November 20, 2009

BNP signs its first non-white member...

Rajinder Singh, who has appeared on the BNP's internet TV channel,
blames Muslims for the death of his father during the Partition of India in 1947

...but he's only joined because he hates Muslims

An elderly Sikh who describes Islam as a "beast" and once provided a character reference for Nick Griffin during his racial hatred trial is set to become the British National Party's first non-white member.

Rajinder Singh, an anti-Islam activist in his late seventies who blames Muslims for the death of his father during the Partition of India in 1947, has been sympathetic towards Britain's far-right party for much of the past decade even though he currently remains barred from becoming a member because of the colour of his skin. But last weekend the BNP's leadership took their first steps towards dropping its membership ban on non-whites after the Human Rights Commission threatened the party with legal action. The move will be put to a vote of members soon.

Martin Wingfield, the BNP's communications and campaigns officer, has already put forward the case for Mr Singh's membership, telling members on its website: "I say adapt and survive and give the brave and loyal Rajinder Singh the honour of becoming the first ethnic minority member of the BNP."

A BNP spokesman said last night: "He is perhaps the kind of immigrant you want if you are going to have them."

Mr Singh, a former teacher from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, says he would be "honoured" to become a card-carrying member of the BNP. Explaining his motives, Mr Singh said: "I am a retired teacher, living a quiet life. I got in touch with the BNP on certain core policies that appeal to me. I also admire them since they are on their own patch, and do not wish to let anyone else oust them from the land of their ancestors."

Mr Singh and another Sikh from Slough who goes by the pseudonym Ammo Singh have previously co-operated with the BNP and have been used by the party's leadership to try to woo Asian supporters, particularly Hindus and Sikhs living in areas where tensions with Muslims run high. The party has had little success, however, with all mainstream Sikh and Hindu groups widely condemning the BNP.

But Rajinder Singh and Ammo Singh – who keeps his identity secret but is thought to be an accountant in his late thirties – have answered Mr Griffin's call, thanks to the BNP's staunchly anti-Islamic rhetoric since September 11. In December 2001, Ammo Singh claimed he had helped the BNP distribute thousands of anti-Islamic leaflets in Southall, west London, but recently he has kept a low profile. Rajinder Singh, on the other hand, has begun to appear in BNP literature more frequently, writing for the party's newspaper, Freedom, and appearing on the internet television channel, BNPTV.

His intense dislike of Islam appears to stem back to his father's death during the Partition of India, which led to the deaths of an estimated two million Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus. "I come from partitioned Punjab that saw a lot of bloodshed in 1947," he said. "Anyone escaping that genocide would pray to God, [say] never again and vote for BNP."

Mainstream Sikh groups said they were appalled. Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations, said: "Sikhism stresses equality for all human beings. Therefore Sikhs who are true to their faith, will having nothing whatsoever to do with any party that favours any one section of the community."

Independent

Note by LU

Rajinder Singh is well known to Nick Griffin and has been dodging around the BNP for some time. It was Singh who spoke up for Griffin as a character witness when he was in court at Leeds back in 2006, bizarrely claiming that Griffin wasn't racist. On that occasion, the BNP paid for a top hotel for the night for Mr S, and treated him to lunch at a pub - a fact that was heavily criticised at the time by the Sikh community, many of whom were demonstrating AGAINST Griffin outside the courtroom.

Singh has also addressed the Kirklees branch of the BNP, speaking about his hatred of Muslims. He was also in the BNP's 2004 election broadcast. He has been roundly condemned for his long-standing connections to the BNP and Nick Griffin.

The Observer had an excellent report on Ravinder Singh back in 2001, regarding the distribution of thousands of CDs, tapes and leaflets claiming that Islam poses a threat to Britain. The article is here.

Back in 2006, there was a bit of a fuss on the Stormfront nazi forum when it was announced that Singh was to attend the Kirklees meeting as the BNP's ethnic liaison committee leader. At that time, the likes of Arthur Kemp, who then ran the BNP’s indoctrination programme for voting members, openly posted on Stormfront, but along with the change in image over the past couple of years went a withdrawal from such places (at least under names that clearly identified the poster). This meant that Kemp went through Stormfront and carefully deleted most, if not all, of his posts. Fortunately, some of them are referred to in quotes.
'Originally Posted by Arthur Kemp
Anyone who cannot see the political and propaganda advantage to be gained by having an ethnic demonstrating that the BNP is not a "race-hate" party, has absolutely no understanding of practical politics and should stick strictly to hobbyism.'
Clearly, Rajinder Singh is nothing more than a 'propaganda advantage'.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Hatred of Islam"

He's joining the BNP for positive reasons then!

