Hope not Hate launches an attack at BNP
20th April 2011: The BNP is in the line of fire once again. In constant criticism for its tough stand on immigration, the party has been blamed for turning to a hardcore group of neo-Nazis and racists to contest as candidates in local elections scheduled to be held soon.
The criticism came from anti-BNP campaign group Hope not Hate. The group claimed it has compiled a folder of extremist postings of candidates standing on 5 May in the council elections, even those to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly.
In all, the BNP is fielding just more than 200 candidates in the elections. The number is nearly 500 less than the 2007 figures.
The party claimed it "was having to cut its cloth" due to the money it had to spend defending a legal action against the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Hope not Hate said as his party crumbles, Nick Griffin has been forced to turn to what even by BNP standards, is a hard core of neo-Nazis and racists. These are not just activists, but people Griffin is putting forward as candidates for elected public office. They are literally the best the BNP now has to offer.
Funded by trades union movement, Hope not Hate said the party had become hopelessly split with many members defecting to the English Democrats and the breakaway party British Freedom Party.
Only recently, Griffin was equated with Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.
And this was done by none other than two BNP members, who joined the English Democrats.
The two, former Colne Valley Parliamentary candidate Barry Fowler and ex-Heckmondwike councillor Roger Roberts, after quitting the party issued a statement, likening Griffin to Zimbabwean dictator Mugabe.