A vote for the BNP would be a vote to abolish democracy, says political reformer

By staff writers
April 22, 2010

The head of the political reform campaign Unlock Democracy has said that a vote for the British National Party is "a vote for the abolition of democracy."

Peter Facey's verdict comes in the wake of a new report assessing and 'marking' the pledges for democratic change made by a range of the most prominent political parties - not just 'the big three'.

Vote for Democracy has just been published on the web at: http://www.votefordemocracy.org.uk/

The Liberal Democrats and the Greens come out as top dogs as far as political and constitutional change, electoral reform, civil liberties and human rights are concerned.

At the bottom of the heap are right-wing anti-EU party UKIP (UK Independence party) and the BNP.

The Director of Unlock Democracy, Peter Facey, said of the British National Party: "Although we did not expect Nick Griffin's party to score highly, even we were surprised by how dismal their policy programme is. This report vividly highlights that the BNP apple has not fallen far away from the fascist tree. A vote for this party is a vote for the abolition of democracy."

On UKIP, the research declares that they "have strong policy on recall and have come out in favour of fair votes. However they have no policy at all on a number of crucial subjects and their commitment to human rights and the rule of law is abysmal. Strongest on parliamentary reform, they are hostile to devolution and have a worryingly narrow concept of citizenship."

Of the BNP, it summarises by saying they have "a uniquely poor score in every area of our interest. The BNP's policies are not only essentially racist and discriminatory, they are profoundly anti-democratic as one would expect from a party with such strong roots in 1930s fascism."

A full breakdown, including details of how each score is calculated, can be found on an interactive website: http://www.votefordemocracy.org.uk


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