Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 14 May 2008

The BNP have no solutions...

...and no clue!

Protesters confront BNP GLA assembly member Richard Barnbrook, photo Bob Severn

Protesters confront BNP GLA assembly member Richard Barnbrook, photo Bob Severn

On the morning of 9 May our second protest against the British National Party (BNP) took place as the newly elected Greater London Assembly met for the first time since the election on 1 May. Called by International Socialist Resistance and Youth against Racism in Europe the protesters arrived at City Hall at 9am.

Paula Mitchell and Suzanne Beishon

We were immediately presented with a golden opportunity when the BNP assembly member Richard Barnbrook emerged from City Hall to have his photo taken.

Surrounding him with our placards, we were described in the press as "jeering at him". Yes, we did a lot of chanting, but for the benefit of any workers or youth who may see the protest on the news, we also put the case that the BNP have no solutions to the problems we face.

Barnbrook wanted to be smooth and politician-like in front of the press and took care not to say anything about immigrants or representing white people.

He tried to undercut our position, claiming to be against cuts and privatisation. Had we seen his budget for Barking and Dagenham with a 0% council tax rise?

Protest against the BNP after the Greater London Assembly elections, photo Sarah Mayo

Protest against the BNP after the Greater London Assembly elections, photo Sarah Mayo

Yes we had seen it - the zero council tax increase is achieved by over 5 million of cuts to children's services, translation services etc! And what about the BNP councillors in Stoke or Kirklees who voted for cuts and privatisation and tax increases - or don't even bother to turn up to the council chambers?

Barnbrook handily didn't know anything about that. So we explained it to him - the BNP pretend to be the party for the white working class but when they get in the council chamber they preside over cuts, the same as the three main parties.

He claimed to support ordinary workers' fight for decent pay, saying he is a teacher. Was he on strike alongside his fellow teachers fighting for decent pay? No, he's not in a union.

Barnbrook had the temerity to claim to be a better representative of workers than Arthur Scargill (miners' union leader in the 1980s strike) and Derek Hatton (deputy leader of Liverpool city council in the 1980s, when it was led by Militant supporters), repeating the poisonous lies of the capitalist press against both.

Real alternative needed

But we told him that when socialists ran Liverpool City council they built thousands of houses, created thousands of jobs and built a mass movement of the community and trade unions in Liverpool to fight for more resources from Thatcher's government - something the BNP could never achieve.

We said: "There needs to be a massive fight for decent pay, against cuts and privatisation, to defend jobs and services. To do that working people need to unite against our common enemy, the big business bosses.

"But the BNP will never do that, all they do is create division, set one worker against another. We do need a party for working-class people, but not a racist party like his - we need a new party capable of uniting all working-class people."

London meeting: How can we build a campaign against the BNP?

7pm 20 May, University of London Union (ULU), Malet Street, London WC1

Called by International Socialist Resistance and Youth against Racism in Europe

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 14 May 2008:

NHS under threat

Unison witch-hunt

Unison witch-hunt: Rory Bremner and Mark Thomas speak out

Anti-racists protest at Unison witch hunt

Unison witch-hunt: Defend the four lobby of hearing

International socialist news and analysis

Burma cyclone disaster: Wealth and privilege put before aid

60 year anniversary of Israel: Can there be a resolution of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict?

Scottish National Party: One year in power - but little for workers to celebrate

Global capitalist crisis: Confidence in a socialist future

Socialist Party women

Defend and extend abortion rights

Ladyfest: culture, politics and women

Socialist Party news and analysis

What will Boris Johnson mean for London?

Campaign for a new workers' party: conference 2008

Price rises hit workers

Don't evict Ricky Jones!

The BNP have no solutions...and no clue!

Sussex students uphold 'no platform'

Students 'study-in' in Manchester

Opposing cutbacks in Lincolnshire

Why Labour lost Bury

Socialist Party workplace news and analysis

Left wins in PCS executive elections

North west shop stewards

Saturday 28 June 11.30am-4.30pm

Wales TUC: Right wing attack on democracy

Socialist fighter honoured by lecturers' union

Socialist Party review

Review: 'Marx in London' by Asa Briggs and John Callow


Home   |   The Socialist 14 May 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleWhy I joined: "I hope that more and more people are going to join the Socialist Party and the fight to end inequality"


triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: "You can't have capitalism without racism" (Malcolm X)

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Young people need socialism!

triangleJustice for Tube cleaners demo


triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: Racism and capitalism, the link

triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: The Marxist view of history

triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: Opposing zero hours contracts


triangleNasty party out the Tories

triangleCWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Justice for Tube cleaners demo



Salford Unison condemns pay cuts


Royal Mail

CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike



Carlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP



Don't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish



No more fire deaths - ensure safety now!



Cardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg


John McDonnell

Manchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation



Join the Orgreave Halloween rally



Workplace news in brief


Democratic rights

Who's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights


Northern Ireland

Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs



Too much to cross the Mersey


Royal Mail

Set for national strike action



Supporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

triangle18 Oct Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice