Edwin Greenwood, writer of the brilliantly humorous Dogwash blog, has today written a piece entitled ‘Off the books’ in which he draws attention to the dubious nature of two ‘Campaigns Officers’ posts advertised by the Hope Not Hate organisation on the House of Commons website w4mp. The overview appended to the post descriptions in the advertisement are very telling, and point to the fundamentally anti-democratic nature of Hope Not Hate:
“HOPE not hate is one of the largest and most successful political action groups in the country. Working with local community groups across the country we have managed to undermine the BNP both at the ballot box and in the wider community. Our focus for 2012 is to ensure that the BNP, and any other far right party, fail to get anyone elected onto the London Assembly and that they are defeated in the councils seats they are defending around the country.
The Campaign Officers, who will be part of the campaigns team, will help deliver grassroots anti-fascistcampaigns in our target areas. We are recruiting two posts, one to focus on theLondon elections and the second to focus on target areas for the local elections. Both roles will necessitate travel.”
This prompts Edwin Greenwood to comment:
“Whatever your view of the BNP itself, either now or at the height of its brief period of ascendancy a couple of years ago, there is something very dubious about all of this. The funding and conduct of election campaigns is subject to close supervision by the Electoral Commission. Or at least that is what applies to the candidates and their parties. And yet here is an organization spending significant sums and deploying significant resources in opposing a specific, individual party. And it does so entirely unaccountably and without limit.”
His analysis and misgivings are spot on. Read the article in full here. It seems to me that the anti-democratic intent and mode of operations of this organisation and kindred campaigns such as UAF and Searchlight merit a major exposé. Would this not serve as an excellent focus for a Channel 4 Dispatches investigation?