BNP employ Neo Nazi activist at City Hall


1:00 pm - February 5th 2010

by Adam Bienkov    


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Meet Tess Culnane, former National Front candidate, long-time Neo Nazi, anti head lice campaigner and the new employee of BNP London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook.

Culnane is the latest and most extreme member of the BNP to be employed at the Greater London Authority, since Barnbrook was elected in 2008.

His other appointments have included Simon Darby (now suspended) Emma Colgate, Rod Gordon, Chris Roberts and Tony Avery. All have been, or remain members of the BNP.

Culnane addresses the National Front Remembrance Day parade in November 2007


However, Culnane is also a close associate of the British People’s Party, a group so vile that even the BNP pretend to want nothing to do with them.

A white separatist party advocating forced repatriation of non-whites, the BPP also campaign for the “replacement of all multi-cultural and alien art” and the re-criminalisation of homosexuality.

They also do a nice line in busts of Hitler:

Tess Culnane has repeatedly shared platforms with the BPP and spoken at their rallies. In 2006 the party listed the BPP as a proscribed organisation:

“Although tiny and politically insignificent the Nationalist Alliance and British Peoples Party are hereby proscribed. The NA and BPP are used by hostile media elements to link our party to them. We don’t need or want the skinhead and nazi image which the NA and BPP thrive on and so it is necessary for us to make it very clear that there is a complete separation.”

Culnane announced that she would resign from the party in protest at the BNP’s decision:

After careful consideration and personal sadness I have decided not to renew my BNP membership in 2006. I cannot in all conscience be told by the leadership, who I can and cannot associate with – what literature I can and should not read and if I do not abide by these rules I will be proscribed.(I have always believed that a ‘nationalist is a nationalist’ and the only way forward is to be united).

I will not be instructed to dis-associate myself from certain other true nationalists many of whom, in my opinion, have been unjustly proscribed and by rights should be in the highest echelons of the British National Party thus replacing certain people that are obviously unsuitable to hold their current positions in the party.

After leaving the BNP, Culnane joined the National Front and fought for the London Assembly seat of Greenwich and Lewisham in 2008.

Despite standing for an ultra-minority party, Culnane gained 5.8% of the vote. By contrast, the BNP’s Mayoral candidate (and her current boss) Richard Barnbrook gained just 3.5% of the vote within the same constituency.

This relatively high profile in the area had been built up over many years. In the early noughties she repeatedly hit the headlines for her campaign against the menace of invading head lice and their traitorous defenders in the government:

She told one reporter from the local News Shopper that:
It is disgusting. Schools no longer carry out head checks as they don’t want to isolate children who are infected, in case they are picked on. It is political correctness gone mad.

Her extreme political affiliations were not picked up by the press at the time. Later on, two local Lib Dems published a leaflet warning people in SE london not to be fooled by the nit-picking granny from Lewisham.

Culnane launched a libel case against them, and was represented by Adrian Davies, most famous for defending Holocaust denier David Irving. The case dragged on for years, but ultimately failed, leaving Culnane to pick up £100,000 in legal costs.

Yet despite her close association with a party apparently proscribed by the BNP, she was publicly welcomed back into their folds last year.

Their current MEP Andrew Brons went so far as to praise Culnane on the BNP website as a “determined” candidate before adding that:

You have to be a strong individual to get involved in this Party. Sometimes this leads to clashes between people that at the time may have seemed important, but with the perspective of time, pale into insignificance.

As the BNP develop a taste for electoral success, their disagreements with other aligned extreme parties may well continue to fade.

But with the BNP looking to take control of their first council in London, the appointment of Culnane at City Hall is a worrying sign of things to come.

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1. Rogue_Leader

“…I cannot in all conscience be told by the leadership, who I can and cannot associate with…”

Interesting. Member of extreme authoritarian party complains when party leadership exhibit authoritarian tendencies…

“Member of extreme authoritarian party complains when party leadership exhibit authoritarian tendencies”

Maybe she assumed they would only be applied to everyone else.

