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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

BNP's Nick Griffin to attend Buckingham Palace garden party

Following on from our reveal of this story yesterday. It seems all the mainstream press organisations have now caught hold of the story.

Rightwing leader's self-nomination accepted because of his position as an MEP

The British National party leader, Nick Griffin, will attend a Buckingham Palace garden party next month after he was invited in his capacity as an MEP, it was disclosed today.

The far-right politician, a representative for the north-west of England in the European parliament, intends to take three members of his family to the event on 22 July.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "He [Griffin] was eligible to nominate himself as a guest as an elected member of the European parliament. Buckingham Palace would not discriminate against elected representatives of the European parliament."
Griffin withdrew from a similar event last year after a public outcry greeted the news of his possible attendance. He claimed he had changed his mind about going to the palace to save the Queen from embarrassment.

He revealed the details of his latest invitation at a dinner with party supporters over the weekend.

Gerry Gable, publisher of the anti-racism magazine Searchlight, said the Queen had been "put on the spot" by Griffin's status as an MEP.

"I don't see any way she could leave him off the list but it's incumbent on all the other MEPs who are attending this event to treat him like a political pariah. They should ignore him," said Gable. He added that Griffin's family should be treated in the same manner as they were also involved in the BNP.

Griffin announced earlier this month that he would be standing down as BNP leader in 2013. The announcement was seen as a means of deflecting criticism and facing off a potential leadership challenge in the wake of the party's disastrous performance in last month's elections.

Griffin was beaten into third place in the parliamentary seat of Barking, trailing Labour's Margaret Hodge by 18,000 votes. Of the party's 28 sitting councillors who stood for re-election, all but two lost.

Griffin planned to attend a Buckingham palace garden party last year as the guest of Richard Barnbrook, a BNP member of the London assembly. But Jeff Jacobs, the deputy chief executive of the Greater London authority, warned Barnbrook he could be barred unless he agreed to take another guest.

The BNP leader pulled out of attending the event saying he had "no wish to embarrass the Queen" but described the pressure exerted on Barnbrook as outrageous.

The Guardian


Hungary’s Jobbik party, the shrillest among Central and Eastern Europe’s far right parties, has been exposed as having received secret financial support from Russia as a quid pro quo for its anti-European Union and anti-Nato bluster.

The issue of “rolling Russian gold roubles”, and alleged “Iranian cash gifts” helping sustain a virulently anti-Roma and anti-semitic party that flaunts its hostility to Western liberal democracy is troubling Hungarian public opinion. The proto-fascist party’s xenophobia and strong-arm actions against what it calls “the criminal Roma” have secured it a measure of popularity – and, because of its anti-Western stance, Russian interest is not surprising. Moscow’s alleged influence with this extreme right-wing party has been raised in Hungary’s Parliament and investigated by the National Security Commission (NSC). Jozsef Gulyas, an independent MP in the last parliament, who brought the troubling issue to the attention of the Parliamentary National Security Committee, said that “though the ‘rolling Russian gold’ was discussed by the NSC in a closed session, officials would not give an unambiguous denial whether this was true”. In an interview with the Budapest weekly paper HVG he said: “After a secret session of the Commission, neither the secret services minister nor the Commission chairman could give me a reassuring reply.”

Jobbik, formed in 2003, won 47 seats in the Hungarian Parliament in last April’s General Election and has three MEPs in Strasbourg – a swift rise considering it had failed to get a single MP elected in the previous parliament. Its failure to publish its budget in the first five years of its existence, although obliged by law to make public its income and expenditure every year, has heightened concerns about its sources of income. It is now being investigated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Yielding to public pressure, it has now published its accounts from 2004 to 2008. Its income, solely from private donors, hovered between 2.6 million and three million forints (about £7700-£8800), with expenditure in three out of four years slightly less than that. So, the party’s annual budget is allegedly smaller than the smallest of Budapest family businesses – yet it is running a well-oiled nationwide party machine, supports 47 MPs and three MEPs, and, it is claimed, spent more than 30 million forints (£100,000) in the April election campaign. The size of its expenditure, coupled with the irregularities of its declared income, have reinforced public concerns.

Who, then, is bankrolling Jobbik, the scourge of Hungary’s gypsies and a thorn in the side of Viktor Orban’s new centre-right Fidesz government? The belief that Russia is using its roubles to manipulate public figures and finance parties useful in opposing liberal Western policies dates back to between the war years, when the Moscow-based Comintern – the Communist International’s executive – used “rolling Russian gold” to further Soviet interests and subvert Europe. At first glance, the Russian connection is questionable, if only because of Jobbik’s erstwhile anti-Russian rants. But it quickly abandoned its Russian-bashing stance, changed its platform, exploited the “Roma crime issue” and latent antisemitism and focused on countering “decadent Western liberalism”. The latter strand has found a positive echo in certain nationalist quarters in Moscow. According to informed Budapest sources, Russian money is reaching the party via key individuals. Sources close to investigators of the Public Prosecutor’s Office fingered Bela Kovacs, Jobbik’s foreign policy adviser, as one of Moscow’s channels.

