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Britain First is considered far right and, indeed, they appear to have many members who more than qualify as far right. They also sometimes say things that some Brits can identify with, albeit many of those Brits tend to remain silent in their agreement as they understandably don’t want to be associated with the far right.
I suppose it’s just possible, although surely unlikely, that Trump mistook the organisation as a British version of his statement ‘America First!’ Can he really be so dumb? No. I don’t believe it. He must have known who they are.
Clearly it is very very wrong for the President of the USA to be tweeting what appears to be tacit support for a far right organisation. It is not, however, given Trumps history, a surprise.
The reaction of the British government has been to say he is wrong. The reaction of pretty much anybody with a brain is to say he is wrong and, of course, he is.
What is also wrong is the immediate condemnation of the silent Brits albeit, as they are silent, only they know they are condemned along with Trump and Britain First.
The silent Brits – in this instance – are the ones who abhor far right organisations like Britain First but, nevertheless, are still waiting for a political party to recognize their very genuine fears.
Everyone is so busy condemning Trump and Britain First – and rightly so – that they are not taking the time, as usual, to acknowledge that Britain has a very serious issue regarding immigration.
Immigration is a ‘numbers game’ and consecutive governments have repeatedly got the numbers disastrously wrong.
The result has been Britain’s infrastructure crumbling under the pressure the huge population increase. Consecutive governments have failed abysmally to control the numbers of people settling in Britain – although, in fairness, membership of the EU equaled open borders so controls, at least from Europe, were always problematical.
Far right groups like Britain First blame the immigrants whilst the silent Brits do not. They know the blame lies firmly with consecutive governments and the EU hence they want nothing to do with the far right.
However I fear we are getting ever closer to the time when history, as always, will show its cyclical nature.
The vast majority of Germans were not Nazis in the 30’s yet the Nazi’s prevailed domestically – and we all know what happened next.
The vast majority of Brits are not supporters of the far right yet their genuine concerns over the numbers of immigrants that Britain has accepted is a concern that is at crisis point.
The ‘mainstream’ politicians must stop fearing being tarred as racist or far right and publicly acknowledge that Britain has, for far too long, allowed too many people to settle here.
Already the government is saying 300,000 homes per year need to be built – and many say that is not enough.
Where do we build them? There are only so many sites that will not harm the environment. Is Britain to be concreted over?
“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til its gone?
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot”
Or in this case, 300,000 houses plus per year.
So, yes, condemn Trump for tweeting support for Britain First. Condemn Britain First for being a far right organisation.
Don’t condemn the silent Brits for wanting their country to remain their country.
If you do then, sooner or later, history will, yet again, come around. You condemn the silent majority in perpetuity and, finally, they will think ‘enough’ and guess into who’s open arms they will walk in their desperation?
Of course, you can just say “Oh that’s just Neil being racist again”.
You’re wrong but you are entitled to your opinion. Mark my words. A piece of history is coming back to take it’s turn again and all because everyone was too busy rightly condemning Trump and Britain First whilst forgetting all about the people who are frightened of losing their country.
Yes, I am acquainted with some members of Britain First. No, I am not a member. No, I have no sympathy with anyone blaming immigrants.
My sympathies lie with the silent Brits who feel they are running out of options.
And they are.