Here’s a lovely video of Tess Culnane. I’m especially intrigued/disgusted by the bit about half way through where she compares the death of Cameron’s disabled child to the deaths of white victims of alleged race crimes – people who, she says, would have gone on to lead “productive lives.” I’m assuming she means unlike Ivan Cameron….

What a nauseatingly horrible woman:

http://www.vimeo.com/4028055

Grimly fascinating how the BNP statement on the BPP doesn’t criticise their ideology, public statements etc in the slightest, just worries what connections with them will do for their image.

Cath – I missed that one. What a piece of work.

Interestingly, the man sitting to her right appears to be Chris Roberts, Barnbrook’s researcher and new right-hand man at City Hall. They can’t claim they don’t know about her background.

tim f – Which is why it’s so strange that they should take her back in now, just before their big push in Barking and Dagenham.

Hear hear.

Which is why it’s so strange that they should take her back in now, just before their big push in Barking and Dagenham.

Not really – even the BNP needs its hardcore fucknut vote from time to time.

“Not really – even the BNP needs its hardcore fucknut vote from time to time.”

Well the BPP have come to a truce with them now so you may be right. It doesn’t quite fit with the image of the modern BNP Griffin tries to portray though.

9. Dick the Prick

Unlike all the (ex) communists in the Labour Party. Bit of perspective people please. This lass ain’t killed a million Iraquis but who cares, eh?

Excellent bit of research done there Adam… nice one.

Thing is, does anyone believe the modernised respectable BNP thing for a minute? I don’t think that is why people are prepared to vote for them – try instead despair, alienation and a lack of hope combined with a deceptively simple message (how facists, communists etc always get mass support). So this is basically a story saying the BNP are employing BNP members with BNP-like views. Very Harry’s Place, but no-one has said how this information will actually be usable on the ground in say Dagenham or Barking. Put bluntly, if confronted with a potential BNP voter, can I use this information to encourage them to vote Labour/Conservative/Green/UKIP/Esther Rantzen instead, and if so, how?

“Thing is, does anyone believe the modernised respectable BNP thing for a minute?”

I think a lot of people do to a certain extent yes, especially now they have suit-wearing MEPs as frontmen. People vote for them because they’re alienated yes, but also because they no longer see them as jackboot wearing Nazis.

“So this is basically a story saying the BNP are employing BNP members with BNP-like views.”

No it’s a story about how the BNP are now welcoming the nastiest elements of the nationalist movement into the party and onto the public payroll, despite previously distancing themselves from them. I think it’s a worrying sign, especially if they take control of Barking and Dagenham Council as some predict.

“Put bluntly, if confronted with a potential BNP voter, can I use this information to encourage them to vote Labour/Conservative/Green/UKIP/Esther Rantzen instead, and if so, how?”

How about: “Vote BNP, Get Hitler worshiping scumbags running your public services” Works for me.

Adam,

On the assumption that the people I meet have met BNP canvassers as well, don’t you think they will be told that the BNP’s opponents don’t want to debate with them, but merely portray them as evil facists? My worry is that assuming something that simple works also assumes something as simple as BNP policies work – and the policies say they will do something for the people concerned.

Bluntly, you’d have to be remarkably cut off from reality to not realise what the BNP are, but people are still prepared to vote for them in Dagenham and Stoke, Barnsley and Tipton et al. So whilst reminders of how nasty their members are never hurt (although I think you would find that the BNP might legitimately challenge Hitler-worshipping, because that is the BPP and Ms Daly never seems to have been a member of them according to your research), I feel this is preaching to the converted.

My point is that yes they are objectionable. But how many people will find a reason not to vote for the BNP in this who would otherwise have voted for them. And I hope my point stands, because if the sort of person who can be swayed by seeing how nasty the associations of people like Ms Daly are is thinking of voting BNP, their potential reach is far larger than I would expect or hope.

Who’s Ms Daly?

She’s right about head lice though – whatever happened to the nit nurse ?

16. sean4thedefence

They’ve always used delousing to disguise a more sinister agneda, that lot.

L is for Labour, L is for Lice

I’ve never heard of the BPP before. What a dreadful existence they must lead – I just had a look at their website, I wouldnt advise anyone else to, but I was rather amused to see their flag section. The swastika is, sadly, out of stock at the moment. I imagine it to be quite a seller.

