Thanks to my friends at TWAFA (Tyne & Wear Anti-Fascist Action) for alerting me last night to the astonishing news that the BNP's entire membership list has been posted online, perhaps by a disgruntled ex-member.
Four of you have also helpfully commented on this via the previous "Small earthquake in North Road" post. It would seem there are 28 BNP members who give Darlington as part of their postal address, although this includes one poor 16 year old, who I'm sure now he wishes he'd given the racists a very wide berth when they knocked on his door.
One of you has also offered to post the names of the Darlington BNP members online via the comments section, and I have considered whether to do this within this post.
On balance, I don't think this would be sensible - whilst I don't doubt for a moment that this is a list of people the BNP thinks are or have been members, I'm reluctant to post the names myself because I'm sure it will include mistakes, including telephone numbers. I don't want anyone to be falsely accused as a result of some BNP bureaucratic cock-up. It could also breach Data Protection legislation.
Following the lead given by Lancaster UAF, I'm also not publishing a link to the site directly, but I would simply direct you to the Wikileaks site - always a worthwhile read!
This is the most serious setback the BNP have had in years, and we can only hope that a lot of these people will be shamed into leaving the party as a result of this disclosure. Being a member of the racist, Holocaust-denying party is no longer a dirty little secret.