December 01, 2008

Union man who is behind the door about BNP membership

Tim Clarke - yet another BNP member who seems reluctant to admit to it
Civil servant faces calls to quit Nipsa after list leaked

This is the outspoken BNP member who faces the boot from his frontline trade union role because of his hardline views. Right-wing activist Tim Clarke isn’t usually ‘behind-the-door’ about his opinions — but he’d kept his British National Party membership a secret from his colleagues in the Nipsa trade union.

But the Social Security Agency civil servant was outed along with thousands of supporters of the right-wing organisation when a disgruntled former member published their details on the internet.

Now Clarke’s union colleagues want him booted out of their trade union . . . and out of his civil service job.

They’re understood to have complained to the union’s hierarchy about Clarke’s continuing role as a branch secretary in the public service union. Nipsa’s general secretary John Corey yesterday confirmed that inquiries had been received from local union branches about the BNP membership issue. He said that the matter would be raised by the union’s general council.

Said Mr Corey: “Across the UK, trade unions have made clear they consider BNP membership to be incompatible with trade union membership. Trade unions stand for upholding the rights of every person, equality for all and against any forms of racism.”

Clarke has represented Nipsa members at the union’s annual conferences in his role as the secretary for Branch 34 of the union, which covers workers in the Social Security Agency in Lisburn. He describes himself as a Nipsa member of more than 25 years who has been a constant target for “abuse” from the union’s left.

Our exclusive snaps show him taking his seat at this year’s annual Nipsa conference in the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle and standing behind the union’s leaders — including Mr Corey.

When Sunday Life called at his Lisburn home yesterday, the BNP man denied even BEING Clarke.

“I don’t know who you’re talking about,” he said from behind the door.

He later called our office to complain about being “rudely awakened” by our reporter. “I didn’t want to say anything incriminating. The media are very biased against the BNP,” said Clarke. “I joined the party because I’m concerned about levels of immigration and the way I see things developing. But it’s a perfectly legally-constituted party so I don’t see anything wrong with joining it. It’s accused of being racist. I’m certainly not (racist) in any shape or form. I don’t consider the BNP to be an extreme party. They are the only patriotic party there is.”

In relation to suggestions that there could be a conflict of interests between his membership and the civil servants’ code of conduct, he said: “I deal with everyone fairly and impartially, regardless of their views.”

And he said he intends to challenge fight any attempt by Nipsa to expel him, saying that they had “no evidence” he was a member of the BNP...even though he CONFIRMED it to a Sunday Life journalist!

Said Clarke: “They don’t even know for a start that I am a member. They can’t accuse me of anything they don’t have any evidence of. If I thought the BNP was as racist as people make out they are, I would not be a member. If they had the same image they had years ago when it was a completely different party — they were knuckle-dragging skinheads — I would have nothing to do with it. I believe anyone should be entitled to be a member of a trade union because they pay their membership fees to protect their employment rights.”

But Clarke’s Nipsa colleagues don’t agree.

Said one union official: “Membership of the BNP is completely incompatible with the code of conduct of the civil service which requires full respect for equality and diversity. Membership of our union and all public service unions demands we adhere to that code. If you’re a member of a racist party such as the BNP, you clearly have no right to be a member of Nipsa and you shouldn’t be employed by the civil service.”

A spokesman for the Department of Social Development, which oversees the Social Security Agency, said: “The Social Security Agency does not comment on the individual circumstances of staff.

“The civil service is permitted to take the view that they judge an officer by what he or she does — not what group he or she belongs to.”

Nipsa’s members aren’t alone in wanting BNP members out of their trade union. Trade unions throughout the UK have backed a recent amendment to the Employment Bill currently before the House of Lords that would allow them to ban racists.

The proposal — that has been labelled ‘Stalinist’ by the BNP — comes amid concern that the BNP is using unions to strengthen its electoral footing. It follows a landmark case in the European Court of Human Rights, which upheld the right of the train drivers’ union Aslef to expel one of its members for also holding membership of the BNP. If the law comes into force — and it would apply equally to Northern Ireland — it would come into immediate conflict with Northern Ireland’s fair employment laws which prohibit discrimination on the grounds of political opinion.

