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During the Panorama interview, Nick Griffin proudly spoke of the BNP's PR operation.

He said, "We are good at getting publicity on a shoe string. This organisation, you probably worked out, is basically made with shoestring, ceiling wax and bits of orange peel. We do miracles. So yes, we are good at getting publicity."

The BNP doesn't have a publicity department. Its press officer is Dr Stuart Russell, but he goes by the name of Dr Phill Edwards.

The Party neither has the membership nor the finance to mount an effective national campaign of publicity.

It places considerable importance on using the internet as a cheap and fast means of getting it's message across. It also recently introduced a BNP info line complete with daily news and a CD track of the month.

The party continues to attract considerable media coverage both on television and radio, particularly since the General Election.

Publicity stunts

At the 2001 General Election count in Oldham, Nick Griffin and Mick Treacy, the two BNP candidates, both wore gags and t-shirts with the slogan "Gagged for Telling the Truth". This stunt was in response to the ban on speeches at the declaration. The Returning Officer was worried that, so soon after the race riots in Oldham, there might be trouble.

In another example, BNP activists dressed up as clergy outside Canterbury Cathedral. They handed out anti-Islamic leaflets.


Panorama investigated the BNP's PR operation
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