A British National Party candidate in next week’s London Assembly elections today apologised for calling a local newspaper journalist a ‘Nazi’in an offensive outburst at the paper’s coverage of his party.
Yesterday Barking and Dagenham councillor Bob Bailey called Ilford Recorder news editor a ‘shit”, a ‘jobsworth’and accused her paper of ‘biased bullshit’in the run-up to next week’s polls.
He then turned up to the paper’s office with party activists and according to the paper ‘shouted incomprehensively’through a megaphone for 20 minutes before police moved them on.
In what the paper called a ‘grovelling apology’Bailey contacted Lowe and Recorder editor today Chris Carter to say sorry.
‘He said he had seen the article on the [Recorder website] yesterday and said he wanted to apologise for some of what he said,’Lowe said in a Recorder story today.
‘He said ‘I am not a yob, I’m not a thug or anything barely resembling anything like that. I was a little bit disappointed and I’m sorry for some of the things I said to you. We all have our moments sometimes, I’m sure you agree.”
Carter – who is considering reporting Bailey to the Standards Board of England – said: ‘I cannot ignore the fact Robert Bailey is supposed to be an elected member of the council, and yet when he doesn’t get things his own way he behaves like a yob.”
The BNP stood by Bailey’s actions last night and accused the paper of anti-BNP bias