Sunday, 26 July 2009

Update on the mallards

In June, we reported on a female mallard who had made her nest by the pond in the Leicestershire garden of BNP Organiser, Geoff Dickens. It was a precarious spot, having little cover to protect the eggs from predators but the mother cleverly covered them with down and leaves whenever she left the nest.

(pictured) The mallard with her brood

We are pleased to announce that all 8 eggs were successfully hatched. Mother mallard and her ducklings are doing well and have now left the garden for the wilder parts of the Leicestershire countryside.

(pictured) The mallard leads her family away

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Witch -hunt, 21st.century style

Leaders of 6 Christian denominations in Norfolk have signed a statement distancing themselves from Reverend Robert West, who is standing in the Norwich North by-election. The statement was signed by the Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich (Church of England); the Rt Rev Michael Evans, Bishop of East Anglia (Roman Catholic); the Rev Graham Thompson, East Anglia District (Methodist Church); the Rev Richard Lewis, regional minister, Norfolk (Baptist Union); the Rev Paul Whittle, moderator, Eastern Province (United Reformed Church); and John Myhill (Society of Friends).

"It is important for us to do so since the British National Party candidate styles himself as 'Revd' and is often to be seen dressed as a clergyman," they said.

That might be because he is one: see article here

They continue:
"He belongs to no known denomination and voters should not be misled by his adoption of clerical dress. The policies he promotes are not shared by any of the Churches we serve and are contrary to the teaching of the New Testament.
"There we read that in Christ 'there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female' (Galatians 3.28)."

Let Revd. West himself answer that

It ends:
"Christians in Norfolk and Norwich have had a long tradition of welcoming the stranger. We pray that this generous instinct may continue to be celebrated here."

Did they welcome the Romans and the Vikings? That's doubtful, and they weren't very happy with the Jews either. The "Strangers" in the above quote refer to those Huguenots and Walloons, persecuted for their religious beliefs, who came to Norwich, bringing their new crafts, which resulted in increased wealth for the city. But before that, Norwich's wealth and prestige came from English wool, as did many other English cities.

The stance held by these sanctimonious Churchmen is nothing less than a political witch-hunt; one wonders if they are the natural descendants of Matthew Hopkins? Do any of them feel ashamed, and rather foolish now, at the Church's obsessive condemnation of those different to themselves, who were really no more than poor men and women who knew about herbs and country medicine? Who healed the sick in their communities, only to be denounced by hysterical mob-fervour encouraged by the Church?

In their day, the Church of England was reviled and persecuted by the Catholics; then, when Protestants were in power, Catholics were persecuted in their turn. Until the end of the 18th. century, Non-Conformist denominations had to meet in secret, in order not to incur the wrath of the Established Church. Now, they are perfectly acceptable; how are they different from the past? Is it that the Church follows the doctrine of the particular Government of the day, in this particular case condemning a clergyman who has not joined their club? It does appear that way to the layman. Which would be nothing short of hypocrisy, betraying a distinct lack of understanding of their fellow Briton.

Friday, 17 July 2009

July 15th., A Day To Remember

BNP Regional Press Officer, Cllr. John Ryde, writes:

"July 15th was a day that will go down in history.

"This was the day that our party Chairman Nick Griffin MEP made his maiden speech in the European Parliament.

"For many it was the culmination of a 40 year battle to have our voice heard, a day to remember.
It was a day filled with nostalgia too, because later in the afternoon came the unmistakable and evocative sound of a Merlin engine.

"As I dashed out into the garden, right over head flew the Carolyn Grace Spitfire, decked out in her D-Day insignia. This is the second time in a week that she has overflown my village, this time quite low. This is the same aircraft that overflew last years Red, White and Blue Festival and did four circuits.

"Readers of this blog will recall that I also reported a couple of weeks ago on the Battle of Britain Lancaster that was also seen locally.

"So it was with a light heart that I went to celebrate a day to remember with a pint of Britain’s finest bitter. On arriving at my local I was pleasantly surprised to find The Leicester Morrismen were about to dance. They performed their sets with enthusiasm to the delight of the gathered crowds aided and fuelled by pints of the finest Pedigree bitter.

