“Even in Barking and Dagenham, where the BNP has polled well, the party is disliked and distrusted. The BNP was seen as a racist, anti-immigrant and deceitful party and voting for it as an aberrant or embarrassing act. For participants in our focus groups there, voting for the BNP was seen as a ‘kick up the backside’, or a wake-up call, for the major parties which were also regarded as opportunist parties who were diﬃcult to distinguish, willing to say what pleased, to tell lies and to make promises on which they did not deliver. Here was a view that it was ‘safe’ to vote BNP and they ‘knew’ that the BNP could only win a few seats, not a majority. The BNP were seen as a party apart. One woman said she had voted BNP because of asylum seekers (‘I’m not racist’) but realised that she should not have done so. Another woman voted BNP in the hope that Blair would realise that that the people had had enough and he had to sort it out. But would she have been shocked if they had got in? Yes, actually. BNP was seen as racist party, which wants ‘to get rid of the blacks’. A man complained that a BNP leaﬂet had been put through his door, which was inappropriate, as he may have had black people living in his house.”—The BNP: The roots of their success. Via Opendemocracy.net here (pdf)
This mornings recommended reading - from Jeff Jarvis.
“Murdoch thinks Google is doing evil — kleptomania — because he doesn’t understand the new realities of media. Microsoft knows better. Its alleged attempt to woo old-man Murdoch is an act of deepest cynicism. It’s evil.”
“We’re living in a stylistic tropics. There’s a whole generation of people able to access almost anything from almost anywhere, and they don’t have the same localised stylistic sense that my generation grew up with. It’s all alive, all “now,” in an ever-expanding present, be it Hildegard of Bingen or a Bollywood soundtrack. The idea that something is uncool because it’s old or foreign has left the collective consciousness.”—Brian Eno here. Mr Feastingonroadkill heartily concurs. Vive cultural globalisation!