In good Nazi fashion, the Leftist British establishment is using the law to hound an opposing party out of existence
The British National Party was ordered to stop taking new members yesterday after a judge said its rules were loaded against non-whites. Judge Paul Collins said that despite attempts by the far-Right group to clean up its constitution to comply with the law, the rules were still racist. While it is not illegal to hold racist views, it is against the Race Relations Act for a political party’s recruitment rules to be based on discrimination, the judge said. Judge Collins instructed the party to close its membership list until the constitution had been re-written.
He told Central London County Court he believed the BNP was ‘likely to commit unlawful acts of discrimination… in the terms on which they are prepared to admit persons to membership under the 12th addition of their constitution’.
The ruling and an injunction preventing new members follows a challenge to BNP rules from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Last month the party abandoned its whites-only policy to try to comply with the law – but Judge Collins said the move was cosmetic. In particular he pointed to new rules which require new members to be vetted by existing members in their homes.
He also referred to a series of newly established core party organisations that appear to have been set up to ensure new ethnic minority members cannot influence BNP policies or leadership. Of the first rule, the judge said: ‘ Unsurprisingly it was argued on behalf of the commission that the purpose of this provision was to be intimidatory.’ On the second, he said that one of the new core groups was able to veto any changes to the constitution.
‘This veto may have been inserted as insurance against the possibility that large numbers of non-indigenous British might join the BNP to vote its essential principles out of existence,’ the judge said. He warned that any breach of the injunction on members could result in a prison sentence for officials or seizure of BNP assets.
Party leader Nick Griffin, who was jeered by demonstrators at the court, said the judgement ‘has given an organ of the state the power to interfere in the aims and objectives of any political party’. Mr Griffin said people who did not agree with the party’s principles would not be allowed to join.
Susie Uppal, of the EHRC, said: ‘The commission is glad that the judgment confirms our view that both the BNP’s 11th constitution and the amended 12th constitution are unlawful. ‘Political parties, like any other organisation, are obliged to respect the law and not discriminate against people who wish to become members. ‘The BNP will now have to take the necessary steps to ensure that it complies with the Race Relations Act.’