I’m a fucking Prison Officer! My name is printed on the list too! I’d like the party to make a legal case under the DPA 1998 and the Human Rights Act to have all the people on this list protected in some way.
An unknown party leaked the Party Membership rolls of the British National Party to the Internet. Which prompted some discussion on the matter.
Like other organizations of the same stripe (The National Socialist Party or the Christian Heritage Party) the BNP gets by on either Xenophobic persecution of the “other” in society or the call for a return to “traditional values”. This appeals to people on a number of levels; it appeals to their desire for a stable society (which is an admirable desire, as society really needs some form of status quo) and a desire for a “return to gentler values” which may be suspect as I think a long-view of history would show that the world is in fact a much gentler place than it has ever been, but with a more aggressive face (all hat no battle so to speak).
Yet, where these organization stray from their admirable goals is the use of prejudices to gain acceptance, rather than organizing around an ideal like “You remember how when you were a kid, your mom took good care of you, we’re like that” they say “remember when there were no something-ies in the neighbourhood, we liked that and want things like that again”. We have one ideal of a positive and one couched in a prejudicial negative. Rather than “for” something, the BNP is organized as “against” something and someone else. Which is where they have really lost their way.
I’m all for cultural preservation and the celebration of national history, swing that bat all you want. It’s just that in civil society, you don’t threaten to use a REAL BAT to do it.
As for this sad little Prison Officer, look where he wants to go, he wants the Government to protect him, the same Government he previously chided for giving asylum to other oppressed persons. The Irony is thick and delicious, kind of like a nice Clotted Cream.