Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The BNP and Sinn Fein- the lessons for Civic Unionism

"St Etienne" at Open Unionism
Last week, the far right appeared on a national platform for the first time. The BBC has been widely criticised for being both too soft in allowing Nick Griffin on the the 1st instance, and for allowing the format of the programme to be tweaked to allow a ‘witch hunt’ to develop. Critics say that the result of both helps the BNP win support amongst the politically disaffected in this country.

The BNP espouses a nationalism that has been successfully white-labelled (no pun intended) and rebranded across many European regions. Similar ethnicity-based policies can be found closer to home – in the guise of the current leaders of Irish nationalism in NI, Sinn Fein.
The beginning of an excellent post, read the rest of it here.