Hazel Blairs and the BNP
Posted by rantingkraut on November 22, 2008
Hazel Blairs almost seems to appreciate the threat the BNP could pose for the Labour Party. The BBC quotes her today as saying that all parties must work hard to win back disaffected voters:
“She says other parties had to work to win back voters on “ignored” estates.” (source)
She is probably right when she fears that the BNP could become more of a problem for the Labour Party, although I think she got it wrong when she thinks the issue is just a handful of ‘forgotten estates’. The core problem is that Labour’s brand of identity politics is increasingly re-distributive along demographic lines. If you advocate quotas for anyone but white men, don’t be surprised if the latter turn away from you.
The problem is not so much Nick Griffin’s cunning re-positioning of the party as the fact that Labour took the white working class for granted and has been turning away from it. This reorientation has opened a gap for a party that will openly support them. It is in the nature of identity politics that each interest group will want its own lobby, so Griffin is merely stepping into the niche market Labour has vacated. The answer, of course, is not to add a number of pet projects on a selection of sink estates but to give up identity politics.
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