keresaspa: (Anti-Nazi)
When I think about it Oswald Mosley retired more or less on his own terms and was still pretty much held up as somebody to be admired by his successor (and then some; Jeffrey Hamm was one of the biggest brown-nosers walking). Beyond that, whenever an extreme right party leader in Britain has ridden off into the sunset it has always turned into a farce. In the National Front A.K. Chesterton was essentially told not to come back near the party he set up, John O'Brien sold his story to This Week, John Tyndall bitched and crabbed from the sidelines until he got back, John Kingsley Read split off to form his own National Party, Tyndall (again) split off to form his own New National Front, Andrew Brons split off to form his own NF Flag Group, Patrick Harrington split off to form his own Third Way, Nick Griffin split off to form his own International Third Position, Ian Anderson split off to form his own National Democrats and who cares what happened to the complete nobodies who followed him. Meanwhile in the British National Party Tyndall was again a thorn in the side, undermining Nick Griffin at every wheel and turn and facing regular expulsions and court cases as he used his little Spearhead magazine to make as much trouble as he possibly could.

As such the news that Nick Griffin has been expelled from the BNP should come as about as surprising as the time Yogi used the woods for a crap. It's the extreme right disease, they just can't take it when their moment is over and to be honest I'm surprised it has taken as awkward a git as Griffin this long for his meltdown to occur. As ever you could describe somebody as not playing well with others it's old One-eyed Willy. How long it is before he sets up his own little splinter group remains to be seen (although if it's more than a year I'll be surprised) but either way it is at least another nail in the coffin of the increasingly irrelevant BNP, whose comparative growth from about to 2003 to around 2008 seems like a lifetime ago now. The sooner UKIP starts to go the same way the better.
keresaspa: (Anti-Nazi)
So a fond farewell then to Nick Griffin who turned the BNP into the most successful extreme right party in terms of holding electoral office since the British Fascisti only to blow it all in the standard orgy of in-fighting and bitching that characterises such morons. That and the emergence of the batrachian Nigel Farage who completely stole his thunder by a combination of populism, balancing blatant racism with token ethnics and convincing gullible idiots that a privately educated commodities trader is the definition of an ordinary joe.

As much as I hated Griffin I suppose you have to give him props for knocking it out rightly for so long, be it his Evolan mystical days in the early 80s with his close personal friend Patrick Harrington, his International Third Position days of harbouring wanted terrorists (turned MEPs), his spell on the sidelines spewing out anti-Semitic bilge for Combat 18, his BNP opposition days of conspiring against John Tyndall or his leadership in which a dyed-in-the-wool Holocaust denier suddenly decided he quite liked Jews and hated Muslims. In the meantime he has seemingly alienated everybody he has used on his way up, be it Derek Beackon, Sharron Edwards, Mark Cotterill, Richard Barnbrook, Sharon Ebanks, Eddy Butler, Lawrence Rustem, Mark Collett, Andrew Brons, John Bean, Jim Dowson or several others and, after leading his party to unprecedented levels of representation (albeit a handful of councillors and a couple of MEPs), saw them sink like a stone.

So that's the last we'll see of Griffin as I'm sure he'll follow the lead of Oswald Mosley, Arnold Leese, Colin Jordan, Martin Webster, Michael McLaughlin, Tyndall, Brons and the rest of the rabble into quiet retirement. And pigs'll fly. No doubt he'll be back before long, griping about something or setting up some silly little vanity project bearing a name previously held by some Social Credit-supporting groupuscule in the early 1930s to absolute indifference from all except a few wizened old has-beens. In the meantime the BNP can continue their lurch into oblivion, no doubt with a bitter divisive feud over the leadership, featuring the standard raft of allegations about the sexuality of each candidate. Their time is over, their position taken by UKIP and, to a lesser extent given their own highly divided nature, the English Defence League and the time for old One-Eye to make his way to the scrapheap of history is long overdue. Ta-ta, Nicky and thanks for the memories. Until your big comeback in a few years with a "think tank" or "journal" make sure you close the door on your way out.
keresaspa: (Cartman)
I've been desperately trying to take some crumb of comfort from these election but I can't. Swept on by the biased "reporting" of the BBC and all the tabloids bar the Mirror, those hateful shits of the UK Independence Party have come top in the European elections and done fairly well in the council elections (although their head cheerleader Nick Robinson is talking shite by calling 163 councillors out of 2,101 an "earthquake"). If there's any justice they will follow the lead of the now virtually irrelevant (outside Pendle at least) BNP and become victims of their own success. After all the BNP's brief period of success in the early to mid 00s led to to them splitting into several little factions and saw their thuggish, frequently barely literate, councillors make total prats of themselves at every opportunity. Mind you, the BNP were fighting against a cordon sanitaire, something UKIP won't have to worry about given that they had the sense to get in some tokens in advance. I swear if I see Nigel Farage's hateful, smug, buck-toothed, squinty-eyed, batrachian face once more I'm a gonna kick this screen in! And an especial boo to all the Rangers-supporting knuckle draggers in Scotland and all the forelock tuggers in AndWales for following their English masters in electing that rabble too. Pish on the lot of you.

Elsewhere Little Miss Le Pen has come top in France to show that the British lurch to the extreme right is not unique. Given France's unusual history with right-wing extremists (along with Italy, it's the only Western European country where being a self-declared neo-fascist is no bar to a leading role in public life, as the likes of Alain de Benoist and Dominique Venner have demonstrated) and the mess both major parties have made of government it's no surprise but still a real shame. Meanwhile in Finland the rightist Finns Party have added an extra seat, the Poles have returned their usual quota of hardcore Catholic racists who claim the label "centre-right" with straight faces and even in Greece a left-wing victory has tempered by three seats for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn. Stygian gloom the continent over.

