What Walter Wilson says about “a core of right wing extremists” has the ring of truth. At local government level there are many perfectly decent Conservatives who seek, in their own way, to serve their communities. But all the British parties in Scotland are infected by a virulent British Nationalist ideology. In each of the parties, this ideology has become the node around which the more reactionary elements have coalesced. The Tories already being a right wing party, it stands to reason that those attracted to this ‘One Nation’ dogma will be the most right wing of the right wingers. The “extremists” to which Councillor Wilson refers.
It is also a fact that it is predominantly the British Nationalist elements in the British parties which find most favour with party bosses. British Nationalism is regarded as the electoral counter to support for independence and the British parties are recruiting candidates who show promise in the area of pro-British jingoism. Councillors seeking advancement through the ranks, as opposed to those content to serve locally, will naturally compete for the attention of those who might facilitate their career progress by trying to outdo one another in terms of British Nationalist rhetoric.
Far right politics and British Nationalism go hand-in-hand. Something which you might imagine would cause problems for British Labour in Scotland (BLiS), it being nominally a left wing party. There is something to be learned from the fact that BLiS appears to have had no difficulty in accommodating reactionary, right wing British Nationalism within its ranks.
At Council level, this “core” of extremists may be relatively small, if extraordinarily vocal and disproportionately influential due to their connections within the party hierarchy. By the time we get to the parliamentary groups at Holyrood and Westminster, extreme British Nationalism is, as we can plainly see, the predominant force.
The point of all this is that there is a discernible tendency towards extremism in the British parties. It is a self-reinforcing trend due to the way individuals achieve promotion within these organisations. And due to those organisations having convinced themselves – egged on by the media – that extreme ‘One Nation’ British Nationalism is the way to dispatch the SNP and put an end to all this aspirational nonsense about independence.
Councillor Wilson’s former colleagues shall, of course, indignantly dismiss his claim of an extreme right wing core. But, perusing the political landscape, it seems all to plausible.Views: 3951
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