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Fertile ground for fascists?

Over at Comment is Fimetic, Mike Ion has written a piece with the following strapline:

“It’s time to address the underlying reasons why traditional Labour supporters sometimes take refuge in the policies of the far right.”

Because we haven’t been doing that since the BNP began getting councillors elected? Because that hasn’t been a topic of discussion since the days of the National Front?

Award for stating the bleeding obvious goes to the following paragraph:

“The BNP often finds support in a context of significant social problems: high unemployment, deprivation, lack of educational achievement, high crime rates, drugs, and people of different ethnic backgrounds living apparently separate lives (which encourages the growth of myths and rumour).”

Anybody want to see one of the reasons Labour supporters desert us for the far right? People like the following:

Meet Mike Ion, who is the Iain Dale of Labour bloggers and who writes such uninspired and vague apologetics that I’m surprised I haven’t taken to voting BNP in disillusionment with my own Party.

Categories: Labour Party News
  1. May 29, 2008 at 7:04 am


    I notice that you don’t deal with the substance of my piece – perhaps you might post a serious comment/article yourself as to possible soloutions to the challenge of the far-right.

    As to comparing me to Iain Dale – well that is just cruel.


  2. May 29, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Hey Mike,

    You’re right, comparing you to Iain Dale probably was cruel but if the shoe fits…anyway, I have some articles (perhaps you wouldn’t call them serious) on the subject of the BNP and fighting them. Feel free to have a look at the following.

    The BNP, London and Labour
    Labour roots: the space where a vision should be
    St. George’s Day

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