The BNP and bridging the gulf of disbelief By William Bowles

18 November, 2009

By now it must surely be obvious to everyone that a vast gulf exists between the rulers and the ruled, so much so that the ruled have all but given up listening. The ruling elite are now so desperate that hardly a day goes by without some political dinosaur telling us that ‘we have to reestablish the trust of the people, a trust that has completely broken down’. But it ain’t ain’t working and with good reason.

Enter the British National Party (BNP).

You have to ask yourself the question, why now? Why did the BBC suddenly decide that it’s on the side of ‘free speech’? Their reason, that large numbers of people voted for the BNP hence the BBC had to give them a voice, simply doesn’t wash. If it were so then why haven’t we seen the BNP on ‘Question Time’ before? Moreover, why do we hear no voice from the left on Question Time if the BBC is so concerned with presenting ‘alternative’ views on its ‘flagship’ programme?

There is something else going on here, namely using the ‘threat’ of the BNP to motivate people to vote for the established political class (Lab, Tory, Lib-Dem, take your pick, it doesn’t make any difference). But this is a policy that could backfire in a big way, not that the BNP could conceivably win a seat in Parliament (though obviously it’s not impossible) but what it does do is legitimize the BNP at the highest level regardless of the fact that various leaders of the political class dump on the BNP. They know that racism is intrinsic to the system and can be hauled out and used whenever it’s deemed politically expedient to do so.

This is the ruling elite’s ‘solution’ for its own decrepitude and total loss of legitimacy. By presenting the ‘dangers’ of the BNP whilst at the same time legitimizing them, it creates the illusion that only a Labour/Tory government can solve the problems it has created in the first place.

‘The BNP could be invited to appear on Question Time as often as once a year, the BBC’s director general says’

The ‘Question Time’ farce illustrates the dilemma facing the ruling elite but how to handle it? The solution? Get a bunch of bozos to gang up on the intellectually challenged Nick Griffin. I almost felt sorry for him; it was a stitch-up. And if anything dumping on him the way they did probably increased his support (see the BBC’s Comments section for evidence of this assertion).

By ramping up the importance of the BNP as a threat (threat to what exactly? Democracy?) effectively reroutes the issue away from a government that is in real terms more fascist than the BNP (fascist is used here in its original context of Mussolini’s corporate/fascist state, an alliance between big business and the political elite).

The BNP, like all far-right/fascist/nazi groupings has an appeal to a very tiny section of working people, and it’s an appeal that waxes and wains from day-to-day depending on circumstances, especially the way the mainstream media deals with the ‘problem’. Loathsome as the BNP is, their real danger lies in the way the corporate state manipulates them. This is exactly what has happened with the ‘Question Time debate’.

For the past five decades successive Tory/Labour governments have used the ‘race’ card, principally the issue of immigration to divert attention away from problems intrinsic to capitalism, so while leading members of government castigate the BNP, it locks children up in prison, often with adults, for the ‘crime’ of being children of refugees. It denies them the right to work. It makes it almost impossible for them to succeed in their application for asylum. In short the Labour government has criminalized them. Nick Griffin should be proud of the Labour government. The only thing the Labour government hasn’t done is round them all up and ship them back to whence they came from, though it tries its hardest to deport as many as it can, sometimes back to their deaths.[1]

Black people in the UK are presented as a ‘problem’, hence it even has a special crime unit to deal with the ‘problems’ Black people have being Black, ‘Operation Trident’. A unit by the way that only has one Black person serving in it. Black crime is presented to the public as a special kind of crime that only Black people engage in (eg, gun crime, knives, gangs etc). Predictably, the issue of class is entirely missing.

The demonization of Black people takes place within a culture that is “institutionally racist” to its core whether it’s the police, education or health. These are the three main areas of contact between Black people and the state and all have failed Black people miserably. This is not merely my opinion, it’s borne out by the facts whether it’s the failure of the police to deal with “institutional racism” within its ranks[2] or education and how it has failed young Black students[3] or the NHS and its deplorable treatment of Black people[4].

Thus the BNP is a symptom not a cause, of a much deeper malaise that affects capitalism and it’s not a new one stretching as it does all the way back to the 1930s and Mosley’s Union Movement (when Jews were the object of its attention) then on to the National Front in the late 1960s (when Blacks, Asians and Jews were the target) building as it did on Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” speech made, not on Question Time but at a meeting of the Conservative Political Centre in Birmingham in 1968.

What the BBC did was tap into and exploit what it knows to be true, that the UK is a racist society and in doing so actually legitimized the BNP as the only real ‘opposition’ to the established political order, a dangerous game to play, but one that the BBC does on a daily basis as it bows to the immense power of the Zionist lobby for example.[5]

Notes

1. See ‘UK accused over asylum seekers left to live on $1 a day’

“Hundreds of thousands of failed asylum seekers are living in the UK in extreme poverty, because they fear torture or death if they return to their home countries, according to a report released today.

“The report warns many failed asylum seekers are living in a “twilight zone”, with no housing or financial support, and no right to work. Many failed asylum seekers are living on less than “a dollar a day”, the global yardstick for extreme poverty, it claims. Recent research by the London School of Economics estimated there are 500,000 failed asylum seekers in the UK.””

2. See ‘Institutional racism’

“In the UK, the inquiry about the murder of the black Briton Stephen Lawrence concluded that the investigating police force was institutionally racist. Sir William Macpherson of Cluny used the term as a description of “the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin”, which “can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes, and behaviour, which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness, and racist stereotyping, which disadvantages minority ethnic people”. Sir William’s definition is almost identical to Stokely Carmichael’s original definition some forty years earlier.”

One study carried out by the police admitted that so entrenched was racism in the police that it considered eradicating it an impossibility.

3. See “The Silent Catastrophe”

“Parents and educators have long been concerned about the education or “miseducation” of Black children. These concerns are reflected in the deep sense of urgency in Black communities about the need for an overall strategy to stem the tide of exclusions of Black boys. The authors argue that the continuing denial of race and racism in British educational policy is reflected in the intransigence of many schools to consider the differential positioning of Black boys in the wider society and its effect on their educational experiences and opportunities.”

4. See ‘Secret government report finds racism flourishing in NHS’.

“A confidential government report on racism in the NHS has revealed that at least half the frontline staff from ethnic minorities were victims of racial harassment last year [2000].

“About a third suffered at the hands of their health service colleagues and a quarter from the behaviour of NHS managers. Racial abuse from patients and the public was also common, with little done to protect staff.

“It would be safe to conclude that racial harassment is still a pervasive phenomenon in the NHS, largely unrecorded with little action taken to solve the problem or give redress to those affected,” said the unpublished report by consultants Lemos & Crane, commissioned by the Department of Health.””

5. See ‘The Pro-Israeli Lobby in Britain’, By James Jones and Peter Oborne. The full transcript of the Dispatches programme available here: FULL TEXT

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