashed from their earliest years to believe that foreigners have as much right to live in Britain, as native Britons.

The National Front does intend to repatriate, as many as possible to their original countries, this will takes many years to do. Hopefully many can be encouraged to leave voluntarily.

Despite recognising how such a policy would be ‘almost impossible to justify’, they still believe such an idea could be workable and clearly imply that people would be forced out regardless of their wishes.

The NF is not alone in promoting this policy. The British People’s Party (a proud member of the World Union of National Socialists and Aryan Unity) proposes ‘[t]he ending of all non-European immigration and the introduction of a compulsory, phased, humane policy of repatriation’.

The England First Party claims it would ‘[s]top all further immigration and start a programme of voluntary repatriation of non-European immigrants back to their lands of ancestral origin’. However, how ‘voluntary’ such a programme would be is called into question by their plan for ‘[t]he abolition of all non-European faiths and religions along with the removal of all their mosques and temples’ (they apparently see Christianity as a ‘European’ religion).

The British First Party also promotes repatriation and is a front group for the November 9th Society, which states ‘[t]here’s black or brown or yellow, but to be white in Britain is our stand. The answer is clear, we must throw them from our land’. The N9S website proclaims:

We class ourselves as National Socialist Priests, if you like. The coming times will be hard, not every one will have the strength, nor the courage to take the path we have. We believe it is our sacred duty to carry on the work of Adolf Hitler, whilst remembering that the glorious Third Reich cannot be emulated. The N9s is a British National Socialist Movement that is guided by the immortal teachings of Adolf Hitler.

An 2006 undercover investigation of the N9S by a Jewish Chronicle journalist found them to be a bunch of thugs who engage in violent attacks and hurl racist insults in the streets. An unsurprisingly twisted bunch, the group tries to recruit alienated teenagers and sought new members by hanging around outside a shelter for abused children. So desperate is the group to make up numbers they even (despite nominally supporting a Nazi eugenics philosophy) count a physically and mentally disabled youth among their members.

Other groups promoting Nazi fetishism include Combat 18/Blood & Honour, the Racial Volunteer Force, and the British Freedom Fighters. Even these cranks recognise the reality of modern Britain.

C18, for example, admits that ‘[n]o doubt the odds are against us, and a bookmaker would probably not touch us unless someone put a gun to his head’ and that ‘the situation is indeed desperate’. Their answer? Violence:

As warriors of the political underground we shall thrive on anarchy and chaos! If anybody reading this sitll believes in the phrase of “law and order”, they have understood absolutely nothing and are of absolutely no value to us or our race. The “law” is the Talmudic law and the “order” is the order of ZOG’s zombies - a state of total control through total mind death.

The Racial Volunteer Force states that ‘[t]ime grows short for our Race’ and that it ‘does not believe that ZOG will ever let us win our fight by the use of the so called Democratic system’. Again, violence is seen as some sort of solution.

No longer the swaggering self-confident drum beaters and flag wavers of past decades, the hardcore supporters of organised white racism in Britain are now a ghettoised bunch of infighting sociopathic failures, who know in their hearts that they have no real chance of ever seeing their fantasies become a reality.

The changing face of modern Britain

Britain has changed dramatically since the early days of the National Front, and even the neo-Nazis know it (hence, of course, the BNP’s major rebranding effort in recent years). A bitter comment from the English National Resistance website is very telling of just how far modern Britain has moved on:

Racial mixing is becoming more trendy and widespread especially in the big cities , on any given day you will have the misfortune of seeing some white chav woman with an IQ of about 75 walking down the street hand in hand with a big black negro and more noticably lately white men walking around the city with their ‘prize’ african or chinese woman. So many white girls (and boys) are now going with blacks and producing bastard offspring which do not belong to any race . You seriously have to ask yourself the question what if this continues and gets worse as it is doing , then in 100 years will my great-grand children be white ? who will your children reproduce with ?

Despite the crude way in which the ENR present the changing racial makeup of Britain today, this is not mere paranoid ranting. Earlier this year, Lucinda Platt of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Essex University published a report that examined the growing phenomenon of mixed race relationships in Britain, which found:

One in 10 children in the UK now lives in a mixed-race family … Mixed-race relationships are now so common that some ethnic groups - starting with African-Caribbean - will virtually disappear, the research states. Young people are six times more likely to be mixed-race as adults … Half of all men in Britain who have Caribbean heritage and are in a relationship already have partners of a different race. The same is true of one in five black African men, one in 10 Indian men and women and two out of five Chinese women. One in five children belongs to an ethnic minority - a far higher proportion than among the adult population … Over the past 14 years the number of children of Caribbean heritage with one white parent has risen from 39% to 49%. Among the Indian population it has increased from 3% to 11%, for Pakistanis from 1% to 4%, and for Chinese from 15% to 35%.

Platt predicts that this is a trend that is set to continue:

Early research carried out by the Turquoise Association found that the reason Caribbean men and women were most likely to enter mixed-race relationships was because they had been settled in Britain the longest. Platt agreed, and argued that other groups - from black African to Chinese and Indian - were therefore likely to follow suit in time.


The shift has been most marked for the Caribbean population, but Platt argued that others would move in the same direction the longer they stayed in Britain. In almost all minority groups, people born in the UK were more likely to have relationships with people of different races.

