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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 21 May 2011, 15:47
I would just like to send our congratulations to Ruth G on the new arrival into her family. She sent us a message this morning to say that she gave birth wearing her HOPE not hate t-shirt.
From everyone at HOPE not hate we wish Ruth and her family all the best.
Posted: 21 May 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 20 May 2011, 08:28
Andrew Brons, the BNP’s Yorkshire & Humber MEP, has finally publicly broken ranks with Nick Griffin in a sign that could eventually lead to a split in the party. Brons has tried to appear neutral in the ongoing feuds that have engulfed the BNP over the past year but privately he has long taken the view that either Griffin has to go or a new party should be created.
Speaking on a nationalist website a couple of days ago, Brons announced that unless the current leadership has a complete change of heart and reforms the constitution he will be supporting Richard Edmonds’s leadership challenge.
Of course Brons does not believe a successful leadership challenge is likely, not least because Griffin has a knack of suspending or expelling any opposition to him. Even if it were, many do not believe that the BNP is a viable operation any more given the size of its debts. He does, however, believe that a strong challenge, which is likely to be met by a further crackdown by Griffin, could split the party.
There have been rumours about Brons launching a new far-right party for some time but the Yorkshire & Humber MEP has dithered for so long that some of his previous supporters have already left and joined the English Democrats.
Brons is a hardline racial nationalist and so there is no way he would follow the others into the English Democrats, but he has been desperate not to be the person who brings down the BNP. Rather, he hoped, the election results would be so terrible – which they were – and the debts so crippling that party members would turn to him as a saviour.
I’ve written a long article on all this in the new issue of Searchlight, which also carries our analysis of the 2011 election campaign. You can get the magazine here: https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/subscribe/
Posted: 20 May 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 12:14
Today's news that two men are to face trial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence is most welcome. After 18 years perhaps some justice can finally be done.
Stephen Lawrence was murdered at a bus stop in Eltham, South East London, on 22 April 1993. Stephen's death highlighted institutionalised racism hin the police service and the wider public sector. It was one of a number of racist murders in South East London during the early 1990s.
Gary Dobson (35) and David Norris (34) will face trial in November.
Posted: 18 May 2011 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 14 May 2011, 08:08
Over 500 people have already completed the survey about the furture direction of the HOPE not hate campaign. I've only just begun to skim through the returned surveys but there is some really interesting stuff there and several offers of help.
Over the weekend I shall be reading through them in more detail and these, along with a more detailed survey we are sending out to our local groups, will help us formulate our future direction for the campaign.
In the meantime, please complete the survey, it will only take a minute or two.
Posted: 14 May 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 13 May 2011, 13:45
We are currently formulating a strategy for where HOPE not hate should go now. The BNP might be on its knees but the far right threat will re-emerge, be it as as a re-energised BNP, the EDL or as a new party. We have to be ready to meet that threat when it emerges but in the meantime we should continue to push HOPE in our communities. The BNP might have been defeated but the despair, myths and racism which gave rise to it remain.
We've produced a simple survey to allow you to give us your thoughts. We shall use the results to help us draw up a strategy over the next week or two.
Posted: 13 May 2011 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 9 May 2011, 10:31
I would just like to thank everyone who has sent in messages for our hope wall. We have now just passed 900 messages - a quite remarkable figure.
I'm hoping to pass the 1,000 mark within the next 48 hours.
We have uploaded just under 400 on our website so far and will add the rest over the next few days.
you can add your message here:
Posted: 9 May 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 7 May 2011, 09:25
Almost 700 people have now sent in messages for our HOPE wall. Over the weekend we will be putting as many as possible up on our website.
One caught my eye. This is from Ruth Rosenau, the victorious Labour candidate who defeated Stoke BNP leader Michael Coleman.
"Can't begin to thank you guys for all the hard work you did in helping us to rid my City of the far right. We need to work together to maintain community cohesion, we need to ensure that there is no avenue open for the BNP/EFP etc to return."
Can I just say, from everyone at HOPE not hate, that it was a pleasure to work alongside her.
Posted: 7 May 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 21:58
First BNP result in Northern Ireland for the assembly: Steve Parks comes in last with only 404 votes! My colleague Matthew is very pleased.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 18:29
A couple of hours ago I sent out an email to our supporter list asking them to send in their thoughts about the election campaign. I'm really pleased to say that over 400 people already have - not bad for a Friday afternoon.