LAB said...

This idiot has been buzzing around Nick Griffin's fat arse for years.

Kev Scott loves The Jam said...

So, the BNP is allowing openly racist people to join its ranks now... whatever next!

Tez said...

Rajinder Singh is an old fraud with a penchant for get-rich-quick schemes. Just like Nick Gri££in....

Anonymous said...

That quote from Kemp shows that the BNP has been planning this for years and that Mr Singh is just a patsy being used by Griffin and co.

Anonymous said...

I look forward to him being an election candidate. But I can't imagine who'd vote for him as he'll be either too racist for non-whites or not white enough for racists.

AndyMinion (BatsMan) said...

There's an old Afro-Caribbean guy in Derby (a loyal customer of Mental Health Services going back decades) who used to go around praising the NF to the skies, and banging on about white people being the "true masters".

Comforting to know there's now a party he can join...

Anonymous said...

This is a worrying and frankly predictable news. It will make it all the much harder to convince ppl of the BNPs racism. Best to look at how antifa combatted 'multiracial' fascists such as the Integralista in the 30's for the future. As an aside however if the the BNP push the 'new' members too much (as I think they will as a cocky defence mechanism) it may put off their racist hard core voter in Barking, Burnley or Stoke. The bar has just been lifted and we need to raise our game.

Anonymous said...

I thought Frankie Howard died years ago?

UK Fightback said...

This is a bit like the issue of black and mixed-race people in the EDL. So, wow, the EDL has maybe 6 non-white supporters and the BNP has TWO

General Franco brought THOUSANDS of black Moroccans to fight for Fascism in Spain and even Colin Jordan's blatantly Nazi British Movement counted 1 or 2 black hooligans in their ranks

Let's face it, if the BNP and EDL are able to exploit gullible white people, then the chances are they'll be pleased to exploit a few gullible black people, as no race has a monopoly on stupidity

It's not about the BNP benefitting from the support the they receive from these idiots, it's about the BNP benefitting from the damage these idiots cause to their own communities

At least one way to respond to this challenge is to keep promoting public recognition of the role that immigrant soldiers played in defeating Fascism in WW2...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm5oTpJ4vPI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FxkU9ZcVc8

See ya's :)

UK Fightback said...

Quick PS to the last comment being that if a "multi-racial" BNP drives the core racists to resign their BNP memberships and join the NF then at least that'll reduce BNP membership and split the extreme right-wing vote

James S said...

"I thought Frankie Howard died years ago?"

ROFL :D

Anonymous said...

Big deal. I don't really know why it's supposed to make such a difference. They've had Rustem in the party for years. Presumably he hates Muslims too.

Anonymous said...

As a Sikh I feel really embarrassed by this turn of events. It goes to demonstrate that this person has no concept of the true values and ethics that the Sikh religion asks its members to follow.

Even if the BNP opens its doors to people from other ethnic groups, at least we'll have one place to monitor all the extremists. What reason other than hate could one have for joining this bunch of misfits?

Anonymous said...

"As a Sikh I feel really embarrassed by this turn of events"

I wouldn't feel embarrassed, my friend. All races and religions have their idiots. Why should Sikhism be any different?

wogerino said...

According to the BNP´s Arthur Kemp´s opus "March of the Titans" General Francisco Franco of Spain was himself in fact a Marrano Sephardic crypto-Jew.

Anonymous said...

No doubt the BNP will strive to do away with the 'non-indigenous' Turban at some point in time, given it is not their idea of how a 'good' immigrant should look. Talk about selling your soul to the devil. Singh, just goes to show that party and its followers are ingrained with an incomprehensible hatred. Try celebrating humanity instead of diminishing it. Given history, no religion has a monopoly on atrocities, time to move on. Disgusting person, disgusting politics of hatred.

Anonymous said...

"I wouldn't feel embarrassed, my friend. All races and religions have their idiots. Why should Sikhism be any different?"

Thanks, you're right. This guy illustrates that point to perfection.