In the run up to the elections, the BNP have proved their competence once again after their webmaster quit:
The BNPâ€™s 2010 campaign has descended into a fratricidal bloodbath after Simon Bennett, the BNPâ€™s web-master, attacked the BNP leader Nick Griffin MEP on the partyâ€™s website and nationalist internet forums.
The extraordinary episode started yesterday, when Bennett removed the BNPâ€™s website replacing it with an angry message aimed at Griffin and Jim Dowson.
The BNPâ€™s position deteriorated even further when another of its councillors, Luke Smith, smashed a bottle into the face of a fellow BNP supporter. In the resulting by-election the BNP vote halved and the party slipped down into third place.
The BNP did have one councillor in Blackburn, Robin Evans, but last September he walked out of the party. He then wrote a letter to his former BNP colleagues denouncing Blackburn BNP as a party of drug dealers and football hooligans â€¦ Last year Searchlight reported that Evans could not follow council business. â€œThis is all mumbo jumbo,â€ he told fellow councillors. â€œI donâ€™t understand a word of it.â€ The mumbo-jumbo he was referring to was the council budget!
Last summer Sandwellâ€™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.
Steve Batkin, the BNPâ€™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 councillorâ€™s allowance of Â£100 a week.
(Hat-Tip: Jai for the website story)
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