Liverpool BNP Campaign in Disarray
Last week’s revelation that Karen Otty, Liverpool BNP’s secretary, and candidate for Anfield in the coming council elections, attended English Defence League demonstrations in defiance of Nick Griffin’s orders, has got local fascists rattled. (See both our own coverage and Vote No To The BNP.)
The information came from Otty’s own Facebook page (which vanished sharpish when the story broke). Liverpool BNP organiser, Peter Squire, was furious that one of his candidates had shot herself in the foot so soon in the campaign. He ordered local party members to quit using social networking sites until after May 6th for fear that they might reveal more unsavoury truths about themselves.
Some did stop, but others, perhaps less attuned to the effect that their real views might have on the voting public, didn’t bother, and kept posting their violent racist filth online. One charming example comes from Huyton drug user and BNP member, Eddy Luby. On April 13th he posted the following threat to Muslim women:
These views aren’t hard to find in the BNP. This racist thug is threatenging to assault women in the street without even having the brains to keep his intentions private. Do us all a favour Eddy, spark up another joint and knock yourself out – you are most useful to society and your party when you’re unconscious.
But online fiascos aren’t the only problem affecting Liverpool BNP’s doomed election campaign. The party tried to stage an illegal march on Allerton Rd on Friday April 23rd. The ‘march’ consisted of Peter Tierney (yes him – the one who’s in court on June 14th charged with assault with a camera tripod!) driving his landrover and, bizarrely, three nutters dressed as crusaders walking in front banging drums! Anti-fascists got wind of this and raced up to Allerton Rd, only to find that local people had already pelted the ‘march’ with fruit and water before it was broken up by police!
The election campaign has brought Liverpool BNP’s internal divisions into full view as well. For a long time, Gary Aronsson was listed as the PPC for Knowsley, only to be turfed out of the seat after rows broke out over whether or not to accept the new membership rules forced on the BNP by the courts.
They have also racially abused him online, claiming he is Jewish and revealing the disgusting current of anti-Semitism prevalent within the party.
On the ground, BNP candidates and members are being forced to go out leafleting individually (careful now – remember Allerton Rd!) as they are so few in number and can’t call on fascists from outside Liverpool to support them as they usually do.
Meanwhile a large team from Liverpool Anti-Fascists delivered thousands of leaflets in the BNP’s target seats yesterday and today, and will do the same again, and again, and again, until the truth behind this fascist and racist party is plain for all to see.
More news as we get it – including details of Liverpool BNP’s planned stall in the city centre on election day – that’ll be fun!