‘What’s that eggy smell? Urgh, it’s the BNP’

Anti-BNP protest Leisure CentreDespite the rise of the debatably national-socialist UK Independence Party, one encouraging observation from this year’s general election is that no outright fascist candidate has stood locally, and the once-active Hereford branch of the BNP are rightfully a thing of the past.

Back in 2010 they brought in Newport idiot, John Oliver, as the prospective MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire.

The below article originally appeared in our June 2010 issue and reports on the protest we organised at the election count, attended by around 40 people.

 

Hereford BNP members were shown the contempt they deserve as they arrived at the election count on 6th May.

Fascist candidate John Oliver, and local leader Chris Gower, were among the BNP members to be pelted with eggs, glitter bombs and an endless barrage of abuse as they tried to make their way into the count.

Our supporters on the inside reported how John ‘Billy-no-mates’ Oliver never spoke a word all night and his ‘party’ were completely ignored by everyone.

As the results were announced, he stood on the platform like a “silly little schoolboy” clutching his egg-stained jacket and then promptly left without making a speech.

John Oliver held no public meetings and spoke at none of the election hustings, despite invitations. He failed to secure the necessary 5% of votes to save his election deposit. What a joke.

London Anarchist Bookfair 2012

On Saturday 27th October the annual London Anarchist Bookfair is being held.

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It’s the biggest event in the UK anarchist calender, with stalls from hundreds of different activist groups, campaigns and publishers. As well as these, there are discussion meetings, talks, workshops, films and more.

Hereford Heckler will have a stall there as usual, with items from our shop for sale. Come and find us and have a chat!

The bookfair will be held from 10am-7pm at Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS.

The English Defence League are due to hold a demonstration on the same day, also in east London. Anti-fascists are calling on people to head to Walthamstow to oppose them. If you’ve got time and a bit of a plan, why not do both?

Hereford International Brigade Volunteer

This year marks 75 years since the Spanish Civil War began. Up to 35,000 people from around the world volunteered to fight against Franco and his fascist forces, with many joining the ‘International Brigades.’ Alongside Spanish anarchists, communists, socialists, trade unionists and freedom-loving people, the International Brigades played an important role in the war.Amongst them were 2,000 British people, 500 of whom gave their lives.

Lewis Clive was a volunteer associated with Hereford. Born on 8thSeptember 1910, he was the son of Herefordian, Percy Clive, a Conservative MP and Lieutenant-Colonel killed in the First World War. Lewis was a keen rower, winning a gold medal at the LA Summer Olympics in 1932. He was also a socialist, a member of the Labour Party and the Fabian Society.

He volunteered for the International Brigades early on in the war, and became a Company Commander in the British Battalion. He was killed in action on August 2nd 1938 at Hill 481, Gandesa, during the Battle of Ebro,the longest and bloodiest battle of the war. Speaking of Lewis after his death, his comrades said this; “This big, cheerful, and sincere man had performed his duties as Company Commander with distinction. Well liked and respected in the battalion, this was a great loss to us all.”

There is a plaque commemorating Lewis Clive at Wormbridge Church, Herefordshire. It reads “In memory of Lewis Clive. Born September 8th 1910. Killed at Battle of Ebro, August 4th 1938, Fighting with The Spanish Republican Forces.”

 

Originally posted with full article :  http://3cafa.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/local_international_brigades

What’s that eggy smell? Urgh, it’s the BNP

Hereford BNP members were shown the contempt they deserve as they arrived at the election count on 6th May.

Fascist candidate John Oliver, and local leader Chris Gower, were among the BNP members to be pelted with eggs, glitter bombs and an endless barrage of abuse as they tried to make their way into the count.

Our supporters on the inside reported how John ‘Billy-no-mates’ Oliver never spoke a word all night and his ‘party’ were completely ignored by everyone.

As the results were announced, he stood on the platform like a “silly little schoolboy” clutching his egg-stained jacket and then promptly left without making a speech.

John Oliver held no public meetings and spoke at none of the election hustings, despite invitations. He failed to secure the necessary 5% of votes to save his election deposit. What a joke.

Hereford BNP announce candidate

Attempting to keep up with the local political game, the British National Party have recently announced their candidate for the Hereford and South Herefordshire constituency. Twenty-four year old, self-employed ‘businessman’ (odd-job man and gardener), John Oliver, has been chosen to represent the party locally. However, one thing the BNP failed to announce is that John is in fact not from this area at all – they’re shipping him in  from Newport, Gwent to stand in the election! Considering John announced that his campaign would focus on the local economy and ‘halting the immigration swindle’ there is some irony here.

This choice highlights numerous things about the local BNP rag-tag. Firstly it shows the incompetency of the local branch, not being able to find a single suitable candidate in the county. A bit strange, considering this time last year they were bragging to the local press about how much the party had grown in the area, and how many ‘decent people’ they had attracted. Along with the fact that we haven’t heard a peep from them since the European elections, the evidence suggests that somebody may have been telling porkies.

This decision also shows that they are no different to the rest of the political parties in the area; shipping in politicians to fight the election, who will be quick enough to up sticks and scuttle off to the next place after the people of Herefordshire vote. The Tories moved millionaire and old Etonian, Jesse Norman, into the county following his failed attempt at becoming a representative for Cheltenham. The Liberal Democrats moved in Sarah Carr, who seems to jump on every bandwagon rolling past. Labour have announced Neil Sabharwal, a businessman from London to stand in the North Herefordshire constituency– he didn’t even turn up at a recent election debate in Bromyard, sending one of his campaign team to speak instead!

Obviously a lot of people move around the country, but these political parties seem to move in career politicians, use local people to their advantage (get our vote), and then leave if they don’t succeed. This attitude is damaging and dividing to local people, using constituents as political pawns or cannon fodder, and putting their own personal political careers and agendas before any real desire to represent us or work to our benefit. The BNP are no different, and despite their claims of being an ‘alternative to the old-gang parties’, they offer very little more. As they have shown numerous times across the country, once elected into a position of power, they repeatedly misuse their position and are just as crooked as the rest! Party officials fiddling  funds and countless suspensions from councils across the country are examples of this.So if you are looking for an alternative to the Westminster liars,  cheats and crooks don’t look towards the BNP!