Wrapping street politics and a savvy social media presence in a registered party vehicle, far-right knuckle draggers Britain First are rapidly filling the vacuum left by the now rudderless EDL and BNP.
With the parties standing in the Rochester and Strood by-election entitled to a free mail shot delivered to each property in the constituency, Royal Mail are refusing to deliver Britain’s First (thoroughly racist) leaflet on the grounds that it “does not comply with the law”.
That the leaflet focuses on proposals for a mosque and community centre will not be a surprise to anyone who has seen the disgusting video of candidate (and Britain First deputy leader) Jayda Fransen haranguing worshippers exiting an existing facility in Gillingham.
A Royal Mail spokesman told Scrapbook:
“Royal Mail has a legal obligation under the Representation of the People Act 1983 to deliver Parliamentary election mail. Royal Mail may refuse to carry election mail if we consider its contents to be illegal, for example if it is threatening, abusive or insulting or is intended to cause distress or anxiety.
“We have procedures in place to evaluate whether election mail complies with the law. In this instance, we consider that the election mail in question does not comply with the law and have therefore refused to carry it.”
The BNP, meanwhile, are yet to field a candidate in the contest. If they don’t get an application in by 4pm on Tuesday it’ll be their fourth by-election no-show in a row.