You may or may not have been following a discussion I’ve been having here with ders about the BNP. Well as if in a timely defence of my position, Caroline Lucas, who is standing for the Green party leadership contest in September, has said that the Green party is the only political party that can combat the BNP. I believe she said this in response to an article in yesterday’s Observer. To quote part of what she said:
Unlike Labour, Greens will never pander to racism and prejudice – but we will work for a better future for everyone, wherever they live. Our Councillors are constantly striving to tackle unemployment, poverty and poor housing, the very things that create the bitterness and sense of abandonment that the BNP attempts to exploit.
For me that is a key quote.
The Observer article itself, written by Rafael Behr, is an excellent read . . .
But the Green versus BNP competition matters. For a start, if a party dedicated to saving the ‘traditional British genotype’ from ‘extinction’ by mixed-race marriages gets roughly as many votes as a party dedicated to saving the planet from climate change, something is wrong.
This is spot on! I can’t describe how utterly dismayed I was at the last general election when the BNP candidate in the locals got more votes than the Green party candidate. I was so gutted I actually cried. It’s wasn’t so much the ‘not winning’ but the fact that so many people could actually value hateful and totally unworkable policies above ethical and humane ones.
There are some who feel a certain inevitability about the BNP gaining momentum on account of growing feelings of alienation. This Labour government has sold its soul to the power elite (and to America!) and the disillusioned working classes are bitter. But the BNP is not the answer – with every bone in my body I could not be any surer. And I’m actually optimistic about the Green party, Caroline’s potential leadership and their very real chance to win a Westminster seat in the next general election.
The BNP, in spite of its claims to the contrary, are a single-issue party. It’s often misconstrued that the Green party is a single-issue party also but they’re far from it. Green politics are much more than the environment and climate change. To name but a few, they are about equality, compassion and social justice, and crucially about getting us on track with the planet.