The trial began yesterday of an ex-BNP candidate, accused of 'conspiring to cause an explosion'. Last October the police raided two peoples' homes in Pendle and uncovered explosives, rocket launchers, chemicals, BNP literature and a nuclear biological suit. A former British National Party member, Robert Cottage, who stood in last year's local electioons in Colne has now subsequently been accused of possessing the largest amount of chemical explosives of its type ever found in the country.
Maybe I have missed the story, but I have not seen this covered in any of our national newspapers or national broadcast media. Why? If these kind of things had been discovered in the home of a British Muslim I suspect the media would be playing a rather different tune. Think of the front page headlines recently when similar discoveries were made elsewhere in the country.
The national media need to be very careful on these issues. I can't understand the news judgement which says it's not a story when explosives are found in a BNP member's house, yet when the same thing happens in the Muslim community it is on the front page.
If you do a Google search on 'Robert Cottage BNP' all you get is a whole host of stories from the local press in Lancashire and assorted left wing publications. I could find not a single mention of it in a national mainstream newspaper. Are they afraid of the BNP?
For background see the following links: PENDLE TODAY, LANCS EVENING TELEGRAPH (which only gave it a cursory mention yesterday), and the MINISTRY OF TRUTH, who first wrote about this in October 2006.