Here are a few:
"Hope not hate - let the BNP long atrophy at the bottom of all rotten rubbish. Thanks Nick and your organisation for taking a stand." Ally
"Well done everybody for all your campaign work. This is a happy day and bodes very well for the future. It shows we can make a difference. I am so happy for all of us to be looking forward now to good times together, being there for each other whatever our economic worries." Anna
"Good work by good people overcame the racist BNP, people listened and woke up to the real BNP and rejected them! Well done to all." John
I'll be putting some more up on our website over the weekend but if you want to add your thoughts you can here: https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/signup/wall-of-hope
Posted: 6 May 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 18:17
The BNP won a second seat in yesterday's elections. Catherine Duffy was re-elected in East Gascote, in Charnwood, by just five votes.
So that means the BNP only won two of the 268 elections they were contesting.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 15:03
A few years ago the BNP won a council seat in Grays Riverside. Yesterday the BNP polled just 167 votes, well behind Labour's vote of over 1,300.
To rub salt in the wounds the victorious Labour candidate Val Cook-Morris had a harsh word or two for the BNP in her victory speech.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 14:47
Amateur sleuth and part-time hitman Joey Owens thinks he understands why the BNP has done so badly – namely that Searchlight and the HOPE not hate campaign has destroyed the BNP internally.
I couldn't possibly comment.
This is what he has just posted on a website:
"Searchlight running rings round BNP
Searchlight is running rings round the BNP. Searchlight, and its amateur spies, has succeeded in disgracing the BNP with crazy and damaging stunts of sabotage. From Adam Walker in his handcuffed hands held high, to Kieren Trent’s brawl outside an elderly councillor’s home. Searchlight has once again been successful in destroying our only hope. Infact, just like Searchlight and Martin Webster (a long term searchlight spy) destroyed our only hope back in 1979. When (if at all?) is nationalism going to learn?
Nick Griffin is responsible for allowing the BNP to have been hijacked by searchlight spies and clowns. Yes, not all the disrupters are searchlight, but more cranky than malicious. However, serious damage has been done to the BNP.
A new internal security needs forming to combat searchlight. Infact, first of all, just stop all the crazy stunts on the street. Get back to knocking on doors and talking to the public. This was the case very early on in the bnp, wasn't it??? But for some bizarre reason, Nick Griffin changed tactic. Was he influenced by the spies? Anyway, street activity needs to STOP."
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 13:56
They say a week is a long time in politics. Well it certainly is for Clive Jones, the former teacher who last Friday boasted that he was going to win a council seat in East Staffs. Poor old Jones was left looking rather stupid today when he came in seventh place in the contest for Stapenhill ward.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 13:49
I'm getting reports from Thurrock which seem to suggest that the BNP have done really badly. I'm waiting to have confirmation of the results but it appears that the BNP vote in some wards is only a third of what it was two or three years ago.
More skittles are about to drop.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 13:32
The Kirklees results are now in, another former "jewel in the crown" of Griffin's BNP.
Obviously, they've sold the actual gems a long time ago. Most of the Kirklees branch moved over to the English Democrats shortly before the elections, those who remained got caught up in the rather shameful gun and booze St George's Day debacle, followed up by stories of their social networking comments.
In the wards they stood in this year, they polled a total of 923. At their "peak" they could take easily double that in just one ward.
BNP rebel leader Eddy Butler claims that Griffin has taken the BNP back in time to the year 2000 (a time when these sort of poor results would have excited them greatly).
No doubt the slide will continue until they think they're back in their hey day of 1933.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 12:25
I've just heard that the BNP have lost badly in Gannow, another one of our key seats. The BNP are not happy and it is easy to see why.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 12:05
Nick Griffin has just tweeted: "Message for the Searchlight/Civic/Thieves alliance: The BNP is not going away and nor am I. We've work to do!"
All I can say is that Griffin might not be going away but his members will shortly be leaving him in their droves. As for work to do, after these results that's bleeding obvious....
Posted: 6 May 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 12:00
Just got off the phone with Jason who has told me that the BNP have been hammered in Hapton. Labour won the ward with 871 votes with the BNP trailing far behind with 369.
Given that the BNP have won this ward in four of the last five years this is a brilliant result and all credit must go to Jason and the local HOPE not hate team.
An angry Chris Vann shouted at Jason: "You won't get away with this."
We will and we have.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 11:09
Chris Beverley has failed in his attempt to win Morley South, in Leeds. The former local councillor switched allegiance to the English Democrats after the BNP blocked him from standing.
Beverley came third with 19.5% of the vote. Well done to the HOPE not hate activists who went out last leafleting in the ward last Monday.
