Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Lega Nord Press Conference Today

Lega Nord continue to campaign against Turkey being allowed to join the EU (e.g. see here).

I agree with them entirely on this point and commend them for keeping up their campaign on this issue.


PRESS CONFERENCE

STRASBOURG, on Tuesday 27th of September 2011
Press Room LOW -1/201 h. 16.30 - 17.00

Turkey threatens Cyprus and interferes with the European politics. Another good reason to say no to the entry of Ankara into the EU

On September 27, in Strasbourg, the euro deputies of Lega Nord, Francesco Enrico Speroni – head of the delegation of Lega Nord and co-President of the “Europe of Freedom and Democracy” group (EFD) at the European Parliament – Claudio Morganti, Oreste Rossi and Giancarlo Scottà will debate about the last statements of the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay who said that Ankara will freeze relations with the EU, if Cyprus assumes the presidency of the group of nations in the second half of the year 2012, as already set up by the European politics. At the conference will also participate the Cypriot MEP Theocharous Eleni.

"An interference with the European politics, because according to the Lisbon Treaty the Presidency of the Council of the European Union rotates every six months according to a system that has been decided by the European Council", Mr. Speroni said on the basis of the statements of the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay that has been supported even by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"While people still debate about the entry of Turkey into the EU - Mr. Morganti added- Ankara shows how far away it is from the European standards of democracy". "The EU should definitively close its doors to the Turkish people that with the entrance in Europe would impose their rules and traditions in our western society".

"Finally, during the conference, we will also speak about the Turkey threats against the Republic of Cyprus to send warships in the Eastern Mediterranean region in order to prevent Cyprus from proceeding with offshore oil and gas drilling in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)", Mr. Rossi and Mr. Scottà said.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Guardian Article on English Democrats Conference

Here is an article from today's Guardian which I am reproducing here in full:

English Democrats could become 'electorally credible' as BNP decline

Party has already claimed some defectors, but leader Robin Tilbrook warns new members must be 'genuine converts'

Ben Quinn guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 September 2011 20.06 BST

The red and white of the cross of St George was omnipresent, merchandise for sale included t-shirts emblazoned with the demand: 'Justice for the 50 million' and the prizes at an evening raffle included a box set of films by Shane Meadows.

It could only be this year's annual conference of the English Democrats — a party whose handful of councillors and one elected mayor count as its achievements to date in its 10-year campaign for an English parliament.

Yet, as around 60 overwhelmingly white male delegates gathered at a hotel function room just outside Leicester at the weekend, a party long used to propping up the lower reaches of election ballots is suddenly being looked at in a new light by many beyond its self-professed membership of 3,500.

Thanks to a combination of factors, the most important of which being the implosion of the British National Party, serious political commentators now suggest the door is open for the EDs to exploit the supposedly significant gap in the electoral market for an anti-immigration, radical right party.

A trickle of disillusioned BNP activists have already defected to the party, which despite its motto of "Not Left, Not Right – Just English" is significantly more hardline on immigration than any at Westminster. They also want to pull out of the EU, ensure that the "public culture" of England should be that of the "indigenous English" and condemn "political correctness" as an "evil ideology".

Indeed, as party leader Robin Tilbrook said on Saturday, a new opportunity for the English Democrats was that "some of the people who wanted to do their honest best for our country but made the mistake of joining the BNP are now joining us and will help us become that electorally credible party."

"We need to be sure that such people are genuine converts to a more civic or cultural nationalism and that they will be an asset to our party, but we do not need to be too defensive."

The conference was addressed by one such convert, former BNP councilor Chris Beverley, who sought to address concerns that the English Democrats would be "deluged" by ex-BNP members, insisting instead that the importance of those coming over was that they tended to be "quality" activists who could make a difference.

"To me, the English Democrats are the real exciting new hope for us and there is huge potential for the party to do well," the Guardian was told by Beverley, who spoke glowingly of his new political home after spending 14 years – "my entire adult life" – in the BNP, which he likened to a cult.

Even so, observers note that Beverley remains the constituency officer of Andrew Brons, one of the BNP's two MEPs, who recently challenged Nick Griffin for the leadership of that party.

In addition, another key figure who is awaiting a decision on his application to join the English Democrats is Eddy Butler, the BNP's former national organiser, an architect of past local election successes and a major rival to Griffin's leadership within the divided party.

"People like Butler and Beverley, who is important because he can run and win elections, have been flirting with the English Democrats as an alternative vehicle because in their minds, and in the minds of political commentators, there is significant potential in British politics for a radical rightwing party," according to Matthew Goodwin, author of New British Fascism: Rise of the BNP.

