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Monday 8 June 2009

Where now for Nationalist Politics?

In sending two MEPs to Brussels, the BNP has made a significant political breakthrough in the teeth of a ferocious campaign co-ordinated by its political opponents and their allies in the trade union movement and the mass media. On last night's election special, the BBC commentators David Dimbleby and Nick Robinson were visibly discomfited by the victory, an upwelling of visceral loathing detectable in their voices. This morning, John Humphreys launched into a predictable attack on Nick Griffin, focusing on 'racism' and holocaust denial that was in equal parts disdainful, dismissive and uncomprehending.

The intensity of the hate emanating from these pampered media pundits is quite alarming, as was the attitude of the baying mob of anti-BNP protesters surrounding Manchester Town Hall last night. The BNP is routinely stigmatised as being a party of "thugs", "boot boys" and "ill-educated, irrational knuckle-draggers". Well, it does strike me as a touch ironic that those levelling such epithets appear all too ready to don the apparel of thuggishness whenever their anti-fascist amour propre is 'affronted' by the presence of a BNP member or two. These soi-disant 'anti-fascists' need reminding that in a democracy it is the voter who decides who will or will not take office; it is not for a manipulated mob intoxicated with a misplaced sense of moral outrage to dictate to us who shall be our representatives.

Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons face a daunting task, for it is their lot to explode the negative myths that have stymied the chances of the BNP in particular, and nationalist politics in general in this country. They must be ever vigilant, for not only will they continue to be subject to constant sniping and smears from the powerful in the media and politics, but also from rogue violent leftists, who could endanger their physical safety.

Now that a foothold has been established in the EU Parliament, can this position be used by the BNP to speak directly to the British electorate? Will the controllers of the mainstream media permit this to happen? Probably not, for they know that if this were to be allowed, its message would resonate strongly with our people. The BNP may have scored a modest 6.2% of the total vote in Britain, but the combined nationalist vote (taken here as being represented by the Eurosceptic parties but excluding the Tories) comes to 25%, or 3,795,632 votes. This vote (excluding the BNP) breaks down as follows:
  • UKIP - 16.5%
  • English Democrats - 1.8%
  • United Kingdom First - 0.5%
I have excluded No2EU voters from this total (another 1%), for it is unlikely that they would vote for a self-declared nationalist party owing to the anti-nationalist pathology of many on what is termed "the Left".

If only this vote could be marshalled by a single party it could become a serious contender for national government, for it is not far short of the victorious Conservative share of the EU vote at 27.7%. Many who voted Tory would also be attracted to a viable nationalist party. I am not of the opinion that David Cameron's politically correct stance possesses much deep-rooted appeal for traditional Tories. For all of his talk of multiculturalism being "divisive" and something that should be swept away, Michael Gove is preparing the Party for a huge expansion in state-funded Muslim faith schools after the next General Election. Dave's posturing against multiculturalism and political correctness is nothing more than chaff thrown up to distract the misty eyes of his traditional elderly followers in the shires.

There is thus much to play for in the years ahead in the sphere of nationalist politics in the UK. The situation is complicated of course by the increasingly divergent political scenes in Scotland and Wales and the separate situation in Northern Ireland. Any successful nationalist party will therefore be based upon its appeal to English nationalism, and the three contenders for the nationalist cause are: the BNP, UKIP and the English Democrats. The first two are well-known, whereas the last is not.

The mass media are willing to give UKIP airtime and relatively positive publicity, for they know that it is in part competing directly with the BNP for the popular vote. The English Democrats are a very small party indeed, possessing a little over a thousand members as well as the newly-elected Mayor of Doncaster. Their share of the EU vote in 2004 was 0.7%, but this time around they more than doubled this to 1.8%. In some regions, their appeal to the nationalist vote may have prevented the BNP from gaining a seat: in the West Midlands for example, the BNP polled 8.6% and the English Democrats 2.3%; the combined total of 10.9% would have taken the BNP very close to the 12% which secured the Liberal Democrats a seat, so in this instance, the English Democrats may have cost the BNP an MEP. In the North West Euro constituency they also secured 2.4% of the vote, and with a slightly larger share could have denied Nick Griffin his win.

Although the policies of the English Democrats will not appeal to the mainstream media, the fact that they can serve as a potential spoiler for BNP candidates will ensure that the latter's opponents will do all they can to provide publicity for this new nationalist micro-party. Similarly, the fact that the BNP has made a modest electoral breakthrough will ensure that the media also devotes more airtime and column inches to UKIP between elections than it has hitherto.

We need an effective and viable nationalist party now! Unlimited mass immigration continues; the Lisbon Treaty threatens our sovereignty, and our mainstream politicians court the Islamist vote and continue to enforce and entrench multiculturalism. All of these factors must be stopped and reversed. Which party rises to the challenge and manages to break the hegemony of the British political establishment remains to be seen. The prospects do not appear rosy, but they are far better today than they were this time yesterday.


  1. Do you know enough about the English Democrats to write a synopsis of their brand of nationalism? The Green Arrow doesn't think much of them. However, in the past, he has posted articles by Guy Leven-Torres, who ran as a candidate for the English Democrats in the recent Euro Elections.

  2. I’m thinking of writing a piece on them in the near future. The BBC’s Politics Show is running an interview with Peter Davies, the new Mayor of Doncaster, today, so I will post a link to this later when it becomes available. It will be interesting to see what kind of questioning he receives, and how nationalist his responses actually are. I strongly suspect that Mr Davies would traditionally have found a natural home in the Conservative Party, but thanks to its relatively recent takeover by David Cameron and his politically correct ‘modernisers’, he has chosen the English Democrats as a vehicle through which he can express his traditional Toryism. His son, the independently-minded Conservative MP for Shipley, is very much in this mould.

    As self-declared civic nationalists, the English Democrats could be said to be a Little Englander version of UKIP, seeking to establish an English parliament and ending the Barnett Formula which grants a higher per capita level of Westminster spending to Scotland than England. They therefore appear to be an English equivalent of the Scottish Nationalist Party or Plaid Cymru. Although declaring themselves to be against political correctness and multiculturalism, they make no reference to Islam in their manifesto, which in article 4.6.2 worryingly states that “Membership can be acquired by anyone, whatever their ethnicity, religion or culture.” This suggests to me that although it will appeal to many nationalistically minded English people who would think that a distinctive English nationalism would by definition not include making concessions to Islam or recognising Islam as being rooted in England or English culture, it will not deliver on nationalist expectations, and like the SNP and Plaid, will do nothing to oppose Islamisation, which is tantamount to assisting it. The English Democrats most recent manifesto can be accessed here:

    Given its lack of a stance on Islamisation, I will not give my backing to the English Democrats as my party of choice. They will, I am sure, contain many people (such as Guy Leven-Torres) who will be opposed to Islam, but the party’s lack of policy in this sphere renders it ineffective as a nationalist force. If the English Democrats were to become more successful and grow in membership, my guess is that it would fracture as a broad-based party once those calling for an anti-Islamisation stance felt able to voice their position, as many in the party (given its openness to Muslims) would not support such a policy. My support will therefore continue to go to the BNP as the only political party in the UK with any chance of electoral success that makes opposition to Islamisation a central part of its platform.

    The Green Arrow is therefore correct to hold the English Democrats in low esteem, although of course he does so from an understandably partisan position, given his very active membership of the BNP. This does not discount the possibility that many members of the English Democrats will have something useful to say, and will at root be decent nationalists who are afraid of the stigma and threat to career prospects that automatically arise as a consequence of membership of, or support for, the BNP. It is this latter reason that precludes me from becoming actively involved in nationalist politics other than through my choice at the ballot box and cathartic rants in the blogosphere. If my political sympathies were to become known publicly, I would undoubtedly be dismissed, and as you’re probably aware, alternative employment is sorely lacking in the UK currently.

    Incidentally, is there any political party in Canada which opposes Islamisation? If so, does it possess much popular support, and what prospects do you see for its future success or otherwise?

  3. As promised, here is the link to yesterday's edition of "The Politics Show" which features an interview with Peter Davies:

    It takes place during the last ten minutes or so of the programme.

  4. It is this latter reason that precludes me from becoming actively involved in nationalist politics other than through my choice at the ballot box and cathartic rants in the blogosphere. If my political sympathies were to become known publicly, I would undoubtedly be dismissed, and as you’re probably aware, alternative employment is sorely lacking in the UK currently.

    Yes, I'm aware of membership in the BNP being a firing offence.

    Incidentally, is there any political party in Canada which opposes Islamisation? If so, does it possess much popular support, and what prospects do you see for its future success or otherwise?

    There is no party of substance with an explicitly anti-mass immigration and anti-Islam platform like the BNP. If you take away all the Francophone parties that only operate in Quebec, the four main parties in Canada are the Green Party (bat-shit crazy left), the New Democrat Party (champagne socialist), the Liberal Party (center-left), and the Conservative (center-right). The Greens and the New Democrats never win enough seats to govern. The Liberals and the Conservatives take turns being the governing party. The Liberals are the ones who got the mass-immigration ball rolling. If you're of an older age, you'll remember that clown prince of Canada, Pierre Trudeau. Under his Prime Ministership, multiculturalism was made the official state ideology and enshrined in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Liberals essentially import voters through the mass-immigration racket that they foisted on Canada and, of course, since they have to keep their voter base happy, they shamelessly pander to the 1001 ethnic minorities from the Third World. Their closest British analogy is Nu-Labour. The New Democrats, being socialists, are no different from the Liberals in their social policy vis-a-vis immigrants and mass immigration. The Conservatives in Canada are similar to the Conservatives in the UK. They are the minority government right now. For political expediency, they pander to ethnic minorities just like the Liberals, but to a lesser extent. They are mum on mass immigration and have no explicit plan to curb it, letting the problem fester. On the issue of Islam, they are also mum, but their pro-Israel stance in the last Israeli-Hamas war and their relatively-tough (by Canadian standards) action in dealing with Islamic terrorist suspects and Islamic propaganda front organizations show an awareness of the problem. All in all, there is a political void waiting to be filled by a nationalist party.

  5. Thanks for the overview of the Canadian political scene. I suspected that it wouldn't have a viable nationalist party owing to the lack of a single founding population. I suppose that any Canadian nationalism would have the difficult task of triangulating the cultural strands of the Anglophones (of predominantly British/Irish descent), the Quebecois and the Native Americans. Islam certainly does not feature in the traditions of any of these populations, nor does it amongst those of Ukrainian descent, etc. Islam therefore is most definitely not Canadian, and should not possess any form of recognition within the country.


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