Last Thursday a coalition of right-wing European parties met in Antwerp, calling themselves “Cities Against Islamization”. Vlaams Belang, the FPÖ (Austria), Alsace d’Abord (a regionalist party), and Pro Köln (Germany) participated.
Before I wade any further into the inevitable controversy that will accompany this post, I must note that it has been widely alleged that the BNP (British National Party) was a partner in this coalition. This assertion derives from a single source — an Australian newspaper — and is uncorroborated by the European media. There is no mention of the BNP in the Radio Netherlands report.
In addition, I received an email from a reliable contact in Belgium who confirms that the BNP was not represented in the coalition. Here are some excerpts from his email:
I just spent an hour googling “BNP Antwerp” and “BNP Antwerp Dewinter” trying to find other press reports than Australian ones about the “alliance” between VB and BNP. Found nothing.
Nothing at the BNP website either. You would imagine that the BNP would mention their “alliance” with the VB, wouldn’t you?
Since when are Australian MSM reports authoritative sources about Belgium? Australia!! No place can be further away from Antwerp.
The party [Vlaams Belang] does not have the manpower to react to every piece of misinformation written in MSM, certainly not it they are as far away as the antipodes in Australia. Not even American parties, who are far richer than the VB, engage in PR activities of this scale.
Since I am not paid by the party to do this, I cannot do it either.
Moreover, I fear that the VB is not interested in what the Australian press writes. Their only worry is to win elections in Belgium.
If one screens all the papers of the world it is easy to come up on a daily basis with some piece of disinformation.
You are not wrong if you write that the BNP is not part of the CaI group.
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However, I do not know how many people attended the meeting, which was a public presentation as well as an open press conference, and who they were. Bart Debie told me that there was an uninvited Brit, who might have told an Australian journalist that he was a BNP member.
I find it strange, however, that (as far as I know) the British press has not written anything about this. Doesn’t that strike you as odd?
Remember that the VB, with 25% of the Flemish electorate, is one of the most successful of the counterjihadist (and pro-Israeli) parties in Europe. It would be a major victory for the Jihadists if they can destroy the party. You are aware as well, I think, that Jihadists with Saudi money are currently buying stakes in the major MSM.
For all we know the Brit may have been an agent provocateur. Or he may have been a genuine BNP member who just came to have a look. Perhaps as a private person or perhaps on behalf of his party.
I repeat, again, that only four political parties belong to CaI:
The VB, the Austrian FPÖ (which is no longer Haider’s party), the Alsatian regionalists and the Cologne city party. Only these four parties spoke at the press conference in Antwerp.
CaI aims to establish a network of local politicians from a municipal level. The cities involved in the network are cities with a strong counter-jihadist representation on the municipal level: Antwerp (VB), Vienna (FPÖ), Strasbourg (Alsace) and Cologne (Germany).
Cities with BNP or FN representation had not been invited and were not present because the group is pro-Israel as well as anti-Muslim.
I think that bloggers should be more careful in checking their sources when parroting what the MSM write. If not, they will soon lose all credibility — as is already the case with some blogs as far as I am concerned.
(By the way: the Australian paper also says that parties from Denmark and Italy were present. This isn’t true either. Radio Netherlands is more accurate and does not mention the BNP at all.)
I’m the first to acknowledge that the BNP is a flawed party. Not only is it officially race-based, it’s statist and socialist in its political philosophy. It’s not a party that I would personally tend to support.
But not everyone who supports the BNP is an agent of Satan. Lionheart, for example, is a non-racist pro-Israel BNP supporter.
I suspect that there are many other disgruntled Britons who feel the same way. They don’t like the anti-Semitism or the socialism, but they’re desperately longing for a political party that is truly dedicated to halting the Islamization of their country. They know that the UKIP has so far proved to be completely ineffectual.
Who would you support?