Thursday, May 29, 2008



'The Times' today


The British National Party, the far-right, white-only movement founded in 1982 from the ruins of the National Front, now claims about 100 councillors, mainly in communities with large Muslim populations.
The principal strategy of Nick Griffin, its Cambridge-educated leader, has been to escape the jackbooted, knuckle-dragging image of street-fighting neo-Nazis and to become a popular anti-immigration party. The East End of London has become a stronghold, with the BNP installed as the official opposition on Barking & Dagenham council under the leadership of the artist Richard Barnbrook. Mr Barnbrook made a breakthrough by winning the BNP’s first seat in the London Assembly.
The party’s electoral success came after it began concentrating its attacks on Muslims. Since 9/11 and the Asian riots in the North of England in 2001 it has gained representation on local authorities from Burnley, Kirklees and Rotherham in the North to Stoke-on-Trent, Sandwell and Nuneaton in the Midlands and Epping in Essex.
The first sign of the success of Mr Griffin’s strategy came when he stood as a candidate at Oldham West in the 2001 general election and came a close third with 16 per cent of the vote. By the European elections of 2004, he was focusing on what he described as the problem of attacks by Muslims After a BBC documentary recorded him calling Islam a “wicked and vicious faith”, he was charged with stirring up racial hated. At the end of two trials, he was cleared and depicted himself as a champion of free speech.
He has a previous conviction from 1998 for incitement to racial hatred.
Recent BNP literature has expressed some sympathies with blacks and Hindus, portraying them as fellow victims of Muslims.
The British National Party sought yesterday to present the killing of one of its activists by a Muslim elder as an act of white martyrdom.
On the steps of Stafford Crown Court, Michael Coleman, a BNP councillor and organiser of the party’s Stoke-on-Trent branch, said: “We advise anybody who gets angry: get involved with the BNP.” He was speaking at the end of the trial into the killing of Keith Brown, 52, a former boxer and friend of the BNP leader Nick Griffin, who collapsed and died after being knifed in the back by his next-door neighbour Habib Khan. Mr Griffin attended his funeral.
Khan, 50, was unanimously cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter after a jury heard that he had endured racism, threats and violence from Mr Brown and his son, Ashley Barker, also a BNP activist. Khan was also convicted of wounding Mr Barker, 20. His son, Azir Habib Saddique, 24, was cleared of the same charge. Khan’s sentencing was adjourned.
Simon Darby, Stoke BNP’s deputy leader, has been blogging daily from the courtroom. The funeral is posted on YouTube. A DVD will be distributed, playing on voters’ worries about violent attacks blamed on Asian men. Other BNP units are being urged to adopt the strategy of highlighting local Muslim-on-white attacks.
The potency of the far Right claiming its first martyr dawned last year as six BNP councillors shouldered their fallen comrade’s coffin. To some white supremacist websites, Mr Brown is being built up as the Horst Wessel of the Potteries, a British equivalent of the Nazi songwriter shot dead by a Berlin communist in 1930. An online book of Condolence hails Mr Brown as “the first nationalist victim of Islamic jihad against Great Britain”.
Behind the rhetoric lies a tale of two middle-aged, Middle England fathers whose rivalry descended into loathing. Khan dreamt of knocking down two semis and creating a single grand villa next to a pair of ageing end-terrace houses where Mr Brown, his girlfriend and their seven children lived in the Normacot district.
Mr Brown tried everything to stop the building work but Khan erected a miniature palace with carved stone pillars and huge decorative amphorae in the garden. Like most neighbourhood feuds, it boiled down to a row over boundaries. Mr Brown accused Khan of putting a fence on his land and said that the conservatory blocked his light. Mr Brown was a dangerous man with convictions for what Judge Simon Tonking called “extreme violence” in his twenties. In 2000 he was convicted for punching a man in the face

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i told you nicks stratergy was working. he should be trusted as he will deliver

john werneth

Anonymous said...

"i told you nicks stratergy was working. he should be trusted as he will deliver

john werneth"

Working!!! Well, you'd better work a bit harder. At this rate you should be in number 10 by.......

3010

Anonymous said...

No wonder Griffin controls the BNP. Don't you idiots realise that the NF scored a higher percentage than Barnbrook, 30yrs ago?

Keep listening to Griffin's smoke and mirrors you numpty. LOL

1000 Candidates stood this year, and you only gained 1 new REAL councillor. Wake up you dummy and boot him out.

NorthWestNationalists said...

For fecks sake.........can't Richard please wear another colour of suit ?

What a morning……pffft… 8:00am. I made a snowman. 8:10 A feminist passed by and asked me why I hadn’t made a snow woman. 8:15 I made a s...