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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 30 September 2011, 12:02
Nick Griffin doesn't have a lot of luck when it comes to motor cars does he ?
We reported recently of his beloved Skoda being seized by High Court enforcement officers who were attempting to collect some of the large amounts of cash the BNP owes its creditors and former employees. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1345/skoda-for-sale
We also remember his ill fated second hand car business "Affordable Cars" a BNP funded company advertised in the BNP newspaper "Voice of Freedom" where Griffin sold rusting Japanese jalopies to the unsuspecting public and pocketed the profits despite promising BNP members a share of the loot.The Griffin get rich quick scheme was quickly dumped following complaints from very unhappy BNP officials.
And now it seems his car jinx has continued as he has allegedly had a serious car accident in France.
It appears that Griffin's car was hit by a lorry,smashing the car into the central reservation and caused the car to spin and roll over and narrowly missed a large concrete block.
Only minor injuries have been reported.
Posted: 30 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 26 September 2011, 21:14
I seem to recall a beaten and dejected Nick Griffin leaving an election count in London last year telling crowds of jubilant anti-fascists that the great city of London was "lost", beyond hope etc, etc. With him and his own electoral ambitions went out the door a dozen of the BNP's beaten former councillors with their tails between their legs.
London has always been difficult for Griffin and as he left that election count, Eddy Butler the BNP's (failed) election specialist and Richard Barnbrook the (often absent) London Assembly member were already plotting together against their leader in a side room.
Of course, Griffin is on record describing people that live in cities like London as being "degenerate" people who unlike him, don't live in rural seclusion.
Now though, with Butler and Barnbrook gone (Butler more than likely now to run the campaign of the rival English Democrats) Griffin has had to focus on London once more. Preparations are now underway for the GLA elections in London for 2012. London currently has more ex-BNP members than it does paid up members. It's fair to say that London is in fact the centre of the anti-Griffinites.
The early stages of the campaign have not got off to a good start either. Claire Khaw, a Chinese BNP supporter was initially mooted to be the BNP's "shock/surprise" choice for their candidate. But Khaw had too much of a habit of publicly promoting the policy of murdering disabled people. So extreme was Khaw that some BNP members even threatened to murder her!
So instead it would appear London will be getting "charismatic" Carlos Cortiglia a Uruguayan who once volunteered to fight for Argentina against Britain during the Falklands war. Last Sunday the BNP begun the first in a series of proposed fundraisers in the capital that they hope will fund their London campaign. Only 29 people made it to Liverpool Street in east London, and that includes his small army of thugs and pornographers that make up his security detail. The scene was so desolate and desperate, Khaw herself managed to get herself an invite under the auspices of being a photographer!
Last night I got another one of Griffin's begging emails. "Savour the idea of 25 fully equipped, ultra-professional stalls out all over London on the same day" it instructed me in bold lettering. How that is going to happen based on the turn out for their London social is beyond savouring, is actually beyond belief! The BNP has so few active members in London that they must be planning on only having one person on a stall at a time. I walked past the BNP in Dagenham earlier this year when they were manning one of their stalls. Based on that experience, the email should have read "imagine 25 stalls with BNP members swearing at the public and making racist comments at the general public". That, I can imagine.
They even have a special leaflet to go with their campaign: "And what a campaign it's going to be!" (Their bold emphasis again), "We've just taken delivery of the first 100,000 of these leaflets". Before I could query the sense in that, one former BNP member beat me to it. "Surely nobody in the printing world would touch the BNP with a bargepole" wrote Charlotte Lewis a former Croydon BNP candidate with an equally nasty viewpoint on just about everything and everyone. "If I did a job for them, I'd want cash up front".
It's not often I agree with the equally nasty Charlotte, but experience would suggest that the BNP does not really have 100,000 of any of these leaflets. Giving-as they say they plan to do- 25 pop up posters and banners "to our local activist teams all over London" they'd still struggle to shift fifty of the mysterious leaflets, let alone pay for them!
Still, we'll make sure that for every house that gets a BNP leaflet, there will be at least one from Hope Not Hate telling people the truth about the BNP.
Posted: 26 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 26 September 2011, 19:07
I hear a rumour that someone has coughed up £150,000 to a senior far-right British politician to do with "as he pleases".
So, will he come to the aid of the party or perhaps build an extension on his home?
I know what I'd recommend..
Posted: 26 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 23 September 2011, 09:44
"Once he wakes up and realizes his terrible mistake, the blog may be gone with the wind a lot sooner and more permanently than the Confederacy".
That's the opinion of Thomas Fleming himself, talking about the decision by the Daily Mail's Editor of their online edition to offer him a blog.
Fleming is director of the Illinois-based Rockford Institute. The “think tank” promotes a brand of conservatism known as paleo-conservatism. Paleo, or “old” conservatism, emerged in response to the development of neo-conservatism, an intellectual movement of former liberals who supported the civil rights movement’s drive to end Jim Crow, and the ideas embodied in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, yet opposed the call for social spending to address poverty embodied in the Southern Christian Leadership Council’s “Poor People’s Campaign.”
Today neo-conservatives generally support legal civil rights for people of colour, oppose affirmative action, and propose a relatively liberal immigration policy for documented immigrants.
Fleming argues that the Civil Right Movement was “wrong from the beginning” in “the premise that moral decisions can be coerced by government.” Fleming here refers to the ban on employment discrimination found in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Fleming, in fact, would do away with the Act altogether, advocating that “people who wish to discriminate in their business life” should rather simply face “a loss in profits they might make from selling to blacks.”
