11 January 2007
The British National Party website reported on the 9th January 2007 that one of its Swansea members has been charged with a racial crime. The details, if true, confirm that the UK is continuing its slide into a police state.
Radical and Right have monitored the BNP website for well over a year and found it to be remarkably truthful and accurate, and quick to admit a mistake, so it is likely that the following details describe events as they happened.
The member went to his local Swansea police station to report a motoring issue and found himself interrogated about an alleged racially-motivated incident that he was accused of perpetrating. He had previously made a complaint against Swansea police about another matter. Readers will recall that last year, Swansea police arrested 5 BNP members who were out leafleting and detained them for about 12 hours before releasing them without charge.
Having already experienced Swansea police’s treatment of BNP members, and on acting on legal advice he was given by his solicitor he refused to make any kind of statement. The right not to make a statement when questioned about a crime is a fundamental principle in English law and is related to another fundamental principle, which is ‘innocent until proven guilty’. Historically, English law puts the burden of proving a crime on the prosecution.
The crime alleged to have been committed by this BNP member is that he shouted abuse and made a nazi-style gesture at an Asian pedestrian, whilst passing him in his car. The Asian ‘victim’ has not been identified and has not complained. The reporter of the alleged incident is a young woman who says she was the occupant of another car passing in the opposite direction and took the car registration number of the BNP member. The woman was subsequently granted an award by the Swansea police for reporting this action and before the case had been heard in Court.
The BNP member appealed the prosecution and has lost the appeal. He denied the charge and argued that the prosecution has produced no victim and that the accuser has produced no corroborating evidence. It is thus down to one person’s word against another and the magistrate hearing the appeal said that the accuser was the more creditable person of the two. According to the BNP website, the BNP member’s refusal to make a statement was held against him.
Now it is possible that the accused is an emotional racist and did shout and gesticulate at an Asian and that the female ‘witness’ has told the truth to the police and that the accused is lying when he denies the episode. It is also possible that the accuser is a member of some socialist group and that her accusation is false and part of a campaign to create problems for the BNP. It is also possible that she is honest but mistaken about what she saw. It is even possible that she is in collusion with the Swansea police force to frame a BNP member who is causing them trouble. The police in Swansea have already shown a propensity to target BNP members in an attempt to intimidate them and to prevent the Party from campaigning in the locality.
It is because there are all these possibilities, and perhaps others that we cannot even conceive, that proper law enforcement requires a politically neutral police force, an identified victim and more than one witness or accuser. As we appear to have none of these in this situation, we have to conclude that justice is being set aside and that this situation is entirely about political motivation. If the prosecution of this BNP member goes ahead and is successful, then anyone that the state disapproves of can be denounced and punished. Stalin, Castro and many other socialist dictators have exercised power with such methods and the UK’s governing elite (and probably the EU’s elite, too) is now following in their footsteps, seemingly without a peep of protest or publicity from the media, its political mouthpieces or civil rights groups. This should be no surprise to readers of this website for we have repeatedly forecast that the UK and the EU are headed for totalitarianism.
It is coincidental that on this day (January 11th 2007), Dorothy Rabinowitz has written an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal about the case being pursued against three Duke University students who are alleged to have raped a stripper at a party. In this case, the students are white males and the alleged victim is black and female. The North Carolina prosecutor, Mike Nifong, a Democrat who was running for office and needed black votes in the recent elections, appears to have set aside good legal practice, and turned the case into a political stunt. The US media generally applauded him and aided his tactics with favorable publicity, since it saw an opportunity to help the Democrats nationwide by energizing the black vote. In this US case, the accuser was the only witness and there appears to have been no corroborating evidence. The cases against the three students are now collapsing and Nifong is in trouble with his own State Bar for breaches of ethics. The students will have suffered a great deal at his hands, but they have a good chance of being cleared. Moreover, Nifong may find he is held accountable and belated publicity will have prevented a serious miscarriage of justice.
Herein lies the difference between the USA and the UK. The police and prosecutors in both countries are capable of misusing their powers for political purposes, but in the USA, where free speech is protected by the Constitution, the truth has a way of getting out in the end so that justice can prevail. In the UK there are now no safeguards against arbitrary denunciation. It is enough to announce that a racist crime is alleged to have been committed and that the accused is obviously not a supporter of a multi-racial society.
The Swansea case is part of a nation-wide campaign against the BNP and its members, designed to intimidate and silence them by the misuse of state power. Senior police officers and the judiciary seem eager to play their part and a Media blackout enables it all to take place below the radar.