Brian and Helen wrote:Well if Nick Griffith and the BNP got 18.1% of a vote in the UK there'd be hell to pay.
The media would be going mad demanding that "something be done about it". They'd be asking what had gone wrong in our society that could lead to such an appalling result - reams of self-examination and hand-wringing.
The difference in mainland Europe and the UK we have PR, where as the UK first past the post system does not reflect the voting trends in the country, only in that Constituency on the day of vote. There have been many cases in the UK, where the the Government became the controlling party in the Commons because they attained the most seats .
In 2005 Tony Blair won only 35.2% of the vote, yet even though he lost 47 seats, he remained as Prime Minister with a majority of 355 seats.
At the same election Michael Howard won a 32.4% share of the vote but only won 198 seats, under 3% difference in votes, yet 157 seats lighter.
In mainland Europe it is an all encompassing democracy with PR, allowing all the political parties taking part in the democratic process. Here in France we have political parties ranging from the Trotskystes on left to the Front National on the right all with Senators, MP's Maire's, Conseil Générale, and Regional. All embrace the democratic process and are respected by their opponents, who work with them for the betterment of the French people.
Yet in the UK where the BNP is a legal political party, they are constantly harassed by pressure groups Like the ANL, various other Rag Bag organisations. They are demonized by the media and front bench members from all political parties who should be supporting their political aims.
If the French or any other Mainland European citizens wish to demonstrate, they do in their Hundreds, Thousands or Millions, and the government of the day take notice.
But in the UK and especially England the right to demonstrate is a dirty word and the special powers enacted under the terrorism act are used every way to suppress dissent. You will never attain the freedom of thought and association that is accepted as normal until you stop having your civil rights eroded.They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety
Benjamin Franklin January 17, 1706 -April 17, 1790