|Ex-BNP man faces EXPLOSIVES charge - No Media Outrage Yet!|
|Ex-BNP man faces EXPLOSIVES charge - No Media Outrage Yet!|
|Thursday, 05 October 2006|
A FORMER British National Party member has been accused of possessing the largest amount of chemical explosives of its type ever found in the country.
Robert Cottage, 49, of Talbot Street, Colne, appeared before Burnley magistrates charged with possession of an explosive substance.
Cottage was charged under the Explosives Substances Act 1883 on Monday night after forensic experts searched his home, allegedly discovering chemical components which could be used to make explosives.
Police sealed off Cottage's home last Thursday and finished their search at the weekend.
Officers claim that their find is the largest haul of chemicals of its kind discovered in someone's home in the country.
However, the exact nature of the chemicals has not been revealed.
David Leach, representing Cottage made no application for bail.
Magistrates remanded Cottage in custody and referred his case to Burnley Crown Court where he is due to appear later this month.
Cottage, a sub-contracted driver for Lancashire County Council, stood for the BNP in the May elections in the Vivary Bridge ward of Colne.
l Police were yesterday searching a house in Trent Road, Nelson, where a 62-year-old-man was arrested in connection with the investigation.
He was last night being quizzed by detectives.
Readers have left 23 comments.
Come on MPACUK.
First the reporting tabloid isn't the SUN.
Second He's not a Muslim.
Anyway be glad that the SUN didn't print the story.
It would have read
Lancashire Police have arrested a white law abidding citizen for having an arsenal of Fireworks. The pensioner thought the Police were joking but after a while the sparkle died out and the rockets just went up in a puff of smoke.
(1) 2006-10-05 16:14:57
Amazing isn't it. If this is not proof that the press are Islamophobic then I do not know what is. I wonder how many police were involved and what the cost of the 'operation' was. Mind you most of the BNP would not be able to read the instructions on how to make a bomb so Colne was probably fairly safe anyway.
(2) 2006-10-05 19:19:02
Thats because Muslims are the enemy !!!
(3) 2006-10-05 19:32:02
that is not a fair comment
Mr R Cottage is English and he plays cricket and has a pint with the local bobby in their local pub
Now that does not sound like a bearded muslim from the local mosque.. so what is the problem
Only people who hate the west are at risk of becoming suicide bombers..not white upright english gentlemen of the bnp party ...they do not bomb people, or do they?
(4) 2006-10-05 23:01:58
Appeal to Mr Yen Blair, please discharge this BNP leader, because he is not a muslim!!!!! ha ha ha.
Apeal to media, please dont write any news on it as there is no muslim involved.
(5) 2006-10-06 07:51:57
Ruth, your comment can be taken two ways. Do you really mean that Muslims are the enemy or are you saying it sarcastically as a jibe at the press. Please clear this up for me.
(6) 2006-10-06 08:52:51
It does not fit in with the medias agenda of villifying muslims other wise it would have been splashed all over the news 24 hours a day.
just imagine if the killers of those kids in america had been muslims you would not be able to shut up the islamophobes in the bbc and sky news, but did you notice there was no mention of the killers religion, i do do not know who is monitioring the media as they are islampohobes with out a doubt.
if a christian-hindu-sikh or jews commits a crime it is john smith-mr.raj sharma-mr,balbinder singh or mr.aaron cohen who comnitted the crime, but when muhammed hussain commits a crime it was a muslim who did it, if that is not clear cut discrimination what is.
(7) 2006-10-06 14:42:47
What is Britian coming to? When we will not report on a big story like a BNP member being caught with explosives, but we are happy to report that a muslim is a terrorist without any real evidence.
I feel it is not only the muslims that under attack but the whole moral values of Britian are under attack. We as British citizens must not let this racism take over the country. Come on people wake up, lets stop slandering muslims becuase Britians moral integrity is on the line!!
Boycott Israeli apertheid! Join the Palestinian Solidarity group!!
(8) 2006-10-06 14:54:55
"Jews are the enemy" a quote from Hitler, so the daily vilification of our cousins be the zionist fifth column, well the hypocrisy reeks, define "we" as zionists have NO loyalty to the UK they live in.
