Leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin, is grooming his daughter to take over the BNP, according to this story in today’s Daily Mirror. The move can been seen in a similar light to the possible leadership succession in France’s neo-fascist Front National (FN). Jean Marie Le Pen, the leader of FN has made his daughter, Marine, the secretary of the party in order to not only give the party a softer image but to keep the entire rotten business in the family.
Jennifer Matthys, 24, stood as a BNP candidate for the party in Delyn and attracted a paltry 844 votes. Matthys was a former youth leader for the party and has been given more responsibilities by her incredibly sweaty father. After failing to win a single seat in Westminster, Griffin has been under pressure to resign. Fat chance of that happening. There’s probably more chance that the party will begin to fragment as the National Front did in the early 80’s. The party currently has 28 local council seats and 2 MEPs.
Meanwhile The Grauniad reports that financial turmoil is looming for the BNP as Griffin and two others face charges of contempt of court. It seems that the BNP constitution wasn’t changed but worded slightly differently to give the effect that change had taken place.
Finally, did you know that Griffin and Le Pen share something else in common besides fascist politics? They are both blind in their left eye… I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere.