Monday, June 08, 2009

Fear And Loathing In Yorkshire

"I am the one in ten
A number on a list
I am the one in ten
Even though I don`t exist
Nobody knows me
Even though i`m always there
A statistic, a reminder
Of a world that doesn`t care"

UB40's song was about life on the dole queue, but it rather apt to apply it to the voting in the Euro Elections here in Yorkshire that returned BNP candidate Andrew Brons as one of the MEP's for the Yorkshire & Humber region.

The BNP polled 9.8 % of the vote in a very poor turnout, voter apathy seemed the order of the day here where only 32% of the electorate bothered to turn out to vote, people, your apathy disgusts me, and it has helped to elect a BNP MEP.

All three of the major parties, the Conservatives included, lost voter share in the Euro elections with the smaller parties all making gains, BNP +1.8%, Greens +2.8%, UKIP 2.9% and pushing the Lib Dems into 4th place.

So this morning the party of hate and spite are able to rejoice, in the North West constituency BNP managed a similar gain with Labour losing a seat to the BNP leader Nick Griffin who was immediately able to go on live television and condemn (amongst other things) the recent decision to allow Gurkhas to live in the UK.

One in ten of my fellow Tykes who bothered to vote have opted to vote BNP, despite almost all of their election information being uncovered as lies and disinformation, it's enough to make you hang your head in shame. Are we really so narrow minded and insular ? Or is this just an absolute rejection of a failing Labour government ?

I would hope that if a General Election is called that you all think a bit more clearly about what it is you are voting for, what is it you don't want in your lives ? The local curry and kebab house that's so wonderful after a few pints, a brown face at your bus stop or place of work, hip hop on your radio ?

The thing is, we can be wonderfully inclusive and multicultural when our idiot ruling politicians let us, and it wounds me to say this, but the BNP have one or two valid points amongst their vast arsenal of lies. There have been local councils who have disallowed St. Georges celebrations, and who have prompted schools not to be too overt in their celebrations of Easter and Christmas, sometimes we seem to be more afraid of 'causing offence' than we are proud of who we are.

I'm still proud to be a Tyke, I'm proud to be open minded and inclusive, I don't dislike anyone based on their race or religion, I don't hate, and I believe that most of my fellow Tykes are much the same, but the political apathy that has consumed the majority of people at this time has allowed the haters to be heard, they got their vote mobilised and got people elected.

It is your fault, you the man who couldn't be bothered stopping at the polling station before going to the pub, you the women who couldn't find a few minutes on the way home from work. If you didn't vote, then don't talk politics to me, you made yourself voiceless, and allowed the voice of hate to be heard long and loudly.

8 comments:

  1. "If you didn't vote, then don't talk politics to me, you made yourself voiceless" Hear hear. My dad and his brother were in the Danish resistance, my mum was a Red Cross volunteer in the blitz (in London). The more they told me about the war the more I couldn't understand how people had let the fascists gain so much power in the first place. Now I know. This stinks.

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  2. With you on that one YS. Strangely, unless almost everybody I know is deceiving me, I only know on one person who didn't vote and he got a good ribbing through Facebook. So where are all these apathetic none voters?

    At this time of all you would have thought that anybody able bodied would have been motivated to get to the polling stations. It's the only way we can have an effect on the appalling state of politics in our country at the moment.

    But it seems not.

    The thing is they will still be talking politics in the bar, with no concept that they have given away any right to an opinion.

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  3. Paddy8:43 pm

    I didn't vote for the first time since I became eligible. Not though apathy rather forgetfulness.

    It is the little thing like St George's day celebrations that stick in the mind as stupid, unreasonable and gives the BNP their hook into people. The irony is it's not immigrants who are largely responsible for stupid rulings like that given the paucity of their presence among elected officials.

    P

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  4. I think it's deeply, deeply sad that the BNP won election to a European legislature the day after the 65th anniversary of D-Day, a day that changed the world forever and, amidst the death and the horror, made it a better place.

    How sad, how embarrassing, for us, men and women of the North, to elect a racist, fascist party.

    What would our grandparents think?

    Disgrace, utter disgrace. The only consolation is that, despite how the BNP dress it up, they haven't made gains, it's just that the Labour vote has collapsed.

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  5. Whilst I am unlikely ever to vote BNP I can understand why some people do. In some areas it is not the fear of being "overtaken" but that it has happened. Admittedly in small pockets. Take the area of London that I live nearby. Hanwell was a working class area traditionally, during the 1960s/70s it became an Irish neighbourhood, well known for it's pubs openly supporting the IRA by raising funds. People rubbed along pretty well. In the last 5 years or maybe 10 max, it has become a large Somali community. Virtually every new shop that opens is Somali, walking through the streets all you hear is a foreign language being spoken. They reckon Hanwell now has the largest Somali population outside Africa. Now, if you have lived there all your life but now find yourself living in an area which is predominatley Somali, or any other ethnic group, you are going to be open to hearing someone talking about how "they are taking over" and wouldn't it be nice to go back to being a British area again.

    If people tried to imagine what it would be like to have their home area becoming 80% "foreign", not supporting local traders and groups but starting their own they might have some idea how it feels to live that reality.

    To stop the BNP one of the major parties has got to look at the immigration position and at least talk about it, but they can't, because they know they will be accused of racism, usually by people who live in a nice white suburb or town. And no matter how many people run around saying, "don't vote for the BNP, they are evil and racist" until they are opposed properly with reasoned argument they will continue to have pockets of support.

    Sorry about the length of the comment. :)

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  6. Will thre be as much call for electoral reform and the introduction of PR now that the BNP have used it to gain seats/public funding?

    I'd rather have Somali neighbours than IRA supporters, after all unless you're a ship captain you haven't got as much to fear from the former unlike the pub bombers.

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  7. From the outside looking in: the election wins of the BNP might not be such a bad thing.

    While the BNP certainly didn't pick up enough seats to do too much damage, their pet issues will probably get some attention and some moderate reforms of your immigration policy couldn't be a bad thing given what i've read. Once the major parties start taking moderate action on the BNP's issue, the BNP will probably cease to exist.

    This vote was a knee-jerk reaction to all of the major things going on right now, I wouldnt look at it as a trend.

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  8. I'm not even sure it was a knee-jerk reaction, the BNP gains were more to do with apathy and the collapse of the Labour vote than any serious gains by the BNP, although I do find it worrying that large numbers of people do vote for extremism.

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