Locally we are still waiting on the final results of an election held last Thursday but so far, as I predicted, Sinn Fein have topped the poll and Anderson is back in, with Diane Dodds likely to follow soon. Ho-hum. beyond that it's pick-a-dick between Jim Nicholson, Alex Attwood and Jim Allister for third place with Anna Lo not in the running and bloody UKIP even managing twenty odd thousand votes here. In the local elections the Sinn Fein vote pretty much held and, whilst the DUP shed support, it all seems to have gone to the Ulster Unionists (for reasons unknown) or rewarded the bigoted Strasserism of the Progressive Unionist Party or the reactionary High Toryism of the Traditional Unionist Voice. In among all that the dissident republican campaign got nowhere, with Eirigi, Republican Network for Unity and various independents getting almost nothing (OK, one exception but I'm not much of a 32 County Sovereignty Movement fan personally). Hell even bloody UKIP managed to get three seats here and the total mess that is NI21 took one. If I am to finally take that one crumb of comfort I spoke of earlier it will be from the good people of Black Mountain electing Gerry Carroll, a man I very vaguely know, to Belfast City Council instead of yet another faceless Sinn Fein nobody. On his own and stacked up against the cabal of the big five I can't see him being able to make any real impact on the new council when it finally splutters into life next year (that's right, the old council is continuing for another year in a colossal waste of money) but the fact that somebody, somewhere was prepared to vote against oppression and for the people is heartening anyway.

Now if you'll excuse me I think I'd like to find a pile of coats to hide under for a while.
keresaspa: (Henrietta emo)
You all knew.

You all knew about the racism. You all knew about the homophobia. You all knew about the misogyny. You all knew about the massive expenses claims, the corruption, the xenophobia, the sheer bloody lunacy of the whole shower of them.

And yet you still voted for them. You still made the choice that these maniacs were the people you wanted to represent you locally and on the European stage. No longer can Britain claim to be an oasis of tolerance and no longer can it sneer at continental Europe for it has now given a sizeable mandate to a party whose entire basis is intolerance. Even Alan Sked has recognized that the UKIP monster he created has abandoned its sole purpose as an anti-EU party to make a landgrab from the BNP and yet the British electorate happily endorsed that shift. Never mind the hatred, feel the protest. All the scandals, all the warnings, all the evidence that this is a party of bitter, hate-filled extremists counted for nothing in the end a nation of bigots played its hand and demonstrated that the radical right is what it wants.

We've been forced to endure four years of brutal monetarism and now something even worse is being endorsed by the voters. A future of a Conservative-UKIP coalition looms, with the NHS gone, human rights abolished, the police given a free hand to discriminate at will and unemployment an imprisonable offence, all because you can't stand the immigrants.

The need for a united Ireland and a path away from this unfeeling cruelty has never been greater. The thought of Northern Ireland under a Cameron-Farage alliance is too grim to countenance. A Union Jack flying from every building, the Stormont Parliament restored, Fenian enfranchisement scaled back and every republican area subject to permanent curfew with army bases a fixture. If this is the future then it's time to rise up and reclaim our destiny by any means. Scotland, take your chance and run from these lunatics while you can.

My sentiments exactly.
keresaspa: (Mikado)
So, once again on Saturday the centre of Belfast is to be off limits to all as it is taken over by loyalist marchers, this time an outfit calling itself Loyal Peaceful Protesters, essentially the UVF, sundry hangers-on and a bunch of young junkies threatened with having their drug debts called in if they don't march.

As leader of the Progressive Unionist Party and nominal leader of the protest Billy Hutchinson argued that yet another unwarranted disruption of people's lives over a piece of cloth and the right of sectarian bigots to celebrate UVF murderers in front of their victims "is legitimate and lawful and will also highlight the other issues that are impacting on working class Protestant communities, including increasing poverty." The most depressing possible thought is that Hutchinson actually believes that although I suspect it is just what he has to tell himself to get through the night.

At heart I suspect Hutchinson is a genuine man of working class politics but he has completely painted himself into a corner down the years and is now flailing around in a desperate attempt to justify to himself his decision to crawl into bead with the extreme right. The protests are about flags on City Hall and the fact that republicans don't want Orange Order and paramilitary flute bands passing their houses and have sod all to do with increasing poverty, an issue that impacts upon both communities equally and which is being ignored by the major parties and the British government overlords to which Hutchinson is avowedly loyal. If he really believes that poverty can only be solved by a sectarian approach then maybe Hutch has willingly gone over to the extreme right and is seeking to position himself as the Otto Strasser of loyalism.

In a way his options are limited. There was a time when Hutchinson was a big cheese in the UVF but these days he is cocky on the biscuit tin, flailing around desperately trying to gain some influence but increasingly ignored by the true leaders. He preaches working class politics and the fact that loyalists (and no one else) are suffering poverty but yet he happily hitches himself to the UVF and its drug dealing empire and intimidation of the same loyalists, counting UVF commanders like Winkie Irvine amongst his party colleagues. Billy can soothe his conscience all he wants with fantasy stuff about flag and march protests being about social issues but he knows fine well they aren't and that they amount to nothing more than nakedly sectarian shows of strength by the UVF.

The increasingly irrelevant Martin McGuinness recently broke his silence on the affair by suggesting that the protest was being orchestrated by the UVF before adding that he had heard rumours about Francis I being a member of the Catholic Church, but frankly his opinion is of no consequence as he has happily allowed it to go on. The same goes for the execrable Teresa Villiers - if Belfast is indeed open for business then how about you put in an appearance on North Street on Saturday afternoon, Teesy? Thought not. Interesting too that what is increasingly taking on all the trappings of fascism and has the vocal support of the BNP, National Front and other fringe extremist groups is being totally ignored by Anti-Fascist Action and the rest of the self-declared hard men. But that's the way it always has been here - a privileged group sees aspects of its dominant position eroded and it screams no fair and rises up, completely unopposed by the republicans who, as usual, are satisfied with the merest of scraps from the master's table.

Is there poverty in loyalist areas? Yes, but how is that going to be addressed by stupid and pointless rabid nationalism and flag waving? Poverty didn't suddenly appear the day the union jack came down from city hall and if it went back up tomorrow it wouldn't suddenly disappear, no matter what cloud cuckoo land ideas Billy Hutchinson might be trying to convince himself of. Take your concerns to the DUP, disrupt their lives and above all stop voting for them and stop welcoming a rabid monetarist like Nelson McCausland to your protests when his stated desire to copy the frankly evil policies of Iain Duncan Smith will only push those already in poverty further down instead of wasting all your energies on bigotry. And above all stop attempting to make poverty a sectarian issue and instead reach across the religious divide to the underprivileged of Ballymurphy, Turf Lodge and the rest of the republican sink estates instead of emphasising the constructed differences that your masters made to keep us all down in the first place. Or to put it in more simple language, fuck flags and fuck marches, stop being such lumpenproletariat idiots and then you might start to see poverty being tackled.

