IT was whilst I was sipping on my tea and contemplating another slice of victoria sponge and checking out my facebook, that I almost spat out a mouthful across my laptop…no, not a pretty sight I can assure you.
See, what had nearly launched me from my chair, was that I had noticed in the daily news feed, a friend on my facebook page had joined the fan club for the ‘British National Party’, I didn’t even know they had a fan club!
Now I’m not big into Politics (change the P to a B please Bob). I did study it for a while in social sciences and didn’t do too bad either on my marked TMA, but I have always found it pretty dull & contradictory.
It mainly consists of a lot of older men waffling on, talking in riddles and sporting really bad hair cuts (you’d think with all that money they could afford a decent hairdresser). Now don’t get me wrong, I know it’s not all about the aesthetics, but when times are tough, it helps. I can think of better things to be listening to, watching or reading up on.
Though, seeing this fan club, it lit up a dormant something in me. I knew the basics of what this party stood for, it’s ideologies such and such, but did this ‘no names mentioned individual’ who had joined this fan club have any knowledge whatsoever on what they stood for.
I decided to take a deeper look into what the B.N.P was all about: their history, policies and ideologies. Was I over reacting I thought to myself, maybe they are not so bad now after all, I mean with time, things could have changed dramatically, could I have misunderstood and jumped to conclusions on this party?
I then messaged this ‘individual’ informing them of what I thought, from what I had researched on what the B.N.P stood for (it wasn’t looking good from the research: racism, homophobia, sexism to name but a few things that kept cropping up again and again). I waited patiently for their reply.
I received my reply from my facebook friend and fan of the B.N.P, I ‘quote unquote’, “everyone to their own thoughts and opinion…I don’t think they are”. I took from this that she meant, she didn’t think them wrong, racist, fascist, homophobic or sexist in any way shape or form. To which I replied along the lines of it being about choice, but as long as she was up on all their policies, history & ideologies making it an informed choice. I didn’t get a reply back from that one.
Hmmmm, I thought, I know this person, I know she has friends of a mixture of ethnicity and mixed race friends some of whose grandparents or parents may have been immigrants at some point along the line.
She is a nice young lady and I really didn’t think that if she truly knew what they were all about or what they stood for that she would support them. Would she?
My conclusion from all this is that she is young, probably doesn’t even know what a policy is or an ideology is and hasn’t actually looked into things further before coming to a decision & becoming a supporter of the B.N.P on FB. Then I got to thinking, how many more supporters out there who are possibly making off the cusp uninformed choices to support such groups like this, how many young or older people even, who do not truly understand what it’s all about are out there supporting the B.N.P on Face Book or otherwise? Quite a scary reality don’t you think.
Questions, Questions that’s what I got from this experience & I say it’s good to question not just take something as it is ‘selling’ itself to you. I hope my blog has given you food for thought, as it certainly did me. Maybe you’ll look even deeper yourselves into politics, maybe something from the depths has been awoken in you too! I’m off to have another cup of tea & that other slice of cake.
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