Sunday, April 23, 2006

Challenge to Cameron over BNP

Who is to blame for the spectre that is represented in the possibility that the Belligerent to untermesch National Party (BNP) may fare well in the forthcoming local government elections?

For everyone's favourite pimp to the dictators, it is because the Labour Party is not left-wing enough.

For some Blood-and-Soil enthusiasts, it is because the Tory Party doesn't resemble the BNP quite as much as it used to:
"A Tory MP has presented David Cameron with the first real test of his pledge to create a more tolerant Conservative party. Philip Davies claimed voters were turning to the BNP because political correctness had left white Britons afraid of being 'sacked or locked up' for expressing their feelings on race."
I wouldn't want to spell out any conclusions concerning the motives of these two gentlemen - you'll do that for yourselves, especially when you consider the context.

When you consider the political scene in Scotland, there's little that causes the heart to swell with pride. And to be realistic, this is no bad thing - for we all know what pride comes before. But you do tend to take the opportunity to believe the best (the quintessential familial disposition) of this land that chose you on those occasions when it makes this easy - as it does when its national legislature, for all its faults, proves incapable of sustaining any representation for neofascist political movements.

But it extends national boundaries because it is also the case that the Westminster Parliament - with the exception of Germany, which for understandable historical reasons has laws against this sort of thing - is the only national legislature in Western Europe not to contain representatives from formally neofascist political movements.

This is the context in which the BNP poses a 'threat', reason enough to think it less significant that some would clearly like to think. But in as far as it exists and even if it were greater than it actually is, what is everyone's problem with recognising the BNP for what it is - a criminal conspiracy of a political movement that no-one should think of making excuses for and who has supporters, real or 'potential', that no-one should be making any excuses for?

Build some houses? Absolutely - but not because anyone should imagine that this should be in response to 'legitimate grievances' raised by the BNP and its supporters. For they have no legitimate grievances because all these are based on an impotent rage that the world has failed to recognise their claim to superiority; fundamentally it has nothing to do with housing. Contra-St Paul, here's a verdict with which I am only too glad to be conformed to the pattern of this world.

Houses should have been built, not because of the BNP, but because this is what people expected of a Labour government. So they should be built now, not as a response to any hyped political threat from the Neanderthal Right but because this, over and above any improvements to health and education, would do more to improve the lives of working class people in this country than anything else. Not because of the BNP. Fuck the BNP.

In this spirit, one could answer the challenge as to what the 'main parties' should do to 're-engage with the electorate' specifically by returning to the subject of this post's title: David Cameron should tell Phillip Davies MP to go fuck himself.

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