Pictures emerge of Wirral BNP candidate in Hitler salute pose
Joe Killen, left, gives Heil Hitler salute Picture by Chloe Pattie
WIRRAL’S only BNP candidate says he “no longer has time for Nazism” after photographs emerged of him performing the infamous Heil Hitler salute.
Joe Killen, who is standing in local elections for Birkenhead and Tranmere ward, was shown in a series of pictures with his right arm raised to imitate the salute of allegiance to the German Führer.
And in one image, Mr Killen is photographed standing with another man in front of a wall with graffiti reading “White Power”.
However, following the picture’s publication on anti-racist online blog “Hope Not Hate” Wirral’s BNP spokesman dismissed Mr Killen’s actions as “pranks” and insisted that he has since matured.
“We think it’s better to integrate angry young men in the democratic process rather than to leave them out on their own.
“Also, if the Leftist media didn’t keep on and on about the Nazis, everyone would have forgotten them by now.
“It’s all in the past and fortunately it’s going to stay there.”
But Simon Cressy from Hope Not Hate said Mr Killen and his colleagues are trying to “pretend” they are not racist in a bid to pick up votes.
He said: “The BNP have tried to con the voters recently by wearing a suit and tie in the vain attempt of pretending they are ‘respectable, non-racist’ politicians.
The British National Party is fielding Mr Killen in the forthcoming local elections on May 3, while its leader Nick Griffin represents the borough in the European Parliament as a Northwest MEP.
From the Wirral Globe . 19.04.12
Editorial. It is strange that the Globe should have felt the need to contact Hope Not Hate over this, since Liveraf broke the story several days ago, and used the self same photograph which appears above. What’s more we are right on the Globe’s doorstep. While it’s nice to see the Globe helping with Joe Killen’s publicity campaign, if they’d come to us, we could have told them some very interesting facts about this candidate.
Moreover, despite the BNP spokesman’s claims that Mr Killen’s flirtation with Nazism “was a long time ago”, the photo caption says it was taken by one Chloe Pattie. A brief surf of the Internet gives her current age as 21, and reveals that until last year she was a photography diploma student at Southport College. Reading between the lines it appears to have been taken as part of an assignment for her diploma A long time ago? Doesn’t sound like it to us. Doesn’t sound like Killen has changed his spots or his Hitler salute either.