Ho Ho Ho


by Rumbold
13th December, 2007 at 3:37 pm    

It appears that the BNP are having a bit of an internal tiff (via David T):

“The BNP is today in deep crisis after the expulsion from the party of two of its national officers. According to a notice posted on Sunday 9 December on the revamped BNP website, Sadie Graham, the party’s hard-working group development officer, and Kenny Smith, in charge of administration, have been “removed from their posts with immediate effect on the grounds of gross misconduct and now face disciplinary charges over alleged offences against the BNP Constitution and Code of Conduct”.

It appears that a number of other people, including several organisers and councillors, have also left the party. As this site goes live it seems that five of the party’s regional organisers have resigned, four BNP councillors have withdrawn the whip and are now Independent Nationalist councillors, five Advisory Council members are backing the rebellion as are several other local branch organisers. There further resignations in the pipeline.”

Could this be the beginning of the end for this deeply unpleasant party and their ideology, or will there always be some level of support for these type of groups? Will what the BNP represents ever truly be vanquished?


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  1. Leon — on 13th December, 2007 at 4:28 pm  

    Does it matter if the BNP disappears if they’re legacy is the shaping of the Tory and Neo Labour parties policies on immigration and multiculturalism?

  2. Muhamad — on 13th December, 2007 at 5:38 pm  

    Well said Leon.

  3. Don — on 13th December, 2007 at 6:00 pm  

    In-fighting among far-right goons. Does it matter? probably not. But good to know, all the same.

  4. douglas clark — on 13th December, 2007 at 6:04 pm  

    The more extreme right seems to be getting into the swing of schisms as a popular political hobby. Aaron Heath has this link up on Liberal Conspiracy:

    http://jimjay.blogspot.com/2007/12/i-kip-for-u-kip.html

    I’d have thought the more internal handbags at two paces that these deeply nasty parties indulge in, the less likely they are to be taken seriously.

  5. Deep Singh — on 13th December, 2007 at 6:41 pm  

    “Will what the BNP represents ever truly be vanquished?”

    Not really, I recall there being a BBC documentary many years ago on the National Front, charting its rise over the decades and the changes that occurred within it, from victimising Blacks to Indians and Pakistanis to Jews, even to finding God and insisting that it’s members refrain from drinking and smoking!

    So call it what you want, the bottom line racist agenda will remain in one shape or the other.

  6. Don — on 13th December, 2007 at 7:07 pm  

    Deep Singh,

    Quite so. In any human society bigotry, ignorance, fear of the other and a need to identify with an imagined and mythologised superior group – and thereby negate one’s own inadequacies – will always remain.

    The issue is, to what extent do they dictate the tenor of our daily lives? From my point of view (white, middle-aged, middle class, semi-rural liberal) hardly at all. Then I drive to work and I find kids who can’t concentrate in class because they didn’t get any sleep on account of having their windows put in by racists. And who see this as routine.

    Like Leon, I am appalled that both major parties have trimmed to the racist wind, but we have come a long way since the 70′s when it was mainstream.

    Eternal vigilance, I guess. If, in thirty years, our children and grandchildren look back at the mores of our time in the way we look at the 70′s, then we can reasonably claim success. They will still be there, but perhaps seen as they should be – as a mental health issue.

  7. Rumbold — on 13th December, 2007 at 8:14 pm  

    Douglas:

    UKIP hardly represent the extreme right. I agree with some of their ideas myself (though would not vote for them, because they can be a bit too nationalistic).

  8. douglas clark — on 13th December, 2007 at 8:51 pm  

    Rumbold,

    Well, more extreme right than the Tories, say. Did you read the link? It is difficult to vote for any party when the leadership is in such disarray. Ask Tommy Sheridan.

  9. Rumbold — on 13th December, 2007 at 8:54 pm  

    Douglas:

    I read the link- they sound almost as corrupt as the Labour leadership. I suspect that their star is fading. It is possible you have a special dislike for them because you have the odd row with one of their fans (a Mr. Devil)?

  10. douglas clark — on 13th December, 2007 at 9:13 pm  

    Rumbold,

    Well, now there’s a thing. I didn’t realise he’d tied himself to any specific cult of personality, apart from his own, obviously. Him being a self styled free thinker an’ all. No doubt he’ll be along shortly to swear at me. It always makes me laugh.

  11. Random Guy — on 14th December, 2007 at 9:10 am  

    Quiet everyone! Let me bask in comfort to the sounds of a bunch of hate-mongers ripping themelves apart…

  12. Ravi Naik — on 14th December, 2007 at 9:20 am  

    “Does it matter if the BNP disappears if they’re legacy is the shaping of the Tory and Neo Labour parties policies on immigration and multiculturalism?”

    Let’s not kid ourselves: the immigration and multiculturism policies are shaped by opinion polls, not by thugs.

  13. a very public sociologist — on 14th December, 2007 at 9:31 pm  

    The material conditions of far right support still exist, so we won’t have seen the back of the far right in Britain. Nor is the BNP facing inevitable doom. The split is inflicting huge damage upon them, and hundreds of activists will be demoralised. But as far as its passive support is concerned, this is just horses for courses. I doubt in Longton, Bentilee, and Abbey Green in Stoke (the wards the BNP currently have seats in) many will be debating the merits of Sadie Graham’s critique of Griffin’s leadership. But the numbers willing to put their cross against the BNP next May will remain undiminished, unless they face a serious political challenge from the left that speaks to the concerns Labour has so assiduously ignored.

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