The controversial British National Party says they are considering running a candidate in the next Derry City Council elections.
The party’s Regional Organiser Steven Moore says the BNP have party members in the Derry area and enjoys good support for their policies here. Mr Moore said that the BNP could bring a lot to the table in the north-west and would not rule out the possibility of opening an advice centre in the region.
Speaking to Newswire, Mr Moore said that the BNP’s policies transcended the sectarian divide in the northwest and that both Protestant and Catholic supported the party.
“The party has currently around 10,000 members in the UK,” he said. “We are sure that we would enjoy a fair amount of support for our policies, certainly in Unionist enclaves of Londonderry. But of course mass and uncontrolled immigration is having a detrimental effect on Nationalist areas as well. Therefore there will be a fair amount of people from these communities who identify with our stance on the issue.
“Would we consider running a candidate in Londonderry? We would consider running candidates anywhere in Northern Ireland if we feel that there is enough support for us. Of course, it is dependent on local members from the area in question putting themselves forward to stand. We believe that representatives should come from the vicinity.”
And Mr Moore had high hopes of a BNP party member running for an MLA’s post.
“In the Northern Ireland Assembly, if elected, we would be a voice against the horrendous waste and mis-rule of the SF/DUP coalition. The BNP alone speak out against mass uncontrolled immigration, the bogus asylum scandal, our people being put last, and suffering detriment as result. Not one of the other parties in Northern Ireland do.
We recognise that there are two distinct cultures in Northern Ireland both of which are indigenous to the British Isles. We reject enforced multiculturalism.”
With the UK and Ireland’s economies in a downturn and unemployment rising, academics and experts say we are witnessing the rise of a new ‘far right’. Certainly Mr Moore said that he has seen a marked increase in support for his party in Northern Ireland since the recession began.
“Obviously people in these austere times are chasing all to scarce jobs and then realise that a lot of jobs have went to foreign migrant workers,” he said. “They know that we are the only party who promote the slogan ‘British jobs for British workers’. Flooding the country with migrant workers only benefits big business by driving down wages and keeping them low. Local people with mortgages and families cannot compete with this. At the same time one cannot condemn foreign nationals for trying to make a living. But I condemn the government for allowing this to happen by keeping us in the EU.”
Mr Moore said that the BNP could go a long way in helping repair Northern Ireland.
“A good start would be to campaign for our withdrawal from the EU and demand that the foreign aid (which is soon to top 12 billion) be redirected to the UK to support our ailing NHS and education system.
We also, it has to be said, do not subscribe to sectarian politics being used by some of the other parties. We have members from both the Protestant and Roman Catholic communities and they all have common concerns. Our view is Northern Ireland is an integral part of the UK paid for by the blood of our forefathers both Protestant and Catholic.”
Mr Moore also said that on a recent visit to Northern Ireland, BNP leader Nick Griffin had discussed the matter of setting up an advice centre somewhere in the north.