The leak of the membership list for the fascist British National Party (BNP) is an opportunity for trade unionists and anti-fascists to drive home a blow against Britain’s largest Nazi organisation.
The BNP membership list, dating from late last year, was posted online last night. BNP leader Nick Griffin admitted today that the leak came from inside the organisation. A disgruntled former senior BNP employee was to blame, he said.
The fascists are in no position to complain about their privacy being invaded. They have long used hate sites such as “Red Watch” to publish personal information about anti-Nazi activists. Now they are turning these same tactics on themselves.
This leak has sent the BNP into disarray. Simon Derby, one of their leading members, said today, “If we find out the name of the person who published this list it will turn out to be one of the most foolish things they have done in their life.”
The trade union movement has a long and fine tradition of struggle against fascism, including campaigns against fascists in the workplace. The BNP is a Nazi organisation and membership of the BNP is incompatible with a wide range of jobs and occupations.
The left should seize this opportunity to cripple the BNP’s ability to organise. We should drive the Nazis out of public service jobs such as teaching and health work. Police officers in the BNP should be sacked on the spot.
We should also demand that the Labour government backs attempts by trade unions to strengthen their powers to campaign against fascism in the workplace.
Earlier this month the government shamefully threw out legislation that would have helped the struggle against the BNP. Unions were calling for the right to expel BNP members without penalty – but only 15 Labour MPs supported them.