Another skittle falls.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 11:01
Ten of our 25 skittles (representing our key 25 wards) have already fallen, with most of the rest likely to drop in the next few hours.
So far the BNP have held on to just one seat and I'm predicting that is all they will get in this election.
Keep looking at our home page to see the rest of the skittles go down...
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 10:21
The EDL's support in Luton has not been translated over to the BNP after its candidate polled just 3.1% of the vote in the Farley ward.
This is a great victory for local anti-fascists, who delivered both the HOPE not hate newspaper and our women's mailing to every door in the ward.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 09:48
With all but the far north of Wales to be counted it is clear that the BNP have failed to make any breakthrough here despite the boasts of Nick Griffin and the party's deputy leader Simon Darby.
Last night I reported how Griffin was driving here, there and everywhere, seemingly unsure of which Welsh count to attend. Well, it is clear he should have stayed at home as the BNP not only failed to win but their share of the vote plummeted from the previous election.
Griffin's position is clearly untenable after another appalling election night.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 09:06
Nick Griffin will be waking up to further bad news this morning with the news of further loses in NW Leicestershire.
In 2007 the BNP won two seats on the council. Since then Graham Partner, who was elected for Hugglescote, became an Independent. He was well beaten yesterday, as was the BNP candidate in the other ward it won - Whitwick.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 08:44
After a couple of hours break the HnH election team is back on stream, crunching numbers, looking for reactions and gossip and planning ahead for another round of results to come in.
It has been an appalling night for the BNP, with just one council victory so far. The BNP has been wiped out in Stoke-on-Trent and NW Leicestershire and its vote has dropped even from last year's low. The BNP has also failed to make any breakthrough in Wales, a sharp contrast to the optimism held by the BNP leadership as late as yesterday afternoon.
Today we are looking for results from Burnley, Pendle, Calderdale, East Staffs, Charnwood and Thurrock. We will also get the remaining results from Wales.
We will be blogging throughout the day so please stay with us.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 04:10
Nick Griffin's take on the election is, like his political ideology, both clueless and tasteless. Speaking of his surprise at the popularity of the Green party - at what he feels is the BNP's expense - he has blamed a horrific catastrophe hundreds of miles away. He's tweeted: "Greens seem to be picking up more than usual. On back of Japanese earthquake I guess?"
I'm trying to understand his thinking (always a dangerous thing to do with Griffin). He seems to have confused the rising sea levels caused by global warming with a vast tidal wave caused by an earthquake.
Of course, Griffin doesn't believe in climate change anyway.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 04:03
The BNP has held on to one seat with Linda Cromie winning in Queensbury. There's probably little comfort for Griffin here as both Linda and Paul Cromie have twice discussed going Independent in recent years so I'm not sure how long he can rely on their support.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 03:35
Gary Lucas, defeated BNP candidate in Knowsley always has an interesting comment or two to make on his facebook page. He's not let us down tonight/this morning either: "Ballot box [is] not the answer in this country any more" he writes angrily.
Still we take it as a compliment that they [the BNP] need a campaign "like what Searchlight do to us." (sic)
To be fair, when I put that comment to Matthew he seemed a little non-plussed. "These people do it to themselves" he laughed, they (the BNP members) will all be back at it tomorrow, acting like the loonies and extremists we know they are".
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 03:07
Defeated BNP candidate Dave Leese who stood (and lost) in Stoke has gone straight back to his facebook page and ungraciously admitted defeat.
"Maybe the people of Stoke will wake up when they have sharia law and ther homes have been given to immigrants.
"Just annoyed at the apathy in this city."
Some call it apathy, but we call it antifascist campaigning.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 03:02
Terry Fieldhouse was supposed to be the great white hope in Brinsworth and Catcliffe. In 2007 they got 30.8% of the vote. This year they got 17.1% of the vote. It's still a large vote, but it shows that they are coming down all over the country. This was one of our target wards, so we're very happy to be knocking another skittle down.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 02:40
I'm too tired to do the calculations but the BNP vote is also down in Wigan. In Leigh West, the BNP polled 239 votes, compared to Labour's winning 1,844 votes.
In Abram ward, the BNP polled 242 votes. Labour won the ward with 1,696 votes. A few years ago the BNP polled approximately 25% of the vote in this ward.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 02:40
Martin Vaughn in Hebburn North ward, south Tynside has scored 1.86%. In 2007 he polled 15.5%
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 02:17
It seems that Peter Tierney has achieved the lowest ever BNP vote on Merseyside, polling a fantastic 44 votes. One for promotion I think.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 02:03
Here's a re-cap on what's happened this evening so far.
