Did you vote for the BNP?

FOR the first time, the British National Party reared its ugly head in three wards in Letchworth GC in the North Herts elections last week. Alarmingly, the racist, xenophobic, homophobic and anti-Semitic party polled more votes than the Liberal Democrats

FOR the first time, the British National Party reared its ugly head in three wards in Letchworth GC in the North Herts elections last week.

Alarmingly, the racist, xenophobic, homophobic and anti-Semitic party polled more votes than the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party in Letchworth Wilbury, more votes than the Green Party and UKIP in Letchworth Grange, and more votes than UKIP in Letchworth East, with the Green Party just edging ahead with three votes.

The Liberal Democrats claim to "exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, and balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community". The Green Party claims to "aim to create a just, equitable and sustainable society". But it seems more people are interested in a far more sinister option.

I think the BNP's ideologies are absolutely appalling and frankly frightening, and the fact the whites only, far right political party had relatively strong support in Letchworth GC is terrifying.


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The BNP proposes "firm but voluntary incentives for immigrants and their descendents to return home" and, according to its constitution, is "committed to restoring, by legal changes, negotiation and consent, the overwhelming white makeup of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948". Many non-white people who are living in Britain were born here and are British. Where do they propose to send these people who have never lived anywhere else?

BNP members may well deny being white supremacists but, in my opinion, they are. The party line that they want to "secure a future for the indigenous peoples of these islands" is a thinly veiled attempt to disguise the fact that they really consider themselves superior to other racial groups. As an "indigenous [person] of these islands" I don't want their help in securing a future and, thankfully, neither do the majority of those who voted in the three Letchworth GC wards afflicted with the party's presence. I want a future that embraces diversity and encourages tolerance.

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The BNP advocates the repeal of all anti-discrimination legislation. How can anyone think it is a good idea to get rid of laws which prevent discrimination? It's obvious those warped individuals entrenched in the BNP do, but I am sickened to think this view is supported by Letchworth GC residents, albeit a small minority.

The BNP wants to re-criminalise homosexuality, claiming it is "unnatural". The party also proposes to reintroduce corporal and capital punishment, and thinks citizens should keep a rifle and ammunition in their homes. It seems this party is intent on sending the country it professes to love so much backwards. If you think people should be allowed to play God, or that gun crime should be on the up, vote for the BNP.

It seems the British National Party has left no stone unturned when spewing its hatred and venom. In 2006, the party's deputy chairman, Scott McLean, was shown on a TV documentary, Nazi Hate Rock, making Hitler salutes at a white supremacist cross-burning ceremony, where intensely racist songs were sung and jokes were made about Auschwitz. The party also promotes Holocaust denial or revisionism.

Cunningly, the BNP uses highly emotive issues, such as boosting staff and bed numbers in hospitals, increasing investment in public transport, and clamping down on illegal immigration, to try to disguise itself as a respectable and viable party. But the racist, rotten core of the party cannot be ignored or glossed over.

I am absolutely astounded that any right-thinking person could vote for the BNP and would genuinely like to hear reasons why, from anyone who did.

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