J.E.Richardson at LBORO.AC.UK
Thu Jan 31 18:09:28 UTC 2008
Dear all - but especially list members living in the UK,
[apologies for cross posting]
as you may know, the BNP are the largest
far-right/neo-fascist/third position party operating in
the UK. Despite their recent internal splits and
http://www.voiceofchange.org.uk/index.php) they are still
a very real threat to both minority communities in the UK
as well as wider democratic processes.
They have recently stepped up their campaigning across the
country - in areas where I live, round Loughborough where
I work and especially, it seems, in London in anticipation
of the elections for the London Mayor & GLA on May 1st.
Their activities in London are a particular worry, as this
Authority is voted using proportional representation. Of
course, when the BNP has been voted onto local councils
they have tended to be incredibly inept - rarely showing
up for debates, not using their votes, etc. But the idea
of a fascist with 'a voice in the running of London' fills
me with dread.
For a taste of their 'vision for London' read:
" London is our capital city. It doesn't belong to any
recent group of newcomers; it belongs to the British
people and is ours alone, a city which has been an
important settlement for our ancestors and trading port
for over 2000 years, it has been the hub of the greatest
empire this planet has ever seen and remains one of the
world's greatest cities. However the demographic changes
in our capital city in the past 50 years have led to a
situation where the native British people are facing
minority status in many parts of the city.
In parts of the city, seven out of 10 babies are now
delivered to mothers born overseas meaning that we, the
native British people are facing an unprecedented
demographic crisis. In 18-20 years time those babies are
likely to be parents themselves. There are a growing
number of boroughs which are effectively no longer British
but Third World enclaves of Africans, Indians, Afghans,
Pakistanis and Vietnamese."
I realise that most people's immediate reaction to
receiving their campaign literature would be to throw it
away. But could I ask you all to *please* save any
leaflets or letters you receive from the BNP. I am
building an archive of their literature from across the
country, so it would be *incredibly* useful to have any
materials that come through your door.
My dept address is given below. I can provide prepaid
envelopes if need be - but I can also come to your dept
and scan materials if you want to keep them too.
Many thanks & best wishes
Dept of Social Sciences
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