These facts leave any hope of mass ‘repatriation’ in tatters - after all, how can people born in Britain be repatriated anywhere, and where exactly would a child with a white British parent and a black British parent be sent ‘back’ to? And what about a child with one ethnic minority grandparent? In order to decide who was white and who wasn’t there would have to be a return to the racial categorisation notions and policies last seen in the Third Reich. Then there’s the problem that decades worth of television, films, popular music, literature, sporting achievements, and so on, would have to be erased in order to ‘purify’ British society and culture. After all, you can’t very well ’send back’ all non-white British people but continue to enjoy the fruits of their former presence. Essentially, over forty years of British history would have to be presented in an entirely negative light and culture would have to be ‘ethnically cleansed’ to remove all evidence that there ever was a non-white presence in Britain. Anyone who sees this idea as workable is obviously severely deluded and quite possibly pathological.

For many people in Britain today (especially readers of certain tabloids), Islam is seen to represent a major colonising threat - but the primary objection most people have to the growing visibility of Islam in Britain seems largely to be based around fears of Britons’ freedoms being eroded by a totalitarian ideology espoused by people who refuse to integrate. The problem is not largely seen as one of race, but belief and attitude (of course, the two are sometimes conflated - and the BNP tries very hard to do this). Some on the far-right are all too aware of this. For them, the primary issue is race, and the Final Conflict blog, which represents the remnants of the International Third Position (a Fascist group which once counted Nick Griffin among its leading lights), makes this very clear. Telling its readers not to get over excited by Jihadist attention seekers such as Anjem Choudary’s crew, Final Conflict reminds its readers who the real enemies are:

We have more to fear from the Zionists who embroil us in foreign wars and the Muslims, Sikhs, Jews and African Christians who come here and integrate - than we ever will from a handful of hotheads.

And again:

Even if we look at the barbed issue of Islam, we have to ask who’s more of a threat: the “mad mullahs” who are promoted by a Zionist media eager for an eternal bogeyman, backed up by the CIA’s “Al Qaeda” myth; or the Asians (Muslim, but also Sikh, Hindu etc.) who wish to integrate.

The biggest threat from coloured immigration comes from the move to a coffee-coloured secularised State, something that Communists push for, something the Capitalists like (hey - we’re all consumers!) and something that the Masons approve of as they try to destroy the last vestiges of Christianity.

This melting pot, faggot-ambivalent, ecumenical, social controlling, Big Business led, Masonic State, where the only enemy is “hatred” and “extremism” is our nightmare.

FC is well aware that many immigrants do want to integrate into British society and that more importantly they largely succeed, and this is a ‘nightmare’ from the racist perspective it promotes. For FC and the other racist cultic groupings on the far-right, the presence of a Sir Trevor McDonald or a Dame Kelly Holmes in Britain is a matter of disgust. Fortunately for us, the vast bulk of the British population thinks otherwise, as the far-right knows all too well.

The BNP and ‘Trojan horse’ racism

The reality of many of the old crowd in the BNP is that they feel the same way as Final Conflict and the other social misfits and cranks detailed above. Back before he decided to put on a ‘moderate’ face, the current BNP leader, when asked if his party would ‘force’ all non-whites to leave Britain ‘whether they were born here or not’, answered, ‘Ultimately, yes’.

That underneath the apparent changes in the BNP’s focus and message there is still a strong undercurrent of ideological racism is clear both from the party’s Constitution and the statements and associations of many of its members and supporters online (see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, for example).

The current BNP Constitution states that membership of the party is open only to those of ‘the indigenous Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Norse folk communities of Britain and those we regard as closely related and ethnically assimilated or assimilable aboriginal members of the European race also resident in Britain’ and that the BNP ‘is wholly opposed to any form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples’. In stating this, the BNP is admitting that it still advocates ‘white nationalist’ - i.e. explicitly racist - conceptions of who can and can’t be classed as British and that it desires as an interim measure a kind of Apartheid ideology in which all mingling of white Britons with non-white Britons is minimalised.

The party’s long term goals are also clearly laid out in its Constitution, where we read that the BNP is ‘committed to stemming and reversing the tide of non-white immigration and to restoring, by legal changes, negotiation and consent, the overwhelmingly white makeup of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948′. Of course, what this would mean in practice is mass deportations and the introduction of Nazi-style racial laws. One can safely assume, for example, that the kind of ‘race mixing’ that is now increasingly common in Britain would have to be put to an end through legislation and punitive measures, in order to prevent any further ‘form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples’.

In so far as this ideology remains a part of the BNP’s programme, the BNP’s leadership remains almost as delusional as the leadership of any other far-right party or group. However, unlike the NF and co who continue to openly promote a completely unworkable racist ideology, the BNP in recent years has sought to greatly play down the ideological racism that lies at its core and to re-make itself as a party for ordinary patriotic British people who are tired of ‘political correctness’, out of touch political and financial elites, and seemingly unchecked immigration. Looking at the BNP’s leaflets, the racial ideology is now sidelined in favour of Daily Express and Daily Mail style material.

For example, a ‘British Jobs For British Workers’ leaflet states:

NO to migrant workers
NO to factory closures
NO to sending British jobs abroad
YES to putting British workers first!

According to the leaflet, the first three are ‘Labour’s three pronged attack on British jobs’, while the BNP will provide the solution.

Another leaflet, this time on Islam, states:

Nearly half of all Muslims admit to wanting to see Sharia Law forced onto Britain. This would make the Muslim Koran the source of all law. Among other things it bans women from going out in public without wearing headscarves and fully covering their bodies. It turns women and non-believers into second class citizens; forbids alcohol and replaces democracy with the rule of fanatical Imams and Mullahs.

