Well, it’s 2:15 am in the UK as I’m writing this, and the results for my region are in.
I try to be an unbiased in absolutely everything I write, even wall posts on Facebook groups – but it is a sad day for the Northwest. Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP, has won a seat in the European Parliament. Watch out Brussels, here comes the leader of an institutionally racist party.
I would normally say about such an organisation that there are two sides to everything. Because of course, racist people will join a party like the BNP and that is unavoidable for them. A party that “cares” about the British people is the party that you would join if you hated foreigners, and for a party to survive, it must allow members to join without asking questions. Fair enough. And there is surely the argument that democracy must allow people of any opinion to have those opinions voiced. I agree, on the one hand, that we should look after our own first and people from other countries second.
(However, I would never leave somebody in need, for example an asylum seeker, to fend for themselves in a fascist extreme dictatorship – so the BNP is out of the question for me. I want our own problems to take priority, but never to ignore the problems of others. But that’s another story.)
The problem with the BNP, and this is my warning for Europeans who are not familiar with them, is that we know very high-ranking elements within the party are racist thugs. ARE racist thugs, proven fact, no legal liability for me here. If you have time and the inclination, take a look at the Guardian’s article investigating senior officials of the party.
I know, personally, one guy that voted for the BNP this year. Before I discovered this, I was having a bit of political banter with him. He knows my journalistic background so he knows I’m knowledgeable when it comes to the topic. I was encouraging people to vote on 4th June and we got talking about the BNP.
“They’re the only party making an effort for us. They know we are worried about jobs and immigration and the BNP are the only ones who are putting it out there that they will sort us out.” I understand, I told him. But do you realise that they are targeting people like you and not telling you everything? Have you done any research on other parties, to see if there are any that want to fight for you but aren’t as intolerant of race?
“They aren’t as racist as everyone says,” he tells me. “I agree with their policies so I can’t see another option.” I explained the proven links to racist violence and disgusting comments that have been uncovered.
After about 15 minutes, I’d won him over. His opinion had changed now he had information other than the marketed leaflets posted through his door. But he looks sad. “It’s too late.”
I blame first and foremost the competing parties for not educating the public. Sure, their “education” would be biased and possibly dismissed as a smear-campaign. But it would inspire people to investigate. No smoke without fire and all! And competitors stand to benefit the most from this!