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Let's stop the racist pornographer

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 30 April 2012, 11:25


In less than 72 hours the polls open for the election of our next Mayor and the 25 people who will sit on the Assembly. The BNP need just 5% of the vote to get someone elected.

That someone will be Steve Squire, their London organiser. He earns a living by running a sex shop in central London. A few years ago, under his other name Steve Mendoza, he was featured in the Sunday Mirror after his sex shop was caught selling date rape drugs.

It's bad enough that Squire is in the BNP. It's even worse that his sex shop sold date rape drugs. We must keep him out of City Hall.

Tomorrow we are organising leafleting sessions at over 50 tube and train stations around London. Please join us.

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/search_simple

Our aim is to deliver over 100,000 leaflets urging Londoners to vote for HOPE over hate on Thursday. London is the best and most diverse city in the world and we can celebrate it by keeping the BNP out of City Hall.

Please help us stop Squire

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/search_simple

The BNP need just 5% to get someone so every vote counts. The more people we can get to vote the harder it will be for the BNP.

The BNP want Steve Squire to sit in City Hall. Please join us in ensuring that the racist pornographer does not.

If you would like to leaflet a station that isn't featured then please drop Aimy an email (aimy@hopenothate.org.uk) or ring us on 020 7681 8660

 Posted: 30 Apr 2012 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Tottenham Court Road suspect a BNP candidate

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 29 April 2012, 20:07


Michael Green arrested following siege

Michael Green arrested following siege

We have received information that leads us to believe that the man charged over the Tottenham Court Road siege on Friday previously stood as a BNP parliamentary candidate.

Michael Green, 48, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was arrested on Friday after the incident, during which parts of central London were evacuated.

His alleged offences include possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas or electrical incapacitating device.

Green is also accused of false imprisonment, making a bomb hoax, causing criminal damage and recklessly endangering life.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Monday morning.

Michael Green stood for the BNP in the Stevenage constituency in the 2010 General Election.

He received 1007 votes, finishing in 5th place.

BNP Chairman Nick Griffin on Friday posted the following three messages on his Twitter account " Tottenham Court Road hostage situation. I bought my copy of the Koran there back in 2OO1."

"If hostage taker angry coz refused HGV licence then won't be a Muslim bomber. They don't work!"

"Police say hostage taker is 'mentally unstable'. No shit, Sherlock!"

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Taken from the Hertfordshire Mercury 2010

Taken from the Hertfordshire Mercury 2010

 Posted: 29 Apr 2012 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Through rain and snow we are out there

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 29 April 2012, 14:48


I've been feeling a bit guilty for the sitting in a warm pub drying off. The Burnley team are still out and by all accounts getting very wet. Ellie has just emailed me to say that "Jason's idea of just a little bit more is not the same as mine".

Here is a picture of some of them.

In solidarity we've decided to go out and do part of another ward in Pendle.

Soon we will set off for Nuneaton.

 Posted: 29 Apr 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Singing in the rain

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 29 April 2012, 13:20


In the pouring rain, the HOPE not hate team has been out this morning in both Hapton-with-Park, in Burnley, and Marsden ward in Pendle. Both wards were completed simultaneously after we split into two groups.

In the last 24 hours we have leafleted the Farley Hill estate in Luton, Heanor in Amber Valley and the two wards in East Lancashire where BNP councillors are standing for re-election. And all this in the pouring rain.

It's been a great, if not wet, weekend. As well as leafleting all our key areas we have also been able to catch up with some of our best activists.

We have a long drive back to London ahead of us. If we are not too wet and tired we might stop off in Nuneaton on the way.

 Posted: 29 Apr 2012 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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US braced for immigration onslaught

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 28 April 2012, 19:40


There are worrying signs in the US that the anti-immigrant movement are going to push tough laws through more States after signs that the Supreme Court will uphold large parts of the controversial Arizona immigration law.

"We're getting our national network ready to run with the ball, and saturate state legislatures with versions of the law," said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration. "We believe we can pass it in most states."

There's an interesting article about it here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/28/supreme-court-immigration-laws_n_1461478.html

 Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Amber Valley finished off

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 28 April 2012, 17:59


The HOPE not hate team has been out in Heanor this afternoon finishing off four walks with their local HnH newspaper.

It was a spontaneous decision to make the trip up here, made in the rain in Luton. On the decision to keep leafleting, Ant said: "we just couldn't get enough." Joe, quoting his idol Roy Castle, said: "that's dedication."

We are glad we did come up here. It seems that the BNP had leafleted an hour before us.

 Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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HnH leaflet EDL heartland

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 28 April 2012, 14:01


The Parrot, Farley Hill estate

The Parrot, Farley Hill estate

I've been out campaigning with the HOPE not hate team on the Farley Hill estate in Luton. In fairly miserable weather we did half the ward before the rain took its toll.

Leaflets for the remainder of the ward were left with the local councillors who will get them out over the next couple of days.

The Farley Hill estate is home to many of the leaders of the English Defence League. Well, actually it was home. Both Stephen Lennon and Kevin Carroll have both moved off the estate but still regularly drink at The Parrot, the pub in the centre of the estate.

 Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Far right dominate presidential agenda

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 28 April 2012, 10:23


French Presidential election increasingly being fought on far right agenda. Even Hollande is pitching right but still Sarkozy goes further. He claims that Marine Le Pen's views are "not incompatible" with France's Republican tradition. He promises to tighten borders and "fight multiculturalism".

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More stations getting covered

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 28 April 2012, 07:36


Since announcing the Tube Tuesday day of action in London several people have contacted us offering to do tube and train stations that were not initially being covered. Among them are Farringdon, Upton Park and Mile End. We will also be doing a morning and afternoon session at Harrow Wealdstone.

We will now be leafleting at 53 tube and train stations across London next Tuesday.

If you are able to help, or if you would like to host an event at a station that we are not currently covering, please do contact my colleague Aimy at aimy@hopenothate.org.uk

You can find our list of stations being covered here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/search_simple

 Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Hand delivered

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 27 April 2012, 08:21


Happy reading!

Happy reading!

Last night we received an email from one of our supporters in London. She was one of the 270 people across the capital who had volunteered to deliver our campaign newspapers in their local area.

You can imagine her great surprise when was coming out of his front door as she was about to post a newspaper through. The man was none other than BNP Mayoral candidate Carlos Cortiglia!

She smiled and took great delight in handing over the newspaper to him.

Join our leafleting of London tube stations next Tuesday

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/search_simple

 Posted: 27 Apr 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Going Underground

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 27 April 2012, 07:52


With the London and local elections less than a week away HOPE not hate is making one last push to get out the vote. There will be some campaigning over the weekend in some of our key wards acround the country and then, next Tuesday, we are having a final push for London.

Called Tube Tuesday, we will be targeting tube and train stations across the capital. We began a push for this yesterday with 47 activities planned but I've heard over night that several people have come forward to do some leafleting at other stations as well.

Several of these activities are being led by staff and members of several national trade unions, including RMT, TSSA, Unite, UNISON, PCS, UCU, Aslef, GMB and TULO.

Over the next few days I will be adding more information about what we are doing but in the meantime please visit our website to get involved in the activity closest to you.

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/search_simple

 Posted: 27 Apr 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Just five hours to go

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 26 April 2012, 08:00


Our survey into how we should deal with the threat of the British Freedom Party since we heard the news that EDL leader Stephen Lennon is to become its deputy leader will close at 1pm today.

We have so far received views from 1,001 people - which is pretty amazing.

If you haven't yet completed the survey you can do so by clicking the link below. It will take just a couple of minutes of your time.

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/edl-a-political-party

 Posted: 26 Apr 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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The TV broadcast that hardly was....

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 17:12


The invisable man

The invisable man

There once was a time when a BNP election broadcast would have caused a stir but not anymore. Last night they had their London election broadcast and it largely went by unnoticed.

Indeed, I have only just watched it now on the Internet.