Given Fleming’s views on matters racial, it is no surprise that he emerges as an apologist for the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan. Fleming characterizes the Klan as a “national liberation army” of “ex-Confederates” who “refused to accept their status as a subjugated people.” As such, Fleming argues, the “post-war struggles” carried out by the Klan were “only accidentally a struggle between races.” (Chronicles, November 1997).
Fleming’s views on the Reconstruction Klan are in keeping with his position on the board of directors of the League of the South. This Alabama-headquartered group opposes the idea of “egalitarianism” between the races and argues that southern whites should not “give control over their civilization and its institution to another race, whether it be native blacks or Hispanic immigrants.”
While rejecting the crass Holocaust denial of David Irving and Ernst Zundel, Fleming nonetheless attacks Holocaust education curriculum such as “Facing History and Ourselves” as a “reigning ideology” that has “displaced the authentic religion of Judaism.” Such ideology, he argues, has been “distorted into a weapon to destroy every real and good thing in the traditions of European and American Christendom.”
Some may not be too surprised by the Mail giving a column over to such a person. We would like to think that in reality it is a step too far, even for the Daily Mail.
Background reporting by Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights
Posted: 23 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 22 September 2011, 09:27
Troubled BNP party manager Adam Walker attended a protest outside Shrewsbury Crown Court on Tuesday to call for the retrial of nine Telford men accused of being involved in sexual exploitation and child prostitution after their initial trail collapsed due to legal issues.
In their own report, the BNP claimed that 40 BNP activists gathered in the pouring rain to mount their protest. A quick look at their finances makes it abundantly clear that the BNP aren’t too hot when it comes to maths but there is a big difference between their figure of forty and the real and actual figure of 18 activists who did actually show up outside court.
No protest would be complete without the obligatory placards.Most of the BNP rabble had one on the day including Adam Walker, but he failed to realise the irony of the message painted on his.
On it was painted the legend “Leave our kids alone” a message no right minded person could argue with. In fact, it reminds one of the famous Pink Floyd song, which actually begins with “Hey teacher”.
The difficulty for Walker is that he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates court in August after allegedly driving his car at a group of youngsters before brandishing a knife and threatening a child. The court heard Walker, a former school teacher, allegedly chased the children who were riding bicycles over a village green in his Land Rover car having asked them to leave a St George’s Day celebration.
Alison Nunn, prosecuting, told the court that in police interview, the children aged 11 and 12, described being “terrified” during the alleged incident and that “One of the children is clear in his police interview that Adam Walker put that knife to his face and made a threat.”
Walker was charged with affray, driving a motor vehicle dangerously and criminal damage and will reappear back in court in October.
In the BNP footage of the event we couldn’t see if Mark Walker, brother of Adam was present in Shrewsbury.
Mark Walker, a former teacher was the subject of an enquiry by the NSPCC in 2008 that uncovered a large number of emails indicating a sexual relationship with a former pupil.
The report, produced by the children’s welfare charity says: “Mr Walker was suspended… following allegations that he and a colleague had accessed adult pornography during the school day, using school equipment.”
It continued “A substantial amount of emails indicating a sexual relationship between himself and a 17-year-old former Sunnydale student have been recovered from Mr Walker’s school laptop and the school server”
The report concluded “The NSPCC believes that there is sufficient evidence from the emails and from previous matters concerning his professional conduct to conclude that Mr Walker’s behaviour has resulted in his conduct being less than one would expect of a teacher placed in a position of trust.”
We wonder what his placard might have said?
Posted: 22 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 21 September 2011, 11:45
Invites have gone out for this year's BNP AGM. I'm pleased to inform one and all that I have my invite here in front of me, but it does cause such a dilemma.
I used to go to the BNP's Red, White & Blue festivals and report back on the drunken fights, threats and Nazi songs around the camp fire. Heavens, one year I even had to report how one of the BNP's councillors attacked another member with a broken glass.
It was never quite the highlight of my social calendar, but it got me out of the house and it caused no end of upset to the BNP knowing that I had been there. One year they even stopped proceedings to demand I stand up and reveal myself. I declined, obviously.
So this year, the question is whether I should risk it all by having one last sneaky look into the party's near defunct machinery. But there is another problem, too: I'm allowed to bring a guest with me!!
Normally on boring functions I take Matthew Collins with me. He tends to liven the event, sometimes I even just send him in my place. But to a BNP AGM I don't think that would get past even the BNP's radar. Plus, Matty has been to a few of his own. His book talks about them all Nazi saluting and brawling in the bar at York Hall in London in the early nineties so I don't see him as being much use in sitting quietly at the back munching on his meal deal from Boots the chemist-no matter how much he does like the sandwich combo.
No, for this year it has to be someone quite special. if I'm going to make a weekend of it at £50 per head including a buffet lunch and a gala dinner it will need to be someone who can sit quietly and not ask any questions during the advertised Q&A session. The BNP describe it as an opportunity to "hone your political skills" but everyone knows that asking questions is a sure fire way to get yourself thrown out of the party. And we wouldn't want that.. Here's what normally happens when people ask difficult questions at BNP meetings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTjKJ-JPjeU
I'll be interested particularly in the presentation by "Operation Fightback" currently led by Adam Walker, the BNP officer who is probably more likely to be presenting "giving my car back" given his latest legal difficulties. "Operation Fightback" is, according to the BNP a "counter-attack measures against the enemies of our country, our heritage and our people".
