The British National Party has made history, electing its first two Members of the European Parliament. Andrew Brons was the first to claim victory, taking the last of the six seats in Yorkshire and the Humber after winning 120,139 votes in the region. BNP website story HERE. Perhaps the most balanced and in-depth report provided by the Daily Mail; the Guardian, the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, the BBC all offer reports of varying quality. Non-embeddable video of BBC interview with BNP Chairman Nick Griffin HERE and HERE.
VNN Forum threads HERE and HERE. Stormfront threads HERE
View all British MEP election results HERE.
Meanwhile, the BNP website has just reported that Nick Griffin has become the second BNP candidate to be elected MEP, from the North West region as expected. Story now published by the Guardian.
Described by the Guardian as a dapper, besuited figure who adopts the low-key approach encouraged by Griffin, Brons retired last year as a politics and government teacher at Harrogate College. He then re-entered active politics for the first time since standing five times for the National Front in the 1970s after a brief spell as its leader, which ended in internal quarrels. He joined the British National Socialist party as a teenager. In reaction to his victory, Brons said, "The onslaught against us has been more than against any other party in recent times, but somehow we've overcome it. Despite the lies, despite the money, despite the misrepresentation, we've been able to win through."
Meanwhile, on Sunday evening June 7th, Nick Griffin, who is now reported to have won his MEP seat in the North West region for the party, was obstructed by protesters as he attempted to attend the election count at Manchester Town hall. Crowds carrying "Don’t Vote BNP" banners and chanting "BNP is the Nazi Party" surrounded his car and other party members’ car, smashing a window, and forcing them to turn around. Griffin was later driven to the town hall in a police van, entering via a back entrance while being heavily surrounded by minders and officers. And Griffin had plenty to say to the media.
After the result emerged from across the Pennines, he said: It is a huge breakthrough. We fought this election amid a most horrendous media campaign. It is a historic breakthrough. It is a great moment for democracy. Labour has helped to turn this country into a crime-ridden slum with no industry left. We are not a racist party. We do say this country is full up. The key thing is to shut the door... .When you got to somewhere like Bradford, it is not immigration it is colonisation and it is out of control. We should ensure Christian and democratic values should remain the foundation of our country and everybody should understand that".
Nick Griffin then held forth on Islam, saying that Islam was being used as a battering ram to destroy traditional Christian values. "I have said individuals who are the biggest victims of Islam are muslim women. Their religion is not welcome in significant amounts of this country because it can't sit side by side with democracy. It is a simple fact the elites are going to have to get their heads around and deal with". Some of Griffin's reaction was recorded on this video:
According to another Guardian story, after Griffin secured victory, he took to the radio airwaves again, being interviewed by both Nicky Campbell and John Humphrys. In the appearance with Humphrys on Today programme's 6.69 million listeners heard Griffin in the Radio 4 show's prime interview slot at 8.10am for 6 mins 48 secs – ahead of deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman. And Humphrys quickly turned it into a slanging match. His opening question to Griffin was about the BNP triumphing only because of a collapse in the Labour party vote, but he soon moved on to black and Asian people being barred from BNP membership. Griffin rejoined with the fact that he could not join the Black Metropolitan Police Association and the "huge amount" of racism in this country, saying "overwhelmingly it is directed against the indigenous British majority which is one of the reasons we have done so well in these elections". Griffin then concluded by asking: "Isn't it time that the BBC stopped asking me the same questions and got on with talking about something else for a change instead of being obsessed with race?"
In contrast, Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live, about 20 minutes before Today, was less aggressive than Humphrys and started off by congratulating Griffin on his win. Griffin thought that is was indeed historic, but even here, the discussion soon turned to race as Campbell read out a text from a listener identified as Taz, who said that the BNP would never recognise him as British despite being born in the country because of the colour of his skin. Griffin responded: "I don't believe that they can be English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh because that is something that is ingrained. They are British citizens of Asian origin, I hope they are happy with that. All indigenous people all over the world have certain rights and one of those is to control their own borders so their bloodline and their culture remains dominant in their country without being hostile to anybody else. It is a basic human right. The BBC is obsessed with race and immigration, it would be nice to talk about something else for once".
Details on local and county council victories by BNP candidates can be found HERE. A hearty congratulations to the BNP.