This evenings Newsnight has an interesting piece by the left wing journalist Michael Crick. The general thesis of the piece is that in the June elections Labour might not just see its vote collapse, but that it might also see the BNP get their first European MP, shock, horror, hell in a handcart, the Nazis are coming etc etc.
The thing is, is it really an unusual or bizarre thing the EP to have crazy extremists sitting in it? There are fascists there, communists, environMentalists from across Europe. The fact Britain hasn't sent one there yet makes us against the norm surely? This may sound like a horrible academic style argument, but isn't the fact that we might elect some white-power socialists into the EP exactly what democracy is all about?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I support the BNP, they're policies are far too left wing and racist for my liking, but the whole point of having elestions is about the people expressing their views and support via the ballot box where the majority view tends toward more power than the minority. Clearly there are things that the BNP are saying to people that resonate for them and the job is extracting those things from within the rotten part of their arguments and addressing them.
What you shouldn't do is panic and think that because a collectivist loon has been elected it means the end of moderate and sane civilisation. If the BNP do win a seat in the EP then big deal. I don't see much complaining about many of the other lunatic fringe MEPs they will be joining after all.
In a perverted way if Britain did send a BNP candidate to the EP it would bring us in line with the other nations of the EU that have been sending loonies there for sometime.
We'd really be good europeans then, no?