I want to completely endorse two excellent round-ups of links related to the European elections and other things: Kellie's here and Modernity's here. I am cutting and pasting some of it, with added editorial. The analysis put forward by liberal anti-racists and the mainstream liberal press is very poor (although there are some exceptions, e.g. Sunny [although over-optimistic], Jon Cruddas and Nick Lowles [although a bit self-congratulatory about Hope Not Hate] and Denis MacShane [although a little superficial]). Liberalism, as Jogo put it in a recent e-mail to me, needs a little humility about this defeat: it was our failure that allowed the BNP (and the right in general) to do so well. I also strongly recommend Duncan's post, which puts some sanity into the debate.
So, from Kellie:
Comment from Oliver Kamm: The price of failure. From Marko Attila Hoare: We must defend our Britain and our immigrants from the fascist menace. ModernityBlog: Fascists, ferrets, and how to stop the far right. Bob from Brockley: Post-election depression. Fat man on a Keyboard: Doomed I tell ye. Your Friend in the North tells how he cast his vote.I really liked Marko's piece, although I think he is far, far too soft on New Labour, who have, in my view, not "pursued a liberal immigration regime", but rather have been at least as draconian as any other party, and certainly tried to present themselves as such. (The only time this has slipped, in my view, was Mandelson's pathetic attempts to counter the British jobs for British workers line with a half-baked neo-liberalism).
Kellie's post also has good news from the Lebanese election, a link to Martin's excellent peice on Tom Paine, and something from the great Joe Sacco.
And, from Modernity:
[...] Opponents of the BNP should endeavour to build up trade unions and focus on a grass-roots anti-BNP campaign, not one run by the officials or the damaged goods with a long history of high-jacking organisations, instead it needs to be genuine and representative of a positive anti-fascist sentiment. That’s the way to beat them.[...]*Added link: Here is Filling the Vacuum. Darren also reproduces it, with a short timely intro.
The Guardian has an article up which rightly complains that the BBC gave the BNP too much airtime and the platform for their views.
A very sensible argument, however it would have been much stronger of the Guardian themselves had not provided the platform for racists within its own Comment Is Free section. On any particular day it is fairly easy to find a number of anti-Jewish comments within the threads of Comment is Free, and despite sloppy moderation by Guardian staff it is a hotbed of anti-Jewish racism.[...]
Duncan suggests Filling the Vacuum, November 2001 which refers back to an AFA decremented published in 1995. I can’t find an on-line copy, but this is a useful page. [...]*
The slackbastard’s coverage is very good.[...]