You Are All Closet Far-Right Nutters
A Populus poll found that 48% of the population would consider supporting a new anti-immigration party committed to challenging Islamist extremism, and would support policies to make it statutory for all public buildings to fly the flag of St George or the union flag.
According to the survey, 39% of Asian Britons, 34% of white Britons and 21% of black Britons wanted all immigration into the UK to be stopped permanently, or at least until the economy improved. And 43% of Asian Britons, 63% of white Britons and 17% of black Britons agreed with the statement that "immigration into Britain has been a bad thing for the country". Just over half of respondents – 52% – agreed with the proposition that "Muslims create problems in the UK".
The poll also identified a majority keen to be allowed to openly criticise religion, with 60% believing they "should be allowed to say whatever they believe about religion". By contrast, fewer than half – 42% – said "people should be allowed to say whatever they believe about race".
Jon Cruddas said that the findings pointed to a "very real threat of a new potent political constituency built around an assertive English nationalism". The report identified a resurgence of English identity, with 39% preferring to call themselves English rather than British. Just 5% labelled themselves European.
The Sunday Guardian's take on this is that these are all "far-right" views" and it is only because because skinhead thugs run the far-right parties that all these people don't join them.
There used to be a strong left-wing leveller English nationalism, Tony Benn and Billy Bragg come to mind. There is even, dare I mention it, a notion that nationalism and socialism go together. The BNP certainly is a socialist party. But to the lazy hacks it is all far-right, what ever that means.