BNP councillor blog

I notice from Cllr Bob Piper’s blog that one of his fellow councillors on Sandwell MBC has joined the blogosphere. Unremarkable in most cases, but this blog is by one of the four BNP councillors, one Cllr Simon Smith.

In a “know thine enemy” sort of way, his one entry so far is interesting. The most notable feature is Cllr Smith’s combination of paranoia and defensiveness – the latter not generally part of the BNP house style. For instance, here’s a section of his post entitled “The Big Picture”:

I don’t profess that either the BNP or myself are always right. I’m sure there are good people in other smaller parties. I reserve the right to respect good people in those parties – what ever they might think of me is irrelevant. I hope that the British National Party becomes more than a party, more than even a cultural movement.

But he can’t stop himself running off the edge of the cliff in the next sentence:

I hope it is in the Vanguard of a New Renaissance that can destroy the wicked, some would say satanic, Globalist-Materialist world order that keeps many new discoveries, inventions and knowledge undercover, ON PURPOSE in order to maintain control.

Perhaps the strongest sense you get from reading the blog is the extent to which Cllr Smith could be on the wilder fringe of a number of more ‘respectable’ parties – UKIP, RESPECT and the WRP, for example. Those parties at the macro level stand for different sorts of things, of course, but they all stand in opposition to the mainstream – I would say rational – parties, while feeling and promoting fear of foreign, external forces.

Adrift on a wide ocean, they are clinging to different bits of flotsam – the BNP to nativism, UKIP to a sort of Gaullist touchiness, and RESPECT to … well, George Galloway, mostly. Despite being a strong supporter of rationalism, I have some sympathy for the members of those parties personally – though they are wrong in their ideas, and wrong in their perception of the world, they presumably believe themselves to be right, and that must make the world a pretty scary place to be.

Update: The comments on the post are worth reading.

The old Blackfriars

The old Blackfriars

A surprising sight walking down to Southwark tube the other day. A
quick shot on my phone in the rain doesn’t really do it justice, but
underneath the railway viaduct is the huge (original?) sign for
Blackfriars station – a small station on the London Bridge – Charing
Cross line that was open at this site for a few years in the 19th
century. The question is – who took the trouble to restore the old
station entrance and sign, and why?

Bishops use web to refute Da Vinci Code

To coincide with the film launch, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops have launched a web site, Jesus Decoded, which (in the words of its rather precious front page) “provides information for anyone who wishes to know more about Jesus Christ due to claims that appear in current popular media”.

Still in doubt about what the USCCB thinks about the Da Vinci Code? Here’s the opening line:

Causing people to see something they never saw before in a five-hundred-year-old work of art which is among the most famous and reproduced of all time is an accomplishment of genius, if that “something” is a valid new insight. If it is not, then this kind of achievement usually goes by other names.



I see that John Reid has a suitably sinister photograph on the BBC News website, to illustrate a story about victims being given more rights over what happens to offenders. Next up: Modern Lynchings.

Beckham speaks

Speaking to the BBC, David Beckham says:

“It’s impossible to trust people for me. And I don’t like it being like that, I’m not that sort of person. But I’ve been made into that sort of person because there’s been so many things and so many people, not let me down but just sold lies on me, and I think that’s the tough part to do.”

Say no more, David, say no more.

Talkin’ World War II blues, part 1

Amazing that no-one has yet noticed the crassness of David Beckham’s pre-World Cup party, where the RAF will stage a fly past of … three WWII military planes. What a way to see the team off to Germany! Remember, lads, it’s an invasion of hostile Europe. Stick one to the Hun! What in the name of God are the RAF doing pandering to the stupid jingoism and WWII fixation of the Daily Mail brigade?

I guess we can be grateful it wasn’t ten German bombers.

Update: Even non-Brits just can’t seem to get over it. Terry Wogan has just referred to a German TV presenter, as Lord Haw-Haw on a horse. Ho, ho, Terry. Very witty.

Update 2: Apparently the fly-past is now not going to happen, at the Beckhams’ request.