Sunday, 27 February 2011

Chimpanzee meat discovered in British restaurants and market stalls as officials uncover illegal bushmeat

Chimpanzee meat is for sale in restaurants and market stalls in Britain, it has emerged.

Trading standards officials uncovered the illegal bushmeat from the endangered species whilst testing samples believed to be seized from vendors in the Midlands.

The meat, which can cost more than £20 a kilogram, is part of a lucrative black market trade that experts describe as ‘rife’ in Europe.

Last year, the first research on the import of bushmeat into Europe found over 270 tonnes passing through the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris alone.

Illegal bushmeat: The chimpanzee meat, which can cost more than £20 a kilogram, is part of a lucrative black market trade

The chimpanzee meat is understood to have been discovered following raids by trading standards in the Midlands.

A Government whistleblower revealed: ‘It is well known this practice is underway in the region but I was shocked to discover the meat that was tested was once a chimpanzee.

‘Dubious meat is often tested, and has turned out to be things like rats and vermin in the past – but chimpanzee is unbelievable.’

It is not known how the bushmeat arrived in the Midlands, but experts believe it was probably flown into the country from Africa, possibly concealed in personal luggage.

Dr Marcus Rowcliffe, research fellow at the Zoological Society of London and an expert on the trade, said at least five tonnes of bushmeat arrives in Europe every week to be distributed across the continent.

He said: ‘I’m not at all surprised that bushmeat is on sale in the Midlands because we know the trade is going on in the UK and that there is a regular flow of smuggled meat into the country.

‘However, it is not often that chimpanzee is found as that is rare even in the markets of Africa, so I am surprised by that.

‘When we carried out our study at Charles de Gaulle airport, we estimated that five tonnes a week was coming into Europe and then being distributed across the continent by traders in Paris.

‘Obviously I believe less than five tonnes a week makes it into the UK, but there is still a significant amount that is brought in and customs officials are very aware of it.’

He said that smugglers often made no attempt to hide the meat and were caught smuggling the meat in suitcases.

This could be because detecting and seizing bushmeat is not a priority for customs officials and the penalties for importing it are low and rarely enforced, he added.

The word bushmeat is used to describe the flesh of wild animals hunted in places like tropical forests in West and Central Africa, but also in Asia and the Americas.

According to the Born Free foundation, nearly 7,500 tonnes of illegal meat products enter Britain every year.

Some is bushmeat, brought in disguised as other meat products such as beef or lamb.

Once in Britain, more than half the illegal meat is distributed through wholesalers or sold at local street markets.

The trade in bushmeat has become big business and although accurate figures are difficult to find, it is estimated that the international trade in wild animal products has a value of more than £2.5 billion.

Dr Rowcliffe’s team predicted that a 4kg monkey would cost around £85 from smugglers in France, whereas the price would be as little as £4 in Africa.

But although some hunters target gorillas, chimpanzees and other primate species, great apes constitute less than one per cent of bushmeat from all species sold on the market.

Dr Rowcliffe added that bushmeat products were not just imported for consumption but also for medicinal purposes or as status symbols, signifying luxury and wealth.

But he warned that imported meat could be carrying infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth, anthrax, the Ebola virus, TB or cholera.

The bushmeat trade has also had a devastating impact on the numbers of primates living in the wild.

Adina Farmaner, Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute UK, said: ‘It is a reality that bushmeat is being sold on the streets of Britain and I am not surprised that is available in the Midlands.

‘From my own experience of Brixton market in London all you have to do is ask for some ‘special meat’ for a ‘special ceremony’ and you will get what you are looking for.

‘The bushmeat trade is a huge problem in certain parts of Africa and is one of the main reasons the population in the wild has been reduced from approximately one million about 50 years ago, to just a few hundred thousand today.’

Congratulations Birmingham City Football Club

Well Done to Birmingham City Football Club.

Winners of the 2011 Carling Cup Final.

You have done the West Midlands Proud.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

ARTHUR KEMP speaks at Coventry British National Party meeting

Today I had the pleasure of attending the meeting of Coventry branch of the British National Party,

Coventry's meetings are always well attended and they also attract some of the party's best speakers. so today was no difference with the excellent Mr Arthur Kemp speaking.

Coventry Organiser Tom Gower opened the meeting and outlined the plans for the coming local elections. Tom also gave a update on the local Chapelfields campaign to stop the application for a mosque.

Then came the special event, Arthur Kemp. I hear Arthur speak quite a lot but I never get tired of listening to his speeches, I will be uploading a video of his speech later on.

After his speech, Arthur did a question and answer session and as usual the arms went up. The Questions were varied but Arthur answered them all to everyone's satisfaction.

Another excellent meeting by Coventry British National Party.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Why the BNP Will Urge a “No” Vote in the AV Referendum

The British National Party will call on its supporters to vote “no” in a referendum to be held next year on changing Britain’s electoral system to the Alternative Voting (AV) system because it is fundamentally unfair to smaller parties.

The AV system, as proposed by the Liberal-Democrats, is actually even a greater distortion of the democratic process than the current first-past-the-post (FPTP) system, and the BNP would much prefer a party list proportional representation (PLPR) system.

According to a description provided by the Electoral Reform Society, the AV is used to elect representatives for single-member constituencies, much like the FPTP system, except that rather than simply marking one 'X' on a ballot paper, the voter has the chance to rank the candidates.

The voter thus puts a '1' by their first-preference candidate, and can continue, if they wish, to put a '2' by their second-preference, and so on, until they don't care anymore or they run out of names. In some AV elections, such as most Australian elections, electors are required to rank all candidates.

If a candidate receives a majority of first-preference votes (more people put them as number one than all the rest combined), then they are elected.

If no candidate gains a majority on first preferences, then the second-preference votes of the candidate who finished last on the first count are redistributed. This process is repeated until someone gets over 50 per cent.

From this system it is clear that smaller parties are disadvantaged and their votes will always be “redistributed” to other parties.

A PLPR system however, is widely recognised as the fairest and most democratic way of ensuring that votes cast are properly represented in a parliament.

For this reason, the PLPR system is in fact the single most commonly used election system in the world.

Party list systems are divided into “open” and “closed” systems. In a closed system, people vote for parties rather than people, whereas in an open system, votes are cast, at least theoretically, for individual candidates.

Most countries that use a PLPR system apply a minimum threshold of votes which a party must gain to in order to be allocated seats.

Translating votes into seats within a PLPR system can happen using a number of different formulae, the most common being the D'Hondt method (used in UK European Parliament elections), theSainte-Laguë method, the Huntington-Hill method and the largest-remainder method.

The current system’s inconsistencies are revealed by an analysis of the May 2010 general election.

In that contest, the British National Party poled 563,743 votes and won no parliamentary seats.

However, the Scottish National Party polled 491,386 votes and won 6 seats in parliament.

In Wales, Plaid Cymru polled 165,394 votes and won 3 seats in parliament, and is coalition with the Labour Party ruling Wales.

The Green Party polled 285,616 votes and won one seat in parliament.

The distortions become even clearer when the Northern Ireland election results are analysed.

Sinn Fein, for example, polled 171,942 votes and won 5 seats in parliament.

The Democratic Unionist Party polled 168,216 votes and won 8 seats in parliament, while the SDLP polled 110,970 votes and won 3 seats in parliament.

The obscure Alliance Party, meanwhile, polled 42,762 votes and won one seat in parliament.

From these figures it is obvious that the current system leads to massive distortions in representation of the public will as represented in Westminster. It is therefore not surprising that the Tories, Labour, and Liberal Democrats seek to either maintain the current system or to introduce an even more unfair AV polling method.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Nick Griffin MEP: Man-made climate change is the deadliest scam in history

Islamic School students 'won't miss out' on schooling despite closure

PUPILS at a Birmingham Islamic school at the centre of a documentary row will not miss out on their education, despite the school shutting its doors until March.

Darul Islamic High School in Small Heath will be closed from today until next month amid safety fears over an investigation which filmed a hate-filled speech to pupils. The Dispatches documentary, Lessons in Hatred and Violence, which aired on Channel 4 last night, showed a preacher making remarks about Hindus and ranting: “Disbelievers are the worst creatures”.

But teachers at the school insisted it was an “isolated incident” involving a 17-year-old senior student talking to pupils and said the teenager was expelled last August.

Teacher Sayed Islam said the half-term break was moved forward by a week after meetings with police.

Mr Islam said: “We have brought half term forward but cancelled a week of leave in June.”

A spokesman for Channel 4 defended the programme, saying the comments made in the film “speak for themselves”.

The spokesman said: “Our investigation exposed numerous adults in positions of authority at the school on many different occasions teaching pupils as young as 11 years of age contempt for other religions and wider society.

"These include speakers, teachers, senior teachers and visiting ‘Maulanas’. The school continues to fail to respond to address these issues.

“The programme clearly raises concerns about those in positions of responsibility in these schools – not the pupils who attend.”

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Official's Conference

Just got back from what was an hectic 2 days, Friday night was spent in Stoke on Trent attending an Advisory Council meeting, which was very positive.

Today was the Officials Conference, which was held in Stoke on Trent, and I must pass on my thanks to all the Stoke team for making sure the Venue was good and they kept the Tea and Coffee going all day, They also did an excellent buffet as well. Well Done Stoke BNP you did the West Midlands proud.

The conference was an excellent one, and it was nice to see so many of the West Midlands officials attending, I was unable to take any photo's has I was to busy all day. If anybody as any photo's then please pass them on to me.

I am knackered so I am going to have a nice rest tonight.