Britishness


 On Monday Nigel Farage of UKIP came out in favour banning the burka in public across the UK. Gaps in the Dialogue speaks to him about how he justifies this, why its potentially unworkable and why he hates the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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This week the government announced that they were to ban the extremist Muslim group Islam4UK following the public outcry over the planned protest at Wootton Bassett. It is clear that most British people find the group’s views offensive: they espouse Sharia law in the UK, the domination of Islam across the globe and are accused of encouraging suicide bombings in the UK.

What is up for debate is whether a ban will be effective – at least twice before Anjem Choudarys party’s have been banned before and, through a variety of semantic tricks, the trained lawyer has been able to reinvent the organisation under new names.

Gaps in the Dialogue speaks to one of Britain’s most hated men about why he feels the ban will make his party stronger, his failure to condemn suicide bombings, and the Iranian revolution. (more…)

Nick Griffins appearance on Question Time was controlled by mob rule, wherby the tactics of a racist were deployed against a racist – prodding, provoking and inciting that which is different and un-orthodox. The BNP were not tackled as a party fixated on race.  Lets either facilitate proper debate or open up our political sytem to individuals and parties who can.

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I know, I know, Question Time was last week. I accept that I am considerably uncool for still writing about it after literally every other blogger in the entire world has thrown in their sixpence (or slightly less) worth of uninformed opinion. But now it is my turn to chuck my hat in the ring and try to bring out an issue that has barely been mentioned –Nick Griffin’s idea that Churchill would have been a member of the BNP.

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For the second time in a month representatives of the armed forces have broken from neutrality and entered the political sphere. Today, four prominent figures within the armed forces scenery in the UK rode into British politics decrying the use or abuse of the armed forces by ‘extremists’ – a thinly veiled attack on the British National Party. What has sparked this recent foray into the public arena, and are these members of the establishment right to come out fighting? (more…)