Wednesday, 27 January 2010

The BNP's unworkable policies

In one article published today, Edmund Standing demonstrates how the BNP’s ‘voluntary repatriation’ policy is a sham.

It's worth reading the article to appreciate how Edmund Standing demolishes the BNP's manifesto on repatriation, concluding:

The BNP’s policies for radically reversing more than 60 years of demographic change are completely unworkable and ideologically racist. In order for their plan to be fully realised, Britain would have to see ‘ethnic cleansing’ take place on a large scale, whether through deportation, sterilisation, or extermination. While the BNP’s new image is populist and patriotic, its policies would ultimately lead Britain down the road to Fascism.
A few days ago There's Nothing British About the BNP began a series of brief articles that calculate how much various BNP policies will cost each one of us in hard cold cash.

There's Nothing British About the BNP has worked out that BNP tariffs on imports could cost £1,300 per person, that the BNP’s manufacturing plan would lose 8 million jobs, and that closing the City could cost you another £1000 - and these are just the first three articles in the series.

Leaving aside all questions of morality, BNP policies do not make much sense.

Take the BNP's foreign policy - it seems characterised by wilful ignorance and insult, as shown in this BNP leaflet: Not only is it unnecessarily rude, it is factually incorrect. It assumes that all Turks are Muslim, overestimates their number (the population of Turkey is less than 75 million, and includes children and old people of course), and implies all are 'low-wage' and waiting to "swamp Britain".

Not surprisingly this insulted Turkey which urged police action against the BNP, provoking this Little Englander retort from the deputy leader of the BNP, Simon Darby, which disregards any BNP responsibility for the Turkish reaction:

What on earth has the business of a British election got to do with Turkey? Further evidence if it were needed that they don't understand the core principles of democracy and free speech and have no right to be part of Europe.

A belligerently undiplomatic attitude that seems designed to stir up even more trouble.

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The BNP summarises its foreign policy as follows:
Britain’s foreign relations should be determined by the protection of our own national interest and not by our like or dislike of other nations’ internal politics.
We would have no quarrel with any nation that does not threaten British interests.
We will maintain an independent foreign policy of our own, and not a spineless subservience to the USA, the ‘international community’, or any other country.
Fine words for a sort of British splendid isolation, except that they are untrue.

The BNP cultivates its subservience to the US for as long as the BNP leadership goes cap in hand to rallies of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK in the United States of America. In fact Nick Griffin is expected at a meeting of the US far-right next month, abandoning his responsibilites as an MEP and his campaigning for a seat in the British Parliament for this latest fund raising junket.

In addition Nick Griffin, MEP, has set himself the task of joining with other European far right groups represented in the European Parliament, chasing European funds, also in contradiction to the BNP's stated aims.

In the past Griffin has had contact with others he regards as fellow 'nationalists', especially if he believes they might further his personal ambitions or if they might fund himself and his party.

In the eighties Griffin developed a close political relationship with Roberto Fiore, a convicted Italian terrorist, who was then living in the UK on the run from justice.

In 1986 Griffin took a fundraising trip to Libya as guests of Colonel Gaddafi's regime. He also made contact with Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, the US black separatist leader Louis Farrakhan, and both sides of the conflict in Ireland.

More recently Griffin revealed in a wide ranging interview with Russia Today last year how his party was building stronger ties with an increasingly nationalist Russia and Europe’s last dictatorship, Belarus, saying the UK needs a nationalist answer to globalism - paradoxically including strong links with other nationalist parties abroad.

But not all nationalist countries.

Turkey, for example, is a nationalist country, but prospects of closer ties with the BNP seem dim.

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