Fascists have no place in our mutlicultural society
WE write to register our opposition and shock that you would give any space to the British National Party, a Fascist organisation that should have no place in our multicultural society. The advert states Putting Londoners First , but it is easy to see th
WE write to register our opposition and shock that you would give any space to the British National Party, a Fascist organisation that should have no place in our multicultural society.
The advert states 'Putting Londoners First', but it is easy to see that they are not interested in all Londoners. The BNP states that it "is wholly opposed to any form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples". It opposes mixed-race relationships. BNP candidate for London Mayor Richard Barnbrook said that children of mixed race marriages "are washing out the identity of this country's indigenous people".
Where the BNP has a presence, racist attacks increase. Between 2002 and 2004 racist attacks increased by 30 per cent corresponding with increased BNP activity in Barking and Dagenham.
Stephen Lawrence was one of a number of young black men who were murdered in racist attacks in South East London in the early 1990s when the BNP had a presence in nearby Welling.
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David Copeland, the London nail bomber and former BNP member, said: "My aim was political. It was to cause a racial war... then all white people would go and vote BNP".
The BNP is a threat to Londoners. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and the vast majority of Londoners value this diversity - 82 per cent think a multicultural London makes it a better place to live. In 2004 the BNP missed the five per cent needed to get elected to the Assembly by only .1 of a per cent. The BNP has no place in the running of London and the higher the turnout in the elections the less chance they have of getting elected.
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We are urging you to take your social responsibility to your readers and the local community seriously and not to continue to print adverts or stories allowing the BNP to masquerade as a genuine, democratic political party when their real agenda is to divide our community and suppress trade union and political rights.
Signed by 45 people comprising Labour Party members, councillors and branch officials including Cllrs Penny Abraham, Nasim Ali, Theo Blackwell, Raj Chada, Roger Robinson, Nicky Gavron, Mike Katz, Michael Nicolaides, Tulip Siddiq, Jonathan Simpson, Anna Stewart; Assembly members Darren Johnson& Jenny Jones, Alex Goodman, Maya De Souza, Adrian Oliver (Green Party), union officials Pete Ainsley, Mandy Berger; George Binette; Kevin Courtney, Graham Dyer, Michael Edwards, David Eggmore, Phil Lewis, Liz Leicester, John Mann, Susan Mitchie, Sandy Niccols, Hugo Pierre, Matt Saywell, Nicola Seyd, Barry Walden, Hugh Wallis, Sean Wallis, Phoebe Watkins, Jim Woolfreys; Meric Apek (Camden Fed of Tenants and Residents), Mikul Hira & Dave Hoefling (Left List), Phil Jones (Unite) Anna Owen (Euston Tower), Candy Udwin (Somers Town Forum), Alan Walter (Peckwater TA) & Liz Wheatley (Camden Stop The War)