Socialist Worker

Stop the Nazis at the ballot box

by Mark L Thomas
Published Tue 6 Apr 2010
Issue No. 2196

There is less than a month to stop the fascist British National Party (BNP) in the general election.

The violent nature of the party was underlined this week, as a film was released showing BNP leader Nick Griffin declaring to supporters that they “have the right to take up arms” and use “physical force” against opponents.

Journalist Dominic Carman, who documents Griffin’s interviews, filmed this.

The BNP is a Nazi party that tries to wear a respectable mask to grab votes.

Every advance the BNP makes at the ballot box gives confidence to racists and fascists.

It fosters a climate of scapegoating and racial violence, and the mainstream parties respond by pandering to racism.

We cannot allow this to continue and campaigning against the BNP is an important aspect of this election.

The BNP is standing 326 candidates in the general election and has three targets.

Its top priority is to get Nick Griffin elected in Barking, east London.

Second, it wants to take control of Barking and Dagenham council where it currently has 12 councillors—if it had 26 councillors it would run its first council.

Finally, the BNP wants to increase the number of councillors it has across the country as a springboard for further gains.

We must redouble our efforts to stop the BNP achieving these goals.

Some in the media point to the expulsion of Mark Collett, the BNP’s former publicity director, as evidence that the BNP is in crisis.

Collett was arrested last week amid allegations of death threats to Griffin and rows over money.

But to declare, as the Independent did last week, that “Margaret Hodge is the Labour MP probably feeling most relieved” is dangerously complacent.

Anti-fascists have to redouble our efforts to mobilise the majority of society who reject the BNP.

We have to expose the BNP’s fascist core and take on arguments that migrants are the cause of the lack of jobs and housing.

This means mass campaigning drawing in the widest possible forces. The excellent days of action in Barking backed by trade unions are a model.

And the carnivals and gigs organised by Love Music Hate Racism are vital to building a mass anti-Nazi culture, especially among young people.

Barking Unite Against Fascism (UAF) day of action, 11am, Sunday 11 April. Meet Jazzy Jack restaurant, 8-10 North St, (nearest tube station: Barking). Sponsorsed by PCS union.

Stoke UAF day of action,

12 noon, Sunday 11 April. Meet outside Sainsbury’s, London Road, Stoke.

Love Music Hate Racism Northern carnival, Saturday 1 May, 4pm to 10pm, County Way Car Park, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Southern carnival, Sunday 2 May, 12 noon to8pm, east London

For more information go to

» www.uaf.org.uk or phone Unite Against Fascism on 020 7801 2782


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Tue 6 Apr 2010, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2196
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