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The Rise of Nationalism in Britain
There May be Dark Times Ahead
By Shane Clarke
London Correspondent
Aishwarya Rai in Agra Courtesy Reuters

On April 6 (Tuesday), 2010, Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace to request the dissolution of Parliament. This is the time-honoured tradition in Britain for calling a General Election. Said General Election will now take place on 6th May.

Needless to say, the campaigning has begun in earnest. Every day, the television news shows the latest pictures of politicians indulging in the usual palm-pressing, one-upmanship and stunts, all designed to show they are just one of the people and that it is they alone who know how to take this country into the future.

Unfortunately, they are talking to a disillusioned electorate who in recent years have been asked to forgive money-grabbing and corruption by MPs, unemployment, loss of value on their houses, loss of their houses, and an ever-worsening immigration problem. Add to that the new revelation that 98.5% of the 1.67million jobs created by Labour since they came to power have been taken by immigrants, and you have an environment just right for the emergence of the far-right. At the very least, there is every possibility that the House of Commons will be welcoming its first BNP members of Parliament later this year.

The mainstream parties have no answer to the immigration problem because they’re all so desperate to not be branded racists. Instead, they use smoke and mirrors to divert attention away from the problem as thousands of immigrants – both legal and illegal – continue to pour into the country every day.

Like most right-minded Britons, I have no problem with immigration. Growing up in a multi-cultural society has been a positive experience that has allowed me to learn about other peoples, their traditions, and some great foods.

However, if you own a nightclub, there are limits to how many people are allowed in due to safety reasons. If you have a boat, you can only allow so many people on board for fear of it sinking. A country works the same way. There are only so many people you can allow in before the infrastructure starts to break down, and we are seeing that now. The National Health Service is slowly crumbling under the weight of the massive numbers of new patients, the prison system is overflowing because the prisons aren’t big enough to cope with the number of criminals, there is a housing problem, and an employment problem. The electorate are calling for answers, and the BNP are the only ones talking.

This is dangerous, because the British people are vulnerable at the moment. They are looking for someone to take control of the problem, and while most find the idea of voting for such an openly racist party abhorrent, those who are struggling on benefits because all the jobs they are qualified for have been taken by immigrants are rich pickings for the BNP. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how disastrous this could be.

The British National Party, or BNP, was formed by John Tyndall in 1982 after he split from the National Front movement two years previously. The National Front is essentially an intimidatory group of racist thugs who claim to be “The party of white family values”. What they are, in fact, is an organisation of skinhead yobs who have allegedly been involved in numerous racist attacks over the years.

Tyndall had been the Chairman of the National Front, but following a poor showing in the 1979 general election, factional splits started to appear within the movement. In 1980, Tyndall quit his position and set up the New National Front, which later became the BNP. Initially, the split was not meant to be a permanent one, But it seems whatever cracks had appeared between Tyndall and the National Front had not healed. However, there has been speculation that the BNP operates as a political arm to the NF, much like the relationship between Sinn Fein and the IRA. It should be pointed out, though, that no concrete proof has ever been found to confirm this.

The BNP fielded 53 candidates for the general election in 1983. This entitled them to air party political broadcasts on television, which showed Tyndall flanked by two British flags. The broadcast showed footage of a number of riots that had taken place in Britain in the early eighties, including a particularly nasty one that took place in Brixton, London, when predominately black local residents clashed with police.

The election was an unmitigated disaster. The combined total of votes achieved by all 53 candidates was a mere 14,621. That was just over half the number of the National Front, who achieved 27,065, making them still the racist party of choice for the British people.

Further bad news followed when it was discovered that the BNP’s Deputy Chairman, Ray Hill, had been working as a mole for Searchlight, an anti-fascist magazine. None of this deterred Tyndall, however, and he spent the mid-eighties forging alliances with domestic organisations such as the NF Flag Group and The Federation of Conservative Students. On the continent, he developed friendly relations with groups such as the Flemish Nationalists of the radical Odal Group, another far-right movement.

Tyndall was convicted of inciting racial hatred in 1986 and was imprisoned. Richard Edmonds took over temporary leadership during this time.

While in prison, Tyndall wrote the part-autobiographical, part-political book, The Eleventh Hour. Obviously, this was Tyndall’s version of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

The BNP have gradually gained popularity in the years since Tyndall’s incarceration, as Briton’s slowly saw their own rights being forfeited in favour of immigrants. Particularly harmful were incidents where people were asked to take down England flags during major international football tournaments for fear of “intimidating minority races”.

In 2009, the BNP, under its present leader Nick Griffin, a Cambridge graduate in Law, achieved its first seats on the European Parliament. The first seeds of British Nationalism were sown, and further scandals and inabilities to deal with the immigration problem have followed, nurturing these seeds and creating a real danger of the BNP gaining its first seats in the House of Commons this year. Add to that the very real possibility of a hung parliament (no party achieving a clear majority) and there could be dark days ahead for Britain.

The problem is that the only strong leader we have is essentially Adolf Hitler reincarnated. The leaders of the two main parties are a weakling of a dour Scotsman, and an upper-class twit willing to prostitute himself for a single vote. With neo-nazism on the rise all across Europe, unless a leader steps forward with the courage to take a stand and risk any negative publicity, then we could find ourselves sucked into a vortex of nationalism that we may not be able to fight our way out of next time.



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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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