Nick Griffin’s England

25Apr09

It turns out the BNP has a manual – a book of Hate for Dummies, if you will. And someone leaked it to the BBC.

BNP activists and writers should never refer to ‘black Britons’ or ‘Asian Britons’ etc, for the simple reason that such persons do not exist”.

Now defining British nationality is tricky, but it seems to boil down, essentially to this: one can either acquire nationality by birth, by adoption, or by naturalisation. However much the BNP wishes it was otherwise, none of these require white skin.

These people are ‘black residents’ of the UK etc, and are no more British than an Englishman living in Hong Kong is Chinese.

A person of British nationality is British, regardless of what ethnicity he or she is, or where his or her ancestors came from originally. He or she can even have joint nationality – be a national both of Britain and of another country.

“English” isn’t actually a nationality. An “Englishman” living in China might acquire Chinese nationality, though since China doesn’t permit joint nationality he would have to give up his British nationality. Said “Englishman” wouldn’t become Han Chinese, which is an ethnicity (unlike British), on doing so. But he might already be so, like almost a quarter of a million of the people living in the UK, many of whom are British citizens.

That’s of course not getting into the complicated nationality issues for people born in Hong Kong prior to 1997, when it was a British colony.

Anyway, they asked the odious Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, to comment.

You can’t say that especially large numbers of people can come from the rest of the world and assume an English identity without denying the English their own identity, and I would say that’s wrong,” he added.

In a very subtle way, it’s a sort of bloodless genocide.

I like being British. I like that it’s a nationality that people can acquire if they want it. I like that people whose ancestors hailed from all over the world can be born or be adopted or be naturalised as British citizens. I like that British culture is a hodgepodge of influence from all over the world. It’s a part of my identity that I’m proud of.

If being British means kicking out everyone who isn’t white, or doesn’t speak English, or wasn’t born here, or doesn’t satisfy some other arbitrary criterion, I don’t want to be British.

I don’t want to live in Nick Griffin’s England. If immigration and an influx of cultural influences will eventually cause the demise of the mystical all-white all-English all-imaginary England he fantasizes about, then bring it on.

And “genocide”? It does not mean what you think it means.

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