There is no evidence linking British nationalist parties to Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, and the Telegraph newspaper’s attempts to create such an linkage are “smears by lack of association,” Andrew Brons MEP has said.
Writing in a letter to the editor sent to the Telegraph, Mr Brons said that “the frantic attempts by your reporters to refer to the British National Party when investigating the associates of the Norwegian mass murderer, Breivik, could best be described as smear by lack of association.
“Breivik is reported (Telegraph 28th July) to have sent his ‘manifesto’ – an inappropriate word if ever there was one – to 250 British-based contacts,” Mr Brons wrote.
“There is no suggestion that any of the 250 asked for this document and only three of the addressees were on record as having referred to the British National Party. One of these had spoken of his support (not membership) of the Party.
“It goes without saying that Breivik’s actions were unutterably evil. I am not aware of anybody having defended them, apart from Breivik himself.
“They were also completely counter-productive. This provides the clearest clue that Breivik is completely irrational, apart from being irredeemably evil. It might also suggest the hypothesis that any person found to be an associate of Breivik is likely to have a completely different and indeed opposite political agenda,” Mr Brons continued.
“The only person reported to have said anything favourable about Breivik, after the bombing, is an Italian MEP, Mario Borghezio, who is a fellow member of the European Freedom and Democracy group, with UKIP, in the European Parliament. He is reported (Telegraph 27th July) to have said, “One hundred per cent of Breivik’s ideas are good, in some cases extremely good,” he said.
It remains to be seen if the Telegraph publishes Mr Brons’s letter.