Clarke is one of dozens of members of the BNP from Northern Ireland to be identified after a disgruntled former member leaked the names and addresses of more than 10,000 members.

Sunday Life revealed last week how the local supporters of the far-right organisation have included a lonely-heart ex-copper, a soldier who hates England and a former fire chief. Ex-RUC officer Sandy Baxter said he was proud to be a member of the party.

Following our revelation that the Co Londonderry man had won admirers among a string of Thai beauties on an online dating website, the ex-cop quickly removed his profile from the Friendster social networking website. He had previously been seen on the site in a number of photos posing with a sports car, in RUC uniform and even with a heavy-calibre mounted machine-gun.

Squaddie Gary Wilkinson, we were told, had no interest in the BNP literature that had been posted to his former Ballycarry home. He had used his Bebo website to complain about how much he disliked England, claiming that many English people were “ignorant”.

Young professional couple Andy and Lisa Giltrap told how they had attended a number of local BNP meetings but had since left the organisation. Husband Andy told Sunday Life: "I would stress we are not racist in any way."

He added that the BNP had been unfairly branded as a Nazi group by the media.

“I do care about being British and I do believe we are being overrun by immigrants,” said the Bangor man.

Former Dungannon fire chief Harry Martin, a one-time vice-president of the Retired Fire Fighters Association, appeared on the BNP membership list after making a donation to the party. The retired fireman, now a lollipop man, said he had “changed his mind” about joining the party a short time after paying into their coffers.

Belfast Telegraph

8 comments:

PADDY THURROCK said...

Just got the computer up and running again. whats going on?, them thurrock scumbags facists are flawnting an anti-facist list on http://thurrockpatriots.blogspot.com/2008/11/response-to-racism-cuts-both-ways-email.html and http://thurrockpatriots.blogspot.com/2008/11/facebook-bnp-supporter-linked-to.html, How are these morons getting these lists?, who is leaking this infomation out?, its an outrage, am i the only one upset and taking it seriously.

Mr Smoothie said...

You should have used that picture as a caption competition. Here's mine anyway.

"Yes, I'm very proud of being in the BNP. Now fuck off."

Anonymous said...

More likely to be

" No, I've never heard of the BNP. I just signed a racist petition against a mosque being built ninety miles away and I was put on the list."

Anonymous said...

Talking about another Clarke, what the hell happened to the Ballet Nazi, Katlan, and is she still London rep for the actors and dancers trade union Equity??????

pete said...

As this is World AIDS day, it would have been great if this blog could have reminded people of Peedo Boy's evil delight at people who die of AIDS.

football teams said...

Important story about the Red white and Blue Nazi Hate Fest on the following link.

Please publish this as a seperate story. Sadly the Stornponce trolls ahve got there first on the comments page: -

http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/250-000-cost-protest-BNP-festival/article-512370-detail/article.html

A Quarter of a million pounds for the policing. Shouldn't the bill go to the BNP? Football teams are forced to pay for their own police bills.

Anonymous said...

On the whole issue of lists and names and addresses, you have overlooked the person who has a well documented reputation for this - none other than the BNP's own Mr Kemp - he of the "hit list of addresses and names" which is his claim to fame in South Africa - the following extract is very insightful-

"Then there was Arthur Kemp, an utterly humorless creep, who stood as a joke candidate in, I think, 1982. He was, like Hack, ridiculously camp, but he lacked Hack's aura of menace. He hovered around something called the New Republic Party, then made a brief stab at joining the 'Broad Left', but even in our broadest moments we weren't that open armed. Later he emerged as one of UCT's (UNiversity of Cape Town)stalwarts in the rightwing alliance that later proved to be funded by Military Intelligence. He had a spell as a policeman, then re-emerged as a backroom stalwart of the South African Conservative Party, where he achieved notoriety as the man who passed on the address of Chris Hani and the Hit list of names of people suppossedly targeted by the right, to his rightwing assassins. When I last heard of him he was a backroom stalwart of the far right British National Party."

I.P Freely said...

"Paddy Thurrock" that list is a list of names all publicly available.

But if it suits you sir, I'm absolutely shitting myself in case Martin Reynolds runs around my house with a large black didldo and attempts to beat or enter me with it.