While Goodwin doesn't count English nationalism by itself as a vote winner, he suggests that a new radical right force could grow by tapping into public anxiety over immigration, law and order and hostility towards established parties.

"The test for the English Democrats will come if more people shift over. There might be awkward questions in the party among those who want it to remain BNP-free and those who would want to open up the door to all of these renegades on the right, much like what the NF was in the late 1960s. If it really starts to suck in BNP members and organisers, then you have something that is potentially very interesting - because there is unquestionably still a great deal of potential for a radical anti-establishment rightwing party."

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I spoke to the Guardian journalist on Saturday at the conference and his brief account of this is a fair representation of our conversation.

As Nick Griffin's BNP continues to self-destruct and the English Democrats continue to progress, I am sure we will read more such articles in the press.

As I said in my speech at Saturday's conference, it is a real pleasure to be a member of the English Democrats. Our party has huge potential and I intend to do everything in my power to help ensure that this potential is realised.

Join the English Democrats here.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Today in the European Parliament

In addition to this the legendary chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov is in town and will be playing chess simultaneously against 16 other players in the President's dining room this afternoon.

There is rarely a dull moment in the European Parliament!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Strache Nears 105,000 mark on Facebook

Austrian Freedom Party leader H C Strache (pictured speaking) is currently 'liked' by a stunning 104,976 on his Facebook page.

This must make his the post popular Facebook page of any current European nationlist leader (please feel free to correct me if I am wrong!).

Check out his page here and let's help him hit the 105,000 mark.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Where now for Danish People's Party?

Pictured: Danish People's Party leader Pia Kjaersgaard

The Danish People's Party experienced a small drop in support in Thursday's General Election in Denmark, obtaining 12.3% of the vote (-1.5%).

The victory achieved by the assortment of leftist parties will change the balance of power in the country, and will have major implications for the DPP. Whether the result will end up being to the advantage or disadvantage of the populist party remains to be seen.

As the Wall Street Journal reports:

"Danish People's Party had the liberal-conservative government in a firm grip. This is over. There will still be a role to play for the party, but it now has to redefine itself in a completely new situation," Mr. Qvortrup said.

DPP leader Pia Kjaersgaard said she fears the new majority will unwind immigration regulations implemented in the past 10 years. "But I reckon it will be very difficult for the center-left majority to find common ground on a number of key issues. I don't think a new government will survive a full term," Ms. Kjaersgaard said.

It is hardly the job of populist and nationalist parties to keep conservatives (or liberals!) in power, and it it questionable that the Danish People's Party benefitted very much from doing so, though it may be claimed that the party's influence over matters such as Denmark's recent re-imposition of some border controls justify the DPP's approach.

I was discussing this issue with one of my Austrian Freedom Party friends when I was in the European Parliament last week. The FPÖ went one step further than the DPP and formed a coalition government with the conservative ÖVP between 2000 and 2005, giving the ÖVP the position of chancellor despite the fact that they had beaten them in the elections.

The participation of the FPÖ in this government did not do the party, or indeed the country, much good. The party is in much better form today than
it was during its time in government, and it continues to gain popularity. See here and here for examples.

Patriotic parties, and non-patriotic ones too for that matter (the UK Lib Dems spring to mind), must think very carefully before propping up a conservative government, either as official coalition partners (as was the case with the FPÖ), or from the outside, as the Danish People's Party did, and as the Dutch PVV of Geert Wilders are currently doing.

As the Austrian Freedom Party was to find out, a victory that results in this scenario can end up looking rather pyrrhic.

The reverse can also be true of course, so I hope very much that the Danish People's Party go on to thrive once again as a genuine opposition party that will bounce back to wipe the smirks from the faces of Europe's enemies in Denmark and beyond.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Hungarian Nationalists in Second Place

Pictured: Jobbik MP Dúró Dóra

A government backed polling institute has put Hungarian nationalists Jobbik in second place ahead of the socialists, who were in power in Hungary until 2010.

Check out the full story on the Jobbik website here.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

The little pleasures of Daniel Cohn-Bendit



Here is some interesting footage of Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Green MEP who used a speech in the European Parliament yesterday regarding the recent Norway tragedy to attack nationalists and Jean-Marie Le Pen in particular.

Mr Le Pen delivered a defiant speech (click on the 'en' tab under the screen) in response to this disguting and highly disrespectful behaviour in which he labelled Mr Cohn-Bendit a paedophile.

The above footage (in French with English subtitles) is highly enlightening and tells us a great deal about the character of those who oppose patriotism.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Huge Nationalist Gathering in Bern



The Swiss People's Party held a family festival in Bern on Saturday.

