James Forsyth

There is nothing British about the BNP

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This country has a proud anti-fascist tradition. No country has done more to defeat fascism than Britain. So, it would be saddening and shaming if this country, the mother of all parliaments, was to send fascists to sit in the European Parliament. Indeed, I even hear that Griffin, the leader of the BNP, will head the fascist faction in the parliament if elected.

The strategy of trying to deal with the BNP by denying them the oxygen of publicity is out of date. The BNP now has alternative ways to reach voters than through the mainstream media. So, we need to take the BNP on, to make sure that people know that a vote for the BNP isn’t a protest against political sleaze or the establishment but a vote for racism and thuggery.

I’d urge all Coffee Housers to visit the campaign site of There’s nothing British about the BNP. As Tim Montgomerie writes in the Telegraph today, it is a centre-right effort to show what is so very wrong about the BNP and its beliefs. 

Here is the campaign's first video:

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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