Sunday Mirror by Gary Anderson | Sunday, 14 November 2010 | Click here for original article
A Euro MP from the racist BNP has given a speech to Sea Cadets – sparking outrage among parents.
Former National Front chairman Andrew Brons - who sits with BNP chief Nick Griffin in the European parliament - was guest of honour at a prize-giving ceremony.
Horrified staff and guests watched as Brons shook hands with the cadets – some as young as 10 – and gave the main speech of the evening.
Brons, 63, steered clear of the BNP's more extreme themes but told his impressionable audience in Doncaster, S Yorks: "Preparing from one's youth and even one's childhood to be equipped mentally, physically and by training to protect one's country is about as serious as one can get."
The BNP leadership quickly seized the opportunity to hijack the event – publishing an article about Brons' speech on the party's website.
One member said: "Another example of how the party, and the ideas attached to it, is slowly but steadily becoming more mainstream." Sea Cadets bosses have launched an investigation after condemning Brons's appearance. Brons said: "There were no political messages."