Independent: The BNP are now a bigger threat than ever
Labour is facing its biggest threat from the BNP, Harriet Harman admits today, as the party gears up to prevent the far right group from winning its first seats in nationwide elections this June for the European Parliament.
In an interview with The Independent Ms Harman, the Leader of the Commons, who is heading Labour's election effort in in her role as the party's chairman and deputy leader, said Labour was launching its biggest-ever campaign targeting the BNP. "It is a worry," she said. "Certainly they [the BNP] are a bigger threat than they have been before."
Labour fears the BNP could land two or three seats in the European elections, which are fought under a proportional representation (PR) system based on huge regional constituencies. Labour believes the BNP threat is greatest in the North West, where its leader, Nick Griffin, is a candidate; Yorkshire and the Humber and the East and West Midlands.
'We are telling people to come out and vote or they will let the BNP in,' says Harriet Harman.
(um...that's an encouragement to excercise democratic rights, and not a threat...right, Ms Harman?)
First of all, let's get the false left-right distinction out of the equation. The BNP have many socialist/interventionist economic policies, thus they only fit the criteria of being 'right wing' in terms of them being closet Aryan supremacists.
That said, they are a legitimate political party and should not be treated as a 'threat' by the MSM. So long as they advocate changing the law, and changing the law alone, they have every right to compete for popular opinion alongside every other party.
Have fun reading their platform here - you almost agree with them until you remember where they came from. No such politically correct speak in the NF. And I don't like using PC attitude to dismiss a message - it feels wrong - but from what I know first and second hand about the party...I'll just say I don't think they are as politically correct as their message.
Also, I often notice that nobody calls out the Labour party when they accuse the BNP of being dangerous. Looked in the mirror much lately, INGSOC?
More and more the BNP make me wonder if they aren't Labour affiliated; after all, they are the best hope Labour has in succeeding next election. Unite against fascism! (under the INGSOC Labour banner!)