Monday, 14 December 2009

BNP 'no-platforms' itself

From This is Kent:

Media ban put on BNP leader’s talk

BNP leader Nick Griffin is coming to Sevenoaks as a guest speaker at the party’s first meeting in the town.

The location and specific details are being kept a closely-guarded secret until after the talk tonight.

Paul Golding, BNP councillor for Swanley, (wrote) in his blog last week:
Despite the criminal actions of the Labour Party in banning the BNP from holding meetings in Swanley, this meeting is going ahead nevertheless. This is not a dictatorship, it is a democracy, and the British National Party and our members, supporters and voters, will enjoy freedom of speech and there is nothing the Labour Party can do about it.
All media will be banned except for one “confidential publication”, and non-members will be barred. Others wishing to join are prevented by the membership freeze in place until January.

Cllr Golding, who celebrated his surprise win in the district council by-election for St Mary’s Ward, Swanley, in February, (added):

We operate on an A-list system. We make an agreement with a certain newspaper that they get exclusive coverage and if they print lies about us or just slag us off they are struck off the list forever.
Michael Fallon, Tory MP for Sevenoaks, said:

It seems an odd way to defend their policies. I hope they decide to rethink their extremist policies – I loathe everything they stand for.
He added he did not believe the BNP were suited to Sevenoaks.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman Alan Bullion said he thought the meeting signified the launch of a BNP campaign across Kent in the lead up to the General Election.
Obviously they have the right to hold a meeting although it seems to me a little suspect they have banned the town’s media.

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