We never had ’em down as a bunch of crusties but the muppets in the BNP are threatening to hold their Red, White and Blue festival without a licence this Summer.
In a victory for anti-fascists police demanded certain conditions before a festival licence was granted, an entirely normal move as festival organisers up and down the country would testify. But it seems that on this occasion those supporters of law and order in the BNP decided the law doesn’t apply to them and in a strop withdrew the application.
According to Antifa, who were there, BNP crook John Walker whinged:
“We came here with an open mind. As it went on we came to the conclusion that it was becoming a farce because of the hoops we were being asked to jump through by Derbyshire Police. The police have caved in to mob rule. We are going to withdraw this application and this event will go ahead without a licence.”
The mob rule presumably refers to the anti-fascists demonstrators in town for the licence hearing who were surrounded by police and Forward Intelligence Teams outside the building.
Inside the police were requesting that the BNP erected a fence around the festival and installed security lighting. This is not an unusual request (just ask Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis) and one made because of the promise by anti-fascists to stop the festival from taking place.
The skinflint BNP were obviously too broke to pay for this which would explain their pathetic outburst. Anti-fascists from across the country have vowed to do their public duty and stop the event taking place if the BNP decide to flout the law and go ahead.
It will be interesting to see whose side the old bill take given their traditional suport for the fascists in any confrontation.
Holding an unlicenced event is punishable by a fine of up to £5000 or six months in the slammer. Added to this if music is played at night then the police can invoke the infamous criminal justice act and seize sound equipemt, using force if necessary. Then there’s the small matter of the alcohol licencing laws.
The BNP are saying now’t on their website.