Losing the Working Class
Spending some time on the campaign trail with the BNP in Dagenham, traditionally a rock-solid Labour heartland, Oborne has found that the working classes now feel so abandoned by New Labour that the BNP may take up to 12 seats on Barking & Dagenham Council in the local elections.
The Labour Party’s cultivation of preferred demographics, a practice far more suited to the American political model than the British, has driven its traditional base, the base without which it is nothing, into the hands of extremists and anti-constitutionalists; purveyors of profoundly un-British attitudes whose agenda is driven by bad history and worse science, scorpions and dividers who wrap themselves in a flag of union.
The more partisan might shrug and say, that’s their problem; but the Conservative Party are no better.
The Conservative Party is so petrified of being cast as anything other than hip, swinging and funky that it will probably not retaliate to Sir Menzies Campbell’s remarks that they are ‘right-wing and unpleasant’.
I want the Conservative Party to be right wing, goddammit! If it involves being unpleasant to the Liberal Democrats, the most unpleasant and opportunistic of all mainstream political parties, a group who were happy enough to jump into bed with Labour when the prospect of holding power within the Scottish Executive was dangled under their noses, and who deliberately set out to make political capital out of whether or not the nation would go to war, then I want them to be unpleasant too!
But the power of the belief that both Blair and Cameron share in the spastically reflexive ‘tolerance’ they affect when confronted by the BNP borders on shamanism. They might actually believe that the BNP will disappear if they shout ‘Racist!’ while waving the Magic Wand of Diversity and jumping up and down three times; but their, and our, common problem is that it’s not going to.
Perhaps it’s the self-knowledge that the BNP are in the ascendant because of their own failings that keeps both the Labour and Conservative Parties from doing what they should have done a long time before now; coming out and tackling the BNP on its own terms.
And for its consistent, stubborn failure to attend to this duty, it is the Conservative Party that bears the greater guilt.
There is a meta-argument that the Conservatives could use to destroy the BNP in 15 minutes, should they ever wish to get around to it. I will even lay it out for them, in words containing as few syllables as possible.
The BNP’s core philosophy is ‘racial nationalism’, the belief that the common foundation of all nations is shared ethnicity. This view fails to take into account factors such as common language, common religious practices, common history and common laws consensually made; all more important in shaping nations than skin tone.
Consequently, racial nationalism is nothing but a load of warmed over old tosh; sword and sorcery fascism with neck-tattoos.
It can be disposed of in two easy steps.
On a recent ‘Question Time’ Francis Maude was heard to repeat the trope that ‘we are all immigrants’!
Now, saying that out loud might give Saint Francis the Tieless the fuzziest of warm glows; but it’s a pity it’s not true.
Last year David Miles, of the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford, published a book entitled ‘The Tribes of Britain’. Miles found that as much as 80% of your average British white man’s DNA derives from a small band of, presumably very relaxed, Ice Age nomads.
So when one sees our cities’ Saturday night binge-drinkers behaving like pre-Christian savages, spare them a thought - they’re only doing what comes naturally.
This fact might be used by the BNP to their advantage, until the rabbit-punch of history is applied to its ample solar plexus.
The history and therefore the culture of the country have both been shaped far more by those other cultures which have colonised us or which we have imported than by the mere operation of genetic selection. First came the Romans; then Christianity; then the Normans. The cultural impact made by each of these groups was immense, and it is ultimately from these cultures that the entity which we now recognise as our nation emerged; nothing to do with Goomgroth the Slayer or the Palaxus of The Nefrotianni, or whatever else sort of hellsfire rubbish racial nationalists pump into their skulls.
Will the Conservative Party take up the gauntlet? Probably not. It would be too much like hard work, and besides, the working classes of Dagenham aren’t really their sort of people.
The facts that they share common citizenship and common history; that they are the group that has been mostly badly affected by the economic fairy tale called ‘globalisation’, which is nothing more than a process of wage-arbitrage between the First and Third Worlds; that they are the people who live with the consequences of mass immigration and multicultural socialism in their faces all day long; indeed, God forbid, that shaven headed blokes from Dagenham called Phil might actually help constitute the backbone of the nation, even although they might not read many blogs; none of this matters a toss to the Tories when there’s a preferred demographic to court.
If the Conservative & Unionist Party is not to finally atrophy into insignificance, then it should roll up its sleeves and get on with its most urgent task. It has a fight with the BNP on its hands. It remains to be seen if it has the bottle for it.
For if they lose the working class to the BNP, they don’t just lose elections.
We lose our country.