Only the British National Party speaks out against both Muslim extremist terrorism and the threat that ‘mainstream’ Islam poses to our British culture, heritage and ways of life. We are not against individual Muslims, who should not be blamed for the attitudes taught by their religion. We don’t want to force the Islamic world to ‘Westernise’, but we aren’t prepared to stand back and watch as Britain drifts into being an Islamic republic.

The first leaflet doesn’t state who the BNP defines as British workers (the reality is only white Britons) and the second leaflet even states that the party doesn’t oppose ‘individual Muslims’ (it wants to deport them all, in reality).

Based purely on the leaflets they hand out, it’s not hard to see why the BNP has managed to considerably raise its level of support in recent years. After all, who would be opposed to keeping factories open and improving employment levels in Britain? And who, except a tiny fringe, would like to see Britain become an Islamic dictatorship in which most Britons are second class citizens and alcohol is banned? The reality behind virtually every issue raised by the BNP is of course far more complex than how it is presented by them. In the case of Islam, for example, it is utterly absurd to suggest that Britain is on the verge of being over-run by ‘fanatical Imams and Mullahs’, despite the problems in recent years with some Islamist groups.

The problem with the BNP today is that it is increasingly becoming slippery and resourceful in its approach to promoting racism, and is ‘playing to the crowd’ by parroting the kind of paranoid and hyperbolic material seen all too often these days in certain sections of the British media, as well as picking up on genuine social and economic problems and twisting them to suit its purposes. The underlying beliefs remain the same - racism, bigotry, and scapegoating - but the BNP is now successfully making use of a variety of Trojan horse issues to mask its true ideological agenda.

What needs to be done

If, you might ask, ‘white nationalism’ is an unworkable ideology and doomed to failure, and if the BNP still essentially represents this ideology, then why worry about the BNP at all? Despite the fact that the BNP will never win, will never make up a government, and will never see its dreams of mass deportations come to fruition, there are two very good reasons for being concerned about its growth.

Firstly, there is the fact that the BNP wants to divide communities, play up tension that may already exist, and create problems even where none actually exist, all in order to foment the racial and religious conflict that they see as key to their future success.

Secondly, there is clearly something profoundly wrong in modern Britain when a party like the BNP starts picking up support and credibility. Even though the BNP now seeks to appear relatively ‘moderate’ in order to attract mainstream voters, the fact that its simplistic rhetoric holds appeal for normal people (not just the skinhead crowd of old) should act as a serious wake-up call to the major parties.

In terms of solutions, there are two approaches that are needed:

Firstly, we need people from a wide variety of backgrounds and political persuasions to unite in getting the facts out there - both about the BNP’s true agenda and about its distortion and misrepresentation of social and political issues.

Secondly, the major parties need to take the rise of the BNP seriously. The vast majority of British people have no time at all for racism and extremism, but many people have concerns about a variety of complex and thorny issues - the economy, employment, the EU, globalisation, immigration, migrant workers, Islam, social cohesion, law and order, and so on. If increasing numbers of hard working and ‘ordinary’ Brits are turning to the BNP for answers and solutions to major issues, and if many people feel that the major parties are self-serving, out of touch, elitist, and unrealistic, then the major parties need to wake up and find out exactly why it is that people are turning to the BNP or giving up on caring about voting at all. It is simply not enough to make the usual statements about what a bad bunch the BNP are and how no decent person should support racism - it will largely fall on deaf ears. If the major parties don’t want people voting for the BNP they had better get on with addressing their concerns.

BNP cover-up

From News of the World

Sneaky handbook tells members to wear hats to hide skinheads

COVER-UP: The handbook
By Jamie Lyons, 19/04/2009

AN OFFICIAL handbook for BNP activists reveals how they plan to cover up the LIES and DECEIT behind their election campaigns.

It shows how the far-right party has drawn up schemes to smear Labour and the Tories in June Euro elections.

And it has advised members how to make sure plots to stir up violence stay secret in an attempt to con voters into thinking they are respectable.

The Activists' & Organisers' Handbook tells them to:

  • USE internet blogs to put out damaging stories about rivals.
  • NEVER advocate violence in emails-in case they are leaked.
  • ENSURE supporters wear hats over their skinhead haircuts when out campaigning.

The guide's advice on using the internet suggests setting up blogs that do not appear to be BNP sites to help them collect information for smear campaigns.

Party thugs are told not to even mention violence in emails in case they get out. The guide says: "Don't use it to express extreme views or advocate violence. Your emails are probably less secure than you think."

Activists are also told to refer to the party as the British National Party not the BNP because it sounds "much more reasonable and comfortable".

And members of the party, led by Nick Griffin, must not dress like thugs when campaigning.

The guide states: "No naked torsos in summer, unshaven scruffs or skinhead haircuts (put them in caps or hats)."

A spokesman for anti-racist group Searchlight, which uncovered the book, said: "This booklet exposes the reality behind the BNP mask of respectability.


"What other political party feels the need to ask its senior organisers to be careful not to get caught discussing their plans for violent behaviour on the internet?

"This shows they are the same old extremists, with the same agenda of hate and division."

The BNP has revealed it is collecting masses of data on its opponents' sexual orientation ready for character assassination campaigns if they criticise the party.

