The British National Party stands for the preservation of the national and ethnic character of the British people and is wholly opposed to any form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples.

- Extract from the BNP Constitution

Policies

When looking at the BNP’s policies, it is important first to look at its constitution. Its statement of principles from August 2009 begins:

(a) The British National Party is a party of British Nationalism committed to the principle of national sovereignty in all British affairs. It is pledged to the restoration of the unity and integrity of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It believes that the indigenous peoples of the entire British Isles, and their descendants overseas, form a single brotherhood of peoples, and is pledged therefore to adapt or create political, cultural, economic and military institutions with the aim of fostering the closest possible partnership between these peoples.

(b) The British National Party stands for the preservation of the national and ethnic character of the British people and is wholly opposed to any form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples. It is therefore committed to stemming and reversing the tide of non-white immigration and to restoring, by legal changes, negotiation and consent, the overwhelmingly white make up of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948.

Its membership is restricted to: the indigenous Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Norse folk communities of Britain and those we regard as closely related and ethnically assimilated or assimilable aboriginal members of the European race also resident in Britain.

That is: i) the Anglo-Saxon folk community; ii) the Celtic Scottish folk community; iii) the Scots-Northern Irish folk community; iv) the Celtic Welsh folk community; v) the Celtic Irish folk community; vi) the Celtic Cornish folk community; vii) the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic folk community; viii) the Celtic-Norse folk community; ix) the Anglo-Saxon-Norse folk community; x) the Anglo-Saxon Indigenous European folk community; xi) members of these ethnic groups which reside either within or outside Europe but ethnically derive from them.

Constitution of the British National PartyBNP.org.uk

With the BNP’s policies revolving around the supremacy of white people, perhaps it is no surprise that its policies include:

  • deporting two million people
  • paying ‘foreigners’ to return home
  • making ‘peace with the Middle East’,  so long as the region  ‘takes back all its Muslims’
  • remitting anti-discrimination laws
  • bringing back National Service
  • bringing back corporal punishment for petty criminals and school children
  • bringing back the death penalty for more serious offences
  • introducing chain gangs

EU Manifesto 2009BNP.org.uk

County Council Manifesto 2009BNP.org.uk

The party’s core policies are listed on its website. They are:


Immigration

The BNP claims it would :

  • Deport ‘all the two million plus who are here illegally’
  • Deport all those who commit crimes and whose original nationality was not British
  • Review all recent grants of residence or citizenship to ensure they are ‘still appropriate’
  • Offer generous grants to those of foreign descent resident here who wish to leave permanently
  • Stop all new immigration except for exceptional cases
  • Reject all asylum seekers who passed safe countries on their way to Britain.

Without offering any evidence to back up its claims, the party goes on to say:

Immigration is out of control. Britain’s population is now over 60 million and rising, solely due to immigration. Not only is Britain increasingly overcrowded, but the fact is that a country is the product of its people and if you change the people you inevitably change the nature of the country.

We want Britain to remain – or return to – the way it has traditionally been. We accept that Britain always will have ethnic minorities and have no problem with this as long as they remain minorities and do not change nor seek to change the fundamental culture and identity of the indigenous peoples of the British Isles.

Only the British National Party has the reasonable, sensible, fair and just immigration policy which will guarantee that Britain remains British.

Challenge Immigration

The BNP sees immigration as to blame for all the country’s ills and claims that:

Unless the Third Wold immigration invasion is not only halted, but also reversed, Britain will be submerged well within the next 30 or 40 years to become a majority Third World nation

The Ethnic Cleansing of BritainBNP.org.uk

Of course, the statistics tell a different story. Visit homeoffice.gov.uk/rds and check the ‘immigration and asylum statistics’ section which links to updated quarterly figures.

Challenge Asylum Issues

The BNP is quick to scapegoat refugees and asylum seekers, often claiming they are living on ‘luxurious’ benefits not available to others.

In fact, asylum seekers are currently entitled to the following amounts:

  • single person aged 18 or over: £35.15 per week
  • lone parent: £42.16 per week
  • couple: £69.57 per week

Asylum SupportUK Border Agency

Compare this with Jobseeker’s Allowance:

  • single person aged 16–24: £50.95
  • single person aged 25 or over: £64.30
  • couple: £100.95

Jobseeker’s AllowanceDirectGov

Agencies slam cuts to asylum welfareRefugee Council

For more information about refugees and asylum seekers, check out refugeecouncil.org.uk or contact Refugee Council press officer Hannah Ward on 020 7346 1213 or hannah.ward@refugeecouncil.org.uk

Some useful information is available for download here:

