Last week, under the blaring headline “Muslim Post Office Manager Bans Woman from Sending Parcel Because Her Son Serves in Afghanistan“, the British National Party reported:
“A Muslim post office manager in Cardiff has refused to serve a British soldier’s mother – because her son serves in Afghanistan. The shocking story, which shows precisely how far mass Third World immigration has created a fifth column of anti-British elements in this country, has emerged after the woman, Mrs Maria Davies, contacted the British National Party in Wales to ask for assistance.”
Brian Mahoney, BNP leader in Wales, was quoted as saying:
“For many mothers with sons on active service for their country, it can be a constant worry until they return safely. It is of great importance for a mother to be able to go to her local post office to send her son a parcel or money. Imagine, then, Mrs Davies’ shock when the owner of her local post office in Wilson Road, Ely, Cardiff, a certain Mr Khan, asked her where her son was serving. When she told him Afghanistan, he informed her that she was not welcome to send him anything from her post office, either packages or money.”
Helpfully providing a photo of Mr Khan’s shop, for ease of identification, the BNP urged its supporters to contact him and make their feelings known. (Perhaps Mr Khan should be grateful that he lives in South Wales rather than Essex, otherwise Councillor Pat Richardson might have paid him a visit with a brick.)
And, wouldn’t you know it, the story turns out to be complete nonsense. Mr Khan had in fact banned Davies from all of his shops as the result of a dispute over a technical glitch concerning charges to her debit card. It had nothing to do with her son serving in Afghanistan.
Mr Khan and the post office manageress Mrs Thomas have issued the following statement:
There is absolutely no truth in the allegation made to the British National Party that the Post Office in Wilson Road, Ely, Cardiff will not accept parcels for British troops in Afghanistan.
It should not be repeated and we reserve the right to pursue legal action against any person or body repeating the allegation and call for its removal from any website or other publication.
The Wilson Road Post Office has always accepted and continues to accept such parcels. Indeed the Wilson Road shops including the Post Office recently held a ‘Heroes Collection’ for British troops.
The allegation is false and malicious and related to a separate dispute with a customer.
As a result that customer is not welcome at these premises but our services can be accessed by someone else on their behalf if they so wish.
Lancaster Unity has the story.
As for the BNP, they have now removed the story from their website, but hopefully that won’t deter Mr Khan from taking them to court.