Socialist Worker

Pressure intensifies on the Nazis

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2162

Members of the Nazi BNP and its supporters have been drawing a lot of attention to themselves in recent weeks.

On 11 July, a man threw a pint over BNP leader Nick Griffin in a pub in Gloustershire. Labour MP David Drew said the man was then given “one hell of a hiding”.

Griffin has made a formal complaint to police, claiming that the man who confronted him “needs to learn to keep his ideas to within the law”.

Griffin was found guilty of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred in 1998.

Any resistance to Griffin’s politics of hate is to be welcomed. Well done that man!

Meanwhile, BNP London Assembly member and Barking & Dagenham councillor Richard Barnbrook is under investigation to see if he has brought his office into disrepute.

Barnbrook claimed last year that there had been three murders in three weeks in Barking, knowing the claims to be false.

But the hearing for the investigation was suspended on 21 July when Barnbrook called in sick. He had also failed to submit any written evidence.

The complaint was first lodged in September. Valerie Rush, a Labour cabinet member at the local council, said Barnbrook was “openly and outrageously lying to whip up fears in the London community”.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that there had been no such incidents in the area during that time period.

The meeting will be reconvened on either 12 August or 4 September – unless the stress is still too much for Barnbrook and he calls in sick again.

It has also emerged that Britain’s two Nazi MEPs – Griffin and Andrew Brons, the former chairman of the National Front – intend to put some of their expenses and salary into bank accounts controlled by BNP members in their constituencies.

According to Brons this money will be spent on “what we consider worthwhile projects”.

But what people like Brons deem worthwhile will be abhorrent to most people in Britain.

It is also against European parliamentary rules.

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