||[Jul. 16th, 2004|10:02 am]
The BBC infiltrated a reporter into the far-right BNP. They screened the results last night. Basically what you see is one canny political operator- the Cambridge-educated Nick Griffin- trying to mould a bunch of thugs and losers and thickos into a respectable political party. He puts these chimps of his into grey suits and has them stand in local elections, but once away from the lime-light (or so they think) they relapse into default mode and fantasize about machine-gunning mosques.|
So they're never going to get anywhere in real political terms. Or that's what I'd like to think. But they've already made some progress. Griffin isn't terribly smart or terribly charismatic, but a little goes a long way in any form of politics, and he's already managed to turn what was little more than a skinhead gang into a machine that wins council seats.
I tell myself that the Griffin and his gang are laughable, but then I remember that the nazis were laughable too. I've never understood quite how Hitler jumped from being a speechifying low-life to Chancellor of Germany. Conditions aren't right for Griffin yet; they probably never will be. But the raw materials of fascist ascendancy- fear and ignorance and stupidity- are always in plentiful supply.
If things continue as they are at present we're safe. But things never do continue as they are at present.