Over 6000 party members and supporters were in attendance at this hugely successful event, a taste of which is offered in the above video.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

My Article on England's Scientific Heritage

Here is my latest article from the English Democrats website.

In a recent speech delivered in Edinburgh, Google chief Eric Schmidt opined that the UK educational establishment is neglecting science and engineering and favouring 'luvvy' subjects. Dr Schmidt called for a return to a 'Victorian' approach to education in order to ensure that the UK is able to compete on the world economic stage.

Dr Schmidt went on to remind the audience that;

'You invented photography. You invented TV. You invented computers in both concept and practice.

'It's not widely known, but the world's first office computer was built in 1951 by Lyon's chain of tea shops. Yet today, none of the world's leading exponents in these fields are from the UK.'*

It is easy to forget just what a contribution our country has made to the scientific advances of humanity. We can be grateful to Dr Schmidt for drawing our attention to this.

I reproduced an article on the Morley Patriot Blog recently that was taken from the excellent English Nationalist magazine Steadfast. The article, English Intellectual Accomplishments, outlined the contribution of English thinkers to human civilisation in a variety of intellectual fields. (The article covers a great deal of valuable ground and is worth reading in full here.)

As this article points out, our nation's intellectual output during the past few centuries has been formidable. The modern world would not be what it is without the English. Two fields in particular stand out in this regard, namely literature and science, and it is science that I will deal with here.

It really is hard to overstate the contribution of English minds to the field of science. Were a nation able to claim just Isaac Newton or Charles Darwin as their own, this alone would rightly entitle them to a seat at the top table of human scientific endeavour. But these great thinkers represent the mere tip of the iceberg.

Simple lists of names do not come anywhere near to doing justice to the achievements of those so enumerated, but consider only the names Joseph Priestley, Arthur Halley, Michael Faraday, Francis Crick, John Prescott Joule and Edward Jenner and it becomes clear that we should be deeply proud of our nation's scientific output.

In an increasingly globalised world economy, a focus on science and engineering is the key to ensuring a vibrant and competitive economy. We cannot offer the low labour costs (that's low wages to you and me) of our Chinese or Indian competitors, nor would this necessarily be desirable.

A focus on industries ranging from renewable energy generation and biomedical research through to aeronautics and computing will serve to further enhance our nation's scientific tradition and ensure economic prosperity. Our free trade with emerging nations need not suffer if our economy leads the way in the science-based industries that we have pioneered in the past.

Yet the benefits on the embrace of science are not merely to be measured in economic terms.

The English were major contributors to the embracing of reason and the scientific method during the period that we now refer to as the Enlightenment, and in these days of political correctness and irrationality, our people are in need of a return to reason more than ever before.

The scientific method remains the best tool available to us in our dealings in the world. This involves starting with a hypothesis and then attempting, through experiment, to disprove that hypothesis. When it has proven impossible to disprove, a hypothesis is generally accepted to be correct. This remains the case until such a time as new evidence proves otherwise.

The benefits of such an approach cannot hardly be overstated. In politics, for example, imagine if rather than treating our party manifestoes as sacrosanct, extolling their virtues and rejecting any and all criticism of their content, we approached our subject in a scientific manner, not waiting for our opponents to try and show the claims and conclusions that we make to be unsound, but rather attempting to do so ourselves.

Perhaps we will find things that actually don't make too much sense and need changing.

Perhaps we will decide that it is pretty much all bad and that we may have joined the wrong party!

On the other hand, if we have gone about trying to uncover falsehoods in our manifesto and have found it very difficult to do so, then will be reassured that our policies are the right ones.

The embrace of evidence over conjecture, of reason over dogma, and of rationality over political correctness, are all part of the embrace of the scientific method and we would all be better off in a society that championed such values.

Societies that reject reason and are presided over by religious or ideological zealots, take Saudi Arabia and North Korea as examples, are inevitably oppressive and tyrannical.

In England it is the pernicious ideology of Political Correctness that holds sway.

This ideology, the eventual outcome of which if left unchecked is the horror witnessed in the Soviet Gulag and the Killing Fields of Cambodia, must be defeated by reason if our nation is to survive. Attempting to combat one type of dogma using another, as some try to do in combating Islamism for example, will not get us anywhere.

It is through reason and the furthering of the scientific heritage that has been bequeathed to us that we will win back our country from the zealots who want to see it destroyed.

