Friday, 31 May 2013
If political parties are not allowed to operate normally, direct action will follow
Watching developments in the United Kingdom, what I said to an Austrian journalist during an interview is more relevant than ever before. I said: Die Frage ist: Wollen sie eine Politische Partei, eine Politische Bewegung oder eine Soziale Bewegung?
The British National Party operates within a democratic framework that has very serious flaws but is still a democratic framework. Other organisations that are not political parties are not necessarily restricted by rules that apply in theory to all democratic parties in Britain. When the democratic framework becomes increasingly flawed, other operators become increasingly active and call for direct action bypassing the democratic framework.
We have become aware that a hate preacher and some of his followers were taken into ‘protective custody’ after an organisation stated that they would ‘take care of him’ if the Police did not arrest him. This is the next stage in a political process that is failing to address and something that is increasingly worrying but unavoidable insofar the authorities fail in their duty of care of stopping hate preachers.
If the authorities fail to protect ordinary citizens, then the natural step will be that ordinary citizens will have to look after themselves and make sure that they are safe.