BNP leader Nick Griffin has been forced to drop the carefully constructed veneer of respectability wrapped around his party by trying to defend the contents of a leaked BNP document, the "Language and Concepts Discipline Manual". During an interview with the BBC Griffin asserted that black Britons and Asian Britons "do not exist" and that people from afro-Caribbean or Asian backgrounds should be described as "racial foreigners". Griffin also said that to describe black and Asians as British was a sort of "bloodless genocide" because it denied indigenous people their own identity.
The document describes the BNP's "ultimate aim" as the "lawful, humane and voluntary repatriation of the resident foreigners of the UK". This is not about controlling immigration. This is about racial segregation. Think about a black or Asian person you know, perhaps a friend or work colleague. Now picture them being told by a BNP administration at some point in the future: "You might have been born here and your family might have come here generations ago. But we say you are not British. You are not one of us and should not be living here. So we are offering you money to leave this country and live somewhere else". This should fill any decent person with horror. Ask yourself, what happens exactly if this supposedly generous offer is rejected? Are we supposed to believe the BNP would leave it there?
With the comments Griffin has made today, he might have finally reminded some people who have been voting for that party in protest against other parties, what the true nature of the BNP really is. After all, this is the kind of thinking the BNP tries hard to keep under wraps as it tries to win over people who feel let down by the main parties. Regardless of the makeovers and efforts to cover up the skinheads and replace boots and jeans with shoes and suits, racism has always been - and remains - at the heart of that divisive, unpleasant and statist party.
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The BNP's bizarre 'Language and Concepts Discipline Manual ' can be obtained as a pdf file from here (Warning: link goes directly to the BNP site).