The BNP

Are, as far as I can follow, a party that aims to represent the white “underclass” we have succeeded in developing over the last 3 decades. The white underclass interest me from a professional point of view because, leaving aside any political proclivities they think they may have, they are hugely under-represented in the learning community we work with, develop and reach out to. I can say from my own personal experience working in Community Outreach for 3 years there is no tougher nut to crack than the second or third generation of unemployed, living on an estate, white male or female. They are simply not interested. There is a culture of “needs” and “entitlement” that are there to be met by statutory services but the notion that one might think beyond that for self or ones children seems entirely alien.

These people are not bad necessarily, I make no particular judgement, but I do think that the BNP has positioned its rancid little being to perpetuate this notion of what a country owes the “indigenous” population. To me, what is owed to the individual, is a two-way street. Entitlement comes with responsibility, offering one without expecting the other leads to dependence, lack of empowerment and a warped view of the world. It also means you cannot take your place in the community or wider world, rather that you have to stay safe and stick with your own kind in the few places you are familiar with.

No wonder then, that incomers are viewed with suspicion and fear; responses that can then charge down the road of hate and loathing when your perception is that you are entitled and “they” are not. In steps Nick Griffin, and his merry band of racists, to feed your demons and offer half-baked “policy” to make you feel better about your own limited and, to my mind, sorry life.

Evidently the BNP have over a million people minded to vote for them when they can, but there is no future for this party. They are too late, the world has moved on. The race of the British is not identifiable by a cursory glance at someones skin. In short I don’t believe that the BNP are sustainable as a political party. Sure they will probably always be around on the fringes, but in terms of the mainstream political process there are too many of us and too few of them. What it means though is that whilst they exist and whisper into people’s ears, playing on their inadequacies and fears I will never be able to talk to those same people about the alternatives. That’s what I find sad.

Posted on October 23, 2009, in News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. A thought-provoking and insightful piece. But… history tells us that extreme movements come into their own in times of recession when everyone wants to hide in the bunker of the perceived golden age of the past. And for this reason, I am uneasy.

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