The Protocols of the Elders of New Orleans

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that a group of veteran hate-mongers have met in New Orleans, among them David Duke and the founder of the British National Party, John Tyndall. Apparently they have agreed some sort of “protocol” to work together, and to “aim their hate at their real targets, not at each other, and to advance in unity their vision: a nation for white people” (these are the SPLC’s words, not the group’s). (Hat tip: Bohemian Mama.)

For some reason the SPLC didn’t report (perhaps they’re not aware?) that John Tyndall, despite being the founder (or a founder member) of the BNP, has actually been expelled from the group. Its new leader, Nick Griffin, allegedly fears that Tyndall’s open anti-Semitism is too popular with rank-and-file BNP members, while Griffin prefers to stoke up anti-Muslim bigotry. The BBC’s exposé of the party a few days ago showed Griffin giving a speech which included wildly distorted analyses of passages of the Qur’an (to call them analyses is actually dignifying them too much, actually).

The programme also showed a member of the party boasting about how they’d like to “shoot Pakis” as they come out of the mosque after Friday prayer, and another boasting about squirting dog excrement through the letterbox into an Asian-owned shop. Practically all the coverage of the party has shown the group’s tendency for violence - quite a few of its members have criminal records, and in a now well-known incident, Griffin said this to an undercover reporter a few years ago:

The electors of Millwall did not back a Post-Modernist Rightist Party, but what they perceived to be a strong, disciplined organisation with the ability to back up its slogan “Defend Rights for Whites” with well-directed boots and fists. When the crunch comes, power is the product of force and will, not of rational debate.

(Millwall is a district in east London on the Isle of Dogs peninsula, which elected a BNP councillor, Derek Beackon, in a by-election in the early 1990s. He was kicked out at the next major council election.)

In my opinion, the BNP appeal to the hooligan element, not to any real racist sentiment among the people. Remember that this country has had a right-wing press stirring people up against asylum seekers for years, but the BNP itself has never enjoyed any great success. As the BBC’s recent programme reveals, Muslims are the new target - in fact, the group has tried to build bridges with other non-whites, including (allegedly) Hindu fascists. I wonder how many people they can fool - too many people remember that the BNP used to be an anti-black group, and some even remember that they used to be the National Front and some of us remember graffiti saying things like “NF - Wogs [niggers] Out”. In most areas these days, people have no problem with mixed-race relationships, friendships and marriages, and nobody involved in any such relationship could vote for what they knew to be a racist party. If people have serious problems with foreigners, they’ll more likely vote UKIP which doesn’t have this thug element.

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