To that extent we have them on the run. But one could say, equally, that they are giving us the runaround.
What I have been able to deduce is that the three stalls so far have been staffed mainly by BNP members from Enfield.
Here's my take on it all.
The BNP is collecting signatures on a petition that calls for immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. If you want troops out of Afghanistan and you like the BNP, sign the petition - although you probably won't need to as you are probably in touch with the BNP already.
If you want troops out of Afghanistan and you are interested in finding out more about the BNP, sign the petition - because its primary use is as a recruiting tool and a means to identify potential postal voters for the mayoral and GLA elections. If you don't believe me, I can direct you to the radio interview where Nick Griffin explains this.
If you want troops out of Afghanistan and you don't like the BNP or you don't want your details stored on their database, please don't sign the petition. I think that a lot of people will fall into this category; some of them are signing the petition because, frankly, it's not obvious who the organisation is that is running these stalls.
The banner along the front reads “Support our troops, bring our boys home”. The BNP logo is small, although it is clearer on the sides of their table.
I've met people who thought these stalls are run by Hope For Heroes. I've also met people who, when they realised they were BNP stalls, regretted signing.
The thing that sickens me most about this current BNP campaign is the cynical and patronising attitude they are taking toward black people who sign their petition. This is from a report of a stall they ran recently:
“The one interesting aspect of the day’s outing was the large number of ethnics who agreed completely with the opposition to the war and willingly signed up." ...there was a “high level of awareness” amongst ethnics of the BNP’s new constitutional membership requirements.That's how the BNP refers to non-white people: "ethnics". I can report now how the BNP regards "ethnics", since I had an extended verbal exchange with one of these BNP goons recently.
Gesturing to a black man standing nearby, who - alas - had just signed the petition, Mr BNP said: "He's got more brains than you and he's from Uganda!"
You see, they just can't help themselves. Even though they are now legally obliged to admit non-white members (you can be sure they wouldn't do it unless they were forced), the BNP is deeply racist. Their entire politics is based on racism.
Barnet trades council has produced a leaflet for the public explaining more about how the BNP intends to use their petition, and more about the BNP's real politics: the ones they won't tell you about on their stall. If you would like a copy or if you want to help us in our campaign to stop the BNP plying their trade on Barnet's streets, please email email@example.com.