Its official declaration on the Data Protection Register shows information about "relatives, guardians and associates" of any critics is also being gathered.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Shirlene Tobin: a case of racist cyber bullying

A BNP activist accused by Wanstead resident Shirlene Tobin of racial harrassment was released without charge. The BNP has responded to this as a victory, claiming that Ms Tobin is a lying opportunist who was seeking to undermine the BNP. An alternative theory is that the only other witnesses to the altercation between Ms Tobin and the BNP woman were BNP activists, who closed ranks and swore to defend their comrade against accusations of racial harassment in court, regardless of the reality. In such circumstances, it would be hard for the police to press charges - it is Ms Tobin's word against the BNP and it simply comes down to the strength of numbers.

It is not up to us to judge on this particular incident, although it is worthwhile noting that several leading BNP members - including leader Nick Griffin - have convictions for incitement to racial hatred and violent attacks on members of ethnic minorities.

Regardless of who is right or wrong, the BNP have taken it upon themselves to traduce Ms Tobin and undermine her reputation. One BNP-associated blog, Made in Yorkshire, was deleted by Google-owned Blogger after it published Ms Tobin's address and sent her a "warning" - a development that has led to another police investigation.

The neo-Nazi forum Stormfront has also seen some ugly bullying of Ms Tobin, a nurse and a mother of two who says she is now too afraid to leave her home. Here are a selection of the comments left by extremist BNP supporters:

"Canvasser didn't wan't it back after the ape had touched it. Never know where it's hands have been. yuck"

"I bet she's a subsidy monkey. Let's hope the rest of her tribe also become agraphobic, and stay indoors, and off the streets."

"They are nasty mongrels and deserve what they get."

The BNP have started a letter-writing campaign to local newspaper editor Dominic Yeatman, calling on him to "desist from printing the deranged rantings of bigoted ethnic-minorities ever again." In one BNP-supporting blog, there is mention of a campaign to get her sacked from her job as a nurse. She has also been referred to as "The Screamer" and BNP supporters have claimed that she is "large" so therefore couldn't be a victim of racist abuse by the supposedly "elderly" BNP activists.

Whatever happened in relation to Ms Tobin's altercation with the BNP, the far-right wants to punish her. It seeks to intimidate her and her family and traduce her to the extent that she would not be able to work. All this is despite the fact that the BNP activist at the centre of the controversy has never been identified, so has not suffered as a result.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Spies, Secret Agents, and the BNP

Cross-posted with Harry's Place

In the minds of Britain’s ‘white nationalists’, their ‘movement’ is so important that it is infested with spies and secret agents. The latest news on the ‘Government plant’ front begins with Arthur Kemp, the BNP’s resident pseudo-historian (and ‘intellectual’ inspiration for last year’s BNP ‘White History Month‘) and Peter Rushton, a pseudo-intellectual crank who is one of the few members of the British People’s Party (formerly the White Nationalist Party and Aryan Unity) who can string a coherent sentence together. Kemp is an interesting fellow, given that he actually does have a history in espionage, being a veteran of Apartheid South Africa’s security services, while Rushton has moved around in various far-Right groups, including the BNP, from which he was eventually expelled.

According to Kemp, Rushton is in fact a ‘hard core Trotskyite’ and ‘Searchlight spy’ who

pretended to be a firm Nick Griffin supporter, but upon his exposure as a spy and expulsion from the BNP, he has since pretended to be a firm anti-Griffin activist, all in accordance with a plan to sow as much discord with British nationalism.

BNP leader Nick Griffin is even more paranoid than Kemp, and in 2007 claimed in a BNP magazine that Rushton is actually none other than Nick Lowles of Searchlight magazine!

Rushton is, unsurprisingly, none too impressed with these allegations and has recently attacked Kemp on the neo-Nazi Stormfront forums and has received a reply, as well as a stinging attack from the boys over at CUNT, who report:

It made funny reading today when homosexual ‘nationalist’ Pete Rushton (using the name Andi Ritchie on Stormfront Britain) made some comments regarding the BNP’s Arthur Kemp only to find himself put on the spot and humiliated when Mr Kemp himself took time out from real politics to toy with Rushton and give him a few minutes of his year to feel like someone actually gives a shit much to the amusement of many of us.

Now the real irony here is that MINCER Pete Rushton was accusing Mr Kemp of being, well a bit ‘Dodgy’. Now thats fucking brilliant coming from a closet homosexual who has had many slaps after being accused of many things including ‘commie’ and it was actually Mr Kemp who exposed Poofy Pete who was posting on a Marxist website/Forum and Poofy Pete never got over that one. Even a STORMFRONT moderator had confirmed seeing Rushtons (National Union Of Journalists) NUJ card prompting even his staunchest supporter at the time to give up hope amid all the accusations of Rushton working for Searchlight.

While nationalism strives upwards and onwards despite the bizarre reason folk even tollerate Poofy Pete Rushton being around, that said though Pete isn’t exactly the star attraction anymore as he hawks his mincing ways at poorly attended ‘fringe party’ meetings to appease the handful of alcoholics, social misfits and sexual devients with nothing better to do who join and attend these ‘meetings’. Usual attendance figures 15 to 20 people on a good day (not including bar staff).

Over at Griffin Watch, the Northwest Nationalists beg to differ. There IS something dodgy about Kemp, they allege. They also raise the very good question of exactly why it is that BNP members still post on the blatantly pro-Nazi Stormfront site, given the ‘new BNP’ is supposed to be opposed to all that:

Oh so Nicks “mates” are allowed to post on Stormfront, no in fact his senior officials are allowed to post on stormfront, yet Nick claims that he has purged the party of white nationalists, 14 word masturbators, dinosuars etc.

