The British National Party may face a legal injunction over its descriminatory membership policy, which allows only white people of certain ethnic backgrounds to join. The far right organisation, which won two seats in the European Parliament in the recent election, has been contacted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), informing it that changes to bring the admission policy in line with British racial equality law must be made by the 20th of July this year.
"There is no place for a political party in this country to have an apartheid constitution and the equality bill will prevent this from being the case," says Harriet Harman MP, leader of the House of Commons. The equality bill aims to consolidate all of Britain's anti-racism laws into one single piece of legislation.
Currently, if you want to join the BNP, you must be white and of European stock. According to the EHRC, "This exclusion is contrary to the Race Relations Act which the party is legally obliged to comply with. The Commission therefore thinks that the BNP may have acted, and be acting, illegally."
But here's an idea: if they are forced to change this policy, how about all those of us who are opposed to them - be we black, white, Asian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, humanist, left wing, right wing libertarian, democrat, anarchist, anti-racist, anti-fascist, native, immigrant or merely a true patriot, all of us with any reason to take issue with what the party stands for and those who simply oppose their policies - join up?
Joining the BNP will cost £30, £15 if you are a senior citizen, unwaged or a student, per year. After your second year of probationary membership, you will be made a voting member, giving you the right to attend the Annual Conference and to vote in decisions that concern party policy and future. We'd need to do this just after elections, so that our memberships fees couldn't be used to help them win more votes. Once we've been accepted, we sit tight, not becoming involved in their activities...apparent silent supporters.
And then, once there's enough of us who have been members for the two years to outnumber those members that really do support them, we all go to the Annual Conference and take over, putting into place a new manifesto prior to disbanding the party?
Anyone know enough about law to comment the feasibility of such a plan? Could it be done, if enough of us tried? Who would be willing to try?