I am not a racialist but…

Joni: Here is a guest post from a friend of mine in London. I saw his facebook update on the elections, and asked him if he would write a piece for us.  The BNP is the ultra right wing party in the UK. And here it is…(great writing I think).

There is something of a cloud over the British political landscape thanks to the election of the two British National Party candidates to the European Parliament.  It’s a black day in British politics and all the more sad in that it has come about thanks to the utterly inert response to politics, and especially European politics, in general.  The BNP vote rose on average by about 2% and they command only a small minority voice.  Nick Griffin, leader of the party, won a seat by polling less than he did 5 years ago.  The reason for his victory was that many didn’t bother to vote.  This was particularly true in the case of Labour supporters who deserted their party in tens of thousands which allowed Griffin’s fascist bile a platform in Europe and the money to fund researchers who will dig up more “facts and figures” they will use to misrepresent the truth to give credence to their agenda.

Politics is often about dishonesty, cowardice, and compromise and the British Fascists are becoming masters at this.  Their message has been tempered to appear digestible to the public.  Gone are the “immigrants out!”  messages and replaced by a system of “voluntary repatriation”.  It seems so reasonable.  His words to qualify are carefully chosen.  He has said that people who are making a valuable contribution to the economy of this country can stay.  Now it doesn’t take an idiot (although perhaps it might take some of those who voted for him) much to see that they will deem some not to be making a valuable contribution.  What happens to them takes us back to their old intolerant rhetoric.  It’s the lie behind the smokescreen; Mr Griffin is a thoroughly dishonest man.  He’s compromising to get his foothold and is too frightened to tell the real truth that his supporters and, no doubt, he believes.

He has also claimed that the “liberal elite” are responsible for the state of the country.  If that’s the case, I’m proud to be a member of the liberal elite, something which embraces democratic principles and welcomes people from all parts of the world the opportunity to come and experience what Britain has to offer.  He claims we perpetuate a culture where you can celebrate all different kinds of festivals, except those for white people.  The issue, I suspect, is the fact that he demands these things, others ask.  To simply expect these is folly as the reason he wants to be able to march down a street with a flag of St George on our saint’s day is to demonstrate superiority over “immigrants” and to threaten and intimidate.  Celebrations of the worst kind, echoing Oswald Mosely’s blackshirts of the 1930’s and just as unwelcome now as they were back then.

His followers are of the “I’m not racialist but…” mentality.  They see numbers of people arriving and forget they are people and have multitudes of reasons for coming here.  These attitudes are deeply engrained in the psyche of many nations.  We are naturally suspicious of “the other” and it’s the British Fascists of the BNP who want to perpetrate this.  It’s the pathetic power game of the school bully, a thoroughly un-adult approach to problem solving.  Hate them, kick them out. 

Last week when I was about to go and vote I was thinking about the rhetoric of the fascist BNP propaganda: British jobs for British people.  I’ve been out of work for 6 weeks now, I am that person, who is fighting against people from overseas, and yes, some of them are doing jobs I could do and some will get jobs I am perfectly well qualified for.  Britain is in a mess but it’s not the fault of the ordinary people working here be they from Poland, South Africa, Australia, India, or wherever the hell else they come from.  The fascists are misleading people.  I don’t bear any malice to the people who have come here in the last few decades, nor do I bear any malice to those who’ve come in the past 10 centuries.  Britain is has always been a multi-cultural melting pot.  It’s that, not the moronic dogma of fascists which has, and will continue to make this country great.


21 Responses

  1. “Britain is has always been a multi-cultural melting pot.”

    Well, actually that’s not entirely true.

    40 or 50 years ago Britain was predominantly home to mostly white people born in the UK.

    To suggest that it’s “always been a cultural melting pot” is a misnoma.

  2. Still – the basic point he is making is valid.

  3. Proud “liberal elites” who staunchly defend immigration and multiculturism in Britain have a voice in the European Parliament. And, now, those who hold an opposing view are represented. Isn’t democracy a magnificent thing?

  4. Yes true – it is a very valid point.

  5. Tony

    Valid point – I suppose in a democracy we need that POV. But the BNP has a history of violence and should not even be eligible to participate in elections.

  6. Democracy is only a good thing if everyone is involved. As we see the world over though, when shrill minorities (Left & Right) skew public debate and/or get into power through public apathy – bad things can happen.

