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When the man with the nice suit and big smile from the BNP calls

It is election time. The doorbell goes. Standing there is a man with a nice suit and a big smile. He makes wonderful promises to improve everyone's life in your neighbourhood, and wants only one thing in return…

He tells you that for all the good things in Wales, life is certainly not perfect. He points to your neighbourhood's poverty and poor housing, lack of social facilities, jobs and crime.

To the man with the nice suit and big smile, these are not problems the world over; real problems that no one, no one in history, has been able to yet completely solve.

Oh no, he has an easy solution.

Just before we tell you what he wants, let us step back from politics for a moment and speak with you about the basics: human instincts.

Now these are really basic things. The majority of time, they keep us safe, and out of harm's way. We learn to trust them. But every now and again the natural human instinct is to opt for a quick and easy solution to a problem; and one of these is blame.

The blame culture is everywhere.

A trip. A fall. It has to be someone's fault. Sue them! "It was them." "They did it." "Get rid of them and life will be fine."

So what happens when the issues of poverty, poor housing, jobs and the like are brought up?

Here comes blame.

Whose fault is it? Who can we get rid of to make life fine?

With that in mind, let's head back to your front door.

It is election time. The doorbell goes. Standing there is a man with a nice suit with a big smile. He makes wonderful promises to improve everyone's life in your neighbourhood, and wants only one thing in return…

He smiles even more, then points his finger at you.

But you weren't to blame. What does that matter? You see a crowd behind him. They want someone to suffer, feel the pain, hurt and upset that they feel. And you are the easy target and must be guilty. After all, the man with a nice suit and big smile says so.

The crowds leave, and then snigger about you quietly as they wait to get served in the shop and get angry about you over a pint in the local pub.

You are just a normal person looking to make your way in the world. But he is a man in a nice suit and a big smile. He must be right. You are guilty.

They make jokes about you and rubbish your life. They blame you and your family. You can feel the venom in their stares. Others hurl insults at you, spit at your children, and tell you to leave their town - because YOU are to blame.

Are they right?

Well, we at Searchlight Cymru don't think so.

We fight every day for people who have had the finger of blame pointed towards them from men with nice suits and big smiles from the BNP.

Groups like the BNP, the National Front, and British Movement thrive on the blame culture. They blame Wales's deep-rooted problems on the easy target. To the BNP and their friends, Asians, Muslims, travellers and migrants from around the world are all to blame. They are all guilty.

That they are innocent people who probably work, pay taxes and contribute to their neighbourhood? That doesn't matter.

That they don't cause unemployment, increase crime, drive down wages nor jump the housing queue? So what, why should that matter either?

Searchlight Cymru is a united alliance of individuals and all mainstream political parties in Wales; an alliance totally opposed to the blame culture spread by abhorrent political entities that mask racist hatred.

That man with a nice suit and a big smile will probably come to your door with his BNP leaflet and wonderful promises to improve everyone's life in your neighbourhood. If he doesn't point his finger at you, feel relieved.

But, when he asks you to join him to go and point the finger at someone else, consider this natural instinct to blame, and say no.

If you would like to stop the spread of racist hatred where you live, or require further information, please let us know by emailing us here.


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