Monday, 11 May 2009
the oxygen of publicity
is rather a tired phrase maybe, but it is what the latest idiotic pronouncement from Mr Salter and Zim One Lovelock, dutifully copied out by His Master's Voice, has given to the BNP. If you don't believe me read the comments - and those are just the ones His Master's Voice has let through. Its message is, if you don't vote Labour you are voting BNP - and that message legitimises a vote for the BNP, which of course is a legally constituted political party, which as one of the comments on the HMV story says is far left not far right. Mr Salter has form on this, and gets strangely over-excited at any mention of the BNP. I lived in lower Caversham in 1996-99, which at the time, and I think still, was a mainly white, mainly working-class, largely elderly area. A youngish bloke who lived around there used regularly to put pro-BNP stickers on lampposts. Whenever I saw them I took them off; it was just one bloke, the BNP never stood for the council in that ward and would have got no support if they had. However, the cerebrally-challenged then-councillor Steve Waite saw a sticker and excitedly informed Mr Salter, who rushed into Reading East (actually he rarely leaves the place) and did photocalls helpfully pointing out the stickers in case anyone had missed them. Mr Salter is the best publicist the BNP has ever had in Reading.