Sid Chaney was a legend in the British National Party. Often singlehandedly he took on the far left Labour Party and its extremist followers in ‘Searchlight’ in court many times representing himself. Never one to back down when threatened Sid was at his best taking the battle to the enemy of the British people.
Sid who stood in countless elections and donated thousands of pounds of his own money to the party firmly believed in leading from the front. The example that Sid set as a patriot who put his country first above all has been an inspiration to many activists and supporters.
One notable victory for Sid and the party was as a result of his continual badgering of the Association of London Government (now renamed as London Councils) which as a result dropped its grant funding to Searchlight.
In a letter to Mr Chaney from Christiane Jenkins, Director of Corporate Governance at the association wrote:
“I can confirm that the Association (renamed London Councils in 2006) no longer provides any grant funding to Searchlight. The allegations that you make are of such a serious nature that I recommend that you take this matter up with the police.”
The monthly grants that Searchlight received, via the London Boroughs Grants Unit, amounted to £21,262, i.e over a quarter of a million per annum! The monthly breakdown was: Salaries – £11,403; Printing postage and stationary – £2680; Telephone – £2,500; Hire of equipment – £1500; Travelling expenses – £2000; Insurance – £679; Freelance and research costs – £500.
This one action was typical of Sid and summed up his character perfectly.
Christopher John Robinson BNP - August 2010
Written by The Editor
It is with deep sadness that the British National Party today takes leave of one of its Lincolnshire stalwarts, Christopher John Robinson, 68.
Mr Robinson, of South Witham, was a constructive and selfless contributor to the British National Party.
He served on the South Witham Parish Council, stood as an independent for district and county councils, and in 2010 stood for parliament in the constituency of Stamford & Grantham for the British National Party.
He campaigned throughout his life without prejudice against inept governance, repressive European laws, and mismanaged immigration.
His articulate election address won almost 2,500 votes, more than one quarter as many as the Labour candidate and more than the UKIP candidate.
Mr Robinson was born at Ingoldsby and educated at the King’s School in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
At 16 he joined the Merchant Navy as an apprentice deck officer. Having achieved the rank of Second Officer he left the sea, studied accountancy, and rose to Finance Director of a major shipping company in London.
He then moved to South Witham, near a former family farm, where he established a new company to supply energy conservation systems. At the same time he built new offices, employed local people, and landscaped his garden to his own design.
During the same period he wrote a history of the Vikings and taught the history as a circuit lecturer.
Mr Robinson battled with oesophageal and secondary cancers for nearly six years without complaint to the end.
He leaves a wife, a son, daughter, stepson, and three grandchildren, as well as his mother and four siblings.
Gordon Savage MBE BNP - May 2010
Written by The Editor
Last Friday was a sad day for members of Copeland British National Party who filled St Peter’s church in Kells, Whitehaven, to pay their last respects to Gordon Savage, MBE BNP.
Mr Savage, an ardent BNP supporter, friend and hero, passed away after a prolonged illness.
“This has deeply saddened all his many friends in the local group and in the party as a whole,” said national organiser Clive Jefferson.
“Our thoughts are with Gordon's family. He was a legend, having taken part in Operation Market Garden and a member of the first regiment of Paratroopers, an achievement recognised by the Queen when he received his MBE for services to the regiment.
“I don't think I can remember Gordon without a smile on his face and a positive word for our continuing fight. Rest in peace Gordon,” Mr Jefferson said.
Nick Griffin MEP said: "I had the honour of meeting Gordon on several occasions, the last time being when I called at his house to see him last year on election day.
“He was an inspiration to us all, a true Nationalist in the purest sense of the word and he fought for his country in many ways right through his life. He will be deeply missed and always remembered with the respect such men deserve."
Douglas Tidy BNP
Written by The Editor
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Douglas Tidy.
One of the last of The Few. Douglas was a World War II Royal Air Force member who flew in Wellington bombers. Douglas joined the British National Party in 2004 “in order,” he said “to show the British people the true face of the the BNP.”
“I was proud to have fought for this nation during World War II and by joining the BNP, I am still fighting for the freedom and identity of the British people. It is the only Party of common sense,” he said at the time.
Last year, at the age of 86, he appeared alongside Nick Griffin at the Battle for Britain fund-raising road show held in the South West, lining-up with two other World War II Spitfire pilots who had joined the BNP.
Douglas spent his final years at the Officers’ Association Country Home at Bishopsteignton in Devon overlooking the River Teign estuary.
“It is a lovely place with a superb garden in which I can walk, and my room looks out over the river. I am truly blessed to have come to this haven of peace in the autumn of my life,” Douglas told the British National Party’s newspaper Freedom last year.