Not denying the shared responsibility all political parties have and having been goaded by a new Labour sycophant of the highest order on OUTeverywhere (LGBT social networking site) who won’t understand facts I feel that Labour share most of the blame for the rise of the far right.
We have some explaining to do regarding the lack of campaigning we’ve done on these issues (the need to reform the EU, the need to show how we’re `stronger together, poorer apart). The Conservatives seem to have given credence to the euro-sceptics too by their latest shenanigans with fringe European parties and their ability to coast along on the `stop the bus I want to get off` mentality.
To be sure the BNP voter (whether hardcore or casual) doesn’t look that deep into the issues and is just looking for a party with a stance that Labour used to have `tenacious battlers for the working class asking the hard questions a thousand times until the battles are won`. The fact that that sort of attitude doesn’t always concur with a simple narrative is neither here nor there to them.
It is instructive that in 2009 ALL COUNTY COUNCIL AND EURO SEATS WERE WON BY THE BNP AT THE EXPENSE OF LABOUR
In South Oxhey (Herts), Coalville (Warks) and Burnley Padiham and Park Labour couldn’t hold back their tide. Instead of hiding behind `hope not hate` Labour should apologise to others for their complicit behaviour on this.
It was the Lib Dems that did the dirty work campaigning against the BNP and FOR other policies in Burnley. That’s why we won 5 (count ’em) County Council seats from Labour in Burnley. The sixth seat we came just 200 votes behind the BNP.
Knowing the input that the Lib Dems put into Burnley in defiance of the system to gain Cllrs, the Council and 5 County Cllrs and we’re fighting hard to elect an MP there that is worthy of the name after the last 4 years (the hopeless Kitty Ussher is `standing down` at the next GE) it makes me shudder what COULD have happened if we hadn’t existed as a strong force in Burnley.