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The Socialist 30 June 2009

Militant action pays!

Militant action pays!


Decent jobs not poverty schemes!


Victories show the way forward for struggles

Total's fat fingers in every pie

"We came out with Lindsey and we'll go back with Lindsey"


New Labour's house building plans amount to just a drop in the ocean

Pride not profit - London Pride Saturday 4 July

Crisis looms in FE colleges

Tower Hamlets demo

Councils try to gag us

Campaign to save Lewisham Bridge school continuing

Fast news

BNP: Looking beneath the suits


National Shop Stewards Network Conference Confident and enthusiastic


25 years ago: Liverpool - a city that dared to fight


Glasgow council: Social work dept staff start all-out strike

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets march and rally

Construction industry in major crisis

 
 

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BNP: Looking beneath the suits

THE BRITISH National Party (BNP) diligently cultivates its new image of smart suits and 'legal' respectability. But their recently elected MEPs (BNP leader Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons) contradict this image. Griffin studied history and law at Cambridge and Brons lectured in politics and law at Harrogate college, but they have had run-ins with 'the law' over their extreme racist ideas.

In the 1960s Brons was a member of the National Socialist Movement, open admirers of Adolf Hitler, who were responsible for an arson campaign against synagogues. He then joined the National Front (NF) where he stood as candidate and edited their far-right manifesto in the 1983 election.

In October 1983, Brons led NF supporters handing out leaflets in Leeds city centre, shouting slogans including "white power" and "death to Jews". When a police officer of Malaysian origin asked them to disperse, Brons replied: "I am aware of my legal rights. Inferior beings like you probably do not appreciate the principle of free speech." Brons was convicted of using insulting words and behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace and was fined 50.

Nick Griffin had read Hitler's Mein Kampf by the age of 13, and joined the NF when at public school. He later led a breakaway NF faction with fascist Roberto Fiore, who was wanted by Italy's police after the bombing of Bologna railway station in 1980 which left 85 dead and 200 injured.

The BNP has 'moderated' its public image, but its leaders' violent, fascist past will always come back to haunt it.

Keith Whitehead

In this issue

Militant action pays!


Youth fight for jobs

Decent jobs not poverty schemes!


Socialist Party editorial

Victories show the way forward for struggles

Total's fat fingers in every pie

"We came out with Lindsey and we'll go back with Lindsey"


Socialist Party campaigns

New Labour's house building plans amount to just a drop in the ocean

Pride not profit - London Pride Saturday 4 July

Crisis looms in FE colleges

Tower Hamlets demo

Councils try to gag us

Campaign to save Lewisham Bridge school continuing

Fast news

BNP: Looking beneath the suits


National Shop Stewards Network

National Shop Stewards Network Conference Confident and enthusiastic


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

25 years ago: Liverpool - a city that dared to fight


Workplace news and events

Glasgow council: Social work dept staff start all-out strike

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets march and rally

Construction industry in major crisis


 

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