The 5 May local election results showed a disturbing rise in support for the British National Party, particuarly in Barking and Dagenham.
Andy Newman of the Socialist Unity Network argues for the left to focus on social issues to undermine the BNP. (Abridged from Andy’s original text)
Copied below is the BNP's absurd claim to have "won" new housing for the residents of Barking.
The BNP is not claiming credit for actually doing anything - like proposing the housing plan or anything like that - simply for getting elected and "therefore" forcing the government's hand.
The Liverpool Echo reports that on Thursday 18 May: "A leading trade unionist was slashed in a knife attack in front of his two young daughters in their Merseyside home.
The BNP “won” its first seat on Birmingham City Council due to a mistake which led to tellers counting BNP votes twice in Kingstanding ward.
By Dave Landau
In most parts of the country the BNP’s results are disappointing (for them). For all their efforts in the West Midlands — where they put up 86 candidates — they had a small handful of gains.
Fascism — rampant, unashamedly racist and would-be pogromist fascism — is now stronger than it has been in Britain since the 1970s. In the number of council seats held by the fascists, it is stronger now than in the 1970s.
The BNP has launched a trade union. It doesn't have much more than a paper existence, and what paper there is doesn't mention the BNP, but rail workers will be familiar with some involved. Remember Jay Lee, expelled from ASLEF? Or Pat Harrington, kicked out of RMT? He is now president of ‘Solidarity’, this would-be union "for patriotic and nationalist British workers".
In the council elections on 4 May the fascist British National Party (BNP) is standing 350 candidates, hoping to make a small breakthrough.
They appeal to those who feel themselves “despondent, depressed, angry, ignored, abandoned, forgotten, ripped off, exploited, overtaxed, unrepresented”. They say that the crisis in the Health Service shows “the profit motive outweighing patient care”, and denounce “private gain for public service”.
In order to beat the fascists we need to understand what they are — what fascism has been, and what it is now. Daniel Murphy outlines the arguments.