Aw, bless

Nick Griffin, the former chairman of the British National Party, has been expelled from the far right group.

The BNP last night confirmed that Mr Griffin, 55, had been ‘expelled from membership’ amid claims that he had attempted to cause ‘disunity’ within the party.

In a damning letter, Adam Walker, the current BNP chairman, alleged that Mr Griffin had attempted to spread ‘lies’ about the party and had ‘harrass[ed]’ current members.

18 comments on “Aw, bless

  1. Will someone please explain to these dickheads that there’s nothing ‘right wing’ about wanting the state to control everything (or indeed, wanting to expel all non-indigenous people).

  2. His finest hour must have been the one before he went on Question Time.
    Calls to ban free speech and pass illiberal laws from his twins on the left must have made him well chuffed.

  3. @Interested.. Absolutely. Had any of the chattering classes actually bothered to read the BNP’s manifesto they’d have realised that (apart from chucking out all the w*gs) it was very much like the Labour manifesto when Michael Foot was the leader. ie., not “right wing” in any way.

  4. Pogo – “apart from chucking out all the w*gs”

    Why does the BNP hate witty and amusing people who make jokes?

    Leave wags alone.

  5. Pogo – “Had any of the chattering classes actually bothered to read the BNP’s manifesto they’d have realised that (apart from chucking out all the w*gs) it was very much like the Labour manifesto when Michael Foot was the leader. ie., not “right wing” in any way.”

    As they say, the BNP is just the Labour Party your grand father voted for.

    Chucking out all the WAGS? I don’t know. Colleen is a bit annoying, and the rest much worse, but would Britain be so much better off without them?

  6. I heard that the “far right” label came from WW2. Churchill felt it would send too much of a mixed message to the people to try to explain that we were allying with the Communists against the almost-Communists. Could be apocryphal, but is not unlikely.

  7. @Squander Two
    The story I heard was that it came from Stalin trying to convince people that the fascists and other national socialist types were a capitalist plot.

  8. MattyJ,

    That sounds likely, too. Surely, since Stalin wouldn’t have been trying to convince people of that until he joined the Allies, and since the Allied leaders discussed and coordinated strategy, both could be true.

  9. Jonah Goldberg wrote a great piece years ago — I wish I could find it — in which he talked about National Socialist toilet regulations, and concluded with something like

    Let’s take it as read that we all oppose putting Jews in concentration camps and conquering the whole world. The thing is, once we remove all that stuff from National Socialism, we Conservatives still disagree with what’s left.

  10. I think people just get confused about the significant part of the phrase. Far right and far left are similar because the operative word is far – that is, extremist. The extremists have much in common by virtue of their extremism, though their political biases are different.

    As far as I can see, all types of extremism lead to remarkably similar forms of government, in practice – whether that’s political extremism, or religious extremism, or even (hypothetically?) economic extremism. What they all have in common is that they take things too far.

  11. Dave – “As far as I can see, all types of extremism lead to remarkably similar forms of government, in practice – whether that’s political extremism, or religious extremism, or even (hypothetically?) economic extremism. What they all have in common is that they take things too far.”

    Maybe. But I think what they all have in common is a dislike of past political arrangements. They want to bring in something newer, shiner, trendier. Which also means more efficient, rational and so on. Also they want to use the full range of modern technology. Face it, liberal democratic society is an eighteenth century relic. Our politics are still the politics of the pamphlet, the speech, the face-to-face election rally. But the technology has moved on. It has given someone like Stalin as whole range of possibilities. He used them. Cameron still pretends they are not there.

    What it means is that any progress, under whatever label, is likely to end up at the same concentration camp. Because they can.

  12. PF>

    “will simply totalitarian do?”

    As a symptom or cause? I’d say that totalitarianism is what happens when you go to far in believing that some cause or other deserves priority.

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