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An American Asks: What's So Bad About The BNP Anyway?
I'm not a Brit, but as an American and an avid internet observer of the British scene, I have been fascinated to watch the rise of what might be an effective nationalist political party in Britain.
The British National Party, under its leader Nick Griffin, has been touting Britain's elections for Members of the European Parliament, to be held on June 4, as its breakthrough. It hopes to capture five MEP seats, with the possibility of a few more if all the cards fall its way. (Which seems to be happening, as the extraordinary U.K. House of Commons expenses scandal in Westminster engulfs ever more British MPs of all parties.)
Commenters in the Brit political
blogosphere predict anywhere from zero to five seats,
with three as the most common guess. Any seats at all
will produce public funding for the party, a very
substantial boost, and will raise their visibility in
It's happened before. Another small party, the United Kingdom Independence Party [UKIP], whose main plank is to take Britain out of the European Union, was very successful in the last MEP election. But UKIP contests few local elections in Britain. For the upcoming June 4 MEP election, polls show it losing ground. Part of this may be the difference in styles. BNP is a bit scruffy and makes a fuss, while UKIP appears to be much more urbane. Unhappy British voters—particularly former Labor voters—appear to like the fuss.
I know I'm not supposed to
like the BNP. Because it openly states that
ethnicity matters, the British press and TV treat the
Nationalist politics acknowledge the ethnic dimension of nations. Levelers assert there is no difference between peoples, and happily dilute—even replace—the heritage peoples of the West. Nowhere are they more active than in Britain.
I use the term "Heritage Peoples."
This is intuitively obvious, but let us see what
"We mean the bonds of culture, race, identity and roots
native White peoples of the
British Isles. We have lived in these islands near on
40,000 years. We were made by these islands, and these
islands are our home. When we in the
Indeed, in an April 23 quote,
"We don't subscribe to the politically correct fiction that just because they happen to be born in Britain, a Pakistani is a Briton. They're not. They remain of Pakistani stock,' he added.
"You can't say that especially large numbers of people can come from the rest of the world and assume an English identity without denying the English their own identity, and I would say that's wrong.
"In a very subtle way, it's a sort of bloodless genocide.'[BNP Updates Language & Concepts Discipline Manual, BNP News, April 27, 2009]
"racist" epithet is thrown at
The BNP's policies strike me as
candid and accessible. Here, for instance, is
"On current demographic trends, we, the native British people, will be an ethnic minority in our own country within sixty years.
"To ensure that this does not happen, and that the British people retain their homeland and identity, we call for an immediate halt to all further immigration, the immediate deportation of criminal and illegal immigrants, and the introduction of a system of voluntary resettlement whereby those immigrants who are legally here will be afforded the opportunity to return to their lands of ethnic origin assisted by generous financial incentives both for individuals and for the countries in question."[Policies—BNP Website]
Here is a nationalist party that
cherishes its Heritage People and states clearly the
goal to retain the traditional ethnic balance of their
nation. It recognizes the fact of the demographic
even sensible observers in the U.S. shrink from doing.
Clever use of the internet has
partially defused the uniformly negative media coverage
The BNP forces are also
masters of the You Tube media. A single Y-T inquiry
with key word
"BNP" yielded forty pages of listings, albeit
there were many dissenting views such as the one with
the uncivilized title,
"BNP Are C_nts".
Whichever side of the
By no means is
British race-relation quangos and
their fellow travelers in government are well-aware of
the BNP and Griffin. In December 2004, he was arrested
after a covert taping (by a
i.e. tax-funded operative) of a speech before a
gathering. BNP and Griffin identify the
increasing Muslim population in Britain as one of
the chief threats to the country, and in the December
2004 meeting he was captured on tape as suggesting that
Islam was a
"…wicked and vicious faith." He knew that he was
treading the edge of the draconian
Race Relations law, and further said he could
possibly get seven years prison for such a statement.
pursued just that course, charging four counts of "incitement to racial hatred." Griffin was eventually acquitted on
all counts. Not surprisingly, the
Another grim reminder of official
BNP strategy seems to be to build the party in disaffected regions (London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, and Burnley northeast of Liverpool are examples), and let success in electing members to local offices (town and city "councilors") increase the appeal of their brand. BNP is eager for councilors to render good service to constituents, though of course some do poorly in the event—an artifact of governing versus merely opposing government) Electing local councilors builds the party machinery and provides experience in actual government for members, as well as building a positive picture to combat negative propaganda.
There are no
Total votes in General Elections
Make no mistake, the
The stakes are high for Britain. Shall it retain its traditional identity, or become a collection of synthetic citizens, whose opinion is perhaps better polled as mere consumer preference?
It would be interesting to see a
political party in the US so straightforward in its
platform, and so effective in its party-building effort.
Stay tuned, June 4 will be here before you know it!
J. Paige Straley (email him) is a VDARE.COM reader in Charlotte, NC.