This presentation should be good as we also have the opportunity to meet "charismatic Carlos" the BNP's London candidate for the GLA. Carlos Cortiglia, who is Uruguayan (don't ask me!) spoke out in favour of Argentina during the Falklands war. Translated from an interview given in Spanish, Carlos once said "I am Argentine East, in other words, Uruguayan by birth, and I feel very emotionally linked to Argentina. In 1982 I volunteered to go to the Falkland Islands”. Should be fun...
Then there is the update from the BNP's "number one" MEP (i.e. the only one that still talks to them). That MEP, Nick Griffin, will give an update on the "fight to take Britain out of the EU". Maybe I should take a bookmaker with me? I'll be quids in if I bet that Griffin is out of the European Parliament long before this country is. Of course, I can't take the BNP's very own bookmaker Martin Wingfield, he seems to have also fallen from favour with the party too. Bad Martin, no Argentine corned beef for you!
The real treat will be for me and many others I'm sure, the presentation by "Resistance" the BNP's "militant youth wing" who seem to have a logo very similar to that of the EDL. What with Carlos being "charismatic", I'm sure Kieren Trent will be going all out to beat Carlos with his own presentation skills. Usually these involve Nazi saluting and long winded speeches against homosexuals. I know there will be some at the AGM wanting to have a word in his ear about his other "talents", particularly after his recent attempted foray into the world of Irish republicanism from where he was apparently given short shrift.
So there you have it. Dress down for the occasion and whatever you do, do not ask difficult questions. It's not the great "British" affair of yesterday as the BNP would like to have it, but that says more (thankfully) about Britain than it does about the BNP. This year's AGM is going to be less about talk (well it would be, wouldn't it), and more about "action".
The chances are it will be court action.
Posted: 21 Sep 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 20 September 2011, 12:03
It seems the EDL may owe us a few words of gratitude, but we won’t hold our breath.
Last week we pointed out that the Essex EDL organiser Paul Prodromou aka Paul Pitt had found a new bosom buddy, well known neo Nazi Eddie Stamton.Eddie has become a regular at EDL events and is particularly close to Prodromou and other leading members of the EDL.
Stamton, who has also gone by the names of Stampton and Stanton during a long and positively criminal lifetime, has been involved with far-right politics since he was a teenager. As well as the hard line, Hitler worshipping British Movement and Combat 18, Eddie was also once the National Activities Organiser and London organiser with the miniscule British People’s Party (BPP) which turned out a plethora of paedophiles and wannabe terrorists when they were not updating their “Redwatch” website.
Well thanks to our article http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1395/some-strange-returns-and-culinary-confusion it seems the EDL have actually taken some notice and declared Stamton persona non grata.
In a long and tedious posting on the EDL website they explained “On September 11th, a group of EDL supporters went to pay their respects outside the US Embassy, and demonstrate against the presence of a group of Muslim extremists who, within earshot of victims’ families, were mocking those who died in the attack on the World Trade Center. Unfortunately, we have learned that amongst the group was an individual named Eddie Stamton, a relatively well-known neo-Nazi, tied to organisations which, amongst other things, have called for homosexuality to made illegal and have made a point of denying the Holocaust.”
They continued “We do not usually like to name individuals,but given Stamton’s known association with the Redwatch website, we believe that this time it is justified. Eddie Stamton, and any other neo-Nazis, are not welcome at EDL demonstrations, and will be ejected whenever they are identified.”
The EDL have a track record however of not carrying out their threats when it comes to the banning of their own members. The organisation is overflowing with a menagerie of neo Nazis, pub racists and rank and file bigots so it is doubtful that this sentiment which is little more than window dressing will stick.
There are already rumblings within Essex EDL that Stamton is a trusted and loyal friend and that he will be allowed to attend EDL events despite what the EDL leadership say.
The only way is Essex apparently.
Posted: 20 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 16 September 2011, 19:59
A by election has been called in the St Helens ward of Barnsley council for October 13th following the resignation of the Labour councillor Roy Butterwood.
Once seen as a BNP stronghold despite never actually winning an seat there, BNP support in the area has gradually ebbed away and the local branch like others around the country, is in disarray.
Local party moral is so low that when the by election was announced the prospective BNP candidates were scarce on the ground.
Eventually Danny Cooke, the Yorkshire deputy regional organiser put his name forward.
In a piece on the BNP website, (probably penned by himself), the self titled “Hardworking Yorkshire Deputy Organiser” announces his candidature and appeals for assistance in the election campaign. As part of his appeal, Cooke includes his contact details including a very interesting email address.
The chilling reason why that email address is of interest is that it was part of the mailing list used by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.
Breivik is the Norwegian right wing extremist and self confessed killer of 69 people, mostly teenagers in July of this year, and who sent out his “manifesto” entitled 2083 – A European Declaration of Independence
to a select group of people he believed shared his twisted ideology. One of those who he chose to send it to was Danny Cooke.
Now we certainly aren’t saying that Cooke is another Breivik, but there are certainly a number of worrying traits in his personality.
He has a conviction for affray for which he received a community order and also has a particular liking for rape jokes.
He was also photographed with a firearm at the now notorious
Rotherham St Georges Day celebration that saw a number of BNP officials
pictured with guns. http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news/article/1876/gunning-for-st-george
Most worrying of all were comments Cooke made around the
time the murderer Raoul Moat was at large in the north east. In one comment Cooke claimed that “He fancied doing a Raoul Moat” and in another comment claimed that “Listening to Raoul Moat tapes is like listening to me talking to my GP”
Cooke appears to be an accident waiting to happen, we hope the people of St Helens send him packing as we expect that they will.
Posted: 16 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 16 September 2011, 17:50
Is what I believe they call it.