Desperately trying to convince us that all is well in the party, Nick Griffin tells viewers that it is their largest campaign to date. Really? So, what have they been doing? Not a lot from what I can see.

More amusingly, the election broadcast did not feature their Mayoral candidate, Carlos Cortiglia. The only sight we have of him is his grinning face in a leaflet.

Dare I suggest that it was because his South American heritage was at odds with their 'British jobs for British workers' message?

Because, as one man so articulately put it in the broadcast: "British jobs for British workers. When the BNP say it they mean it!"

Oh really?!

 Posted: 25 Apr 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Your views

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 08:17


An astonishing 852 people have so far submitted their views about how we should deal with the emerging British Freedom Party threat now that English Defence League leader Stephen Lennon is about to become it's deputy leader.

But despite that the results are clear. By a margin of 12 to 1, the respondents believe that we should take on Islamist extremism as well as that of the far right. By a margin of 4.5 to 1 people agree with our strategy over demonstrating against the EDL. However, several people expressed uncertainty over question five and obviously we will take that into account when we properly evaluate the answers.

Probably more importantly, over 600 of those filled out the survey added their thoughts about what we shall do.

I will spend the next couple of days going over what you said and then we will try to bring it together into a coherent strategy.

In the meantime, if you have not filled in the survey then you can here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/edl-a-political-party

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You are giving us your views

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 19:48


Almost 750 people have so far filled in our survey about how we deal with the emerging EDL/BFP threat.

I'll be compiling some of the results tomorrow but in the meantime if you haven't already given us your views you can here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/edl-a-political-party

 Posted: 24 Apr 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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EDL members unhappy

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 12:15


It seems that some within the English Defence League have been unaware that their leader was about to announce his support for the British Freedom Party - and they are not too happy.

I've been contacted by two EDL activists since we sent out our email 40 minutes ago. One said it wasn't true while the other said that there would be trouble within the EDL if it was true because many Divisions were opposed to the BFP.

Lennon and the BFP have remained tight-lipped but I guess if they deny it I will just have to release the minutes of the BFP's Executive Council meeting.

Anyway, we've asked people to let us know how to respond to this new development. 213 people have so far done so.

Can you add your thoughts here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/edl-a-political-party

 Posted: 24 Apr 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Breaking news: Lennon to become deputy leader of British Freedom Party

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 11:30


The leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Lennon, is set to join the far right British Freedom Party (BFP) and immediately become its deputy leader. This information was discovered following a joint research project between HOPE not hate and the bloggers at 'EDL News'.

Lennon's move is likely to be followed by many other EDL leaders. He wanted to announce this at the EDL rally in Luton on 5 May but we decided to blow his 'surprise' early.

The merging of the EDL into the BFP will change the face of the British far right. It also probably signals the end for the British National Party. Coming only days before the local and London elections, this is a hammer blow to Nick Griffin.

Our sources in the BFP have obtained the minutes of their last Executive Council meeting, which was held in Luton, and attended by both Stephen Lennon and his deputy, Kevin Carroll. The EDL leadership has been at great pains to deny it is a racist organisation but their demands on the BFP prove it is just that. Lennon has insisted the BFP adopts the following policies:

• Ban the Burqa/Niqab
• Stop the developments of all new mosques
• Halt new immigration except for "highly qualified positions"
• Promote Christian values
• Leave the European Union.

This sounds pretty much like the policies of the BNP. In fact, the British Freedom Party was set up by BNP members who had fallen out with Nick Griffin. Stephen Lennon used to be in the BNP.

So how should we respond? Our campaign against the BNP only succeeded because of your involvement and I fear that we'll need to come together again in the months ahead. What do you think will be most effective?

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/edl-a-political-party

Please fill in our survey and help us develop a response to the EDL/BFP.

 Posted: 24 Apr 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Luton arrests

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 10:55


Counter-terrorism police raided and arrested five followers of Al-Muhajiroun in Luton this morning.

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BNP struggle in London

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 23 April 2012, 22:36


The latest opinion poll for the race for London Mayor puts the BNP candidate on just 1%.

However, the party is polling slightly higher for the Assembly section of the election.

All this points to an absolute disaster for BNP Nick Griffin as he is throwing virtually the entire party's resources into getting someone election onto the Assembly. For this they need 5%.

HOPE not hate has delivered almost 300,000 newspapers across the capital already. More will go out in the next few days and then another 100,000 Get Out the Vote leaflets will be distributed next Tuesday, when we target tube and railway stations across the capital.

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New Europe article

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 23 April 2012, 09:44


The Brussels-based New Europe newspaper have printed an article I wrote for them. You can find it here:

http://www.neurope.eu/blog/extremists-who-influenced-breivik

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Young move to Front National?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 22 April 2012, 19:51


The latest exit polls put Marine Le Pen down 1% to 19% - still worryingly high though.

It seems as though she attracted a large section of the working class vote and also got the support of sizeable numbers of young people.

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Breaking news: Le Pen comes third in French elections

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 22 April 2012, 19:19


The polls have closed in France and it appears that Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National, has received 20% of the vote. She has come third, behind Hollande, who polled 27% and Sarkosy, with 25%.

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Great turnout in Rotherham

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 21 April 2012, 13:29


Just heard that we had a great turnout this morning in Rotherham for the HOPE not hate day of action.

Back in London we are beginning to plan for Tube Tuesday, on 1 May, when we will be leafleting at tube and train stations across London. We have people committed to covering at least 50 stations across London already.

We'll be sending out details of how people can be involved in Tube Tuesday on Monday.

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Far right pose bigger terror threat in US

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 20 April 2012, 12:24


Oklahoma City bombing memorial

Oklahoma City bombing memorial

Some research in the United States shows that the far right pose more of a domestic terrorist threat than Islamist groups. Since 1995, 56% of domestic terrorist incidents in US by right-wing extremists, only 12% are from Islamist extremists.

The report can be found here:

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/04/19/467384/chart-right-wing-extremism-terror-threat-oklahoma-city/

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BNP lose Goresbrook by-election

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 19 April 2012, 23:50


The BNP failed in its attempt to win back Goresbrook ward in a council by-election tonight. It what was once its strongest ward in the borough, the BNP vote was almost half that of Labour.

Lab 1,113, BNP 593, UKIP 91, C 81, L Dem 48. Lab hold. New cllr Simon Bremner.

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Anjem Choudary agrees with Breivik

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 19 April 2012, 15:40


Britain's most high profile Islamist extremist, Anjem Choudary, has come out in support of Anders Breivik's view that there is a war going on between "Islam and non-Islam" in Europe.

In a series of tweets that only confirm our long-held view that there is a symbiotic relationship between the two extremes, Choudary views the world in a similar - but diametrically opposite - viewpoint as Breivk.

Tweet #1

"Anders Breivik is right that there is a war taking place between Islam & non-Islam (on every level) though that does not justify his actions."

Tweet #2

"The two camps of Islam & non-Islam are fighting militarily, economically, socially, morally, ideologically/politically (as in Luton) etc..."

Tweet #3

"It's time that people in Europe woke up to the reality of the conflict between the two camps rather than pushing the matter under the carpet."

It is also clear that the two extremes need one another to justify their own existance.

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Griffin backs hardline racists and antisemites

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 19 April 2012, 14:30


BNP leader Nick Griffin has shown his true colours by backing members of the Infidels who were raided by police this morning. This includes John 'Snowy' Shaw, who recently came out with an antisemitic tirade.

My colleagues in our research group have just put up the details here

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1783/griffin-jumps-on-the-bandwagon

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Breivik's German girlfriend

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 19 April 2012, 09:19


The German tabloid Bild has run a photo of a woman who claims to be Anders Breivik's girlfriend. She turned up at the court in Oslo but was refused entry.

Apparently she is from Stuttgart.

Any information on her would be greatly appreciated.

nick@hopenothate.org.uk

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14 days to go...let's step it up

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 19 April 2012, 08:27


The local and London Mayoral elections are just 14 days away so it is time to step up our activities.