Chris Beverley is the chairman of Leeds English Democrats

You can read more articles by Chris here: www.chrisbeverley.com


*Read the full speech here: http://www.allmediascotland.com/my-opinion/31232/eric-schmidt

Read the original article here.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

EU’s 500 million euro scheme to interfere with UK justice

The following bulletin from Ashley Mote appeared in my inbox recently and I am reproducing it in full here:

EU’s 500 million euro scheme to interfere with UK justice

The EU has been funding a programme in the UK since 2007 which is specifically aimed at interfering with the British legal system. The current UK government is administering the scheme, as did the last one.

The EU has been offering more than 500 million euros to non-profit organisations (NGOs) since 2007. The programme is said to end in 2013 – but since when did the EU stop interfering in sovereign states?

On a web-site controlled by Ken Clarke’s Justice Ministry, the EU offers “Guidance for non-profit organisations on applying for European Union grants under its fundamental rights and justice programme.

“The fundamental rights and justice fund is a €542.9 million programme running between 2007 and 2013, which aims to develop European Union citizenship, promote fundamental rights, fight racism and strengthen civil society.”

In unequivocal support of this EU programme, the Ministry of Justice proclaims that it is focused on three streams: rights and citizenship, civil justice and criminal justice.

The money is distributed via action grants, operating grants, tendered contracts and by public procurement.

Using language which can only have come directly from Brussels, the Ministry of Justice’s website provides active encouragement to prospective applicants, including advice on how to apply for funds. Extracts follow.

EU Funding

The Commission uses public contracts to buy in goods and services - such as studies, technical assistance, consultancy, etc. - to support its own operations.

Calls for Tender

Major commercial contracts are awarded by the Commission following publication of calls for tender, inviting companies to compete for public contracts. Tenders are evaluated according to strict rules.

Grants

The Commission makes direct financial contributions in the form of grants to projects or organisations which help implement EU programmes or policies.

Funding Programmes

Funding programmes have been established to support activities in a number of Justice fields. Interested parties wishing to apply for grants should reply to calls for proposals published under these programmes.

Calls for Proposals

Commission departments, known as Directorates-General (DGs), publish calls for proposals, inviting candidates to present proposals corresponding to the objectives of the funding programme in question.

Check our current calls for proposals under the following programmes: Civil Justice

Criminal Justice, Daphne III (combat violence against children, young people and women; protect victims and groups at risk), Drug Prevention and Information, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Progress (non-discrimination, gender equality).

Full details can be found at http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/funding-and-grants/index.htm, including 11 pages of notes entitled “EU Fundamental Rights and Justice Funding Guidance.”

I am grateful to an old friend and supporter for drawing my attention to this fund and its purpose. My apologies if you already knew about it. Sorry, but I didn’t!

Click www.ashleymote.co.uk to visit the site now.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Learn French with Marine Le Pen



Here is a nice video of Marine Le Pen discussing the most recent Dominique Strauss Kahn sex scandal.

The video has English subtitles which is great for anyone like me who wants to improve their French.

Many thanks to my friend and fellow European Parliamentary assistant Ludovic de Danne for bringing this to my attention.

Ludovic's blog is well worth a look for English readers. It contains plenty of interviews with Marine Le Pen and other FN representatives (including Ludovic himself), some of which are conducted in English or are subtitled or dubbed in English.

Check out his blog here.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Skoda Retrieved



My last post may have been rather premature. The above video seems to show a number of senior BNP officials retrieving their master's Skoda.

The plot thickens!

Dude, Where's My Car?

Pictured: Nick Griffin poses in front of a poster of his political hero during a trip to Libya.

It's been a particularly bad week to be a tyrant it would seem.

Nick Griffin and Colonel Gaddafi are the living embodiment of historian John Dalberg-Acton's axiom that Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Both thought they were invincible and could misrule with impunity. Both are learning that they were wrong.

Yesterday High Court Enforcement officers appeared at the home of Nick Griffin. Nationalists were given online updates throughout the day on events down on the farm, which culminated in the seizure of Nick Griffin's car.

This may prove to be more of a symbolic blow than a particularly decisive one (whether the car is sold at auction on behalf of those he has pursued - and lost - a vexatious civil case against appears to hinge on whether he can prove that the car in question actually belongs to the odious Ian Kitchen, of Granny Porn infamy), but it certainly shows that the writing is on the wall for him and his regime.

This certainly will not inspire confidence in his henchmen, who have willingly put themselves in the firing line and are likewise facing richly-deserved personal ruin.

Eddy Butler has written an excellent piece on yesterdays fun and games which can be found here.

He compares the BNP to the state-sponsored terror-gang Combat 18, which also lived past its usefulness to the establishment, and was, after much harm had been wrought by this vile organisation, effectively shut down.