Nick Griffin deposited £20,000 into court today. They'll need to find another £25,000 before the 28th of this month to avoid the party being wound up.
The anti-Griffin brigade are not happy. Some have gone home for the day, some others to the pub and to the bookies.
Should be an interesting weekend.
But the real question is, where is Pete Molloy?
Posted: 16 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 16 September 2011, 14:46
As we reported yesterday the clock is ticking for the BNP.
There is an old and familiar saying of which Nick Griffin would be wise to take heed in relation to this matter. It is that “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.
Nick Griffin on his Twitter account wrote today: “Banks not only corrupt but stupid. Anyone who gives a young West African access to their bank account deserves to be cleaned out. UBS might just as well have given their details to an email scammer.”
That’s more than a bit rich given the state of Britain’s supposedly superior all-white party. It appears the BNP has failed in its attempts to raise the required £45,000 needed to halt the winding up order against the party. No surprises there, then.
So with the bailiffs knocking on the door once again we have to wonder what Griffin’s and the BNP’s next move might be. Perhaps the answer lies in Scotland?
We can reveal that some senior BNP officers have set up two new limited companies at the same Edinburgh address used by the fake BNP trade union Solidarity.
One of the companies, Heritage Protection Concerns Ltd, has some very familiar names listed as its officers. Jennifer Matthys, daughter of Nick Griffin, is company secretary, along with her hapless husband Angus.
Also listed is party manager Adam Walker, who is named as a director of the company. Walker is already in debt on behalf of the party to the tune of £20,000.
Another company listed at the address is the rather grandly titled Europa Social Political & Economic Research Establishment Ltd.
The Edinburgh address just happens to belong to Patrick Harrington, who runs a tiny political sect called “Third Way”. The former National Front leader and General Secretary of the fake trade union Solidarity now acts as a consultant to Griffin while on the party’s payroll in the European Parliament, as well as putting candidates up against the BNP when it suits him.
Have these two new companies been set up as a means of protecting the BNP’s assets perhaps?
As for the party’s other assets, they have lost their last remaining councillor in West Yorkshire today too. He held out as long as he could, but it seems that Tom Bates, who represents Illingworth and Mixenden ward on Calderdale council, could bear it no more and this morning resigned the BNP whip.
With Bates gone, there would also appear to be a hunt on for the allegedly missing webmaster Chris Barnett. Apparently he’s just vanished into thin air.
Not that the BNP are telling anyone about any of this. What with Griffin tweeting away about untrustworthy Africans and the party press officer continuing his well worn habit of berating everything and everyone other than his falling Führer, you’d think it was all going like clockwork for the BNP. The problem is, that clock is ticking too fast for them.
One of our sources inside the BNP rang us a moment ago to say that they feel compelled to close all the windows just to stop BNP officers throwing themselves from them. Still, at least they managed to get their nominations in for a by-election in Barnsley on time. That too is a bit of a gift, and we’ll be blogging about it later today when we have finished laughing.
The party is still trying to carry on regardless, no doubt tweeting that it needs more cash donations etc, etc. But they do have one secret weapon. They have Charlie Wythe from Stockport. He has apparently just stepped in to carry out some design work for the party. The freelancer is obviously not expecting payment?
Oops, did I say “secret”?
Posted: 16 Sep 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 15 September 2011, 21:42
The clock is ticking on the BNP. The membership's money has all been spent. Desperate creditors are in some cases resorting to extreme measures to recover monies owed. Senior members are now being held liable for the party's debts.
Some BNP officials have literally gone into hiding as the clock ticks down and there is still no further word on whether Nick Griffin can raise the £45,000 needed to fight off a winding up order against the party.
A BBC documentary is preparing to go to air next week with a programme that will fully expose what they have uncovered in just a few short months of digging into the BNP's finances. The content of the documentary is going to be to say the least, explosive.
One faction in the BNP has gone out of its way in desperation to help the BBC. Last weekend the BNP's leadership invited the BBC to film them at a meeting, giving the BBC the impression that they were going to be allowed to put a number of serious allegations to the leadership. But instead, like spoilt children, the BNP read out a bizarre statement while another senior figure berated the BBC over of all things, given today's news, paedophilia.
Tomorrow it is expected that moves will be made to both bankrupt BNP leader Nick Griffin and have the party placed in administration. This last ditch effort by the anti-Griffin faction is in the hope that the party will be able to come out of administration with a new leader. It's a desperate act, particularly when you consider how badly Mrs Griffin reacted just to having the family's Skoda repossessed by the courts.
And while all of this is going on (each side knows what evil deeds the other is up to) they continue to try and outdo each other on internet forums with personal attacks, threats, impersonation and intimidation. Fantastic stuff to read it is too, and the longer it goes on, the less chance there would appear to be of anyone actually saving the BNP. Yesterday a statement was issued in the name of anti-Griffinite and former London regional organiser Chris Roberts. In the statement, Roberts decided to throw his weight back behind Nick Griffin a move that had the potential to split the anti-Griffin camp right down the middle. It read as a very plausible statement by Roberts. It actually turns out that although it was written by Roberts, it was written during another crisis a few years ago when he decided to come to the aid of Nick Griffin. Roberts is reportedly most unimpressed.
Our sources in the party report that two senior Griffin supporters are threatening that if they go down, they will take the entire leadership with them. All the cash cookies appear to have been taken from the cookie jar.
Some people are asking what has happened to the money the party collected for their Association of British ex-servicemen (ABEX).
