The vote less remarked upon
May 13, 2008
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In all the furore about Boris Johnson, the far right vote seems to have been far less noted (by me, as much as anyone; Nick and commenter Tom Royal jollied me into action). It’s actually far more shocking that the London Assembly has a BNP member than a no-policy-wielding celebrity Tory extremist is Mayor. Never mind Boris Watch, Barnbrook Watch might be a better idea. The BNP got almost as many first choice votes for Mayor as the Greens. I don’t care if that only amounts to 2.89% of the total, that’s still appalling. In my neck of the woods, Greenwich and Lewisham, the BNP got 5,170 votes for Mayor and 8,950 votes next door in Bexley and Bromley.
But that’s nothing compared to the results of the National Front. Lest we forget, NF is a party that states on its website they "would halt all non-white immigration into Britain and introduce a policy of phased and humane repatriation of all coloured people currently resident here". And it got 8,509 Assembly votes in Greenwich and Lewisham, and 11,288 in Bexley and Bromley. Nick’s mentioned before that the BNP and National Front don’t stand against each other so they don’t split the vote the way the Left tend to. Maybe we ("we" as in anyone who isn’t a right-wing nutcase) should start doing some similar co-operation…
I have an intellectual problem in that I can’t verbalise to anyone who might question me, why I feel so strongly about the (re) rise of the far right. As far as I’m concerned it’s just a moral no-brainer, just as social welfare to make sure the poor aren’t left to rot is a Good Thing. And how can any white person, no matter what class or level of personal wealth (or otherwise) seriously say that the only minority in this country is the working white? (I read that somewhere this week, apologies to whoever it was, I can’t remember.) According to the last census, less than 8% of the British population is from an ethnic minority. Yeah, you white people. You’re dead oppressed.
All this tension that’s quite clearly bubbling under in my area makes me slightly nervous about the murderer of Jimmy Mizen, about 15 minutes amble from my flat. It was clear which way the wind was blowing from the comments left on the local News Shopper website (found via Tom Royal; I tip my hat to you sir), with lots of people speculating that a description of the suspect would have been released sooner if he’d been white… The BNP is reporting that the suspect is of Turkish origin, though I had to search three other news sites before finding the same information on the Times (but then, that is the BNP’s main – nay, only – angle on the story). Let’s just hope we don’t end up with the Great Burnt Ash Hill Race Riots of 2008. A non-white, killing a nice Catholic white boy? All hell could break loose.