by Keith Richmond
ANTI-FASCIST campaigners have hit out at the Conservative party for appealing to the â€œfascist voteâ€ after a frontbencher said the extreme right British National Party has â€œsome very legitimate views on immigration.â€
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, shadow community cohesion minister and one of David Cameronâ€™s closest allies, claimed immigration was â€œout of controlâ€ and â€œmaking people uneasy.â€
She said: â€œThere are a lot of people out there who are voting for the BNP and itâ€™s those people that we mustnâ€™t write off. They have some very legitimate views, people who say: â€˜We are concerned about crime and justice in our communities, we are concerned about immigration in our communitiesâ€™.â€
Denis Fernando, joint national secretary of Unite Against Fascism, was shocked that on the eve of a possible general election the Tories â€“ the â€œnasty partyâ€ â€“ were playing the race card. He said her remarks were â€œfoolish, irresponsible and dangerous.â€
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: â€œClaiming 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.â€
A spokesman for Unite, the union which represents thousands of migrant workers, said: â€œTories 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.â€