And if as feared the European Parliament suspends payments to the party, one party loyalist is prepared to go to the media with what he thinks will more than cover the shortfall in wages. Sadly for him, we already have the story and not the sanitised for his benefit version he is trying to sell to Fleet Street.
The anti-Griffin faction are preparing to wheel out former NF Chairman and jailbird Martin Wingfield as an interim Chairman should they be successful with their plans.
Tomorrow should be interesting.
Posted: 15 Sep 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 14 September 2011, 15:32
Yesterday we published a blog titled “Some strange returns and culinary confusion”.
In this blog we described how the EDL’s Essex organiser Paul Prodromou had found a new friend, the well known nazi Eddie Stamton.
With the article we published a poor quality black and white photograph with the caption “Stamton (with flag) on Brick Lane”.
It appears we made a mistake and we apologise.
It wasn’t Brick Lane after all, it was Bethnal Green Road.
So just for Eddie Stamton and his new-found friends in the EDL we republish the original photograph.
And while we are at it we have also found these photos of a young Stamton at a British Movement summer camp, along with a rather telling one of Stamton in his bedroom.
Next you’ll be telling us, Eddie, that you don’t run an online merchandising outfit selling Nazi memorabilia.
Posted: 14 Sep 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 14 September 2011, 11:26
There's going to be an interesting by-election in Barnsley next month which should give us a good indication of the balance of forces on the right in Yorkshire over the next year or two.
The BNP will be going head to head with the English Democrats in the St Helens ward by-election, to be held on 13 October.
The BNP has always received a strong vote in this ward but now it faces a challenge for this support from the rival English Democrats, who seem likely to put forward Ian Sutton as their candidate. Sutton is the former local BNP organiser. If he stands he will obviously have the active support of several other former Yorkshire BNP activists, including Chris Beverley and Nick Cass.
Barnsley is one of the last remaining BNP strongholds so if it loses substantial votes and activists to the English Democrats it will be another sign that the party's fortunes are shifting.
Posted: 14 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 13 September 2011, 21:00
I’m sure by now everyone is aware of the disgraceful scenes played out by the EDL and their equally vile half cousins MAC (Muslims against crusades) while people were remembering the near 3,000 victims of the September 11 terror attacks ten years ago on Sunday.
In an equal display of disrespect a group of beer fuelled EDL supporters attempted to mount a counter protest, chanting racist songs as they normally do.
In this photo from the day we can see Paul Prodromou, aka Paul Pitt the Essex organiser, laughing at the whole shameful affair. But who is the bald chap admiringly looking into Paul’s eyes?
Why it’s none other than hardline neo-Nazi Eddie Stamton.
Stamton, who has also gone by the names of Stampton and Stanton during a long and positively criminal lifetime, has been involved with far-right politics since he was a teenager. As well as the hardline, Hitler worshipping British Movement and the now geriatric Combat 18, Eddie was also once the National Activities Organiser and London organiser with the miniscule British People’s Party (BPP) which turned out a plethora of paedophiles and wannabe terrorists when they were not updating their pathetic “Redwatch” website.
Now that Eddie has surfaced with the apparent non-Nazi, Israel loving EDL I guess we’ll no longer be seeing him down Brick Lane in east London with a swastika flag like he did in the good old days?
The EDL's other serious 'non-Nazi', their leader and former BNP member Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has apparently returned to Luton after his bout at Her Majesty's pleasure and a dubious hunger strike.
According to the local paper in Luton, Lennon headed straight for Nandos, the world famous up market chicken eatery. Lennon was reportedly very hungry having allegedly refused all food while being kept on remand for alleged bail breaches.
One of the reasons he gave for his supposed hunger strike was that some prisons serve halal meat and Lennon, rather than allow himself a vegetarian diet, decided to make a martyr of himself.
Well I am pleased to report that Nandos in Luton sells Halal chicken. And halal chicken only: http://www.nandos.co.uk/restaurant/luton
Posted: 13 Sep 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 12 September 2011, 18:52
There's been much written in today's newspapers about the rival clashes between equally obnoxious extremist groups outside of the American Embassy in London yesterday.
Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) and the EDL clashed on a number of occasions at separate locations around central London resulting in dozens of arrests.
While the MAC were outside of the American embassy in a provocative and tasteless demonstration, a ceremony was taking place to remember the 67 British victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
Not to be outdone, the EDL turned up swigging cans of lager and shouting racist abuse. This was, apparently, their attempt to restore dignity to the solemnity of the ceremony and to "defend" the memory of those people who died.
Hope Not Hate has long said that MAC & EDL are exactly the same disease as each other. We condemn them both. Neither represents either the religions or the flags or the communities who they claim to speak for, represent or defend.
What is interesting however, is the claim that two EDL members were stabbed by Muslims. It managed to make quite a few of the reports of the event as the EDL-having further disgraced themselves and their country's national flag-went for some kind of martyrdom of their own, possibly to match even the supposed hunger strike of their mini-Fuhrer Tommy Robinson.
The truth however is far more interesting. There would appear to be an actual absence of the two victims. Their stabbings have been reported in newspapers, but apparently not to either the police or indeed, hospitals.
The EDL of course, never let truth get in the way of their constant campaign of violence and lies directed against the Muslim community. Serial racist and moron Bill Baker of Essex is already writing that it is now "open season on all Muslims". No doubt that was the real intent behind the news of the mysterious stabbings.
The EDL were led in London yesterday by UDA run-away Leon McCreery, the man who once covered his face to threaten to burn down Hope Not Hate's offices.
It looks like Leon has had to move to the south of England having upset some members of the Infidels, the EDL break away group. He's just been named by members of the group as their "most wanted".