"But there was more. For us old codgers who love a Britain as it was in our youth there was the delight of a fully restored Austin Ruby in all her concours glory brought by one of the Morrismen.

"Well, I have to say that I did toast our heritage, history and those who still love it with an extra pint (or two)

"A nostalgic day that gave me personally a lot of pleasure and a reminder what it is that we are fighting for.."

Sunday, 12 July 2009

"Thugs in suits"

Super smug, UAF claw hammer thug supporting David Cameron had the temerity to call the British National Party “Thugs in Suits”.

Oh dear David, how do you defend the report this week that former Conservative borough councillor John Cort appeared at Leicester Crown Court last week charged with murder ? (Some thug-some suit).

Local activists will recall that the same John Cort, a solicitor, was this time last year exposed in the local Leicestershire media as the worst attending councillor on Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council with only a 14% attendance record.

In the subsequent by-election in the Markfield, Stanton and Field Head ward that his forced resignation caused, our candidate Colin Gilmore secured 263 votes which has given us a sound base on which to build.

Former Tory in a suit, John Cort has been remanded in custody until October charged with murder of solicitor Vina Patel. Her body was found in her office at Cort Solicitors on Blackbird Road. Leicester.

For further information about respectable “politicians in suits” go to

The full story appeared in the Hinckley Times, July 9th., 2009:

"A FORMER borough councillor has been charged with murder.
John Cort, who represented Markfield, Stanton and Field Head as Conservative member for Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, appeared at Leicester Crown Court last week.
"He is charged with murdering solicitor Vina Patel whose body was found in her office in January.
"She was found by a family member at Corts Solicitors, on Blackbird Rd. in Leicester, after relatives became concerned when she failed to meet them.
Cort, 53, of Rutland St., Leicester, and Brian Farrell, 36, of Queensborough Terrace, West London, were both charged, and remanded in custody until a Hearing at Leicester Crown Court on October 9th.
"Cort resigned as a borough councillor last year.
In August, we exclusively revealed that he had attended just 14% of council meetings, although Conservative colleagues refused to call for his resignation.
Last year, group leader,Cllr. Reg Ward, said: 'he hasn't attended enough meetings but he has looked after the people who voted for him.
'The fact that he doesn't attend meetings does not make him a bad councillor'"
Article Here

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Swine Flu information

From the Leicestershire & Rutland NHS site:-

The situation with swine flu has now changed. As swine flu spreads and there is transmission within the community, it makes sense to move from intensive efforts to contain the virus to focusing efforts on treating the increasing number of people who have the disease.

Swine flu itself remains, in most cases, a relatively mild illness, similar to seasonal flu.
If you develop flu-like symptoms stay at home and visit the NHS Direct website and use the online symptom checker, or call the national flu information line on 0800 1 513 513.

Typical symptoms are:
· sudden fever and
· sudden cough

Other symptoms may include:
· headache
· tiredness
· chills
· aching muscles
· limb or joint pain
· diarrhoea or stomach upset
· sore throat
· runny nose
· sneezing, and
· loss of appetite

If you are unsure about your symptoms and need advice, contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647

If you now believe that you have swine flu you should stay at home, then:
· Telephone your GP who can provide a diagnosis over the phone

If swine flu is confirmed, your GP will provide you with an authorisation voucher which your 'flu friend'* can take to a local collection centre to pick up the antiviral treatment. Your GP will tell you where the nearest centre is located. You should not collect the treatment yourself.

* Be prepared - before you become ill, make sure you have identified a ‘flu friend' who can collect your antiviral drugs for you if you need them. A 'flu friend' can be a member of your family, a friend, a neighbour or a colleague. If you know older or vulnerable people, or neighbours who live alone, check to see whether they have a 'flu friend', and think about offering to become theirs.

You should also do the following to protect the people you live with:
·Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and use a tissue where possible
·Dispose of used tissues in waste/rubbish bins as soon as possible
·Wash hands frequently with warm soapy water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to your face, or to other people
·Always wash your hands before eating
·Clean hard surface, such as door handles, telephones and desks regularly using a normal cleaing product.