Hundreds of people have already got involved in HOPE not hate activities around the country and there have been several other events organised by local anti-fascist groups which we have supported.

The BNP is struggling across the country, with little activity being reported. Our focus is on the wards that the BNP is defending. We have delivered a leaflet and a newspaper in many of these wards and we have another two bits of material to go out between now and polling day.

London is more of a worry. While the party has done virtually nothing in the capital, the PR nature of the election means that they only need to get 5% of the vote to secure a seat on the Assembly.

That's why it's vital to turn out the anti-BNP vote.

With just 14 days to go we will be organising a rolling programme of daily activities across London between now and polling day. Today we also begin the process of dropping off bundles of newspapers at the 262 people who have volunteered to deliver them in their area.

If you live in London and want to give out newspapers or leaflets in your local area you can do so here:

https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/signup/my-street-and-one-more

Or, if you would just prefer to join me and the HOPE not hate team please drop me a line at nick@hopenothate.org.uk

I'll be posting up more details of our 14-day rolling programme later today

 Posted: 19 Apr 2012 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Pick 'n Mix politics

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 20:15


I've just written a piece for the Guardian on Anders Breivik

http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/18/anders-behring-breivik-modern-far-right?cat=world&type=article

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Swedish minister "feeds blacked up artist"

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 11:38


There's an interesting article on the Guardian's Comment is Free site today about Sweden's Cultural Minister, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, celebrating the country's World Art Day by feeding cake to an artist who had "blacked up".

According to the article, written by Jallow Momodou, "the exclusively white audience cheered as the minister laughingly cut the cake around the "clitoris", and fed it to the artist."

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth has defended her actions by saying "that art was meant to be provocative, and that the pictures of the event are misunderstood."

I'm not so convinced. I have no idea about what she is like as a person but at the very least she is a politician and should have been acutely aware of how her actions would be portrayed. What do you think?

You can read the full article here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/18/racism-becoming-the-norm-sweden

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Lennon's looking rather stupid today

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 11:13


Lennon tells Norwegian TV that he believes the Templars exist

Lennon tells Norwegian TV that he believes the Templars exist

Yesterday, outside the Home Office, EDL leader Stephen Lennon, gave an interview to a Norwegian TV crew where he claimed that the Knights Templars existed.

This is a story that Lennon has peddled ever since Breivik released his manifesto. He has also pointed the finger at fellow EDL founder Paul Ray as being Breivik's mentor. Paul Ray - for those readers who don't know - runs the Lionheart blogsite but fell out with Lennon and others soon after the EDL was formed.

In the immediate aftermath of the killings last July, the EDL claimed Paul Ray was Breivik's inspiration while Ray pointed the finger at Alan Ayling, aka Alan Lake.

While Lennon is continuing to hold the position that the Templar's exist, Breivik's increasingly daft testimony is pointing to it being nothing more than a figment of his imagination.

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And here's some more from Roberta!

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 11:04


In reply to someone who objected to her comment about Breivik, Roberta Moore, EDL supporter, said:

“Roxanne, the ‘geezer’ is no nut job. He is smart, educated, a hard worker, a businessman, intelligent etc this guy is no nutjob no matter how badly you wish to ‘JUDGE’ him. I know most people are under pressure to condemn Breivik but I for one do not cede under LEFTIST pressure without knowing the full facts.

"Prove to me that Breivik is an extremist. Prove to me that he committed any crimes before this. The media call the EDL extremists …so are YOU an extremist then? ;) Oh please!!! Quit the crap."

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Roberta Moore backs the killer

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:52


I have to say that I'm getting pretty bored with Breivik's nonsense so I thought I would upload Roberta Moore's thoughts on the killing of young people by Breivik.

"There isn't ever reason to kill innocent civilians .... They were not innocent."

For those who don't know Roberta, she has been a leading figure in the English Defence League for a couple of years. Last summer she fell out with some of them over their open antisemitism. However, she remains close to several of the leading figures and others like Alan Ayling.

I think that this quote from Roberta Moore just about sums her up.

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Breivik contradicts himself ....again

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:20


Breivik claimed in his 1,500 page manifesto that he came to London in 2002 for a founding meeting of the Knights Templars. He claimed that a Serbian was one of nine people there. Now, in court today, he says the Serb was not there and in fact there were just three others.

Pressed on more details, Breivik simply asks the prosecutor to refer to the statement he gave police rather than ask him any more questions.

The BBC's Steve Rosenberg, told BBC News that "a contradictory picture of Breivik is emerging - a man who hates Muslims, but admired Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

"Breivik sees himself as a great Crusader, when in fact he was a high school drop out, a failed businessman and an addict of computer war games."

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Breivik avoids question

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 April 2012, 10:12


Anders Breivik is being particularly evasive about his links to other extremists, including the supposed meeting in London in 2002. Perhaps he is being so evasive because they didn't happen and he made it all up

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Poor numbers

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 13:38


The EDL demo outside the Home Office could hardly be any smaller

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More additions to Counter-Jihad report

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 13:32


We are putting the finishing touches to the printed version of our report. There will be far more information on here than what is currently on our website, including another 50+ organisations and individuals profiles.

Several people have written in with information since we went live and I will be including much of this - at least what can be stood up - on our website.

 Posted: 17 Apr 2012 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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BFP officer backs Breivik's killings

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 10:42


As if we needed proof that the British Freedom Party was no different from the other rag bag organisations on the far right, one of their officers tweeted in support of Norwegian killer Anders Breivik.

Michael Wood, the party's IT officer posted the following on Twitter:

"Couldn't care less that #Breivik went radio rental on leftist youths. He knew they would grow up to betray Norway #EDL"

I think I might give BFP leader Paul Weston a ring and ask him for his comments. The BFP is standing six candidates in the forthcoming local elections.

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Breivik's video ....not on this site!

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 16 April 2012, 11:31


The court has watched a 12-minute video Breivik has made on the danger of Islam and multiculturalism. I was going to post up the link but I've decided not to because this just plays into Breivik's desire to use the trial as a platform to spread his warped and dangerous ideas.

There is a fine line between reporting on the trial and giving Breivik a platform. I wonder how the British media will deal with this?

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Breivik's defence witnesses

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 16 April 2012, 10:19


I've been given this list of people Breivik's legal team is wanting to call as witnesses. Under Norwegian law it is a criminal offence to refuse to testify in court.

Interesting to see all of those we feature in the Norwegian section of the 'Counter-Jihad' report are being called by his defence.

This is the witness list to Breivik:

* Bjarne Dahl, a politician who is excluded from Fremskrittspariet with a past from White Electoral Alliance and Fredrelandspartiet.

* Mattias Gardell, Swedish professor at Uppsala University.

* Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Norwegian professor, anthropologist, author and social commentator.

* Hans Rustad, editor and general manager of the right-wing site Document.no

* Ron Alte, with the management team of the Islam hostile organization Norwegian Defence League.

* Bruce Bawer, an American citizen and 'counter-Jihadist' writer

* Brynjar Lia, a historian and senior researcher at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment.

* Øyvind Stream, Norwegian journalist and expert on the extreme-right on the internet.

* Stein Lillevolden violence, longstanding activist affiliated with Blitz.

* Rita Karlsen, co-founded the Islam-critical organization Human Rights Service in 2000.


* Walid Alkubasi, Norwegian Iraqi writer and editor living in Norway.

* Lars Ostby, Norwegian demographer.


* Hanne Nabintu Nerland, religion historian who has expressed skepticism about the concept of "multiculturalism."

* Einar Øverenget, philosopher and author. Working on the question of ethics, values, cultural development and corruption.

* Hilde Haugsgjerd, editor of Aftenposten. Has previously been leader of Red Electoral Alliance.

* Frank Aarebrot, election researcher and professor of comparative politics.

* Ole Jørgen Anfindsen, Norwegian writer and editor for the website HonestThinking.

* Vidar Kleppe, the party founded Democrats when he was thrown out of the Progress Party in 2001.