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 10 September 2011, 17:02
Following the announcement yesterday that the BNP will face a winding up order if it doesn’t pay £45,000 to the courts within a fortnight, it comes as no surprise to hear that yet more BNP officials decide to call it time with the floundering party.
South West Regional Organiser Mike Howson announced today that he has had enough and resigned all his positions in the British National Party with immediate effect.
Howson in his long and badly spelt resignation statement explains one of the triggers for his decision was when Nick Griffin “appointed in the main cronies to well paid positions instead of properly qualified professionals.”
Howson continued: “The financial mismanagement has had disastrous consequences for the region. I lost three good branches and a lot of good people because of non payment of bills, not because of the actions of individuals in the local area, but because of the incompetence of well paid officials at Head Office.”
And in a final attack on his party leader he wrote: “I have seen a man who I have followed, protected and supported snatch certain defeat from the jaws of victory, not only by his own actions, but also the actions of those around him. Recent events have also confirmed the sad state of the party.”
I wonder who is next in line to jump from the sinking ship.
Posted: 10 Sep 2011 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 10 September 2011, 08:30
BNP facing a winding up order
We are hearing that the BNP are facing an urgent winding up order in 14 days, should they fail to pay the courts £45,000.
Andrew Brons on his website “BNP Ideas” claims that an application was heard this week in the Court of Appeal brought by Nick Griffin and Simon Darby against the order of execution which led to the seizure Nick Griffin’s prized Skoda.
If the money is not forthcoming within the 14 days an immediate application to wind up the party will be made, which will place the BNP into administration.
This must leave party manager Adam Walker with a bigger headache than the one he already had, following the order to pay Mark Collett £21,000, a sum Adam Walker was deemed personally responsible for by the courts.
With money already desperately short in the BNP it looks highly unlikely that the party will help Walker in his hour of need, this news will only add to his worries.
With debts mounting on a daily basis, this has to be seen as just the tip of an incredibly large iceberg.
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 5 September 2011, 12:49
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has gone on hunger strike after being remanded in custody after breaking his bail conditions by appearing at the EDL demonstration in the City of London on Saturday.
Despite openly goading police from the stage that he was breaking his bail conditions his solicitor took a different line before Luton magistrates this morning when he claimed that Lennon did not break his bail conditions as they related to a previous case which he is contesting regarding a 'trumped up' charge of Assault.
Anna Hazare he is not.
Posted: 5 Sep 2011 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 4 September 2011, 12:18
We can now confirm that EDL leader Stephen Yaxley Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, was arrested by the police last night, though he has been released this morning and is currently waiting to hear if he will be appearing in front of magistrates for breaking his bail conditions.
This follows his bizarre appearance yesterday at the EDL demo in Aldgate where Lennon initially dressed as a rabbi and taunted the police over his flagrant breach of his bail conditions.
Initially it was thought Lennon was arrested at the demo, however this now appears not to be the case.
The demonstration was supposed to be in Tower Hamlets but they never actually entered the borough, the police keeping them just inside the City of London.
Posted: 4 Sep 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 17:58
We're closing down the live blog now. 700 EDL are being herded down to Tooley Street, where their coaches are waiting, and Tower Hamlets is returning to normal.
It's been a miserable day for the EDL. Despite their bravado they failed to march in Tower Hamlets and were largely ignored by everyone. Their leader, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested after bragging that he was breaking his bail by being there. There were four arrests and at no stage did the police look like they were going to lose control.
There was a large counter-protest and the East London mosque, the original target of the EDL protest, was untouched. There were groups of local youths out but the EDL did not venture into their communities and so they largely observed from a distance.
There has been a few commentators complaining about the decision to ban the EDL march. It was always a tactical decision to call for a ban because we were worried about what would happen if the EDL did march through the heart of Tower Hamlets. I think today has proved that it was the right decision. The EDL did not set foot in Tower Hamlets and as a result there was not the disorder we feared.
All in all the day went off as well as could been expected.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 17:15
The police are holding a group of 6-700 EDL by Tower Bridge. No-one seems to know what is going to happen to them but I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Here's a photo from the EDL group outside Liverpool Street.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 17:03
This is Yaxley-Lennon posing as a rabbi to get passed the police lines. I wonder if the newly reformed Jewish Defence League will share his assessment of the rabbi's attire.
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 16:58
Here's an interesting photo from earlier. It seems that one EDL realised that he was in the city of London so he tried to make a dash for Tower Hamlets ...unfortunately for him he didn't quite make it.
Anyway, today has been a terrible day for the EDL. About 1,000 made the trip to London but only about 600 made it to the protest site only to later find out that they were not actually in Tower Hamlets.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 16:51
This is what the EDL wrote on their facebook page yesterday:
"All the talking has been done leading up to today .Lets now see who walks the walk into tower hamlets for the ones who have been on the walls for weeks now saying cant wait for this one.well if you dont show you should hang your heads in shame."
The answer is that no EDL marched in Tower Hamlets today. They only managed to get to the City of London. Another miserable day out for the EDL. LOL!
Posted: 3 Sep 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 16:35
The police are getting their shields out at Liverpool Street
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 16:29
The EDL are heading back to Liverpool Street.
Just to repeat, they didn't manage to enter Tower Hamlets. I bet a lot of EDL supporters will not be too pleased about that. It's been a long and pretty pointless day for them and not actually managing to set foot in Tower Hamlets just adds insult to injury!
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 16:18
I can now confirm that the EDL did not reach Tower Hamlets at all today. The EDL protest actually took place in the city of London.
