April 04, 2010

Richard Barnbrook: a nasty object of ridicule

The record of the BNP’s London Assembly member is a truly rotten one

It is now almost two years since the British National Party scraped over the 5 per cent hurdle and won a seat on the London Assembly, so this is an appropriate point to examine the BNP’s political record at City Hall.

Over that period, the role of the party’s London Assembly member, Richard Barnbrook, has been exactly what you would expect from a representative of the BNP. One of his first contributions to Mayor’s Question Time was to demand a ban on the Notting Hill Carnival. On whatever subject he has intervened at MQT, Barnbrook has invariably reduced the issue to the BNP’s obsession with race and immigration.

By way of variety, at last month’s MQT, he treated us to an exposition of his party’s line that human activity is not the primary cause of global warming – despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. But then the BNP spent many years rejecting the equally incontrovertible evidence concerning the Nazi genocide against the Jews. From Holocaust denial, it has now moved on to climate change denial.

Eighteen months ago, I wrote that Barnbrook’s rambling and incoherent interventions at MQT had reduced him to an object of ridicule, which led to the first of three complaints by Barnbrook against me to the GLA Standards Committee. It was rejected, along with another complaint against my colleague John Biggs, who had referred to Barnbrook’s Nazi politics. The decision was reported by Searchlight under the heading “Rambling, incoherent and Nazi to boot”.

A central feature of Nick Griffin’s re-branding of the BNP has been an attempt to publicly dissociate the BNP from its Nazi-sympathising past. This has been seriously undermined by the discovery that veteran far-right activist Tess Culnane is working in Barnbrook’s office. Culnane was forced out of the BNP for several years because of her insistence on speaking at meetings of the British People’s Party, which advertises busts of Hitler on its website at £15 a pop.

As for Barnbrook, it would appear that Griffin has finally lost patience with him and he may well step down from the Assembly next month, to be replaced by Bob Bailey, currently BNP leader on Barking and Dagenham council. Unlike Barnbrook, Bailey does possess the ability to string two meaningful sentences together. But he suffers from a severe anger management problem and an inclination to shoot his mouth off – for example in his recent disgusting outburst against Nigerian churches at a council planning committee meeting.

Some people argue that it is a mistake to give publicity to the BNP. However, in my opinion, the more widely the party’s role on the London Assembly and borough councils is publicised, the better. Now we have to make sure that we throw the BNP out of its local government base in Barking and Dagenham on May 6 by showing voters what you really get when its members attain public office.

Murad Qureshi for Tribune


Anonymous said...

If Dickey losses his seat on Barking Council on May 6th and then he is deselected on the London Assembly in favour of Bailey, he won't have a leg to stand on! Ha,Ha,Ha!

Anonymous said...

BNP official Mark Collett questioned over alleged threat to kill Nick Griffin.

Why? Did Griffin break the "one drop rule"?

Anonymous said...

Several fake Fascist candidates will be using Barnbrook's home address in Barking, to stand as candidates on May 6th, I wonder how many he has on the electoral register at 146,Arden Crescent? Hopefully they will all be exposed.

Anonymous said...

How many Nazi candidate in Barking will be registered at 34, Sylvan Avenue, Chadwell Heath? I bet none of them really live there?

Anonymous said...

Well I hear Carlos, his wife and 5 kids are living in Chadwell Heath


irishtony said...

Jefferson is sitting in his office when one of his idiots comes in.

"You have two visitors Clive, Nick Griffin and the Pope, which one will I send in first?" He asks.

"Send the Pope in" Jefferson answers, "At least I only have to kiss his ring"

Har Har!!!!