The upper echelons of the British National Party were in disarray following the news that Nelson Mandela is to attend one of their functions. Organisers insist that the invitations to Fat Harry’s 40th Birthday party which feature a George Cross motif with a bulldog in the corner smoking a cigar while performing a Nazi salute were only sent to a select few members and supporters.
A spokesman for the far right party blamed the error on an admin issue which saw invitations accidently posted to people on their hate list but were surprised when Mr Mandela accepted along with tentative replies from the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. An enquiry has now begun which they insist will identify the culprit responsible using all the technology available to them though this may be delayed until they find the A4 writing pad in question.
Meanwhile the Dog and Duck pub in Plaistow admitted they were unprepared to deal with a visit from an African national in a catering capacity and warned the BNP that if they wanted to start serving any fancy grub the price per head would rise beyond their £2.50 budget, they also enquired about whether they would still require the ‘wogs out’ banner they usually put up for BNP functions and the swastika party hats.
BNP leader Nick Griffin was initially taken aback when he heard the news about Mr Mandela’s visit but assured the media that he would be given the same warm welcome as any other African person unless there were cameras present though he said Mr Mandela should prepare himself for some tough questions from the other guests such as ‘how do you spell Africa?’ and ‘Are you a mini cab driver?’
An aide for MR Mandela threw doubt on his appearance saying that he would be unlikely to attend as he has a conflicting appointment. Apparently he is due to give an after dinner speech at a Ku Klux Klan meeting in Texas on the same day.