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  • The BNP’s greatest hits


    by Rumbold
    3rd June, 2009 at 9:26 am    

    Leafing through some of Pickled Politics’ old articles, I found some wonderful examples (from Stop the BNP) of how the BNP behaved once they had got into power:

    In Sandwell: (my favourite)

    Last summer Sandwell’s two BNP councillors thought they would outfox their political rivals by proposing a motion to the full council calling on the government to stop sending asylum seekers to the borough.. They knew full well that the motion would fall but they would then be able to tell electors that the BNP was the only party that opposed the arrival of more asylum seekers in the area.

    To their surprise the motion was passed with an amendment. The BNP happily supported the new motion quite unaware that the changes reversed everything the BNP originally wanted. So the BNP councillors voted for a motion that sympathised with the plight of asylum seekers, condemned the government for being too harsh on them, attacked the press and politicians who tried to whip up racism and called on the council to accept their responsibility to take more.

    In Stoke:

    Steve Batkin, the BNP’s Stoke councillor, has also failed to impress. During his election campaign last year he questioned the Holocaust and claimed that Jewish people only made an issue of it to make money. His performance has not improved since then. He missed a few meetings early on but now just sits in silence. After eight months in post he had to ask council officials to explain what abstaining meant.

    Earlier this year it emerged that he had not paid his council tax since becoming a councillor. He claimed this was because of the long queues of asylum seekers at the council tax office but of course this was nonsense because that office has nothing to do with asylum seekers. However, while he dodged his tax, he did find time to claim his full councillor’s allowance of £100 a week.

    And there are many more. Yet for all their humour, these stories are in some ways the best chance to reduce support for the BNP. People voting for the BNP know that it is a racist party. Therefore they vote for one of two reasons (or sometimes both); either because they are racist themselves, or they believe that the BNP are different and so are the only ones who will truly represent them. Stories like these help to shatter this delusion.


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    1. mysteryman — on 3rd June, 2009 at 8:13 pm  

      Run the BNP are coming !!!!

      I don’t really know what the hysteria is all about they couldn’t organise a council pissup let alone the nazi death camps those dodgy communists Searchlight would have us believe.

      Having looked at your source I’m not sure how true these stories are but nevertheless, the BNP members who end up elected invariably turn out to be morons.

      In a wierd way its a shame that the only party talking about radical changes in direction in terms of many of todays voters concerns are also a bunch of racist losers obsessed with skin colour being linked to human behaviour.

    2. Amrit — on 3rd June, 2009 at 10:02 pm  

      Rumbold: I love you!

    3. Sunny — on 3rd June, 2009 at 11:52 pm  

      heh - nice.

    4. billericaydicky — on 4th June, 2009 at 8:34 am  

      There is just no end to their stupidity. Their Central London organiser was replaced because he claimed that women liked being raped to be replaced by Geoff Marshal who, when Cameron’s child died, said that handicapped children should be put down.

      The leader of the group on Barking and Dagenham has just been done for drunk driving, refusing a breath test and no insurance or MOT.

      Earlier this year we leafleted three wards where the BNP councillor had not attended a single council meeting since they were elected.

      You could go on and on but unfortunately much of this is not known to people who go out and vote for them. What has been good in this campaign is the rubbishing they got right across the spectrum of the press not just from the Guardian.

    5. Ravi Naik — on 4th June, 2009 at 9:38 am  

      You could go on and on but unfortunately much of this is not known to people who go out and vote for them.

      That’s the real problem, isn’t it? It feels like much of the focus against the BNP is on ideology (racism), yet that implies that they are competent but we just happen to dislike their views.

      While politicians are ethically challenged and self-serving bastards by nature, the BNP reaches new lows - I am really surprised that anti-BNP movement continues to fight like it is 1975, and doesn’t exploit this wealth of information that can persuade racists to stay at home and not vote for the BNP.

      Has any political party lost its membership list, so that millions of people around the world can access people’s mobiles and addresses? The incompetence of the BNP is just unprecedented.

    6. hantsboy — on 4th June, 2009 at 9:46 am  

      What has been good in this campaign is the rubbishing they got right across the spectrum of the press not just from the Guardian.

      BillD

      All indicates that they fear them then.
      Something highly dodgy about so much opposition don’t you think ? And they only have 3% of the vote . LOL

      Can’t wait to vote tonight.

    7. Clairwil — on 4th June, 2009 at 7:04 pm  

      The Sandwell story is a belter, almost as funny as their plans for the economy outlined in their 2005 manifesto.

    8. Jai — on 8th June, 2009 at 11:24 am  

      Clairwil,

      almost as funny as their plans for the economy outlined in their 2005 manifesto.

      If possible, could you please post a link to any online sources detailing their economic manifesto.

    9. ukpatriot — on 13th June, 2009 at 1:04 pm  

      Ravi thanks thats great stuff!! at least they didn`t loose everybody in the uk`s personal tax information or what about medical records being found on wastlands, or military secrets left on trains that could cost the lives of our brave boys and girls,no the British National Party is not perfect, but it is evolving and getting new members everyday from all walks of life and positions, this can only get better for the party. There is rebellion in the air, and not a shot has to be fired, thats democracy in action folks!! love or hate it.

    10. Ravi Naik — on 13th June, 2009 at 1:58 pm  

      at least they didn`t loose everybody in the uk`s personal tax information or what about medical records being found on wastlands, or military secrets left on trains

      Mind you, these cases you mention are inexcusable - but you are comparing the matters of a political party with the matters of the government: the number of people working and the amount of classified information are not comparable.

      For a political party, losing their membership list - including addresses, telephone numbers, occupation and names, cannot be defined as anything less than political malpractice, or at best amateurism. That’s fine for a party, but I certainly do not want that extended to the government.

      but it is evolving and getting new members everyday from all walks of life and positions

      Indeed. I hear the BNP is attracting a lot of support from American models, if one goes by the latest batch of BNP leaflets.

      There is rebellion in the air, and not a shot has to be fired, thats democracy in action folks!! love or hate it.

      Ironically, the BNP got less votes in 2009 than in 2005, in the two places where they are stronger and got their MEPs.

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