The BNP are a fragile lot and some of the poor dears are perturbed by the thought of a weekend under canvas. In order to ease these worries, those helpful souls in the BNP’s “Administration Department” have produced this list of local B&Bs. It’s highly unlikely that the BNP have consulted with any of the proprietors of these establishments and you have to wonder how many of them would want to be associated with the BNP’s so-called “festival.”
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This morning, Monday 11th August, the Public Order Act will be invoked and signed off by Derbyshire Constabulary to cover the area of the BNP’s RWB festival on the week-end of 15th-17th August. The exact terms of the implementation of that Act we have yet to see but we understand that it seriously restricts the rights of protesters against the BNP’s Red White and Blue festival. We are unaware of any restrictions on any BNP activity.
A UAF demonstration has been organised on August 16th under fairly tight conditions but the organisers of that march have at no time invited us to share in the planning of that activity.
This campaign still intends to exercise our legal right to protest as close to the BNP festival site as possible from 9-11am on August 16th.
The Notts Stop the BNP campaign, central to Stop the RWB Festival campaign, has arranged to meet with the police later in the morning of 11th August. Contrary to some rumour, the Notts Stop the BNP campaign had written to the police as early as 18th July and received a reply informing us that we would be contacted in due course. We heard nothing further until the information about the Public Order Act restrictions was released to us via the Midlands TUC last Friday, 8th August. This information was given in the lead up to a meeting between Midlands TUC, the UAF and the police on the same Friday.
The amended details of our protest will be announced as soon as we can find out from the police, both the terms of the Public Order Act and where we can congregate without risk to those involved. We hope to announce this within the next day.
Please try and attend this important protest. Those attending from Nottingham please contact the campaign (07980 089859) to obtain a coach ticket. We are strongly recommending that people use our transport to ensure we all arrive at the same place
We appeal to all other supporters to join us at the venue that we hope to announce by tomorrow.
The BNP have always claimed that RWB is a non-political “family festival.” Of course, we’ve never taken this very seriously. The BNP have now gone a long way to abandoning the pretence themselves and are holding a “General Members’ Meeting” on Sunday August 17 in the Political Marquee, Red-White-and-Blue Field. The event, which is open to “paid up current BNP members only” is intended to implement a number of constitutional changes. These are mostly pretty banal and written in a deliberately dull bureaucratic style, but the crucial change is that the Chairman is now to be elected for a period of four years during which he cannot be challenged.
This appears to be Griffin’s latest attempt to maintain control over the party (they prefer the term “modernising”) following leadership challenges by Chris Jackson last year and Colin Auty this year. It is likely to be controversial and we understand from our sources (the BNP being a notoriously leaky organisation) that Sadie Graham and others associated with the Real BNP/Voice of Change/Independent and/or Democratic Nationalist faction will be in attendance. Graham’s faction (which has struggled to find a name it can stick with) emerged late last year after Graham and Kenny Smith were expelled from the BNP ostensibly over comments critical of Mark Collett, the party’s Head of Publicity and intially garnered considerable support from disillusioned party members, but appears to have lost this by its failure to openly challenge Griffin’s leadership with many one-time supporters returning to the BNP.
Update: 15th August
Please note that we are asking as many people as possible to be there at 9am (not 11am as some leaflets that are not produced by our campaign say)
Codnor Centre (Market Place)
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The BNP’s Deputy Leader and Press Officer, Simon Darby, has claimed on his blog that the BNP “have now heard that the authorities are happy for the event to go ahead.” Exactly which “authorities” he is referring to is unclear, but he claims, “The only restriction will be noise-monitoring equipment which will be put in place at either end of the site.” These conditions are considerably less onerous than those the police called for at the recent licensing panel at Ripley Town Hall. It’s possible, of course, that Darby’s simply lying, but it may be the first indication that the licence application for the festival will go back to Amber Valley Borough Council (who only adjourned after the last meeting) for reconsideration.
Kirklees Unity have released a statement about an attack on an anti-BNP activist in Huddersfield. If anyone wants an explanation about why the BNP should be stopped, they should read this
See this link
According to the website of “The British Nationalist Youth Movement” (basically a subsection of the BNP’s website aimed at “youth”), the BNP, who claim to “have many young people who would be interested in serving their country,” have invited (or at the very least “would like to invite”) the British Army to send a recruitment team to this year’s Red White and Blue festival. The move follows steps by the National Union of Teacher to have the army banned from schools and educational establishments.
Although the relevant article, which appeared on March 25, promised “MORE TO FOLLOW” (capitalisation presumably being used to underscore their sincerity), nothing further has appeared on the site.
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