Wodak, Ruth r.wodak at LANCASTER.AC.UK
Thu Jan 31 20:23:17 UTC 2008

Hi John,
thanks for posting this. It would be great to get more data, also from other countries.
I post the link of most recent Austrian BZÖ slogans and posters from the recent regional election in Styria, Graz. BZÖ is part of the former FPÖ under Haider which split 2005, into BZÖ (with Haider) and FPÖ (with Strache). Please note the many historical insinuations as well.
Comments very welcome:
Ruth Wodak 
Chair in Discourse Studies
Department of Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University
Lancaster, UK LA1 4YT
Tel: xx44 1524 592437
Fax:xx44 1524 843085 <>


Von: Critical Discourse/Language/Communication Analysis im Auftrag von J.E.Richardson
Gesendet: Do 31.01.2008 19:55

Dear all

[again, apologies for cross posting]

A few people have contacted me off-list to ask about the
contents of BNP leaflets. I have recently written an
article for Social Semiotics that interested people may
wish to read; it contains a scanned leaflet from the BNP &
one from Labour. Second article down in this list:

A more openly racist, unregulated version of their
ideology was in evidence in this leaflet distributed in


> 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
>in-fighting (see:
> 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
> John
> Dept of Social Sciences
> Loughborough University
> Epinal Way
> Loughborough
> LE11 3TU

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