Although I may not necessarily endorse the views expressed in this article, the BNP (and it's potential influence in the UK) will have a great impact on my future. I am concerned about the "facism" (such an old fashioned word) displayed by the BNP and the similarities I can't help but notice to other organisations such as the AWB. I have to ask myself, does the BNP have a credible alternative to the problems in the UK? Whilst I personally stand for freedom of expression and freedom of association, how do we translate the policies of the BNP into workable solutions?
Is it not time for the BNP to attune themselves more to the 21st century? And if so, how do they do it? What will their policies be?
BNP MISSION STATEMENT
“The British National Party exists to secure a future for the indigenous peoples of these islands in the North Atlantic which have been our homeland for millennia. We use the term indigenous to describe the people whose ancestors were the earliest settlers here after the last great Ice Age and who have been complemented by the historic migrations from mainland Europe. The migrations of the Celts, Anglo-Saxons, Danes, Norse and closely related kindred peoples have been, over the past few thousand years, instrumental in defining the character of our family of nations”
I think that is probably the shortest suicide note in political history. In itself it gives the left wing the club to beat the BNP with. Although it doesn't quite say 'whites only', that is the clear impression that people will go away with. The BNP insist this is not racist by pointing out the number of 'black only' organisations (National Black Police Association etc) that exist in the UK. Unfortunately this does not work - any organisation that filters membership by skin colour is racist.
Personally I want a party that embraces and works in the best interests of ALL the population of this country by pursuing the policies it believes will achieve that end. The British people are a very fair minded people and this fact (far more than any of the others I shall come to) will commit the BNP permanently to the political wilderness.
Also looking at the BNP website, it looks like an ideological battleground. That sort of thing turns off mainstream voters – they won’t read the Socialist Workers Party’s website either. But they will happily read through the Conservative, Labour or Liberal sites to see what positive and useful policies they offer (if any).
And when you do see a BNP person on TV (rare and of course they should be given equal airtime as anyone else), they nearly always appear shifty, nearly always have short cropped hair and look like a thug or, in the case of Nick Griffin, (who doesn't’t fit either of those descriptions) he is always surrounded by six knuckle draggers who do. Yes I know he needs protection from the loony left / Searchlight brigade but it all looks strangely reminiscent of the early 1930s and I have to say I think this is deliberate. Maybe they are all wonderful people who help old ladies across the road but they don't look it.
Richard Barnbrook (GLA member) was on 'The Big Questions' (BBC TV) recently. As if to reinforce what I have said above, he looked shifty throughout the program and failed to make a coherent statement or explain his point of view. In another TV program called 'BNP wives', the cameras followed a group of married women who were canvassing on behalf of the BNP. While I know that a program can be edited in any way that the producer wants - lets just say I wouldn't want any of them as neighbours.
The BNP don’t get a fair hearing in the media (deliberately). Personally, I think all points of view should be heard as it is only by allowing free speech that you know what parties are actually thinking. The BNP should be allowed to speak and let the public make their own minds up.
But of course the BNP have played right into their enemies hands by not being open to all and by tolerating a few thug members who think Paki bashing is OK. (as caught out by the BBC). It was wrong to prosecute Nick Griffin & Co on the basis of that program but it restores our faith in the jury system for a jury to see straight through a politically motivated trial.
I also think that as BNP membership is not illegal, certain organisations should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for purging their membership of BNP members. I was once in a university debate against Colin Moses and Brian Caton (chairman and secretary of the Prison Officers Association). They told me afterwards that they spend most of their time weeding out members of the BNP from their union. Bizarre, I said.
So now you all know why I don't wish to support the BNP even though we do agree on a lot of things. If the BNP wish to become more mainstream then please address the points above. Then one day the bullet holes you yourselves shot in both your feet may heal up! And if you can't understand that then maybe the term 'knuckledragger' does really fit. Calling it the 'Littlejohn Syndrome' really is a cop out!
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