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Spying and surveillance claims rock the BNP… er, isn’t that (allegedly) what the far right does? December 19, 2007

Posted by WorldbyStorm in The Far Right.
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According to the Guardian:

The British National Party has been engulfed by a bitter internal row with around 50 senior figures resigning the party whip amid claims the leadership has been spying on private emails and telephone calls.

Good Lord, fancy that. Sort of like a … a police state!

Nick Griffin, the leader of the far-right group, is facing widespread criticism over his handling of the situation, while police confirmed yesterday they were investigating claims that a BNP security team stole files and computer equipment from the home of a regional official.

Dear oh, dear, ‘security teams’? Allegations of theft?

The Labour MP Jon Cruddas has written to the head of the Metropolitan police, Sir Ian Blair, calling for an inquiry into what he claims are “criminal activities involving senior members” of the party.

“The BNP leadership is showing us its true colours,” said Cruddas, who is expected to raise the matter in the House of Commons today.

A party founded by John Tyndall – ‘showing its true colours’? Who would have thought it?

Simon Derby, the BNP’s national spokesman, denied the party had done anything illegal and said the equipment that was taken belonged to the party.

He said the situation had been “a bit messy” but the people involved had been plotting a coup against Griffin and needed to be challenged. A line would be drawn under the issue over the coming weeks, he said.

A coup attempt? In a party of the far-right? Who knew?

“They appear to be monitoring phone calls and emails of their members and removing computers from private households. This is not the behaviour of a normal political party and I would like to see the police investigate this.”

The B.N.P? A normal party? (allegedly) engaged in this sort of activity? With their reputation?

What were they (allegedly) thinking of?

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1. Garibaldy - December 19, 2007

Ah, but were they following members of other parties to the bookies etc?

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2. WorldbyStorm - December 19, 2007

Only when necessary…

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3. Bartholomew - December 19, 2007

Didn’t something very similar happen in the French National Front a few years back, in the feud between the Le Pen and Megret wings, when Megret was trying to take over? One side broke into the central party offices and took all the computers, left the other side high and dry. Can’t remember which side though.

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4. WorldbyStorm - December 19, 2007

In this sort of instance you’d suppose – if they were being true to their belief system – it would probably be both sides!

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5. a very public sociologist - December 19, 2007

What a larf. I have been enjoying the ructions in the BNP, much more fun than the depressing factional battle between RR and Reespect. But as I’ve said elsewhere, this split has come about owing to the contradictions piling up within the BNP. The left has had nothing to do with it. The split has given us a breather to get our act together, that’s all. The material the fascists leech off is still very much out there.

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6. Pidge - December 20, 2007

If you want a BNP-related laugh:

http://www.bnptv.org.uk/

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7. Pidge - December 20, 2007

The second video – about how Christmas is “British through and through” is amazing. I’ve been laughing for about 10 minutes now…

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8. WorldbyStorm - December 20, 2007

Thanks for that Pidge. Real Christmas spirit – eh?

AVPS, very much agree. In a way it’s a sort of unpleasant echo of ‘revolutionary’ or ‘reformist’, but it’s closer to ‘power’ and ‘more power’.

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9. Peter Regan - December 24, 2007

That fella has different coloured eyes. A quare Aryan if ever there was one.

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10. WorldbyStorm - December 24, 2007

The Soviets used to make a very similar point about Goebbels back in the day…

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11. Peter Regan - December 24, 2007

I was reading Alexei Tolstoys ‘The Making of Russia’ (1944) the other day and he has some very amusing information on the Goths and their habit of bandaging the heads of infants to give their heads a “noble shape”. Tolstoy remarks “naturally to the detriment of their mental capacity”

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12. WorldbyStorm - December 27, 2007

Hmmm…

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13. alastair - November 19, 2008

Sorry for dragging up an old thread but…

That recently leaked BNP membership list reveals an interesting situation.

There’s two members listed in the republic, and one of them shows up as being an active member of the Community Workers Co-Operative. Now maybe they’re just a genuine community activist who doesn’t mind the company of lefties, but the CWC’s objective is to promote – ‘anti-oppressive, anti-sexist and anti-racist community work’. Wonder what’s going on there.

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14. WorldbyStorm - November 19, 2008

It is an oddity, isn’t it? Although some community activists can tilt pretty far rightwards…

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15. Paddy Matthews - November 19, 2008

There’s two members listed in the republic, and one of them shows up as being an active member of the Community Workers Co-Operative. Now maybe they’re just a genuine community activist who doesn’t mind the company of lefties, but the CWC’s objective is to promote – ‘anti-oppressive, anti-sexist and anti-racist community work’. Wonder what’s going on there.

A different **** *****, I imagine. The one who you seem to be referring to seems to be from Waterford according to the links, whereas the one whose name is on the list has a Dublin address.

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16. J Kelly - November 20, 2008
17. alastair - November 20, 2008

Same guy for sure – same name, same email address.

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18. WorldbyStorm - November 20, 2008

Hmmm… I’d say there’s an interesting story there…

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