The BNP/Equality and Human Rights Commission problematic

Is it me, or is there not something rather peculiar about the issues regarding the BNP and their legal obligation to accept peoples of other ethnicities into their organisation. Unless in the context of hiring outside staff (cleaning staff, DJ’s etc) – for which there obviously should be equal opportunity legislation observed (though, as Afua Hirsch comically noted, don’t all rush at once!!) – the obligation for the far right to incorporate foreigners begs two pointers;

1) Its their loss if they don’t want to include, say, anti-Muslim Sikh’s into their infection-laden party, or other non-British rightwingers (some of the most challenging arguments-cum-debates I’ve ever been engaged in had occurred when I worked on the Old Kent Road during my student days, with one or two Caribbean men whose views would have made John Tyndall blush).

Along these lines, see here for an argument that looks at how the move may well exacerbate the problem of the BNP.

2) Which self-respecting person of non-British ethnicity would want to join a party that has to be told, in a legal framework, to allow non-British people.

In a reversal of the (Sigmund Freud, Groucho Marx? Who knows) infamous phrase; who would want to join a club that wouldn’t have me as a member!

Total decides to talk

If Obama has taught the political landscape one thing, it is that communication is crucial in achieving results. Hence, it is good news that Total have agreed to talk to the laid off workers at Lindsey. Though it seems the decision is not altruistic;

“Total said repeated problems had delayed its new hydrosulphurisation project at Lindsey by six months, adding as much as €100m (£85m) to the cost. “Further cost overruns will jeopardise the future viability of this important inward investment into the UK,” the company said.”

But demands need to be asserted on the ins and outs of subcontractor rights and how they are enforced, because Total will not take these rights lying down.