The British National Party, the far-right racist group of British politics, digitally collapsed as its webmaster Simon Bennett resigned, closed the website, and disabled the Twitter and Facebook pages.
The website, parts of which are now back up, went down yesterday with the following message left by the enraged Bennett:
“It is with regret that I have been forced to pull this website due to several attempts of theft today with regards to design work and content owned by myself.
“It is no secret that I have been in dispute with some elements of the management of the party for sometime now, but had hoped to resolve these issues amicably and AFTER the elections.
“However, due to several attempts to steal my work today and combined with the recent deliberate copyright infringement I feel I have been left with no alternative to this action and feel wholly justified in doing so.”
The party’s Facebook page was taken down, but that too is back up now as the party scrambled to reclaim lost social media exposure.
The BNP Twitter page was also hit by Bennett when it was made protected and the BNP background and links to the party’s website were removed, leaving it with just the following empty husk, rather reminiscent of the party itself:
It seems unusual that this should occur on the eve of the elections. We believe the timing was clearly intentional and wonder if Bennett had planned this for some time now or simply got fed up with Nick Griffin and his racist agenda.