The BNP election candidate for Yeovil, Bob Baehr, will be remembered by older activists as a colourful member of the anti-roads movement of the 1990's. That's not news - the BNP themselves boast about his "environmental credentials". What his new BNP friends may not know, however, is that "Smoky Baehr" has one of the most prodigious appetites for cannabis in the south-west! How does that fit with the fascist party's stance on drugs, Bob?
No-one who was active in the campaign to save Twyford Down from roadbuilding in the 1990's can fail to remember Bob - or "Smoky Baehr" as we used to call him! He was nearly always seen with a joint in hand; I remember him skinning up in a TV studio just before being interviewed about the campaign, and he quoted his criminal convictions for drug possession as badges of honour. He was also active in the campaign to legalise marijuana (see his support for the campaign, near the bottom of the page, at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/decriminalise-cannabis-1142257.html
I'm not taking any moralistic view on cannabis here, or condemning Bob for his toking (although, to be honest, a lifetime of cannabis use may have fed his notorious paranoia - which he is now focusing on islam, via the BNP). It's just good to expose politicians for their hypocrisy - especially when they are fascist politicians. It's a fair bet that Bob is a bit less evangelical about the benefits of cannabis when canvassing in Yeovil than he used to be to anyone within range at Twyford Down! It's sad to see anyone who used to be involved in a progressive movement twist their energy into supporting the BNP, to see an ally transformed to an enemy; now, Bob must get ready to see a few skeletons come out of his closet. It's important that the BNP, who try so hard to seem respectable, are exposed as hypocrites as well as racists and fascists.