(a) The British National Party is a party of British Nationalism, committed to the principle of national sovereignty in all British affairs. It is pledged to the restoration of the unity and integrity of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It believes that the indigenous peoples of the entire British Isles, and their descendants overseas, form a single brotherhood of peoples, and is pledged therefore to adapt or create political, cultural, economic and military institutions with the aim of fostering the closest possible partnership between these peoples.
OK ... I guess. Something in there makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, but I'm not quite sure what it is. Actually, it's probably the fact that it strongly implies a complete rejection of any alternative point of view. And there's a bit of a herrenvolk tone to the whole thing.
(b) The British National Party stands for the preservation of the national and ethnic character of the British people and is wholly opposed to any form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples. It is therefore committed to stemming and reversing the tide of non-white immigration and to restoring, by legal changes, negotiation and consent, the overwhelmingly white makeup of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948.
I'm sorry, did you really just say that? I mean, I'm hardly going to win points for my tolerance, but Jesus, that is a bit much, isn't it? You're going to legislate the people you don't want in the country out of the country? Even if they are nth-generation British? Just because they're not as white as you'd like? Who's going to make your curries and your jerked chicken? *
(c) The British National Party is pledged to the maintenance of a private-enterprise economy operating within a broad framework of national economic policy. It is opposed to international monopoly capitalism and to laissez-faire free trade and free movement of plant and capital. Social stability and contentment is best achieved by the many enjoying a personal stake in our society. Accordingly, we believe that private property should be encouraged and spread to as many individual members of our nation as possible. We recognise that Finance exists to serve the Nation and its industries rather than the other way around.
Ewww ... that is very nasty. So, they're actively opposed to laissez-faire trade and free movement of plant and capital? Dude, WTF?
There is a one-word description for this economic policy: it is quite literally the textbook definition of fascism.
Fascism has never worked out well before, even if you exclude Hitler and Mussolini. It crippled America after the Great Depression, for example. Fascism and racism really does just look like a very bad mixture indeed.
(d) The British National Party is implacably opposed to Marxism and liberal-capitalist globalism, which undermine our standard of living, human and ecological welfare, freedom and national identity.
You might be implacably opposed to Marxism, but what you're proposing is just as dangerous.
(e) The British National Party stands for a policy of armed neutrality in international and military affairs. We are pledged to ensure that the lives of British servicemen are not risked in international quarrels in which no national interest of our own is at stake.
Something I can agree with.
(f) The British National Party will introduce a Bill of Rights, establishing as absolute the right of all British people to effective freedom of speech, assembly and worship. The undemocratic power of the mass media and vested interest groups will be curbed by the introduction of a statutory right of reply and tougher penalties for corruption in public affairs. We favour a devolved, democratic system in which political decisions are made by ordinary citizens at the most local level of government possible. We are pledged to extend and rejuvenate democratic government by means of electronic media and Citizens’ Initiative referenda, and by returning to Parliament the powers that have been appropriated by the EU.
On the face of it, it sounds reasonable enough, although I really wonder how you can have a government that is directing the economy, chucking out undesirable ethnics and opposing free movement of plant and capital allowing the little people to vote on anything of any significance, or indeed speak about anything they don't like.
And a Bill of Rights is a very dangerous thing: it says that you can do these things that the government allows you to do. What we really need is a Bill of Rights for the government: you can do these few things and for the rest, you can fuck off, Mr Government. People should be free to do whatever they like, apart from anything specifically proscribed by the law.
All in all, it sounds very scary indeed. The fact that the BNP enjoys any support at all with a platform like this says a lot to me and I don't like what I'm hearing. But having said all that: they are a legally constituted party and they should be allowed the same opportunity to state their case as anyone else. And people should be allowed to agree or disagree with their policies openly and without fear.
For my part, I've seen nothing in their constitution that makes me feel that the BNP would be any better for the country as a whole or for me personally than a Labour, Tory, LibDem, Green or Communist government would. Aspects of their constitution are frankly repellent. I guess I could say that about any mainstream political party, but the BNP seem to be a lot more upfront about their "repellence".
Whatever the case, I am adamant that the way to deal with the BNP is to mock the poverty of their arguments and show up the historical evidence of the failures of fascism -- not to treat them as some kind of bogeyman.
(How anybody can confuse libertarianism with fascism is entirely beyond me. Perhaps you need a Ph.D. in Stupidity to do this.)
*This was an ironic observation. I feel I have to point it out, because the right-on brigade are fucking humourless cunts.