The BNP have lost all five council seats they were defending in Stoke-on-Trent. The BNP vote is down by almost 60% in Birmingham from its 2008 result. The BNP failed to win in Barpool, Nuneaton, in a ward they already have a councillor. Griffin believes the BNP vote in Wales is lower than he expected.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 01:56
The BNP vote is falling all over the country. Just heard that the BNP has also slumped in South Tyneside.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 01:42
It's a bad night for Griffin and he knows it. He also knows it is only going to get worse
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 01:38
The BNP polled 5.64% in the Birmingham ward of Longbridge. In 2008 they 14.1% in the same ward.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 01:30
The BNP polled just 5.41% in the Birmingham ward of Sheldon. In 2008 the BNP polled 14.8% in the same ward. Embarrassing.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 01:24
Nick Griffin is describing a "weird" on twitter that the BNP's vote in Swansea does not appear to be as strong as it seemed to be when the BNP drove through there yesterday.
"Weird" is not the word I would use...
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 01:11
I can now confirm that all four BNP councillors have lost in Stoke-on-Trent. From a high of nine just over a year ago the BNP now have no councillors left.
A really great result. Well done everyone.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 01:07
Just heard that Steve Baktin has lost in Bentilee and Ubberley, in Stoke-on-Trent. This is a tremendous result.
Funnily enough Matthew and I were campaigning down Batkin's street only today.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 01:04
The mystery of Griffin's evening has been solved. He is at the count in Swansea. That's official - apparently.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 00:45
It seems that the BNP and the Conservatives are neck and neck in Queensbury in Bradford, a seat the BNP is defending. The result is still some way off though
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 00:43
Poor Nick Griffin. I'm led to believe he's driving around Wales and doesn't know where to park up. So far he's been spotted in Bridgend, Swansea, Wrexham and now the latest rumour is Cardiff.
He's looking for some good news....perhaps he'll be driving around all night
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 00:32
First result of the evening. The BNP vote has collapsed in the Nuneaton and Bedworth by-election of Barpool, a ward where the BNP already has one councillor. Labour has won the ward with 50% of the vote.
Lab 1034 Cons 519 BNP 204 Lib Dem 142 UKIP 65 SP 38
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 00:16
Just had this message from a supporter in South Wales:
"Dont worry, it's not true. BNP candidate in Swansea spread that rumour."
I am also hearing from sources inside the BNP that their leadership are becoming increasingly depressed about their election chances. Other sources tell me that this is only the beginning of their problems as a number of members plan a mass resignation in the near future.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 00:05
People in the count in Stoke-on-Trent say that there is a chance that the BNP have been wiped out. There is certainly a mood of despondency amongst their activists.
Again, let's hope this is true.
And let's hope the actual results start coming in soon!
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 6 May 2011, 00:00
A couple of people from South Wales have contacted us to say that they don't believe the BNP will win anything there. Let's hope they are right!
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 23:44
Results are beginning to come in with Sunderland again coming in first. Unfortunately the BNP is not standing in Sunderland so my monitoring of the council website has been pretty fruitless!
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 23:31
There's growing concern about the possiblity of a BNP gain in the Welsh Assembly. The BNP has become increasingly confident of success in Wales in recent days, but I guess that's not really surprising as it has nothing to celebrate in England.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 23:28
News is coming in thick and fast now. Just heard from our local organiser in Nuneaton & Bedworth where the BNP were fighting hard in a by-election in Barpool, a ward where the BNP already have a councillor.
The BNP candidate is shaking his head. We think it's a good sign. Prediction is that Labour will win the seat.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 23:25
More good news from Stoke-on-Trent. It seems that the BNP councillor in Meir South is also losing.
HOPE not hate was campaigning in Meir South yesterday and knocking up the vote today.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 23:22
I'm hearing news from inside the Stoke-on-Trent count and it seems that BNP group leader Michael Coleman is going to get booted out of Meir North. Two of the four boxes have been counted and it's looking good so far.
This is the ward where HOPE not hate activists were busy turning out the anti-BNP vote today.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 23:05
I've just spoken to Sam over in Thurrock and he says that he had one person coming out of their house and shouting: 'God Bless HOPE not hate. God bless all the work you do.'
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 22:58
Over the past week we have placed several stories in local newspapers revealing racist and vile comments by BNP candidates on their Facebook sites.
