Thursday, January 19, 2006

Day 3: Wed 18th January

Day 3: Wed 18th January

Couple of pints in a proper real ale pub late-ish last night, after working on sorting out various organisational issues. Woke up, comfortable and perfectly content, at half five. Spent a few minutes trying to think of a bland white wall, which in my experience beats counting sheep when it comes to going back to sleep (is that the ancestral Welsh in me? I trust not!) Unfortunately thoughts about the case break through the wall and that's the end of the night. I spend the best part of two hours turning over issues in the case in my mind. Inevitably end up in pleasant daydreams about scoring brilliant and devastatingly witty points against the hapless prosecution barrister while in the witness box.

With Mark and I already in the dock, the judge is trying to sort something out with the prosecution and is irritated by the subdued chattering from people - the press, our supporters and opponents alike, I guess - entering the public gallery. I'd ask anyone reading this who is planning to come into court during this case to maintain complete silence in court the moment they get to the door of the courtroom. It's not the fault of the judge that this trial is being held before him, he's just doing his job, and should be respected as such.

Prosecution open by showing another of Mark's speeches. Unfortunately the DVD has no sound at all and there is a scurrying of ushers to find a technician. Glad it's not only BNP events where Mr. Sod arrives with examples of his law! The judge put it differently: "There we are ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the gremlins have got in and we'll have to get the gremlin hunters in to catch them," and adjourned the court for a few minutes. Gremlins duly eliminated, the jury filed back in and the case finally resumed in earnest at just gone 11 am.

"Hate speech"

The next speech is the one made by Mark at the Crossroads Public House in Keighley on 31st March 2004. This is his 'infamous' asylym seekers are cockroaches" speech. I suspect that the media while quote that bit, rather than the words with which he concluded that part "I honestly don't hate asylum seekers .... the people I hate are the white politicians that have sold us down the line."

It's only a 15 minute speech, and when it ends there is only a ten second break before we go into another one of Mark's, this time in Morley on 14th April. This opens with a very telling piece about the iniquity of asylum seekers getting so much in Soft Touch Britain. He relates just some of the long list of what asylum seekers get courtesy of the Home Office Joint Tenancy Agreement - full sized TVs and licence, free gas and electricity, etc. Then he goes on to warn of the dangers of having the likes of Abu Hamza as asylum seekers. A good point for the jury in the light of the other case in the news.

Again, Mark says to people who might say he's a 'hater': "When people say do I hate.. this is a very hateful speech some people would say - I'll say, yeah, I do hate. I don't hate the asylum seekers though. I don't hate the Asians though, cause they're doing what people do, they're doing what comes naturally to them, but I don't hate anyone for that. I don't hate anyone for the colour of their skin or who they are. The people I hate are the liberals, the multiculturalists and the Labour party - the white people who have betrayed this country and sold..." which is as far as he got before being cut off by a sustained burst of spontaneous applause.

At the end of this speech we again had to adjourn, this time as the judge had to give directions to a jury in the case of an Asian man accused of manslaughter (the jury wanted more evidence, the judge told them there is none, so the jury couldn't agree, which means the CPS have to go away and decide if they want to go for a retrial or to drop the whole thing).

Just before we were called back we spotted the repulsive far-left 'researcher' Andy Ali, doing his best to wind up three biggish young Asians from the other case. I complained to the police officers on duty by the courtroom door and they duly had a word with him. The three were nevertheless allowed into court, and have so far behaved impeccably.

Terror prediction

The next speech was mine, in Morley Town Hall on 5th May 2004 - just a month before the Euro elections. This was the one in which I warned: "... sooner or later there's going to be Islamic terrorists letting bombs off in major cities.... it's going to be done by asylum seekers or it's going to be done by second generation Pakistanis living somewhere like Bradford." Members of the press, I am told by supporters of ours in the public gallery, were clearly as amazed by this as they had earlier been shame-faced when they watched the DVD of me berating the media for ignoring cases such as the racist murders of young white lads including Gavin Hopley, Lee Martin, Sean Whyte and Scott Pritchard.

A little later I went on to make a further prediction: That when that happened the Powers That Be would show their 'even-handedness' by arresting and jailing BNP leaders at the same time as radical Muslims. Once again, the spectre of Abu Hamza hovered over our courtroom in Leeds.

We resumed after lunch, again with a legal discussion without the jury present. This swiftly resulted in an agreement to complete the prosecution's evidence and then to adjourn until tomorrow. The jury filed back in at 2.28 pm and Mr Jameson QC gave them some additional material for their bundles of documents. This was a set of tables provided by
Bradford council showing the breakdown of ethnic groups by number in Bradford and Keighley. This will clearly be used by the prosecution to try to bolster their allegation that when I say 'Muslim', I really mean 'Asian'.

He moved on to the other additions, which were necessarily brief accounts of our 'No Comment' interviews.

When he finished this process at 2.45, the judge explained to the jury that, while they were there to decide the question of 'guilty' or 'not guilty', but that he must decide points of law, and that those discussions were not for them. He went on to tell them that this would take up so much of tomorrow that they should take the day off and come back at 11.30 am on Friday morning. There were a few smiles among them - the courtroom is way too hot and somewhat stuffy.

The jury then filed out just before ten to three.