What to make of the ‘leaking’ of the BNP membership list?Â I totally agree that putting the list of BNP members online (here) is a bad thing to do.Â It would be bad enough publishing the home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses even of something totally innocent like a local amateur operatics society or sewing circle as that would be an invasion of privacy and serious abuse of all sorts of data protection laws.Â Doing it for a controversial organisation like the BNP is tantamount to inciting hatred.
Simon Darby, the BNP’s spokesman, said he found out this morning that the injunction had been broken, describing the posting as “malevolent and spiteful”.
Simon Darby is on the list (I checked). He continued…
“We are worried because kids’ names are on the list. It is not information that should be in the public domain,” he added. “We are always receiving death threats.”
I do not disagree with him.Â Possibly the only time I would find common ground with him.Â I wish them luck in getting the site closed down because every single justification they give also applies to the Redwatch site.Â Whenever attempts have been made to close down Redwatch we are told that it is too hard because the site is hosted in the USA. So is this new BNP membership list.Â If their injunctions and actions succeed in getting this list taken down it will set an interesting precedent.
Let’s remember that the Redwatch site contains photos and videos of people from the Crawley/Horsham/Redhill area, taken when there was a UAF meeting in Crawley last year.Â These pictures were posted on a site where there is some history of those appearing on it getting stabbed.Â Some of these pictures were of people attending a model car club that was meeting in the same building.
While I am forced to agree with what the BNP are saying here I do not think they really give a toss about the principle involved.Â They have been more than happy to see names, addresses and photos of ‘lefties’ published for years (by their own supporters and fellow-travellers) but only object when the tables are turned.
In defence of the new site, all it does is present a list of names.Â It does not make any sort of comment at all, unlike Redwatch which has phrases like “Remember places, traitors’ faces, they’ll all pay for their crimes.” on it and takes every opportunity to refer to people included as “scum”, “cretins”, “degenerates” or “targets”.
On this page they include details of several popular Crawley councillors, described thus:
Chris Mullins at the Crawley Campaign Against Racism’s 30th anniversary International Party in Maidenbower community centre. Mullens is anÂ extreme left Marxist scumbag who is a disgrace to his race, and given the choice he would rather be asian.
Featured below is a Tory scumbag called Bob Lanzer. Lanzer is the Conservative leader of Crawley Council. During the last local elections in May, Lanzer was seen going door-to-door with U.A.F smear leaflets.
Both followed by full home addresses and phone numbers.
If any site deserves to be called “malevolent and spiteful” (Simon Darby’s own words) then surely it is this one.Â If the publication of a mere list of names canbe seen as incitement to violence then what to make of one that refers to its subjects as ‘targets’?