Written by Ketlan Ossowski
Let me first wish you all a very happy New Year and then offer my apologies for not posting anything on my personal blog on the Searchlight website since early November.
Gerry Gable, the editor at Searchlight magazine, has asked me to undertake a serious research project for the magazine. It’s something I am more than happy to do, as Gerry and I have worked well together for several years in the intelligence field that Gerry has led on since Searchlight’s inception in May 1964.
The only downside is that it will leave me with very little time to keep up with my blog. But we both feel this new project would be an excellent way of using my time.
My regular contacts can still contact me via the magazine if they have any news they think may be of assistance in fighting the fascists and racists.
In the meantime let’s all keep up the battle.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:33
Written by Ketlan Ossowski
The EDL at Norwich. EDL 150 - Anti-fascists 1500Add a comment
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 November 2012 04:58
Written by Ketlan Ossowski
The EDL's version of a Trojan Horse...
It's a laugh a minute with the morons of the English Defence League. Obviously upset at seeing the continuing decline in numbers attending their demonstrations/piss-ups, the EDL leadership decided to take a lesson from ancient history and chose to invent their own Trojan Horse, instantly resulting in 53 arrests on Saturday, including those of Kevin Carroll, British Freedom Party candidate for Police And Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire in next month’s election and Tommy Robinson a.k.a Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, still unaccountably the leader of the ailing EDL.
The antics of the EDL remind me more of the Keystone Cops every day.Add a comment
Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2012 12:15
Written by Ketlan Ossowski
A well-known forum currently has a discussion around the question of what the BNP might have achieved without Nick Griffin's never-ending dictatorship chairmanship. Bearing in mind the fact that every BNP-related forum is swamped with angry ex-members rather than supportive current members, who appear to be in a distinct minority, the conclusion generally is that Griffin has single-handedly ruined the party intentionally or simply through incompetence.
Rather more interesting though, is the original statement that started the discussion. This seems hardly to have been questioned, leading to the suspicion that, generally-speaking, former BNP members seriously believe the party could have achieved extraordinary things politically without its current leader.
Even with its current leader, it managed to achieve a fair amount at its peak. A couple of MEPs, a member of the Greater London Assembly and fifty-five councillors is not, after all, to be sneered at, even if they were largely elected as a poke in the eye to the established parties rather than because the general public believed they were worth putting into office.
The BNP's delusional membership though - and to a large extent, even angry ex-members - believe that it could have done so much better. How much better? Here's a few sections of the original post detailing its lack of potential:
'Probably around 40,000+ members.'
The BNP at far and away its most popular could only muster up around 10,000 members, probably a good deal less. Nobody knows what its current membership is, though guesstimates range between 2 and 4,000. The days when it could possibly have gone on to a 40,000-strong membership are long gone following a succession of useless, inept and criminal councillors who showed the public exactly what could be expected from the BNP when it stepped into the council chamber.
'An activist base on the ground that dwarfed the main parties.'
Most regions - let alone towns - have NO BNP presence at all. Birmingham, for example, used to have several sections that had to be broken down to be managable. Now there's barely a single section that hardly supports itself. Blackpool used to have one of the largest branches in the country and now it barely qualifies for branch status at all. This is reflected across the UK.
'Meetings that were protected from Reds due to a large volume of individuals prepared to protect Nationalist gatherings.'
"Reds" is BNP code for anyone who stands in opposition to the party. Those who oppose the BNP tend to do so in noisy but peaceful ways, such as having a demo outside while watching self-important dimwits like Clive Jefferson beg the police to arrest us for protesting. On the other hand, BNP meetings in my area resulted in two attacks on female protestors after the demo's were over and they were walking home.
'RWB that regularly attracted thousands of people.'
The BNP's Red, White and Blue gathering was a giant piss-up complete with extreme noise problems, drink-related violence, idiots with weapons wandering around, the odd threesome and a bit of golliwog-burning for good measure. Is ANYONE surprised that the RWB has failed?
'Table top sales in every town centre'
There aren't enough BNP activists to have a table-top sale in every major city and the ones that actually happen are generally driven off by the hostility of the public and/or spontaneous (and again noisy) demonstrations. For a party that claims its membership is committed to its cause, it don't half scuttle off quickly at the sight of the opposition.
'A large activist base that could be called upon to protest against mosques, leftist meetings etc, at the drop of a hat.'
