Richard Barnbrook of the BNP is fighting against the building of affordable homes in Barking and Dagenham because it will lead to 'more immigrants' living in the borough.
Barking and Dagenham is one of the most deprived boroughs in Lonson, but the British National Party's new star on the London Assembly is trying to prevent the building of thousands of new homes for low income people and key workers.
Barking Labour leader Cllr Fairbrass said earlier this week:
"They voted against it. They also voted against Barking Riverside, where 4,300 affordable homes will be built.They will be social rented homes. That's the problem, they keep voting against them. There's no logic to it. It's as simple as that."
However a quick look at the BNP's London website reveals their logic all too clearly. Under the headline "Labour Government Builds Houses for More Immigrants in Barking and Dagenham," BNP Councillor and all-round yob Bob Bailey argues that 'key workers is a very loose term' and then argues that the houses will probably not go to those key workers anyway.
However, what the headline of the article reveals, is that it is not that the houses will not go to key workers, that is their problem, but that they will.
Because the best available statistics show that ethnic minorities and immigrants are massively over-represented in 'key' job sectors such as social care and the NHS. And while ethnic minorities only make up around 10% of the population in Britain, they make up around 30% of staff in the NHS.
So while Barnbrook and the BNP pose as the friends of the working class, it is exactly those people that work the hardest in their borough that they would see without a home. And for every low-paid white person they keep out of a home is another opportunity for them to gerrymander a vote.
Because the BNP have made gains across London by trading off of people's discontent. And the more people are kept out of buying their own homes, then the more they will reap the rewards at the polls.
So the next time Richard Barnbrook lectures the working class, from the comfort of his Blackheath flat, just remember that it is his interest and not theirs that he is really fighting for.