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Friday, 28 May 2010

How to beat the BNP – and make sure they don't come back By Margaret Hodge

It is only through open debate that we can expose the BNP's false prospectus and vile intentions, argues Margaret Hodge
Several symbolic victories lightened the gloom for Labour at the election, but none more so than the trouncing of the BNP in Barking and Dagenham. I doubled my majority; the BNP was driven into third place by the Tories; and all of its councillors lost their seats. In short, the politics of hatred and racism were decisively rejected.

Four years ago, I warned of the dangers of the rise of the extreme Right, after a surge in BNP support in my area. Some believed that by raising the problem, I was creating it. But I remain convinced that we cannot deal with the issue by ignoring it. All that does is add to the alienation of those who believe that politicians don't listen to their grievances, and haven't a clue about their concerns.
The argument about whether we should share platforms with the BNP is redundant. It is only through open debate that we can expose its false prospectus and vile intentions. That is why, in Barking and Dagenham, the BNP leader, Nick Griffin, consistently refused to debate with me, or the other candidates. He knew he'd lose the argument – on immigration, on the BNP's hideous heritage, and on local concerns and priorities.

The people here looked to the BNP because they have legitimate grievances. They have experienced the most rapid demographic change in the country. All of us would feel some unease if our neighbours suddenly seemed foreign, and the produce in the shops became unfamiliar. The traditional employer, Ford, has cut back from 40,000 workers to 4,000. The sale of council houses created a lack of decent affordable homes. The local Labour Party became too complacent, and there was no mainstream opposition.
The result was a cocktail of circumstances that the BNP could exploit. In 2006, they put forward 13 candidates in the local elections and won 12 seats. With more candidates, they might well have taken control of the council. Our voters felt we had completely lost touch with them.

Our response was to do everything we could to reconnect with people, and give them a positive reason for voting Labour. In our coffee afternoons, street meetings and door-to-door visits, we didn't talk about national issues. Instead, we listened to what voters were concerned about – from potholes, to the resiting of bus stops, to anti-social behaviour. And, of course, they talked about immigration and the impact they felt it was having on housing, jobs, schools and crime.

First, we always tried to deliver on the local concerns, to show people we were listening. Second, we worked hard to stay in touch with those we met, so people got to know their MP and local activists. Finally, we talked about immigration. Voters of every race share the same concerns about the way housing and welfare benefits are allocated. We didn't promise to turn the clock back. But just by listening and showing understanding, we began to restore confidence and trust.

Since 2006, we have almost doubled our party membership, and are now truly representative of our community. In the council wards where the BNP was strongest, we put forward African and Asian candidates – and they won with handsome majorities.

Yet this is the beginning, not the end of the campaign. The BNP retained its deposit in 72 constituencies, and remains a threat to tolerant, democratic politics across Britain. In particular, we still have to find our way through the issue of immigration. To this end, we need a better system for rationing housing and benefits, with priority for those who have lived in an area for longest. This would immediately lance the toxic perception that the allocation systems are unfair. In that way, we could start to change people's attitudes to immigration, and relegate the BNP to the dustbin, where it belongs.

Margaret Hodge is the MP for Barking & Dagenham

The Telegraph

Jobbik maintains plan to set up paramilitary organization

The radical nationalist Jobbik party plans to set up a new "national" paramilitary organisation and it is eyeing June 4, the anniversary of the Trianon treaty, as the date of the guard's inauguration, Nepszabadsag daily said on Friday.

"We will set up a state reserve force, the Hungarian National Guard, which will be able to continually support and supply the army with new staff, as well as to protect important assets in the country," said the opposition party's programme.

The new organisation expects to rely on members of the banned Hungarian Guard. Jobbik plans the organisation to provide civil defence and disaster management tasks, and to come under the army's command should there be a war.

Jobbik leader Gabor Vona has made it clear that the party has not given up on the idea of setting up a new guard despite the fact that it would need governing party Fidesz's support to set up a true "state-run reserve force". If it cannot be run by the state then Jobbik will insist on its being a civil organisation, the paper said.

Fidesz, which is forming the new government, has ruled out allowing any kind of paramilitary-type organisation to be formed.

