Posted By: Alex Singleton at Mar 17, 2009 at 19:40:00 [General]
Posted in: Politics , Three Line Whip
British National Party, economic isolationism, Protectionism
How does the British National Party have the effrontery to criticise Marxists (which it does regularly)? The BNP's own economically illiterate platform is no better than its send-them-home policy, for which it is infamous.
The party's economic policies make me wonder how many party hacks have read an economic textbook, because I can't find any evidence that anyone in the party understands the subject.
The party demands "the selective exclusion of foreign-made goods from British markets and the reduction of foreign imports" - a guaranteed way to make Britain poorer. After all, it is the greater efficiencies and lower prices that imports bring that make us rich.
Yet the BNP believes that their economic isolationism will bring unemployment "to an end, and secure, well-paid employment will flourish". The empirical evidence disagrees: free trade raises wages, while protectionism depresses them.
Equally ghastly is the BNP's use of the "British jobs for British workers" slogan, failing to recognise the huge economic boost provided by Polish migrants over the past few years.
Together, the BNP's policies give it little credibility in attacking Marxists. And for a party claiming to stand up for Britain, its impoverishing platform ought, for its members, to be an embarassment.