For a few years now no one could have escaped the injustices dealt out in the name of political correctness and the human rights act.
A whole industry has been built up, dedicated to building an inclusive society. A cause which is undoubtedly a good thing, but the way that it has been done has caused so much resentment amongst, and between different communities.
One of the reasons I even attended my first BNP meeting was because of this 'seemingly' aggressive and alienating regime of political correctness and the apparent madness carried out because of the human rights act.
When you get angry with the system you become more open to messages coming from fundamentalist and extremist groups like the BNP. To them all PC is wrong, the human rights act needs scrapped, and all equality laws need thrown out! I'm lucky I got over my angry stage very quickly, realised that their answer was no solution and saw the real agenda of the far right.
Britain is a divided nation. We have racism and prejudice against communities 'white included'. We brought in race laws to protect people from bigotry and prejudice; we needed them and still do.
Race laws have greatly reduced the instances of open racism taking place in our country. Political correctness has undoubtedly helped in reducing homophobia. Equality laws have ensured that women are getting more protection in society. The human rights act has ensured that every citizen has basic rights that we all deserve.
The 'Human rights act' is such a divisive topic. It's far from perfect but we seem to have this mentality; keep it or scrap it. Nationalists dedicate huge parts of their propaganda to tell the voter that they are the only parties that will scrap this act. They cite it as reasons that society is now unequal and blame most of our ills on it.
We don't have to scrap the human rights act or PC. We just need to make sure they work properly and for everybody.
The far right don't tell you the real reason that they want the human rights act and all race and equality laws scrapped.
The law protects people against physical harm. If there were no equality laws you would be able to physically attack a gay, black or brown person. This is the typical excuse that parties like the BNP give when they are trying to hide what would be the real consequences of their actions and pretending that it would have no adverse effect on society. But, if we had no equality laws, no PC; things would be very different.
For instance if an African or Asian family moved into an area where the far right were strong, and it was no longer illegal to abuse them verbally how long before they were intimidated enough to leave.
If a gay couple were walking down the street and the homophobic abuse that once was all too common was no longer illegal, would being gay be forced 'through fear' to go back into the closet. In short, under a far right government this behaviour could become the norm.
One interesting way they avoid directly answering important questions is on the policy of 'voluntary repatriation' of anyone who does not fit there Anglo-Saxon heritage. When asked about this policy, they always say "we would not kick anybody out who was here legally". We would have a voluntary scheme where as people who were not of 'British heritage' could take a payment to leave" They then state that these conditions exist at the moment. This is true and has done for a few years.
The big difference is that under a far right government it would no longer be illegal to harass anyone of different ethnic origin, make them feel unwelcome or refuse them employment because of the colour of their skin.
How long before many feel like they have no choice but to accept this repatriation payment.
The more that take the payment the less that remain [remember there would be absolutely no more immigration] the less that remain the easier it will become to isolate the remaining ones. An ever decreasing circle until they get their wish of a white Britain.
Political correctness and human rights belong in modern Britain. They belong in any modern civilised country, but, they need to be fair. People are sick of the way the likes of Abu Qatada cannot be deported because of his human rights and the British voter has absolutely no say in the matter.
This is giving a distorted view of the whole reason for human rights. If we got rid of the human rights act and all PC, Britain would be the poorer for it.