While leaving home from work with the UAF dispute sadly still ongoing, I got a text from a fellow South Londoner and a call from a UAF activist confirming that British National Party members were leafleting Surbiton Rail Station, in South West London/Surrey.
When I got there, they were two men distributing BNP leaflets, one about 6 foot, balding, bespectacled and appeared to be in his late 30s, the other joker was in his late 40s, dark but greying hair also wearing glasses and around 5 foot 5. It was the latter who had the gall to hand me a leaflet, so I asked:
Why do you think you have the right to hand out this shit?
He retorted that I didn’t own these streets and tried to engage in conversation about how “reasonable” the BNP were. I pointed out some basic facts of Nick Griffin being in the National Front and recently photographed in Liverpool with a White Power flag, I demanded he should leave. The other guy then accused me of denying their democratic right to freedom of speech.
I’m giving you the freedom to say what you want, and I’m using the very same freedom to shout you down.
The smaller guy warned me that if I continued he would call the police, to which I laughed and then started shouting to commuters that the BNP is a racist party and not to take their filth. Other commuters started to join in with me and very few commuters took any of their GLA propaganda. The smaller guy still tried to argue that the BNP were no longer racist. I asked the taller one if he thought Nick Griffin was a racist, his reply was
I started loudly telling the good commuters of Surbiton that this member can’t even deny that Nick Griffin is a racist. So I then asked him if the BNP was a racist party, his reply was the same. After about 10 minutes of fruitless leafleting and more irate commuters surrounding them including this legend. They packed up and left, with the full knowledge that fascist scum were not welcome.
What made me laugh however was how desperate and ideologically confused their literature was- I kid you not:
The Greater London area is a diverse community made up of many different cultural and ethnic groups.
Although there are some benefits, we should always remember the dangers that come with this clash of cultures, which is why our traditional British identity MUST be represented on the GLA by the British National Party…
Carlos for Mayor
Moral of the story: When and where the BNP or racists show up, anti-fascists must be ready to directly confront them.
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