(9) 2006-10-06 15:34:07
Just one point - BNP membership runs from January to December.
Robert Cottage stood for election as BNP candidate in May 2006 and must have been a member at the time in order to be a candidate.
His membership, therefore, DOES NOT expire until December 31st 2006.
(10) 2006-10-07 00:32:41
I have just emailed Sky and the BBC and have demanded to know why this has been ignored. How absolutely disgusting. MPAC - please make sure that this is kept on your site prominently and encourage everyone to tell as many people about this story. It shows the mainstream media in all it's low-down racist, politically-loaded glory. Everyone must try to post this story on all the sites they go on and tell all their friends - lets shame the media and expose them once and for all.
(11) 2006-10-07 11:00:12
"if a christian-hindu-sikh or jews commits a crime it is john smith-mr.raj sharma-mr,balbinder singh or mr.aaron cohen who comnitted the crime, but when muhammed hussain commits a crime it was a muslim who did it, if that is not clear cut discrimination what is."
If the Christian/Hindu/Sikh or Jew were to commit a crime which was motivated by their relgion then i'm sure their religious affiliation would be reported as relevant.
The reason why a muslim's religion is often reported is because the crime is often committed in the perceived defence of islam.
A muslim shoplifter, burglar or car thief would not have their religion reported. A muslim terrorist would. Nothing wrong in that.
When Christians/hindus/sikhs or Jews begin to kill british muslims in the name of their religion and brethrin, then you may have a point.
When Churches/Mandirs/Gurdwaras and Synagogues begin preaching the killing of "unbelievers", then i may give your theory a nod of approval.
Until then it is just paranoid conspiracy nonsense, and another handle for those that grasp victim status with relish.
(12) 2006-10-07 14:17:48
I will try to get through to George Galloway with this story on TalkSport radio tonight between 8-10pm. Its busy so other people may want to try to!
(13) 2006-10-07 15:27:48
The relationship between the mainstream media, the law and the BNP is interesting. But the contrast between this case and that of the high profile current treatment of post 9/11 terror threats should be looked at in a certain strange context. Without much trouble, any time over the past 50 years, you could have found a wealth of Anti-Semitic, very racist and Nazi Germany history glorifying literature and materials to be read and bought via BNP channels, together with threatening plots against non White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, but these people have, nevertheless, just been left alone and simply watched by the UK authorities, from the end of a long barge-pole. Or maybe, with lots of well planted informers within the BNP. It pretty-much seems to be a thought-through official policy of leaving these loonies alone and starving them of the oxygen of publicity. To be fair, this policy of treating the BNP simply with contempt has mostly worked quite well. So far, they haven't got anywhere in British politics.
(14) 2006-10-07 15:59:32
What a good point. "If the Christian/Hindu/Sikh or Jew were to commit a crime which was motivated by their relgion then i'm sure their religious affiliation would be reported as relevant.
The reason why a muslim's religion is often reported is because the crime is often committed in the perceived defence of islam."
What you fail to realise is that during the 80s and early 90s Thr IRA were constantly bombing Britain but never once their religion was mentioned, and before you say it was a political fallout let me tell you that it wasn't. The IRA was a Irish Catholic group bombing Britain because they didn't want a Protestant Queen ruling Northern Ireland which has a sizeable Catholic community.
Never in that time did I hear Catholic terrorists.
In Sri Lanka there is a terrorist group called the Tamil Tigers. Who are a Buddhist group who attack Muslims in Sri Lanka, only because they are not Buddhist.
I never heard the term Buddhist Terrorists.
Then why do we hear Islamic terrorists every time a Muslim commits an act of terror.
The Muslims who commit these act of terror, do so because of political reasons.
Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Kashmir, Palestine, Sudan, Nigeria and the list goes on and on.
I do agree with you that the terrorists, get their strength from their religions (IRA, Tamil Tigers, Al Qaeda etc) But their religion does not endorse it or encourage it. It is the individual who encourages it.
An if you think Islam is somehow to blame. Read the biography of the prophet Muhammed (pbuh)
(15) 2006-10-07 18:05:26
I am from Nelson a couple of miles from Colne & we did not even know of any such event taking place?
