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The Quietus , March 30th, 2009 14:05

British right-wingers miss the point of Manics song

A video for the British National Party (BNP) that featured 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next' by the Manic Street Preachers has been withdrawn after complaints from the band's record company Sony.

The song's lyrics were written as a tribute to volunteers who joined the International Brigade to fight fascists during the Spanish Civil War – yet the BNP felt it appropriate to play a clip of the track over an article which claimed that the "great multicultural experiment" had resulted in "violence, hatred, fragmentation and despair" in London.

"You can interpret the lyrics any way you want," said BNP spokesman Simon Darby. Aha.