I sometimes wonder if I missed my vocation. I'm a natural born sceptic - one of those people who just will not take the word of someone else that something is so because they say it is.
Instead, I always like to go and find out for myself. In that way I guess I would have been a natural scientist - except that I have neither the IQ or the patience to spend years of my life working on a single problem like "why is water wet?".
It is the natural scepticism that has led me to take points of view that leave me swimming against the tide. I don't necessarily like swimming against the tide - it is often tiring, frequently unrewarding and regularly leads to me being labelled with some very unpleasant tags, but I can't just go with the flow when my own brain tells me that something is not quite right about something.
It's this scepticism that led me to become anti-EU. Like many I started off - not as a supporter, but pretty much ambivalent to it. Then I started to look into it more and more - and the more I did, the more sceptical I became. The same with AGW and, this may surprise many, Christianity.
And more recently, I have become sceptical about the mainstream opinion of the BNP.
I'm told the BNP is racist. Well, they restrict membership, but so do many other organisations. It's not a big deal as far as I'm concerned - that is the right, in my opinion, of any organisation.
Over the last few months I have looked into the policies and aims of the BNP in some depth and, contrary to what the MSM and the major parties would tell me, I haven't found anything overtly racist in any of them. Some of their policies are quite sound, some are quite questionable, some are clear, some are incoherent, some are common-sense, some are clearly unworkable - but then you could say that about any political party!
But there was nothing there that I could find which was overtly racist. Which is more than can be said for the main parties.
Labour's London mayor recently refused to accept the nominations of a number of candidates to a London quango on the basis that they were white men! That IS racism (and sexism).
All three major parties operate a scheme to promote ethnic minorities and women ahead of white men REGARDLESS of their capability or suitability to a post. That IS racism (and sexism).
I've been told that the BNP is founded on hatred. Again, I can not see anything to support this assertion. The BNP do admit that they hate the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties as they blame those organisations for the decline of Britain over the last 50 years or so. I can't say I disagree with that.
Rather than being a party founded on hatred, it strikes me that their principle motivation is a concern for Britain, the British people and the British way of life. What's so wrong about that? Putting the concerns of Britain and the British people above those of any other nation or nationality is exactly what a British political party should do in my opinion.
I've been told that I shouldn't take what the BNP say in public at face value. I don't. but nor do I see any real evidence that what they say and what they do are any different. Quite the opposite. Unlike most parties, they do not shrink from saying what they think. I might not always like it, but at least I appreciate their honesty in saying it - and I firmly believe in their right to express their views.
It's true that there are people who have been BNP members and committed crimes - but that's true of all political parties. Our former PM is being investigated as we speak.
The fact is that the BNP are a legitimate British political party who are committed to the British democratic principles of parliamentary democracy. Like all political parties they are not perfect - they have faults, they have members who are not always "on message", they have dissenters and they have former members with an axe to grind. They also have members who are utterly reasonable, decent hard working, honest and open people - and from what I have seen, this would be the vast majority - people who are motivated not by a hatred, but a love for their country.
Consider the difference in the way the MSM and major parties treat BNP and the way they treat Sinn Fein. Sinn Fein is a genuinely repulsive organisation. It has senior members who have murdered or ordered the murders of British citizens. It has an armed paramilitary wing which has carried out numerous attacks on British people and murdered thousands of Britons. And yet, somehow, this party is more acceptable than the BNP?
The same London mayor who refuses to accept white men as candidates will happily shake the hands of Sinn Fein leaders - but refuse to share a platform with a BNP member. Many companies and public sector employers will sack someone for joining the BNP, but it's not a problem if you join a political party that has openly campaigned for the murder of British people and has an armed paramilitary wing!
How in God's name can that be right?