With Nick Griffin standing down as chairman of the BNP — apparently to save face following an election wipeout in May — here’s everything you need to know about the party’s new leader, Adam Walker:
- For a start, he’s a convicted drink driver
- Narrowly avoided prison after driving his Land Rover over a village green in pursuit of 11 year-old children, then slashing their bicycle tyres with a stanley knife. Then working as a secondary school teacher, Walker was banned from the profession for life over this incident.
- In a previous standards hearing, Walker was found to have posted racist messages on the internet during a lesson. He used the username “Corporal Fox” to suggest a military link.
- Wore military fatigues to falsely suggest he was a serving member of armed forces — before admitting he was no such thing.
- Called Britain a “multicultural shithole”.
While the handover was at least partly by mutual consent (rather than a coup) this will be unwelcome news for for a number of BNP officials which rely on Griffin for patronage — and threatens to further destabilise the party.
It’s great to see the BNP led by a man with such convictions … for, errr, drink driving, dangerous driving and possessing a bladed instrument.
UPDATE: A previous version of this story stated that Walker had never served in the armed forces but Scrapbook has subsequently discovered that he had — as a tank crewman in the Royal Armoured Corps from 1985 to 1990. This failed to keep him out of trouble, however, with a military charity criticising his use of desert fatigues in an appearance alongside Nick Griffin in April 2010. This came just days after the government introduced stricter guidelines on the use of military uniforms in a political context.