Tuesday, February 09, 2010
The danger of liberal intolerance
It has long been known that the BNP thrives on the perception that the 'liberal elite', particularly the metropolitan kind, does not merely disapprove of its politics, but is actively intolerant towards it. However, I suspect that some people in the BNP have worked out that they can use liberal intolerance to smuggle their views around, under the cover of anti-BNP activism.A rather crude example can be found — and I warn readers that this link is very crude — at a Twitter stream claiming to be from a UAF member (link). Regardless of the supposed political provenance, it is rather difficult to believe that an individual claiming only a matter of days ago to be a Muslim wanting Islam and Shari'ah law to take over the UK would now be posting the material which is presently on that stream. A split personality? Perhaps, but I rather suspect both sides are attempts by the BNP to garner positive publicity by painting its opponents negatively. (I raise this because although the attempt is transparently crude, it has on occasion caught people out. A Tory PPC was treating this individual with undeserved seriousness only recently.)A more sophisticated example can, I believe, be found at the following link, which is a petition calling for 'Britain for the British' (link). The preamble declares that the organisers are not racist and declares that the vote for the BNP will rise until certain policies are enacted. The policies proposed are either BNP policies or very congenial to the BNP; it is my belief that the petition is an attempt by the party to convince people that its ideas are mainstream.Liberal intolerance of the BNP has bred a situation where every 'right-thinking person' knows that they oughtn't support the BNP, but doesn't know what the BNP says (partly because the same liberal elite is scared stiff of giving them airtime) and doesn't know why the BNP's policies are so unremittingly awful and destructive of all that is good about the United Kingdom (because, frankly, those same liberals are all too often incapable of doing so). In short, we need to build a positive case for all the things the BNP hates, rather than simply indoctrinating people into opposing the three letters B-N-P.