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WAWIBF... Cottage and Bolus

20 October 2006

Usually, when 'a record haul' of bomb-making equipment is discovered in someone's house, it's big news. Usually it's front page stuff, with the word 'FOILED' appearing somewhere in the headline and the overall tone one of pride and self-congratulation. However, just two weeks ago in Lancashire, one Robert Cottage, 49, and one David Bolus Jackson, 62, were charged with possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful act. Only it wasn't 'an explosive substance'. Rather, it was what has been described as the largest house-haul of terror-causing equipment this country has ever seen, consisting of 22 'chemical components', numerous rocket launchers, one nuclear biological suit and a whole host of BNP literature. That's quite a cocktail of terror and fascism.

When you realise that Cottage is a member of the BNP who stood for election to Pendle Council in May, the catalogues begin to sense. Kind of. What doesn't make sense is why this story wasn't rammed down our throats the way other chemical hauls and foiled bomb-plots are. The only coverage so far has been in a couple of local rags in Pendle and Burnley, a handful of left-leaning blogs and a 'news in brief' mention in The Sunday Times.

So, the question has to be: why is this not news? And the only answer that springs to mind is: these terrorists are simply not the right colour. They just don't fit the government and media profile. Terrorists aren't white, for God's sake. Not these days anyway. So whatever they were up to with their chemicals and their substances and their pamphlets, these uber-white men were most certainly not intent on destroying the British way of life. They were probably after blacks, queers or - better still - Muslims. Essentially, 'Good Terrorists'.

So, as the media continue to ignore them, Cottage and Bolus Jackson are presumably this week preparing for their trial on Monday when what has already been described as their 'masterplan' will be placed firmly under scrutiny. Maybe then it'll make the 10 o'clock news.

Especially if they black up for the trial.

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