Thursday, 22 October 2009

History Repeating Itself?

I am quite careful to talk about politics as I think it is a subject that can easily offend people if not respected in the right context. As a result, I very rarely bring it up with people, my blog or in general conversation.

However, there is a big political debate happening over here in the United Kingdom that may sound trivial to some but is of something highly important to me. 

As with many nations politics is built up around political parties and we vote for which one we support the most in terms of views, legislation and respect etc. In the UK we have smaller political parties and one of them is called The British National Party (BNP). They are a party who are will only allow white people to represent them, they believe in fascism and completely agree with war to sort out 'issues.' Maybe you can see why the British do not want them represented in parliament when they received 0.4% of the vote in the most recent elections. When over half that figure were actual members of the party itself.

In spite of this the debate that has circulated here is that on TV we have a popular and very insightful political show that airs weekly. It appeals to so many generations and is so easy to understand. It is actually what got me interested in voting and taking political stances :)

This week the BNP will be represented on this show for the first time ever since they came together in World War 2. There is outrage and protests because people do not want them on in their living room. It is costing the government out of our own tax money £2000,000 to protect them.

At first I was quite interested to hear they were going on. I wanted to hear their views. After all we don't all believe and vote for the same thing do we? I thought it was time they had their 'moment' as it were...until yesterday when the leader Nick Griffin said this:

'I am well aware that the orthodox opinion is that six million Jews were gassed and cremated and turned into lampshades. Orthodox opinion once held that the world was flat. I have reached the conclusion that the Holocaust was a tale and is a mixture of allied propaganda, extremely profitable lie and the witch-craft hysteria. It was the Holo-Hoax.'

How politically minded is someone to refer to people as being turned into Lampshades, seriously?

He also went on in his speech to say that there were no such things as gas chambers or concentration camps. I have friends who practice Judaism and are very hurt by this. Can you see why there is so much angst?

Below is a small clip of him talking about if he was in power he would send all people who are not British home to where 'they belong.'

I know that this post may lose some of my credibility but I and many others are so offended by his actions and words. I am not oblivious that these behaviours still exist today. Yet, this does not make me feel proud to be British knowing that they think they are representing Great Britain in all this. :(

I, for one, will not be tuning in tonight.


Janet said...

Shew! Quite hectic isn't it? We are also having huge issues here with politicians who are as corrupt as anything! Sad really! No wonder we don't have world peace.

Kristen said...

I think you have gained credibility Rebecca in my eyes. Not many people would stand up to such pigs as I would call them. I cannot believe that people like them still exist. I went and visited a concentration camp in Poland a decade ago. What I saw was real and tug at my heart strings. Lampshades? No. Heroes and victims in my eyes.

Respectable post Rebecca. Hope you are well otherwise.

Shannon said...

Very respectable post - you didn't lose creditability. I can't believe someone would even say that about turning people into lampshades. That is awful.

Alex(andra) said...

Definitely haven't lost credibility with me. That's absolutely ridiculous. I find it hard to believe that there are still people out there who preach that the holocaust didn't happen...

Holly said...

Rebecca I don't think this post had made you less credible at all! This is your blog and it's your right to discuss your views on it!

Obviously this show doesn't screen over here, but I did see the news report about it on TV last night, with images of people protesting outside the studio and such.

I didn't know very much about the BNP before then, but based upon what I know now, he sounds like a complete fruitloop! Thankfully most voters are able to see this and this scary man will never actually be in power!

Callie Nicole said...

That is offensive - I can't believe how some people try to deny that the holocaust happened! It's unreal.

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

that's disgusting- he is disgusting. you didn't loose any credibility for me, just gained it! i had no idea this was going on in the UK. a lot of those "lampshades" are my relatives. i dont understand people sometimes?!

Candy Hart said...

Man, that guy is a trip! Is he serious about this stuff or is it just a publicity stunt? I think if he was here, he would get a punch in the face for that!!!

Callie Nicole said...

Hi Rebecca! Where I live we have a few different big game to hunt, and the most common ones are deer, elk and antelope. Derek has an elk tag this year, so my dad is taking him out hunting. When we get something we can use the meat all winter long - most of the meat we eat is not beef but deer or elk meat. Derek's pretty excited because he hasn't been elk hunting before, so hopefully he'll get something! Hope that answers your question. *smile*

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