(16) 2006-10-08 14:31:27
Galloway mentioned this on his TalkSport show last night - I emailed him beforehand as I'm sure a number of others did. I have also complained to the BBC and Sky (no reply as yet) and told various organisations and blogs. I have also emailed a Mirror journalist who covered a story that '90% of readers agree with Jack Straw' why she isn't doing her duty and reporting on REAL news such as this instead of jumping on the Islamophobia bandwagon. Everyone must try to do the same and email the press, blogs, individuals, organisations etc etc as much as possible! MPAC - please have this story running along the ticker at the top of the site (if it's not already). Keep this story a priority for as long as the mainstream media are ignoring it. Eventually enough people will get to hear about it and wonder why the heck this is being hidden from us by our oh-so-impartial and not-at-all-politically-biased media!
(17) 2006-10-08 21:52:34
I understand that Islamic terrorists would have motivating factors other than religion, to commit the crimes they do. However this does not negate the fact that Islam and terrorism have become intrinsically linked.
This is not due to media hype, or false perceptions by ignorant kafirs. This is due to the terrorists themselves using Islam as a shield and recruiting tool, and the lack of effective counter measures deployed by "moderate" muslims.
It isn't right-wing journalists or BNP activists that shout "Allah-hu-akbar" before slaying the unbelievers, and it certainly isn't these people that give tacit support, veiled justifcation, random conspiracy theories and then have the gaul to take victim status in the aftermath of acts committed in their name!
The terrorism in Sri Lanka is an internal political matter, just like Darfur.
I have never heard the crisis in Darfur referred to as "Islamic genocide", but it is muslims. I also never heard the atrocities in East Timor referred to as "Islamic genocide", but it was muslims.
I can differentiate between a political and religious motivation, and i believe the current wave of Islamic terrorism infecting Britain is firmly in the latter camp.
Where were these "political" terrorists during the murderous regimes of Saddam and the Taliban?
Why have Iraq and Afghanistan suddenly become a "political" issue for muslims. Why was it not a "political" issue when it was muslims doing the killing/raping and torturing?
Why isn't Darfur a "political" issue for muslims? I have not seen one march or one protest at the killing of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese (many muslims). Has this got something to do with the fact that those doing the killing/raping and torturing are themselves muslims?
If it had been US, UK or heaven forbid Israeli's doing the killing in Darfur, do you think it would then have become a "political" issue?
If muslim born and raised in this country wish to commit "political" murder against their countrymen, and the rest of the muslim community insist upon giving their action a faint air of justification, then we truly are at a junction.
(18) 2006-10-10 12:04:58
I understand where you are coming from when you say that terrorists use Islam as a recruiting tool to recruit young angry Muslims, and I totally agree with you that the "moderate" Muslims have done nothing to counter measure it.
You also said that ' It isn't right-wing journalists or BNP activists that shout "Allah-hu-akbar" before slaying the Unbelievers." So you base your opinion on terrorists shouting Islamic phrases before commiting an act of terror. So what do you think of the IRA saying " Hail Mary, Mother of Jesus" before committing an act of terror. And what do you think of those Catholic Priests in New York who were investigated for giving refuge and funding to a known IRA operative who goes by the name of Gabriel Megahey." Or didn't the daily Sun report that. If you read the books of Professor Paul Arthur an expert on the IRA conflict you will find that the IRA Idealogy was based on Catholicism, even though it was largley a secular political struggle.
I'm sure the IRA used religion as a recruiting tool. In the books of Professor Paul Arthur he mentions that young Irish Catholics were indoctrinated to wipe out the heretic Protestants from their lands.
In my view the the IRA are no different than Al Qaeda. They use the same methods to get their point across.
You say that the terrorism in Sri Lanka is an internal political matter, not a religious one. just like Darfur and you never heard Muslims condemning Muslims in places like Darfur, Iraq under Saddam and the Taliban.
How long have you been visiting the MPAC Website? The Mpac staff have been putting articles up nearly every other day condenming the way the Muslim Leadership is treating the Muslim population here and abroad. No Muslim ever spoke favouribly of Saddam Hussein. As far as the Taliban go, No Muslim wiil ever base his opinion on CNN, Fox News or the BBC.
