Assignment One- The British Nationalist Party

Developing and Understanding Photographic Practice

To understand the BNP is of the up most of importance, as I need to know their policies, thoughts and opinions in able to give a factual piece of work. I also need to know their theories and beliefs to have background information for my image and to support my argument.

The BNP are a right-wing political party, formed in 1982 and are a creation from the old National Front. They have connotations of creating extreme activities and are said to have similarities to the Nazi’s. Recently the party have had strong ideas of ‘ethnic cleansing’; reducing the ethnic minorities from Britain by campaigning against new mosques and halal meat. It also has focused in more recent years on younger members, for example more street protesting and more publicity. However, to me they also appeal to working class and unemployed, as they have the cheapest subscription price and also they talk about situations that they are the most likely to have experienced and also they perhaps have anger about certain polices our country have in place, and therefore see the BNP as an answer.

I personally found their website a big eye opener. I suppose I have been a little bit naive and haven’t realised the sincerity of how racist, neglective and ignorant we can be. They claim to be not racists, yet that’s all I can see on their website, especially how they refer to “whites” and “non-whites”. Personally, the one big aim that I saw was, ‘stop all new immigration except for exceptional cases’… ‘We accept that Britain always will have ethnic minorities and have no problem with this as long as they remain minorities’.

I also saw some similarities with the BNP and thoughts from ‘Britishness, Identity and Citizenship’, which I looked at previously. The BNP say, ‘If you change the people you inevitably change the nature of the country’… ‘We want Britain to remain- or return to- the way it has traditionally been’. Showing the reflection back to the British Empire and English colonies. I totally agree that if you change the people then you change the norms and values of the country, but whether that is a good or bad thing is a matter of strong opinion.

Nick Griffin says, ‘The vast majority of the real racism that scars white victims from the indigenous’. “White victims”. Personally I have never experienced racism, if your in a class full of children and one happens to be of another color and the rest are the same then who do you think is most likely to be the victim? Or is Griffin right, we are “victims”, they just don’t televise and show how victimized we are, unlike the fact we know young black teenagers are the most likely to be stopped by the police? It’s an interesting point to comprehend.

On their website is another important point to my own brief, ‘You wouldn’t know this if you believe the propaganda of the mainstream’. However, street protesting and leaflets means that this is a very contradicting statement. Propaganda and advertising is the key way of showing your party and getting the most votes. Therefore a propaganda style of way of presenting my work will be a key way of constructing my argument. These have been interesting points to see and hopefully they will be a reflection within my work.

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