Jobbik’s Russian nexus began late in 2008, when party leader Gabor Vona attended an “intellectual conference” on Russian-European links in Moscow, though he refused to name it. Vona’s invitation was arranged by Kovacs, who attended as the party’s foreign policy adviser. At the conference they met several high-ranking Kremlin officials. Afterwards a pro-Russian and anti-Western trend became discernible in Jobbik’s public posture, with high praise for Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian, “managed democracy” and rejection of the EU’s liberal values. The sources point out that Kovacs’s Russian links go back to communist times, when he worked there on the legal side of inter-state foreign trade. In 2003, he qualified as an investment lawyer at the Russian State Academy’s law faculty. His Russian business links have since been ongoing. Party finances specialists say that, if Jobbik is being financed from abroad, the money could only reach it covertly, through private entrepreneurs. Kovacs, they claim, fits the bill and is involved.

Reports that Jobbik is also receiving Iranian money focus on the fact that Tehran’s gold is intended to reward pro-Iranian and anti-Western attitudes. Krisztina Morvay, a Jobbik MEP, is known in Brussels for her pro-Iran views. Recently she attended President Ahmedinejad’s “Human Rights Conference” in Tehran as her party’s official representative and also privately met several influential Iranian politicians. Jobbik’s pro-Russian and pro-Iranian posturings appear to be rewarding.

Herald Scotland


A call for the formation of a Gay-Straight alliance encompassing all sections of Dutch society has been made during a demonstration in Amsterdam. It follows recent violent attacks against gay men in the capital. Frank van Dalen chair of the ProGay foundation and Amsterdam city councillor for the centre-right VVD liberal party addressed the crowd. He said joint action by heterosexuals and homosexuals was needed to stop attacks on gays. “Politicians, the police and the justice authorities are doing their very best to deal with violence and discrimination against gays. Now it’s up to society to condemn it,” he argued. He wants to see organisations, companies and schools make a concerted effort at every level to make discrimination and violence against gay people a thing of the past. He suggests that schools and health-care institutions should educate people about homosexuality. He also thinks Amsterdam City Council ought to join Company Pride, a group of firms which have undertaken to condemn anti-gay attitudes in the workplace.


Cabinet formation talks between Anti-Islamic VVD and PVV continue on Tuesday

Talks on forming a coalition between the VVD Liberal party and anti-Islam PVV will continue on Tuesday,  but the Christian Democrats will remain on the sidelines until Wednesday at least, the Telegraaf reports.

Uri Rosenthal, the man charged by queen Beatrix with putting a coalition together met the leaders of all 10 parties represented in parliament for talks on Monday. As a first option, he is focusing on a right-wing coalition made up of the VVD, PVV and CDA.

New CDA leader Maxime Verhagen told reporters after his talks with Rosenthal the CDA will continue to wait on the sidelines. Only when the VVD and PVV have managed to bridge the major gaps between them will it be time for the CDA to join in, Verhagen said.

The VVD Liberals won the most seats in last Wednesday's general election but the PVV, which wants an end to immigration from Muslim countries and a tax on the wearing of Islamic headscarves, booked the biggest increase in seats. The CDA lost almost half it seats in the 150-seat lower house of parliament.

VVD leader Mark Rutte said after his meeting with Rosenthal that there are 'complicated aspects' to a coalition with the PVV but that it is 'not impossible'.

PVV leader Geert Wilders, who dropped his opposition to an increase in the state pension before the negotiations even began, again emphasised that the PVV is stable and 'you can do good business with us'. A coalition with the PVV will deliver 'something fantastic', he said.

Nevetheless, a number of promiment Liberal and CDA members have spoken out against a cabinet with the PVV, whose leader faces court proceedings for racial and religious discrimination.

Meanwhile, Alexander Pechtold, leader of the Liberal democratic party D66, called on the VVD not to join forces with Wilders.He accused the PVV leader of developing a policy of 'violence and discrimination against a large group of people' in the Netherlands over the past five years.

Dutch News

Swedish parties may join forces to block far right group

Mainstream Swedish parties say they would consider alliances with each other after a September election to prevent the far-right from becoming a kingmaker after the vote.

Recent polls show the ruling centre-right Alliance just ahead of the left parties with less than 100 days to go to the national vote, but neither grouping has enough support to establish a clear majority in parliament.

Polls show the right-wing Swedish Democrats would clear the 4 per cent support hurdle needed to win a seat for the first time, potentially casting them in kingmaker role after the September 19th vote.

Neither mainstream bloc is willing to join forces with the Swedish Democrats, a party modelled after France’s National Front which has been confined to the extreme fringe of Sweden’s political scene for most of its 22-year history.

In the event of a hung parliament, the Red-Green opposition would try to get the Liberal or Centre parties – both part of the current government – to support them, a spokeswoman for the Green Party said.

Agneta Borjesson said her party had not discussed co-operating with the Moderate Party, led by prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

The Moderate Party, the largest in the four-party alliance that makes up Sweden’s government, would seek support from the Greens if it was to win the election, but found itself unable to form a majority government.

Irish Times