Michael Rock, National CF Chairman has given his analysis of the EU election results and discusses the rise of the BNP on the CF website. It’s such a good post that I have decided to reproduced it here as it deserves as wide an audience as possible.
The European Election results have been positive for the Conservative Party, with a collapse in Labour’s support amidst a general shift away from the established parties. The results also show an increasing inclination towards EU-scepticism, which may reflect the general mistrust of politicians and an increased desire for accountability and transparency, which the EU patently does not offer.
Set in that context, the increase in voter share for the Conservatives is impressive; it shows we are in touch with public opinion and that our candidates best represent and reflect the opinions of the electorate.
The most significant shift we have seen is the increase in the vote of the BNP, who now, shamefully, represent the UK with two MEPs. I am personally embarrassed that we have got to this low point in politics; this is the first time in our great history that we have fascist representation.
The question is, how do we fight the BNP? Their literature, rhetoric and message taps into the insular, protectionist sentiment of the left. We have seen a virtually direct transfer of votes amongst the left; Labour loses 7%, BNP register 6%. Griffin himself admits his party is left wing. Is this an opportunity for the right to once again debate the broader philosophical debate? Has the disintegration of Labour’s support provided the left wing a real alternative?
It is patently obvious that the BNP are racist but that doesn’t mean all the votes they receive come from racists; their message of protectionism, of support for a larger state, of restricting free trade is a classic mixture of left-wing politics. Not only have Labour let down the country with their mishandling of the economy, their sustained attack on our freedom and constitutional vandalism, they have let the left wing down by not fighting the BNP on political grounds.
We should all fight the BNP but Labour have to wake up; the BNP are left wing and are taking Labour votes.
Great stuff Michael, I will post later on my views about the BNP and how we must tackle their vile ideology and make sure that their recent electoral success is never repeated again.