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Charlie Brooker writing about the BNP.

The BNP have been using pictures of Spitfires from the Battle of Britain to promote themselves and their whole thing of "bah, get those scummy non-Brits out of here, what have they ever done for us!" It's amusing because in the Battle of Britain the British side contained about 3,00 people and roughly 1/5 of them weren't British (the non-Brits included Poles, Kiwis, Australians, Czechoslovakians and one Jamaican amongst others)..

Date: 2009-05-20 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Apparently one photo they used was positively identified as being flown by a Pole :o)

Date: 2009-05-20 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Their incompetence makes them even more ridiculous. I cannot understand how people can take them seriously.
Edited Date: 2009-05-20 11:27 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-05-20 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Actually yes, the Spitfire in their photos was one used by one a squadron of exiled Polish pilots who'd managed to escape Poland after the German invasion. In fact Polish pilots manned two RAF Fighter squadrons during the Battle of Britain, namely 302 and 303 Squadrons respectively. According to the source I have to hand, ie The Oxford Companion to the Second World War* eighty nine Polish pilots flew combat sorties over the course of the battle, of whom some thirty were killed in action. One of the many reasons that this country erected and still continues to honour them and their many countrymen at The Polish War Memorial - you'll find it just off the A40 near RAF Northolt.
And yes I'm preaching to the converted here, but no harm in having some facts available the next time one encounters any of these BNP w***ers

*I don't have the appropriate National Archive references to hand, but will gladly go and do the appropriate research if need be.

Date: 2009-05-21 01:44 pm (UTC)
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Good one. I caught them interviewing a BNP MP on working lunch the other week, the usual, the MP was trying to make out they are in no way racist, and when the interviewer argued against him, he of course could not make a proper come back that didn't sound like a half assed, cover-up.

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