Socialist Worker

Deal a knock out blow to Nazi BNP

by Mark L Thomas
Issue No. 2199

The British National Party (BNP) wants to claw its way into parliament and seize control of councils in key areas of Britain in next week’s elections.

But we can stop the Nazis.

Every leaflet anti-fascists give out, every door they knock on and every discussion they have with voters hurts the BNP’s chances.

The BNP says it has moved away from racism.

But a secret film showing the BNP canvassing in one of its key target seats—Barking, east London—showed the reality.

Leading BNP member Richard Edmonds responded to a white woman who refused to vote for the BNP with a disgusting diatribe against mixed race relationships:

“Silly ******* aren’t they? Maybe she’s got a black kid you see? Or maybe her sister’s got a black kid? That I think is always the explanation around here. Once they go with blacks, they’re part of the black tribe. Wicked, horrible, stupid.”

Edmonds, who sits on the BNP’s advisory council, has a conviction for violent assault against a black man and his white girlfriend.

Chilling

BNP leader Nick Griffin was also filmed. He said that campaigning in Barking is “like leafleting central Nairobi”.

The BNP aims to build a Nazi party. It’s manifesto confirms that it is against “all further immigration”.

Chillingly, the BNP also wants to “review” all citizenships granted since 1997, threatening many people with deportation.

All Muslims would also be in the firing line.

The BNP claims that, “Islam is by its very nature incompatible wih Western democracy. Islamic immigration [must] be halted and reversed.”

The BNP wants to kick black people out of Britain. It talks about “voluntary” repatriation—although millions of black and Asian people were born here, not overseas.

But the BNP also wants to turn ethnic minorities into second-class citizens.

Its manifesto says that “the prior status of the indigenous people”—code for whites— means that they should be first in the queue for services.

The levels of violence and authoritarianism that would be required to fulfil this racial fantasy are only hinted at in the manifesto.

But the Nazi world view that underlines it lurks inside its pages. It talks for example about how the British are “bound together by blood” and “belong to a special chain of unique people”.

Doorsteps

Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism (UAF), says the next few days are vital in beating back the Nazis.

“We have to make it clear that the BNP are Nazis,” he said. “Anti fascists should hit the doorsteps—we want to mobilise everyone we can to come out and campaign.

“We want to persuade those tempted to vote for the Nazis to change their mind.”

The BNP is standing 339 candidates for parliament.

But there are key battlegrounds where the BNP most hopes to make a breakthrough.

In Barking, the BNP is standing Nick Griffin for MP. In Barking & Dagenham, the Nazis hope to grab control of their first council.

In 2006 the BNP got 12 councillors elected out the 13 they stood. This time they are standing 34. If it grabs 26 seats, it is enough to run the council.

Last weekend, UAF mobilised over 160 anti-fascists to hit doorsteps across Barking.

The BNP’s other target is Stoke-on-Trent, where it is standing deputy leader Simon Darby.

The BNP’s Nazis can be stopped—and every anti-fascist can play a part in stopping them.


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