The Truth about AsylumRefugee Council

The NUJ has worked with UNHCR to produce guidelines on reporting and photographing refugees and asylum seekers:

Reporting Asylum & Refugee IssuesUNHCR

The NUJ has also produced our own guidelines on race reporting:

Covering the elections? Read the NUJ’s race reporting guidelinesNUJ.org.uk


Crime and justice

The BNP claims it would:

  • Free the police and courts from the politically correct straitjacket which is stopping them from doing their jobs properly;
  • End the liberal fixation with the “rights” of criminals and replace it with concern for the rights of victims – and the right of innocent people not to become victims;
  • Re-introduce corporal punishment for petty criminals and vandals;
  • Restore capital punishment for paedophiles, terrorists and murderers as an option for judges in cases where their guilt is proven beyond dispute (such as with DNA or other compelling evidence).
  • Make prisons more austere and make criminals serve their full sentences. Offenders will be made to understand that they are being punished and not rewarded with a state-subsidised holiday for their crimes;
  • Use electronically tagged “chain gangs” to provide labour for projects such as coastal defences;
  • Introduce automatic prison sentences for all repeat offenders;
  • Put police back on the streets and remove their current political correctness shackles;
  • Allow victims of crime full freedom to defend themselves and their property;
  • Make joint custody of children the norm in divorce cases;
  • Grant anonymity to those accused of crimes until they are convicted;
  • Make police concentrate on real criminals and serve the public, not the government’s political aspirations.

Challenge Crime & Justice

Brian Caton, General Secretary of the Prison Officers’ Association, replies:

Bearing in mind so many of their members have spent time in prison, I find it hard to believe the BNP is so wrong on this issue.

They are mistaken if they think that by making prison tougher, by inflicting pain on prisoners and by sending them out into the community in chain gangs, they will cut the number of crimes being committed. If this was the case, why were there so many criminals in Victorian and Edwardian times? And why are the prisons full in the United States?

Prisoners should be treated with respect and dignity, which is why I’m very concerned at the idea of society giving the keys to control people’s lives to a racist bigot. This means we would be opening the door to violence and intimidation against people of a certain colour, religion or sexual orientation.

BNP members might wear a shirt and tie now but the vast majority I’ve seen on display are the same people who our members are locking up on the landings of our prisons. And that’s the best place for them.

The POA can be contacted for interviews and briefings on the prison system at poauk.org.uk


Economy

The BNP claims it would “nurture and encourage new and existing British industries” by:

  • The protection of British companies from unfair foreign imports;
  • The promotion of domestic competition;
  • Increased taxes on companies which outsource work abroad;
  • The reintroduction of the married man’s allowance;
  • The raising of the inheritance tax threshold to £1 million;
  • The encouragement of savings, investment, worker share-ownership and profit-sharing;
  • Halving council tax by centralising education costs and eliminating multiculturalism spending and unnecessary bureaucracy;
  • The renationalisation of monopoly utilities and services, compensating only individual investors and pension funds. Privatising monopolies does not benefit either the consumer or the country. All that happens is the ‘family silver’ is sold off and monopoly utilities and services are asset-stripped, often by foreign competitors.

Challenge the Economy

Left Economics Advisory Panel co-ordinator and economist Andrew Fisher replies:

These policies are very confused, ill thought-out and at times totally economically illiterate.

The protection of British companies from unfair foreign imports would mean a withdrawal from the European Union, and would leave the UK open to sanctions from the World Trade Organisation. It would also be an incentive for UK manufacturers who rely on imported components to move abroad to reduce costs.

Increased taxes on companies which outsource work abroad would be unworkable. It would be an incentive for companies to fully relocate abroad rather than pay higher taxes for partial offshoring – then the UK Exchequer loses out totally.

The re-introduction of the married man’s allowance would disproportionately benefit wealthy men since they earn more and the raising of the inheritance tax threshold would only benefit a very small minority of wealthy individuals. Only the 3,000 wealthiest families would benefit. This would be a redistribution from the poor to the rich.

Halving council tax is economically illiterate. The administration of education and multiculturalism (whatever that is!) does not account for anywhere near half the council tax bill. The vast majority of funding for all local government comes from central government allocation. Moving administrative costs in education to the centre wold save very little as a proportion of local government spending.

And while their nationalisation plan might be welcomed by some consumers, it would mean the withdrawal from the EU and leave the UK open to sanctions from the WTO.