* Raymond Johansen, Labour Party Secretary.

* Mullah Krekar, the radical Islamist leader who was recently sentenced to 5 years in prison for threats.

* Jan Simonsen, a former Member of Parliament for the Progress Party.

* Lars Gule, social commentator and expert on Islam.

* Peder Nøstvold Jensen, blogger "Fjordman,"

* Tore Tvedt, founder of the neo-Nazi organization Vigrid.

* Carl I. Hagen, a former leader of the Progressive Party.

* Thorbjørn Berntsen, Labor Chief and Member of Parliament for 20 years. Environment Minister from 1990 to 1997.

* Paul Grondahl, psychiatrist.

* Arne Tumyr, former editor and director of the organization Stop the Islamization of Norway.

* Arnhild Flikke, psychiatrist from Sandvika community mental health center. Has led several discussions with Breivik.

Read backgrounds on many of those called here: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/counter-jihad/country/Norway

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More attacks from the 'Counter-Jihadists'

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 16 April 2012, 09:43


Yesterday far right 'Counter-Jihadist' blogger Fjordman attacked me as being part of the "totalitarian left". Today, Alan Ayling, better known as Alan Lake, describes me as one of the "oh-so-caring Leftist useful idiots."

To be attacked by people like this means I must be doing something right.


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Breivik doesn't recognise the court

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 16 April 2012, 08:50


In a sign of the way this court case is going to go, Anders Breivik told the judge as the trial got under way:

"I do not recognise the Norwegian courts. You have received your mandate from political parties which support multiculturalism. I do not acknowledge the authority of the court."

Breivik has been waiting for this day to come. He has allegedly written a second Manifesto which was he hoping to read out as part of his testimony this week but this seems likely to refused.

When Breivik comes into the courtroom on Monday, he will be allowed to carry his notes, a pen and paper, and nothing more.

"If he starts reading I think he will be stopped pretty soon," Mr Gron told the Daily Telegraph. "But after that, if he speaks he's going to talk for five days. And if he talks about the things the police want him to talk about, they will allow him to do so."

Marit Nybakk, a senior member of Norway's ruling Labour Party on Friday told the paper of her government's fears that Breivik would use the trial to promote his anti-Islamic ideology.

"People now are very taken back by what they see as a kind of manipulation by Mr Breivik," she said. "What people are really afraid of is that he's getting a show."

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Journalists keep out victim families

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 16 April 2012, 08:43


The trial of Anders Behring Breivik is underway. He arrived in court giving a clenched fist salute. Of course it was always going to be media circus, Breivik after all killed 77 people, but there must be a balance with the families of those who died wanting to attend and it seems that this has not been reached.

There are 800 journalists accredited to attend, though only 200 can get inside the court room. There is a second room allotted to journalists within the building and the authorities have turned a nearby hotel into another media centre.

Hundreds of journalists began queuing from early this morning to grab the 200 places available. Helen Pidd, the Guardian, took the attached photo. She says that many of the victim families are upset that their places are restricted to allow room for the large number of journalists.

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I'm part of the "totalitarian left" says man who inspired Breivik!

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 15 April 2012, 22:58


Since launching our report into the 'Counter-jihad' movement this morning I have been sent several abusive emails and comments by supporters of some of the organisations we feature. That is not surprising and is par for the course in my job.

I usually ignore these emails but I will take up one central charge, namely that we are picking on groups who are simply concerned about Islamist extremists. Shelley, from Canada, adds "It is fascinating that of all the groups and individuals that you have designated as Muslim haters, not one has actually committed a crime, not to mention a violent crime. In stark contrast to this fact, it is misguided Muslims who have been found guilty of committing violent crimes against their fellow citizens in Europe and North America."

I wish that was the case but given my own first-hand experience of the thuggery and racism of the English Defence League I know that not to be true. I have no problem with concern and criticism of Islamist extremists. Indeed, I have actively campaigned against groups such as Muslims Against Crusades and the hate preacher Haitham al-Haddad. However, those in the Counter-Jihad movement go way beyond that. They target all Muslims and much of it borders blatant racism.

I was particularly interested in Shelley's comments given the fact that it was sent to me on the eve of the Breivik trial. Breivik's mind was warped and twisted by what he had read on the Internet and in books. He targeted Government buildings and young members of the ruling Labour Party because he blamed them for the rise of Islam in Europe. He blamed them because this is what he had read from some of the very 'Counter-Jihadists' we identify.

One of our researchers has done an analysis of Breivik's manifesto. Of the 1,500 pages Breivik used 375 quoting other people. Of these 375 pages, 50% - 186 - were devoted to the work of Peder Nøstvold Jensen aka Fjordman.

Now our report cites Fjordman as the single most important influence on Breivik and this is not just with the quantity of quotes but the contents too. Fjordman believed that immigration and multiculturalism were to blame for allowing Islam to take hold in Europe and as a result he focused most of his anger at social democratic governments. He also predicted civil war within a generation and in one blog urged people to take up arms. (for a profile on Fjordman: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/counter-jihad/country/Norway)

Now Norwegian TV (TV2) ran this story last night and it seemed to cause quite a stir. It even got a reaction from Fjordman himself, who bombarded the TV station with claims that I was "part of the totalitarian left". I was then contacted to comment on this claim!

So anyway, the line that some in the 'Counter-Jihadist' movement does not encourage violence and is simply raising a legitimate concern just doesn't wash with me.

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The world's media picks up on our report

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 15 April 2012, 21:09


It has been some weekend. In fact, it has been some month. Today's launch of our 'Counter-Jihad' monitoring website comes at the same time as our HOPE not hate election effort really took off. There have been dozens of events around the country, both in the key wards where we are seeking to win seats back from the BNP and across London, where we are working to prevent the BNP from getting the 5% they need to get onto the London Assembly.

Our report into the Counter-Jihad movement was the main story on page 2 of today's Observer and we have also had media interest from Norway, Sweden, Belgium, France, Austria and India.

There's more to come this week. We will be adding more information to our website during week and from tomorrow we'll be having regular blogs from the Breivik trial, some of which I hope will be from our friends at Vepsen. As a taster I've just uploaded an article they have written about the forthcoming Breivik trial.

Entitled 'The Commander on Trial', the article can be found here:

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/counter-jihad/blog/

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Phenomenal response

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 15 April 2012, 21:02


We have had a phenomenal response to our website, with media interest from the UK, Norway, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and India. Over the next few days we will be filling in some of the gaps in our Directory and we will be beginning the Breivik trial blog in earnest. In the meantime I thought I would put up this contribution sent in by Tor Bach, of our sister organisation in Norway, Vepsen.

Vepsen is at the forefront of monitoring extremism in Norway and I would recommend everyone follows their website, some of which is in English (vepsen.org).

"The Commander” on trial

A comment by Tor Bach of vepsen in Norway

We have a culprit, who apart the monstrous deeds he has done, is emerging as a wretch, with no ability to think a single original thought, that dreams away in nightmarish fantasies.

The terrorist – Breivik – has declared that his killings should serve to promote his big project, a ragged cut and paste job concocted from thoughts he has not produced himself. His ideas of national rebirth are taken from the classic fascist ideas box. The rest, including the commander’s degree, is also borrowed plumes that the inflated peacock in his fantasy uniforms prances around in.

In the real world a commander is a person who has charge of a military vessel, of other military personnel or alternatively a degree in some kind of honorary order. Some vessels, perhaps more than a rubber dinghy, the mass murderer never had command over, and his “Knights” were just lies and deception, perhaps inspired by some crackpot British right-wing extremists who played with Templar symbols.

Those of us who have read books by the top-selling Swedish author Jan Guillou about Commander Hamilton, then his series about the Templar knight Arn, recognise the similarity: a one-dimensional "hero" that kills by the dozen, always because it is necessary, “for king or country”. Like the self-appointed Commander from Utøya , Commander Hamilton gets a range of fantastic, gaudy medals and gongs, while the bodies are strewn all over in the wake of the killing machine’s raids.

