Equalities watchdogs are claiming victory over moves to end 'white only' membership of the BNP. But silly pseudo liberals have played right into their hands. The only people to benefit will be the BNP, with some voters more willing to join a bunch of racists who can now claim to have lost the 'racist' tag.
On the surface it's looking good. BNP leader, Nick Griffin, is set to put an amended constitution before his party that will abolish the 'indigenous caucasian' membership clause, after legal action by the equalities and human rights commission.
John Wadham, of the commission, seems well chuffed, telling the BBC: "We are pleased the party has conceded this case and agreed to all of the Commission requirements."
But when a bunch of pseudo-liberal do-gooders get their heads together, realism goes out of the window. They may well think they've pulled a fast one on the BNP but it's the thin end of a nasty little wedge.
The BNP is a legitimate political party with growing membership. The equalities commission has played right into its hands. Today's action has delivered to the BNP exactly what it wants.
Some punters are saying, albeit in whisper, they're thinking of joining the BNP. Probably not because they are racists but because they are thoroughly disillusioned with current policies over immigration.
New Labour is now facing a voter backlash after years of half-baked mish-mash over immigration with only brave souls like Field daring to speak out.
The BNP has a right to give its views as long as they are legal. Given its current elections voting record, the party has a right to appear on BBC Question Time.
That doesn't make hard line anti-immigration policies right in a so-called liberal democracy. But it does make for healthy debate, as long as views are robustly challenged by someone with a brain.
The danger comes when a far right political party is legitimised and can bring in 'racist' views by stealth. Giving Griffin the oxygen of publicity is not the way to defeat the BNP.
The Orange Party fully agrees with David Blackburn's refreshing dose of realism over at the Spectator:
"Losing the tag ‘racist party’ would be a triumph for the BNP, bringing it truly into the mainstream. It is one thing to be given a mainstream platform, but it is quite another to be recognised as a legitimate political force."
The 'no-platform' approach to the BNP has had its day. New tactics are needed after today's judgement. The BNP must now be defeated by reasoned, decent argument not a slagging match.
Just swapping from skinheads and sweatshirts to a neat haircut and sharp suit doesn't make the BNP 'acceptable'. Complying with equalities law doesn't turn a bunch of racists into a 'non-racist' political party.
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