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BNP: Don't vote for them, vote for us

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Jun. 3rd, 2009 | 09:24 pm

I remarked earlier today that the government was taking the fun out of everything now - you can't even say "don't vote for the BNP" without sounding like a Labour party wonk.

It is true though; the BNP have been officially designated the Official Protest Vote party against Westminster. Obviously, this is where they're going to pick up a lot of votes tomorrow, and you know? That's fine with Westminster. Oh, they'd prefer it if people voted for them of course, but they're aware that that's going out of fashion.

What they wouldn't like is if people actually started going for real alternatives to parliamentary politics, or even just alternative parties who weren't incompetent barking fascists who are no thread whatsoever to the state (to actual people, yes, to the state, no). The BNP are great; as someone in the government you can say whatever the hell you like about them in a way that you can't about any other party. They are loathed in the media and nobody is going to give you a hard time in the papers about it. They're intrinsically scary so they can be used as an extra incentive to vote - "you don't want the BNP to get in do you? Don't waste your vote!" i.e. vote for LibLabCon. And they've not a hope in hell of significantly challenging any of the three main parties.

While Labour may say "vote for us to keep the BNP out", they'll also quite happily say "vote for any of us to keep the BNP out", meaning "vote Westminster", because even in their confused little infighting minds they're aware that the major existential threat is not that they lose the next election to the Tories, which they will, it's that Westminster loses the next election; that confidence in the whole system degenerates, and people start taking independent local action and making choices that haven't been pre-defined for them.

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I took a survey on Monday for the Guardian, which is pretty unashamedly pro-Westminster. It asked a number of questions about issues which people are perfectly validly cross about - corruption, lack of effective representation, centralised control, the Lords and so on. These questions had the same basic structure:

  1. Do you think this issue is important?
  2. Here are a list of vague reformist things that have been proposed by MPs to paper over the cracks. Which do you like?
  3. Out of all the vague reformist proposals, which one do you like best?

I found myself making angry laugh-snort noises with each click as I got closer to the end. I don't believe that the poll has been published, but it's obviously going to be used to indicate support for vague reformist proposals.

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Horza

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from: euan
date: Jun. 4th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
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How does it change? Ever?

Westminster MPs are theiving scum, I fail to be surprised. If the voting puplic all jump on a jingoistic, isolationist Pole and Paki hating bandwagon I will similarly remain unfazed. What will anyone do about any of it?

Armed revolution anyone?

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jun. 4th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
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The idea that the only thing we can do is vote is the whole problem.

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Votes

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 5th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
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Some county councillors in our part of the world are getting in by majorities of 12, 20 with several thousand voters - votes do count!

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