The Mare of Lewisham

The BNP are hoping to field their own candidate for the Mayor of Lewisham, according to East London Lines.

We can't imagine what the appeal of a position which concentrates so much power in the hands of just one person would be to the BNP.

Thanks to Brockley Kate for spotting it.

23 comments:

Hugh said...

Can't think what New Labour would see in it, either.

The Cat Man said...

its not me

Lizzie said...

Are they insane? Lewisham is one of the most multi-racial boroughs.

Oh no wait - yes, they are insane.

Sue said...

I had a first time voter tell me on the doorstep last weekend that he was either voting Legalise Cannabis Alliance or the BNP. I tried to point out to him that neither normally stand in Ladywell and that the BNP's drug policy probably isn't that liberal, but he was having none of it . . .

Hugh said...

Can a black man be racist?

Anonymous said...

Oh no. There goes the neighbourhood.

Anonymous said...

They have zero chance here in Lewisham (I imagine) and potentially given the history of the area could lead to pretty big anti-racist protests.
Anyway don't you mean nightmare? A mare is a horse..

Brockley Nick said...

'Mare' is also a common abbreviation for nightmare!

Recent electoral patterns suggest they don't have a hope in hell in Lewisham, but then neither do the tories or the socialists, but it doesn't stop them putting forward a candidate.

Monkeyboy said...

Mind you musolini did get the trains running on time. Finish brockly common or we'll kick the s**t out of you, works for me.

Tamsin said...

What they would get out of it could be a nice lot of stirred up anti-BNP protests and so free publicity. No chance of getting in but a lot of good press in the form of agitation against them. I hope that those opposed to their principles have the sense not to create too much of a rumpus about it. Just let them sink on their own.
@Sue, unless he/she was pulling your leg that looks like a very good reason to raise the voting age to 35!
@Hugh - to answer you sensibly - yes, they can. Where is the genocide in the relatively recent history of Zimbabwe and Rwanda rooted if not in racism? Except that white middle-class liberals are so angst-ridden that we dare not call it that. Closer to home and much less extreme, but still racist, I have sat on an employment panel with a man originally from Zambia who spoke disparagingly of one of the candidates as "that Senegalese".

Brockley Nick said...

@Tamsin - re: raising the voting age to 35+: How old do you think the average BNP voter is?

Brockley said...

As a student of BC lore, I know exactly what prompted Hughs question.

Tamsin said...

It was a joke about wooly-thinking, dithering apparently between such opposites as the BNP and Legalise Cannabis.
In answer to your question, I don't know. I would have guessed at over 50 - long-term unemployed and basic attitudes unchanged since the windrush days - or under 25 and male - any excuse for thuggery. It would be interesting to find out.

love detective said...

i wonder if their candidate will be tess 'of the downham' culnane, of nazi granny BPP/NF/BNP fame who recently took a job working for barnbrook at city hall

the far right, mainly in the guise of the NF, have had some pretty good electoral results (in relative terms) in the south of the borough in the past - although demographics have moved against them somewhat in the last decade or so, doubt they'd ever come north of the south circular though

@tamsin
"I hope that those opposed to their principles have the sense not to create too much of a rumpus about it"

absolutely, but what are the chances - instead we'll get a load of UAF lollipop waving blow ins who never seem to realise they do more to help, than hinder, the BNP

Tamsin said...

I know. It might have been better for the BBC not to have invited Nick Griffin to Question-time in the first place, but having done so it would have been a PR disaster for all rational politics if they had bowed to the pressure and withdrawn that invitation.

Jackel said...

They are filling a void in British politics that no one is talking about, there are plenty of white working class and over 60's in Lewisham which would be their strongest demographic.

Also these things aren't so if you excuse the pun so black and white, as there is no love lost between the original Windrush generation and more recent African immigrants for example, and neither care for East Europeans as they are all racist anyway.

The BNP have already started to tailor their definition of British to be more inclusive of assimilated immigrants, and the pulling up the drawbridge argument will only gain more credence, as Britain becomes a poorer nation as GDP falls which it will do if you look at any forecasts.

Unless the main parties discuss this then Britain will start voting for the far right.

love detective said...

yeah every single east european is racist, right

the BNP are a product of labour abandoning its core constituency and official political multiculturalism (i.e. divide and rule) that the liberal mainstream have trumpted for a decade and a half and only now realising that it created more divides in society than it solved , which is why the BNP are enthuistic supporters of it

And rather predictably in response to problems caused by political multiculturalism, multiculturist solutions are being put forward to solve them, hence the sudden focus of the govt on the white working class like their another identity group that needs to be measured/compared/judged in true multiculturist fashion - they don't seem to realise that this itself plays straight into the hands of the BNP - who can then confidently step forward to play the role of WWC community leaders

utter lunacy!

Anonymous said...

"The BNP have already started to tailor their definition of British to be more inclusive of assimilated immigrants,"

yeah, they love the black fellas (!!!)

Anonymous said...

Inviting the BNP onto Question Time turned out to be a brilliant idea - anyone not already committed to the BNP would have seen what a blithering, walking embarrassment they've chosen as a leader.

Tamsin said...

Yes, he was impressively nervous. The power of TV and the public gaze.

John said...

Anon, that wasn't my view of Nick Griffin on Question Time. I thought he did fairly well at playing the wolf in sheep's clothing. The other politicians should have done a better job on him than they did. The fact is that the BNP have adapted some of their policies and have garnered support from some parts of the community who aren't racists. Unfortunately, they can't see through the BNP's tactics. Politicians just simply aren't doing enough to challenge the BNP on an intellectual level. Simply saying that the BNP are racist won't work.

Tamsin said...

Yes, that was the "impressive" bit. I did not actually catch the whole of it but in the bit I saw he was sweating, and you could see that he knew this was his one big chance to reach a wide audience and was, in the circumstances, doing very well with it.
Agree with you about the need to take the BNP seriously and actually engage on all levels. And our current politicians being too blinkered and - dare I say it - arrogant and over-confident - to do it. Alas, exactly the same thing happened eighty years ago. No-one in Germany took Hitler seriously until it was too late. Maybe this time we will be saved by the increased "people-power" and the information resource that is the web and electronic communication. Did not see the documentary on the internet and politics tonight but have saved it to watch in that mythical "later".

Tamsin said...

I see from the Lewisham website that nominations don't open until the end of the month and don't close until 8th April - a bare four weeks before the election day.

Anywhere one can get a preview of who is proposing to stand where, although obviously they are not committed yet? The parties must know - we've already been getting literature from the Labour team.

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