The reading of the terrorist's so-called manifesto gives us insight into a little person who is consumed by his own ambitions and by the lack of his own ideas. He does what he does best: he lifts from others what he cannot write himself. This is actually the only thing the Oslo terrorist has done with some success, namely to forge success. He has allegedly made millions by selling fake certificates that help others to the progress they have not been able to create through good advice, coaching or their own efforts, but through simple fakes, easily bought solutions where one can bluff one’s way through the world.

In his childhood bedroom, the lonely terrorist sat forging his own success. He drew symbols, and finds gold and glitter that he could use to create his glittering orders. That these orders and medals in the real world stood for something completely different and represent real deeds, completely escaped him.

He cut and pasted, borrowing from others and built a facade big enough for the enormous self-image he was unable to fill. He went to photographers and portraits were taken. He dispensed advice to his fans that they should go to a stylist; maybe, even, use a little makeup before they have taken pictures of themselves. All this to build an image that he intellectually could not live up to.

World history has been full of little people with big egos, people who have sometimes had power, and whose actions have had disastrous consequences. Historical circumstances have meant that some of them – whether a Hitler or a Stalin – have had great movements behind them.

Our domestic terrorist had no movement; he had to fabricate it, along with grade systems, rank and stolen thoughts. He was not able to carry out the Holocaust, the Moscow Trials, or the Great Leap. All he did was to swagger around in his fantasy braided costume and kill children who begged for their life. That's what he should be remembered as, a primitive child killer and not a political leader or thinker.

The void in the terrorist's own ability to create political ideology shows us the danger in the hatred that is spread by the extreme right- wing. The terrorist borrowed their thoughts and few of them can be held morally or legally responsible for his actions – none of them urging open violence and armament – with the exception of the cowardly blogger Jensen who, from his desk and hiding behind his “Fjordman” alias, did call for the arming of Western people and the eradication of those responsible for multi-culturalism.

What they can be blamed for, however, are the embers of evil and hatred they blow on, for filling empty souls who find meaning in the fear and the struggle against "the others" and antiquated ideas of national re-birth that they obsessively promote.

The trial, which is now starting, is a lawful assize against the mass murderer of Oslo and Utøya, but in our minds it should be more than that: a tribunal to condemn the criminal thoughts that turned an insignificant young man into a mass killer.

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'Counter-Jihad' website goes live

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 15 April 2012, 08:11


Our 'Counter-Jihad' Report website has just gone live. You can find it at www.hopenothate.org.uk

We profile several hundred organisations and individuals that make up what is called the 'Counter-Jihad' movement, which is best described as a loose network of anti-Muslim organisations, political parties, bloggers and individuals.

The Report and the website have been a huge undertaking and indeed we are still uploading the profiles into the website. During the course of today and tomorrow we will be adding dozens more profiles so please stick with us and re-visit the site. I'm sure there are a few glitches and mistakes but our designer has put this site together in just 36 hours so a special thank you must go to him.

We say that this 'Counter-Jihad' movement represents the new face of the far right and as a result we are establishing a permanent 'Counter-Jihad' Monitoring Unit to monitor, analysis and report on these groups and individuals. Just as importantly, we will be striving to find ways to counter their messages and activities.

This website and the accompanying report kicks off this work but it is only the beginning.

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'Counter-Jihad' report coming soon

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 14 April 2012, 21:40


Over the last few months the HOPE not hate research team have been busy working on a new report on the 'Counter-Jihad' movement. It profiles hundreds of anti-Muslim organisations and individuals and looks at the interwoven links between them.

I think it will be the most comprehensive report into anti-Muslim groups, which, in the introduction, I can the new face of the far right.

Called: The 'Counter-Jihad' movement: Anti-Muslim hatred and the ideas that inspired Anders Behring Breivik there will be a special website and a printed report.

We have already received some good coverage in tomorrow's Observer and there was the first of two features on Norwegian TV.

We will be launching the website tomorrow.

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HOPE not hate in action

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 14 April 2012, 14:08


Anti-fascists are out all over the country this weekend as part of the HOPE not hate weekend of action. We had almost 20 people out in Nuneaton and 17 in Amber Valley. I've also just spoken to one of our campaign team who tells me that there were between 20-25 out in Walthamstow, north London.

I'm attaching a photo of the campaign room in Amber Valley, shortly before the campaigning kicked off.

I'll add more news as and when I get it during the day.

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Lovely day for campaigning

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 14 April 2012, 09:43


HOPE not hate day of action today. Find an event near you http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/search_simple

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A rival to Jason?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 12 April 2012, 10:54


Anyone reading my blog over the last few years would have heard me talk about Jason Hunter, our super activist from Burnley. He leads the HOPE not hate group there and has delivered a large chunk of the 296,000 newspapers and leaflets we have put out in Burnley since 2002 himself.

He is an absolute superstar.

But now it appears that he might have a rival, and again our new hero is to be found in the North West. I've just heard from joe, our campaign organiser, that our HnH co-ordinator in Stockport has already delivered 3,600 leaflets in four wards in the past week. He promises to deliver the remaining few thousand within the next few days.

He has got a few others involved and they have already ordered another 5,000 leaflets, on top of the 5 or 7,000 they originally took.

Not content with making sure Stockport is BNP-free, our new leaflet champion will be joining Jason on Sunday for our Burnley day of action. Asked why he was going to Burnley, he replied: "Burnley always a good day out." Let's hope the weather stays dry for the weekend.

It is people like these that make working for HOPE not hate such a great experience.

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A fantastic response

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 19:51


This morning I sent out an email to our supporters in about half of the London boroughs asking for their help in distributing newspapers in their local area. We have had a fantastic response with 179 people offering their services.

Some are just taking a couple of hundred newspapers but others are committing to many more. We've even had a few people offering to cover whole council wards for us.

We have had a particularly good uptake in Islington, Harrow and Ilford.

We will be contacting everyone individually over the next few days to arrange dropping off the newspapers, but in the meantime, if you live in London and can spare an hour or two please sign up to deliver our newspaper in your area.

https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/signup/my-street-and-one-more

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Campaigning gets under way

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 10:50


The anti-fascist campaign for the 2012 elections is well and truly under way with leafleting going on around the country.

We are out of our initial run of 100,000 general anti-BNP leaflets so we have just got another batch printed. We also have leaflets targeting the National Front and English Democrats available for local people to order.

To find out if a far right candidate is standing near you, click here:

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/2012/elections/

If you would like to get together with other HOPE not hate activists to distribute some where the far right are standing, please sign up here:
http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/HnH-organiser-2012

We are asking those people who live in London to donate an hour of their time to deliver 200 newspapers in their local area. Over 100 people have volunteered in the first 30 minutes after the email went out.

If you live in London and want to give out newspapers or leaflets in your local area you can do so here:

https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/signup/my-street-and-one-more

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The Death Match proves too controversial for release

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 09:23


The release of a new film telling the story of a football match between German soldiers and Ukrainians has been delayed because the authorities deem it "controversial".

The Death Match charts the story of a football match in Kiev, in 1942, between a team made up of employees of a local industrial bakery — many former professional footballers from Dynamo Kiev, and German soldiers. By winning the match the Ukrainian players were sent to a labour camp and several were killed.

The story has been graphically described in a number of books, including Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev by Andy Dougan; and Death Match by Andy Croft. I can certainly recommend Andy Dougan's excellent book.

But it seems that not everyone is happy about the new film. Some people have questioned the authenticity of the story while others are worried about how it portrays Ukrainian collaborators. With the 2012 football championships fast approaching, which will be co-hosted by Ukraine, it seems that the authorities have pushed to have the release delayed. A final decision over the release date will now be made on 1 May.

Inter Film spokeswoman Yulia Yatsenko said the movie was not aimed at dividing people and had been well received by some Dynamo Kiev players who had attended a private screening.

