My interest in political history will always lead me to a great sadness when I think about fascism and racial nationalism. We really have not learnt a b****y thing. We let our fear of anything or anyone different override our intelligence and then we start swinging from the fascist hate branch of our human race tree. I still can not get over the fact that the UK voted into to the EU - and thus giving them lots of money to faff around with - two fascists, the BNP candidates, and now EU delegates, shame on us. As I said we never learn.On a good note there was a backlash of concerned citizens and the Hope not hate campaign has been boosted by the June EU election results as more and more people see that fascism is not the intelligent way forward to deal with our political problems or concerns. Neither is a head in the sand stance applicable.
It is always important to fight fascism and racism. That does not mean we have to ignore those concerns and worries of those voters who voted fascism. As I’ve said in my blog before, the main parties failed to get a grip on what was really concerning the average Brit. Immigration being the number one concern. The BNP simply grabbed hold of those concerns and put a nice spin of rhetoric onto their sales patter.
Personally I like Frank Fields idea of “balanced migration”, whereby immigration should be brought down to the level of emigration. For more information see the Balanced Migration website. Freedom and commonsense are not, sadly however, always reliable bedfellows in debates about immigration. Though I feel there is a just case (hate that expression as it has the connotation of ‘a just war’ about it) for concern about an overpopulation of immigrants, I am always wary of the scapegoating of immigrants, which then brings one to seeing them as enemies, rather than seeing them, for what they are, people like ourselves trying to find a livelihood: “God has made of one blood all nations under heaven. No man can suddenly become my enemy just because he happened to have been born on the other side of a river or a boundary line…” part of the quote by Muriel Lester, social reformer and pacifist (1883-1968), from ‘voice of the day’ at www.sojo.net. All I can hope is that we learn from our political history before it becomes too late. Sadly, it seems, the Labour government has not…yet.