Stay at home
Go online and check your symptoms on the NHS Direct website, or
Call the swine flu information line on 0800 1 513 513 If you have symptoms
Call your GP on the phone
DO NOT: Visit your GP surgery or A&E in person

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

East Midlands BNP Regional Council Meeting. Friday 3rd July

John Ryde, East Midlands BNP Press and Publicity Officer, sends us this report of the Meeting:-

The East Midlands has “hit the road” running following the recent round of elections said Geoff Dickens, Regional Organiser.

Opening the East Midlands regional council meeting, Geoff said that large numbers of local enquiries that the elections have generated are already being followed up and converted into members. So great has been the increase in new members that Northampton branch has now split in to two groups and the newly formed Erewash group was already out fighting a local by-election.

Regional fund holder James Mole then gave an update on funds. The Peacock Club from which the 2.4 million Euro leaflets were financed still has a healthy balance and is now building for the future. All local branches and groups were in the black. Considering the considerable expense that the elections had cost the British National Party in the East Midlands was financially stable and ready for future elections.

Wayne McDermott, regional elections officer gave an overview in the massive increase in our support, thanking all those who stood as candidates and to all the helpers who had made the breakthrough possible. Wayne then asked for help in the by-elections that are now current in the East Midlands and announced that we now had another three parish councillors. giving a total of 23 parish,6 district /borough and 1 county councillor in the region. Meetings with local activists across the region are being set up to fill the gaps on the map with the new high quality enquiries/members to move the region forward.

John Ryde, regional press and publicity officer distributed copies of a revamped “Good News” leaflet, and stressed the importance of keeping up the door to door leafleting.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Minutes of the BNP Branch Meeting, June 2009

The Meeting was opened and chaired by Geoff Dickens
49 people attended
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and agreed.

Short Organiser's Report by Geoff Dickens:

Geoff said that there were a large number of new enquiries and new members of the party, despite the media whipping up hate. For the last EU elections Geoff and four other members manned phones in a house, this time we had a professional set up in Belfast who processed 60,000 enquiries, and many have since joined.

Election report: [read for Wayne by Pete Cheeseman]

Across Leicestershire we stood 48 of the 52 wards, and in NW Leicester we polled 18.5%, within 2% of coming second overall. Graham Partner was elected in Coalville as a county councillor, our first in the country! We had five seats where we polled above 20%, and four more at just above 19%, These were areas where we had done work campaigning and in three of them we had a district councillor already, but what surprised us was the areas where we had done very little work and still polled extremely well, like Groby and Ratby where we polled 18% without a leaflet or campaign of any sort.
We now need to plan for the coming years, and we need more people to come forward and stand as a candidate, we need more councillors. We are getting used to winning, let's carry on the trend.

Press report by John Ryde:

John spoke about the tremendous amount of opposition to us in the press, where they distort stories, or invent them. Graham Partner e-mailed the Leicester Mercury to say he wouldn't be doing an interview with them, and they quoted him as saying that Nick Griffin was a pratt. Even the Times has invented quotes! Well, if they didn't fear us they wouldn't attack us! The National Union of Journalists are not allowed to report uncritically about us, and don't allow us on the letters column or on phone-ins, however they give coverage to the views of travellers and gypsies. John supplied a print off of the NUJ rules to anyone who wanted one. However the Chartered Institute of Journalists have said that the BNP should be reported on in the same even handed way as other parties. So if you are approached by the media don't say anything but refer them to our Press Officer.

20 minute interval

Guest Speaker: Peter Jarvis

The Act of Supremacy was still in law in this country when 'we' signed up to the EU, which made that signing an act of treason. Since then half of our dairy farmers have disappeared and we import milk – there's no sense in that! When our 200 mile fishing border was reduced to 6 miles we lost 80,000 jobs and a billion a year in wages and sales, there's no sense in that, and because of regulations from the EU many of our post offices have closed. The EU has also closed many of our local abattoirs which means we have to transport animals many miles, not good for them and means using more diesel. It may also cause the spread of foot and mouth.

There was a short Question and Answer session

The collection with teas raised £217.43
The raffle raised £61.80
The next meeting is on 19th September.