September 11, 2008

Propaganda blunder by BNP's Simon Darby

The late Mike Reid with daughter Angela
The BNP's deputy leader Simon Darby today faces accusations of mismanaging what could have been a propaganda coup for the party after announcing a couple of days ago that Angela Reid, daughter of the late East Enders star Mike Reid, was to stand next month for the British National Party in the Witham West for Braintree District Council, only for her to pull out at the last minute, leaving the party with no candidate at all.

It has already become clear from communications received by Lancaster Unity that Ms Reid has been carefully groomed by the BNP with the clear intention of maximising publicity - in much the same way that the party almost capitalised on dancing dope Simone Clarke, former ballerina and now something obscure in the near-dead BNP union Solidarity.

In much the same way that Clarke's disastrous fake engagement to Dickie Barnbrook, the BNP's incompetent and incoherent London Assembly member, was completely stage-managed, the party obviously hoped to use the connection to Mike Reid to give it some spurious respectability, to the extent of Ms Reid using her maiden name for the by-election. Or perhaps it was simply nostalgia - Mike Reid played car dealer Frank Butcher in East Enders, which might have sparked some interesting reminiscences for former second-hand car dealer and now BNP leader Nick Griffin.

Happily, it seems that Darby jumped the gun when he announced Ms Reid's candidacy on Tuesday, for it only took her twenty-four hours to change her mind, claiming, according to her husband Kenneth Gamble (or Gamblin, depending on which newspaper you read): 'She’s worried people would call her a Nazi — and slag her off'. Which just shows how little thought she must have given to the matter.

Simon Darby, who of course knows better than Ms Reid or her husband, insisted that she had NOT pulled out because she feared reprisals. He said: 'It has got nothing to do with politics. She is still a member and still agrees with everything we stand for...it’s personal circumstances that have come up.'

But it might have been another problem that caused Ms Reid to remove herself from the list. According to the Daily Star, a 'man who claimed to be Mrs Reid’s husband said she was "not living” at the home in Braintree where she was registered as a candidate'. This is not exactly unusual for BNP candidates despite being illegal - Barnbrook was said to be living in a different ward when he stood for Barking and Dagenham.

Rumour has it that Ms Reid is furious that Darby released her name when he did and that he immediately attempted to capitalise on the connection with her late father rather than focusing on her and her potential as a councillor, though this doesn't quite ring true to me. If she didn't want her father's name exploited, why not use her married name, whatever it is?

Whichever way you look at it and wherever the truth lies, Simon Darby has clearly cocked-up, not only angering a useful member and her branch but completely destroying a nifty propaganda coup for the BNP in the process. Well done, Darby. Keep up the good work. :-)

29 comments:

Terry Terse said...

Piss-up. Brewery.

Anonymous said...

Yet more evidence (like you need it) that Darby is one of yours.

TS said...

From the East Anglian Daily Times
"Mrs Reid was unable to be contacted for a comment at her home or at the shoe shop which she ran in Chelmsford which has closed for business in the past few months."

Another business washout - she should fit right in alongside Nick Griffin who is a former bankrupt.

MI5 said...

"Whichever way you look at it and wherever the truth lies, Simon Darby has clearly cocked-up, not only angering a useful member and her branch but completely destroying a nifty propaganda coup for the BNP in the process. Well done, Darby. Keep up the good work. :-)"

He's a star. I wish he was on our side. Oh, hang on....

Anonymous said...

"He's a star. I wish he was on our side. Oh, hang on...."

Thats the rumour isn't it. Persoanlly I don't believe it but things like this mae you wonder a bit.

Mike Reid's make-up artist said...

No doubt about it Darby is an "asset" - but to whom? Certainly not the BNP, he has proved himself to be a non-committing apolitical muppet most times then a few right clangers like this and the neo-Nazi rebellion quashed claim on Newsnight and his claim to be the crappest amongst all the BNP's crap councillors.

Anonymous said...

Well done, 5IMon. Your tradecraft is impressive.

Geo. Smiley

Anonymous said...

Dicky Barnbrook was not only living in another ward, he was and still is living in another borough Lewisham to be exact.

The same as Little Bob who we understand lives in Scunthorpe.

Allegedly

tulip

Anonymous said...

