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On The Rise Of Far-Right Parties In Europe

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Recently I have been a panelist on TV talk-show “Forum”, presented by Andrew Gilligan on PressTV. I have been invited as London Media Officer for Silvio Berlusconi’s party, “The People of Freedom”.

One of the other panelists was Mary Honeyball MEP (Lab). The below is my reply to her blog “The Lure of the Bright Lights“:

One of the points made during the programme is that the far-rightists take advantage of the divisions among mainstream political parties. I am afraid you are perpetuating those divisions. I can assure you that Silvio Berlusconi’s party, “The People of Freedom” (”Popolo della Liberta’”) is on your “same side regarding the far right”.

In fact, there is no Party in the Italian governing coalition that could be described as belonging to the “far right” by any stretch of the imagination.

We, just like the European People’s Party as a whole, have the fight against all forms of fascism of old and new as one of our foundation stones. And let me be proud of the fact that throughout all recent elections all Italian far-rightists have been losing voters to the point of effectively disappearing from the political spectrum.

Why are things looking different in the UK? This is not something one can answer in a blog’s comment area. Because it takes time to analyse, then to understand what is peculiar about British politics and society. Such a strong and long-standing Parliamentary Democracy as yours, truly the envy of the world, still manages to inspire the rise of absolutely nasty and repugnant parties like the BNP. Why?

Likewise, Europe is a big place, and there is no chance to fight back at the ugly racist and neo-nazi ideas being banded around without having a good look at the peculiarities of each country’s political system and society.

I therefore urge you and everybody else interested in European politics to make the effort to understand the particular circumstances that regard each country. I know it is a huge effort, there’s now 27 of them.

But the last thing we should be doing is mindlessly sticking labels around. By making sweeping statements, sometimes based on what is summarily reported in the media by distracted journalists perhaps with a particular précis to follow, the risk is to create artificial divisions among what is an overwhelmingly anti-fascist electorate, effectively presenting tens of millions with the choice between feeling disenfranchised, and voting for the racists.

ps personally, I do not think there is anything to discuss with the BNP’s representatives. I am sure you will agree that it is impossible to change the mind of a Holocaust denialist on any subject. If I were a British politician, what I would be more interested into would be to share a platform with BNP voters. It is them, the ones we should all be working to welcome back to our world.

Written by omnologos

2009/Jun/29 at 22:46:32

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  1. I’ve never understood this holocaust-denier paranoia. Who cares if they’re wrong??? Make fun of them. If someone is so stupid that they can’t see the truth in front of them, then laugh at them. That’s funny. That’s what comedians do. Why do you have to hunt them down and throw them in prison? Why do you have to make this so divisive? All it’s doing is unecessarily splitting groups of people apart, and making them more vigilant and extremist. It gives them a mission and breaks the people apart. That to me is more pro-nazi than simply allowing for a free exchange of ideas. We don’t want to correct ourselves by becoming exactly what we’re trying to correct.

    John

    2009/Aug/02 at 22:45:25

  2. u mention ”sticking wild labels around”? Look @ your OWN comments! U ARE TRULY LAUGHABLE!

    dan

    2009/Oct/28 at 21:01:38

  3. AND????

    dan

    2009/Oct/28 at 21:02:28


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