Saturday, April 09, 2005

British Fascist Out On Bail

Nick Griffin, Chairman of the neo-fascist British National Party, has been let out on bail, after been hauled before Leeds magistrates due to four charges of incitement to racial hatred. Griffin, along with BNP founder John Tyndall and activist Mark Collett were all charged following a police investigation sparked by a BBC undercover documentary of the party's racist underbelly.

Their arrest was welcomed by various organisations opposed to the controversial party, including Unite Against Fascism. Hopefully these moves, as well as the ineffective, anti-working class actions by BNP local councillors, will provide reason enough for voters disaffected with the mainstream parties to see through the false guise of respectability used by this neo-Nazi group.

In the run-up to the May 5th General Election, many are also hoping to oppose the BNP receiving a airtime to run their party election broadcast, starving them of media exposure.

However, while this is good news for Socialists and anti-fascists across Britain, support for the BNP is primarily the fault of ignorant, exploitative electoral programmes set out by Labour and the Tories. Only through public awareness and flexible government policy to meet the concerns of the electorate can these fascists be sent back to the political wilderness.

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