Brilliant piece by Charlie Brooker in today’s Grauniad about the BNP’s new party political amateur video.
Here’s a good bit:
If the BNP really were the greatest British party, they’d have the greatest British designer working for them – Jonathan Ive, perhaps, the man who designed the iPod. But they don’t. They’ve got someone who tries to stab your eyes out with primary colours… For all their talk about representing the Great British Worker, when it comes to promotional material, the BNP can’t even represent the most basic British craftsmanship.
Extreme right parties always stick their head above the slime during times of economic anxiety. The credit crunch along with the current expenses sleaze has given these opportunists another chance for some publicity. The real danger is not that they will ever gain national power, it’s that in the vacuum caused by apathy and distaste for politics people stop voting and allow them to get a toe-hold. Hitler’s rise to power shows that you don’t need mass-support. You just need to get a foot in the door. After that, thuggery, brutality and mind-numbingly simplistic populist propaganda will do the trick.
As a teenager in 1978 I joined the Anti-Nazi League to oppose what was then called the National Front. The trouble is that the ANL seems to have become the preserve of the Socialist Worker’s Party. I’m an old leftie (I was very proud recently when a review of The Longest Week accused me of being a Christian Socialist with a tendency to ‘go off on one politically’) but we need a broader base for anti-fascist campaigning than a load of seventies throwbacks from the ultra-left wing.
What we need to do is take this threat seriously. And for all of us, of whatever political hue and however we feel about parliament and politiians at the moment, in the forthcoming council and European elections, we need to vote. And while we’ve got Charlie Brooker, we’ve got hope.