Politics requires propaganda, and effective propaganda requires self-discipline
- BNP Language & Concepts Discipline Manual April 2009
With journalists increasingly scrutinising the BNP’s policies, the party looks to spread its message direct to the British public.
However, as the Daily Mirror shows, the leaflets it distributes are far from truthful.
Fake BNP leaflet shows there is no lie too big for the BNP – The Daily Mirror
Just as with the party’s media statements, it is important for statements in materials such as these to be questioned and challenged. In the Mirror article Nick Lowles from Hope not Hate expressed his concern about the party’s approach to publicity: “The BNP will say and do anything to win your vote, even if it means making it up.”
Clearly it is an important part of a journalist’s role to ensure that lies by political parties do not go unchallenged.