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26 April 2010 @ 11:34 pm
In which I get political...  
It's not like me to get political very often, but I felt I couldn't let this pass without comment. This evening there was a Party Political Broadcast on all five major UK channels. For the BNP. Now I'm all for freedom of speech, and I accept that it means that the douchbags of the world get a voice as well as the sane people but I find it hard to swallow that those fascists are allowed to spread their venom on British television.

Worst of all, if you didn't know anything about them they actually came off sounding quite rational (especially to the Daily Mail reading 'silent majority' types). Part of what made Britain great is that she is a patchwork of nationalities, faiths and cultures blended together in a melting pot and it's been that way since recorded history began. In trying to preserve Britishness the BNP and their hatemongering ilk are ironically destroying it.

I truly worry for this country and the future when a party like the BNP becomes a viable opposition party. *hangs head in shame*

Please, anyone who is reading this who lives in a constituency where the BNP has even a chance of getting in, make sure you go to the polls and stop them.

The Proverbial Quiet One: Father Ted - down with this sort of thinstackcats on April 26th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
The whole BNP thing is getting a trifle scary now. And ffs, their racist policies are just stupid anyway - no one in the entire world is purely British. Even if all your ancestors lived here for the past thousand years, you're still French/Scandinavian/Roman/whatever beyond that. And beyond that you are, eventually, African. People are people wherever they're from, and everyone should have the same rights - I thought that was common sense in the 21st century!

Ergh, sorry. I can get really vehement about this. And I don't really 'do' politics as such, so that's saying something.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: bearidontlikegravy on April 29th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Vent away, I feel exactly the same.
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on April 27th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
That is WAY too scary.

Here's hoping the facebook campaigns for the Lib Dems actually help them and stop the likes of the BNP.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: ecumenicalidontlikegravy on April 29th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)

Hopefully common sense will prevail May 6th.
anniemareanniemare on April 27th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
I am watching the elections over there with much interest. The BNP makes my stomach turn and I hope beyond hope that they get skunked in the polls. Fingered crossed for you folks!
anniemareanniemare on April 28th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
I knew this crap the BNP was spouting sounded familiar from something...


Cripes. Life imitating art, I guess. But this is pretty much it for them. "RULE BRITANNIA - BUT SEND THE IMMIGRANTS HOME!"

Sad, sad sad. I love Britain and I hope that the BNP stays a minor little noisemaker and gains no real traction.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: doc cockidontlikegravy on April 29th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Life imitating art imitating life!

The real problem is that they are gaining supporters. They've tried very hard to separate their new party image from the old National Front (which is basically what they are) and portray themselves as representing old fashioned values (whatever the hell they are) and sadly people are falling for it. Factor in voter apathy leading to a low turnout in the last couple of elections and.... We can only hope that come next week enough sensible people actually get off their bums and vote.
anniemareanniemare on April 29th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
My friend in Nottingham told me today that if they come around to her doorstep she will inform them that they both (her and her husband) had family members give up their lives to keep people like the BNP out of Britain in 1939 and will none too kindly ask them to remove their carcasses from their property.

I never thought I would see the day that I would see Nazis waving a Union Jack. But Sinclair Lewis said of the US "When Facism comes to the United States, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross", so I guess that sort of thinking can come in many guises.

Fingers crossed for you all. I would hate to see them get a toehold and then hold on.