It's the BNP trial in Leeds.
Protesters chanting "smash the BNP" and "black and white, unite and fight" jeered and heckled him and sounded foghorns.
We're not told what the supporters were chanting, if anything. (UPDATE - the Times tells us : "7/7 — Never Again ! 9/11 — Never Again !")
Surrounded by police and minders, the pair kissed and shook hands with supporters during an extended walkabout.
Are the BBC suggesting something here ? Did they kiss each other, or the supporters ?
Those obscure chappies at Radical and Right are outside Leeds Crown Court again with their cameras.
An interesting take on the recent Rotherham council election, too.
In Rotherham West this week, the BNP coming second with 26% of the votes is highly significant. The Labour candidate did not do badly, but it is relevant that the Liberal Democrat Party did not field a candidate. One explanation is that the Party did not wish to split the anti-BNP vote and was prepared to let Labour have the Left side of the electoral field to itself. There is probably more than one reason though, for the LibDem absence. The Party has not been doing well in elections in industrial towns when the BNP intervenes. It does not enjoy trailing the BNP when the results are declared, as it has to maintain an appearance of momentum at all times. The Party lacks deep roots and is in constant danger of being marginalized by the Labour and Tory Parties and so has to create an aura of imminent breakthrough. Whatever the motive, the absence of a candidate in Rotherham West will have propped up Labour's majority over the BNP.
Not much to argue with there.
The Party has great difficulty finding candidates because of the persecution that follows any publicity. Loss of employment is only the most obvious consequence, though a major one for working people. In a town such as Rotherham, where the Trade Union bureaucracy and the governing Labour Council are an all-powerful seamless alliance, dismissal from almost any job is an automatic punishment for BNP activists. Only pensioners, the unemployed and housewives can contemplate poking a head above the parapet.
The grass-roots growth of the BNP, even in the face of relentless persecution, means that more and more elections will be fought in many parts of England in which the main contestants will be the BNP and Labour - that is unless the BNP can be crushed outside of the electoral arena.
"The Party" ? I don't think we're seeing a neutral observer here - but again, not much to argue with. Not only are BNP candidates likely to be sacked from their jobs, even their wives are vulnerable to dismissal. In a nation where the State controls 42% of GNP powerful pressures can be brought to bear.
Interestingly, BBC news seems to be ignoring the BNP trial. Not so long ago they'd be making our flesh creep and reminding the world that 'it was the Beeb wot put them there'.
Along with the legal attacks on the BNP, there are other interventions planned. The Young Foundation charity will devote resources to help "counteract the appeal" of a legal party and "develop innovative and practical" methods of reducing their support in two local authority areas, avoiding the limits on campaign expenditure which would be imposed were the Young Foundation a political party.
As long as immigration is still uncontrolled, all such interventions are in the long term vain. Today's working-class BNP voter is the product of anti-racist New Labour functionaries, who simply cannot control immigration without feeling like racists. Rather than face such a catastrophe they would betray the people they're supposed to represent.
I wrote in January 2005 :
As the Native Brit population declines, and natives become the minority in more and more areas, politics will almost inevitably become split on ethnic lines. The demographics are still pointing all one way, the Tories are unlikely to win this year and less likely to make major changes if and when they do ever win.
So in 20 years or so there'll be a nativist British party, representing a substantial proportion, if not a majority, of the native English. The only question is what the name of that party will be.
The best bet for stuffing the BNP in the short term is a UKIP candidate in every constituency with a high BNP vote, splitting the native vote neatly down the middle. The nightmare of a deal by which UKIP would contest only rural seats and the BNP only urban ones is a scenario our rulers will move heaven and earth to avoid. But in the long term - the harassment, the sackings, the arrests, the well-meaning studies - all in vain without control of the borders. It's the equivalent of fighting rising sea levels by trying to build a wall round the coast. How high will the wall have to get before its futility becomes apparent ? And what disasters will happen when the wall breaks ?
Egregious tributes to Mandela
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