Nick Griffin, what a two faced treacherous opportunist you really are.

Quite. And of Kemp, they ask:

Why is Kemp allowed to live in Britain and Geert Wilders not allowed to even visit here?
Wouldn’t you think, with Kemps history and supposed dislike of multiculturalism,(and the control that the establishment have) he would be one of the first to be dissallowed entry to Britain, let alone be allowed to reside here?

Somethings adrift.

And presumably in their minds that ’something’ is that Kemp is some kind of Government ‘plant’, ‘Searchlight spy’, or whatever.

Griffin Watch also revisits the case of former BNP councillor Sadie Graham, who was expelled from the BNP for challenging Griffin on the continuing presence and influence in the BNP of the openly pro-Nazi fan of underage girls, Mark Collett. As Workers’ Liberty reported at the time:

Collett and close associate Dave Hannam have constructed a clique of supporters around them. This group has been at the centre of physical and verbal attacks on fellow party members, the mishandling of party finances and various other allegations of threatening behaviour and incompetence. For example, BNP accounts have still not been submitted for official scrutiny.Nick Griffin has firmly sided with Collett in this dispute. That the leader of the BNP sided with an outspoken Nazi over a covert one suggests something essential in his politics.

Having failed to convince Griffin to act against the Collett clique, Graham and friends set up the ‘Enough is Enough Nick’ web-log detailing their complaints. In taking the issue to the membership and wider public, Graham and Smith were summarily expelled from an organisation that claims to be the ‘most democratic’ party in Britain! On top of this it is alleged that members of the BNP ‘Security Team’ - currently in the hands of former South African Intelligence operatives - have been bugging members phone calls and that on the day of Graham’s expulsion they gained access to her house and removed a number of items including a lap-top and mobile phone.

When Griffin expelled Graham he - true to form - accused her of being an infiltrator working for Searchlight. Griffin Watch is having none of this and raises the issue of phone tapping and bugging again:

Nick Griffin is a liar. The most disurbing fact about this is where did Griffin obtain this recording of a PRIVATE conversation between Kenny Smith and Sadie Graham from?
The rumour is that Arthur Kemp, with his background in espionage , was Lance involved?, illegally tapped Kenny Smiths telephone.
Kenny and Sadie were guilty of nothing more than trying to expose perverts such as Collett and Hannam and rid the party of them, in order that we, as a party could try to fulfill our true potential.

Having established - in their minds anyway - that Graham is not a spy and that actually Kemp was up to his old Apartheid era ways, Griffin Watch have moved on to promoting allegations of their own. For them, not only is Kemp a possible infiltrator but the BNP’s new treasurer (and deputy leader) Simon Darby is actually a ‘superspy‘!

This is a line that Nick Griffin’s former comrades in the International Third Position have been pushing for some time and they allege that the emergence of a photo of Darby being given a Nazi salute at the recent Euro-Fascist convention in Milan is part of a complex plot to discredit the BNP and that Darby is ‘a known MI5 operative’!

Welcome to the lunatic world of British ‘nationalism’…

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Police launch probe over new BNP threat

From This is London

REDBRIDGE Police have launched an investigation after an apparently pro-British National Party (BNP) website published threats against a woman who was allegedly the victim of a racist attack.

The news comes after officers arrested a BNP by-election campaigner in Wanstead on Tuesday after she allegedly called the woman a "n****r." The police have not commented on whether the BNP canvasser has been charged.

The website, which claims to be written by an unnamed "proud BNP member", has published full details of the woman and photographs of her Wanstead home along with the threats.

The website has been taken down within the past hour.

It said: "I intend to publicise your details on as many web sites as possible.

"You will wish you had never lied about the BNP; and that's not a lie, that's a promise."

Despite the police action, Wanstead BNP candidate John Evans said he thought the website was a fake.

He said: "I think it's an absolute fake. I haven't heard of it.

"We don't need to resort to this rubbish. I hope they find who did it. If we can take legal action against the person that did this then we may well do so."

Epping Forest BNP Watch update:

The blog in question is Made in Yorkshire, run by a blogger who describes himself as "Middle-aged, white, Yorkshireman. Think Clarkson, but bald! Proud member of the British National Party." The blog had 123 pro-BNP posts (see Google's cache) before its attack on Shirleen Tobin. who had made a complaint against a BNP activist. The blog includes videos from the BNP TV site and a service to give online donations to the BN. While the party organisation may not be responsible for its content, it is certainly not a fake website, as BNP candidate John Evans claims, but is run by a committed party activist. The threats against Ms Tobin, who has said she fears leaving her house, are typical of the inherently violent nature of BNP activists.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

No platform, no challenge?

Labour candidate Ross Hatfull pulled out of hustings for the Wanstead by-election, organised by Wanstead's Counties Residents Association (CRA), thereby preventing the event from going ahead.

He said: "The party line of the Labour group is not to share a platform with the BNP, but also there are a lot of people concerned there could be trouble if it went ahead."

The candidates from the Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Green and UKIP parties had planned to participate, so Labour was in a minority with its no-platform position.

BNP arguments are not hard to take apart, so why not take them on head-to-head at hustings? In the light of allegations of racism against one BNP campaigner, if there had been trouble from the BNP supporters it could only reflect badly on them.

Responding to the cancellation, Ian Lannigan of Wanstead said: "Fascists must be faced head on. Disengagement doesn't work (see what's happened in Dagenham) and only allows their lies to gain traction. We have to engage and defeat these racist buffoons in debate. The BNP has been handed a a PR victory by the inept Labour machine. The other candidates are denied a chance to present their policies and engage an intelligent and informed electorate.

"To withdraw on the day is cowardly, shameful, counter productive and will infuriate the CRA and Wanstead Historical Society who have worked hard to arrange a fair hustings. The voters will punish Ross Hatful and the BNP will reap the reward."

While being in the presence of a member from a racist party may put a bitter taste in many people's mouths, the BNP will not be defeated by silencing them but by hitting them head on with their hypocrisy, lies and hate-mongering. Labour's unilateral decision to destroy the debate has merely helped to divide rather than unite opposition to the BNP and provided fuel to their propaganda.

Defeating fascism will not be achieved by suppressing debate and attempting to ban fascists from freedom of speech. Democracy is strong enough to resist the BNP's subversive, divisive and nefarious politics.

BNP by-election campaigner arrested over racist attack

From Waltham Forest Guardian

A FRIGHTENED mum-of-two has been left too scared to leave her home after she was allegedly called a ‘nigger’ by a British National Party (BNP) canvasser during a racist tirade in front of her five year old son.

Shirlene Tobin, of St Margaret’s Road, Wanstead, has refused to leave her house since the incident - on Tuesday evening - during which she alleges the female BNP activist told her to ‘come to me because I don’t come to niggers’ when she tried to hand back a political leaflet that was posted through her front door.

The 43 year-old - who works as a nurse at Whipps Cross University Hospital - called the police immediately after the alleged attack at about 7.30pm - which she said has left her fearing for her family’s safety.

She said: “I couldn’t believe what this woman said to me in the middle of the street in front of my son.

“I walked after her to try and give the leaflet back but got a load of racist abuse.

“She told me to run to her because ‘niggers should be used to running.’ “This is the first time I’ve suffered racist abuse like this. I moved to Wanstead from Stratford because it has a special village community character, and then this happens.

“My neighbour has been brilliant and supported me, but I have been unable to leave the house since this happened. I’m worried about what might happen to me and my children.

“My husband is Irish, and black and Irish people in our parents generation suffered abuse like this, but I didn’t think this would happen to me today, in a place like Wanstead.

“My son is on his Easter holidays from school, and we were going to go out and look at the bluebells in the park, but I don’t feel safe to do that now.”

John Evans - who is standing as the BNP candidate in the upcoming Wanstead ward by-election - played down Mrs Tobin’s claims.

He said: “I am aware of this incident but knowing the BNP members in this area as I do I am sure none of them would have done this.

“As our leader Nick Griffin has made clear - anyone found bringing the name of the British National Party into disrepute will be expelled with immediate affect.”

Monday, 13 April 2009

Credit where it's not due - redux

Epping Forest BNP has again claimed credit where its not due by saying that its councillors were involved in getting road closure fees waived for the Debden Day celebrations, when they weren't.

Essex County Council had inadvertently charged the organisers of the annual community festivities with a £995 road closure fee. After a letter from the Chairman of the Loughton Broadway Town Centre Partnership Dave Stannard to Councillor Hume, who is in charge of ECC Highways, the West Essex Area Highways manager replied that no charge would be made in respect of the closure. He said that such costs relate to commercial closures and were not intended to cover community events.

In the past, road closure costs were waived by Epping Forest District Council, but responsibility was then passed to ECC in 2008. The £995 road closure charge was simply the result of an administrative error in designating the community event as a commercial operation.

Yet, the BNP is keen to make political capital out of an obvious mistake, although the credit for getting the ECC to realise its mistake belongs to Mr Stannard and volunteers from the community.

The Broadway Partnership and Debden Day are meant to be community activities, devoid of party political arguments. Until now, no councillor has sought to use these activities for their own party's again. But now the BNP shamefully want to politicise it for their own publicity ahead of the county elections and take credit for work they have not done. Debden residents don't want their community festival being caught up in an election campaign.

A few days ago, we revealed that BNP councillor Susan Clapp was trying to claim credit for the resurfacing Jessel Drive, when in fact it was planned months in advance and after campaigns by a number of community activists and councillors from other parties. Instead of claiming credit for others' hard work, why don't BNP councillors actually do something for a change?

Jesus to join Epping Forest BNP?

Loughton is waiting in eager anticipation over the BNP's final verdict over whether the town will host the party's latest election billboard proclaiming that Jesus would vote BNP.

According to Epping Forest BNP branch, it has been shortlisted by the party to pick a billboard on its patch featuring Jesus. The poster plays on the BNP's paranoid belief that its persecution is as bad than the Roman persecution of Jesus and His disciples. It features a verse from John stating "If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. What would Jesus do? Vote BNP."

Jonathan Bartley of leading Christian organisation Ekklesia pointed out that "the verse comes in the context of Jesus' teaching about love, which is of course a long way from the BNP's perspective." Churches have also strongly criticised the election stunt and accused the BNP of scapegoating minorities.

The BNP is incensed that Christian churches are unanimous in their condemnation of the party and its racist ideology, which goes well beyond criticism of immigration policies and actively works towards expulsion of non-white people. Last month, the Synod of the Diocese of Chelmsford condemned the extremist party and urged that all members of the Church of England "take an active part in responding to the challenge posed by the BNP and similar racist political parties."

Some members of the local party have privately voiced their disquiet over the poster, fearing it could bring ridicule and condemnation from the local churches. Loughton Churches Together have been at the forefront of local campaigning against the BNP and more pragmatic party members see the pitfalls of inciting yet more conflict with the churches. The party's campaign against the town's only Christian-denominated secondary school has already raised the hackles of many local Christians and the BNP's Jesus advert will only focus efforts to oppose the racist party.

Garry Martin's hissy fit

Poor old BNP councillor Garry Martin is struggling to get to grips with the principles of democracy, let alone how to run public projects. Mr Martin ran out of Wednesday night's Loughton town council environment and heritage committee meeting, red-faced and angry after he felt he didn't get his way regarding the restoration of the town's war memorial. He claimed it was a protest, but his fellow BNP councillors were embarrassed by his fit of pique and refused to join him.

Mr Martin claims that the council is refusing to honour the war dead. Councillors had explained to him that there may not have been enough room on the war memorial for all the names that need to be added. Instead, alternatives would have to be considered, but in the mean time they would go ahead with repointing and cleaning up the memorial and resetting the flag stones.

It is somewhat ironic that Mr Martin is so passionate about this, given that local soldiers fought and died fighting those who upheld the ideology that inspires the British National Party. As this picture shows, BNP leader Nick Griffin never had a problem marching alongside those traitors who worship Hitler.

Perhaps Mr Martin has yet to understand the BNP's ideological roots; he is obviously not motivated by a love of Hitler, as some of the party's long-standing members are. Yet, he doesn't even seem to have a grasp of council business.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Clapped out! Credit where it's not due.

Susan Clapp, Loughton's most unremarkable BNP councillor, is attempting to take credit where none is due in order to rescue her flagging reputation.

Ms Clapp has heralded the recent resurfacing of Jessel Drive as the result of her appeals, just "a few weeks" after she complained. The resurfacing had been planned months in advance, according to the West Essex office of Essex Highways. It had nothing to do with Clapp's supposed appeal. In fact, other parties had long been campaigning against pot holes. The local county councillors - the Loughton Residents Association's Chris Pond and the Conservative party's Michael Tomkins - have been praised by residents for putting consistent pressure on County Hall to repair roads in Debden, while the Liberal Democrats have made it a high priority and launched petitions. The BNP's contribution was precisely zilch.

Susan Clapp came rather late on and probably only to defend her position as local BNP members consider whether to ditch her in favour of Julian Leppert for the 2010 district council elections. By claiming she was responsible for road repairs that were already planned, Ms Clapp perhaps is trying to make a point, having failed to impress anyone with her lacklustre performance in the council chamber. Even her own party recognises Ms Clapp is truly clapped out.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Epping Forest BNP's "scientific racist" links revealed

The BNP's ex-Jewish poster-girl and Epping Forest councillor Pat Richardson was guest of honour at a recent conference entitled "Preserving Western Civilisation" in the US.

The conference was organised by well-known white supremacists and was heralded as the white nationalist response to the election of US President Barack Obama. The event was organised by Michael Hart, who has advocated a racial partioning of the US, and focused on the need to defend "America's Judeo-Christian heritage and European identity" from immigrants, Muslims and Africans - clearly a racist response to the election of the US's first black president, who was brought up by a Muslim step-father and lived in the world's largest Muslim country, Indonesia. Perhaps Pat Richardson would prefer President George W Bush back in power, in which case her opinion is held by an extreme minority on both sides of the Atlantic!

Like Richardson, Hart comes from a Jewish background and he represents what is commonly known as "scientific racism", in which Jews are placed firmly in the European camp (haven't they heard of the Falashas of Ethiopia or the Lemba of Zimbabwe? - never mind, don't let the facts get in the way of white supremacism). The conference promoted the notion that the white man is genetically superior and that the West should not simply defeat Islamic extremism but must fight a war of civilisation with the East. On the issue of Muslims, Richardson remarked: "If they're not plotting and planning unrest, they're planning how to get your money."

Richardson's visit to the US was followed by BNP deputy leader Simon Derby's attendance at a rally of European fascist parties in Italy, at which he was given the Hitler salute. The meeting was organised by Forza Nuova, whose leader Roberto Fiore was convicted in Italy in 1985 for his involvement in the Bologna railway station bombing, which was the biggest postwar terrorist attack in Europe.

In speaking at an event organised by American white supremacists, Richardson has revealed the truth of Epping Forest BNP that they have sought to hide from the local community. While they pretend to be the voice of the common man, they are really part of an international network of shady extremist groups that believe in racial segregation, white supremacism and involved in violent and terrorist acts.

We don't need these traitors to our country sitting on our council and spending our money. And we sure as hell don't need them as school governors.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

How the BNP misleads the electorate ...

... by the man who BNP leader Nick Griffin once hailed as a hero.

BNP: "An insult to our ancestors"
BNP founder John Tyndall, who paraded in Nazi uniform while promoting antisemitic propaganda and Holocaust denial, accuses his opponents of betraying those who died for freedom

Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Griffin?

Monday, 6 April 2009

BNP deputy leader addresses international fascist rally

The deputy leader of the British National Party has spoken at an international fascist rally alongside a man convicted of a terrorism offence and a convicted Holocaust denier.

Simon Darby claims he addressed a 400-strong audience in Milan today (5 April). Representatives of extreme-right parties in Germany, France, Romania, Hungary and Cyprus were expected to take part in the meeting.

Darby, who flew out to Italy this morning, heads the BNP's European election candidates' list for the West Midlands, a region in which the party could win a seat. He has a "Mr Clean" reputation in a party in which many leading activists have criminal convictions, a nazi past or both.

The rally was titled: "Our Europe; Peoples and Traditions Against Banks and Big Powers", a change from the original, "Our Europe; Peoples and Traditions Against Banks and Usury". The term "usury" is traditionally used by Nazis against Jews and it may have been altered to avoid accusations of antisemitism.

Speakers enter the hotel greeted by fascist salutes
Speakers enter the hotel greeted by fascist salutes

It had been booked at a major conference centre in Milan, but widespread protests from MEPs and Italian partisan veterans, as well as a 20,000-strong petition forced its move to a private hotel.

The meeting was organised by Forza Nuova, whose leader Roberto Fiore, was convicted in Italy in 1985 for "subversive association" for his involvement in the Armed Revolutionary Nuclei. Two members of that organisation were convicted for the Bologna railway station bombing in August 1980 which killed 85 people, including two British tourists, Catherine Mitchell and John Kolpinski, and left over 200 wounded. It was the biggest postwar terrorist attack in Europe.

Fiore became an MEP after Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of the Italian fascist dictator, resigned her seat to take up a post in the Italian government. He has been a friend, financial supporter and political mentor to BNP leader Nick Griffin since 1980, when Fiore arrived in Britain on the run from justice in Italy.

Fiore helped Griffin run the National Front "political soldiers", described at the time as a "proto-terrorist organisation". When the political soldiers collapsed, they went on to found a new fascist group, the International Third Position.

Alongside his political activities Fiore amassed a huge fortune through business interests in London and later around the world. They included operating as a slum landlord and exploiting people brought in from eastern Europe, Italy and Spain, whom he passed on to gang masters to work on the land and in food processing plants.

Simon Darby (right) with Bruno Gollnisch MEP (left) and Roberto Fiore MEP (second from left)
Simon Darby (right) with Bruno Gollnisch MEP (left) and Roberto Fiore MEP (second from left)

Fiore was also one of the founders of the extremely violent Hammerskins skinhead movement, part of the nazi music and football hooligan gangs responsible for violence on the terraces. They have strong links with one of the most vicious fascist football hooligan gangs in Europe, the Roma Ultras, who recently attacked English football fans, stabbing one. Their most infamous episode was when they unfurled a banner down one side of their home stadium with the words "Jews to Auschwitz".

Hammerskins members recently marched through Bergamo in northern Italy armed with sticks and metal bars and with helmets on their heads. At their head were Fiore and Father Giulio Tam, a priest revered by Spanish falangistas and Italian fascists, who blessed the FN's new headquarters in the town. Father Tam was in the audience at the Milan rally.

Father Giulio Tam raises his hand in support of fascism
Father Giulio Tam raises his hand in support of fascism

Fiore is closely associated with the Catholic Society of St Pius X, in which Bishop Richard Williamson was a leading light. In January 2009 in a television interview Bishop Williamson denied the existence of the Nazi gas chambers, a statement that caused a scandal when the Pope lifted his longstanding excommunication a week later.

Also in prime position on the platform with Darby was Bruno Gollnisch. An MEP for the French National Front, Gollnisch was given a three-month suspended prison sentence in January 2007 for denying the Holocaust. He was also fined €5,000.

The court, in Lyon, found he had "disputed a crime against humanity" in remarks he made during a news conference in the city in October 2004. Gollnisch, who was chair of the Identity Tradition and Sovereignty far-right official group in the European Parliament, had questioned the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust and said the "existence of the gas chambers is for historians to discuss".

In April last year, just three days before polling day in the London Assembly election, in which the BNP won one seat, Griffin brought Gollnisch and other European extremists to a private meeting in a South Kensington hotel.

The meeting took place at a time when Griffin, a long-time Jew-hater who has a conviction for race hate, had approached the Jewish community in a bid to form a united front against Muslims, an invitation that the Jewish community firmly rejected.

Despite the BNP's anti-EU stance, Griffin is keen to build links with European far-right parties, hoping that if he is elected as an MEP, he will be able to join a far-right bloc. If enough far-right MEPs can put aside their nationalist rivalries and form an official group in the European Parliament, they will benefit from a further €1 million a year on top of their salaries and staffing and expenses allowances. They would also be entitled to committee positions and enhanced speaking rights.

In October Griffin addressed an open-air rally of the Hungarian hardline fascist Jobbik party and its private army heavy mob, the Hungarian Guard, in Budapest. Griffin has been flirting with the Hungarian fascists since May when he met the Jobbik representatives Bela Kovacs and Zoltan Fuzessy in London.

Jobbik, also known as the Movement for a Better Hungary, is strongly anti-Jewish. Although the BNP has courted the Jewish community and denies it is antisemitic, Darby said recently on a radio broadcast that BNP MEPs would welcome cooperation with Jobbik.

A few days after his return from Hungary Griffin was cementing his relationship with the tiny anti-immigration, anti-Muslim and anti-Romani Czech National Party (NS) by addressing its rally to celebrate Czech independence. Griffin's trip, accompanied by several BNP activists, followed the visit by the NS leader, Petra Edelmannová, to the BNP's Red White and Blue festival last August.

That Darby has now joined Griffin in linking up with these far-right extremists in Europe shows that the BNP is still an out-and-out fascist and antisemitic party, despite the fine words and smart suits of its leaders.

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