Antifascist Generals Outflank The BBC.
Not quite, but at least a few incredibly conservative, small c, pillars of the military establishment are actually prepared to put some distance between themselves and the BNP, whereas the BBC couldn’t.
In the past, military officers and establishment figures have often been the mainstay of fascist parties, but these modern day generals are far more radical than the BBC, and in particular, those organising the BBC’s Question Time for this Thursday, as the Times reports:
““We call on all those who seek to hijack the good name of Britain’s military for their own advantage to cease and desist,” they write. “The values of these extremists — many of whom are essentially racist — are fundamentally at odds with the values of the modern British military, such as tolerance and fairness.”
They point out that 10 per cent of servicemen and women are from the Commonwealth. “The reputation of our Armed Forces was won over centuries of service in some of the most difficult areas of the world,” they say. “Political extremists should claim no right to share in this proud heritage.”
The letter is part of a campaign launched today that attempts to highlight the BNP’s strategy of cloaking itself in the military.
It comes amid anger at the BBC’s invitation to the BNP leader Nick Griffin to appear on Question Time this week. The Times revealed this month that the party had been targeting veterans’ charities to widen its appeal.
General Jackson told The Times: “The BNP is claiming that it has a better relationship with the Armed Forces than other political parties. How dare they use the image of the Army, in particular, to promote their policies. These people are beyond the pale.”
It is a pity that the producers of Question Time are so keen to legitimize neofascism in Britain all for the sake of ratings and their own self importance.