I woke up Monday morning sick to the pit of my stomach. I’ll explain why: last week the UK and the rest of Europe took to the polls to vote in the European elections (that’s where we vote for representation in the European Parliament). To my utter disgust a far-right, whites-only, racist political party got enough votes in two areas in England — to gain two seats in the European Parliament.
According to its propaganda leaflets, the party is “committed to stemming and reversing the tide of non-white immigration and restoring the overwhelmingly white make-up of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948”. It also proposes “firm but voluntary incentives for immigrants and their descendants to return home”.
Basically the people of Yorkshire and the North West saw fit to vote in a racist party, to try and reverse the mistakes of the current government. Yeah cos that’s REALLY gonna somehow make things better.
Those who voted for them apparently feel angry, frustrated, and alienated. I’d add ignorant, stupid, deluded and foolish to that list (and many others which I can’t really post on here).
What they fail to understand is that the BNP is a RACIST PARTY. For goodness sake they’ve admitted to being a racist party. But in recent years they’ve wised up. Gone are the days of skin-heads with Doc Marten boots and swastika tattoos — and in came tailored suits, “suitable” front-men, and a “family-friendly” image.
Their success has been a combination of things. The rise in immigration levels from other European member states, the huge surge in unemployment because of the recession, and the MP’s expenses row (see my previous post). It’s all now come to a head and people are angry. I understand their anger – all the political parties have been pretty shite of late. But guess what, it doesn’t mean I’m wandering down to the voting booth and putting my “X” is the box marked racist. Oops sorry I mean BNP.
I don’t care if you have “black friends”, voting for the BNP means you support a racist party – and there’s no getting around that. A lot of people who voted for them claim that it was because: the BNP is “more old-fashioned”, the UK is too “politically correct”, because the BNP want to “look after the British first”.
Ignorance is an amazing thing. If the voters bothered doing their homework rather than reading the propaganda they’d realise that: the party leader supports Hitler, adores Mein Kampf, doesn’t allow non-whites to join the party, opposes mixed-raced relationships. I could go on, but I can’t be arsed.
All my friends — irrespective of where there parents were born – are incensed. BUT not all of them voted. And those who didn’t vote, I refuse to have political conversations with. We all had the chance of stopping racists like the BNP getting power, and if you don’t use that opportunity then more fool you. I don’t care who you vote for, but the important this is that you DO. Otherwise we get situations like this.
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