Several BNP candidates have complained that Searchlight have hacked their sites and wrote these comments themselves.
I've just spoken to Matthew Collins and he declined to comment. Not sure what to make of that.
...Not quite true actually. Matthew says "why would I hack into their Facebook sites when they write enough racist nonsense themselves?"
Posted: 5 May 2011 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 22:47
I've just been informed that Nick Griffin has just walked into the count in Swansea.
Here's a picture of the counting in Stoke-on-Trent
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 22:44
A few days ago the BNP website was confidently predicting a BNP gain in Burton. Well, I've just got off the phone with our local organiser up there and she predicts a good BNP vote but not a gain.
It seems that turnout has been about 40% and the Labour vote appears to have held up. There was little sign of the Conservatives today but the BNP ran a very strong and loud campaign.
All for nothing we hope....
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 22:24
Ok, it seems that the ballot box theft story is not correct but BNP members did storm a polling station, throw eggs at Labour Party members, including someone in a wheelchair, and then block people from voting.
More to follow....
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 22:19
There's a rumour that in addition to a polling station being closed due to BNP intimidation there's now an incredible story circulating that a BNP candidate in Thurrock has stolen a ballot box...
I kid you not. That's the rumour. We have a name but until we get confirmation we can't say anything more at this moment.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 22:15
There is a report from Thurrock that a Tilbury polling station was closed due to BNP intimidation and the Labour HQ being pelted with eggs. Police have been called.
We've been complaining about BNP thuggery in Thurrock for some time. Perhaps this time the police will finally act.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 22:12
The polls have now closed. It'll be a while before the first results come in so it's speculation until then. I'm trying to ring round our organisers to get their take on events....
In the meantime, Matty and co are eating their way through my food...
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 21:51
Just spoken to Jason in Burnley. He is quietly confident that the BNP have lost in Hapton-with-Park. "There was a good feeling on the doorstep," he told me.
I don't think turnout was high so of course it could go either way.
Burnley counts tomorrow so we'll have to wait until then to find out the result.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 21:33
One of the most interesting contests will be in the Bradford ward of Queensbury. Linda Cromie is re-standing for the BNP and over the past few years it has been a straight fight between the BNP and the Conservative Party. However, it seems as though it is a genuine four-way fight this year, with both Labour and UKIP in the race.
UKIP have been working the ward hard so it'll be interesting to see if their votes come from the BNP or the Conservatives.
Yorkshire HnH have been busy as usual in the ward. A couple of weeks ago our activists distributed a local leaflet throughout the ward and today we had people trying to knock up identified anti-BNP voters.
Bradford counts tonight so we'll know the result before long
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 20:49
So here we go, the 2011 election blog is under way. Over the next 18 hours we will be giving a running commentary as the BNP results come in, reporting from key counts around the country and reminiscing about some amusing tales from the campaign.
Some councils are counting tonight, others tomorrow. Among those coming in tonight are Stoke-on-Trent, Bradford, Barnsley, Nuneaton & Bedworth and North West Leicestershire. Tomorrow’s big counts will be in Burnley, Thurrock, Calderdale and Charnwood.
We have our key organisers at all the main counts but obviously we can’t be everywhere so I’ll be dependent on our supporters to send in results, reports and even photos. If you pick anything up please do drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 20:15
There's just under two hours to go until the polls close. HOPE not hate teams are still working hard across the country. I've now left Stoke-on-Trent and I'm currently making my way back to London to run our election room but there are still many people turning out the anti-BNP vote in the key wards. Sam is leading teams in Thurrock, Paul is co-ordinating our efforts in West Yorkshire and Jason is almost single-handedly taking on the BNP in Burnley.
Our election blog really kicks off at 9pm. In addition to reporting the election results as they come in, we'll be revealing some of the private thoughts of BNP leaders and retelling some of the more amusing tales of the election campaign.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 14:30
We are out in Bentilee and Ubberley, a key marginal ward in Stoke-on-Trent. BNP councillor Steve Batkin is up for re-election but we are pulling out all the stops to beat him. We are one of three teams knocking up the anti-BNP vote in this ward.
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 10:36
It's election day and our HOPE not hate teams are out across the country getting the vote out. I've been up in Stoke-on-Trent for the last couple of days in what is our key local authority target this year. There are four BNP councillors up for re-election and in total there are 10 standing.
We began the day at 8am, with teams going out with Election Day cards to households of identified anti-BNP voters. Later today we will re-visit these households and knock up the vote. We plan to run this operation in three key wards but that obviously depends on our activists turning up to help.
