As tempting as it is to revel in the news that the BNP’s whole member list has been posted on the internet and as much as it’s easy to laugh at and mock the party, it’s actually not that funny.
Thinking it might not be a genuine list I was at first reluctant to pass comment but it seems that the party leader, the wonderfully embracing Mr. Nick Griffin, has confirmed on his hate web-site that the list is genuine and that some names have been wrongly added with malicious intent so of course now I can’t keep my mouth shut.
It’s no secret here that I detest the BNP and what it stands for but this seemingly vindictive act of treason has put many people in a precarious position. Crucially, people’s jobs are in jeopardy. Many people who have been ‘outed’ are forbidden from joining the BNP and could face dismissal. Among the members list are the names, addresses, emails and occupations of police officers, members of the armed forces, teachers and religious representatives and although I can’t deny my disdain for anyone wishing to become a member of such a far right extremist group that, let’s not deny it, has an evil single issue agenda, and although I can’t resist taking a long and close peep at the whole list, and although I really want to be mean-minded and spiteful and rejoice in their public exposure on account of their misguided desires to be a part of such a dreadful political party, those people do have the right to have their identities kept private.
That said, I am grossly uncomfortable, but not surprised, with the fact that police officers, teachers and religious ministers are included on that list. I find it hard to believe they can go about their duties without their beliefs affecting their attitude towards the citizens/school children that they are paid to tend to. For example, how can a teacher who believes in the ideology of the BNP, affectively teach a child of ethnic origin when that teacher feels that the child should not be there?
It’s being said that the person who breached securities and released such sensitive and confidential data is a member of the party’s leadership so this is a betrayed of the most vengeful kind but it’s also indicative of some serious in-party conflict so maybe it’s best if they just shut up shop, you know, cease business and all that . . . for the betterment of us all.