For me, the fact that the BNP is a party that bases its policy on race is quite sufficient in itself to condemn them.
But last night, at a local hustings at which candidates from all parties spoke, the BNP candidate gave some very definite policy statements—which he clearly stated were BNP policy rather than simply his own opinion—to a number of questions, which made me realize that the party is even more extreme than could be explained merely by their racism. He said:
• Abortion is infanticide, it should banned
• All current civil partnerships should be repealed
and, most bizarrely, that
• Teaching gender equality can only confuse children about their gender identity
The person who said this was Richard Barnes, who is standing for the BNP in Merthyr. "Bigoted" is a word that has received rather a lot of media attention in the last couple of days, but I have no hesitation in saying—and saying it loudly—that the party this man stands for is a party of bigots.