Here's a photo which shows the EDL protest beyond the 'Griffin' statue - the boundary of the City of London.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 16:13
The police are preparing for the EDL to arrive back at Liverpool street. Hopefully that means they are leaving the area and peace will return.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 16:06
It seems that Yaxley-Lennon might have evaded police arrest. Four police officers went to arrest him but he escaped. Either that or he broke free of the police. Will try to find out more.
Getting reports of 500 police heading down Minories, towards Tower Hill.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 16:01
The EDL protest is over and everything is winding down. Hopefully things will calm down now. Obviously they still have to get them back to Liverpool Street and then Kings Cross but if they can keep them out of the pubs then maybe all will be quiet.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 15:41
There has also been some trouble up Commercial Street between local Bengali youths and the police. Things seemed to have quietened down now but there are groups of EDL and Bengali youth wandering around the area.
Several hundred EDL supporters who did not go to Kings Cross have not been allowed to join the main EDL demo by police so they are wandering around the area in small groups.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 15:38
More on Lennon's arrest. It seems that he came disguised as a Rabbi. Bottles are being hurled at police and press from EDL supporters.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 15:34
He was goading the police that he was breaking his bail conditions and invited them to arrest him. It seems they did just that.
It is now kicking off.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 15:15
Here's a picture from the EDL from Aldgate.
I'm hearing that there are about 800 anti-fascists in Aldgate East, not too far from the EDL protest site.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 15:09
Police are closing streets and holding local people back to allow the EDL to walk down from Liverpool Street to their protest site in Aldgate. I thought the EDL were banned from marching?
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 15:06
250 EDL are currently being marched down Camomile Street, on their way to Aldgate. There's plenty of abusive chanting and many EDL supporters are carrying beer glasses.
There's a photo of the EDL from Kings Cross from an hour ago.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 14:59
Here's a pic of anti-fascists along Whitechapel Road.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 14:57
This photo has just been sent in to me from someone on the far side of Liverpool Street. It seems to show loads more EDL waiting to be escorted down to Aldgate. There seems to be a stand off between EDL and anti-fascists.
Over in Whitechapel Road we are hearing that police have stopped a large group of UAF from reaching Aldgate. They are now occupying the street.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 14:47
Just had a call from someone on the East End/UAF demo. The speeches ended and people began moving towards the East London mosque but the police intervened and told people that they would be arrested if they went further up the road.
I'm also hearing that 500 UAF have got up to Aldgate East, not too far from the EDL protest site.
Just been sent another photo of the police dogs outside Liverpool Street station.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 14:41
The EDL are now arriving at Moorgate station as well. Police are saying that they are expecting 1,200 EDL now - not sure if that's true but if so it's a few hundred more than we were expecting.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 14:36
Things are getting very tense at Liverpool Street station. The police have got the dogs out and have closed Bishopsgate. They are trying to clear a path along New Street to take the EDL down to Aldgate.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 14:25
Just got news from the site of the EDL protest that they are being given the whole of Aldgate. Huge police activity.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 14:16
The EDL are moving off from Liverpool Street in groups of ten. It's going to take quite some time to get them all to Aldgate.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 14:06
It seems that Kings Cross station is now open and a group of 500+ EDL are coming on the tube. We've heard that they will come into Liverpool Street, where they will link up with 3-400 already there.
Police are talking of 1,000+ EDL
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 13:47
The police began escorting the EDL towards Kings Cross station only to find the RMT have closed the tube station. There's 300+ EDL outside the station and no-one has a clue what is happening.
Well done RMT!
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 13:36
Matthew Taylor from the Guardian has just tweeted that the police have told him that the EDL are going down to the protest area on the tube. Unbelieveable if true.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 13:30
It seems that the Hamilton Hall, the Weatherspoons at the Bishopsgate entrance of Liverpool Street is full of EDL supporters. This was going to be their main meeting point until the RMT threatened to shut down the station.
We now estimate that there are approximately 500 EDL in the Kings Cross/Euston area and 200 in the Liverpool Street area. Smaller groups are dotted around.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 13:16
Ok, there seems to 2-300 inside and outside the Big Chill House and the Flying Scotsman and another 100 or so in and around Kings Cross station. Some of them are drinking inside St Pancras station. There's another 100-150 in the Liverpool Street area. Reports are coming in there are groups still coming into London.
They are due to set off on buses from the Kings Cross area at 2pm.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 12:41
An EDL supporter we know as 'Pugwash' - from the Essex EDL division - has just been seen walking around Wentworth Street towards Brick Lane with a few others.
Elsewhere, there seems to be over 200 EDL now in the Big Chill House, near Kings Cross. Despite that the police are already saying that their turnout is lower than expected.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 12:25
It seems that the EDL protest is going to be at the back of Aldgate East station. The police are down there waiting for them. They will be surrounded by office blocks.
It also seems a back-up venue for the EDL protest at Bethnal Green.
There are about 100 EDL drinking around Liverpool Street.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 12:11
It seems that small groups of EDL supporters are dotted around central London. Unable to gather in the five pubs they had intended to meet in they many have moved off from Kings Cross to pubs along Caledonian Road, Pentonville Road and others more into central London. I'm guessing that at some stage they will either return to Kings Cross, to board buses to Tower Hamlets, or head over to Liverpool Street on the tube and then walk from there.
Just heard there's 150 EDL drinking at the Big Chill House, on Pentonville Road, on the junction Kings Cross Road.
Many EDL supporters are still on their way into London.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 11:41
There is a report on Twitter that there are 500 EDL in pubs in the Covent Garden area of central London. This is coming from a pro-EDL tweet so could be nonsense but if anyone is around the area please let me know if you see anything.
