Not long after leaving the BNP I had just read the ‘Islamist' by Ed Husain. This is a factual account of a young guy from London getting caught up in political Islam. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to see the recruiting and the mind-set of a potential Jihadist.
I emailed Ed because I could see some similarities in the two ideologies and the way they recruit and reaffirm people’s attitudes to their causes. I got to meet with him and some others from Quilliam and this following draft was what we came up with. I don't think it was ever used as Ed relocated to the States and the others I was working with moved to pastures new, so it never got finished.
I thought I had lost this article when my previous PC died. It’s a bit long winded and doesn't flow as well as it should. I did think about going through it again and cleaning it up but I'm afraid I would end up rewriting it and I think that this would be disingenuous of me. It should be read warts and all. No matter how embarrassing!
Reading it again now. I can see that 'yes’ I had turned my back on the BNP and their ideology but I was still deprogramming myself from a lot of the milder bullshit that the nationalist scene and the whole ideology that goes with it. Such as the over the top patriotism and love for a piece of coloured material, and the fear of losing what it is or what we think it is to be British. I described this process a few posts back
So I thought I would put this article on here for an airing. Most of it is still relevant. Such as the parts that explain why people drift toward fringe parties. The way that mass immigration, multiculturalism and an overzealous politically correct mentality has allowed and in some cases encouraged communities to become aliens to their neighbours. And why this has alienated so many people from the political process.
Other parts of the paper are ‘as already mentioned'-embarrassing.I can see rereading it now that even many months after leaving the BNP I still had the remnants of the pathetic victim mentality that comes hand in glove with nationalism. This crap obviously took a while to shed from my psyche.
One of the reasons I worked on this paper was because I honestly did think that there was a chance that the BNP could come back in strength. That's not going to happen now. Griffin has all but lost his seat next year. They have virtually no membership and will all but disappear form the political scene.
BUT’ it won’t be the last of them. I believe that Griffin will emulate the EDL. He is intensely jealous of them and their street movement. I think this will be his new direction. Also I mention in the article how the other political parties pushed me to the BNP.I think the political climate that allows criticism has changed for the better [slightly] but we need to do a hell of a lot more to encourage debate without throwing the racist or Islamopobic word around.
Once again apologies for the layout but it was only a draft.
QUILLIAM PAPER 2010