Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Who is the BNP’s “soldier”?

From the New Statesman:

The far-right party exploits the war in Afghanistan for a propaganda stunt.

The BNP leader Nick Griffin (left), on the campaign trail in Barking.

Today's Metro reports that the BNP leader Nick Griffin, who is standing for parliament in Barking, Essex, was criticised for campaigning alongside a man in army uniform at the weekend. The far-right, anti-immigration party, which is hoping to pick up votes by playing on people's disquiet at the war in Afghanistan, was criticised by a soldiers' charity, ABS, which said there was "no place in the army for racism or politics".

Metro claims not to know whether the man pictured with Griffin is a serving soldier. However, I can reveal he is no such thing: his name is Adam Walker, 41, a BNP member and former teacher who faces being struck off by the General Teaching Council for posting racist messages on the internet during a lesson.

On Saturday he was parading in front of news cameras gathered in Barking to cover the BNP's campaign launch. Asked if he was a real soldier, he admitted he wasn't. "I'm wearing this uniform in solidarity with our boys in Afghanistan," Walker said.



It is worth reading most of the comments that follow this article (click on link for the original) ranging from 'contemptible' to:

It's another blatant attempt by the appalling BNP to associate itself with the honour and glory of the Armed Forces. Sorry. Stolen valour doesn't fool anyone.

The essence of a lie is the intent to deceive, and the BNP attempts to deceive the electorate by clothing itself in the glory of better men and women than they are.

Senior retired military personnel have had quite enough of the BNP attempting to steal the valour of others like this, as you can see here:

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