The whole "shared future" argument is a load of old bollocks, an attempt by Peter Robinson to neutralise the Irish unity argument by downplaying the sectarian aspects of the British dimension. Yet it's somewhat ironic that the loyalists, who, after all, are the ones who trumpet the importance of Britishness the loudest, are the only ones to vocally object whilst Sinn Fein continue to buy into the whole farce, despite the clear contradiction that a future cannot be shared by two communities who want diametrically opposed conclusions to their situations. On Saturday, once again, Loyal Peaceful Protesters will assert their ethnocentrist identity and I'm sure they'll live up to their name as the event will no doubt pass off peacefully as it is difficult to initiate clashes when you are completely unopposed.

Edmund Burke may have, for the most part, talked wall to wall crap but he was onto something when he opined "all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing". Now, by no stretch of the imagination is McGuinness a good man but alas it seems that the few good men republicanism has left are happy to follow his lead in doing absolutely nothing in the face of rabid sectarian hatred. The bigotry and hatred is something you get used to - it's always been there and always will be. But when resistance dies what is left? Sickening.
keresaspa: (Shakuni (Gufi Paintal))
What a thoroughly depressing set of results from the local elections. Leaving aside the inevitable, and well deserved, losses for Clegg's collaborators we are left with a situation where the top party in the most brutal and heartless government in years suffers only moderate losses, the left gets nowhere as usual and, worst of all, a sizeable chunk of the electorate decides that the right people to serve as local councillors in charge of street lights and bins are members of a party whose only policies are at a national level and can be summed up as "wogs begin at Calais".

The continuing collapse of the BNP, something I predicted some years ago you'll remember, is heartening but it is ruined by the fact that so many votes have gone over to their posher, public school-educated cousins in the UK Independence Party. I am on record as being no fan of Boris Johnson and his ways but I can at least understand his appeal to a certain section of people as he represents their fictitious view of what being English is about - bumbling, upper class twits who are endearing and quintessentially English, the sort of people who think queuing is something to be proud of and are obsessed with that bloody "Keep calm and carry on" thing. But Nigel Farage, an oily yuppie of the sort one could easily imagine coming in to asset strip a dying Christmas hamper company, delivering the news that customers will be getting neither money nor wicker baskets full of food this yuletide before awarding himself a £2 million pay-off? What is the appeal of this snaggle-toothed gargoyle? OK, I can see why the chinless vermin who "work" in "The City" might see his appeal but what could anybody else possibly like about this diminutive, self-serving, self-publicising bastard? I'm not a great supporter of the European Union but frankly I really fear the dystopia that will follow Britain's exit as human rights legislation is torn up and right-wing governments do what they like to their citizens in the name of security. The Daily Mail might focus on the odd extreme case (and more often than not, make others up) but if the straight choice is a capitalist UK in the EU or a capitalist UK with internment, constant snooping, unlimited detention on remand and the death penalty then I'll take the EU, thanks. And to those morons who say "you need only worry if you have something to hide" - show me somebody who doesn't have something to hide and I'll show you the most boring man in the world. Do you really want a government that can look into your extra-marital affairs, those Justin Bieber MP3s you keep hidden, your dawdling on sleazy porn sites or the tax-dodging booze and fegs you order from eastern Europe? Thought not.

That the reaction of a significant number of voters to a cuts-happy government is to vote for a party that claims to be completely Thatcherite and is one of the few parties that would probably cut deeper than the Tories says a lot about the sort of lumpen morons who are voting these days. However the failure of the left to provide any real alternative is another huge problem, and one that has existed for several years now. Let's face it, there is no left-wing alternative in British politics. You have a supposed focus whose credibility has been shot to pieces for some time in George Galloway, a man who now seems to divide his time equally between trying to convince himself that something as right wing as Islamic fundamentalism is a basis for a socialist party, that rape isn't a crime if you agree with somebody's politics and that a great way to build unity is to alienate as many people as possible. Then you have a bunch of posh boys waving around their Euston Manifesto who are frankly about as radical as the Women's Institute. Finally you have the groupuscular left up and down the country, convinced that they are about to lead a revolution tomorrow on the basis that their recently joined tenth member has access to a van but who refuse to work with that mob on the other side of town because they have a picture of a beardless Trotsky in their HQ/only active member's bedsit.

I despair of it all really. Xenophobia and monetarism rule the day and the prospect of there being any meaningful change is ever more remote as we lurch towards a nightmarish future where a brutal, uncaring government has its few checks and balances removed and is given free rein to crush at will. Hell in a bloody handbasket.

Still, never mind, eh?!
keresaspa: (Chaplin Modern Times)
So, it has finally happened. The status anxiety mob, raised on a diet of "we are the people" and Protestant ascendancy on the one hand and knowing their place and serving their masters on the other, have finally decided to found their own extreme right majority supremacist party. I spoke at great length (to zero interest) about the Ulster People's Forum and their relationship to the extreme right so I'll not rake over old ground but I will point out two unusual quirks about the latest addition to right-wing extremism:

1. "Protestant Unionist Loyalists" might have been kept down by their masters in the mainstream unionist parties but do they really believe that the man to properly represent their interests is the millionaire Jim Dowson? As much as I loathed the lasted extreme right loyalist leader, George Seawright, at least he lived among them on the Shankill and had to make ends meet as a taxi driver rather than having umpteen businesses and money spinners on the go. I also wonder what the other "Protestant Unionist Loyalists" in the new party would make of his close relationship to the very very Catholic Justin Barrett? And if memory serves in his waste of trees "The National Way Forward" didn't he advocate the Republic of Ireland reclaiming a big chunk of Northern Ireland for their own? Doesn't sound very Unionist or Loyalist to me.

2. It's a good thing that their website states that they have "no political ambitions" because they have sod all chance of winning any power. The National Front and the BNP were both rejected out of hand so there is no desire for the extreme right and, despite the high profiles afforded to them by the media, the Progressive Unionist Party and especially the Ulster Democratic Party never made any real dent in the big two's support so there is clearly little to no desire for political loyalism either. Still at least it will allow Willie Frazer the chance to keep a close watch on activities and report back to his people *wink*.

