The above three gentlemen are from left to right, Charles Crichlow, President of the National Black Police Association, Trevor Phillips, leader of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party.
The National Black Police Association website has a new membership policy. It states:
“The NBPA is open to all in policing on application and there is no bar to membership based on colour.”
It goes on to state:
“The NBPA will work in the interests of the UK police services and be an integral partner to ensure equitable service for all and for the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff who we represent. We will also advocate the needs and expectations of BME communities by delivering and supporting strategies and initiatives which have a positive impact on all”
This appears to mean that whilst membership of the NBPA is open to all persons, whatever their ethnicity, faith, gender (and presumably sexual orientation) it sees its role as representing Black and Minority Ethnic staff and will also advocate the needs and expectations of Black and Minority Ethnic communities.
It is important that there is legal clarification on this issue for the following reasons. The NBPA membership comprises police officers. Police officers – whatever their ethnicity, faith, gender and sexual orientation – have a duty and responsibility to enforce the law of the land as applied by statute. This duty and responsibility must be applied without fear or favour. If the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are satisfied that the policy (of representing Black and Minority Ethnic police officers and as an advocate for Black and Minority Ethnic communities) of the NBPA is lawful then it has set a principle that must be applied across the board to other organisations.
There is one organisation in particular that comes to mind. The British National Party. Many readers will know that the BNP has been forbidden by a court order to admit any new members until it opens its membership to members of all races. The BNP has planned to hold an extraordinary general meeting of its members to change the membership criteria to accept all races and Mr. Nick Griffin the party’s leader is advocating this course of action.
Should the BNP vote to change its discriminatory practice and admit all adults – whatever their ethnicity, faith, gender and sexual orientation – then what is sauce for the National Black Police Association’s goose must also be sauce for the British National Party. This is because – rightly or wrongly – the BNP sees itself as representing the views or and advocating the needs of what it describes as the indigenous population of the British Isles.
Should the Equalities and Human Rights Commission subsequently wish to revisit the issue and take action against a reformed BNP due to its policy of representing and acting as an advocate of indigenous Britons then similar action would have to be taken against the NBPA – as both organisations see themselves as representing the needs of specific communities.
It appears that the court order will not be lifted until March as can be seen from the broadcast by Mr. Griffin below: