Griffin & Brons in court.
Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP has been called to give evidence in the employment tribunal between his fellow MEP Andrew Brons and an employee Michelle Harrington.
Harrington has accused Brons of sexual and religious discrimination along with unfair dismissal whilst she worked as an assistant to Andrew Brons and was based at an office in Edinburgh.
Harrington also known as her alter ego, Mish Bondage is the lead vocalist in the US Punk band Sado-Nation. She is also the wife of Patrick Harrington, general secretary of the fake trade union Solidarity.
Harrington represented his wife in court, claiming she had been a victim of internet abuse by anonymous bloggers whilst a BNP employee.
He spoke of his wife’s deteriorating health, claiming she suffered from “very severe stomach conditions, asthma and various other conditions affected by stress.”
Harrington said his wife had been the victim of “a public campaign of hatred when she was just doing her job and had been described in one blog post as “a foreign bondage freak with contradicting decency and brutish values”.
Another had described her as a “reprehensible woman of no worth and a degenerative”.
Patrick Harrington attempted in court to obtain a ruling so that his wife’s identity would not be reported, however, Brons’ legal representative opposed reporting restrictions, describing the Harringtons’ argument as “weak” and claiming: “Much of the allegations and evidence is in the public domain already.”
Michelle Harrington is also bringing the case against the BNP’s former national elections officer, Eddy Butler, claiming sexual and religious discrimination and unfair dismissal.
The case continues
Simon Cressy – Hope not Hate