And if PUL is what they now want to be called does that mean that William McGrath and John McKeague could legitimately be called PULPs? I'll leave you to work out what the second P stands for. It's shame Liam Adams isn't a PUL too, I suppose.
keresaspa: (Percy Sugden)
It occurred to me today whilst negotiating the joys of the Metro service on the Cregagh Road that isn't it high time we had a formalised bus etiquette put in place about when it is polite and when it is impolite to change seats. It's already a slightly uncomfortable situation for cold northerners to be forced to sit beside strangers but guidelines about the acceptability of moving really need to exist. Today a slightly shifty looking middle aged man took up residence in the seat beside me, there being no free double seats available, so fair enough. Before long one or two were available but he remained in situ which again was fair enough as moving at the first possible chance might come across as a little insulting. Before long however there were six or seven double seats going begging and yet my travelling companion saw no need to take one. By the time it had come to my stop there were three of us on the whole bloody bus and yet I was still wedged against the window by Mr Nevermove. OK, I know I'm oozing animal magnetism (well, I'm oozing something anyway) but there is such a thing as personal space. With this in mind I call for the creation of a new addition to the list of life's unwritten rules, namely that once there are five free double seats it is perfectly acceptable, nay desirable, to get up and move to one. Go tell it on the mountain.

And speaking of creepy buggers who won't piss off I see that Bertie Ahern is to be expelled from Fianna Fail for sleaze. As expulsions go this is right up there with the time that Sharon Ebanks was kicked out of the BNP for anti-Semitism (rather than being half Black, which of course had nothing to do with her expulsion whatsoever). What next, somebody being kicked out of the Tories for being a smug, self-satisfied, public school tosspot? Good Lord, being sleazy was practically a prerequisite for Fianna Fail membership in the days of Charlie Haughey and Albert Reynolds so the sudden pretence of being purer than the driven snow is frankly laughable. The Failures love their sleaze and always will and when Michael Martin's secrets eventually come out he will look very foolish over this.
keresaspa: (Piggy Banks)
As long term readers of this will be aware one of my most consistent targets for venom down the years has been Silvio Berlusconi. As such it is with some joy that I greet the recent news that we are to be rid of the little shit. Again. Obviously we have been here before so I welcome his departure with some caution as the other Teflon Don has a tendency to come back from anything and will no doubt join the cockroaches in the post-nuclear holocaust world. But surely, finally this has to be the end of the road for Il Cavaliere as a politician at least. Mind you, given what he has come back from in the past I am not fully convinced. Let's remind ourselves of a selection of his previous crimes, none of which have inhibited his place as Italy's political godfather since the 90s.

• Berlusconi was a member of the Masonic lodge Propaganda Due, a shadowy extreme right group involved in the 1980 bombing of Bologna in which eighty people were killed and which was active with extremist movements and regimes in Latin America, including with the Dirty War in Argentina. He got off in 1990 after an amnesty was declared for members of this mass murder organisation.
• He has consistently been shown to have been linked to the Mafia, dating back to his early years in business, but has always dodged prosecution through shady means. When he was younger and looked like a human being rather than a capuchin monkey wearing an orange ski mask he proudly advertised the fact that he packed heat.
• Down the years he has bribed more judges than I've had hot dinners and yet has always weaselled out of prosecution, usually through the statute of limitations, something that has got him away with more crimes (including a litany of tax evasion and embezzlement) than you've had hot dinners. To think that Berlusconi sought to present himself as a clean new broom after the mess of Mani pulite!
• He formed governments with radical right parties such as the Lega Nord and the "post fascist" Alleanza Nazionale and then later admitted the Alternativa Sociale into his rag-bag coalition. Under the leadership of former nude model Alessandra Mussolini this alliance of unashamedly fascist parties included the Forza Nuova of Roberto Fiore, a veteran of the neo-fascist terrorist networks of the 1970s. We all know I detest David Cameron but could you really see him forming a coalition with the BNP and English Democrats and then later adding a bloc consisting of the National Front, British Peoples Party and the International Third Position?
• He sullied the good name of our own Tessa Jowell by forcing her against her will/entirely without her knowledge/it never happened (delete according to which excuse she is currently using) to become involved in bribery.
• Bunga bunga. Not only did the whole grubby affair sum up the crassness of this poor excuse for a human being but it also demonstrated how much he blew with the wind. He supposedly learned it from his great mate Colonel Qaddafi but as soon as the tide turned against him Berlusconi rushed to get sticking the knife in. With friends like that etc.
• Lest we forget he still faces trial for bonking an underage girl although I have no doubt that he will worm his way out of that.
• He claims to be a serious politician and yet he gets plastic surgery that makes him look like a burns victim, he flaunts his sexual proclivities in public despite having Veronica Lario at home (and despite consistently trying to present himself as the bastion of the Catholic vote), he brands German politicians Nazis despite sitting in government with self-declared fascists and praising Benito Mussolini as benign, he consistently makes racist jokes about Black people being “tanned” (not least at Barack Obama), he tries to make rape into something to laugh about, he makes crass jokes at the expense of his own people left homeless by an earthquake and tells a litany of crap and offensive jokes directed against (in no particular order) gays, Jews, women, the Spanish, Muslims, the Chinese and the Finns. And he releases albums. Albums, for God’s sake!
• And above all the regular public appearances made by his revolting, shrivelled penis mean that he is the biggest criminal to ever walk the face of the earth. Put it away you horrible old man!

There is an interview that they frequently show in which Tony Blair is grilled by Jeremy Paxman over his relationship with Richard Desmond. At one point (around nine minutes in) Blair visibly squirms as Paxman reads out a list of Desmond's rather more salacious publications. Could you imagine the same interview taking place with Silvio Berlusconi instead of Tony Blair? He would probably get to his feet and start thrusting his emboldened member into the camera. Such is the measure of the man who has been the absolute disgrace of Italy for two decades and has done more to damage the good name of the country that gifted the world the Renaissance since Mussolini. I hope upon hope that this is the last the world sees of the tight-faced old bastard but I retain the fear that his clammy hands will be back on the steering wheel before too long, inaugurating another corruption-riddled government of porn stars in which he uses public money to fun his own taste for whores. Good riddance but please don't come back.
keresaspa: (Pam Ayres)
So by a mere nine votes old one eye is still leader of the BNP in what could prove to be a final victory. There can be a little question about it - the BNP are fast becoming a spent force. On the face of it all the things are in place for them to be riding high, be it the growth of the extreme right in general across Europe, the emergence of the English Defence League, a group made up of the BNP's natural support group, the fact that we have a government that is determined to attack the poor and vulnerable or the fact that we have an opposition that seems to exist only to endorse the government's hate-filled attitudes. Instead the BNP's support has gone into the toilet and it is continuing down the well-worn road of extreme right in-fighting. Not a month goes by without Griffin dealing out another round of expulsions and no doubt Andrew Brons and his followers will be the next to go, with Brons re-emerging at the head of another silly little party that will last a year or so before giving up the ghost after a couple of double figure vote tallies in Birmingham. In some ways Brons is a more personable sort than Griffin and might have been a better choice as leader (although his involvement in Colin Jordan's openly Nazi National Socialist Movement would have always been a potent way to discredit him) but he is still a comparative nobody and if he does invent his own party nobody will vote for them. As a politically relevant force the BNP looks dead - the desire for their sort of hate-filled rhetoric is unfortunately still there but thankfully they are much to amateurish to take advantage of it. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

And in other news am I to assume we are under yet another bloody denial of service attack?! Does this blasted website ever work anymore?
keresaspa: (Anti-Nazi)
Coverage has been given virtually nowhere to the BNP's earth-shattering decision to react to having their arses handed to them at the recent elections by unveiling a new logo (available as a mouse mat - don't all rush at once). Consensus on those forums that have chosen to cover this momentous event is that the new logo is a Tory rip-off and I must concede that the shimmery effect is reminiscent of that stupid tree effort favoured by the bluenoses. Well if a new emblem can rehabilitate one mob of evil right-wing scumdogs then why not another? Still, let us not allow a disservice to be done to the province as the bigots here were years ahead of the mainland with this little piece of hard-arsed nationalism. Yup when the "United Unionists" took their stance against the Good Friday Agreement and started the DUP on the road to governing under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement (figure that one out) the Union Jack heart was the emblem of their unsuccessful "have a heart for Ulster" campaign. I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure that Willie Frazer used the self-same logo for his Love Ulster fiasco although all but the most cursory mention of them has been expunged from his day job as a professional victim. Some site that, opening with the claim that FAIR is "a non-sectarian, non-political organisation" before going onto to spew out thousands of words about how the Troubles was all about the IRA and no innocent person was ever killed by the loyalists or security forces. Either way I reckon Willie might have used the Union Jack heart before the BNP too and I wouldn't want to give him yet another reason to be a victim by not giving him credit. There there Willie, nobody had anybody killed in the Troubles except you and your mate Billy Wright was a lovely man.

Sorry, I seem to have gotten a bit sidetracked there. But to sum up, nice idea BNP but the British love heart thing was done here years ago. Original ideas desperately needed I reckon.
keresaspa: (Ivy the Terrible)
So far the elections have delivered one big surprise - there are wicked selfish bastards in the United Kingdom who think that the malevolent David Cameron has done a good job with his constant crapping on the poor. What else can explain the fact that his evil party have gained control of three councils and 61 councillors as the results stand and two seats in Wales? How "I'm alright, Jack" can some people get?! And shame on Wales for letting itself be lead around by the nose as the afterthought in the "England and ..." conjunction by turning away from Plaid Cymru. At least the Scots got it right by voting SNP. As oily a sod as Alex Salmond is, and I personally wouldn't trust the great lump as far as I could throw him, England's retreat into conservatism and the fact that it is never mirrored in Scotland makes the union about as attractive a proposition as Kim Woodburn in a bikini for a country that suffered so much under Thatcher.

For the Liberal Democrats the inevitable kicking has ensued, just as it should have. Everybody knows what the Conservative Party are about and so if you vote for them and get monetarism you have no right to complain. But the Liberal Democrats were elected on a platform avowedly to the left of Labour and are now spending their days propping up the most cuts-happy government in memory. Back to the drawing board for them, starting with the order of the boot for Clagknot, Calamity Cable (a man who has made Frank Dobson seem efficient) and anybody else associated with the ConDem junta, a withdrawal from the coalition and a period on the sidelines wringing your hands in the hope that some day somebody might forgive your wicked collaboration. Back to the drawing board too for Ed Miliband - true, Labour has made gains but hardly at an earth-shattering rate and if you can't duff up a government as wholly rotten as the current squad of bastards then something has gone seriously wrong.

Good also to see that the BNP has taken a right hiding and it might well be that the writing is on the wall for that lot. In typical extreme right fashion they have been stuck in internal bickering mode for the last few years and it is really starting to take its toll on them. Back in 1980 the British Democratic Party, the New National Front and the Constitutional Movement all left the National Front and set in place the collapse of that devilish mob as some went off on a Julius Evola-Codreanu path and others went off on a Jean-Marie Le Pen kick, meaning that by 1986 there were two National Fronts and by the mid 1990s three other groups in the Third Way, International Third Position and National Democrats had emerged, leaving the NF as an afterthought with a couple of hundred members. I'm not suggesting that the exact same thing is about to happen to the BNP but they look very short on ideas, especially now that the English Defence League has hoovered up most of the mouthbreathers, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the significant divisions that already exist ripping them apart. Fingers crossed anyway.

And as to my neck of the woods...well, who knows? Apparently the Electoral Commission here only hires blind people with dyscalculia before tying their hands behind their backs and yelling random numbers at them at irregular intervals during the count. Well, what else could explain why every election we are at least a day behind everywhere else when it comes to announcing results even though we have the smallest population of the four bits that make up the Disunited Queendom? Mind you, there were so few candidates in some seats that they would be as well just dealing the seats out to the big parties without even bothering to count votes. And I had better shut up now as I don't want to give the gruesome twosome any ideas.
keresaspa: (Chaplin Modern Times)
I caught a bit of the BNP's broadcast for the Assembly elections earlier and saw some old duffer with big ears whistling his way through a bunch of clichéd old crap about "people like us" and tithing of income, not to mention a sudden diversion into attacking their most hated rivals - wind farms. Plenty in there to convince me to vote for them, assuming I had a lobotomy between now and 5th May (and assuming I moved to East Belfast as they aren't standing round my way). Of course the chances of them getting elected here are sod all. People in Northern Ireland may be filled with hatred and may be as racist as the next guy but they care far too much about the border to start backing English blow-ins whilst as long as they are organised by a self-styled "super Prod" and plaster their leaflets in red hands they'll not get a sniff of the Fenian vote despite their being plenty of racism there too. It was nice also to see that they are still calling their leaflets name of town + Patriot. Griffin has been shilling that line for ever ten years now - time to change the record, old son. We might even get a return from the ever-friendly Jim Dowson although, seeing as he loves throwing his money at lost causes, he might be just as well served converting to UKIP who will also be gracing us with their presence. A British Movement sticker on Peter's Hill (what is this 1980?!) and a couple of National Front stickers near the Annadale flats notwithstanding the BNP will quickly find that whilst their poisonous message might find receptive ears the old bigots who agree with it will have no intention of switching from the same unionist mob they always vote for. Waste of time lads. Still if they want to throw good money after bad who am I to tell them not to?

