Magazine article The Spectator

You Are Not Going to Stamp out Lumpen Racism by Discriminating against the BNP

Magazine article The Spectator

You Are Not Going to Stamp out Lumpen Racism by Discriminating against the BNP

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How should we deal with the British National Party? Nobody with any social standing, or in possession of a decent education or good breeding, thinks the BNP anything other than utterly ghastly. But they seem to have become the latest beloved affectation of our white Untermenschen, like tattoos on the buttocks, deep-fried high-fat convenience food and - odd though this may seem clothing from Aquascutum.

The white Untermenschen of Barking went for the BNP in a big way just recently. In a council by-election in the Goresbrook ward they elected the BNP candidate Daniel Kelley with almost 52 per cent of the vote. He gained nearly twice as many votes as the second-placed candidate, who represented the Labour party. The LibDems and the Tories managed a couple of hundred votes between them - about one fifth of Mr Kelley's total. There were rumours and even newspaper reports of a deal between the three major parties: the LibDems and the Tories would not bother campaigning in order to give the Labour candidate a free run at the terrifying Nazi fascist-type person, despite the fact that the BNP held no seats on Barking council and register less than 1 per cent of the vote nationally. There was even the suggestion that a Ukip candidate had been persuaded to stand in order to split the far-Right vote. Both the LibDems and the Tories deny that there was any sort of deal; the LibDem candidate, Frederick Tindling, told me he had campaigned long and hard. So his 80-odd votes must have come as a bit of a disappointment. 'It was just a protest vote,' he said. 'And they don't like the ethnics.'

So we don't know if there was a deal or not. But there's another by-election coming up in the Village ward of Dagenham on 8 October. The BNP will be going for it, according to their gleeful Brummie spokesman Phil Edwards. The LibDems, according to the defeated Mr Tindling, who fancies his chances again, will not even be putting forward a candidate.

Here's a sort of GCSE psychology question for you. Imagine that you are a member of the Goresbrook lumpenprole and possessed of a disaffection with the government and, perhaps, your local council, not least on account of all the money they give yer ethnics (even if they don't). You also suspect that there isn't much to choose between the three major parties, and when asked who you'll vote for you say: 'Dunno. They're all the same, aren't they? Don't trust any of them.'

Now, the question is this: will you be more or less likely to vote for the outsider party, the BNP, if the other three parties spend their campaigning hours begging you not to do so? Will you be more or less likely to suspect establishment collusion? And if the representatives of the three major parties simply bellow 'Racist!' at you when you voice your perhaps misplaced concerns (about yer ethnics), against which party title will you scrawl your cross on polling day?

Not so long ago the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, floated the idea that civil servants should be banned from joining the BNP. This is, of course, a profoundly undemocratic and indeed repulsive notion. Whatever, it was at least in keeping with the way the political establishment here and in Brussels treats the BNP and the far Right generally. And it is an approach which I suspect helps the BNP rather than hinders it. In Burnley, where the BNP won eight council seats, local representatives from the three major parties wrung their hands and screeched in anguish and announced, with great petulance, that they wouldn't work with the BNP's elected councillors. …

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