The Guardian have announced a third leak of the membership lists of the British National Party.
The lists are, of course, fairly easy to find on the internet, and thanks to the BNP's efficient use of Microsoft Excel, fairly easy to work with.
The lists show that in April this year there were at least 53 members of the BNP in Northern Ireland – some of whom were helpful enough to provide their full addresses. For those who did not provide their addresses, though, the postcodes that they did provide make it possible to do a reverse search to see where they live.
In general, the lists show exactly what anyone might expect to see – they read like a membership list of the DUP or the UUP – most of the people live in unionist areas, and have solidly 'Protestant' names: Aicken, Anderson, Armstrong, Bankhead, Baxter, Beattie, Beggs, Brown, and so on. There are no obvious public figures listed, and certainly no scandals about to break. There is no evidence of BNP support in nationalist areas (which is hardly a surprise), and outside of East Ulster they are thinner on the ground than Buddhists, with one member in Fermanagh, three in Derry, and three in Tyrone.
None of the BNP members appear to be very active politically – in fact, of those who could be easily identified by first name and address, none appear to have been active at all in the last dozen or so years. Hopefully that is how they will remain.