So, I’m meant to be doing my essay, but obviously instead I’m on Facebook, and when scrolling down my news feed I came across THIS, and got angry. Very angry
I was going to say, that any of you who know of the BNP will also know how effing ridiculous they are, but apparently, it would seem that some of you don’t. Sigh.
Okay, so everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I’m all for freedom-of-speech and democracy and shit, but that is seriously put to the test by some people’s stupidly ignorant, unchallenged opinions. Like children, their spongy brains absorb any old shit, they don’t bother filtering out the bullshit from the truth.
Now, besides the fact that this was written by the BNP, there are so many other things wrong with this declaration. And I am going to ridicule them all for you now (sorry, this is going to be a long one).
Number 1: “Homeless go without eating” – Yes. There are many homeless people in this country, starving and freezing to death on the streets, and it’s a real shame. They’re not all entirely blameless, but even if they are in that position through their own doing, everyone makes mistakes, and we shouldn’t condemn them for it. Which is precisely why charities such as Shelter, Centre Point and the Big Issue (to name but a fraction) all exist.
So, there are plenty of efforts to try and rebuild people’s lives, and sending money abroad to other countries, really doesn’t affect these efforts all that much. And besides, before you all get on your nationalist-high-horse, how many of you would actually buy a homeless guy his lunch? Or give him a cup of tea on a cold day? If you feel so strongly about their ill-treatment, why not actually put your money where your mouth is.
Number 2: “Elderly go without needed medicine” – That’s right. Play the elderly card, jump on the old ‘poor, defenceless and neglected old people’ bandwagon. I don’t mean to sound heartless, but BNP, do you really have to be so predictable? Of course, there are many elderly people out there who are not getting the recognition they deserve, after all, they are actually human beings. Often it seems that the elderly are pigeon-holed into a demographic category and largely ignored as a result. It’s almost like people think, well, they’re practically pushing daisies, let’s not bother with them, pretty soon they’ll be long gone.
But what strikes me most about this aspect of the BNP’s statement is the lack of specific details. What exactly is ‘needed medicine’? And why is it only the elderly who are in dire need of said medicine? Surely, if the elderly are going without, then so are many others on the NHS (which arguably is a problem – but those of you who whine about the NHS will be moaning a damn-sight more once it’s privatised, so make the most of it while it lasts, and be grateful for all that it does). Why do the elderly deserve it more than them? Until the BNP can provide actual statistics which prove that the elderly are disproportionately being deprived of their prescriptions, I refuse to accept validity of this argument.
And this argument of mine similarly applies to the ‘mentally-ill’ part of their statement. There’s a lot of stigma regarding this ‘category’ of people, and a lot of people fail to recognise and appreciate the seriousness of mental illness, but again, charities exist, and we’ve come a long way since the ‘guinea-pig’ experiments and disgusting abuse of the mentally-ill, characteristic of the 19th Century.
Number 3: “Troops go without proper equipment”
Well this argument is one I did not expect to hear from the BNP!
I’m not going to condemn the actions of the British Army. Some of you reading this may well think that I’m about to slate them for their ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘unnecessary slaughter’ of innocent people in the Middle East (which some people believe – and I’m not entirely disregarding of such a belief). Believe it or not, my back-up plan post-A-levels was to join the Armed Forces, as an Intelligence Officer in the Intelligence Corps (I even went to the recruitment centre).
But, nonetheless, just because I wanted to join the Armed Forces, does not mean that I’m going to uphold this point of view. Yes, the Conservatives recently cut MoD funding, and that meant the Armed Forces suffered logistically as a result. But you mean to tell me, that our Armed Forces are less equipped than the enemy we’re fighting? This isn’t flipping World War II and Bastogne. Troops are not starving, freezing to death in a snowy fox-hole, lacking in decent boots and socks and being shelled constantly day and night by German Artillery. As being in an army goes, they’ve got it pretty sweet. Of course, they’re being shot at. But it’s a war. People get shot at, people get blown up, people die. It’s tragic, and my heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one through war, but they chose this occupation. They knew they were putting their lives at risk. Yet to say that they are without proper equipment, and are utterly defenceless against their enemy, is a joke.
Number 4: “We donate billions to other countries, and to excessive immigration, before helping our own first”
I want you to humour me here, for I wish to draw on your imaginative side. So, close your eyes, relax, and switch that imagination on, please. Comfortable? Okay.
I need you to picture the scene: It’s been a long day. You’re tired from work, you just want to have a bath, don your jim jams and get an early night. You reach your front door. Now imagine yourself opening your front door, and stepping inside your home. Think of the smell, think of the familiar surroundings, think of the comforting feeling that your house brings. A warm welcome after the stresses of work, is it not?
Now, picture your family and friends. Imagine you’re all in a room together, laughing, joking, with not a care in the world – all enjoying one another’s company. Now there should be a smile on your face. A huge smile (unless your friends and family are ass-holes in which case, sorry, maybe imagine your pets?).
Now think about your country, and all that you love about it. Be it our beer, our Fish ‘n’ Chips, our penchant for queueing, our traditions, our monarchy or our glorious countryside – whatever floats your boat and makes you proud to call Britain home.
Now, that was all very nice, wasn’t it? But now, I want you to imagine all of this in a slightly different way.
Imagine, you came home from work, longing for you bed, only to find it utterly destroyed, nothing more than just torn fabric and splinters. Your house has been reduced to rubble and dust. It’s been bombed. Bombed by a nation’s army/political group that you had no personal quarrel with.
Now imagine that your family/friends (/beloved pets?) were murdered by these same individuals. You’re now utterly alone in the world. Feels good, no?
Imagine, that your country is in ruins. It’s been invaded, by strangers who have no care for those traditions you’re so fond of, no care for the beauty of your countryside (but it does make perfectly good grounds for military bases). You can’t actually walk down the street without bumping into these strangers, being questioned and interrogated, constantly being subjected to suspicion, simply because you were born into a particular patch of land, which some humans have long decided to mark as their own, or into a particular race, which some humans have deemed inferior.
Now that is life in a war-torn country, or a under a corrupt leadership, a dictatorship. That freedom of speech you’re so proud of? Yeah, you don’t have that here. You’re desperate for change – you live off hope, hope of a better life, and that hope takes the form of the UN, of international powers, with all their military might and political dominance – you can see no other way out.
But, they couldn’t care less. No, they’re far too concerned with their own countries. In fact, the UN doesn’t even exist any more. It decided to disband because each of the United Nations mutually decided to be solely independent. It’s each man/nation for himself now.
So, there goes your hope! Diminished as soon as it was raised. Have fun living an utterly miserable, desolate life, safe in the knowledge that no one gives a shit about you, and that no one could be bothered to try and make your life worth living.
Apologies for such a LONG rant. But this argument is one which really riles me. It’s just the correlation between the BNP and support from the seemingly, poorer, poorly educated people is just too obvious (and before anyone calls me a ‘stuck up posh twat’ who was fed from a silver spoon – well bitch you can pipe the f*** down because you’re talking to a girl from a council estate). The BNP prey on those who feel cheated by society, cheated by our independent-school-background government, needing someone to blame… et voila! Foreigners! Yes, those scrounging buggers, be it in this country or abroad, all they do is beg for our money and fail to put it to good use! I mean shit, we buy them food, clean water and condoms and they don’t even make use of them, they actually like starving, contracting dysentery and getting AIDS!
People, if you insist on acting like you know what goes on abroad, of politics, of world affairs, then at least come at it from a better informed perspective. I’m no flipping expert on such matters, but I certainly would not rely on the BNP to provide me with insights. They’re a political party, and political party = PROPAGANDA, or deliberate manipulation of information to brainwash you all for their own gain. And if you can’t adopt a better informed perspective, then just stay out of it all. Why not channel all of your unnecessary hatred into something more positive (or actually, just the BNP?). Like do something for your community: help the homeless, volunteer at an old people’s home, or campaign for mental health charities! Seeing as that’s apparently what you give a shit about!