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The perils of state funding...

The Scotsman is agog at the news that the BNP will be contesting all of the seats in the Scottish Assembly election this May, and thus will be eligible for an electoral broadcast and other forms of funding. As is blindingly obvious to my regulars, I hold no brief for the BNP, and even a cursory examination of their manifesto makes it clear that they are far from core stances on the economy, personal liberty and so forth.

A Labour spokesperson "is outraged that the BNP [is] using the system just to get itself a party election broadcast...it is a clear misuse of the electoral system".

Tommy Sheridan of far left Solidarity Scotland comes up with a corker along the lines of 'silence those oppose freedom of speech' with "They would deny democracy to all others if they could and therefore deserve no democratic tolerance".

Not for the first time it is left to a Tory to say something sensible: "I am sure they will be just as successful as they were last time - when they disappeared without trace in Glasgow".

I find the stances taken by the Greens, Solidarity Scotland and the Scottish Socialist Party distinctly noxious, and were I a Caledonian would not be too happy about indirectly funding them, but support for a liberal, pluralist democracy is meaningless if that support only extends to one's ideological soulmates and those within the mainstream. As it is, I continue to be funding the BNP, Respect and the Greens indirectly, and that is the price one pays.
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Blogger Newmania said... 10:21 am

I wonder about "British " in the title now the Scots are so unpopular with their core english support.UKIP was , in fact full of English nationalsists which must be partly behind the name change.

I must say I have never read the BNP manifesto. is it worth a look ?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:40 am

Among other things they want to bring back corporal and capital punishment, compulsory military service, 'encourage' women to stay at home, withdraw from the EU and erect barriers to free trade.

And what sounds a lot like nationalisation: "We further believe that British industry, commerce, land and other economic and natural assets belong in the final analysis to the British nation and people. To that end we will restore our economy and land to British ownership".  

Blogger Newmania said... 10:50 am

restore our economy and land to British ownership".

Could just mean a Protectionist Policy .It is more likely to be a load of semi digested bollocks


BTW Did you see the guuide to Blog speak NIFOC...know that one ?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:56 am

Thanks *a whole bunch* for that.

You might enjoy this post from before you walked among us.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:10 am

The Stalinist nature of the "liberal/left" shows it's true face whenever they feel their vote (and their gravy train) is threatened by the BNP  

Blogger Serf said... 11:37 am

I always love it when extremist Reds attack the black shirts for being non democratic.

In this case, whilst BNP are to my knowledge, not calling for an end to democracy, nor supporting terrorists the same cannot be said of Scottish Solidarity.

The Hezbollah resistance movement is becoming the people of Lebanon themselves and they will not be cowed any longer. They want and demand their freedom and that is what they will fight for, to the death if necessary.


From the party of peace, a strange philosophy indeed, but then logic never was valued on the left.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:37 am

Mr. The C -

It strikes me that the Left is either fundamentally lazy or grossly insecure in their convictions. Instead of encouraging popular subscription to support their favoured causes, as the Victorians did, they prefer the clunking fist of taxation. It means convincing only a small group of decision-makers rather than the populace at large. Likewise, rather than casting their ideas into Justice Holmes's 'marketplace of ideas' and fighting their corner, they prefer to silence the opposition by legislative fiat.

More to be lamented, however, is the booboisie's poor understanding of the central necessity of free speech. It seems impossible to defend the BNP's right to trade in the marketplace without including a rider saying that one has no truck with their ideology; failure to do so brings only opprobrium from the knuckleheads who assume that if you do not support the gagging of the BNP, you must yourself be a racist. I do not criticse you for including such a caveat in your post; I only find it depressing and enraging in equal measure that it should be necessary.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:47 am

Dr S - I find the caveat bit greatly discouraging too.  

Blogger Stan Bull said... 1:08 pm

I think it was the Blessed Margaret who once refered to the "National Front as the Socialist Front". Little has changed on the far right in the intervening years. The BNP are economically left and authoritarian. In other words, they are pretty much the same as the far left and, notably, the absolute antithesis of proper conservatives - economically right and pro-individual freedom.  

Blogger Newmania said... 1:54 pm

Yes and no IT you forget romantic Conservatism , the emotional attachment to country and "tribe" that we have sneered at less in wartime.
I was reading "England an Elegy" and Scruton made a point I have often felt the truth of . Before you can decide how we are going to run our country there has to be a "we".

This almost childish attachment has been treated with disdain and often rightly but the BNP are the working class UKIP ,in this sense.They are standing up for "The Tribe" as they see it . It is an ugly sight but I think we are wrong to have nothing but superior sneers for the working classes pushed to this extreme .

I wish the Conservative Party itself would reopen dialogue with the same people .I have said before that there are few seats in the endevour but that is where the soul of the Party resides and without it we have nothing but vapid cleverness.  

Blogger Newmania said... 1:57 pm

C how could I even begin to imagine I would be ahead of you there. Very very funny

I am , of course fully clothed , never fear. Loved your version of it  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:35 pm

The BNP and UKIP are the only two parties not into appeasing muslim terrorists and the "muslim community", whatever the hell that is. You know, that "vast majority who are as shocked as we are".

Perhaps they're so shocked that they are all but catatonic, because they certainly don't do anything to control the murderers and plotters in their midst.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:38 pm

That was me above. I typed my name, but it didn't come out. I am sick to death of all this bloody Spanish. Croydonian, if you don't mind, what is the home page of this company? I want to try to change the language settings. Not that it will work. I change the settings and hit SAVE several times a day on Google and it still comes up in Spanish next time. I am thinking of switching to Alta Vista which at least talks to me in my own language.  

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