As a young Muslim woman in London, I know only too well what the dangers would be if the British National Party (BNP) gets a presence here.
It is a fascist organisation that will set out to destroy our multicultural unity by whipping up race hatred, Islamophobia and bigotry against immigrants.
That is why I support the maximum unity against the BNP. Every vote against the BNP counts in the 1 May elections. All of us who oppose the fascists need to campaign together to defeat them.
But unity doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to the real problems in society.
The BNP feeds off the poverty and despair that has blighted the lives of so many – and the policies of this New Labour government have made that situation worse.
New Labour’s commitment to neoliberalism and privatisation has led to an ever increasing gap between the “haves” and “have nots” in London and across the country.
And the murderous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have fulled an atmosphere of anti-Muslim bigotry and led to a crackdown on all our civil liberties.
That is why as well as opposing the BNP Nazis, we have to offer a radical alternative to all the mainstream political parties – one that brings hope in place of despair.
That is why I stood against New Labour in 2006, winning a seat on Tower Hamlets council. That is why I am standing for the Left List in the London assembly elections on 1 May.
The Left List stands for a world free of racism, poverty and war. So vote Left List next Thursday – and join our campaign to build a real political alternative.
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