‘British workers’ urging you to vote BNP are foreigners

From today’s Daily Mail, also available to view on the Daily Mail website:

The British National Party was accused of staging ‘a cynical con’ yesterday, after it was revealed that men featured on its keynote poster campaign are foreigners.

One of the posters, which is being advertised up and down the country on a BNP truck, shows three men in hard-hats under the slogan ‘British jobs for British workers’.

But it has emerged they are in fact American models who posed for a photoshoot in the U.S. 

Party bosses, led by Nick Griffin, have also printed millions of leaflets making bogus claims that a doctor and a respectable OAP couple are among their supporters. 

The doctor was yesterday reported to be another American model, while the pensioners are the Italian parents of a photographer – and are not even entitled to vote in this country.

It comes months after the party was ridiculed for using a picture of a Spitfire flown by Polish airmen in a campaign calling for Eastern European migrant workers to be banned from coming to Britain.

Opposition MPs yesterday said they would be reporting the far-right party for ‘misrepresenting’ the views of the people photographed in its latest campaign.

Labour MP Jon Cruddas said: ‘How cynical can the BNP get? I can only assume no decent person would pose for posters or leaflets for the BNP, so they had to make it all up. The British people will see this for what it is – a cynical con.’

Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price added: ‘These leaflets hideously misrepresent the views of the people photographed. I call on the Royal Mail to stop distribution immediately.’

A spokesman for anti-fascist group Searchlight said: ‘This is a catastrophic own goal by Nick Griffin and the BNP.’



  1. Steve Middleton May 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I always suspected you were a closet Lib Dem, Richard.

  2. Richard Carvath May 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks Steve, I’m glad you’re going to raise this issue with Big Nick himself.

    Dating websites… well, what can I say? I do go on one but no joy so far… perhaps I’m barking up the wrong tree looking for love at Lib-Dem-Ladies-4U.com?

    But I might persist a bit longer. Lib-Dem-Ladies-4U has a special offer on at the moment… vote Lib Dem on 4th June and get a guaranteed free date with a Lib Dem Lovely on June 5th!

    Oh yeah! I feel like offsetting my carbon footprint already.

  3. Steve Middleton May 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Spending a lot of time on dating websites, eh Richard? :-p You’ll be surprised to learn there was nothing in our current manifesto about ‘profile photos on single dating websites’ however, I will certainly be happy to put this issue to Nick Clegg on your behalf when I see him.

  4. Richard Carvath May 18, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Tell you what Steve, never mind the BNP’s photo shenanigans… what about profile photos on singles dating websites, eh?

    There are some serious crimes of misrepresentation going on there – let me tell you.

    What’s the Lib Dem policy on that?

    And speaking of stock photos, there’s an interesting and unsubstantiated rumour going round at the moment that Iain Lindley has allegedly licensed several photographic images of himself for use in web adverts for the Pink Panthers singles dating website which is, I am told, the place to go if you really want a 1-2-1 with hunky Tory Boys.


  5. Steve Middleton May 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Andrew Reeves has commented further on this story here:-

    He points out that the picture of the Doctor on the BNP leaflet is a stock photograph that has been used on more than 20 other websites since 2006.

    See that evidence here:-

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