Comment over on NWN

"Positive proof that Darby is either a fucking useless gobshite or something very nasty and sinister and deliberately undermining the hard work of the foot soldiers and decent BNP members and activists. Either way he should be given the push - for good, rid this creature from nationalism once and for all."

Oops.

Anonymous said...

Those morons on Stormfront seem to think she's still standing. LOL

Mr Fister said...

She's just a fat ginger scrubber trying to cash in on her father's life.

Fuck her the daft bitch.

Antifascist said...

'She's just a fat ginger scrubber trying to cash in on her father's life.

Fuck her the daft bitch.'

LOL Such a way with words, Mr F.

Imedla Reid Jimmy Choo Shoe Fanclub said...

The cash-strapped BNP donors must be breathing a huge sign of relief their weiry coffers aren't going to extend to buying designer handbags and Jimmy Choo shoes every day of the week.

Antifascists everwhere must in truth be disappointed that "Imelda Reid" won't be standing as a BNP candidate after all.

That fellow state-sponsored conniving bastard Cyclops must have thought that with another tongue in the trough, the spotlight would be diverted from the One Eyed Monster's habitual pilfering, the swindling bastard!

Anonymous said...

Imelda Reid, lol

Anonymous said...

Perhaps one-time fash fans Eric Clapton and David Bowie gave her a word or two warning.

High Life BNP said...

How many pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes was Nick Gri££in giving this Z-List celebrity to get her to join the BNP?

Answers on the back of a Rolex.

Dave said...

"Dicky Barnbrook was not only living in another ward, he was and still is living in another borough Lewisham to be exact. The same as Little Bob who we understand lives in Scunthorpe."

So isn't there any way we can get these scumbags thrown out for this, tulip?

Footshoot said...

"Terry Terse sed
Piss-up. Brewery."

Count. Chickens. Hatch

Simple Simon Slips said...

Now we know why Darby does not seem to feature much in the stories of sordid going amongst the BNP high rankers...

He goes off half cocked and prematurely.

Big Mouth Big Foot said...

Post on Stormfront says it all really:

"From propaganda coup to propaganda disaster" nice one Simon.

Ex BNPer - The Doc was bad, Darby's a Disaster said...

What the hell made dopey Darby shout his mouth off so soon?

Was he after a coup for his blog for some selfish reason?

Why not wait till nominations had closed. Or would that have been to sensible for silly Simon?

Mr logical said...

"Count. Chickens. Hatch"

I don't see how you can say that. She was going to stand, Darby shot his bolt, she stood down, nominations have closed, the BNP has no candidate, Darby fucked up. Seems pretty clear to me.

Anonymous said...

Also on Stormfront

"From a publicity point of view, this is still more good than bad."

How? Fucking idiot.

Sus Pishus said...

"I don't see how you can say that. She was going to stand, Darby shot his bolt, she stood down, nominations have closed, the BNP has no candidate, Darby fucked up. Seems pretty clear to me."

Me too, and everyone else.

"From a publicity point of view, this is still more good than bad."

Personally I never liked Mike Reid right from his stand-up in the Comedians but having the daughter of someone who seems to have become extremely popular would have been a boost to the BNP no matter how you look at it. Now her chance has gone because she'll always be known as the woman who changed her mind at the last minute (as I'm sure Lancaster Unity will happily remind everyone whenever necessary) and cost the party a candidate. What really needs examining is why darby released her name - a bit of self-promotion, just stupidity, arrogance or incompetence? Or is he really working from the inside to hold the party back?

Anonymous said...

"He's a star. I wish he was on our side. Oh, hang on...."

LOL

Anonymous said...

re Dave post at 4.35 efforts were made but electoral commission wouldnt touch it.....

makes you wonder dont it

tulip

2sidestostory said...

Not so dumb if it was known by darby she was going to stand down. Release her name and get the publicity and kudos all the same.

Stuart Pearces brother, Mike Reids daughter - unless they renounce the BNP it will still go some way to legitimsing the party and making it appear as thought it attracts a better class of person these days. As such it was good publicity. Even a master stroke of media manipulation.

Antifascist said...

'As such it was good publicity. Even a master stroke of media manipulation.'

Thanks for that, Darby. And if you really believe any of it, you're an even bigger twat than I thought. And I thought you were a very large twat indeed.

Reg the beagle said...

"Piss-up. Brewery."

"Count. Chickens. Hatch"

Shut. The. Fuck. Up.