Friday, 11 December 2009

Online campaign to bankrupt BNP

There are messages doing the rounds on Twitter suggesting an interesting way to rack up a substantial bill for the British National Party.

The BNP appears to use another name for certain projects- British Heritage- to which people can send correspondence via a freepost address (British Heritage FREEPOST).

According to Royal Mail, for recipients "Freepost NAME replies cost 42p per item, with no handling fee." In other words, every time the BNP receives post addressed to its freepost address, they have to fork out 42p.

The Twitter campaign is calling on all manner of correspondence to be sent to this address.

The question of cross-over between the BNP and 'British Heritage' also raised its head locally this week, as the BNP denied holding a meeting at Larne Football Club. According to the Larne Times, "the event at Larne FC social club on the Station Road was organised by British Heritage, said by the BNP's regional organiser Paul Stevens to be "a group who support the aims of the BNP"."

However, the fact that the BNP's own website states that the above freepost address, complete with the term 'British Heritage', is the party's official route for postal correspondence would seem to contradict this. Is the BNP, on the back of the increased controversy surrounding their success at the European elections, now using the 'British Heritage' term to organise events?

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Tackling the Downturn Dragons' Den-style

Over at Politics.ie, I spotted an interesting story that someone picked up from 'The Nationalist' newspaper. Apparently a couple of businessmen, whose commercial property could have commanded up to €50,000 in rent per year during the economic boom, are now offering to let the premises for free.

According to the report, the property is available for free until whoever occupies it sees their business starting to make money. The property owners will also be available to mentor, advise and help any interested parties who come on board.

According to one of the owners: "We are reaching out to those people who might have lost their job recently or who have a business idea or a plan. We want the place filled and we are open to all suggestions."

The businessmen have drawn up a list of ideas for possible tenants, including a pizzeria, a toy recycling business, an eco-coffin wholesaler, a cut-price butchers', a wedding dress-hire shop or a casino.

Obviously a lot of businesses and property owners are feeling the pinch during the recession. Is it a case of innovate to survive for many?