The BNP- The Vultures of Woolwich

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In the wake of the Woolwich tragedy there has been an unsurprising backlash against the Islamic community. Also unsurprisingly, the English Defense League, The British National Party and their insidious leader, Nick “Racist Darth Vader” Griffin, are mainly fronting it.

In the wake of Woolwich, the perpetrators have handed Mr Griffin and his band of not so merry prejudiced men the golden ticket they have been waiting for. They can now take this very rare and extreme example of  violence tochampion their discourse of hate, xenophobia and racism and use it to uphold their rather backward manifesto. 

I don’t know if anybody’s ever read the BNP manifesto, but I have. And I think it's bollocks. Not only is the wording and formatting very shoddy indeed, it’s got some policies that I have a few foibles with too. The main one of which being that it blames everything (and when I mean everything, I mean EVERYTHING) on immigration. Oh and Islam, let’s not forget about that old chestnut. 

Take, for example, a wonderful piece of literature called ‘Racism Cuts Both Ways.’ The charming leaflet which can  be accessed from their website exploits one of Blackburn’s grooming victims. Depicting a picture of the young woman, her face covered with blood followed with an emotive, graphic quote about the sexual violence she was forced to endure by the man called'Ahmed’. The cover page is no less sinister, a young white man lies obviously beaten in the middle of the road, graffiti daubed above him "White’s Out’’.

Now call me a left wing flower wearing idealist hippy, but it is my view that extremism,  be it Islamic or Far Right Politics isnot alright .  I know that everyone is entitled to his or her views and opinions. I know that Britain is a country of free speech and that you're not allowed to tell anyone that they’re wrong for having an opinion but let’s call a spade a spade. Nick Griffin and his policy of white supremacy is wrong.  And it’s really f*cked me off, because that’s exactly how Nazi Germany started. So if your looking for something to read post exam period, why not pick up a copy of the BNP manifesto, I guarantee it will make you want to throw things. 

Joanna Bateson-Hill

Originating from Brixton, London, I study Theatre and Performance at University of Leeds. I love everything to do with film, theatre and most of all writing, with the occasional bit of swimming thrown in for good measure. I hope to write articles that make people laugh but also make them think. To me, writing is a fun, cheap and healthier form of therapy. I hope that people have as much fun reading my articles as I do writing them, which is a lot.


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