An interesting piece of information comes from the Radio Merseyside phone-in. As we know, whenever the fact that the BNP does not allow black or Asian people to be members is raised, they counter with the mantra that there are groups like the Black Police Association. Whilst this has long been dismissed as a dishonest comparison - the BPA is a pressure group rather than a political party seeking to gain power - it was fascinating to learn that 40% of the membership of the Merseyside BPA is white. As the MBPA site states:
- Membership is open to all police officers and police staff of any rank and grade, irrespective of ethnic origin.