Dick Puddlecote in comments has drawn my attention to the BNP manifesto:
At least, I take it that it’s from the BNP manifesto. I haven’t checked. But I’m not surprised. People have been telling me for a year or more that the BNP proposed to relax the smoking ban. Quite what "strict supervision" might be is something of a puzzle. Are the smoking rooms to have bouncers on the doors, to keep non-smokers out, and smokers in?
Quite stunning, however, is this snippet I picked up late last night from The Talking Clock:
• The BNP will repeal all legislation enacted by successive Labour and Tory regimes which have usurped the British people’s basic civil liberties.
• The BNP will circumvent the erosion of our liberties by the old gang parties under the guise of “fighting terrorism” by dealing with the root causes of Islamist extremism in Britain, namely mass immigration and Britain’s biased foreign policy.
• The BNP will repeal all laws aimed at restricting freedom of speech, including those relating to race relations and religion.
• The BNP rejects ID cards as an undesirable manifestation of the surveillance society.
• The BNP will repeal the 1998 Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, both of which are exploited to abuse Britain’s hospitality by the world’s scroungers.
• By withdrawing from the EU, the BNP will not permit British courts to be subservient to international bodies or courts which override the law of the British parliament.
Isn’t that, as The Talking Clock suggests, just "the most libertarian manifesto statement of ANY party?"
What’s going on? Why has the BNP come out with such a manifesto? Have they had a sudden conversion experience? Or have they just cannily recognised that there’s a strong demand for this sort of thing that the main parties aren’t answering? Or is it what the BNP has always been about, only I didn’t know it.
I don’t know that much about the BNP. I tend to think of them as the Wogs Out party. But that could just be my conditioning. Maybe there’s a bit more to them than that.
Speaking of wogs, it’s been my experience of Britain these last three years that I’ve become a wog myself. Smokers are the wogs these days. The original wogs are now a protected species. And all the golliwogs have vanished from toyshops. The Wogs Out parties are now the Labour party and the Conservative party and the Lib Dem party. They want smokers excluded from polite society just like black people used to be. But instead of feeling ashamed about it, they’re proud of it! Righteously proud. And they want to exclude them and marginalise them even more. So while Labour and Tories and Lib Dems are in hot pursuit of filthy, dirty, smelly smokers with their black lungs and cancerous fingers, the BNP are instead demonstrating toleration and inclusivity. Under "strict supervision" at least. They probably don’t want filthy smokers interbreeding with clean, pure, disease-free, proper people.
If so, the BNP has neatly wrong-footed the mainstream parties. It has swapped places with them, and donned the mantle of reasonableness and openness and tolerance and civility. Tee hee! Serves them right.
I still intend to vote UKIP, though. But if there isn’t a UKIP candidate, and only a BNP one, I’m now quite likely to tick the BNP box. Unless somebody can persuade me again that the BNP are really just a bunch of thugs like I always thought.*
* And a couple of commenters have indeed easily persuaded me again.