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Tell Me about the BNP

June 3, 2009

I’ve seen some headlines about the BNP recently, and I saw this video the other day:

This seems a little disconcerting, but I’m relatively ignorant about them. Can anyone give me a little BNP 101? What do I need to know about these guys?

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  1. John permalink
    June 3, 2009 1:56 pm

    Lenin’s Tomb posted a great video telling you just about everything you need to know about the BNP: http://leninology.blogspot.com/2009/06/anti-fascist-videos.html

    The best part is when the BNP guy goes up to a black woman and tries to get her to vote for the BNP. Later, when he thinks he’s off camera, he tells the interviewer that you’ve got to be white to actually be a member of the party.

  2. June 3, 2009 2:44 pm

    The BNP are a bunch of power hungry racists, completely incompetent. I almost find their incompetence endearing at times. But all in all, lame.
    The leader Nick Griffin boasts he has “never had a proper job” *rolleyes*

  3. June 5, 2009 5:29 am

    They’re the British version of the neo-fascist movement that’s alive and well throughout Europe and can usually pull between 5-15% of the vote about now. More in some places like Austria and the Netherlands. Less in Germany where they’re usually banned.

    They originated in neo-fascist street thug organisations but in the early 90s most of them went mainstream; making rhetorical compromises with bourgeois politics. E.g. the BNP stopped talking about forced repatriations of non-whites and instead said they would offer financial incentives for non-whites to go back to where they or their parents or grandparents came from.

    Their support is rooted in the lower middle class but solidly drifting into the working class, now. It’s a big debate on the left here as you have some workerist currents who need to think of the working class as ideologically pure.

    The thing is they’re thoroughly incompetent and their veil of respectability often slips. Most people voting for them would usually only do so once or twice as a protest against the major parties. Their authoritarian, anti-immigrant, nationalist politics aren’t too far removed from either the Conservatives or the dominant right faction of the governing Labour Party.

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