A smiling white family pictured on a BNP election leaflet are actually American models
The good-looking group were portrayed in the pamphlet as Brits who voted for the right-wing party. The BNP is distributing thousands of the leaflets to homes across Britain in the run-up to the general election. The leaflets show the smiling family under the slogan “Why People Like You Voted BNP”.
But a simple internet search has revealed the wholesome-looking group are models. The same picture has also been used to promote an orthodontic practice in Missouri.
The pamphlet ruse was exposed by eagle-eyed political bloggers who became suspicious about the models’ pearly white teeth and sun tans. Above the American “family”, the leaflet says: “The BNP proudly put British people first.” It adds: “We have children and we want them to be brought up in a Christian country and taught about our religion, tradition and culture in school.”
On the website for RIES Orthodontics the same three generations of models appear beneath the words “Embrace your Smile”.
Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said: “This is a big lie. It shows the BNP can’t get British families to openly show their support for the party. The majority of people object to the politics of the BNP so even when they produce their propaganda it’s based on lies.”
A spokesman for Searchlight, an anti-right-wing campaign group, said: “Nick Griffin is always banging on about British jobs for British workers but his real priority seems to be American jobs for American models.”
The leaflet slip-up follows a similar one in BNP promotional material distributed in May last year. Party pamphlets featured testimonies from five “typical Britons”, giving their reasons for voting BNP. An elderly couple pictured on the leaflet endorsing the party’s anti-immigration views were exposed as Italian models.