And if I may digress from the script for a second I would like to end by crowing about a fine win for Albion over Sunderland on Saturday. To come from trailing at half-time to win 3-2 is a tribute to the positive effect that the still undefeated Roy Hodgson has had on the squad and I was glad to see Odemwingie and Scharner, two top class captures by Roberto Di Matteo, getting amongst the goals as they have both been top notch this season. Unlike the BNP's chances we are staying up!
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When the current ConDem junta began its vicious, fat cat-supporting cuts I commented to [ profile] burkesworks that a side effect of his then mob's involvement in such an iniquitous government, after winning their seats on a platform nominally to the left of Gordon Brown's rabble, might end up being the future further marginalisation of the Liberal Democrats. Yesterday's by-election result suggests that might be the case already. OK, so Barnsley Central is about as solid Labour as they come but for the last two elections the Salads have finished second with around the 17% mark so to fall to just over a 1000 votes and finish behind a no name independent and a BNP candidate whose first name is nearly an arsehole is a clear snub. It stands to reason of course, given that Clagknot has been abandoning manifesto pledges and supposed ideological convictions in pursuit of power like there is no tomorrow but it again leads me to wonder what the Liberal Democrats as a party are getting out of the coalition. Yes Clagknot and Cable are getting bigger money and the chance to swan about in expensive suits and feel important but what about the rest? Reaping the whirlwind springs to mind.

And now Day 4 )
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So that was the election that was, I suppose. After all the hype the whole thing feels a little pointless. Talk of deals about this and that is being bandied about like there's no tomorrow but for me there is an inevitability that it will all fall apart and that we'll be forced to endure the whole farce again in a couple of months. All in all we're left with a situation where all the Liberal Democrat hype proved to be so much hot air but, despite taking a bath, they have every chance of ending up in government, assuming the children can stop squabbling for five minutes. Good old democracy, full of shite as usual.

Change all round was trumpeted but it was revolting to see gits like Alan Duncan, Tessa Jowell, Frank Field and Hazel Blears retaining their seats despite all being bastards of the first water. Further proof, were it ever needed, that you could put the right coloured rosette on a pigeon in certain places and the morons would still vote for it. However there was some pleasure to be taken from the whole mess as we bade a fond farewell to Lembit Opik, Jacqui Smith and Charles Clarke. Opik has always got on my nerves with his fame-hungry ways and his uncompromising physical ugliness although I don't imagine for a second that I have seen the last of him as if anybody was built for the reality TV circuit its Bangor's favourite son. With any luck though PC Big Ears and, best of all, Jacqui Smut will disappear to the scrapheap of history where they both belong. I'm also glad that amidst the carnage neither Dennis Skinner nor Jeremy Corbyn were sacrificed as they are about the only two MPs I have any respect for. A pity, though, to see Dai Davies booted out in Blaenau Gwent for some faceless Labour nobody but I suppose that constituency was due a duff decision after bucking the trends for so long.

As to the others I care not a jot about that Lucas woman but the growth in support for the UK Independence Party was a worrying trend as it is disappointing to see that people are still falling for their line of shite. There again as much as I can't stand John Bercow I am glad to see that he beat Nigel Farage into a cocked hat. For all the macho posturing that old Kamikaze adopts he took the wimp's way out this time by challenging the Speaker and as such got what he deserved when he didn't even manage to finish second. It was also great to see Esther Rantzen getting her just desserts but shame on the 1800-odd idiots who actually voted for the witch.

In contrast it was heartening to see that short shrift was given to the English Democrats everywhere that they stood. They may have token ethnic members but the English Democrats claims to being anything other than extreme right are bollocks, especially given that their candidate in Rossendale and Darwen was Michael Johnson, a man who previously sat as a councillor for the England First Party, a group miles to the right of the BNP. How desperate must they have been for candidates when their chap in Havant was a Bogeyman?! But well done to the Lib Dems on a candidate named Aladdin in Leicestershire South, although the three wishes didn't work this time. Mind you the mind boggles equally at the Peace Party who apparently had a hacksaw in Horsham. But, talking of the extreme right, I was equally glad to see the National Front getting what for (except for that 4.9% in Rochdale - shame on them). We really didn't need them back, especially now that Eddy Morrison is back in the fold. And what do you know - the Third Way staggered into life in Eastleigh with predictable results. The melange of libertarianism and fascism that they offer clearly appeals to nobody. Finally what about the character in Bradford West - any ideas about this one [ profile] burkesworks? He looks a pleasant chap I don't think!

As for the BNP themselves as expected they were no nearer the big breakthrough that they keep imagining they will get and the policy of putting about a load of candidates probably counted against them with some derisory results and a big bill waiting. Of course, it wasn't all rosy as they did score some individual results of note e.g. 8.9% in Barnsley Central, 8.6% in Barnsley East, 10.4% in Rotherham, 9.4% in Stoke South, 9.4% in the awkwardly named West Bromwich West, 14.8% in Barking for Griffin, 11.2% in Dagenham and 9% for Sharon Wilkinson in Burnley. And speaking of Burnley I would like to break with tradition and extend congratulations to a Liberal Democrat. Gordon Birtwistle has been a worthy foe of the BNP for years and he deserves his turn in Parliament. Nice one, old son. As for the rest of the BNP's results there were some nice moments there too, notably Andrew Brons coming a cropper in Keighley where it was even nicer to see that spite remains the watchword on the far right as his former charges in the NF ran against him. Equally glad to see Patricia Richardson in Epping Forest, Eddy Butler in Harlow and Lawrence Rustem in Woolwich getting nowhere. Mind you I am still to see the local election results....

