From bigotry immemorial

An intriguing detail from this report on the latest court challenge to the BNP: the BNP’s definition of “indigenous British”:

…indigenous being defined by those that settled in these islands between 11500BC and 6 July 1189.

The start of that range will come as a relief to any surviving descendants of the former inhabitants of Britain’s oldest home, which has just been dug up in North Yorkshire and which dates from a comfortably “indigenous” 8500 BC. Don’t worry, guys: you’re “proper British” in Nick’s eyes.

But it’s the precision of the end of the era of “indigenous settlement” that catches the eye. In fairness, this date is not totally random: 6 July 1189 was the date on which Richard I acceded to the throne of England, and in 1275 it was fixed in statute as the beginning of the “time of memory” – any rights existing before 6 July 1189 being deemed to have existed “from time immemorial”.

So no doubt the BNP chose this date as giving a patina of legal respectability to their definition of indigenous: “indigenous Britons” being those whose ancestors have been in Britain “from time immemorial”. I’m sure it’s entirely coincidental that, by fixing the date before the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290, the BNP ensures that Jewish people are excluded from its definition of “indigenous”.


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