The title’s a bit controversial isn’t it?
I’m going to be as transparent as I can in this post but I want to stress that I have no intention to cause offence or harm. Please keep this is mind as you read on.
OK here goes…
Recently I attended the National Union of Teachers annual conference in Liverpool. One of the fringe meetings was about anti fascism.
In that meeting I learned that, this May 6th 2010, the BNP are likely to get voted into a position of legitimate power in Barking and Dagenham.
I also heard that a 12 year old child who used spray paint to deface a poster of a member of the BNP has been arrested for inciting racial hatred. Yes, what he did was wrong. He should not have done it. BUT inciting racial hatred? What are the BNP doing? This raised questions amongst the crowd, about members of the police being supporters of the fascist movement themselves.
I also heard that the EDL campaigned in Dudley. This was on Saturday 3rd April 2010. They SAID that their campaign was against Muslims alone but that was not true. Word even got out to the local residents, that they were protesting against Muslims wanting another mosque. It was not true. Those who didn’t want to support this so called need for Muslims in Dudley to have a new mosque; didn’t attend to protest against the EDL. Fair enough. They may not be religious, they may be busy, they may not be Muslim. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t sound like a huge reason to protest over. But that wasn’t true!
The same thing happened in Harrow. The EDL was going to protest and the word got out that it was all about another Mosque. It went ahead and it wasn’t pretty. I met Tony McNulty on Saturday 10th April 2010. He was knocking on doors. Pre – election campaigning. I asked him about the EDL in Dudley and Harrow. He said he knew that people were told that it was an anti Islamic campaign and he did his best to spread the word that it was fascism. Pure and simple!
Unfortunately this strategy to divide and rule is working! Anti fascists should be sticking together. ‘Brown’ people should be sticking together but they’re not! They’re deluded. Misinformed. Misled.
There’s a perception, in some communities, that Muslims get what they want. “They get funding for faith schools and places of worship but other faith communities don’t get that!” Thus there’s some jealousy and paranoia about their ‘power’ re getting what they want. Of course the other side of this is that other faith communities are less active and don’t fight as hard for what they want. If this is the case, surely the achievements of the Muslim activists is something that deserves praise and admiration, rather than, criticism.
So the fascist movement is more in our face, stronger, they’re working their magic on the deluded and creating divisions through the mass spreading of lies.
OK. So what?
Well, the ‘so what’ is because once they win the votes of the deluded, they’ll widen their target to include other faith groups, other races, other ‘brown’ people and they wont rest until they drive everyone out.
This sounds ridiculous and fearful and you may well be right but this is their vision.
Whether their vision comes true or not is in our hands as much as theirs!
Other bits and bobs that may make a difference: –
- A member of staff invited a member of the BNP to come and talk to the children in the school they worked in. Why would this ever be OK?
- The head teacher at a Latchford primary school has slammed reports that one of the school’s governors will be running as a BNP parliamentary candidate. How is this OK?
If you held views so strong that you ran for the BNP how would you keep your personal/political and professional life separate? By professional I mean your role as a governor. How would your views not impact the decisions you made about the school re staffing, children, complaints etc?
So it is real.
What are you going to do about it?
Earlier I said “Whether their vision comes true or not is in our hands as much as theirs!”
I know that many people have lost faith in the Government. Lethargy has existed for years which has resulted in many of us not voting. Some don’t vote because they feel they don’t know enough to make an informed decision. Others wont vote because they feel their vote and what they voted for, doesn’t mean anything if & when the group gets into power. It’s all valid but if you agree that you don’t want members of the fascist party in power; then use your vote STRATEGICALLY and stop them getting in!