Monday, 7 July 2014
British Nationalism or what is left of it
At a time when continental Nationalist movements are at peak levels, British Nationalism is in crisis and losing spaces.
Within what used to be the National Front there are at least two National Fronts. There is a British National Party, a Britain First, English Democrats, British Democratic Party and several sub-groups within the main groups headed by minor leaders or personalities at odds with each other and hating each other a lot more than they despise their ideological opponents.
Various groups have at one point or another conspired against others by cooperating with their arch-enemies as a way to erode support for those they see as rivals within British Nationalism.
The direct consequence is unavoidable electoral failures that has left British Nationalism literally out of the picture in terms of elected representatives. Standing against each other, launching bitter attacks against each other both in public and in private, they have played right in to the hands of their ideological foes.
British National has defeated itself from within and its weakness has benefited so called mainstream political parties and, most importantly, has benefited UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party).
In places like South London, Nationalism fragmentation got the Labour Party elected in places like Croydon helping the Labour Party triumph against the Conservative Party.
How long will this process of fragmentation last? It is hard to say. Less than a year before the next General Election, British Nationalism is in tatters Factional interests seems to be more of a priority than shared values and shared aims.