Someone has done a study to back up what I’ve always been saying. And guess what, I bet none of the papers who claim to hate the BNP will report on this ippr study:
The British National Party (BNP) frequently suggests that it attracts support because it is the only party to take into account communitiesâ€™ â€˜realâ€™ experiences of immigration.
ippr has explored whether or not this is the case by looking at the roots of BNP support across 149 local authorities. We conducted regression-based analysis to see whether or not high levels of immigration do raise communitiesâ€™ support for the BNP, or if other variables â€“ such as political disengagement â€“ are important.
Our findings suggest that areas that have higher levels of recent immigration than others are not more likely to vote for the BNP.
In fact, the more immigration an area has experienced, the lower its support for the far right.
It seems that direct contact with migrants dissuades people from supporting the BNP For example, of the 10 local authorities in which the BNP gained most support in the 2009 European elections, nine had lower than average immigration (with Barking and Dagenham the only anomaly).
Rather, the evidence points to political and socio-economic exclusion as drivers of BNP support. In particular, areas with low average levels of qualifications (which can mean people struggle in todayâ€™s flexible, knowledge-based economy), low levels of social cohesion, and low levels of voter turnout (indicating political disenchantment) are the ones that show more BNP support.
We therefore urge mainstream politicians to strongly resist the notion that people have been driven into the arms of the BNP by the harm immigration is causing to their communities.
Instead, they must focus on building strong communities and strong education systems, and on rebuilding trust and confidence in democratic politics, so that marginalised people do not feeling so disconnected. This should enable them to both better serve the interests of these communities, and undercut support for the BNP
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