Andrew Fisher can be contacted for more information at leap@l-r-c.org.uk


Education

The BNP claims it would improve education by:

  • The restoration of discipline – including corporal punishment – uniforms, traditional teaching methods and stricter exams (e.g. ‘0′ levels);
  • The reintroduction of grammar schools with entrance exams at 11 and 13;
  • The reversal of the programme to close special needs schools which penalises the most vulnerable;
  • The reintroduction of competitive sports and daily Christian assemblies;
  • The teaching of old-fashioned literacy skills (as opposed to clearly failed “modern” teaching methods);
  • The teaching of old-fashioned mathematics skills which have practical application to everyday life;
  • The teaching of a full curriculum of British history. This will instil in our young people knowledge of and pride in the history, cultures and heritage of the native peoples of Britain, and not the cherry-picked politically correct drivel being fed to children today;
  • The abolition of fees and the restoration of full grants to university students studying proper subjects (as opposed to fake “social sciences”);
  • The improvement of school food as proper meals have been shown to be linked to behaviour and achievement;
  • The ending of the scandalous and racist neglect that has left working class white boys at the bottom of the table for academic achievement;
  • The introduction of tax breaks for home-schooling parents or direct subsidies as their fair share of the education budget;
  • The introduction of a compulsory Community Award Scheme for all school-leavers to teach them work ethics and social and community values. This would consist of work caring for the elderly or handicapped people, or environmental or heritage restoration projects, or military training. These courses would be character-building and instil discipline, social and community values and work ethics in all young people. Service in this scheme would entitle each individual to get ’something back’ from the society to which they have learnt to contribute, such as free university education, a properly supported apprenticeship, or business training and start-up capital for would-be entrepreneurs.

Challenge Education

Teachers unions The Universities and College Union (UCU) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) take a clear stand against the BNP’s policies of hate in the classroom. Their joint statement says:

The policies and positions of the BNP are incompatible with the ethos and values of teaching. Racism and fascism are the antithesis of the aims of education which strives for the liberation of every learner’s potential, irrespective of age, class, gender, disability, sexual orientation, race or religion.

In common with the mainstream political parties, NUT and UCU find the policies of the BNP utterly unacceptable. We call on the government to take urgent action to ensure that racism and fascism have no place in the classroom or lecture hall, and to give consideration to making membership of the BNP incompatible with registration as a qualified teacher or lecturer, in line with policy for the police.

Both unions find espousal of BNP policies to be incompatible with membership of our organisations.


Health

The NHS comes under particular attack from the BNP, which blames its ‘failure’ on foreign health tourism and the importing of Third World medical staff. The BNP claims it would:

  • Replace 100,000 NHS bureaucrats with doctors, nurses and dentists;
  • Invest sufficient money in the NHS to provide a decent service to the British people;
  • Bring hospital cleaning back in-house and make high cleanliness a top priority;
  • End the scandal of foreign health tourism;
  • Train and pay to retain British doctors, nurses and dentists instead of looting the Third World of staff who are desperately needed in their home countries;
  • Revitalise the healthcare system by boosting staff and bed numbers, slashing unnecessary bureaucracy and by addressing the root cause of low recruitment and retention — low pay.
  • We will see to it that no money is given in foreign aid while our own hospitals are short of beds and the staff to run them.
  • Finally, more emphasis must be placed on healthy living with greater understanding of sickness prevention through physical exercise, a healthier environment and improved diets.

The NHS is a laughing stock. The NHS is critically ill. NHS Trusts are sacking staff, closing wards, cancelling operations and refusing patients vital life-saving drugs. Meanwhile, ‘health tourists’ are costing the NHS £2 billion a year, and diseases such as TB and AIDS are on the increase as a result of immigration.

British doctors and nurses are unable to find work in the NHS because we are importing medical staff (often with questionable qualifications) from the Third World where they are desperately needed.

Sixty percent of NHS staff are bureaucrats, and there are now more managers in the NHS than beds — with many earning more than £100,000 per year.

The contracting out of cleaning (often to contractors employing illegal immigrants) has resulted in collapsing standards of cleanliness, with around 20,000 patients a year dying of hospital-acquired infections.

Challenge Health

Karen Jennings, UNISON Head of Health, replies:

The BNP have got it spectacularly wrong again. The NHS is not a laughing stock or critically ill.

The spontaneous outburst in defence of the NHS during the controversy over the American healthcare plans in the summer, demonstrates the high esteem the NHS is held in across the UK. Recent large injections of funding and the efforts of hard-working health staff have ensured that waiting lists have plummeted and health outcomes have improved, particularly for heart disease, cancer and stroke patients.

The BNP are wrong again when they say that 60% of NHS staff are bureaucrats. The cost of administration in the NHS is estimated as only 12%, and only 3% of the NHS budget goes on management costs, which compares very favourably to most private sector organisations. So-called non-front line staff include workers such as cleaners and hospital porters who are an essential part of the healthcare team.

