Tuesday, February 03, 2009

British Army Personnel Streaming Into The British National Party After U.K. Military Chiefs "Greenlight" Military Participation; Police Still Banned

As a result of a decision rendered by British military command authorities in December 2008 confirming that serving members of the armed forces may join the British National Party (BNP) without prejudice, the BNP reports a steady stream of military members joining their ranks.

And the Salisbury BNP have been a particular beneficiary of this decision. Salisbury BNP have reported an influx of serving army personnel enrolling in the BNP following the recent announcement that military personnel are free to join any party that they wish. “The last month (January 2009) has seen an influx of new members including military service personnel following the recent announcement that they may freely join the Party. A marked surge of drive and energy within the membership has also been apparent and a new secretary and fund holder have been appointed”, Salisbury BNP organiser Mike Chant announced at that group’s latest meeting.

Two group business advisers and a security adviser have also come forward to offer their services. “This has added a whole new level of professionalism to the Salisbury BNP group which will prove highly beneficial both in organisational and financial terms,” Mr Chant continued.

The new secretary made a most informed and encouraging speech about standing for election, having previously served in Parish and District Council capacity. One of the new business advisers also spoke about membership, activism and achieving targets.

More after the jump.

This development dates back to 2008. Because of the ban on police officers joining the BNP, Mr Mike Howson, the BNP National Youth Officer, wanted to find out if military personnel were likewise banned. So he requested clarification of the Army's policy on BNP membership, and in December 2008, he received his answer. Mr. Howson stated the following:

We have now received the following communication from HQ Land Command. The rules are as follows: The policy for the Regular Army personnel is laid out in Queens Regulations Part 14 — Political Activities & Electoral Registration (J5.581 - J5.586). Members of the Regular Army can belong to any political party, including the British National Party, and may attend political meetings so long as uniform is not worn, service duties are not impeded and their actions do not bring the service into disrepute. What service personnel are not permitted to do is take any active part in the affairs of a political organisation, party or movement, or participate in political marches or demonstrations”.

The policy for TA personnel is laid down in TA Regulations Part 8 — Political Activities & Electoral Registration (3.302 -3.303). Officers and Soldiers of the Territorial Army have the normal rights and responsibilities of citizens, less the provisos stated in 3.302 to 3.303”.

This also implies that membership in the more nationalist British Peoples Party (BPP) would also not be prejudicial to a soldier. The BPP is an unofficial ally of the BNP and strives to avoid running candidates in races where a BNP candidate is standing.

Mr Howson added that this confirmation went to prove precisely how biased and politically motivated the police ban was. “There is no justification for it at all, and the army ruling shows that sensible people have no problem with the BNP at all.” Mr Howson believes this could trigger a review of the legality of the police ban against their officers joining the BNP.

A review of the policy seems unlikely at the time, because the police have been much more politicized than the military. Nonetheless, on January 29th, 2009, the Independent reported that two police officers named on a leaked list of British National Party members have returned to work. Pc Joe Cutting, of south London, was suspended last year after his name featured on a list of more than 13,500 members published online. A male volunteer part-time special constable, whose identity is not known, was also named on the list. Both officers returned to work after an internal Metropolitan Police inquiry exonerated them of links to the organisation.

The publication of the BNP membership list, apparently by disgruntled former staff members, provoked uproar. It listed teachers, civil servants, IT consultants and political activists among the organisation's membership. Police forces across England and Wales scoured the list for the names of serving employees as the Prison Service said it would sack any employee found on it.

Officers are still banned from joining far-right organisations, including the BNP, Combat 18 and the National Front, because the police leadership automatically assumes that membership in the BNP would conflict with the duty to promote racial equality. But not all officers support the policy; a poll of 350 officers condcuted by Police Review magazine and reported on by the Daily Mirror on December 24th, 2008 showed the following result:

Question: Should BNP members of the police force be sacked?
-- Yes: 43 percent
-- No: 51 percent
-- Don't Know: 6 percent

The Police Review editor seemed surprised at the strength of the "No" vote.

Analysis: The ban on police membership in the BNP is based upon a bogus premise. It is NOT the duty of the police to promote equality or any other philosophy. It is merely their duty to enforce the law. The British police have been suborned and transformed into a weapon to promote and enforce a political agenda. Fortunately, the rot is not terminal, and can be reversed with enough counterpressure.

Fortunately, the military thinks differently.

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