"I think it is relevant on the eve of the championship as Dynamo players make up the core of Ukraine's national team," she said.

Here's a BBC report on the film:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17674222

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Our Britain, Not theirs

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 18:19


We finalised the deal for a mixture of billboards and advans for the election campaign. Here is a draft of how the poster looks.

If you would like to help us get even more advertising space you can do so here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/put-up-the-poster

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Breivik declared 'sane'

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 11:31


Norwegian killer Anders Breivik has just been declared 'sane' enough to face trial and a jail term.

A BBC website report says: "The findings contradict a previous evaluation, published in November, that found him legally insane.

"The question of his sanity decides whether he will be sent to a psychiatric ward or jail."

Breivik killed 77 people after setting off a bomb outside Government buildings in central Oslo and shooting young people at a Labour Party youth camp. His defence is that he was forced to carry out these attacks in order to prevent Norway, and the rest of Europe, going under Islamic control.

The trial starts next Monday and is due to last until 22 June.

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New leaflets available

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 11:21


We have a new range of leaflets available, targetting the British National Party, the National Front and the English Democrats.

The general anti-BNP leaflet is in fact a reprint, after our first 100,000 have already gone out.

To get copies of any of these leaflets please email my colleague Joe at Joe@hopenothate.org.uk

To find out which far right candidates are standing where, please go to:

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/2012/elections/

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Hate campaign against Norwegian Muslim

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 9 April 2012, 18:19


I have just received this from Vepsen, our partner organisation in Norway:

After participating in the demonstration against the demonstration against the anti-Islamic flop in Århus on 31 March, Yousef Assidiq, a young Norwegian who has converted to Islam, has felt the true nature of the counter-Jihadist movement.

Since his trip to Denmark, Assidiq has become a symbol of hate amongst right wing extremists.

It began when Assidiq received a message, both on Facebook and hand delivered to his letter box at home. The message started calling Assidiq a fu**ing Ar*rsehole, and telling him to stop his “lying” about the “heroes of the NDL and SIAN” before promising to have anal intercourse with him long and hard before throwing him to the pigs. It ended with “it is a pity you were not killed on 22 July”, referring to the terrorist attacks committed by Anders B. Breivik.

Right after the message was delivered Assidiq's picture was used in a video made by the Norwegian Defence League to show the alleged dangers of Islam.

Mr. Assidiq, not being afraid, has answered with declaring why he fights what the extreme right stands for and has published this in an article that a lot of people have shared on Facebook. While Assidiq has pointed out the need to fight hatred with non-violent means, the so-called defenders of European culture and civilization are trying to silence him.

Obviously the Norwegian Defence League are too scared of a single young man, and they have run to their bigger brother in England for help. Andy Ren from the English Defence league has put up a message on his Facebook wall, calling for people to “mass report report this convert hes causing trouble for some defence leagues” in order to have Assidiq silenced.

Assidiq has reported all the threats to him to the police and, hopefully, we will soon see someone close to the Norwegian Defence League assisting the police in their inquiries.

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Cromie's back

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 9 April 2012, 11:00


My colleague Matthew Collins slipped in an interesting bit of information into a blog he wrote last week that I think is worth repeating. Paul Cromie, an 'independent' councillor in Bradford, appears to be back in the BNP fold after he attended a recent party fundraiser in Yorkshire.

Paul Cromie was for a long time a councillor for the BNP but last year he left the party and became an Independent. He and his wife Linda, also a local councillor, had found God and as a result turned their backs on racist politics. They were pictured together with their black priest in the local newspaper.

Perhaps they meant it at the time. Perhaps it was just a ploy to appear more respectable. Who knows. What is clear is that Paul appears to have gone back over to the BNP.

The BNP is standing just one candidate in Bradford in the forthcoming local elections and that happens to be in Queensbury, the same ward where Paul and Linda are councillors. Linda Cromie was re-elected as a councillor last year, polling 34% of the vote. With their return to the BNP this makes Queensbury a key seat again this year.

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English Democrats in our sights

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 7 April 2012, 21:10


I have been asked by a couple of people to explain why we are also targeting certain English Democrat candidates in these elections as it isn't a traditional far right party. That is true, the English Democratic Party (EDP) is not a far right party but so many BNP members have gone over to them in the last few months that the very composition of the party has changed and so now it has become a legitimate target.

It has been claimed that almost 43% of their candidates in the forthcoming local elections have recently been in the BNP (http://www.facebook.com/groups/97541711484/). I don't know if this is the correct figure but it could well be true. Whole swathes of EDP candidates in Essex, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire, the North West and the West Midlands have previously stood for the BNP.

EDP leader Robin Tilbrook has repeatedly said that in joining the EDP these people have accepted their new party's policies and political outlook. He might believe that and if we were talking about one or two people then he might be right. But we are talking about dozens, perhaps hundreds. If 40 former BNP members are prepared to stand as EDP candidates there must be many more who have made the switch without wanting to go public.

Two of those standing still work for Andrew Brons, the BNP's Yorkshire and Humber MEP.

Tilbrook thinks he can control these people and just use their enthusiasm to build up the EDP. I think he's wrong. I simply don't believe that all these people have changed their politics overnight and I think that at some stage in the future - probably after the two years membership EDP members need to have before they can vote in the officer's elections - this BNP grouping will flex their muscles.

And it won't be too difficult. There were just 50 EDP members at last month's AGM so a takeover would not be difficult.

HOPE not hate is producing a new leaflet focusing on the EDP. This will be available from Thursday so please do get in touch with us if you want some for your local area.

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Election map updated

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 7 April 2012, 14:20


We've just updated our 2012 election map so it has all the candidates publicly announced so far. We are waiting for a few councils to declare candidates but the vast majority have and these are recorded here:

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/2012/elections/

So far we have 125 BNP candidates standing, 91 from the English Democrats, 31 National Front, six British Freedom Party, four Democratic Nationalists and one candidate each for the British People's Party and the England First Party.

Even with the few councils outstanding, the number of BNP candidates is well down on previous years. Over the next few days we will be profiling some of the 'at risk' wards.

In addition to the local elections in England, Wales and Scotland, the BNP also poses a threat in the London elections where they only need to get 5% to get someone elected onto the Assembly.

In the meantime we would ask our supporters to let us know if they come across any BNP campaigning and to send in copies of any leaflets that are distributed.

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/2012/elections/

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Holiday competition - a few more photos

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 7 April 2012, 09:58


Yesterday we announced the launch of our Holiday competition, with a fortnight for up to nine people in luxury accommodation in the Caribbean as a prize. All money raised will go to the Searchlight Educational Trust.

You can read more here: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/competition/

We will be announcing more details of the holiday soon, but in the meantime I would like to add a few more photos of the wonderful beach house that could be yours...

The draw will be made on Monday 21 May and the winner will have 11 months to take the holiday, subject to availability.

The raffle is being conducted under licence and is compliant with the Part 5 of Schedule 11 of the Gambling Act 2005.

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/competition/

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Win a holiday of a lifetime

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 April 2012, 20:49


HOPE not hate is giving its supporters a chance to win a holiday of a lifetime with a fortnight at a private beachfront villa in one of the most unspoilt natural islands in the Caribbean. In the process you will be helping us deliver our community work.

The villa, which sleeps 9 people, enjoys around 100ft of beachfront with coconut palms and thick powder soft sand and whilst the main house will be your base, it also comes with a beach hut and a large BBQ and beach terrace area. The villa comes with a cook, cleaner and gardener.

We are raffling off this amazing holiday and you can buy tickets for just £20 each. The draw will be made on 21 May by one of our new HOPE not hate patrons. The winner will have exclusive use of the villa for a fortnight.

All proceeds will go to our charitable arm, Searchlight Educational Trust, and its work to bring communities together.

You can read more here: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/competition/

Terms and conditions apply.

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New HOPE not hate film for the NUT

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 April 2012, 17:07


We have just produced this five minute film for the National Union of Teachers which will be played at their national conference over the weekend. The NUT have supported the HOPE not hate campaign for several years and we are delighted to have made this film for them.

