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October 25, 2009

The strongest common characteristic of BNP supporters is pessimism

Charles Moore on the grievances ignored by the Establishment that give life to the British National Party.

The strongest common characteristic of such BNP supporters is pessimism. They feel they are sinking to the bottom of the pile, and that people from other countries are being privileged over them by the public services. If they complain, they are told they are racist. It is not surprising that they say things like "My country is being taken away from me". They are not completely mistaken.

Nick Griffin made one good point on Thursday night. After he had been mocked for speaking about the "indigenous" people of Britain, he countered that Jack Straw et al would not dare mock Maoris or American Indians for insisting on their indigenous status. Why shouldn't British whites, he asked, do the same?

The answer, of course, should not lie in giving group rights to any race or tribe, but in offering a reasonable degree of hope to all citizens of our country.

Moore's solution hints at the underlying problem. Now the BNP offers a bantustan vision of the English and the other primitive tribes of the British isles, there is no political movement in the UK that does share the apartheid/multicultural thinking that got us into this mess.

Treat everyone equally before the law? Nobody has told Moore that sort of dead white male thinking went out with the 18th-century.

Update: Peter Hitchens says we have likely been present at the birth of a stab-in-the-back myth. Though in this case, I would say the Establishment chose a stab-in-the-face approach.

Mr Griffin is an inadequate and unlovely nobody, without charisma or eloquence. Yet a large chunk of the British people are so sick of being ignored and patronised that even this severely limited man has managed to create a substantial political movement where none existed before. Tremble in case a real charismatic leader, and a real National Socialist movement, ever arise in this country. Labour, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats, in their joint scurry to the Left, have abandoned a large space in which such a monster might flourish and even triumph.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 25, 2009 07:07 AM


I only recently started reading your blog so forgive me if the answer is obvious and I just don't see it: Are you against the whole BNP thing?

FWIW, I see it as dangerous and disengenuous.

Posted by: kaporet [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 25, 2009 09:23 AM

I see no reason to believe a hard core of former National Front Nazis have changed their basic views; I am opposed to Nazis.

The vast majority of BNP support, however, comes not from wide eyed bigots but from white working class people who have been treated by the Labour party in much the same way as black Americans have been by Democrats. To that extent, I appreciate there being a voice for a community that has been lied to and mistreated for decades by a cynical elite claiming to speak in its name. When the BNP claims to be what the Labour party used to be, they are not wrong.

Not that I would have voted old Labour either. I'm a Tory (God help me).

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 25, 2009 09:56 AM

G --
I just read the Labour - Mass Immigration article on telegraph.co.uk and while I see parallels in the USA, I don't see any viable solution. BNP is dangerous but the shear force at which the left as pushed the pendulum can only result in the rise of an equally viscious right.

I see the rule of law as dying in most countries. Civility is non-existent. If your party/candidate, etc., doesn't win, you scream, whine, and terrorize until you get your way. Even if conservatives, moderates, etc., were to get back in power and try to enforce immigration and social reforms, the leftists would stir their masses and bring chaos via the media and legalists that supports its ilk.

There has to be a way to stop the slide other than the rise of Nazi-ish types but unfortunately history seems silent.

Posted by: kaporet [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 25, 2009 11:51 AM