Nick Griffin is insane

A report drawn up by Equality and Human Rights Commission has confirmed that social housing does not favour migrants, a hot issue for the British National Party, and something that undoubtedly won them some favour by those who feel alienated and were drawn in by the lies purported by the far right.

Perhaps its going too far to suggest that these results will hurt the party, since its now clear that their policies were based on pure speculation and dubious figures given by supposedly non-partisan organisations such as migrantwatch (who haven’t said a word about these new reports yet).

But certainly some official statistics on the questions will have an impact.

If figures by an organisation like the EHRC – that are in the establishment so to speakdon’t do anything to win round those people who feel let down by the system and seek solace in fascists saying things that sound like they might be true on a bad day, then maybe reaction to Nick Griffin’s insane comments today will.

Nick Griffin, on the subject of Italy’s borders told BBC Parliament’s The Record Europe that sooner or later the only way to send migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa the message (that Griffin and his ilk don’t want them) is to sink the boats they’re on (oh, but its OK because he doesn’t support murdering them, he’ll throw “them a life raft [so] they can go back to Libya”).

He also said that Europe will have to close its borders sooner or later (remember he wants them closed now) or else the union will become the third world. If housing is anything to go by (pretty good thing to go by, to be honest) then “swamping” is not exactly imminent.


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!