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Trafalgar Club mugs meet again

Cable Street | 19.10.2007 14:15 | Anti-racism | Migration | Repression | Birmingham

Tomorrow night at the plush Ardencote Manor Country Hotel in Claverdon, Warwickshire, the great and the bad who support the British National Party through its Trafalgar Club dining club will tuck into a meal that they hope will be better than the stale sandwiches they were fed last year.

For the minimum £180 a year they contribute to the club, as well as their invitation to the annual dinner and speech from Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, men receive a tie and women a "personalised organiser file", though only in the first year. Perhaps in the second year they hand out mugs engraved with the words: "The BNP expects every mug to throw away their money to keep the leader and his cabal in the style to which they have become accustomed".

Griffin, fresh from being rescued from an angry crowd in the East Midlands after the police threatened to arrest his private army of security men if they as much as growled at anyone, will soon be jetting off to the USA on a speaking tour of universities. Everybody knows it is just another attempt to raise money to get the party out of its latest financial mess.

It is unclear whether the Trafalgar Club has booked all the hotel's 76 bedrooms at the special discounted rate offered. The BNP's last fundraising dinner in Yorkshire ended in chaos when the vaunted 150 donors were reduced to 32 paying guests plus a free meal for the leader and his wife and a takeaway for the eight-strong security team.

We hope the hotel staff make sure that none of the BNP security team bring in prostitutes and a few lines of coke for their after-hours entertainment.

Readers might like to seek the hotel manager's views about these matters by giving the hotel a call on 01926 843111.

Cable Street