I loathe the British National Party, with its murky origins in fascism and people who sought to beat up immigrants. I was amazed and disgusted to see their new logo: a Union Jack in the shape of a heart. A Heart! How dare they?
Well, easily enough. They are liars, seeking to foment and exploit fear and resentment, and generally any BNP councillor is so useless he is kicked out at the next election. But what might a sympathiser think of it, and how relate to that heart? It says, we feel with you and we care about you (and the others don’t). I think the heart is an improvement. It is moving away from anger to hurt.
Inside I read that the BNP wants to stop all immigration. This is an improvement on their previous policy, of sending away people who were born here because of the colour of their skin. They want to end all foreign aid. A man is pictured in a clerical collar and claims to back the BNP because it supports “traditional Christian faith”. This is a lie– no church will admit to having him as a minister.
Their vote collapsed in the by-election, to less than one percent of the electorate.
They got more votes than the English Democrats, who think Scotland and Wales have a far better time on the backs of the English, and want recompense. They want to make St George’s Day a public holiday, and create local events all over the country to celebrate, just as the Irish celebrate St Patrick’s day. Well, no-one is stopping them. They have a picture of a man on horseback in chain mail draped in red crosses on a white background, and a proper idiot he looks. I hope they do not want to use taxpayers’ money on these events. They want to reduce funding for “political correctness that stifles free speech”- and replace it with their own St George-based political correctness.
They beat Democracy 2015, which scored 35 votes, almost as bad as Wolfie Smith did. The Socialist Party (England and Wales) (SPEW) and the Socialist Party of Great Britain, which Arthur Scargill joined after being kicked out of the Labour Party, did not stand.