19. Shatterface

I saw her and her Stalinist sister on Bellamy’s People.

They don’t get on.

20. Adam Leamington

I didn’t know about Tess so I am grateful to this site.

I have done a little research and she seems to me a thouroughly decent person who has strong opinions and a strong character. I am now more inclined to vote BNP.

Thank you

21. J Alfred Prufrock

@20 You needed to come to Liberal Conspiracy to realise that you are a Nazi sympathiser? How odd.

22. Rogue_Leader

“@20 You needed to come to Liberal Conspiracy to realise that you are a Nazi sympathiser? How odd.”

Don’t feed the troll. I imagine (s)he must have a pretty bad time of it to resort to such desperate strategies to seek attention. Pity is an apt response.

Why the fascination with this odd ball old women?

And what is a troll ? I’m not aware that the right use such childish references?

24. Rogue_Leader

It’s established net slang used to refer someone who uses internet message boards and comment threads in order to divert debate and draw attention to themselves. Some are quite amusing and witty but others, like our friend Mr. Leamington, are pitiably pedestrian.

Wikipedia has a fairly extensive article on the phenomenon:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)

Recently, the term ‘proll’ was coined to describe professional journalists (such as Rod Liddle and Jan Moir) producing flamebait to increase the hit count on their organs’ online versions and thus inflate their perceived influence, and possibly their rate cards if their advertisers are particularly unwary.

25. J Alfred Prufrock

@22 Good point. My troll-detector must be faulty, that or I must have too much time on my hands…

@24 thanks for the explanation.

Sounds like a useful tool for limiting scope of debate. As if it is not limited enough.

Sounds like a useful tool for limiting scope of debate. As if it is not limited enough.

It’s easy as 1-2-3.

28. Rogue_Leader

@26

Well, yes and no. Unlike banks and newspapers, web forums and newsgroups are very, very good at self-regulation (although some are better than others) and this mechanism is an example of it. An example (but this is only one example) might be:

Poster a: “I think x is true”

Poster b: “You are wrong. y is true.”

Poster c: “Yes, y is definitely true, in therefore z must also be true.”

In a classical logical problem, it wouldn’t be difficult to prove or disprove c’s assertion, however most web forums do not deal with Euclidean ideals. At this point it’s up to the forum to decide whether Poster c has a point or whether he’s pulling everyone’s chain and is about to drag the debate off topic. If the latter is the case, he’s a troll.

@20 is clearly a troll.

Now, what about @23? ;)

@28

Noted but I had no intention of dragging the debate off topic (by which I think you mean broadening the debate beyond the usual teachers coffee room chat) – it occured to me that the term “troll” was a childish way of labelling a poster with right wing views and I haven’t changed my mind.

30. Rogue_Leader

@29

“it occured to me that the term “troll” was a childish way of labelling a poster with right wing views and I haven’t changed my mind.”

It isn’t. Get out more.

@30
Having read through some of the content on this site it evidently is being used as such despite your assertion “it isn’t” – as if that settles it !! You might not use the term in that way but others certainly do.

Not sure what your advice to “get out more” adds? You are right though – I should not be wasting my time with this on a Saturday night.

32. J Alfred Prufrock

@31

If you have a look at right-wing blogs (etc) no doubt anyone with outlandish/off-topic left-wing opinions will be branded a “troll”, & depending on the content rightly so. It’s not a question of childish insults thrown lightly.

But yes, I think we all need to get out more if this is how we spend saturday night :(

33. Abdul Abbulbul Emir

Mrs A says

With only 7% of kiddies white round here I can quite understand why people like that nice Mrs Culnane would want to look after her own.

After all that is what we do back home Abdul.

Anyway what’s wrong with BNP employing some fascist type person .

They are after all a fascist party. It would look odd if they hired a labour luvvie poofter wouldn’t it.

(I must apologise for Mrs A’s choice of words which do not necessarily reflect my own views)

Peace be upon me.

a bit more detail on tess of the downham here

http://savecatford.org/cblog/?p=45


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