Political Party Consensus Against The BNP!

Check out my post on Labourhome, where I consider the possibility of the main political parties working together on a consulting basis on how to tackle the BNP!

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Skuds said…
The idea of cross-party co-operation against the BNP is something I crave and dread in equal measures.

I like it because it is right. Locally I have been out in past elections delivering UAF leaflets shoulder-to-shoulder with the leader of the local Tories and proud to do so because it is right.

I dread it because it is just what the BNP want to feed their martyr complex and claim that politics is a closed shop where the establishment will close ranks to keep out any new party that looks like becoming successful.

That is a persuasive argument which they put across well - because they selectively fail to mention how established parties didn't co-operate to try and eliminate the Greens, UKIP, the SDP or any other parties that have looked like breaking through.

In the end, the best approach is the one Frank Dobson explained to a few of us in our constituency. The BNP thrive in a political vacuum, where local parties are not active enough, so the best thing other parties can do is to get their own support voting instead of sitting at home.

Failing that, there is always plan B - just remind voters that wherever the BNP have had any electoral success in the past it has been followed by falling house values in that area :)
Paul Burgin said…
Its a view I have hesitated to make because of the pitfalls and, obviously, if political parties did it, then I would be happy for the Greens and UKIP to be involved.

"In the end, the best approach is the one Frank Dobson explained to a few of us in our constituency. The BNP thrive in a political vacuum, where local parties are not active enough, so the best thing other parties can do is to get their own support voting instead of sitting at home.

Failing that, there is always plan B - just remind voters that wherever the BNP have had any electoral success in the past it has been followed by falling house values in that area :)"

Agree to a point, just a pity that the fact they are bigots is not enough to convince voters :(

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