Monday, 31 August 2009

BNP Horror Stories Just a Fabrication

The News of the World published an article, over a week after the BNP's Red, White and Blue Festival at Codnor, Derbyshire, claiming that a toy golliwog was burnt there. Lurid photographs purporting to be taken at the Festival were added to the article. But members present at the RWB have questioned the veracity of the NOTW claims. The following letter, addressed to the Ripley and Heanor News, was written by an eye-witness at the RWB Festival:

"Madam,

"The claims that BNP councillors took part in an alleged distasteful burning of a Golly Doll are a total fabrication. No local BNP Councillors saw or even heard about any incidents reported on the front page of last week’s paper until reading the allegations in the national papers.

"I camped at RWB on the Saturday night, camp fires were not allowed. The site wardens were very quick to extinguish any open fires that were lit even to the disgruntlement of some people; I didn’t see any fires on the camp site. This leads me to agree with our host Alan Warner that the footage published by a national gutter rag was most likely ‘stage managed’. Nevertheless I condemn any and all instances of burning effigies, which is disgusting and definitely not a British means of expression. This type of behaviour is usually the preserve of flag burning foreigners, communists and the freakish assortment of oddballs that protest against the BNP.

"It seems to me that cooked-up horror stories about the BNP are to serve one purpose, to be a distraction from what the BNP really stand for and really do."

Cllr Lewis Allsebrook (BNP Councillor for Heanor West)

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