For the greater good

An interview with Richard Barnbrook, the British National Party’s representative on the Greater London Assembly. This continues our series of interviews with people from different political movements and organisations.

What motivates you in politics?

My motivation in politics is derived from the British people themselves. That may at first seem to be a rather simplistic response, but the suffering and gradual emasculation of my people is the motor that drives me. In contrast to other politicians I am, incidentally, actually fighting that process of disenfranchisement rather than facilitating it.

To see a once proud, industrious and independent nation saddled with the collective yokes of Euro-federalism, multiracialism, globalisation and liberalism is all the motivation I require.

How has the success of the BNP come about, especially as compared to previous years?

The success of the British National Party has come about for a variety of reasons, some of which have been completely out of our control. However, if there was one factor that I had to highlight in order to illustrate the pro-active nature of our success it would be our shift towards street-level, community politics.

The interaction with ordinary people and the consequent refurbishment at policy level has quite rightly given the British National Party the envious position as being perceived amongst the electorate in Britain as the party of the doorstep, not the television screen. The BNP is now seen as the political organisation that deals with real issues and concerns that Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats simply will not touch. Not that they would have any answers if they were prepared to engage in the politics of reality rather than to try to enforce upon Britain an increasingly unpopular and discredited liberal multicultural ideology.

How do you envisage aiding the cause of nationalism from your elected position on the GLA, and what obstacles are being put in your way?

With regards to my position on the Greater London Authority, we are only now beginning to realise the significance of what we managed to achieve in May 2008. From a practical point the party now has offices in central London, along with a considerable budget, combined with very serious political clout. As for obstacles, there have been very few apart of course from the expected animosity of the political opposition.

What do you see as the next step forward for the BNP?

The next big hurdles for the British National Party will be in the form of the European elections in early June 2009 and the expected general election, which I estimate will be conducted in 2010. The European contests will be fought on a proportional representation system, enabling the BNP to secure seats in the European parliament in some of the areas contested with a combined vote of approximately 8.5% – 12%.

As I type, with the economic situation deteriorating rapidly in Britain, there are certain parliamentary constituencies that, with a fair wind, the party could feasibly be in a position to win outright. Much depends however on the scale of the collapse of the Labour vote and the size of the vote the Cameron-led Conservatives manage to attract.

Would you consider a speaking tour of Australia?

Australia is a country I have never visited to my eternal shame. Yet despite this, I along with many other BNP members, have an instinctive affinity for the country and more so the people. One day I hope to take that long flight and it really would be a privilege to be invited and talk to my brothers and sisters on the other side of the world.

Do you have any message for Australian nationalists?

Not wanting to give away too much about my future message, it would consist of a reminder that you need to start a movement at grass roots level. Engage and empathise with people and inoculate yourself in the process from the inevitable smears and vilification.

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