The only way Nick Griffin can kid anyone that there is a BNP activist base of any size at all, is by attending EDL events and pretending that everyone there is a BNP supporter. This won't be possible for much longer anyway because the EDL activist base is drifting away faster than Griffin's lot.
'...quite possibly MPs.'
I almost choked reading that. Here's a prediction I'm willing to make publicly - the BNP will NEVER get an MP under the first past the post (FPTP) system that is practised in our democracy. Under some kind of idiotic proportional representation (PR) scheme, maybe, but that will never replace FPTP in the UK - ever.
'Most of all an...activist base who would have the support of large swathes of the population.'
The BNP just hasn't got it yet - not even the people who have left in anger or despair. The party is loathed by 'large swathes of the population' and nothing will change that. If you don't believe me, reflect on the fact that a recent by-election earned the BNP a glorious 27 votes. Bonkers Bill Banana and his Talking Dog from the Raving Loonies could have got more than that but at least they'd have given the voters a laugh.Add a comment
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 11:50
Written by Ketlan Ossowski
Nick Griffin, ever a man to jump on a passing bandwagon as long as it conforms to his many prejudices, has decided to make life difficult for the gay couple who yesterday won their case against the owner of a bed and breakfast for discrimination.
Michael Black and his partner, John Morgan, had booked a double room at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast back in March 2010, run by Susanne Wilkinson, via email. When they arrived, Mrs Wilkinson refused to let them stay in a room with a double bed.
The Recorder at Reading County Court awarded Mr Black and Mr Morgan £1,800 for what she termed 'injury to feelings'. The Recorder, Claire Moulder, said that by refusing the couple access to a double room, Mrs Wilkinson had 'treated them less favourably than she would treat unmarried heterosexual couples in the same circumstances'.
Mrs Wilkinson, who is a practising Christian said today;
'We believe a person should be free to act upon their sincere beliefs about marriage under their own roof without living in fear of the law. Equality laws have gone too far when they start to intrude into a family home.'
A business, whether it's run in a family home or not, has to conform to the law. If you're not happy doing that, you shouldn't be running the damn business.
Nick Giffin, however, disagrees. And, what's more, he's prepared to use terror tactics to make his idiotic point. Here's a section of his Twitter feed from earlier today, condensed into readable paragraphs;
'If anyone can give us address of the 2 bullying 'gay' activists who've won case v Christian B&B owners, we'll hold demo for rights of all home owners, gays included, to rent or not rent rooms to whomsoever they wish.
So Messrs Black & Morgan, at [home address]. A British Justice team will come up to Huntington & give you a bit of drama by way of reminding you that an English couple's home is their castle. Say No to heterophobia!'
Excuse my language but the man's a fucking idiot. This is not just a home - it's a business. If he can't grasp that much, there's no hope for him (not that I ever thought there was). A business, no matter where it is carried out, has a different set of rules that have to be abided by. In this case, the rule is that discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is, quite rightly, not allowed, no more than turning away a couple who were black, Jewish or disabled simply because they were black, Jewish or disabled.
If the British are known for anything, it's for a sense of fair play and justice. Okay, maybe this is looking a bit hollow in the wake of the government's constant attacks on the weakest and most vulnerable in our society, but the general populace would agree that a sense of fair play was essential to the idea of any kind of British character. This, added to the fact that nobody really seems to care whether someone is gay or not - largely because pretty much everyone knows someone who is gay - leads to the conclusion that people want fair play for gays - by which term I mean LGBT, and yes, black, Jewish or disabled people, too.
Instead, Nick Griffin proposes to get a gang of thugs together, including presumably the not in the least Reverend West, the BNP's vicar who is not by any stretch of the imagination a bona fide vicar, to terrorise Messrs Black and Morgan simply for being gay and very properly standing up for their rights under the law.
The BNP - the party of law and order? I don't think so.
* Since I posted this article, Griffin's Twitter feed has been blocked and his threat has been reported in numerous newspapers, on websites and radio stations. Naturally, Griffin will love this - just a few words on Twitter and it appears that he's doing something. He isn't, of course, he never does anything, but the illusion of activity is enough to excite the few BNP activists that are left in the party. Cambridgeshire Police are looking into the matter, examining the tweets and will interview all concerned. Griffin's enthusiasm for making threats - even though they're unlikely ever to be fulfilled - may backfire on him on this occasion. Let's hope so.Add a comment
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 02:35