One factor above all others brings me to reject the BNP. Their so called "voluntary resettlement" of immigrants back to their countries of origin. Being in an ex-RN sailor I've worked with men and women from all sorts of races and backgrounds. I've made many good friends along the way and I would be deeply ashamed if any of my former workmates were asked to leave their own country. I'm British, but my Dad's parents came from Ireland, and my Grandmother on my Mother's side was Dutch. Even my immediate family is a little diverse as one of my daughters is Scottish (I was based in Rosyth for a few years). But still I consider myself to be an Englishman through and through, and Britain is my country.
The archbishops of Canterbury and York are right to ask voters not to let their anger with the establishment drive them to do something immoral (my words). I call it immoral because no matter how angry you may be with the government or the opposition, it is not right to ask people to leave this country purely because of the colour of their skin. We have just seen a fight backed by the British public to allow Gurkhas to stay here - so why vote for a fascist party that would kick them back out again - just because they are not snowy white? The BNP will claim that this resettlement solution of theirs is voluntary. That's true now that they are trying to gain power. But ask yourself whether they would be happy to leave it at that should they ever form a government? They have already started a youth wing. Does that remind you of anything?
Some people have said that the Church should not get involved in politics. As a rule I tend to agree, but when there is a danger of the politics in this country becoming dangerously immoral, then the Church has a duty to intervene. I'm not a Bible basher, but I was brought up a Christian and I do believe in God. So I ask myself, would God look kindly on me if I turned someone away because of the colour of their skin? Many of us in this country may not be practicing Christians, but that does not mean we should turn our backs on the values and the morals we were brought up with. Yes we have immigration problems, but asking British people to go away just because they are not white is not the answer.
So before voting BNP, please consider whether your feelings of anger and frustration are leading you down a path you would not normally take.