3 MAY 2008, Page 26

The BNP’s purpose

Sir: Trevor Phillips, in his mission to ‘break the ice’ surrounding the immigration debate (Diary, 26 April), is selective in blaming the continuation of Enoch Powell’s belief in the ‘dangerous delusion’ of racial integration on white supremacists alone. The hatred of British society by Islamic supremacists is as prevalent, equally as much to blame, and demonstrably more dangerous in a practical sense. In addition, to dismiss the BNP as outside ‘conventional politics’ is naive and irresponsible. Whether or not one agrees with their politics, and thankfully most don’t, the BNP are democratically mandated (unlike a certain mainstream party leadership) and a relevant part of the British political landscape, if only to act as a warning of public support for their own skewed viewpoint.

Martin Sharman

Newcastle upon Tyne