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An American Asks: What’s So Bad About The BNP Anyway?

May 29, 2009

By J. Paige Straley

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 Britain.

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 BNP as if it is toxic waste. The U.S. Mainstream Media follows suit, when it mentions the party at all. The BNP did rise out of the ashes of a more strident National Front Party, and some of its leaders allegedly have or have had radical links (sort of like Obama and Jeremiah Wright, although Griffin has distanced himself much more effectively). All I can say, at a distance of 3000 miles, what the BNP is actually saying and doing now looks rational, reasonable and pretty darn good to me.

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 BNP says about being “British”:

“We mean the bonds of culture, race, identity and roots of the 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 BNP talk about being British, we talk about the native peoples who have lived in these islands since before the Stone Age, and the relatively small numbers of peoples of identical race, such as the Saxons, Vikings and Normans, and the Irish, who have come here and assimilated.”[BNP FAQ, 2007]

Indeed, in an April 23 quote, Griffin himself describes the ethnic quality of Britishness in plain language:

“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]

Many whites in Britain appear to be self-haters, and are quite happy to trade Cotswolds country churches for mosques and minarets. So you can imagine the calumny thrown at Griffin over this remark!

Indeed, the “racist” epithet is thrown at BNP every day. BNP replies that it prefers a truly multicultural world where British people are clearly British and peoples from other countries are likewise unmistakable in their provenance. This is not an original policy with BNP, of course—in the second half of the twentieth century colonies of whites throughout the third world were encouraged to pack up and leave.

The BNP’s policies strike me as candid and accessible. Here, for instance, is BNP policy on immigration:

“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 tsunami—something even sensible observers in the U.S. shrink from doing. The BNP intends to halt the immigrant flood and roll back the replacement of its Heritage Peoples. What’s wrong with that?

Clever use of the internet has partially defused the uniformly negative media coverage of BNP. The BNP site offers fresh material daily, and it pulls no punches with its stories. There is certainly interest in the site. According to Alexa internet ratings, the BNP has far, far more traffic than Conservatives, LibDems, or Labor.

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 BNP divide you stand on, if you like your material in movie-form, it’s ready for you.

By no means is BNP a wholly electronic communicator. In those area that offer promise, BNP organizers canvas door to door with pamphlets and face-to-face explanations why BNP says, “Britain first!” This year, for the European Parliament election, it has sent out 29 million pieces of mail!

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 BBC i.e. tax-funded operative) of a speech before a private 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. Government pursued just that course, charging four counts of “incitement to racial hatred.” Griffin was eventually acquitted on all counts. Not surprisingly, the BNP proposes to abolish all restrictions on free speech, absent only “…common law restrictions on incitement to violence…”

Another grim reminder of official antipathy: BNP membership—that is, membership in a democratic and legal political party—is grounds for local governments to sack police and teachers. In the fall of 2008 the party membership list was leaked, and many such firings occurred.

Is BNP a one-issue anti-immigration party? Widening its scope seems to have been a part of Griffin’s leadership. The issues of EU membership (out now, please), trade (mild protectionism), job protection (part of the immigration and guest worker issue), crime (unshackle police, allow persons to resist an intruder without penalty), defense (small, competent forces, avoid foreign wars), energy (develop alternative fuels and energy, promote advanced nuclear power), environment, education, and health are all covered in the manifesto. All told BNP’s policy seems to be fairly conventional nationalism, bent on internal improvement and de-emphasizing foreign involvement, with an added tinge of social democracy. Voters certainly have a choice—BNP policies are a rather stark contrast to the Lib-Lab-Con party line.

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 BNP Members of Britain’s Parliament at this time. It takes determination, organization, and grit to make an election-winning party from scratch. But the BNP is making progress:

Total votes in General Elections

1983 14,621

1987 553

1992 7,631

1997 35,832

2001 47,129

2007 192,748

Make no mistake, the BNP remains very much a minority party. The ’05 results represent only 0.7% of the total voters, country-wide. But the 2007 Welsh showing was 4.3% of the vote, and in the ’08 London Mayoral contest more than 5% of voters went BNP. The party has discrete areas of strength, and these are where it means to win MEP seats.

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 country-wide nationalist political party in the US so straightforward in its platform, and so effective in its party-building effort. If BNP are successful on June 4, it will be a lesson to patriots throughout Europe and the US.

Stay tuned, June 4 will be here before you know it!

Source: VDARE.com.

Comments

4 Responses to “An American Asks: What’s So Bad About The BNP Anyway?”

  1. Dave Green on May 31st, 2009 11:25 am

    A good, balanced, intelligent look at the situation regarding the BNP. A refreshing read, so difficult to find amongst all the thoughtless and brain-dead tarring by the press and liberals. Shame others of our own country with a similar open mind and ability to express without condescending or lecturing do not publish. Thanks for the balanced view – it’s made me think.

  2. Joe Wyatt on June 10th, 2009 7:28 am

    Here are my problems with the BNP:

    They can try to explain how they are not a racist party until they are blue in the face, but the bottom line is that, should they ever come to power, they plan to exradite every non-white person in britain back to their “country of origin”, regardless of how long they have been in britain or the contributions they have made to society. They talk of counteracting immigration, but accept white immigrants into their ranks should they be eligible to be classed as “indigenous caucasians” – check their constitution if you don’t believe me, here’s a link: http://web.archive.org/web/20070629010001/http://www.bnp.org.uk/resources/constitution_8ed.pdf

    Also, Nick Griffin was caught on camera on BBC documentary several years back talking of “slaying the islamic dragon”, the party describes itself as “whites only” and I have seen John Tyndall addressing a conference on camera, informing them that “The Britain of the future will be great, free and white.” Sounds pretty racist to me.

    Moving away from the race issue, there is also Nick Griffin’s branding of the Holocaust as the “Holohoax”, and their position on homosexuality; they claim homosexuality is to be tolerated in private but not to be encouraged, but I think that abolishing civil service partnerships and banning all pro-homosexual advertisments in the media is only a few steps away from making homosexuality illegal outright.

    They say they plan to exit the EU and put the £85 million contribution that we make every year “back into our society”. There’s no mention of the £90 million in trade that we recieve through the EU, and what we’d do to get back that missing £5 million difference once we’d cut the source off.

    For these reasons, I am thoroughly against the idea of the BNP coming into power.

  3. Bob on June 10th, 2009 9:51 am

    Just for you, Joe Wyatt:

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1089550.html
    ‘Proud Hungarians must prepare for war against the Jews’

    Judit Szima, Jobbik Party candidate and secretary-general of
    ‘The trade union of Hungarian police officers prepared for
    action’:

    “Given our current situation, anti-Semitism is not just our right,
    but it is the duty of every Hungarian homeland lover, and we must
    prepare for armed battle against the Jews.”

    “I am in favor of peaceful solutions. But a peaceful solution
    could only be implemented if our Zionist government were to
    relocate to Tel Aviv, as it is them who are calling for war.”

    “A crumbling country, torn apart by Hungarian-Gypsy civil war,
    could easily be claimed by the rich Jews. That is why we should
    expect a Hungarian-Gypsy civil war, fomented by Jews as they rub
    their hands together with pleasure.”

  4. Joe Wyatt on June 13th, 2009 1:00 pm

    Bob:

    Forgive me if I’m being obtuse, but what exactly are you trying to tell me/prove? That there are anti-Semite elements in Hungary? I can’t even tell if you’re backing me up or trying to counter me.

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