April 24, 2010
Posted by Antifascist
Headings include: 'Immigration: An Unparalleled Crisis which only the BNP can solve' and 'Counter Jihad: Confronting the Islamic Colonisation of Britain.' Key pledges include banning the burka and the building of further mosques in Britain. Elsewhere, the decline of pubs is explained thus: 'The indigenous British population has been ethnically cleansed and the new immigrant communities have no interest in maintaining that aspect of British culture.'
The launch was held in the Civic Centre in Stoke on Trent. The BNP considers the city something of a stronghold as it has nine seats on the council and is fielding three general election candidates in the area.
As he spouted on, Mr Griffin was flanked by a pasty-faced, pudding of a henchman dressed in a St George costume that looked like it had been hastily knocked up by his mum from a pair of old curtains - complete with chintzy tassled tie-backs - and what could have been an unloved saucepan for a helmet. Mr Griffin, presumably thinking this was a great stunt to pull, greeted the press by wishing them 'Happy St George's Day.' It might almost have all been comical were it not for the bile the BNP actually peddles.
Mr Griffin arrived in a maroon Range Rover. His 'security', two heavies wearing wrap-around dark glasses and ear-pieces, strutted around outside keeping an eye on a crowd of protesters who chanted 'Nazi scum'. Knowing they would attract this kind of attention, the BNP had kept the location of their manifesto launch a secret, revealing it only to 'invited guests'. But it did not take long for word to spread and after a brief game of cat and mouse the protesters soon got wind of where to go.
Among them was James Bethell, director of the anti-racist group Nothing British who have analysed the BNP's so-called policies. He described the new manifesto as 'a deluded and dangerous piece of racist ideology.' He said: 'The BNP simply don't have coherent answers to Britain's problems. They have worked up an economic policy which is based on pub room economics borrowed from Italian fascists.'
After giving his manifesto launch speech, Mr Griffin left with his 'St George'. When reporters asked the henchman in fancy dress if he felt silly, Mr Griffin butted in and asked them: 'Do you feel silly in a tie?'
That comment made about as little sense as everything else he said yesterday.