A few people have had the dreadful BNP leaflet land on their doormat recently and asked me if this means the BNP is active in Battersea. Luckily, I think the answer is no.
In each case the leaflet has been their badly researched election communication featuring a Polish Spitfire, American models and an elderly Italian couple. Given the BNP’s references to the Second World War on the leaflet I think the inclusion of the Spitfire from the 303 Polish Fighter Squadron (who claimed the highest number of kills during the Battle of Britain, and were certainly one of the most effective squadrons in the war) particularly amusing. The BNP’s argument is, essentially, that the brave Polish pilots defended our country from invasion so we could refuse the brave Polish pilots’ descendants any right to live here.
So how did the leaflet get through your door? Well, it was delivered by Royal Mail.
Every party in a European Election (and every candidate in a General Election) has to right to have one ‘election communication’ delivered to each elector in the relevant constituency. The major parties, Conservative and Labour, have been individually addressing their leaflets. Minor parties, like the BNP, take the simpler option of having one leaflet delivered per household. The Royal Mail delivered leaflets can be identified as they will carry the words ‘Election Communication’ along with the constituency, type and date of election – in this case the London constituency, European Parliamentary election and 4 June respectively.
So, as far as I know, the BNP do not have activists working in Wandsworth. But that does not mean we should rest easy. The leaked BNP membership lists revealed a small number of members in Wandsworth and the BNP have boasted about successful meetings within the borough, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for activity (I’d be interested to know if anyone has heard from them). It’s then for the mainstream political parties to provide an alternative to their anger-fuelled policies.