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.