"Liberty, if it means anything, is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear."
- George Orwell
Let's make this clear, the BNP are a repellent, racist party of the old fashioned national socialist left, who's views I have no sympathy for. But this, despite the Labour Party's best efforts, is a free country, and in a free country tolerance cuts both ways. Sometimes, tolerance means tolerating the intolerant.
The fact that an individual or party may not uphold these rights does not mean they have in anyway ceded these freedoms. On Sunday we saw a band of thugs, in the guise of uniting against fascism, physically preventing (a now elected) representative from entering the election count in Manchester. Today we saw Nick Griffin pelted with eggs.
This really the depths of British politics - 'right-wing' racists and left-wing thugs fighting for attention. They are two sides of the same intolerant socialist coin, the yin and yang of authoritarianism. We Libertarians are (rightly) quick to point out the authoritarian course in which our current government are taking us. These events both put this in perspective, but also serves to issue a warning - imagine if the New Labour levers of power aren't pulled by Jacqui Smith or David Blunkett, but by Nick Griffin or Unite Against Fascism.
As much as we dislike the way in which Labour abuse the powers they have accumulated, the real worry is these powers coming into the hands of real 'fascists'