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Publicity for fascists feeds the hate

Issue No. 2098

The British National Party (BNP) is desperately trying to conceal its Nazi roots and pose as “respectable” in its bid to grab a seat on the London assembly next week.

But there is nothing “respectable” about the BNP. It is an organisation with a long track record of racism, antisemitism and violence against Jewish, black, gay and Irish people.

That is why it is abhorrent that the BNP be awarded a party election broadcast at the taxpayer’s expense. And that is why it is wrong for the Archant group of newspapers to choose to run BNP adverts in the Ham & High and other local papers in London.

The decision to run the ads was particularly offensive because the Ham & High goes into homes in north London, an area with a high number of Jewish people.

The Ham & High editor tried to defend his decision to publish the advert by claiming that the BNP is a legitimate party like any other.

But it is not – it is a fascist organisation that thrives on creating hate, using any available publicity to boost that agenda. That is why we say there should be no platform for the Nazi BNP.

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What We Think
Tue 22 Apr 2008, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2098
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