When I was young and my parents would argue, I would become very upset. I would sit on the sidelines and listen for a bit (Kermit style - "halfway up the stair is the stair where I sit") then when my emotions took control I would tear down the stairs and shout at them both for being 'aweful parents' who should 'get a fucking divorce, cause im fucking sick of you arguing' etc. To this they would both redirect thier anger at me and forget thier differences. When I eventually pointed out this messed up situation to my mother, she told me that I need to learn not to - shove my oar in.
Occasionally that woman says things that stick with me for life. Since the Nick Griffin thing has flooded cyber space I have decided to keep my oar out. Perhaps because:
A) There are more than enough people out there capable of making what I believe to be intelligent points about the show/the party/the consequences of freedom of speech? Yeah that makes sense.
B) I'm concerned that the show might be underwhelming after Griffin waters down the party's ideology? For instance, they have a commendable policy about protecting NHS workers from being attacked. That's fair enough. A bit odd. I sort of think it goes without say. But nice anyway. It's true, he might dilute himself, but that's far more dangerous. He might actually charm people.
C) I lived in Leeds for three years and have secretely aligned myself with them? no...probably not. I would never deny that I've had problems with the Asian population in Leeds. We haven't always seen eye to eye. But then I had the same problems with all the inhabitants of Leeds. If I will prance about a northern city covered in sequins, an hours worth of make up and my hands down some local art student-boy's trousers, I should expect some problems.
D) I'm bored? Yeah, maybe. I've been aware of the BNP all my life. I know they're a bad thing. I pity people who need to be told. Where have you been? Crawl out from your rock, turn off X-factor and wake up to the world!!
E) I prefer to take an abject route? True. Sometime soon I might treat you to a Joe Nockles Missal in defence of patriotism. Tread that thin line that Morrissey made famous of loving a country, lamenting its changing identity and trying not to cause offence.
However... I couldn't resist getting a little bit involved so I bring you this:
The BNP vs LOGIC Drinking Game (copyright Joe Nockles)
Ok, so its not revolutionary to suggest that the BNP might be a tad racist/biggoted etc. So lets have some fun with it! Gather your friends, get some WHITE rum. Make some WHITE russians...[insert further drink puns here]...
Drink upon hearing the following:
- "the silent majority"
- "unsustainable population"
- "It's high time..."
- make our streets safe "again"
- "Common sense"
- "we speak on behalf of ordinary people"
- "For too long now liberals have..."
- "brainwashed" our children etc
Drink LOTS when:
- you dispair because you are reminded that: The British National Party has over 100 parish, district, borough and county councillors, a seat on the Greater London Assembly and two seats in the European Parliament - That's right, your country is stupid.
*I failed in my persuit of not "putting my oar in" (sorry mum).
*I'm getting pissed tonight.
*There are a lot of stupid people in Britain. Honestly, the general public is, on the whole, fucking stupid. Unfortunately everyone gets a vote.