El primado de Austria se queja al partido de Haider (que en paz descanse) por el uso de la cruz para recordar que Europa tiene raíces cristinas: Cardinal against FPÖ’s use of cross. El arzobispo de Canterbury, jefe de la Iglesia Anglicana, pide que no se vote al BNP, y le acusa de anticristiano.
Está especialmente preocupado con el escándalo por el uso de la ayudas a la vivienda que reciben los parlamentarios (Archbishops call for BNP boycott, UK: Is the Archbishop a Wee Bit Nervous?) y pide que no se abandone a los partidos tradicionales:
In a joint statement, issued on behalf of the Church of England House of Bishops, Dr Williams and Dr Sentamu said the forthcoming elections were taking place «at a time of extraordinary turbulence in our democratic system».
«The temptation to stay away or register a protest vote in order to send a negative signal to the parties represented at Westminster will be strong.
«In our view, however, it would be tragic if the understandable sense of anger and disillusionment with some MPs over recent revelations led voters to shun the ballot box.»
The archbishops appealed to voters to exercise «great vigilance» in making their decision.
Some parties, they said, would exploit the current political climate to foster «fear and division within communities, especially between people of different faiths or racial background».
No se conocen quejas de los laicistas exigiendo a los obispos que no se metan en política.
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They added: «Christians have been deeply disturbed by the conscious adoption by the BNP of the language of our faith when the effect of those policies is not to promote those values but to foster fear and division within communities, especially between people of different faiths or racial background.
«This is not a moment for voting in favour of any political party whose core ideology is about sowing division in our communities and hostility on grounds of race, creed or colour,» they said.
The BNP, which campaigns for «British jobs for British workers» and opposes the EU and its «dangerous drive… to give 80 million low-wage Muslim Turks the right to swamp Britain,» hopes to win its first EU assembly seat next month.
The party already has one member in the London Assembly and 55 local councillors across the country.
Atención a esto: El sitio del BNP atrae más lectores que el del resto de los partidos. Además, están más tiempo leyéndolo (UK: BNP Attracts More Clicks Than All Other Major Parties ):
Dr Matthew Goodwin of Manchester University and editor of The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain, argues that the BNP is engaged in an «unprecedented» cyber-campaign. Figures from Alexa, which measure the level of traffic to internet sites over the past three months, reveal the BNP is far ahead of the other mainstream parties’ websites. The BNP’s site is ranked globally as the 46,000th most popular site on the internet.
The Conservatives sit in 165,000th place, the Liberal Democrats are 198,000th leaving Labour way back about 248,000th. The relative popularities are confirmed by Google Trends for websites, which reveals online interest in the BNP persistently spiking ahead of the mainstream parties.
The figures from Alexa also show the BNP registering more traffic than highly publicised political blogs such as Guido Fawkes. They also reveal that once logged on, surfers spend twice the amount of time checking out the BNP’s ideas compared to those on the Conservative website – 6.3 minutes a day compared to 2.7 minutes. But the figures don’t take account of the fact that Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem blogging and internet sites are far more profuse.
Aquí (Filling the vacuum) nos ponen el gráfico que compara al BNP con los cons:
Siento no poder lamentarlo. Creo que el domingo habrá sorpresas.