BNP chief on police march
Thousands of police march in London over 'unfair' pay
Evening Standard comment: A march that discredits police
A senior member of the BNP marched at the head of a huge police demonstration over pay in London today.
Richard Barnbrook, the far-Right party's leader in London, walked alongside top members of the Police Federation and at one point was yards from Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick.
Mr Barnbrook, a BNP councillor in Barking & Dagenham and a candidate in the election to pick London's next Mayor, told the Standard he took part to support the police and denied his presence was an embarrassment. An estimated 22,500 off-duty police officers, many wearing white baseball caps with the logo "Fair play for police", walked from Park Lane to Millbank, passing close to the Houses of Parliament.
Police Federation officials claimed they were powerless to prevent Mr Barnbrook from marching. Spokesman Metin Enver said he was not invited specifically but police officers recognised him when he turned up. He said: "Some of my colleagues saw we had the BNP Mayoral candidate with us. The one thing we want to make clear is we didn't invite him. It wasn't a closed march. He chose to attend by his own accord which is his right in a democracy. It is disappointing if anyone chose to join the march for their own agenda.
"We didn't ask him to leave because whether we like it or not we live in a democracy."
NWN: Comments please ? Certainly, we need an honest Police force, but I remember the way that the miners were treated by the Police in the Miners strikes of the 1980's.
Coppers also waved wads of £10 notes at the workers at fleet street /wapping industrial dispute too, trying to take the piss out of the strikers.
The Police were raking in the dosh especially with the overtime payments in these 'politically motivated actions' by the Thatcher regime.
So many people now won't support them, when they should be supported, and why should they ?
We ourselves, either NF or BNP have suffered by Police 'dirty tricks' , harassment, and in some cases beatings over a 30 year period to my own knowledge.
Certainly the Barnbrook pic was a stunt, which Herr Griffin is known for. But if it wasn't for the London Evening Standard making a story out of it, no one would have known !
The story was positive to the BNP.
Now the question is; why did the press give good publicity to the BNP ?