“Voting for the BNP is a deliberate decision: you are not “driven” to it any more than a car drives itself. It is a decision to allow self-pity to influence your vote and to disguise it as righteous anger,” says Linsey Hanley in the Guardian today. I happen to agree, and would argue the same applies to Muslims seduced by Islamist and more violent terrorist organisations.
But here’s the question: How do you deal with the BNP or Islamist party if they attract significant numbers of votes? Do you acknowledge their existence because its democracy at work? Or do you say the voters are stupid, should be in a mental institution, and pretend the election didn’t happen?
And that’s just the parties. What do you with the voters? Is everyone who votes for a racist party or sympathises with an Islamist party a lunatic in danger of harming others? Do you lock them up as a precaution? Or do you say there’s a problem with the system that makes those parties the only protest option?
Are these voters then beyond the pale? Should they be branded with a big swastika sign somewhere so w we’re aware of the fascists among our midst? After all, over 5% of voters in the London Mayoral elections voted for the BNP. One in 44 Londoners is an active fascist voter. Should the national media ignore these people for making such monumentally stupid electoral decisions?
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