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The minarets initiative weighs heavily on Amnesty International’s annual report on Switzerland’s human rights situation. That report, which alleges rights abuses in 159 countries, is released today. In Switzerland, Amnesty says it worries about a climate of increasing racism, saying the minarets vote allowed for a number of public comments targeting the muslim community. The report quotes heavily from the Council of Europe’s Commission against racism and tolerance. That body said that the minarets initiative never should have been put to a public vote. Amnesty’s report also notes that Switzerland needs to do more to prevent police violence.Just last October the UN Human Rights committee demanded independent bodies to look into complaints against law enforcement. One bright spot in the report: Amnesty does look favorably on Bern’s decision to welcome two former Guantanamo refugees inmates.
ECRI report Switzerland Measures have been taken to foster the integration of immigrants in areas such as employment, housing and health. The federal bodies in charge of racism and migration have continued to raise awareness on racism and racial discrimination. Steps have been taken to combat right-wing extremism. However, there has been a dangerous growth of racist political discourse against non-citizens, Muslims, Black people and other minorities. Legislation is insufficiently developed to deal with direct racial discrimination, which targets in particular Muslims and persons from the Balkans, Turkey and Africa. Travellers and Yenish communities with an itinerant life style are still faced with a shortage of stopping sites and prejudice leading to instances of discrimination. Legislation governing asylum seekers has been tightened and hostility towards them has increased.

World Radio


The 64th meeting of the European Union-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee was marred by tension on Tuesday evening after harsh and judgmental remarks by a Dutch member of the European Parliament. During the meeting, held in Ýstanbul, Turkey’s chief EU negotiator Egemen Baðýþ was responding to questions from the committee when Barry Madlener, a Dutch politician from the Party for Freedom (PVV), stood up and started speaking: “If a referendum were to be held in the Netherlands today, then 80 percent would say ‘no’ to Turkey’s EU membership,” the Anatolia news agency reported. “Why do you recognize the illegitimate KKTC [Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus] elections that are held? Your real friend is Iran’s dictator [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad,” NTV news channel quoted Madlener as saying. He left the meeting hall after delivering these remarks, NTV reported. While speaking, Baðýþ recalled Madlener’s remarks about the results of a possible referendum and asked whether Madlener was in the hall. Seeing that he left the meeting, Baðýþ criticized him for leaving without listening to the answers to the questions he posed. “I will tell those who are curious the answer to that question. Racism is a very dangerous illness. Europe has suffered much from this illness. We see that there are still those who can’t get rid of this in Europe. That’s why the EU is very important,” Baðýþ was quoted as saying by Anatolia, as he called the EU “the most comprehensive peace project.”

Today Zaman

Serbian police ban neo-Nazi group planned rally

Serbian police have banned a planned rally by a small neo-Nazi group after it was condemned by Serb parties, non-governmental organisations and the World Jewish Congress.

The “Serbian March -- March for the Unity of Serbia", led by the Nacionalni Stroj (National Front) group, was scheduled for October 7 in the northern city of Novi Sad.

Police said the rally was banned “ecause it endangered public morals and public safety.”

The rally would coincide with the birthday of Heinrich Himmler, the SS commander who orchestrated the murder of hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Roma (Gypsies) on the territory of the then Yugoslavia in WWII.
The Nacionalni Stroj members -- including 31-year-old leader Goran "The Fuhrer" Davidovic -- have already been jailed for spreading racial hatred in Novi Sad.

The group, whose name means "National Rank" in Serbian, was found guilty of having disrupted a Novi Sad university lecture about the threat of fascism in November 2005, assaulting some participants and raising their arms in the Nazi salute.
In early 2005, anti-Semitic posters and graffiti signed by the group appeared in Novi Sad and Belgrade.

The World Jewish Congress had sent a letter of protest regarding the rally to Serb President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica.

In the letter, Ronald Lauder, the WJC’s president said: "The extremist views and neo-Nazi activities of Nacionalni Stroj are well known, and certainly not in line with the principles of a democratic society.”

Similar protests were lodged by local non-governmental organisations in Serbia.

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