Royal Mail workers stand up to the BNP

It’s funny how politics can seem so remote from our lives at one minute, and so immediate at the next.

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(Flickr User: Rongem Boyo)

The MPs’ expenses scandal has definitely brought Westminster politics into the spotlight lately, and with the European Elections coming up next month, perhaps now is not such a bad time to be scrutinising political parties.

In my last post, I voiced my concerns that the expenses scandal could lead to political disenchantment and a lower voter turnout, whilst many have argued that it could instead lead to massive gains for fringe parties such as the BNP. Well fortunately, the fascists are doing themselves no favours and it seems that their right-wing tripe is not being tolerated.

Postal workers in Bristol have refused to deliver their leaflets. There’s only one word for that: brilliant.

It’s so refreshing to hear a tale of how workers are so loyal to their moral, ethical and political standards that they will risk their jobs for it. Not that this should be at threat in the first place. The Royal Mail argues:

Where possible we will try to be flexible and sensitive to individual personal circumstances or beliefs. However, we need to balance this with Royal Mail’s legal obligations under the Representation of the People Act, to deliver election material.”

The counter argument?

The Communication Workers Union says that Royal Mail is breaking a ‘conscience clause’ agreed four years ago that allows staff to refuse to deliver literature they find offensive.”

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(Flickr User: Menage a Moi)

This really should be a no-brainer. What’s the point of the Royal Mail representing the people and failing to represent its own workers? If the workers can’t object to something as important as this, then they can’t object to anything. Add to that the threat of violence in ethnically-diverse areas and it becomes clear that the BNP’s leaflets should be recycled into pulp without a second thought.

My City colleague Simon Neville has spotted that the BNP may even be breaking copyright rules with their leaflets. An hilarious example of political desperation – this party would be laughable if it wasn’t so abhorrent.

Anyone who finds themselves near Stoke on May 30 is urged to go and see Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. at the Love Music Hate Racism festival at the Britannia Stadium. Great music and a great cause, definitely worth £10. But, wherever you are, be sure to vote in the European Election on June 4 to make sure our country is properly represented on the continent.

For further information about the BNP’s obvious flaws and criminal connections, visit nothingbritish.com.

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2 thoughts on “Royal Mail workers stand up to the BNP

  1. Of course, I agree with you entirely about the BNP, as should everyone. However, I don’t agree that the Royal Mail should be able to refuse to post their leaflets.

    Isn’t the whole point of a democracy that everyone gets a chance to put forward their viewpoints – and in the ‘marketplace of ideas’ that follows, those ideas are either discredited or supported?

    If the BNP’s ideas are well publicised to the population, then I believe that almost all people wouldn’t vote for them. By not telling everyone what they stand for it means that people are much more likely to vote for them in ‘protest’, without actually realising what that vote means.

    In my humble opinion anyway!

  2. Good read, a bit of anger often makes the writing flow nicely doesn’t it?

    I agree with Ben in the main. The BNP thrive off the sense that they are being victimised. I think it’s always better to force these issues overground than underground.

    That said I wouldn’t want to see these posties disciplined for this.

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