Anti-fascists rap Tories in BNP row

Written By: Tribune web editor
Published: October 5, 2007 Last modified: October 10, 2007

by Keith Richmond

ANTI-FASCIST campaigners have hit out at the Conservative party for appealing to the “fascist vote” after a frontbencher said the extreme right British National Party has “some very legitimate views on immigration.”

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, shadow community cohesion minister and one of David Cameron’s closest allies, claimed immigration was “out of control” and “making people uneasy.”

She said: “There are a lot of people out there who are voting for the BNP and it’s those people that we mustn’t write off. They have some very legitimate views, people who say: ‘We are concerned about crime and justice in our communities, we are concerned about immigration in our communities’.”
Denis Fernando, joint national secretary of Unite Against Fascism, was shocked that on the eve of a possible general election the Tories – the “nasty party” – were playing the race card. He said her remarks were “foolish, irresponsible and dangerous.”

The Tory peer is the daughter of an immigrant herself and some anti-fascists believe she was cynically chosen by Conservative Central Office to make these remarks as she is not a white male.

Denis Fernando said: “Claiming these views have legitimacy is an endorsement of the racist lies of a group with the sole aim of causing division and hatred and the declared aim of an all-white Britain which would only be possible by violence.”

A spokesman for Unite, the union which represents thousands of migrant workers, said: “Tories defending the odious views of the BNP reveals that they have not changed, that they will not change under David Cameron and that all decent-thinking trade unionists must vote against both the Tories and the BNP.”