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.