There are similar operations going on around the country, including in Burnley, Bradford, Nuneaton & Bedworth and Thurrock – the four other key local authority areas.
I'll shortly be posting up our top 25 wards to watch and I will be running a live election blog tonight. This will start at 9pm and run throughout tonight and all day tomorrow.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011, 10:18
Activists delivering their message of HOPE not hate right across the city of Stoke-on-Trent.
From dawn to dusk the hardworking team were out and about spreading the word of hope against the hatred of the far right.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 3 May 2011, 17:59
Mick Braun, the BNP candidate for the Tilbury Riverside & Thurrock Park ward in Thurrock, has been described as an “utter racist and a loose cannon”. This description does not come from us (though we do not disagree), but instead comes from the ex Havering BNP councillor Mark Logan in an interview he gave to the Ilford Recorder just last year. Braun isn’t actually from Thurrock but from nearby Romford and is actually the BNP’s Havering organiser
Braun’s Facebook account is overflowing with racist and homophobic sentiment, in fact it is one of the worst accounts we have seen so far.
Not for the first time, much of what Braun has to say for himself is far too disgusting for us to reproduce. One posting that does stand out though is where Mick Braun or Mick Brown as he also likes to be known as on Facebook, advocates spraying Asians and homosexuals with hydrochloric acid.
Braun also suggests posting a Molotov cocktail through the letter box of an Asian family that has just moved next door to one of his Facebook friends. He also suggests setting fire to mosques in response to Islamic extremists burning the Union Jack.
Neither is Braun too bothered as to whether the police are monitoring his activities. In one posting he suggests “let’s set up a ‘where a copper lives’ site so we can alert all nationalists where these treacherous bastards live and let’s give them hell for a change”. So much for the BNP being the party of law and order.
Another Thurrock candidate is Karne McGinn who is standing in the Ockenden ward.
McGinn passes his time on the social networking site posting things like as “Kill the Muslim scum” and compliments one of his Facebook friends for having a Swastika for his profile photo.
McGinn also attempted to start an online campaign of hate directed at a local takeaway in nearby Grays in Essex, because the takeaway sells Halal meat. He printed the phone number of the takeaway encouraging people to withhold their telephone number and ring them up to “give them some grief”.
Posted: 3 May 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 3 May 2011, 13:42
Four days after the BNP threatened to expel anyone caught out acting like a Nazi we’re still to hear of any expulsions, only more party resignations.
It would appear that the youth wing has now left the party with its leader Kieren Trent and his new girl friend purged by a series of angry and threatening party loyalists over their relationship, the current plight of her former lover and an apparent switch of allegiance to Irish republicanism from Ulster loyalism by the pair. My sources tell me that as well as making Facebook declarations of their new allegiances, some former “BNP Crusaders” went as far as to sneak into a commemoration for the 1916 Easter Uprising over the long weekend!
Staying with the Irish theme, the BNP’s organiser for Northern Ireland, the ‘Comical Ali’ of racial purity Steven Moore, managed to make a brief appearance over the weekend, watching the tanned Nick Griffin tie a few old posters around some lamp posts. In typical BNP fashion this was over a month later than any other party and, of course, in considerably less numbers than the other parties. If anything it was just a photo opportunity to prove to the world that Nick Griffin tanned very nicely in Cyprus and also to get Moore to stop hiding after the embarrassment of his racist and sectarian Facebook comments and the delightful truth as to who paid for his wedding.
Next up, Griffin was in Wales with a motley crew of BNP thugs tweeting away about Searchlight moles trying to ruin his party and its campaign (guilty as charged). But it wasn’t long until he returned to his favourite theme; there then came an appeal for funds to pay for petrol for the party’s “Truth Truck”, which in reality is better described as a “Lie Lorry”. Perhaps if Griffin had given the money that it cost to fly both him and his security over to Belfast to the petrol pump attendant instead, none of this would have been necessary. Still, neither common sense nor decency has ever stood in the way of a good old fashioned BNP begging letter/text/phone call/tweet etc, etc.
What did surprise about Griifin’s visit to Belfast was the fact that the BNP had refused to attend an employment tribunal in the city only a few days earlier because they were allegedly concerned for their safety...
Posted: 3 May 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 2 May 2011, 09:45
Henry Cooper (1934-2011)
Heavyweight boxing champion, great sports personality, anti-racist and co-founder of the Anti-Nazi League.
"Our Enery" was one of us.
Posted: 2 May 2011 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments