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  • Taking on the BNP

    by Sunny
    7th March, 2007 at 6:21 pm    

    A new campaign called Hope Note Hate is being launched later this month to take on the lies that the BNP spread during Local Elections. Lies like the leaflet that said Africans were being paid 50,000 to move into Barking & Dagenham.

    I think this is a worthwhile campaign. There should be a two-pronged attack on the facists: dealing with their lies on the ground, and dealing with the social problems that lead to resentment and move people to vote for the BNP in a protest vote. We know the vast majority of people in this country abhor the racist, anti-semitic and Islamophobic ideas of the party. They just have to convinced that one of the three main parties care for them and be exposed to the real nature of the BNP.
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    1. raz — on 7th March, 2007 at 10:52 pm  


      LOL at this list of deadbeat BNP councillors. WTF is wrong with the Jewish one? Is she brain dead or something?

    2. S D Patel — on 7th March, 2007 at 11:00 pm  

      So many people will be voting for the BNP.You will never change their minds when they can see for themselves the mass immigration in their own towns.

    3. Leon — on 7th March, 2007 at 11:20 pm  

      Wow! No sight of the SWP involved in this?! Good stuff! :D

    4. Anon+1 — on 8th March, 2007 at 12:55 am  

      And I hope they continue to grow.
      Go to a meeting, no nasty people or skinhead thugs I see. Just working class familymen who want to retain their culture and way of life and put an end to this crazy PC government.

      Why not form a list of con/lab members who have been involved in shady dealings? I bet you couldnt afford the webspace!
      Its actually a pity such organisations are setup to tackle a legit, democratic party with such pathetic slander when theres clearly much more important issues people should be putting time towards.

    5. Ravi Naik — on 8th March, 2007 at 2:32 am  

      >> And I hope they continue to grow.
      Go to a meeting

      anon+1, you do realise that you are inviting non-white people to BNP meetings, right?

    6. Anon+1 — on 8th March, 2007 at 10:10 am  

      Yes I do, go see for yourself what type of people are members instead of thinking the worst. You’ll see that the steriotypes were very very wrong.

    7. chris — on 8th March, 2007 at 10:12 am  

      the biggest recruiting agent for the BNP is the Labour party, they never listen to the people, they have there own agenda and just implament policies that the vast majority of people disagree with. the other parties are the same, no wonder the BNP are on a roll, they are in touch with the real world.

    8. Leon — on 8th March, 2007 at 10:49 am  

      chris, I think you have a point albiet a narrow one. The BNP and the NF existed long before Neo Labour, long before any of this called “PC” stuff too.

    9. Chris (another one) — on 8th March, 2007 at 10:59 am  

      chris at #7 is quite right

      there cannot be “unlimited” immigration, for example, which always benefits the middle (property owning, tradesman employing) class

      anon+1 - if you want to undermine the stereotypes it helps to spell it correctly!

    10. ally — on 8th March, 2007 at 11:00 am  

      And Fascist and Nazi parties existed long before the NF or the BNP.

      Nice working class familymen you get at your meetings Anon+1

      Nick Griffin (party chairman) received a two-year suspended sentence in April 1998 for inciting racial hatred.

      Scott McLean (deputy chairman) was filmed in October 2003 giving Nazi salutes and singing racist and pro-Nazi songs at a winter camp organised by Glasgow BNP.

      Steve Blake (website editor) ran a nazi book club in the 1990s which sold hardline US nazi titles.

      Mark Collett (head of publicity) admitted on a Channel 4 documentary in 2002 that Hitler was his hero, that he found images of saluting Nazi soldiers ‘inspiring’ and that he would prefer to live in Nazi Germany than in today’s Bradford or Oldham. ‘Yes, I am a Nazi sympathiser,’ he told the journalist.

      Mark Payne (regional treasurer). In the 1990s Payne ran 14 Words Press (UK), a nazi publishing house that sold books and videos about the US nazi terrorist group, The Order. Payne even changed his name to Mark Matthews after The Order’s leader Robert Matthews.

      Dave Hannam (director of Great White Records) was imprisoned in 2000 for helping to produce and distribute a deeply offensive antisemitic and racist BNP leaflet.

      Kevin Scott (North East regional organiser) was convicted in 1993 for hurling a glass at a black customer in a pub.

      Nick Cass (Yorkshire regional organiser) took photographs of anti-racist campaigners which later appeared on the Redwatch website, run by the nazi terror group Combat 18.

      Colin Smith (South East London organiser) has amassed 17 convictions for burglary, theft, stealing cars, possession of drugs and assaulting a police officer.

      Tony Lecomber (Griffin’s chief lieutenant) was convicted in 1985 on five counts for offences under the Explosives Act, including possession of home-made hand-grenades and electronic timing devices. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. In 1991 he received another three-year prison term for unlawful wounding for his part in an attack on a Jewish schoolteacher whom he caught trying to peel off a BNP sticker at an underground station. Lecomber has a total of 12 convictions. He was the BNP’s group development officer until January 2006 when he publicly resigned after suggesting that the BNP should begin a terrorist campaign against establishment figures promoting immigration.

      John Tyndall (founder of the BNP) had six convictions. In 1962 he was jailed for organising a paramilitary group. Four years later, he was sent to prison again for possession of a loaded gun. In 1986, he was convicted of incitement to racial hatred under the Public Order Act and sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment. He died in July 2005.

      Warren Bennett (former chief steward) was supposed to keep order in the party yet has convictions for football hooliganism. In 1998 he was deported from France with over 50 other Scottish hooligans, including several BNP members.

      Robert Bennett, Oldham BNP’s leafletting organiser during the 2002 election campaign, has served five years in prison for the gang rape of a woman. He has also served seven years for armed robbery and has over 30 convictions.

      Mick Treacy, deputy organiser of Oldham BNP, has five convictions for violence, theft and handling stolen goods.
      Dean Wilson, Barnsley organiser. String of convictions dating back to 1982. In 1994 he was sentenced initially to 12 years’ imprisonment for robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and firearms offences, reduced to eight years on appeal.

      In 2002 he was sentenced to a further 21 months for assaulting a woman in Nottingham. The previous year he was convicted of threatening behaviour towards a police officer.

    11. sonia — on 8th March, 2007 at 11:49 am  

      well there isn’t ‘unlimited immigration’ anymore, and hasn’t been for a looong time. the more i hear what people with ‘immigration’ on their brain say, the more it seems no one really knows much about reality on the ground or what ‘immigration’ actuallyinvolves.

      I think there is definitely something to seeing how much a sustained campaign of some clear information could go towards allaying people’s assumptions/fears based on those assumptions. getting to a ‘british passport’ and even indefinite leave is a staged process and everything has conditions based on those stages. For example, i still do not have the right to have “recourse to public funds” and will not do so unless and until I qualify for a British passport.

      There is so much misinformation about. And so it’s hard to tell why people are attracted to the BNP. Seems to me there is a need to look into it more - is it about immigration, is it about race, is it mixed up and different for different people ?

      Might be an interesting exercise to see to what extent say people here on PP are knowledgeable about all the different things/categories/ etc. that fall into the catchall term ‘immigration’.

    12. Jagdeep — on 8th March, 2007 at 12:37 pm  

      Fantastic website! Good to know that at least one mainstream left political blog still endorses campaigns like this and recognises the threat of the BNP

    13. lithcol — on 8th March, 2007 at 2:25 pm  

      The BNP is as about as threatening as a dead fish. Seem to be creating a bit of a stink in places but they are not Mosley’s Blackshirts by a long way. Deal with the social problems and the BNP will fade away. Have two prongs and people will go after the easiest target, the BNP. Little being done to reduce the more difficult and seemingly intractable social problems.
      The so called Islamophobia thing will however still remain. The term Islamophobia is of course a misnomer ( a phobia is an irrational fear ). The term Islamofear is possibly more appropriate. A state of extreme anxiety induced by a very real threat in the environment. Fear incubates and gets reinforced by every perceived threat, real or not.
      Sorting out the muslim extremists, MCB etc. and encouraging the moderates and those that want a more secular Islam will not only help to deflate the aspirations of the BNP, it will also reduce Islamofear.

    14. Chris (another one) — on 9th March, 2007 at 8:51 am  

      sonia - perhaps you could enlighten us, then?

      The UK has shifted over the past decade from relatively low NET immigration to now quite high levels, averaging 170,000 pa. over the past few years.

      Leaving aside the “cultural” issues (which again of course affect the poor not the middle class) that adds up to a big strain on infrastructure, especially as most of the resultant population growth is in London/South East.

      Now as a middle class central London house owner I am delighted…

    15. Alana — on 9th March, 2007 at 9:08 am  

      Sonia, read yesterday immigration figures are 10 times more than the Government admit to.

      So it seems we have 10 immigrants a minute coming into the country not just the one!

    16. Kulvinder — on 9th March, 2007 at 9:12 am  

      The so called Islamophobia thing will however still remain. The term Islamophobia is of course a misnomer ( a phobia is an irrational fear ).

      The suffix -phobia has been applied to prejudice and bigotry for a longer than you have been alive. Presumably those that gay-bash aren’t homophobic as they aren’t afraid of queers? and ofcourse xenophobes don’t irrationally fear foreigners, they just don’t want them over here or anywhere near their wimmin.

    17. Kulvinder — on 9th March, 2007 at 9:14 am  

      nb regarding the immigration debate, obviously i take the standard libertarian line of not caring what people do or how many go to a certain area.

    18. Grant — on 24th March, 2007 at 11:31 am  

      The BNP decided to put their collective jackboots into the comments section of this online news item…


    19. Chris — on 25th March, 2007 at 10:22 pm  

      Roll on local elections 2007. You may shout and scream your left wing propoganda all you wish, the result will only be good for the BNP.
      What will searchfright and hope with dope have to say?
      Nick Griffin denied the holocoust 20 years ago.
      Joe Bloggs spit his chewing gum on the floor.
      Julie Bloggs picked her nose in public.
      Grow up morons it’s old news and very boring. Thank goodness for common sense british values.

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