Monday, June 8, 2009

Learning from history, anyone?

For some, no.

It's probably not a secret to anyone who knows me (or those who at least read some of my posts) that I love -really love- Great Britain, which is why it was a bit disheartening to learn that nearly 950,000 of its citizens voted for the xenophobic racist British National Party and giving them a fungal toehold in the European Parliament. I acknowledge the two seats gained by the BNP is nowhere near the scope and scale of the National Socialist's rise in Germany during the 1930s, but the fact that these thugs won any seats at all is nevertheless disturbing.

Some voters gave the BNP a tick because of their disapproval with Conservative and Labour's handling of the economic downturn (which brings to mind the old cliche of removing one's nose etc.), while others bought into their foreigner (read "non-white") scapegoating claptrap. These are times that try many a person's soul, and some have shown their shortsightedness and/or lack of mettle by giving this once marginal hate group a larger stage to perform on.

You can visit BBC News Online for more info regarding the 2009 European Election.

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