    Worse still is not having a set of basic principles over which a “mob rule” cannot (or should not) break. Think how much worse the situation would be for people like the French-repatriated Bosnian who was kept jailed & tortured in Guatanamo Bay for eight years. Were it not for the federal court granting hi habeas corpus and finding the case against him savagely lacking in any evidence – the poor man would still be locked up for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Democracy is not a perfect system, and representative democracy is even less so. It just happens to be better than other failed systems of government.

  7. joni, would you say the same about the IRA and their political arm?

  8. Absolutely. But they have now renounced violence as a political means.

    I am not sure if the BNP has.

  9. Anyone that suggests that “Britain is always a multi-cultural melting pot” obviously doesn’t recall the Brixton riots.

    Meanwhile we’ve had Graeme Campbell who was continually endorsed by the ALP for the best part of 2 decades, despite his unsavoury and racist rantings and the shrill Pauline Hanson elected in Queensland.

    There is no place for a hate inspired point of view.

  10. Yes indeed Britain has always been a multi-cultural melting pot. Saxons, Normans, various Norse tribes, Celts, Gauls, the Romans and my favorites the ancestors of the Black Irish (probably of Moorish or Spanish origin who settled on the west coast of Ireland). These differences might not seem very much these days, but way back these were entirely different cultures.

  11. The BNP are just the sort of people Britain fought the last great war in Europe to defeat. Complete fascist arseholes.

    As a sort of public service, I thought i’d give you lot the following. It’s Kinky Freidman and his band (The Texas Jewboys) singing a great anti-racist song: The Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore.


  12. So the left lost bigtime in the European elections this week. In France, Germany, Spain, Italy, but first and foremost in Great Britain, where Labour scored its lowest since 1918.

    Hopefully, that will tone down the whole “capitalism is dead, long live socialism” discourse. More importantly, isn’t it interesting how Europe is turning to the right, while the US is turning more to the left than ever before? Maybe now they will finally meet each other halfway and we’ll have a real economic connundrum.

  13. Tony

    Do you think the voters voted for the right on economic and capitalist grounds, or on religious and immigration grounds?.

  14. I read a report that Nick Griffin was pelted with eggs and abuse. It seems at least some UK voters aren’t buying his “narrative”.

  15. Shane, the answer to that question, as evidenced by the actual voting numbers, is that people didn’t actually vote for the “right” any more than previously, but that they didn’t vote for the “left”, for reasons of inherent corruption and incompetence. Something that I think we’ll see at state level at least in Victoria and NSW at the next election.

    And this is what gets me so much about the ALP in Australia. A party that purportedly exists to do good seems to always fall so quickly into that old Animal Farm habit of once in power actually behaving worse and more incompetently than those they defeated.

  16. A moustache on both sides of the lip-divide is required for a moustache, Shane; a one-sided moustache just looks silly when it’s the total(ising) effect of the dialect(r)ic which counts ideally; ‘all your economic and political base are (under-)min(e)d’. ‘Anti-fascism’ from an energetic egg-pelting trade union-backed agency, Jane? That is surprising. And to think that the Oracle of Bruhaha, John McP, was warning about just such developments. Perhaps. 😉

  17. the Oracle of Bruhaha

    LOL. Very good, Legion.

  18. James

    I tend to agree with you, my comment was to ask Tony about the real reason the right won.

    So the right did not win because people wanted capitalism and rejected socialism. The right won because people chose not to vote at all.

    IMHO that means they are dissilusioned with both sides of politics and certainly not a show of support for capitalism as the writer of Tonys link suggests.

    Once again another example of manipulation of the facts to suit ones own political leanings. Surprised it wasn’t on Piers website, then again it could be.

  19. Legion, on June 12th, 2009 at 5:19 am – And to think that the Oracle of Bruhaha, John McP, was warning about just such developments. Perhaps.

    LOL! 😆

    …this from the Oracle of Fog!

    Pots and kettles, Legion, pots a nd kettles 😉

  20. TB Queensland, on June 12th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Cast iron is brittle, yes, TB; and not less so when someone is taking a hammer to it to make of it their bell. 😉

  21. Shane, I think it’s fair to say that much of the result in England represented a rejection of politics generally rather than a rejection of left or right, but I also think Tony might have been referring more generally to Europe where there is certainly a trend away from “socialist” type politics.

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