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A Can of Worms
Debates Continue as Queen Weighs in to Row over BNP
By Shane Clarke
London Correspondent
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom: Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born on April 21, 1926) is the queen regnant of 16 independent states known as the Commonwealth realms that includes the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. In theory her powers are vast; however, in practice, and in accordance with convention, she rarely intervenes in political matters. She became the Queen in 1952.

"Now is the winter of our discontent ... " William Shakespeare, Richard III

The clocks went back in Britain on Oct. 24, 2009. The dark nights are closing in, the days are getting shorter, and things are about to get very cold in this green and pleasant land.

The country is in turmoil, and unless someone does something, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. We have major strikes, political in-fighting, a weak government, an unhappy and divided populace, and a potential new Hitler presiding over it all, rubbing his hands with glee.

In the 80s, the British coal-mining industry was a dying one. Pits were closing and men were losing their jobs left, right and centre. Mankind was making progress, and there simply wasn’t the demand for coal that there had been. Massive strikes took place as men desperately tried to cling on to their jobs. There were riots, arrests, and even deaths.

Skip forward to today, and we have the Royal Mail, another “industry” hit by progress, as well as deregulation. People are losing their jobs, they are complaining about working conditions, they are striking. How long before another Arthur Scargill steps forward and we have a repeat of the miners’ strikes on our hands?

The nation is divided, it is scared, and it is angry. Immigration, terrorism, and the economy form an unholy trinity that is shaking Britain to its very foundations. Everyone is worried about them, everyone fears where they could lead, and the only man coming up with any answers at this point is arguably one of the most dangerous men in British history – Nick Griffin, leader of the far-right British National Party.

The so-called “mainstream” parties have no real answer to either the problems of the nation, or the problem of the BNP. All they have is bluster, and condemnation. The British public don’t want that, they can come up with those things themselves. What they want is answers, solutions, someone to turn to other than Europe’s potential new Adolf Hitler.

Unfortunately for Britain, the gentleman’s club that is its political organisation has had it far too easy for far too long. They have lied to the country and screwed it for every penny they could get for so long that now the country really needs them they have neither credibility, nor a clue how to solve the problems. The gravy train has been derailed, and all they can think about is how to get it back on the tracks.

The British public expect better than this, they demand better than this, and they deserve better than this. They have spoken, and no one has listened. They have shouted, and no one has listened. All that’s left is action. That action will take the form of movement towards the far right, as the BNP’s quadrupling of support has shown. This will further divide the nation, and then will come the violence and the riots.

The mainstream parties will pass the buck and avoid the blame as they always do. They will condemn the BNP for bringing this unrest upon the people, they will criticise the media for giving the BNP a platform. At no time will they offer any solutions – until it’s too late and the damage is done.

At times of crisis such as these, a nation looks for a strong leader to get behind. They look for someone they can trust to make everything better, a beacon to light the way.

No one knows this better than Nick Griffin, so he holds up a picture of Winston Churchill and shouts, “Remember this man? Remember what he did for our country? Do you think he would want to see what is happening to this great nation now?” And the country responds.

Winston Churchill is a national hero for the British people. He led this country through the Second World War and took us to victory. He stood for everything the British hold dear – freedom, strength, dignity and courage. He became one of a very exclusive club of non-royals to be granted a state funeral. He was, and still is, a national treasure.

The BNP are being accused of hijacking Churchill’s reputation, of exploiting him to promote their repugnant ideology. However, that is not the real problem. The real problem is that it’s working. Unlike any of the mainstream parties, they are getting through to the people, connecting with them and telling them what they want to hear. They are offering solutions instead of bluster, they are offering hope instead of condemnation, and they are offering to bring the pride back to Britain. Turn the clock back 80 years and you’ll see a certain man in Germany doing exactly the same thing to a disillusioned populace.

But there is hope. There is a beacon of light that has been switched on and will hopefully show the way for the British people. The big gun has been unsheathed and it is pointed square at the BNP.

This big gun is the Queen, the figurehead of our country and the icon that more than any other represents everything good about the British. She has stepped into the fray to defend her good friend, Winston Churchill, and to turn the tide back against the BNP.

She has a fight on her hands, but unlike the government, she is more than equal to the task. The British people should put their faith in her, because she will not let them down.

She has been accused of many things over the years, but one thing that cannot be denied is that she loves this country, its people and everything they stand for, and when the chips are down, she will stand up and take her place on the front line to defend it. We should all now stand beside her, and unite against those who would bring down this great nation.

Britain has always been a world leader, and it has led the world in good, not evil. Let us support and uphold our Queen so that Britain maintains this position. Let us stand beside her and say no to hatred. Let our mental fight not cease, or our sword sleep in our hand, until we have built Jerusalem in England’s green and pleasant land.



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Shane Clarke serves as London Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He has been involved in humanitarian work for numerous years. He’s also a freelance management consultant. Having completed an honors degree in Law at Wolverhampton University, he then moved on to an MBA at Warwick Business School. He’s heavily involved in the fight against international parental child abduction to Japan.

 

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