The Guardian published this photograph under the title ‘”Gay porn’movie raises ripples on far right” – hmmn, may well have raised a few ‘nipples’, left and right, never mind ‘ripples’.
That was not the only archly camp and ambiguous comment in an article whose intentions seem far from ambiguous. The picture concerns a film made by Richard Barnbrook, London leader of the BNP, when he was a student, and allegedly contains scenes of flagellation, men undressing and frolicking in a river and a naked man apparently performing a sex act on another, something described as ‘hard for supporters of a party opposed to the “promotion” of homosexuality to swallow’.
Now, Mr Barnbrook was once a Labour party member, according to ‘Searchlight’. He was also a painter, conceptual artist and art teacher. Would the Guardian have been describing his work in thinly veiled homophobic terms if he had remained a member of the Labour party?
I think not. It is part of the general paranoia concerning the BNP.
Another web-site, Conservative Home, lists the criminal convictions of not just the elected BNP personnel, (including unproven charges) but of members of the party – and supporters. There must be many members and supporters of the Conservative and Labour parties who have convictions equally unsavory. Indeed, senior parliamentary members of those parties are currently being investigated to see if charges are appropriate.
Labour MP Martin Salter said of the EU elections:
‘we could end up with the shame of the BNP winning one of the 11 seats in the South-East and having the right to speak on our behalf.’
Michael Howard branded the British National Party a “stain” on British democracy.
Shame? Stain? Ahh! The racism card. Homophobia is OK when directed at someone who is alleged to be racist. We are going to end up with an interesting hierarchy of smears here.
Do we all accept that racism is the most serious slur – ahead of homophobia? Free thinking allowed on this one. In my view it is both despicable and grossly unfair to discriminate against someone on the grounds of their race, which is an accident of birth.
Does that make it despicable to discriminate for any result of the accident of your birth? Disability for instance? Nope. That’s not allowed. How about if your Father was a Nazi? Difficult one that, the law says no, which I agree with, but those who think that Max Mosley is a despicable piece of work would disagree and say that they should be allowed to levy the Nazi slur. That our libel laws are unfair and draconian. Can you call the Queen a lazy trougher? Yep, that’s perfectly OK, her position as Queen might be an accident of birth, but she is white, heterosexual and has her arms and legs in the right place, so you can say pretty much what you want against her.
Our piecemeal legislation has led us to a position where the so called ‘hate-laws’ are arbitrary, and, I would argue, only effective if you happen to agree with the left wing ideology that brought them into power. I happen to disagree with many of the BNP policies, not all; I disagree with racism based on the colour of ones skin or country of birth. I don’t disagree with the idea that there should be an open and honest debate as to what qualifies you to become a British citizen of a hideously overcrowded island. If every other party is going to shut down debate on that question, then there is a risk that many people will be tempted to vote BNP.
I shan’t be amongst them, I don’t have a vote, and if I did, it would be going to the Libertarian Party; but I will fight for every voice that decides to field a candidate to have the right to be heard in the public commons. Not just the voices that the ruling parties ‘approve’ of.
Which is why democracy is so important. Democracy is the only way that we have, collectively, to state that we disagree with the policies we are being governed by. Seeking to keep the BNP ‘below the salt’ as it were, diminishes the mandate of which ever party arrives in the seat of power – for the only mandate they really have is that the majority of us agree with their stance.
We are governed by consent. If the majority of the population agree with the thinking of the BNP – then that should be the prevailing ideology. Silence them and those that are left have no true mandate.
That would be the true ‘stain’ on democracy.