Political Promise returns from its blogging holiday! Matteo Bergamini on whether nationalists are the best form of defence against immigration?
Luton on the 23rd July 2010 was the centre of one of the biggest religious riots in the last couple of years; during the violence objects including ashtrays and a knife were thrown. This has been part of a series of clashes between the EDL and the UAF, with some other factions getting involved on occasion, such as Islam4uk and Islamagainstcrusades.
The EDL and the BNP are nationalist, there is no denying this. They claim that only nationalist groups such as they can save British society, this is indeed debatable. Nationalism might have been a good way of motivating the populace in the past, but it’s a primitive thought now, a thought and feeling that excludes the rest of society, but those native to the country. Can nationalism therefore really be the way to safeguard a nation built on emigration? Clearly the answer is NO.
Nationalists claim British natives have to fight back against immigrants that force their beliefs upon society at the cost of British culture. If you take into consideration Islamist fanatics plastering stickers reading: “Gay-free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment” then one can see their point.
However it is unfair to assume that everyone, but native English, is here to destroy British culture. Nationalism, the one championed by the BNP and EDL try to blame and remove a whole section of society for what a small minority have done. This is affecting hard working British migrants, let me repeat British migrants.
Nationalism is not safeguarding or strengthening our nation; it is dividing and weakening it. British society, by nature, is multi-cultural and any form of belief that does not embrace this is not compatible with British society. The BNP and EDL are feeding into the very force of what they claim to be against, extremism. They try to alienate migrants who in turn give extremists more ammunition against British society, is this really the way to halt extremism?
Where nationalism divides, multiculturalism unites. While nationalists such as the BNP divide society and push more migrants to the side of extremism, multiculturalism pulls them into British society uniting it as one society. Nationalism is not the way forward; it’s not even sustainable, but destructive; destructive for Britain, for immigrants and beneficial to extremists.
It seems many have been mistaken; it’s not nationalism that will save this nation. It’s the unification of all society against all forms of trouble makers, be they white, Asian, Muslim Buddhist or Hindu; divided we fall, united we stand. Let us not discriminate, this land was built on multiculturalism and it’s that same principle that will keep us strong.