University of Birmingham alumni Jon Gaunt has his say on the recent BNP episode and I find myself agreeing with what he says.
Don’t make martyrs of knuckle-draggers
“PUTTING aside the fact that my former employers gave me the boot for calling someone a “Nazi” while simultaneously employing an alleged one in the shape of the DJ Rod Lucas, does anyone really care who is a member of the BNP? So they’ve got ten thousand members? It’s hardly enough to annexe Birmingham, is it? Like an irritating boss or spoiled child, they are best ignored. And mainstream politicians would be better off spending their time making sure that their own policies better reflect the concerns of the majority of the public.
We give these foul and largely irrelevant racists too much credence and if we are not careful we might turn the knuckle-draggers into martyrs if we start sacking them because of their views. Mind you, I do find it funny that some of these misguided morons are worried about their home addresses being published on the internet. I know how they feel. After I had a go at the master race supremo Nick Griffin (what a perfect specimen he is) on Newsnight my address was publicised and I was accused of being a, wait for it . . . a Commie and a Trot! They didn’t intimidate me but I can’t help hoping that they feel intimidated now.
If their policies really are the way forward, why would they want to hide their political leanings? I’ll tell you why, because the BNP are subtly trying to position their party as non-racist and the only ones in touch with the mood of the country.
But they don’t represent me and they shouldn’t represent you. I appeared on the Titchmarsh show with deputy leader Simon Darby, Dumber to Griffin’s Dumb, and he even managed to elicit a couple of rounds of applause from the crowd by playing on their fears. All of a sudden he and the party appear to be cuddly and in touch. But scratch just slightly beneath their ill-fitting suits and the bovver-boots politics are still clearly on show. As we face recession they are trying – like all fascists – to blame all our woes on anyone who doesn’t look like them. But who would want to look like Griffin or Darby?
Banning them will only drive them underground. Instead let us know exactly who belongs to and believes in the BNP. The party will only ever become a real threat to our democracy if politicians remain detached from reality and are afraid of discussing the real politics of living in 21st Century Britain.
Let’s defeat them by debate and by our mainstream parties dealing with the issues that really matter to us all. That’s immigration, law and order and the rights of the decent, hard-working majority coming first over the feral, the feckless and the long-term useless.”