Wednesday, May 5, 2010

BNP must be defeated

As the British General Election campaign enters its final stage immigration has emerged as a major issue. The two main parties have been very defensive on the issue being conscious of public opinion. Working beneath the surface of mainstream politics is the British National Party seeking to exploit people’s concerns on the economy, rising debt and the M.P. expenses scandal. However it is on the issue of immigration that they seek to manipulate people’s minds with their cleverly disguised racist, vile and divisive policies. The BNP are a far right party which base their policies on Nazi ideology. They are anti-Semitists who foster racial hatred and division.

The BNP constitution states that the party is “committed to stemming and reversing the tide of non-white immigration and to restoring, by legal changes, negotiation and consent the overwhelmingly white makeup of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948." In other words they want a white only Britain. Its leader Nick Griffin was convicted on race hatred charges in 1998 and has shared several platforms with far right extremists, Nazi’s and members of the Ku Klux Klan. It is important that people in Britain and elsewhere separate what might be a legitimate concern on immigration from the hateful policies of the BNP. If the BNP do win seats on Friday it may act as a beacon of hope for likeminded individuals in Ireland. I sincerely hope that this does not happen.

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