One passage that caused me to reflect was Eddy's statement that:

Not one senior respected nationalist can be found in Nick Griffin’s camp. Not one.
This is so true. In previous times of strife and factionalism, he would always have a few decent people left who would, at the very least, endorse the regime. Where are the respected nationalists who could write an aricle for him or speak at meetings to rally what is left of his party? Where are the thinkers and the long-term nationalists who struggled through the bleak decades of nationalism who inspire the younger generations with their experience and dedication?

There may be some such people left in the BNP, but every single one of them despises Nick Griffin and what he has done to nationalism. Every one of them campaigned against him in the recent leadership election. I doubt that such people will be in the BNP for much longer.


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Nick Griffin's Attack Dogs Dishonour our Brave Troops

I picked up the following via an internet forum (which I have no intention of crediting) which I found very interesting.

It is amusing that Nick Griffin's BNP feels it is appropriate to make someone like this the BNP's London mayoral candidate.

Luckily the good people of our capital city will be given the choice to vote for a truly patriotic candidate in next year's vital elections as the English Democrats will be fighting a full campaign across the city.

You can show the traitors who dishonour our brave servicemen and women where to go and show your support for England's patriotic opposition by making a donation to the English Democrats here.

New Scandal Erupts over Griffin-Appointed BNP London Press Officer

A new scandal has erupted over the Nick Griffin-appointed London BNP press officer, Uruguayan-born Carlos Cortiglia, after it emerged that he volunteered to fight for Argentina against Britain during the 1982 Falklands War.

Unconfirmed reports say that Mr Cortigilia has also been selected as the party’s candidate for the London mayoral election in what promises to be yet another self-goal.

In an interview published in the Argentinean newspaper “LA NACION LINE,” on 6 December 2003, Mr Cortiglia, using the word ‘Malvinas’ to describe the Falklands, said in Spanish:

"Soy argentino oriental, o dicho de otro modo, uruguayo de nacimiento, y me siento muy ligado emocionalmente a la República Argentina. En 1982 me ofrecí como voluntario para ir a las Islas Malvinas. Todo nació de mi gran interés por la historia y por haber crecido nutrido por los ideales de lo que podría haber sido y finalmente no fue. Esto me llevó finalmente a involucrarme en la carrera periodística que, en definitiva, fue lo que me trajo al Reino Unido". Así se presenta Carlos Cortiglia.”

This translates directly as:

“I am Argentine Eastern, or in other words, Uruguayan of birth, and I feel very bound emotionally to the Argentine Republic. In 1982 I offered myself as a volunteer to go to the Malvinas. Everything was born from my great interest by history and by to have grown nourished by the ideals than it could have been and finally it was not. This finally took to me to involve me in the journalistic race that, really, went what it brought to the United Kingdom ". This according to Carlos Cortiglia.”

The original article can be found on the Internet archive here.

The Falklands War resulted in the deaths of 255 British soldiers, and three civilian Falkland Islanders.

It erupted after Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland and South Georgia Islands in April 1982.

A British task force was despatched and threw out the invaders in one of the last justifiable overseas wars in which Britain engaged.

For the BNP to select a self-declared enemy of the British people as a national press spokesman, never mind a London mayoral candidate (if that is true), is a gross insult to the soldiers and families of those British people who paid the ultimate sacrifice to free the Falklands.

* Mr Cortiglia has also been turned loose to issue national press releases in the name of the BNP.

So far, he has managed to humiliate the party on no less than two occasions, as his obvious lack of English grammar and language skills have provoked gales of laughter from observers.

For example, Mr Cortiglia’s “press release” supposedly dealing with the protest against Nick Griffin by homosexual campaigner Peter Thatchell announced that it was a “pleasure” to be attacked by Mr Thatchell.

* Another corker of a press release by Mr Cortiglia barely made sense, and one wag offered a £50 reward for anyone who could decipher what he meant:

“Since before the Elections that took place on May 5th 2011, the BNP London Regional Press Office has been busy gathering facts about the new political realities in Britain where none of the so called major political parties has a majority in all countries that make up the United Kingdom.

“The BNP London Regional Press Office has indicated that it has become ostensibly clear that the Westminster Parliament, that adopts decisions that affect every one of the four countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) is dominated by a coalition of two parties (Conservative Party and Liberal Democratic Party) that has little representation outside England.”

* For those seeking an understanding of the depth of the insult which Mr Cortiglia’s comments have for British people, readers are invite to peruse the Roll of Honour Garden Memorial for the British soldiers killed during the Falklands War. It can be found by clicking here.