A British National Party (BNP) demo in Liverpool this weekend turned into something of a war of attrition, with anti-fascist protestors and members of the public arriving on the scene to protest against the anti-immigration group.
Chief among the sights at this bizarre spectacle was former Quiggins owner Peter Tierney, now a significant figure in Merseyside BNP circles, ringing a bell while grinning at protestors.
Tierney’s story is a peculiar and sorry one: once the godfather of a huge alternative scene in Liverpool, the lamented Quiggins store, Tierney has recently spent time doing community service for striking an anti-fascist protestor with a camera tripod while handing out leaflets for the BNP.
Exactly what the allure of the British National Party, and all of its dubious associations, to a man who once ran such a wonderfully left-field emporium is not clear; and what kicks he gets out of winding people up as a BNP stooge hard to guess at.
What is heartening is that the BNP demo on Saturday met with the distaste of Liverpool’s general population.
And among thriving events like Homotopia and DaDaFest in the city – not to mention Love Music Hate Racism gigs – it seems clear that the BNP has no place in the city.
SevenStreets was told that police led away Tierney and his cohorts ‘for their own safety’. Stranger than fiction indeed.
• Thanks to Dave the Pap for main image