The BNP are attempting to position themselves as the only “true” supporters of British service personnel, but have difficulty offering congratulations to certain recipients of the Victoria Cross.
The BNP, led by Nick Griffin, called Johnson Beharry “an immigrant” and claimed his heroics, which saved the lives of 30 fellow soldiers, were simply “routine”.
On its website the far-right political party states that Lance Corporal Beharry only received Britain’s top military honour because of “positive discrimination by the PC-mad government”.
It comes just days after the party held an Armed Forces Awareness Day to try to portray themselves as “the only party that supports our troops”.
In truth, Beharry’s actions – which were also announced as a supplement in the London Gazette of 18 March 2005 – included:
He was at the head of a five-vehicle convoy when it came under attack in the town of al-Amarah on 1 May 2004. He guided the column through a mile of enemy ground to drop off wounded comrades at great risk to his own safety, his citation said.
Weeks later, his vehicle was hit by an rocket-propelled grenade round. Despite receiving horrific head injuries, he drove out of the ambush and again saved his crew.
Hardly a routine matter, but what’s new? As reported by Seismic Shock, the BNP and their ‘vicar’ Robert West are presenting themselves as the saviours of British Christianity. Except when it is presented by “ambitious Africans”, as Simon Darby describes the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu (hint, when even the Daily Mail thinks you are a bunch of knuckle scraping bigots, it is time to reassess the situation).
So, in the spirit of honouring British troops, let me suggest pushing Darby out of an aeroplane.