British National Party

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The economic policy of the party has developed over time. From the 1990s, the party reflected protectionism and economic nationalism, although in comparison with other radical nationalist parties, the BNP focuses less on corporatism.[124] The BNP would prefer economics to be driven by the interests of the nation and state, rather than the other way around.[124] It has called for British ownership of its own industries and resources as well as the "subordination of the power of the City to the power of the government".[124] It has also promoted the regeneration of farming in the United Kingdom, with the object of achieving maximum self-sufficiency in food production.[124] Presently, the United Kingdom is the fifth highest donor of foreign aid—the BNP has advocated ending this to greater aid the needy at home and finance immigrants who volunteer to be repatriated.[124]

In 2002, the party criticised corporatism due to the "mixture of big capitalism and state control", claiming to be more favourable to the "distributionist tradition established by home-grown thinkers" favouring small, privately owned business.[58] In its 2005 manifesto, the BNP declared its opposition to "globalism, international socialism, laissez-faire capitalism and economic liberalism".[125] The BNP rejects the notion of Thatcherism and "submitting to the dictates of the international marketplace" which "has no loyalty to this country".[125] The BNP has claimed that it is possible for a national economy to thrive outside of the laissez-faire model, pointing to 21st century examples such as Japan, South Korea and Singapore.[125] In the manifesto, the BNP claims that while immigration increases the aggregate GNP due to providing cheap labour, it decreases the per-capita GNP—the latter of which the BNP claims, as economic nationalists, is most representative of the economic well-being of British people and the figure they would strive to improve.[125]

The manifesto states that the United Kingdom has a much higher level of economic inequality between rich and poor, when compared to neighbouring first world countries. Though the party has recognised "old-style socialist methods" of simply taxing income away from the rich "turned out to have harmful effects", it would instead seek "non-destructive means to reduce income inequality".[125] Central to the BNP's economic policies are greater share ownership and the establishment of worker co-operatives. The party advocates the provision of extra resources for "especially gifted children" and the reversal of closures of special needs schools.[125] It has proposed that repossessed homes should become council houses, to prevent these being sold off cheaply to undercut private sellers, and to provide housing for those who need it.[126] It has been supported by nationalist trade union Solidarity.[127] The BNP has also sought to make Peak oil and alternative energy an issue in an attempt to broaden its appeal.[128]

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