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    BNP constitution battle returns to court

    The battle between the equalities watchdog and the British National Party over the party's membership policy returns to court on Monday.

    The BNP voted on new rules after facing the threat of a court injunction over its "whites only" membership.

    But the Equality and Human Rights said the new rules were still "indirectly discriminatory".

    BNP leader Nick Griffin has applied for the cases to be thrown out but is not at court as he is in hospital.

    It is understood he is being treated for kidney stones.

    BNP supporters and rival activists from Unite Against Fascism have been outside the Royal Courts of Justice ahead of the hearing.

    The BBC's Mike Sergeant said if the BNP lost the case, the equalities commission was likely to press for the party's assets to be seized.

    Earlier this year BNP members backed changes to the party's constitution to allow "non-indigenous Britons" to join, after the Commission took legal action.

    But the court has previously heard that prospective members still had to sign up to principles including a duty to oppose the promotion of any form of "integration or assimilation" that impacted on the "indigenous British", and a requirement to support the "maintenance and existence of the unity and integrity of the indigenous British".

    The commission argues that the principles could be interpreted to oppose mixed marriages and could force people to deny their own identity. The BNP says the case is a politically motivated and a waste of public money.

    In a statement, the BNP said: "Regardless of whether our chairman is fit to attend, our activists will be outside the court to protest against this taxpayer-funded assault on our freedom of association.

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    Although no lover of the BNP, in a way I hope this action actually fails, basically because I think the Equality and Human Rights Commission have become too powerful and are directly targeting a quite legal organisation which has already modified its constitution to suit their earlier requirements. Personally I can't see anything wrong with having a requirement which promotes the "maintenance and existence of the unity and integrity of the indigenous British". We should be allowed to put our own people and culture first.
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    Re: BNP constitution battle returns to court

    Yeah, my understanding was that the Commission was forcing the BNP to sign up anyone, even if they didn't uphold the values of the BNP, which is absurd.

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    Honestly though what do you expect from the powers that be? and what with the threat of culling of countless quangos , do they have to show they are worth the money and not just toothless tigers?

    To protect equality and Yuman rites we have the law. We dont need useless quangos like this. the BNP are right , this is a political move similar to Maggie Thatchers assault on the National front. If the BNP get banned and their assets seized its a very very sad day for democracy in the UK. Democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of speech should be for everyone. You cant just ban organisations or political parties just because they are not in line with the ruling parties ideology. That reeks of how communist countries crushed political opponents in the past or how the Nazis persecuted other political parties once they achieved power.
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    Re: BNP constitution battle returns to court

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas View Post
    ... this is a political move similar to Maggie Thatchers assault on the National front. If the BNP get banned and their assets seized its a very very sad day for democracy in the UK. Democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of speech should be for everyone. You cant just ban organisations or political parties just because they are not in line with the ruling parties ideology. That reeks of how communist countries crushed political opponents in the past or how the Nazis persecuted other political parties once they achieved power.
    However there's one significant difference; the NF was undoubtedly a racist party, and whilst the BNP does have its roots in that organisation, it is a legal political party. If the NF as it was in Maggie's day was still around, it certainly wouldn't be legal.

    Having said that though, this does rather reek of political persecution for ideological reasons. I wonder whether this action was taken by the EHRC off it's own back or whether there was a coalition government hand at work here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midas View Post
    However there's one significant difference; the NF was undoubtedly a racist party, and whilst the BNP does have its roots in that organisation, it is a legal political party. If the NF as it was in Maggie's day was still around, it certainly wouldn't be legal.

    Having said that though, this does rather reek of political persecution for ideological reasons. I wonder whether this action was taken by the EHRC off it's own back or whether there was a coalition government hand at work here?

    What it boils down to is that the ruling elite do not know how to cope with identity based politics. Identity based politics frightens the life out of the political elite and their culturally marxist ideas of the modern world. All three main parties would rather be all fighting for the centre ground than sticking to each parties traditional roots. Thats why both the Liberal democrats and the conservatives - both supposedly from either end of the political spectrum are forming such a homogenous coalition. The conservative backed Nothing British campaign , the Liberal democrat backed wolf fund and the labour backed UAF and militant trade unionists have all tried and failed to stop the growth of the BNP. The only other thing left is to try and bankrupt them through the courts as they know that the BNP survives on small but many donations to its coffers and could never survive constant legal battles with the seemingly infinite funds available to government quangos.

    The reality is that i dont see how they can succeed in stopping a perfectly legal political party, anything like this underhand manouvre only raises the profile of the BNP. Which is a win win situation for the BNP.
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    Re: BNP constitution battle returns to court

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas View Post
    What it boils down to is that the ruling elite do not know how to cope with identity based politics. Identity based politics frightens the life out of the political elite and their culturally marxist ideas of the modern world. All three main parties would rather be all fighting for the centre ground than sticking to each parties traditional roots. Thats why both the Liberal democrats and the conservatives - both supposedly from either end of the political spectrum are forming such a homogenous coalition. The conservative backed Nothing British campaign , the Liberal democrat backed wolf fund and the labour backed UAF and militant trade unionists have all tried and failed to stop the growth of the BNP. The only other thing left is to try and bankrupt them through the courts as they know that the BNP survives on small but many donations to its coffers and could never survive constant legal battles with the seemingly infinite funds available to government quangos.

    The reality is that i dont see how they can succeed in stopping a perfectly legal political party, anything like this underhand manouvre only raises the profile of the BNP. Which is a win win situation for the BNP.
    Ands really its the Lib/lab/cons that should be hauled before any courts, their nothing short of traitors, but the British people are afraid of of those that would help!= YouTube - Albert Burgess - A Case for Treason Part 1/4

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    Re: BNP constitution battle returns to court

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas View Post
    If the BNP get banned and their assets seized its a very very sad day for democracy in the UK.
    It would be a day to celebrate IMO.
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