Saturday, 4 October 2008
BNP A Credible Alternative?
In a letter today published in the Sentinel Mr John Lowe urges us to ignore the BNP at our peril. This comes after Tory leader David Cameron made comments on the far right parties success in our city.
I don't think anyone is ignoring the BNP, but comments have been made in the media that there was probably only 80 or so local party activists among the 400 who turned up at the BNP rally that was held to publicise the Keith Brown case. When researching this rally and listening to the interviews, it was clear, that local and national party leaders were using this case, to promote their brand of politics. This was done, with the knowledge and support of Mr Brown's partner. When viewing the video footage of the rally, (which you can do on U-tube), there was little done, to dispel the myth, that the party attracts skin heads, and their like. It would only be right to point out, that no BNP Activist caused any trouble, and thousands of leaflets were distributed, leaving us in no doubt, of the BNP's feelings about the judgement in the Brown case.
There is a strong rumour that is doing the rounds on the Internet, that if the City choose the Mayoral system of governance, that the BNP would put up Nick Griffin (Leader) or Simon Darby (Deputy Leader) as their candidate. There is no doubt in my mind, that if Stoke on Trent, is run by the BNP, it would prevent blue chip company's from investing in the City, which would stop much needed jobs coming to the area. We also have to look, whether the City would be looked on favourably when bidding for grant money, from either the Government or the EU.
We must also consider, the implications for our multi- cultural City. The BNP say, that Stoke, is their 'jewel in the crown', but at what cost to racial harmony? I believe that the majority of Stoke people, enjoy living in a truly multi cultural City. Yes, there is much needed work to be done, to achieve full integration, of the likes seen in Birmingham, Leicester and London, but this can be achieved. Surely, people realise that the countries problems with immigration cannot be sorted out here in Stoke on Trent. Many people I have spoken to believe that, the BNP prosper due to the lack of protest vote. If you are disillusioned with the Tories or Labour, there is no middle ground to turn to, because apart from Gavin Webb, there is no Lib Dem presence in this City. The Lib Dem's really need to sort themselves out, to give disaffected voters a more mainstream alternative, so that there is no need to turn to the far right.
The BNP are attracting votes, it cannot be denied, but why? Do people really know in depth what this party stands for? Maybe they do? Is the calibre of the representatives of the current mainstream parties preventing people ticking their boxes? We at Pits n Pots want to know why people are voting BNP, and not the mainstream parties? Activists like Craig Pond are taking the time to use this blog to explain what makes his party tick, likewise, Gary Elsby a well known Labour Supporter, is doing the same. We need people from all sides of the political spectrum, to come onto this blog, and give their views. Remember this blog was set up, so that local people could get information and enter into debate, and I feel it is a great shame that none of the Councillors have chosen to do this, even though they could do so anonymously. We live in hope. This is the only platform, that operates 24-7, where you can air your views without fear, and if you have got something to say, this is the place to say it. Over to you...................................
To read Mr Lowe's letter click the link: