Gordon Brown and his Government were traumatised for just a few moments yesterday evening when the Sharia Court in Khartoum found British teacher Gillian Gibbons, guilty of insulting Islam.
Then, there was that huge sigh of relief when the sentence was announced - 15 days in jail followed by deportation from Sudan. Whitehall had been in a state of sheer panic that the punishment might actually have been 40 lashes and any such degradation of a 54 year-old well-meaning primary school teacher who had just wanted to help the less fortunate children of the Sudan, could well have been a 'nation changing' event for the British people. They would have seen once again with their own eyes, just as they did over the execution of Ken Bigley, that 'the king wasn't wearing any clothes' and that all our Government's spin about Islam being a tolerant and peaceful religion was still just a pack of lies.
Hopefully Gillian will now be able to concentrate her efforts on children nearer to home in her own city of Liverpool.
I was back in the office for a serious day's work yesterday for the first time after a week of being sidelined. There were over 300 emails that needed some sort of response which took up much of the day, and I uploaded last month's issue of Freedom to the website together with a taster for the December issue.
Included in the latest Freedom is a report of the Standards' Board 'clean bill of health' for Colin Auty and Derek Dawson after they were reported by Labour MP Shahid Malik, for singing "Where's it all gone now" outside of his constituency office in Dewsbury. That was reported by the BBC on Wednesday and prompted some interesting feedback from a surprising source.
I write to with some hesitation, but feel that if I didn't do so I would be defeating the objective of my role in Ethnic media.
Where I do not wish to make any comment regarding Colin Auty's conduct regarding the incident outside MP Shahid Malik's office, I will say that the lyrics of the 'Auty song', other than the implication of drugs and under aged sexual grooming, are generally, in my personal view, not offensive. I see it as a non-Asian man's wistful views on the changes of his local environment since his childhood.
We are all entitled to reminisce once in a while as long as it's not hurtful to others.
Ms. Andleeb Hanif
I responded to Andleeb Hanif . . .
"Yes, the song is all about a nostalgia for the past and strikes a chord with many of our older supporters. It is not intended to be malicious, but just to ask 'what's happened'? The demographic changes that have taken place in parts of Britain seem to many to have happened so quickly and this is what worries people. Our mainstream politicians seem oblivious to these concerns and hence the growing support for the BNP. I'm pleased you corresponded, let's keep the channel open. Situations need to viewed from different aspects."
I'm starting work on the January edition of Freedom with Nick Griffin's appearance at the Oxford Union the clear frontrunner for the lead story. The media has done its best to try to belittle the importance of the event, but make no mistake the evening was a huge 'credibility step forward' for the British National Party. The antics of those who turned out to try to stop the meeting from going ahead has also played into our hands. Many people, some senior establishment figures, who witnessed Monday night's events where shaken by the ferocity of the rabble opposing free speech and will now have a changed perception of the hero and villain in situations involving the BNP.
Missed Allerdale's BNP meeting last week and Workington Reds excellent 2-1 FA Trophy replay over Nuneation Borough. Hopefully tomorrow I will feel well enough for Hucknall Town's visit to Workington, although my recovery is fragile and I don't want to do anything that might lead to a relapse - so it's a late fitness test and weather check around mid-day.
Friday, 30 November 2007
Friday, 23 November 2007
There have been no postings because it has been a nightmare week.
I was already under pressure to finish Freedom because it had to be at the printers a week earlier than usual to compensate for Christmas, and then on top of that I've been down with flu since Monday afternoon.
I think as you get older these things take their toll more and I've really struggled just to get to the office to complete the newspaper. In fact on Tuesday I was in the depth of despair as I thought it just wouldn't be done, but then things came together and yesterday it was sent to the printers with half-an-hour to spare. If I had missed our print slot then it would have been a couple of days before it could be rescheduled and that would have had a knock-on effect with delivery.
Still, it's all done and I must thank my wife Tina ,who sub-edits as well as proof reads the paper and that was doubly helpful when you are feeling below par. All being well I shall upload last month's Freedom to the BNP website over the weekend and post a couple of stories and the front page of the new issue. You will be able to see this as www.bnp.org.uk/freedom
Back to bed now in the hope of feeling better tomorrow. Workington Reds are way down at Nuneaton tomorrow for the FA Trophy competition, so it will be a day in the warm listening the BBC Radio Cumbria's excellent Saturday Sport commentary. Now, who says I never say anything complimentary about the BBC?
Posted by Martin Wingfield at 07:41
Monday, 19 November 2007
It was an excellent conference in Blackpool over the weekend. I was working on Freedom during Friday and Saturday and only made it down the M6 for Sunday's proceedings, but from the feedback I received there the whole weekend was a huge success.
The debates yesterday were very constructive and the contributions from delegates top-notch. What a difference it makes in ensuring that all those attending must have been to at least a couple of education and training seminars. This stipulation has clearly raised the quality of debate which accordingly makes the subject under discussion more interesting and provides a more informative platform from which Conference can make its decision.
Nick Griffin's closing speech was one of his best. He brought together a number of the themes that Freedom has concentrated on this year - peak oil, the credit crisis, erosion of personal comfort zones and the BNP's own quiet revolution. It was an address that painted a pretty bleak picture of what the country faces over the next few years. He likened the current mindset of the British people to those enjoying a party night out in a Limousine with darkened windows. Inside it was warm and cosy, the music was playing and the champagne was being drunk, but they were oblivious to what was going on outside and leaving everything in the hands of the chauffeur who was in fact driving them towards the edge of a cliff.
Nick said that the days of cheap and easy personal borrowing were over and that the credit crisis in America was about to hit Britain doubly hard. He predicted that our country's middle class would bear the brunt of this with record home repossessions, rising unemployment as our service industries crashed and oil shortages bringing industry and transport to a standstill. It sounded all doom and gloom but the BNP chairman said that this was the sort of economic climate that focused people's minds on politics. They would have their eyes finally opened to what a disaster Labour and the Tories' global policies had been for Britain and that only nationalism could secure a viable future for the British people.
It was a great speech which received the customary standing ovation. There was also a standing ovation for Nick Cass, Frank Atack, Colin Auty, David Exley and Roger Roberts, the brave BNP councillors and members from Dewsbury who have been targeted by a Muslim terrorist gang. And there was another standing ovation for two more brave individuals - the owners of the New Kimberley Hotel on Blackpool sea front. The husband and wife team had been victimised by Labour Party councillors and trade union bosses as well as being intimidated by Labour Party thugs, all in an effort to get them to cancel the BNP's Conference booking. But the brave couple stood firm and they provided the delegates of our Party with a superb three days.
Sadly, it will probably be our last time at the New Kimberley unless more space can be found as the meeting hall was full to capacity with many delegates left standing at the back and some even listening to the Conference speeches from an annexe. Full marks to Sadie Graham for all her organisation in making the weekend such a great success and to Mark Collett whose Conference brochure and publicity materials were top class, giving the British National Party the professional image that it needs to make the breakthrough into mainstream politics..
Friday, 16 November 2007
There was a significant county council by-election in Lincolnshire last night and this was the result.
Lincolnshire County Council
Heighington & Washingborough Ward
Thursday 15th November 2007.
Clive Oxby (Con) 788
Darren Hopewell (Lab) 206
Roy Harris (Lib-Dem) 137
Michael Clayton (BNP) 126
Stephen Pearson (UKIP) 52
Victor Sahunta (Ind) 21
BNP Percentage: 8.9%
This was a target seat for UKIP which polled 419 votes last time around scoring a very creditable 11.3% of the vote.
Wayne McDermott from the BNP's Election Department emailed me this morning with his take on the result.
"This is an area where UKIP stood 14 candidates to our single candidate in May 2007, so it was a very strong area for them. I feared we would be beaten by them but still hoped that our low key campaign might just be enough for the BNP to prevail. In reality we ended up thrashing them, leaving nowhere in the East Midlands where they can beat us. After confidently predicting at the beginning of the campaign that they would come 2nd to the Tories, the nearer they got to polling day the more the hard-working UKIP team began to realise there was no support on the doorstep for their party. In the end they didn't even show at the count, probably well aware they were about to suffer another huge blow to their electoral credibility. I can't remember the last time they beat us in a by-election, can you?
"This is another new area for us and another step in the right direction. I don't expect anyone to get excited with a 9% BNP share of the vote - on the plus side our campaign was completely local with no outside help whatsoever - but there were six candidates standing and we were within striking distance of the 2nd place Labour candidate who saw his party's vote share fall by a huge 26%."
I'm grateful to Wayne for that analysis and I can confirm that initial UKIP optimism about the campaign. I correspond quite regularly with a couple of UKIP officials and they have been adamant that the east of England was still very much 'their area' despite the setbacks elsewhere this year. Last night proves that this is not the case. I always urge these people to come and join us and shall do so again today if they contact me. Sadly, although they acknowledge these are desperate times for their party, they all still believe that the public will turn again to them as they did at the Euro-Elections in 2004. I tell them it won't happen again. That was a one-off Max Clifford miracle. His publicity machine got UKIP the peak time TV coverage and provided it a certain 'celebrity'status which was enough to appeal to a public desperately seeking an alternative to the old gang parties. But UKIP today is totally exposed and has no credibility. It won't ever come back.
And talking of exposure, over-exposure this time, if anyone reading this blog has five minutes to spare please email BBC's Any Questions and ask them why on tonight's programme to discuss "British Jobs for British Workers" they have that UKIP fraud Nigel Farage, rather than inviting the BNP's Nick Griffin, the leader of the political Party from which Gordon Brown actually stole the slogan.
Busy weekend. Annual Conference on Sunday and Freedom's deadline worryingly looming.
Thursday, 15 November 2007
Spin, spin, spin - that's all politics appears to be nowadays. There's the scandal of the illegal immigrants found working in the security services which, given the current level of terrorist threat to this country, should be a resignation issue for our Home Secretary. But it's not, instead she offers her weasel words in a string of excuses which are almost as bad as the phoney outrage being displayed by the Tories. Neither the Government or the Opposition intend to take any fundamental steps to deal with the situation, they are just spinning words to give an impression that something is being done. If I was Home Secretary, my very first announcement would be an end to all immigration from midnight and when the European Union kicked up a fuss, I would immediately terminate our membership of that anti-British club.
Now we even have 'spin' from the boss of the Bank of England telling us to expect two interest rate cuts next year. That's just a cynical ploy to get people to spend more on their credit cards this Christmas and to encourage the public to keep on paying inflated house prices. With the financial markets facing the biggest upheaval in their history, because of the sub-prime scandal, how irresponsible can it be to encourage people to get further into debt because that is what his announcement was all about.
When I start shouting at the radio I know it's time to turn it off and just bury myself in producing Freedom. I also like to escape back into the past and after Tuesday's blog I have had a good exchange of views over the 1979 Conference in Yarmouth and about those early days in general. One query from Pam was how I first got involved and what it was like at that time, so I shall take this opportunity for a quick trip down Memory Lane.
In 1974 I was a member of the Liberal Party but after the two General Elections that year I didn't want to be involved any more. I had been to a couple of meetings and the key activists just seemed to be oddballs. I was working for the Inland Revenue in Durrington and picked up a National Front leaflet on the train coming home from work on day. I didn't do anything immediately but received a couple of information packs over the next few months and in the end I joined up and arranged a meeting with the Sussex Regional Organiser.
I was a betting shop manager working for Arthur Prince in Brighton at the time and the meeting was to take place in my lunch hour. When the smartly dressed gentleman with one arm came into the shop I knew that it must be my contact, Charles Parker.
From that lunchtime I have never looked back. I used to meet Charles and Vi, who were to become John Tyndall's inlaws, most Friday evenings where we would retire to Charles' study and discuss strategy over numerous glasses of wine. I was made the new Worthing organiser, given a list of the members there for the past three years and told to get things up and running. The old organiser was a chap called Oliver Gilbert who had fallen out with the Parkers and it wasn't too long before he was on the telephone wanting a meeting. Now Oliver was an imposing character and worked as a film extra who regularly portrayed elderly well-to-do Englishmen in TV advertisements and plays. At the time he was on the box most nights reading a copy of The Times and giving a knowing look to the camera. I met him in his luxurious flat overlooking Worthing seafront but the two hour meeting was pretty fruitless as he spent the whole time explaining his conspiracy theories and attacking Charles Parker.
Worthing Branch boomed during 1976 and the first half of 1977. Our first meeting was held in a private house with twenty people present and the next one was in the Forrester's Hall where over forty people attended. When I booked the hall, the Free Forrester's Association were confused as to who we actually were. I spent 10 minutes explaining but the committee of three elderly gentlemen still seemed under the impression it was something to do with the National Trust. We were a very mature branch in the beginning with the vast majority of members over fifty and over half of them ladies.
I had a good team around me although the chairman, Les Stone, a former Conservative councillor, was a bit of an embarrassment. His opening line to any new members was the story about how he went to demonstrate against the first boats arriving in this country bringing in immigrants from the Caribbean. The treasurer was a superb lady, Miss . . . and sadly I can't for the life of me remember her name. She was a former librarian and a spinster. Not only was she ultra efficient but also very generous always keeping the books balanced if we had overspent on newspaper adverts, leaflets or social evenings. My main assistant was a chap called Andrew Tulett who worked very hard, often going off for the whole day leafleting when his job in a local nursery permitted. He also had a lot of sound advice and was a steadying influence when I started getting carried away with the excitement of it all.
Things went very well with leafleting sometimes taking place on a Thursday as well as the regular Tuesday evenings. We were putting out the excellent 'Fed-Up' leaflet and it certainly created a lot of interest. The local newspaper was delighted with our appearance on the scene and we regularly made the front page. We launched a Young National Front association in Worthing which was fronted by the two most photogenic and articulate students, Caralyn Giles and Andrew Moffatt, anyone could ever want. It was a PR dream with their bright-eyed and smiling faces beaming out from the front page of the Worthing Herald.
It all seemed very easy at the time although the one concern was that there was a steady stream of new faces at our meetings and activities, yet they seemed to disappear as quickly as they had come and in the end the bulk of the work still rested on the shoulders of a handful of activists.
Everything changed after the Lewisham March. Peter Hain and Paul Holborrow set-up the Anti-Nazi League and there was a branch in Worthing which the local newspaper found just as exciting as us. As the political temperature was raised, a lot of the less committed members decided to keep their heads down and as things polarised so the internal disputes started to emerge, disillusioning the membership even further.
The Forrester's Hall remained our venue for the next four years and there were still some excellent meetings held there. But that time of unbridled optimism which lasted for the first 18 months of my time as a National Front member was gone for good. For the next twenty-five years nationalist politics was to be a hard and depressing slog ,with that light at the end of the tunnel never getting any nearer.
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
I see from my inbox this morning that the divisions within the United Kingdom Independence Party show no sign of healing after the UKIP Grass Roots Conference at Bournemouth last weekend. An open letter to Nigel Farage asking for more openness was dismissed by the UKIP boss with a curt, "Best of luck with your new party" put down.
In our conference week, UKIP's internal difficulties take me back to 1979 and the National Front's AGM that year held on Great Yarmouth pier. I travelled by train from Worthing and it was a long journey which took most of Friday but after booking in a room in a seafront hotel, I arrived in time for the Friday late afternoon and evening sessions.
The Saturday morning saw Great Yarmouth under siege. Police had closed off most of the promenade in an effort to keep 1000-odd opponents away from the pier and delegates had to go through three or four police checkpoints to get to the venue. There was a good turnout, around 500 if my memory serves me correctly, but what went on the meeting was thoroughly demoralising.
First of all there was the faction called the Constitutional Movement run by Paul Kavanagh which was critical of the party's leadership. Their supporters handed out a pamphlet to delegates listing their concerns. A lot of them were probably valid but most of us who were officials had already been briefed that these people were only interested in destroying the NF so I didn't give their leaflet a second thought. I do remember one of their spokesman giving an impassioned speech but his proposals were voted down.
Then their was National Front chairman John Tyndall, who told the Conference that he was the only person that could lead the Party through these difficult times and asked to be granted dictatorial powers to be able to do this. I voted against his request as did a slim majority at the Conference and that rejection led to John Tyndall forming another party, the New National Front, the following year. There was real division over this especially in my branch in Worthing and along the whole South Coast. I remember one evening making my way to the Foresters Hall in Newlands Road for a Worthing Branch meeting only to be refused entry and told that I was no longer the organiser. The whole region just started to disintegrate.
Nearly thirty years on, I can foresee a similar scenario being played out within the ranks of UKIP. There can only be one end for that Party and I just hope some of its good people don't waste their time fighting a fruitless battle within that dying vessel but jump ship now to the BNP and use their energies to fight the real enemy - the old gang parties that have sold this country to the Eurocrats in Brussels.
For me personally, the Great Yarmouth Conference was a turning point. Up until then I had just been a political activist and local official and apart from the monthly Worthing newsletter to members hadn't put my hand to writing anything much at all. At that Conference someone gave me a bulletin called Newham Front Page which was a local NF newsletter but aimed at a more public readership. I liked the idea and went back home and started work on the first edition of Sussex Front which started me on the very road that I still find myself on today.
Monday, 12 November 2007
I shall be standing by the telephone this morning waiting for that call from Nick Griffin. If the BNP chairman takes a leaf out of David Cameron's book and appoints an ex-con as an adviser for the prison service, then I might just be in line for a new job!
Joking apart, it's a strange decision by the Conservative leader. Jonathan Aitken epitomised the sleaze that befell John Major's Government, appearing to the public before, during and after his trial as the clearest possible example of a Tory snout-in-the-trough liar. Some uncharitable people may think that this, rather than any input he can give the Party from his time spent in chokey, is why Cameron is so keen to get him back on board .
It's a big seven days for the British National Party, which started yesterday with the attendance of many BNP units at Remembrance Day services up and down the country. On Friday it's off to Blackpool for three days and our Annual Conference. Surprisingly the Labour Party opposition has chosen Saturday to picket the Conference hotel which in reality is just a training day for potential delegates to the AGM, rather than the Sunday which is the day of the Conference proper. I think demonstrations like this actually help us now because however the opposition tries to spin it to the media, it comes across as an attempt to deny people the right to meet and discuss ideas. With political freedom very much on the agenda at the moment because of events in Pakistan and Burma, a threatening mob in Blackpool trying to stop people attending a political meeting just because they don't agree with that political party will smack of intolerance and I don't think the British people will appreciate it.
I see this as Labour making another mistake as it tries to stem the heamorrhaging of its traditional vote to the BNP. And let's just take this opportunity to make it very clear that although the groups opposing us come under a wealth of different names, it is the Labour Party behind them - Labour Party activists and Labour Party money. There was a typical Labour Party mistake in the Times & Star newspaper here in West Cumbria on Friday which I hope to score some points off in its next issue. In the letters' page there was a contribution from a Labour councillor concerning the political developments in Maryport. (see Clive Jefferson's excellent blog for the full story on this: http://www.cumbrianpatriotbnp.blogspot.com/ ).
In his letter, Karl Holding claimed that "the BNP have come last in every election they have contested in Allerdale." This is incorrect and gives me a chance not only to set the record straight but also remind readers of the BNP's excellent results in Maryport - something the Labour councillor is trying to belittle with his 'come last' comment. My letter to the newspaper reads as follows:
Allerdale councillor Karl Holding, may be new and relatively inexperienced as a Labour Party councillor, but he's certainly proving an old hand at Labour Party spin.
By his assertion (Times & Star 9th Nov) that the BNP "have come last in every vote" contested in Allerdale he is trying to imply that the BNP has no support in the borough. This certainly isn't the case.
In the council elections in May the BNP became the first party for 12 years to take on Labour in the Maryport wards of Ellenborough and Ewanrigg. When the votes were counted, the average vote for the two Labour candidates in Ellenborough ward was 607 while the single BNP candidate attracted 342 votes and in Ewanrigg ward the average vote for the two Labour candidates was 591 while the single BNP candidate polled 276 votes. That's over 600 BNP votes across the two wards and one-in-three voters supporting the British National Party rather than Labour.
Mr Holding's attempted 'no support for the BNP' spin is also factually incorrect. In Wigton ward for Allerdale Council in May 2003, the BNP candidate Paul Stafford polled 261 votes while Bill Walton, one of the Labour candidates, polled 246 votes and came last.
BNP candidate May 2007,
Letters to the press are important for the BNP because they keep our name publicised.
Just one by-election this week for Lincolnshire County Council. Here are the candidates:
Heighington & Washingbororough Ward
Michael Clayton (BNP)
Roy Harris (Lib-Dem)
Darren Hopewell (Lab)
Clive Oxby (Con)
Stephen Pearson (UKIP)
Victor Sahunta (Ind)
As with another recent by-election, an Independent candidate has withdrawn from the contest although her name will still be on the ballot paper. The seat is a Conservative one but with Labour snapping at their heels. It is also a target seat for UKIP which polled a very creditable 11.3% of the vote. The votes last time around were Conservative 1750, Labour 1534, UK Independence Party 419.
Workington Reds covered themselves with FA Cup glory on Saturday (well for 80 minutes at least) and made a few bob in the process. The Wembley dream came to an end at Gigg Lane as we went down 4-1, but that scoreline was an injustice. On 75 minutes we got a well-deserved equaliser and for five wonderful minutes it looked as though a major shock could be on the cards, before Bury scored three goals in the last 10 minutes. Well, now we can concentrate on getting into the Conference North play-offs without any distractions.
Friday, 9 November 2007
Congratulations to the British National Party's Lynne Smith who yesterday received 208 votes in the Castle Ward by-election in Tamworth in the West Midlands. It was a 13.6% vote share in a seat never fought before by the BNP and double the vote of the Lib-Dem candidate who had stood last time around and finished third.
Labour gained the seat from the Tories after a re-count, overturning a 181 Conservative majority from the last election in May in a parliamentary constituency that is a Lab/Con Midland marginal. The Labour vote was just up 2% but the Tory vote was down 8%, as was that of the Lib-Dems.
The full result from last night was:
Thursday 8th November 2007
Marion Couchman (Lab) 619
Ian Cooper (Con) 613
Lynne Smith (BNP) 208
Jenny Pinkett (Lib-Dem) 95
BNP Percentage: 13.6%
May 2007: Con 917, Lab 736, Lib-Dem 236.
Regular readers of this blog will know I call these sort of election results the Quiet Revolution. The opinion pollsters tell us there is no trace of support for the British National Party in their surveys and the media just never mentions electoral support for the BNP. Yet in council by-elections across the country since May, voters have been regularly turning out to support our Party. One-in-seven of those who actually registers a vote has been putting a cross against a British National Party candidate and that is quite something in this feverish political climate when Labour and the Tories are going at each other hammer and tongs on our TV screens almost every day.
The Quite Revolution is my front page for the December issue of Freedom because I believe it sums up our year. Before the May elections there was a feeling that we might score a spectacular success but that didn't happen. Our results were good but nothing out of the ordinary, more of a holding operation. Since May the BNP has fought 40 by-elections. In 28 contests our candidates have polled over 10% and in 11 contests over 20%. This signifies steady progress being built on firm foundations and bodes well for the future.
Freedom's front page lists these BNP by-election percentages along with photographs of many of our brave candidates. The page is nearly complete with just one space left for a photo of a candidate which I hope will be filled by the smiling face of John Rowe. He was our candidate for Rosegrove with Lowerhouse Ward in Burnley in May who was defeated by the drawing of lots after the votes of the BNP and Labour candidates were allegedly tied. John went to the High Court because two previously rejected spoilt ballot papers were included as Labour votes. A judge ordered a re-count which took place six weeks ago but since then nothing has happened. I have got my fingers crossed that we shall hear something before Freedom goes to the printers on November 22nd and that it will be very good news.
A ton of reaction to my piece on Stephen Lawrence yesterday, proving that the constant publicity for his case compared to the media blackout on the Gavin Hopley case still rankles with many on our wavelength. There was an interesting contribution from Clive Wakely, a dedicated nationalist who has been around as long as I have. Clive wrote:
"Am I the only one to find the Stephen Lawrence development suspect? The MET has never been held in such low-esteem than it currently is. Ian Blair has lost the support of the London Assembly and the Lib-Dems/Tories. Ian Blair is "close to Labour" by all accounts and it is significant that the people looking out for him are Labour Home Secretary Jacque Smith and Labour's London mayor, Ken Livingstone.
Now - like a Godsend - the MET announce a major breakthrough in a major case and may soon be able to crack the Stephen Lawrence murder. Ian Blair really must have a guardian angel - as he was responsible for this brilliant initiative - which means some of the heat on him to resign will now dissipate. He, of course, reflects in the success of his force's "breakthrough" - although he is not responsible for it's failings!
The breakthrough appears to be that fibres have been found on Stephen Lawrence's clothes that match the fibres from an item of clothing worn by one of the accused - both having been in police hands for years (probably stuffed in the same bag).
Now it may well be that the MET have made a breakthrough and the timing is pure co-incidence - however something much more disturbing strikes me as being likely and the two words "fit" and "up" come to mind!
From a media agency report (note the pivotal role of Ian Blair):
"In a fresh review of the 14-year-old murder inquiry, ordered by Met Chief Ian Blair, forensic scientists have re-examined hundreds of pieces of evidence, using new forensic techniques.
The police have declined to publicly reveal what the tests have found but the Daily Mail, which has campaigned for the re-arrest of the five main suspects, claimed earlier this week that the new techniques used had revealed fibres from Lawrence's clothes on those believed to have been worn by some of the suspects."
Continuing my theme of yesterday on Radio 4's Business News, this morning we should be celebrating that the great British company Hornby, which now also now includes Scaletrix and Airfix (all three brilliant makers of toys in their own right when I was a lad), made a profit of £2 million last year. Before you get out the champagne, you better reflect on the fact that all these great 'British' toys are made in China nowadays.
Tomorrow all roads should lead to Gigg Lane for the FA Cup First Qualifying Round Bury vs Workington, but unfortunately for me the car is in the garage after years of neglect so I shan't be there. I comfort myself with the knowledge that I would probably have had to work anyway so shall just be listening to updates from the game on Radio Cumbria.
Last Friday, despite laying Bathwick Breeze the first winner at Uttoxeter, I eventually just won on the day. It would have been more but I laid the last winner as well. Fontwell and Hexham are on At The Races this afternoon but I'm struggling to fit in any form-studying time, so if I do have an interest it won't be until the later races.
Thursday, 8 November 2007
Good luck to Lynne Smith, the British National Party's candidate in the Castle Ward by-election for Tamworth Council today. I've received no inside information on this contest, so will just be hoping that Lynne can keep up the 10 to 12% average vote that BNP candidates have been polling in by-elections across the country since May's local council elections.
The main story on the front page of The Guardian is that police have confirmed that they are investigating new forensic evidence surrounding the murder of London teenager Stephen Lawrence, which could lead to the re-arrest of the five main suspects in the case. All five men could be questioned again following the re-examination by independent forensic technicians of hundreds of pieces of evidence relating to the 1993 murder.
While the police must be praised for their diligence in seeking to find the murderers of Stephen Lawrence, one is left to wonder whether they are doing the same for other similar cases, such as the murder of Gavin Hopley in Oldham by a gang of Pakistanis.
The newspaper reports that sources confirm that the re-examination of the Stephen Lawrence murder had been conducted in secrecy, with few people made aware of how far it had progressed. It was also suggested that it was highly unusual for Scotland Yard to announce the imminent arrest of a suspect. Now I wonder if there's a secret re-examination of the Gavin Hopley murder using this new forensic evidence also underway. Perhaps those who are having success using the Freedom of Information Act to uncover some of the secret workings of various authorities could find out? And while you are at it, maybe you could ask how much money has been spent investigating the Stephen Lawrence case and how much has been spent on that of Gavin Hopley.
The Guardian used the usual cropped photo of Stephen Lawrence which looks lopsided and must make people wonder why it doesn't look quite right. What The Guardian is hiding from its readers by its careful cropping, as do all the other newspapers, is that Stephen Lawrence is making a Black Power salute in the photo. But why do those in the media feel it is necessary to keep this from the public? Well, in order to make every White Briton feel guilty for the murder of this unfortunate young lad and the probable racism behind it, for him to be seen giving a Black Power salute might make people question whether Stephen was quite as saintly as he is always portrayed.
On Radio 4 this morning in the Business News on the Today programme, a spokesman for BT was bragging over the company's continued profit growth. The interviewer question him about the profits coming on the back of 5,000 job losses, but the spokesman dismissed this, saying that managerial jobs were being cut in some places but recruitment was taking place for similar jobs in others. The interviewer should then have chipped in:
"Don't you mean that the 5,000 jobs are being lost here in Britain and the new recruitment is taking place in India." But he didn't, of course, which makes a nonsense of the report being on a British business news programme. They care only that BT is making a profit, not how, even if this means that British jobs have been shippped overseas. This is the trouble with many of the business programmes. Profit is God and it doesn't seem to matter whether it's achieved to the detriment of this country, our people and our economy.
That irritated me for a start but then to hear the appalling James Naughtie with his fawning introduction to a report on South Africa and the ANC just about finished me off. I could fill the rest of this posting with my view of this presenter and how he parades his political baggage in the very way he articulates the news, so I won't get started. Suffice to say, in this report a White South African explained how he was unable to get a job because of the Government's policy of affirmative action. Employers are obliged to give 55% of jobs to Black Africans, 40% to coloureds, and just 5% to Indians and Whites. Surprise, surprise there's no outcry from the equal opportunities lobby over this, they're probably just disappointed that they can't introduce similar affirmative action over here.
And finally have you seen those advertisements on television for " . . . the fantastic debut album" from someone you have never heard of, showing footage of them singing, "their sensational new single". I wonder how much one of those adverts costs? Wouldn't it be great to have one for "Truth Hurts, the fantastic new album from Colin Auty featuring the sensational new single Where's it all gone now," accompanied by film of Colin performing at the RWB!
Talking of Colin, we are delighted to have him and his guitar booked for a Sunday afternoon social and meeting next month here in Cumbria. That's a date definitely in my diary.
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
IT IS not often that local politicians have a say in national politics but when they do, in the main, they have an agenda that benefits their particular local authority. Nothing wrong with that you might be thinking but of course that will depend on the capabilities and personalities of the local councillors involved and where their political allegiances lie.
There’s a situation arising here in West Cumbria where Copeland Council appear to be having a say in national politics but whether this is in the interests of the people they represent is highly debatable.
The Sellafield Nuclear Plant is situated within the Copeland Authority and to say it is West Cumbria’s main employer is an understatement. Sellafield is like a city, when you drive past it on the Whitehaven to Barrow road any dark evening you can’t help but be in awe of the scale of the development and can understand how the whole economy of West Cumbria depends on the facility.
Defending local jobs and seeking more employment for the region should be the priority of any council, but only when these jobs benefit the community as a whole.
Dealing with nuclear waste has always posed problems. Prior to 1976 some lower level waste was disposed of at sea, but most was simply accumulated at various nuclear sites around the country. In late 1976, scientists at the UK’s Atomic Energy Authority at Harwell in Oxfordshire were given the job of selecting sites for a nuclear waste deposit and they came up with the Highlands and Islands and the Scottish Uplands where there were the most suitable granite formations for containing high-level nuclear waste. But nothing came of this after protests from the anti-nuclear lobby.
In 1982, the Thatcher Government set up Nirex, the Nuclear Industry Radioactive Waste Executive and it initially short-listed twelve sites around the country for a deep dump and in the spring of 1989 whittled this down to two sites, both with existing nuclear facilities - Dounreay in Caithness and Sellafield in Cumbria.
After a programme of test drilling at both sites, Nirex announced in July1991 that its preferred site for a dump was at Sellafield. A public inquiry, lasting five months, was held at the end of 1995, ending on 1st February 1996. On 17th March 1997, just prior to a General Election, the then Secretary of State for the Environment, John Gummer, rejected Nirex’s planning application.
Gummer justified his refusal saying that he was:
“… concerned about the scientific uncertainties and technical deficiencies in the proposals presented by Nirex [and] about the process of site selection and the broader issue of the scope and adequacy of the environmental statement.”
In a letter to Nirex he said:
“… your company does not understand the regional hydrogeological system well enough.”
Well, you would have thought that would have been the end of the matter, yet now ten years after Sellafield was rejected as the site of a nuclear waste deposit because of the totally unsuitable geology of the region, suddenly the issue is creeping back on the agenda and this despite yet another nuclear-related consultation warned that it would be "wrong", and possibly even illegal, to use Sellafield in West Cumbria as a site for long term nuclear waste disposal.
David Smythe, emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Glasgow and a nuclear waste expert, said the area around Sellafield was geologically unsuitable to be a store for radioactive waste. He said that there was clear evidence from the £400 million worth of research into the suitability of the Sellafield area, that West Cumbria doesn't possess the correct geology in which to site such a repository.
In spite of this warning, Sellafield is now once again the frontrunner for the nuclear deposit. In its latest consultation, the Government asked communities and organisations around the country to make their opinions known on how the implementation of "geological disposal" of radioactive waste could be taken forward. In response, Copeland Council has rushed to the front of the queue by expressing a willingness to hold further talks with the Government to discuss building the deposit at Sellafield.
The fact that West Cumbria doesn’t have the right rock formations to stop nuclear waste from seeping into groundwater supplies doesn’t seem to worry the Copeland councillors. The Government is so desperate to find a site that it has resorted to asking for ‘any volunteers’ to house a dump rather than finding areas with the right geology. Gordon Brown is in fact washing his Government’s hands of the responsibility of the decision where to build a waste dump and leaving it primarily to local authorities who are desperate enough to want to house one, rather than finding places that are most geologically suitable. It’s a recipe for disaster which could end up effecting the whole of Cumbria.
Appalled at Labour’s "solution" to dealing with the nuclear waste problem, the lead inspector of the 1995-96 public inquiry into the proposed nuclear waste facility in West Cumbria came out of retirement to make his views known. Chris McDonald told The Guardian newspaper:
“The site should be in a region of low groundwater flow, and the geology should be readily characterisable and predictable, whereas the rocks there (at Sellafield) are actually of a complex volcanic nature, with significant faulting. The site is not suitable and investigations should be moved elsewhere.”
He went on to say that the site selection process was flawed, and that the Government wasn’t treating safety as the most important factor but was being irrationally affected by a strong desire to locate the deposit as close to Sellafield as possible.
Just a couple of months ago the BNP fought a by-election in Harbour Ward for Copeland Council and the opinion of many voters on the doorstep was that most of their local representatives were "in it for what they can get out of it”. Now that is a worry, that such people could have a say in a final decision especially with the lucrative nature of the nuclear industry and the desperation of the Government to find a site to dump nuclear waste.
The BNP believes that the nuclear industry and Sellafield has a key role to play in providing our country’s energy needs, but West Cumbria doesn’t have suitable geology for a nuclear waste deposit and the Government should look elsewhere.
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
An interesting snippet of news from across the pond yesterday. Apparently Charles Merrill, the cousin of the founder of the Merrill Lynch bank, fears a stock market crash worse than 1929, and is quickly converting all his savings and shares to gold coins.
"Merrill Lynch is crashing, " he told a Palm Springs newspaper. I predict a house of dominoes, and the whole stock market is going to crash."
Merrill Lynch is the world's largest brokerage and has had to write off $8 billion worth of bad debts because of irresponsible mortgage lending. Analysts on Wall Street believe this is only half the story and that another $8 billion loss will be disclosed in the new year. Merrill stated in his Palm Springs interview: "Protect your assets. Buy physical gold and hide it."
Merrill's pronouncements came just after Citigroup, America's biggest bank, also announced $8 billion worth of bad debts from the US housing market. Once again analysts say this is just the tip of the iceberg and that the banks are trying to stagger the announcements of their losses in a desperate effort to shore up confidence in the banking system.
So what does all this mean to us here in the UK. The lead story in The Times this morning helps to put this in perspective.
And read the related articles, they are equally important.
It's the credit card time-bomb that Freedom has been talking about for the past two years and it is of vital importance to the British National Party because the end of easy credit will help focus the minds of the British people as to what is going on around them. It's the start of the collapse of the retail therapy and holiday escapism comfort zones that individual households have cocooned themselves in for the last ten years.
The BNP is a political party that offers radical change and for the electorate to seek that change they have to be unhappy with the current state of affairs. If you're comfortable, why change things? Easy credit has been Labour and the Tories trump card to keep voters happy.
I, for one, certainly won't be sending a supportive e-mail to Nigel Hastilow. I've seen hundreds of Tories like him over the years and none of them have been worth a second thought. I met dozens of them back in 1979 when I was canvassing in Lewes for the excellent National Front candidate Betty Webb. "Enoch was right," "Maggie will get immigration sorted," "the Tories know what is going on," they would say when I knocked on their door asking for their vote. I wonder what they are thinking now.
Even anti-immigration Tories have a fundamentally flawed outlook. There was a classic example at a BNP ideas weekend at Centre Parcs in Longleat a few years ago. There was a newly recruited ex-Tory there who argued that the BNP should support the off-shoring of British jobs because it helped business! I expect if I had stayed to listen to more he would have also advocated the necessity for migrant workers because that would also help business.
In the Autumn budget, the Government announced £7.9 billion would go on Overseas Aid - an 11% increase. Some of this 'aid' is now being used as 'bargaining power' to try to encourage Pakistan's President Musharraf to hold elections in January. I always thought that the idea of Aid was that it went to countries that didn't have the financial resources to provide for their own people. If Pakistan has the financial resources to maintain a nuclear weapons system, you would have assumed it had the financial resources to provide for its people. So why is Britain giving Pakistan 'aid'? Answers on a postcard . . .
Monday, 5 November 2007
Saturday, 3 November 2007
It's the 'Freedom of Speech Anniversary Celebration' tonight marking one year since the 'Not Guility' verdicts for Nick Griffin and Mark Collett at Leeds Crown Count. Carol Collett who has organised the event, invited Tina and I as special guests because we have both been the victims of the denial of our freedom.
In 2005 Tina lost her job as a Graduate Mental Health Worker with the North Cumbria NHS Trust because she was to stand as a BNP election candidate. Britain's top employment QC Jonathan Bowers said she had received 'disgraceful treatment', but that didn't cut any ice with an Employment Tribunal. In 1985 I served three months in prison for refusing to pay a fine incurred under the Race Relations Act.
Unfortunately we are unable to attend tonight so I have sent a message of support along with a few pertinent memories of my incarceration. For those interested this is what I'm sending.
"They came for me early that morning. I was taken to a cell at Worthing Police Station and then on to Worthing Court where a judge told me I could walk free if I paid the fine.
"I am unable to do that on a matter of principle." I told him.
In a large police lorry divided into 10 wire cages I was transported first to Brighton Crown Court and then to Lewes Prison where other prisoners filled the remaining cages. From Lewes it was straight to Pentonville Prison.
We arrived at seven o'clock in the evening and waited in a holding area along with 30 other new prisoners. Amongst them were three down-and-outs who were filthy dirty and stunk to high heaven. Eventually I was called through to give my details, hand over my civvies, shower and dress in a blue and white striped shirt, blue jeans and a grey round neck sweater with light blue collar and cuffs.
The first night I was in a cell with three others. My offence was the talk of the night. "The Blacks are going to love you!" one old lag told me.
In the morning in an interview with the Prison Governor I was told again that I would be free to go if I paid my fine, and that the fine would reduce by around £10 a day every day I served.
"It is not about money. It's about the principle of free speech," I told him. He raised his eyes to the ceiling and called for the next inmate.
There were some grim moments in the next three months. Slopping out, going to the loo with no privacy, Christmas away from my family, but not the victimisation that I had feared on the first night. I was given a cell on my own because it was thought that I might be an agitator and was given a 'plum' job in the education department, keeping the registers up to date for all the lessons. One of my duties was to serve coffee to the teachers and there was a drama with regard to this after I had been there about a month. One morning I was waiting to serve coffee but just a handful of teachers came in.
"The rest are boycotting you", one told me and handed me a copy of The Guardian. Our Annual Conference under the title "Free Martin Wingfield" had made the front page because it was held in the National Liberal Club. I had a worrying few days because I thought I might lose my job, but eventually they all came around and we had some lively discussions during those coffee breaks.
I received over 700 letters of support while in Pentonville which massively boosted my morale each day. The worst week was the last before release when I suffered from something called 'gate fever'. Every minute seems like an hour and every hour a day. Your mind is already free but not your body.
During the two trials at Leeds Crown Court, the reality of Mark and Nick's situation really came home to me. They could be looking at seven years which would make my three months seem like a day trip. What a relief were those 'not guilty on all counts' verdicts.
The Establishment targeted Nick and Mark because both are vital to the success of the British National Party. Blair's Government hoped that if they were both out of the way the continuing growth surge of the BNP would falter and the Party would fall away. I don't know whether that would have been the case, but what I do know is that both are pivotal to any future success.
Mark Collett is producing the best publicity material I have seen in thirty years in the frontline of nationalist politics. It's eye-catching, to the point and hits its target audience every time. Nick Griffin, who I have known for thirty years is now the consummate politician. Assured and knowledgeable with the media and hard-working and dedicated to the Party itself. Compared to the political lightweights of Brown, Cameron, Clegg or Huhne, Nick Griffin has statesman status.
No wonder New Labour wanted them out of the way.
I hope everyone enjoys the evening."
Friday, 2 November 2007
It's a pleasure to be able to start yet another Friday morning posting with the words . . . and the quiet revolution continues!
Yesterday, despite all the anti-BNP bile in the media, despite thousands of anti-BNP leaflets - paid for by Trade Union bosses misappropriating their members' dues - being delivered to every home in the ward, and despite yet another opinion pollster claiming there was no support for the BNP in the country, 321 people in Sutton-in-Ashfield voted for the British National Party.
That's over 13% and more votes than the high-flying Tories could muster. Just think about this. All week the Tories have had a huge profile in the media and on the very issue that is meant to be behind any support for the BNP. Our Party hasn't had a mention, unless it was something derogatory. Conservative Party spokesmen haven't been off our TV screens banging on about immigration, while there hasn't been a BNP representative on the box for months. Yet despite all of this, 321 people bucked all the political trends and made the effort to get down to a polling station and register their vote for the very political party that they are constantly being told not to vote for.
That's something that has to give us all hope.
The full details from yesterday's poll were:
Ashfield District Council
Sutton-in-Ashfield West Ward
Thursday 1st November 2007
Fiona Asbury (Lib-Dems) 873
Kier Barsby (Lab) 560
Michael Clarke (BNP) 321
John Ross (Ind) 275
Michael Halls (Con) 257
Mark Harrison (Green) 72
BNP Percentage 13.6%
Of course, there have been a spate of emails this week from people worried that the Tories are playing the immigration card and will steal some of our thunder.
My response to them has been "Wah-Wah".
"Wah-Wah" was a film I saw on Tuesday night. It was directed by Richard E Grant and was the story of his early years in Swaziland just before the country's independence. His father's second wife was an American who could never understand the ex-pat colloquialisms of the colonial community there. When others were talking in such a manner, she expressed her frustration at being unable to comprehend what she called "meaningless nonsense" by walking around shouting "Wah-Wah".
"Meaningless nonsense" sums up what the Tories have been talking about all week. Desperately trying to take on the mantle of a Party that will tackle immigration, yet at the same time trying to avoid upsetting immigrant voters. What the Tories have been saying on immigration is 'Wah-Wah' - meaningless nonsense. I certainly don't believe anyone is going to be taken in by it. People know that immigration is the nettle that the other Party's can't grasp because it is a much too controversial subject, so if people like race equality boss Trevor Phillips, are able to praise David Cameron for having the courage to take on the this issue, everyone will know that what the Conservative leader is saying is just 'Wah-Wah'.
There was a little bit of excitement in Maryport last night but you will have to read about it on Clive Jefferson's blog at cumbrianpatriotbnp.blogspot.com as further developments are expected this morning. Suffice to say over 1,000 Maryport Patriot leaflets were delivered last and they certainly had an impact in some quarters!
As I'm just back in front on Betfair I shall be having an interest in this afternoon's meeting at Uttoxeter.
In the first race I'm laying Bathwick Breeze. The sire Sugarfoot has yet to have a winner over jumps and the dam's progeny have a low rating. In the second race I want Coe out of the first three. Trainer Sue Smith, has yet to have a novice hurdle winner this season and Coe's rating is only fifth best in the race. In the 2.30 I have laid Gaelic Gift because trainer Brendan Powell, has a poor strike-rate in handicap hurdles. In the 2.40 I've laid both The Package and Shore Thing. The latter's sire Docksider, has only a 2% strike-rate over jumps and the former has a 20 point inferior rating to the favourite Ouzbeck.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Immigration, immigration, immigration. It hasn't had the coverage in the media it is getting today since the 1979 General Election after which it abruptly disappeared from the political radar. We have had riots, new race laws, positive discrimination, quotas and suicide bombings, yet none of these could propel the immigration debate back on to the political agenda.
So what has been the motivation to change the status quo? Why naturally the most powerful influence in the world - money. PC Keith Blakelock can be hacked to death with machetes by an immigrant mob in Tottenham and no one in authority mentions immigration. But a cash shortage caused by immigration within a local council and suddenly everyone is talking about it.
Immigrants benefit big business, private landlords and the Labour Party which the vast majority of them vote for, but it's the British taxpayer that foots the bill. This payment, however, currently comes from tax deducted at income source and, because it isn't taken directly from the bank accounts of individuals, it perhaps isn't too keenly felt.
Why immigration is hitting the headlines now is because local authorities can't cope with the numbers coming in and they want more money from central Government to meet these spiralling costs. If they get it then the debate will disappear once again, if they don't things will get interesting.
Councils will have to pay for the extra financial burden they incur somehow and the answer could be a rise in council tax. Now that is something that DOES come directly from an individual's bank account. Just imagine the scene. The council tax bill comes through the letterbox and while the recipient is still stunned by the extra 30% that has to be paid, they will see the 'multi-coloured sectional cake' which shows residents where the council is spending their money. And there will be a new section in the cake - 'immigration' and it will show householders just how much they personally have to pay for immigrants to come to Britain and take our jobs, our homes and eventually, our country.
One of the best political speeches I heard this year was at the Belah Community Centre in Carlisle, delivered by Adam Walker, a BNP official from Sedgefield. He spoke about easy credit and its consequence - how, as the credit crisis intensifies, people's 'comfort zones' begin to be eroded. This is when people's minds will focus on the reality of the political situation. "That will be our time," said Adam, and he is spot on.
When those council taxpayers are struggling financially just to survive, they are not going to want to pay £10, £20 or £30 a month so their local council can educate and house immigrant families. It is then that British voters in their millions will be marching down to the polling booth and voting in British National Party councils and councillors.
Interesting report in The Mirror yesterday concerning the alleged takeover of the Conservative Party's European Referendum campaign by the British National Party. According to the newspaper:
A report on a Pro Referendum group rally in Westminster on Saturday said BNP leaflets were handed out and activists waved placards reading: "People like you - voting BNP." An investigator in the all-White crowd for the event added: "It was frightening."
According to the last census Britain was still a 90% white country, so in theory no 'investigator' should really find an all-White crowd frightening. In years to come I expect that a predominantly White crowd will become frightening, then a majority White crowd and then a crowd with numerous White faces. Finally it will be just one White face that will be 'frightening' to the non-White majority living in Britain because it will remind them of slavery, the Commonwealth, racism, and the difficulties they experienced when they first arrived in Britain.
And finally, yesterday I missed out a 'Newspeak' classic from the Times & Star regarding the elections in May. The newspaper's circulation covers the borough of Allerdale, so it was this council's result only that concerned it. The local election results were a political earthquake. It was a disaster for Labour. It lost control of the council and the former leader of the Council lost his seat, received a derisory vote and was reduced to tears at the count. The BNP on the other hand fought four seats for the first time and came from nowhere to poll 36% in Ellenborough, 32% in Ewanrigg, 15% in Wigton and 10% in Great Broughton. But how do you think the T&S summarised the results?
"Losers in this election were the BNP who targeted four seats, two in Maryport and one each in Broughton St Bridget’s and Wigton."
It's a classic. An example of a 'journalist' interested only in grinding their political axe, clearly oblivious to the reality of the situation and the concept of factual reporting.