These channels made it look that the Taliban were barbarians. Then out comes a women by the name of Yvonne Ridley who rebutts everything the media said about the Taliban, but then guess what! the media is not interested in what she has to say. Impartial reporting that isn't it?
After the war no prisoner of the Talibans has been interviewed. I wonder why that is??
Muslims are always speaking out against injustices against all Muslims even when the oppressors are Muslims. Muslim Groups spoke out against Saddam Husseins attrocities in the 80s when he gassed all the Kurds. But the Government ignored us even then, because Saddam was a friend of the West. I don't think the daily Sun would of told you that.
There was a March organised by Mpac that protested against what is going on in Sudan outside the Sudanese embassy. But I don't think the daily Sun reported that, hence you not knowing about it.
to be continued
(19) 2006-10-12 18:07:14
You said that Muslims have that gaul to take victim status when acts of terror are commited in their name. Why should we apologise for something that we have no part in. When some mainac commits an act of terror in the name of Islam thats his personal and twisted version of Islam which is alien to the Muslim community at large.
If thats what you think of Muslims then it should be fair to say that the non-Muslims should apologise for the killing of thousands of Iraqis in Iraq. They should also apologise for Abu Gharib and Guantanamo Bay. They should also apologise for the British Government not taking action against Israel for killing and abducting thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians. They should also apologise for Muslims being harrased here in Britain.
Will you apologise to that. I don't think so.
Everytime a terrorist strikes we are asked to condenm it. Everytime the British or American soldiers torture innocent Iraqis you stay silent.
Double Standards or what!!
Then why should we apologise for someting that we have no control over, and why should our religion be hijacked by these murdering scum, whether they be Al Qaeda or any other fundamental group.
And my final point, You said that you can differentiate between a political and religious motivation.
How is that then?
Peoples political views stem from their religious beliefs, or any other idealogy they follow. If a Catholic MP votes against abortion in Parliament we all will know where his/her motivation stems from, for him/her to take that position
George Bush said after 9/11 that this is a CRUSADE against the evil in this world. Where do you think his motivation came from?
Tony Blair said that only GOD can judge me about the Iraq war on Parkinson's chat show. Where do you think his motivation came from?
As far as I'm concerned religious beliefs and politcal beliefs go hand in hand.
You said at the beginning of your piece that " This is not due to media hype, or false perceptions by ignorant kafirs."
I say that is exactly what it is, but I don't refer to you as kafirs. I refer to you as misled individuals.
One more thing we were supposed to be discussing tha story of a member of the BNP being caught with Chemicals at his property.
Why do you think the mainstream Media haven't reported that yet??
P.S I will really appreciate it if you could answer the above question.
(20) 2006-10-12 19:12:06
Sorry about not getting back to you.
As you might know its the month of Ramadan and I've been busy with my Eid shopping which is almost upon us.
If you are patient I WILL reply to your post. I'm at work at the moment and I'm not allowed to use the internet for personal use.
Tonight I have to take my kids shopping for their Eid gifts.
I will definately get back to you in a day or two.
Please be patient.
Thank you for your understanding.
PS.When you submit your post click yes for being emailed everytime there is a comment on this page. That way I can read your comment and you can read mine without Mpac posting it on their website.
(21) 2006-10-16 12:28:15
Recently I was at an event where people were discussing the veil.
One of the speakers there, was a former ambassador to Uzbekistan who goes by the name of Craig Murray. I was shocked about what he saw in Uzbekistan, where Muslims were being killed for simply being Muslims.
At the bottom there is a link to the speech made by Craig Murray, I would appreciate it if you could find the time to watch it.
I know its not the subject we were discussing, but it does cover some of my points that I made on my previous posts, eg Media Bias and Muslims not kicking up a fuss about Muslims being killed by other Muslims.
(22) 2006-10-28 18:26:07
typical, neo nazi skinhead racists buld bombs and nothing is said, meanwhile the new world order manufactures islamic boagyman terrorist storys..wake up people !
(23) 2006-11-07 05:27:13