The BNP quote a fantasy figure of £2 billion for health tourism, with no evidence to back it up. Health tourism in the UK and across Europe accounts for a tiny percentage of treatment. EU figures estimate that cross-border healthcare accounts for only 1% of public expenditure on healthcare.

The NHS would collapse without the great work done for the service by migrant workers and this has been the case since the 1950s and 1960s. The BNP are living in cloud cuckoo land if they think we can do without them.

For more information about the NHS, contact UNISON at unison.org.uk


Housing

The BNP claims it would:

  • Make all benefits and social housing only available to British citizens;
  • Make length of residency in an area the key criterion for council house allocation;
  • Preserve the ‘right to buy’ of individual tenants, but with the money from sales being used to build more council houses;
  • Take all privatised social housing stock back under local democratically controlled council ownership;
  • Ensure that the billions being spent on the utterly bogus asylum seeker and immigration swindles is redeployed to alleviate the appalling conditions under which many of Britain’s old people are forced to live.
  • A BNP government will restore the earnings link with pensions and ensure that elderly people who have paid a lifetime of taxes and reared families should not have to sell their homes to pay for care in their old age.

Challenge Housing

Despite the BNP’s claims, two separate reports show there is no evidence that immigrants receive preferential treatment over the allocation of social housing

Research finds no bias in allocation of social housingEquality and Human Rights Commission

Migrants jumping the queue for social housing is a ‘myth’National Housing Association

More information about housing is available from the National Housing Federation housing.org.uk or by contacting press officer Nick Foley NickF@housing.org.uk on 020 7067 1028

To find out about social housing in your area, contact your local council or click on this link to find your local housing associations

Registered Social landlordsThe Housing Corporation


Foreign Affairs

The BNP claims it would:

  • Reach an accord with the Muslim world whereby they will agree to take back their excess population which is currently colonising this country, in exchange for an ironclad guarantee that Britain will never again interfere in the political affairs of the Middle East or try to dictate to any Arab or Muslim country as to what their internal government form should be; and
  • Maintain an independent foreign policy of our own, and not a spineless subservience to the USA, the ‘international community’, or any other country.

With regard to Europe, a BNP government will:

  • Resolutely oppose the single European currency;
  • Support the overwhelming majority of the British people in their desire to keep the Pound and our traditional weights and measures.

Challenge Foreign Affairs

The Muslim Council of Britain replies:

We are living in a globalised world where interactivity between cultures and society is the norm. The BNP’s idea to negotiate with Muslim countries to take back British Muslims exposes the BNP rhetoric not only as weak and xenophobic but also oblivious to the new global realities where cross migration and cultural cross fertilisation is mainstay of strong democracies.

The BNP not only refuses the respect the contribution the well established British Muslim community have made in the arts, education, business, politics and science, but are complicit in taking this great country back into the dark ages.

The MCB can be contacted for interviews and briefings at m.shibli@mcb.org.uk or at mcb.org.uk. For details of Islam, go to Muslims in EuropeBBC News

or contact the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies


Democracy

The BNP claims it would:

  • Abolish “anti-discrimination” laws which prevent people from making a free choice;
  • Abolish the “Human Rights Act” which has been imposed on this country through the European Union, and which is nothing but an excuse to prevent British laws stopping the scroungers of the world parasiting off this nation;
  • Abolish all restrictions on traditional free speech; common law provisions against incitement to violence are the only proper limits in a free society;
  • Reject ID cards, intrusive surveillance and the retention of DNA samples of the innocent;
  • Introduce an English parliament within the United Kingdom;
  • Introduce citizen-initiated referenda whose outcome is binding on Parliament.

Challenge Democracy

Liberty replies:

Hold the front page. The BNP hates human rights and anti-discrimination laws. Hardly surprising from a group at odds with the equal dignity and worth of all human beings. Their manifesto pledges are full of contradictions. Rather late in the day they treat popular opposition to ID cards, the surveillance society and unwarranted DNA retention as bandwagons to jump on. But fascist stowaways will never find a place in the democratic movement for fundamental rights and freedoms.

For interviews and briefings from Liberty, go to liberty-human-rights.org.uk, and for more information on the defence of the Human Rights Act go to Human Rights ActLiberty

The Equality and Human Rights Commission replies:

We believe it is essential to maintain the current level of human rights protection and mechanisms for enforcement under the Human Rights Act.

Similarly, every British resident in the UK should have access to the rights enshrined in anti-discrimination laws and we would not support their abolishment.

For more information or comments from EHRC, contact the press office at media@equalityhumanrights.com or 0203 117 0255.