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 11:30
A peaceful organisation?
Here's a collection of EDL supporters posing with guns. A couple are air rifles but the intent is clear
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 11:23
BNP leader Nick Griffin might have lost his car and office equipment but it seems he still has his iPhone. He's just tweeted that the EDL are actually the English Dickhead League...
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 11:18
Plenty of EDL organisers are moaning about poor turnout. The latest to complain is Alan Spence, North East EDL. He's on his way down but it seems as though there are more empty seats around him than filled.
Reports are continuing to come in on small groups of EDL wandering around central London. They are struggling to find pubs that will serve them.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 11:01
It seems that Paul Ray, who goes under the name Lionheart, is on his way down to London from Newcastle in the company of Paddy Conroy, a well known local gangster. Ray has recently been in Norway bragging to the media about how he might have unwittingly been the inspiration for Anders Breivik....
Given that he was driven out of the EDL a couple of years ago it will be interesting to see how Ray will be received by the EDL leadership.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 10:56
A group of 20 EDL have just arrived at Kings Cross station. As police moved in to take their photos the group jumped in to a series of taxis and headed off.
A group of EDL from County Durham are currently drinking in The Alma Pub Chapel Market. East Anglian EDL are coming in to Liverpool Street on the train. Three coaches of EDL are in Toddington services.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 10:34
Aylesbury organiser Lorraine Dobson has been given a Section 27 at Kings Cross and told to leave London.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 10:33
Bad day for Biggleswade
Just read this on twitter. "Carriage full of very drunk EDL blokes swearing and chanting aggressively on Biggleswade to Kings Cross First Capital Connect train."
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 10:22
There are 12 EDL on their way down from Hull. They've been so kind as to post up a picture of themselves so if any of these guys are caught doing anything naughty we know where they come from. Thanks.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 10:10
Some EDL are already arriving in Kings Cross but are already being searched by police.
It does seem that the EDL are in a mess, with small groups likely to be in several different locations across central London. While it is good that they are splintered and several will no doubt get lost, small groups wandering around Tower Hamlets will cause another set of problems.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 10:02
Just heard that several EDL coaches and cars are currently at Watford Gap. The talk is that they will be meeting up at Paddington station on their arrival into London.
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 3 September 2011, 09:13
Good morning everyone.
It's a grey, chilly morning down in Tower Hamlets and we are now starting our live blog updates. Not quite sure what to expect today but here's a brief run down on events. This morning the United East End/UAF protest will begin along Whitechapel Road, at the junction with Vallance Road, at 11am. The EDL will be gathering in central London at lunchtime and then make their way to an undisclosed location in Tower Hamlets at 2pm so I'm guessing they will be here at 2.30pm-3pm. By 4-4.30pm it should all be over.
I think the EDL numbers will be small. They are demoralised and have numerous internal divisions, the march being banned has put many off from making the journey to London and their difficulty in finding meeting points in central London has further the organisation's ability to build a turnout.
We'll be blogging throughout the day but if anyone has any information please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 3 Sep 2011 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 2 September 2011, 20:07
Nick Griffin has had a very bad day, it seems.
He received a visit this morning from High Court enforcement officers who were attempting to collect some of the large amounts of cash the BNP owes its creditors and former employees.
We have heard that the court officers seized Nick Griffin’s prized Skoda, ignoring Griffin’s claim that he sold the car to Ian Kitchen, the BNP’s disgraced former Yorkshire organiser.
Unless Kitchen can prove title to the car, it will be sold next week at auction.
Never mind Nick, walking is very good for the figure we hear.
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 2 September 2011, 12:00
A family owned business in Belfast has today had to close its doors and make nine people unemployed, citing the monies they are owed by the BNP as the reason.
ROMAC printers in East Belfast printed election and party materials for the far-right party not knowing that the party was in deep financial difficulties and unable to secure credit in Britain.
The family business had been pursuing the BNP leadership for payment for over a year having taken on their large scale print jobs at a time when English printers were already owed thousands and thousands of pounds.
So worried was the BNP leadership about the debt that they recently reported the printers for blackmail, though a court decided there was no case to answer.
The situation regarding the BNP's other debts in Northern Ireland became so acute that the BNP even refused to attend a small claims hearing in Belfast earlier this year, citing fears for their own safety. This didn't stop party thugs plastering stickers and posters over the premises the struggling printers during this year's elections at a time when the printer was facing closure.
This morning ROMAC has finally closed their doors for good. It owed its creditors £70,000 a large chunk of that would have been covered by the £50,000 the BNP has refused to pay them for nearly two years.
News that the courts have finally given the go-ahead for people owed monies to claim them personally from BNP officials has come far too late for this company.
The BNP often goes around parroting about protecting and promoting "British jobs for British workers" but its own employment and payment record would suggest that this just does not apply to them personally.
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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 2 September 2011, 09:58
High Court enforcement officers are currently at the Griffin farm in Welshpool, no doubt trying to recuperate some of the large amounts of cash Nick Griffin's party owes its creditors and former employees.
We have been expecting this ever since a court ruling a fortnight ago that confirmed BNP officials were actually personally liable for the BNP's debts.
The BNP currently owes in the region of £600,000 to a number of small businesses around the country and senior BNP figures have been dreading the knock at the door as their creditors now have the green light to claim their money from the very people who ran up the debts.
Mrs Griffin is currently trying to deal with the enforcement officers as her husband is apparently not at home.
There could well be a few more BNP doors being knocked on in the coming weeks..
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