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Candidate update Thursday 2.10pm

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 20:24


So this is what we know now at 2.10pm:

4 BP = Britannica Party

5 BFP = British Freedom Party

76 BNP = British National Party

1 BPP = British Peoples Party

4 DN = Democratic Nationalists

51 ED = English Democrats

1 EFP = England First Party

35 NF = National Front

East Midlands

Amber Valley BNP 3

Daventry ED 2

Eastern

Epping Forest BNP 2, ED 2

Maldon BNP 3

Rochford ED 4

Peterborough ED 1

Southend 10 ED, 1 NF

St Albans ED 1

Three Rivers ED 3

Thurrock NF 4, BNP 1

North East

Gateshead NF 1

Hartlepool BNP 1

Newcastle BNP 2

North Tyneside NF 1

South Tyneside BNP 8

Sunderland NF 1

North West

Bolton BNP 1

Blackburn BNP 2

Burnley BNP 6

Bury ED 2

Carlisle BNP 1

Knowsley NF 1

Liverpool BFP 5, ED 5, BNP 2

Pendle BNP 3, ED 2, DN 1

Preston EFP 1

Rochdale NF 1, ED 1

Rossendale NF 1

Salford BNP 8

Stockport BNP 7

Tameside ED 3, BNP 2

Wigan BNP 5

Wirral BNP 1

South East

Crawley BNP 1

West Midlands

Cannock Chase BNP 1

Sandwell BNP 2 NF 1

Solihull ED 5, BNP 1

Walsall ED 3, BNP 2

Wolverhampton BNP 3

Yorkshire

Barnsley BNP 4

Bradford DN 2, BNP 1

Calderdale BPP 1

Doncaster ED 7, DN 1

Kirklees ED 1

Rotherham BNP 5

Sheffield ED 1

Wakefield ED 1

Scotland

Aberdeen NF 6

Glasgow BP 4

West Lothian NF 2

Wales

Bridgend NF 1

Swansea NF 1

Wrexham BNP 1

I will be updating this list throughout the day and then we will produce a list of all the wards far right candidates are contesting.

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A surprise in Broxbourne

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 19:43


There are no right wing candidates standing in Broxbourne, which is a real surprise. This is probably the first time in 10 years that it has not been contested by a group to the right of the Conservative Party.

Also in the Eastern region, there are two BNP candidates and two English Democrats standing in Epping Forest. Pat Richardson will be defending her seat in Loughton Broadway, while Tom Richardson is standing in Loughton St Mary's. English Democrat leader Robin Tilbrook is contesting High Ongar, Willingale and the Rodings while former BNP national organiser Eddy Butler is standing in Loughton Fairmead.

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7.35pm candidate update

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 18:11


So this is what we know now at 7.35pm:

BFP = British Freedom Party

BNP = British National Party

BPP = British Peoples Party

DN = Democratic Nationalists

ED = English Democrats

NF = National Front

East Midlands

Daventry ED 2

Eastern

Epping Forest BNP 2, ED 2

Maldon BNP 3

Rochford ED 4

Three Rivers ED 3

Thurrock NF 4, BNP 1

North East

Gateshead NF 1

Hartlepool BNP 1

Newcastle BNP 2

North Tyneside NF 1

South Tyneside BNP 8

Sunderland NF 1

North West

Bolton BNP 1

Blackburn BNP 2

Burnley BNP 6

Knowsley NF 1

Liverpool BFP 5, ED 5, BNP 2

Preston EFP 1

Salford BNP 8

Stockport BNP 7

Wigan BNP 5

Wirral BNP 1

West Midlands

Sandwell BNP 2

Wolverhampton BNP 3

Yorkshire

Barnsley BNP 4

Calderdale BPP 1

Doncaster ED 7, DN 1

Kirklees ED 1

Rotherham BNP 5

Sheffield ED 1

We will be updating this list again at 9pm tonight

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And now for something hilarious!

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 17:40


The BNP is not standing a single candidate in Calderdale. But David Jones, of the British People's Party, is standing in Todmorden. Let us just hope he doesn't plan to go canvassing with his gun and swastika flag.

Former BNP councillor Tom Bates, who became an Independent, is defending his Illingworth and Mixendon ward as an Independent.

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Candidates update

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 17:12


There BNP is standing seven candidates in Stockport, six in Burnley and three in Wolverhampton.

But they are standing no candidates in Bassetlaw, Stratford-upon-Avon and Basingstoke.

In Doncaster, where the BNP is standing no candidates, former BNP organiser David Owens is standing for the Democratic Nationalists.

At 6pm I shall try to do a complete list of where we are up to across the country.

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Big fat Zero

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 16:45


This is turning out to be a grim day for the BNP and Nick Griffin's leadership. There are no BNP candidates in Doncaster, Sheffield, Three Rivers or North East Lincolnshire.

There is just one BNP candidate in Thurrock, another area where the BNP has stood a full slate in the past. By contrast, there are four National Front candidates. In Newcastle there are just two candidates.

In Three Rivers, where there are no BNP candidates, there are three English Democrats standing - all former BNP members.

One council which breaks the trend is South Tyneside, where there are eight BNP candidates.

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BNP struggle for candidates

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 16:25


News is beginning to filter through of council candidates around the country. The key headline is that the BNP has struggled to find candidates and its numbers are way down almost everywhere in the country.

In Kirklees, once a BNP stronghold, there are none. In Sandwell, where the the BNP averaged 33% of the vote in the nine wards it contested in 2006, there are only two. In Barnsley there are just four BNP candidates.

The BNP has hardly found any candidates in the North East. There are no candidates in Gateshead and North Tyneside and only one in Sunderland, a council where for many years they stood full slates.

Liverpool is particularly interesting, with only two BNP candidates contesting wards but there are five British Freedom Party candidates standing. The Mayoral race in Liverpool should be a circus. In addition to a BNP, there will also be a candidate for UKIP, National Front and the English Democrats.

In fact the National Front are standing far more candidates than they have done in recent years.

The lack of candidates is a disaster for Nick Griffin and appears yet another nail in his political coffin. One of the few bright spots this year is Salford, where the BNP is standing eight candidates for the local council and a Mayoral candidate.

Unsurprisingly Salford is the only place Griffin seems to be mentioning on twitter.

The British National Party go into these elections in a demoralised mood. Their membership is haemorrhaging and they have large debts. But rather than sit back and watch their decline with amusement we must seize this opportunity to defeat them. In these elections we have the chance to wipe them out in virtually every council they still have representation. It is too good an opportunity to miss.

I'll be updating news about BNP candidates during the rest of the day but in the meantime please sign up for one of our Days of Action over the weekend of 14 and 15 April.

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/search_simple

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Let's deliver a message of HOPE

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 4 April 2012, 13:55


In exactly a month's time we will know the results of the local and London elections. We will know which party will be running our councils, who will be our local councillor and, in the case of London, who will be Mayor and who will be the 25 members of the London Assembly.

The question will also be whether the BNP will win any seats?

The British National Party go into these elections in a demoralised mood. Their membership is haemorrhaging and they have large debts. But rather than sit back and watch their decline with amusement we must seize this opportunity to defeat them. In these elections we have the chance to wipe them out in virtually every council they still have representation. It is too good an opportunity to miss.

In London our main danger is complacency.

Disillusionment with the main political parties, plus the unique nature of the voting system, are the real risks in this election, rather than any love of Nick Griffin or his party. The BNP need only 5% of the vote in the London elections to get a representative on the London Assembly. This would allow them to intervene at every level of London politics and give them a platform to spread their racist politics.

We have produced a fantastic tabloid newspaper which we believe will help warn voters of the dangers of the BNP.

The newspaper is packed with positive stories which show that people can work together.

The newspaper contains a great article by former footballer Robbie Savage. Discussing the Olympics, Euro 2012 and the outpouring of support for Fabrice Muamba, he concludes: "For racists, the Olympics must seem like a nightmare, all those athletes of different ethnic backgrounds united behind our flag. Because it's not their flag - it's ours."

We have lots of events across England over the weekend of 14 and 15 April. I hope you will consider joining us and stopping the BNP in the elections.

Click here to find an event near you.

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From Fatwa to Jihad

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 3 April 2012, 16:29


I've just got a copy of Kenan Malik's book, From Fatwa to Jihad, which looks at the rise of radical Islam within the British Muslim community. The book focuses on the impact the Salman Rushdie affair had on the Muslim community and how multiculturalism contributed to the rise of religious fundamentalism in this country.

I'm sure it is going to be a provocative book but important none the less.

I'm particularly interested in the chapter, From street-fighters to book-burners, about the collapse of the Asian Youth Movement, which was such a secular, progressive force in the late 1970s.

It's three years old but I'm really looking forward to reading it and hopefully it will help me gather my thoughts about the balance between secularism and religious diversity.

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NUT calls on its members to support the HnH Days of Action

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 2 April 2012, 23:15


The HOPE not hate team has been busy working towards our weekend of action on 14/15 April. So far we have 25 events organised, with some more being added tomorrow.

Reports are starting to come in of far right candidates, with the National Front (NF) seemingly standing in more places than they have done for many years. As the number of NF, British National Party and British Freedom Party candidates become known I'm sure more people will want to organise something locally.

In addition to putting the final touches to our campaign newspapers I have been working on a video we are producing for the National Union of Teachers. They have kindly agreed to sponsor our newspapers again this year and they are encouraging their members to get involved in our Days of Action. We interviewed Christine Blower, the NUT General Secretary, and she spoke highly of our campaign.

She spoke at length about our 2010 campaign in Barking & Dagenham and the impact it had on NUT members. "I must say, in terms of that election, it was the highlight for lots of NUT members and they still talk about it. People had a sense that they were part of a major campaign to oppose racism and fascism and it was of course successful.

"The National Union of Teachers stands for HOPE not hate," she added. "It stands for working together and not setting some people apart."

You can find our campaign events here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/search_simple

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Pie wars

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 2 April 2012, 08:50


Dave Myers and fellow chef Andrew Nutter at the HOPE not hate food festival in Manchester

Dave Myers and fellow chef Andrew Nutter at the HOPE not hate food festival in Manchester

I see David Cameron has got himself burnt over the new pastry tax...

My advice to him would have been steer well clear of anything pastry. I remember when I remarked that the pies at Rotherham Football Club were among the best I had tasted I was inundated with complaints, particularly from people in the North West.

When our HOPE not hate bus arrived in Wigan a couple of days later I was presented with a tray of their local pies. While myself and the rest of the HnH bus crew happily tucked in I still felt the Rotherham pie was better - though I accept I ate it on a freezing day so the heat alone was most welcome.

A couple of days later we hosted a food festival in Manchester's Albert Square. Top chef Dave Myers, one of the hairy bikers, decided to drive up from London to join us. And he knows a thing or two about pies, but of course I would like to think that our food festival, with several types of local pies, was the inspiration for his book, Perfect Pies.

I fear it wasn't but one can only dream.

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Curry goat anyone?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 1 April 2012, 20:51


I've just been browsing through the Guardian in a bid to find inspiration for an article I'm struggling with and came across a report of Newcastle's two-nil victory over Liverpool today.

Anyway, I was fascinated the read the final paragraph of the match report: "Pardew attributed Cissé's excellent performance to diet. The striker's two goals here took his Premier League total to seven since his debut in February – two more than Carroll has managed in the league in 14 months at Liverpool. "We had Africa day at the training ground on Friday," Pardew said. "We made him feel at home by having curried goat for lunch. It was lovely."

Not sure how many other teams serve up curry goat to their players but it certainly seems to have worked here!


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Another Facebook landmark passed

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 1 April 2012, 19:52


This afternoon the number of supporters we have on Facebook has just passed 52,000. We have added almost 1,200 in the past week alone.

I think this is a reflection of the imaginative way our Facebook site is run and the continually updating content. A particular favourite of our Facebook supporters is our 'Goodnight song', which is sometimes looked at and listened to by thousands every night.

Over 36,000 people visit our facebook site every week, over 2,000 are 'talking about us' and 54% of our supporters are women. The largest age group are 25-44.

It rounds off a busy week for the HOPE not hate campaign. Over 1,300 people have sent in photographs for the Our Britain, Not Theirs campaign and over £2,600 has been received for our appeal to buy billboard space for the forthcoming elections.

The finishing touches are being put to our campaign newspapers, which will be delivered over our weekend of action on 14/15 April. So far we have 25 events planned for that weekend, with more likely to be announced this week.

While I think we should be pleased with our supporter base on Facebook there is a lot more to do. If you add together all the Facebook friends of our 52,000 supporters there are over 13 million people. Spreading the word amongst these people should be our goal!

If you are not already a HOPE not hate facebook friend can you join up here: http://www.facebook.com/hope.n.hate

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Robbie Savage speaks up for HOPE not hate

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 1 April 2012, 12:06


I'm currently putting the finishing touches to this year's campaign newspapers. Once again several Daily Mirror writers are helping out. One of them is former footballer-turned pundit (and dancer) Robbie Savage. He has written an article for the newspaper which includes this great line:

"For racists, the Olympics must seem like a nightmare, all those athletes of different ethnic backgrounds united behind our flag. Because it's not their flag - it's ours."

I will be revealing more from our newspapers over the next few days and I'll also be telling people how they can get involved in distributing them.

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An air of desperation?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 1 April 2012, 10:35


We know that the BNP is in dire trouble but yesterday it posted an appeal on its website for candidates to come forward for the forthcoming local elections in what is obviously a sign of desperation. With just five days to go until all council nominations have to be in, the BNP is only now asking its members to stand and it is clearly a result that so far very few have put their hat into the ring.

In fact, there will be several councils in the country where the BNP normally stand more than ten candidates but where this year they will stand none.

The question is whether the English Democrats, where many BNP activists have fled, stand more.

Nominations close on Thursday 4 April but most councils will not be releasing the full list of candidates until Tuesday 10 April. As soon as we hear about who is standing where we shall let you know.

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An event near you

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 1 April 2012, 07:47


As we enter April our attention turns firmly to the forthcoming local and London elections. While the British National Party is not the threat it once was this year there is an opportunity to wipe out their representation on several countries around the country - including Burnley, Rotherham and Amber Valley. They are also defending a number of other council seats where their councillors either defected to a rival far right party, became independents or simply dropped out altogether.

In fact, if we play our cards right this year we could leave the BNP with just two borough councillors and one county councillor. This will be an amazing achievement given where the BNP was after it won two MEPs in 2009.

I think the BNP is really going to struggle to get anywhere near the number of candidates it contested in previous years. In fact, in some parts of the country - particularly Yorkshire, Essex and Hertfordshire - we will probably see the English Democrats contest more council wards.

The main battle is going to be in London, where the BNP need just 5% to get someone elected onto the London Assembly. While London BNP is in utter disarray, they party still has the brand name and most voters will be blissfully unaware of the shambles it is in.

The HOPE not hate is holding a national weekend of action on 14/15 April. So far we have 25 events planned around the country, with the majority being in London. In each of our key areas we have produced a HOPE not hate tabloid newspaper.

You can find your nearest event here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/search_simple

If there is no event near you but you are keen to organise an event, you can do so here:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/event/create

We have produced a general anti-BNP, which can be ordered from us, and we are currently putting together a leaflet against the English Democrats and the British Freedom Party. These will be available soon.

Finally, we are hoping to buy six billboards for the final fortnight of the elections and have two mobile advans on the road. Our positive message to get out and vote will be seen by hundreds of thousands in our key areas. This advertising campaign will cost us £4,000. So far we have £2,480, so please do help us raise the rest:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/put-up-the-poster

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