In my neck of the woods of course the big news was the demise of Peter Robinson, which I have already covered in the last entry. Still good riddance, now let's hope he leaves Stormont soon too. Elsewhere it was the final annihilation of the now completely pointless Ulster Unionists, whose link-up with the Tories proved an absolute disaster. Plus well done to Michelle Gildernew of Sinn Fein on holding Fermanagh and South Tyrone in the face of the challenge from Rodney Connor. Don't let anybody tell you that sectarianism is gone when the boys will still come together to ensure one of their own gets in. Hard luck, lads! Still I imagine that talk of a more formal alliance between the DUP and the UUP will kick off in the not too distant, probably once Reg Empey has been put out to pasture. Nice work as well by Jim Allister and his Traditional Unionist Voice (or "True Ulster Voice" as that heavyset man fronting Sky News' coverage thought it was) who proved about as successful as I predicted that they would the last time I decided to waste my typing fingers on them.

All in all a lot of fuss over nothing after a campaign that left me extremely weary and dreading the prospect of a rerun (a prospect which I fear remains all too real). Cameron and his big talk didn't cut the mustard as he failed to get his precious majority, Clagknot and his big talk didn't cut the mustard as he actually lost seats and we are left with the possibility that, despite being the worst Prime Minister since Alec Douglas-Home, Gordon Brown might still be around for a while yet. Like I said at the beginning pointless!
keresaspa: (Idi Amin)
Well, it seems the inevitable has happened and the BNP are due to admit non-white members. This was always bound to happen sooner or later, especially as Nick Griffin has been shilling it for a while now. Of course the whole "indigenous British" thing has always been a bit of a red herring anyway. The case of Sharon Ebanks has already been covered here enough times but there a number of examples of members whose claims to be "indigenous British" according to the BNP definition have been shaky at best and who nonetheless did not face expulsion like Radwell's wee girl. Former councillor Italian Nick Geri, current councillor Turkish Cypriot Lawrence Rustem and sometime candidate Sharif Gawad (who is the very definition of 'mixed race') all stand out as examples of people who are hardly indigenous. Heck, even former big wheel and bomb aficionado Tony Lecomber was said to have used the aliases Tony East and Tony Wells because his name sounded too French.

Overall I can't really see this having too big an impact. There will of course be hardliners who hate the change and who bugger off to join tiny little groups even further to the right but this happens over some imagined row or other every few months anyway. Besides if any of these groups mattered a jot they too would find their membership rules under scrutiny from the courts. Equally I would be surprised if there was a sudden onslaught of non-whites wanting to join because of the change. I don't imagine policies on immigration and repatriation will change so why would anybody want to join a group that is effectively saying "you can join but we really don't want you". A propaganda stunt featuring membership for Rajinder Singh seems inevitable but more as a media event and an exercise in tokenism than anything else. Maybe one or two critics will also join as a statement before promptly leaving but I imagine that any moron joining in the hope of being a proper party activist will soon have to get used to regular kickings just like Rustem already has.

All in all the move was inevitable really but hardly momentous as just because something becomes legally possible it does not mean that it suddenly becomes the norm. After all there is nothing to stop a Catholic from joining the DUP but any that did could expect everything from "Fenian" jibes to being murdered for their trouble. Sure, there will be departures and the inevitable angry exchanges of blog posts, possibly incorporating yet another membership list leak, but they are as much a feature of the BNP as men with shaven heads and small wangs or hefty women with peroxide hair. In a few months it will be forgotten as the departed members bicker over money for new parties squandered on drink with the BNP continuing to be their usual unlovable selves just as the Vlaams Belang have in Belgium. Storm in a teacup.
keresaspa: (Terry-Thomas)
Kudos to Clare Short for today's performance. I'm still very much of the opinion that this inquiry is a toothless waste of time that is as likely to punish Blair as Sean Connery is to put in a believable acting performance but I still enjoyed seeing a lady of some principle letting Tony have it over the head with her proverbial umbrella. Were there any justice Blair and that oily little Goldsmith person would be in the dock but the world doesn't work like that. Nevertheless, nice one Clare - today you are a credit to South Armagh.

Elsewhere it happened quite a while ago but I have only just heard about it and therefore, despite the fact that I imagine at most two of you have heard of him, it is my duty to announce the death of Tony Halme. If ever anybody was going to have a sensationalist death it was always going to be the artist formerly known as Ludvig Borga, although my money would have been on the standard arteriosclerotic heart disease inevitably suffered by heavy steroid users. If ever anybody summed up what is wrong with Vince McMahon's size matters policy it was Halme who despite, or perhaps because of, his ridiculous physique was what I believe the kids call a "hot mess" in the ring. Still being a just awful wrestler wasn't enough for Tony who also found time to be a bad shoot fighter, a tolerable boxer, a star of Gladiaattorit, an alcoholic (well, it is Finland), a gun nut and a politician. As a member of the extreme right anti-immigration True Finns the 'Viking' sat in the Finnish Parliament, spouting about how Tarja Halonen was a lesbian before admitting that he was maintaining a political career despite huge gaps in both his short and long term memory. Indeed his career as a celebrity politician on the right was not so much Frank Carson's conversion to UKIP, more like an alternate universe where the BNP does decide to admit non-white members and Norman Smiley becomes the first one. I don't wish to be insensitive but if ever anybody was going to have their name attached to the phrase "took his own life with an illegally held gun" it was always going to be Halme.

Well that's all. Hospital appointment tomorrow so keep me in mind won't you. Bye for now.

and stuff

Nov. 12th, 2009 07:21 pm
keresaspa: (Blazing Saddles)
So it's time for a by-election again apparently, as somebody looks to replace that repulsive Martin person for a couple of months. I'm not personally sure that it is worth all the expense given that this current mob will be out in the not too distant future but I suppose it is another opportunity for them to take a bit of kicking. Or not seeing as the electorate in that constituency were moronic enough to vote the Speaker in last time despite a perfectly reasonable bunch of other candidates being on offer. For my part I'll never understand people who bother to vote for the Speaker when they know rightly that they only exist because of the silly little conventions in Westminster. I suppose they're the same sort of people who mouthed off about banning smoking in bars despite not having set foot in one in their lives. You know - morons! Voting is pointless enough as it is without voting for a candidate whose sole purpose is to never express an opinion and instead to act as a glorified Jo Frost to a bunch of overgrown toddlers.

But what of the candidates on offer? No surprise to see the standard issue thug running for the BNP. Let's hope that Scotland continues its good record and hands him the usual derisory vote that his mob are used to getting up there. Disappointing meanwhile to see the SSP and Solidarity both standing, as well as a Socialist Labour candidate. Like the left wing vote will not be thin enough to start with it then has to be broken up even more due to personality clashes. Shame. The TILT chap appears to be trumpeting his left-wing credentials too, although judging by that website he is not so much on the left as round the left bend.

I also notice that this by-election is bringing about the previously threatened outbreak of celebrities against people taking money for nothing that I previously ranted about. Mind you, my earlier assault on Esther Rantzen notwithstanding, I didn't realise that the campaign would run out of people so quickly and be forced to go for the real z-list rather than the ultra-famous like the great Esther. We might have expected at least a Tony Roper or a Paul Coia but some Big Brother reject?! I had assumed that the whole point of the initiative was that the slebs were already super-rich and so would not be corrupted by the offer of fringe benefits but, unless he has a secret billion pound business empire that he failed to mention whilst trading his dignity in return for a shot at 100 grand (or whatever the prize money is), I rather suspect that Mr. Hughes would canvass voters with the catchphrase "vote for me...give us your odds, then". And whilst we're at it that baggage handler has had his fifteen minutes of fame and the whole Jury Team business has already ran its course. Ideology and values might be out of fashion in this age of showbiz politics but I don’t think even this society is po-mo enough to vote for a party that has a complete lack of policies as its only policy.

Meanwhile, one guy who certainly doesn't deserve any votes is the ridiculously named wannabe Action Man Mev Brown. According to Mev’s brilliant interpretation the Troubles was just about the Provisional IRA. So all those people killed by the loyalist paramilitaries, the RUC and the British Army were something completely different, I suppose. Nothing more appealing than a Tory Scotsman pontificating about Northern Ireland, is there? I don't know about you, but I rather get the feeling that his two favourite haunts are Murrayfield and his local Loyal Orange Lodge. Still, there is some sanity left as he is yet to attract a single comment on his daft little election blog. I bet he calls his bicycle Desert Storm!

Well that's all I can say about it. Realistically an SNP win will be a decent result, even if the man in question only ends up getting a couple of months of paid mortgage arrears and free plugs. Nice work if you can get it, I suppose.
keresaspa: (Enoch was wrong)
Well Nick Griffin on Question Time was really rather a non-event, was it not? Inevitable I suppose as it had been built up into the single most important event in the history of the universe when really it was just a fringe racist appearing on a show that is little more than after dinner speaking crossed with a glorified bit of playground name-calling but in the final analysis it was a bit dull really. His performance was quite poor and somewhat hesitant but I'm already seeing coverage suggesting that he was ambushed and allowing him to play on the sympathy vote. I won't be surprised if they turn it into a triumph yet. It didn't help that Jack Straw spent most of the time being evasive about immigration statistics, that the Tories sent a woman in Sayeeda Warsi who only seemed to be there to be a bit of totty (mission accomplished mind, eh, phwoarr, eh) and that the Liberal Democrats sent the most boring man in the world in that poor Huhne character. God, imagine getting stuck beside him on a train journey! I suspect he keeps bees or grows marrows and feels that it is perfectly acceptable to talk for three hours straight on that subject to total strangers. Bad choice by the old LibDums there.

Fair play to Bonnie Greer who at least made Griffin look a fool over the whole indigenous British trip but I wonder how much the historical accuracy or otherwise of Griffin's racial theorising will matter to the average moron who is considering voting BNP. Not a fig would be my guess as long as the BNP keeps on presenting the cheap answers of blaming "them immigents" and "Islamofascists" for unemployment, housing shortages, the lack of junket in shops and the death of Leslie Crowther. Plus the interminable debate about Winston Churchill was a snoozeathon to my ears. He won a war singlehandedly of course (news to Roosevelt and Stalin I imagine) and was the greatest Briton ever ever ever but he was a colonialist and Islamophobe whose views on race were typical of the Cecil Rhodes/Rudyard Kipling/James Wentworth Day white man's burden paradigm that dominated the white, upper class of his time. By today's standards those views are highly racist. Yes it was a different time and place but it would be silly to claim that Churchill was something that he was not and an anti-racist the baggy-faced old coot never was. All in all a mauling for Griffin which resulted in him looking a tad foolish as well as somewhat victimised. I hope it is the former that the voters remember but I have a sneaking suspicion that it might be the latter. For once Peter Hain might be onto something as in the long run it could prove a boost.

Anyway that's my take on the whole debacle for what it's worth (sod all, sunshine). I must go now as I have just bought one of those Billy bookcase things from Ikea and it needs filling. Conformity or what?!
keresaspa: (Anti-Nazi)
Oh dear. A long time ago I used this platform to attack Jack Straw for his hijab outburst. The whole thing had too much of the whiff of Jacques Chirac and his use of 'laïcité' as an excuse to attack freedom of expression. However now it seems I might have to start respecting him (ever so slightly). I've always felt that by ignoring the BNP you paradoxically feed them as it makes their simplistic arguments look unanswerable. Better instead to confront and point what rubbish they are talking lest people accept their rantings as truth. Whether or not Jacko will have the wit of Griffin is another matter but credit to him for making the effort rather than just hoping old one eye will go away. Still, I will take him to task on one thing - defeating the BNP by fighting them hard was, amongst the mainstream parties at least, the idea of the Liberal Democrats (in a rare moment of insight) in Oldham rather than Labour who were all over the shop in the North-West before finally tackling the BNP head on. Still for possibly the first and last time well done, man of straw.

That's the (relatively) good but what about the bad? After my slightly ill-advised bout of optimism last week Albion turned round and lost ... at home ... to Neil bloody Warnock. Of all the gits to lose to it had to be flaming Colin. Not only that but with a bloody scratch team thanks to that transfer embargo that he only mentions every ten seconds. Trust Albion to lose thanks to a first senior goal for some kid too. I've said it before and I'll say it again despite the odd half decent performance Shelton Martis is, by and large, a dud who needs replacing. It remains early days and we're still second of course so let's not blow things out of proportion as one defeat does not a season wreck. But it would be that rotten shithouse of a git Colin, wouldn't it?!


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