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BNP’s flag of convenience

BNP will use changes to claim they are not racist - but who are they fooling?

When is a racist party not a racist party? asks the blog Big Think. As the British National Party’s new constitution –  allowing non-white people to become members – goes back to court to be tested, it sounds like a fair question.

In the wake of the BNP’s Hornchurch meeting, where the party voted to change their constitution, Big Think says that the far right outfit will try to use the decision to claim they are not racist while they remain fundamentally unchanged:

Not only will hardly any non-whites join, but the BNP will be able to claim that it is now non racist. Since even many racists tend to get angry when they are accused of being racists, this all confers further respectability on an extremist far Right party, and at a time when memories of war time Nazi atrocities are beginning to dim.”

The Times rightly notes that the new constitutional changes still need to be tested by the courts, and that a previous redraft was still considered “indirectly discriminatory” by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

But Nick Griffin is proving a slippery customer and will no doubt make further cosmetic changes to his party’s constitution if necessary to stay on the right side of the letter of the law.

This presents a dilemma. The BNP’s determination to remain a legal entity, while continuing to unofficially discriminate on the basis of race, demands new and more creative ways of monitoring the way in which the BNP operate in reality.

And it underlines the need to apply genuine scrutiny on them to reveal who they associate with, how they really are, what they really believe.

By Lester Holloway

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