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The BNP “Truth Bus” was outside Morrisons this morning, parked illegally on a double yellow line! It was in fact a transit van with a poster on the side (Bring our troops home) and a loud hailer on the top. And it was very loud – so we dutifully phoned the police to report this nuisance.

They had a stall again but there were more of us than them, so we had a successful couple of hours leafletting and got a mostly positive response, with many people saying they were relieved we were there and weren’t letting the BNP have the whole public space to themselves. Today’s action was called by Tyne and Wear Left Unity and we were giving out leaflets from Unite Against Fascism North East and Hope Not Hate.

Unfortunately though we are hearing that canvassers are finding a fair amount of support on the doorstep for the BNP. The BNP have been making an impact as they have been bringing in people from Co. Durham and Tessside to work in the ward. And many people feel betrayed by Labour. But we are asking people to vote tactically to keep the BNP out.

One of the Hope Not Hate leaflets has a chilling piece on what Nick Griffin has been saying about Haiti “Sending aid to rioting ingrates while our own people die is stinking elite hypocrisy.”

Contrast that with the call for solidarity on the Luna 17 blog and the evidence of media distortion and hyping up of the level of violence.

And as Peter Cranie asks

“What kind of appalling international economic system leaves people in continued poverty in large sections of the world? We know the answer…”

The BNP must not win their first council seat in the North East, in Jarrow of all places. The Jarrow marchers must be turning in their graves…

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4 Comments

    • Dan
    • Posted February 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm
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    Just to say that support for the BNP is huge, and they will win.

    • Dan
    • Posted February 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm
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    It is not a Transit Van… It is an HGV… there is a huge difference!

    • shirleyford
    • Posted February 9, 2010 at 11:38 pm
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    I take it from your comment that you are pleased about this prospect and think that the BNP capitalising on people’s despair and fears is a good thing. Well, we have found the majority of people we have spoken to don’t agree with that. Yes, people are angry and feel betrayed and abandoned by mainstream politicians. But whipping up hatred and finding convenient scapegoats of immigrants does not tackle the real causes of the problems we face.

    • shirleyford
    • Posted February 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm
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    Well, pardon me for not emphasising the hugeness of the vehicle, but it still isn’t a truth bus!


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