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BNP removes 'rape myth' candidate

In a statement on the BNP website, the party said Mr Eriksen had "taken responsibility and unlike other politicians faced with similar circumstances has acted swiftly and honourably to resolve this matter".

"It was felt that no matter how much Nick Eriksen's blog comments, written back in 2005, had been distorted and taken out of the context of a blog which reflected our tough stance on all sorts of crime, they could still be perceived as trivialising the issue in a manner that many women in particular could have found extremely offensive."

It added: "Whilst this party remains committed to free speech it should be understood that with that freedom comes responsibility."


Not much of an apology, is it? My mental translation ran thus:

He said bad things, but the media made it seem worse that it is. It's sort of what we believe in anyway, really, which is why we let him write it back then, but the media have made such a fuss, he's going to stand down really quickly. We're going to point out that other MPs involved in media scandals don't stand down so quickly, to try to make ourselves look good.

Quite how the media can make someone saying 'only rape by a stranger counts as rape' seem worse, I don't know.

Date: 2008-04-03 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nils.livejournal.com
He's not an MP - BNP don't have any MPs (fortunately). Though they might get elected to the London assembly in May...

Your mental translation seems about right, though.
Edited Date: 2008-04-03 12:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-03 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emmelinemay.livejournal.com
fixed that! God, can you imagine if he was an MP? VILE VILE VILE.

Date: 2008-04-03 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glamgothruthy.livejournal.com
i think they used to have an MP up in the midlands where there was a lot of 'tribal' troubles. Don't know if he stil is.

Date: 2008-04-03 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaketherat.livejournal.com
No, they had a couple of council seats in Walsall as I recall, but have never actually managed a real live MP.

Date: 2008-04-03 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaketherat.livejournal.com
Actually, it was Burnley

Date: 2008-04-03 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mnowster.livejournal.com
I agree with you! The fact it took them sooooo long to remove him suggests that they were fine about him having those views back in 2005, only because of the media that they've removed him.

many women in particular could have found extremely offensive.

Err, 1. there's no "could" about it and 2. I think that majority of men found it extremely offensive as well! So why pin it to women in particular! Suggests an underlying we[BNP] still agree with it but it's just women being sensitive over the issue!

Grrrr and indeed Arrrrrg.

Date: 2008-04-03 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emmelinemay.livejournal.com
Suggests an underlying we[BNP] still agree with it but it's just women being sensitive over the issue!

The whole statement suggests to me that they're sort of going 'goodness me, what a fuss about nothing. If those pesky women would just accept what men say, none of this would happen. I blame Emmeline Pankhurst and those darned suffragettes, this never happened when only chaps could vote'.

Date: 2008-04-03 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkapotheosis.livejournal.com
I find it hard to imagine BNP types saying things like Goodness! or Chaps! I still think of them as types who say things like "yoo want some bovver mayte?" and have Nazi tattoos and the like(You know the Milwall fan stereotype). Personally I find the whole thing so abhorrent and the idea that these people can gain this strong a political foothold makes me despair of our whole political system.

I may have to set the Manatees on them all
Edited Date: 2008-04-03 12:27 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-03 12:34 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-03 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mnowster.livejournal.com
Yeh true. How do they get on with the female members of the BNP though? There are female BNP constituents(I think that's the right word), they're used to promote the message that women should stay at home, yet there they are being a constituenty person = NO sense! The whole BNP, just makes me feel both angry and sad.

Date: 2008-04-03 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emmelinemay.livejournal.com
There's that special logic again.

Date: 2008-04-03 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkapotheosis.livejournal.com
They'd know all about their disturbing and disgusting points of view when they were staring down the business end of a fully loaded Manatee!

Date: 2008-04-03 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] d-floorlandmine.livejournal.com
There are female BNP councillors, too. ISTR from Private Eye last year that two of them got done for expense fraud ...

Date: 2008-04-03 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ephemera.livejournal.com
that is pretty damn grudging...

Date: 2008-04-03 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] load-of-flannel.livejournal.com
I think it was Tony Ben that once commented that the BNP should possibly be given more Media coverage and attention as every time they said anything at all they lost voters.

The upside of 'freedom of speech' in this context is that at least we know what the F8ckwit actually thought.

Date: 2008-04-03 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dirtyoldtownie.livejournal.com
I've read the full post - I shan't link here as anyone clicking through would show him receiving a hit from your post - and it's actually worse when you read the whole thing. He signs off by saying "Men who go along with the rape myth (for all types of rape - including 'husband-rape') are either morons or traitors."

Which basically makes him a bit of a dick, when you think about it.

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