Panorama: BNP – The Fraud Exposed, BBC One, review. Chris Harvey reviews Panorama’s latest expose about the British National Party.

 The BNP's Nick Griffin campaigning in Barking & Dagenham during the 2010 Election campaign.

The BNP’s Nick Griffin campaigning in Barking & Dagenham during the 2010 Election campaign.
Panorama’s latest investigation into the BNP – there have been two others – was a determined ferret among its financial minutiae that turned up quite a few things that didn’t smell too good. There were accusations of inappropriate use of European funds, some apparently questionable accounting and a suggestion that it had tried to tap its membership for more cash by exaggerating the cost of an attack on its website. The image presented by reporter Darragh MacIntyre was of a party struggling to pay its bills, and acting badly in an attempt to stay afloat.

The BNP’s response appeared to be unlike anything one would expect from a political party. Clearly exhibiting a deep distrust of its interrogators, the BNP behaved furtively. There was a scene of MacIntyre waiting in a car park to meet BNP officials, and being observed from a car across the road. He was then asked to follow the car to an undisclosed location. The scene looked better suited to a programme about backstreet drug dealers than a party with two seats in the European parliament.

And for anyone who had previously been aware of the kerfuffle caused during the filming of the segment when MacIntyre and camera crew arrived for what they believed would be an interview with the party leader Nick Griffin, only to be confronted with a prepared statement and a list of questions about the BBC’s wrongdoings, Panorama’s own footage of the incident was fascinating.

Perhaps more fascinating though was the suggestion of a party turning on itself. There were disgruntled former employees aplenty, but there was also the presence as chief antagonist to party leader Nick Griffin, of the former Young BNP leader Mark Collett, for many years the party’s publicity director.

Collett himself had been the subject of a TV documentary, the 2002 Channel 4 programme Young, Nazi and Proud. After the airing of the 2004 BBC documentary, The Secret Agent, he was charged along with Griffin of inciting racial hatred. The two men were acquitted of the charges in 2006, and celebrated together on the courtroom steps. In April last year, Collett was reportedly arrested by police on suspicion of making threats to kill Griffin.

As soon became clear on Panorama last night, he is no longer a fan of the party leader.

From the Daily Telegraph. Story by . 11.10.11

Editorial. We at Liveraf are not normally fans of the Tory Daily Telegraph, but this piece of reporting puts the matter fairly well. The article is wrong in one respect though. The present fiasco is symptomatic neither of the BNP’s current near bankruptcy nor of a party turning in on itself. It is symptomatic of a collection of thugs and fascists who, despite being roundly rejected by the electorate, think they can lie and cheat and buly and steal their way into power. Just like their mentor did in Germany 78 years ago.


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