Saturday, 8 May 2010

The Election: BNP Failures and Civil War?

A number of overseas comrades have emailed and phoned to ask how the BNP did in Thursday's elections, so for their good and anyone else who doesn't have access to the relevant media, here's a round-up:

The BNP did not get any MPs.

The constituency which they poured resources into (Barking) lost percentage of votes from last year. Some are blaming the fact that Nick Griffin parachuted himself into the area, ostracising the local factor and galvanising the Labour campaign, led by Margaret "I see no Labour paedophile ring" Hodge.

Even worse all 12 of the BNP councillors in Barking were wiped out, leaving them with no local councillors (from being the official opposition).

In the constituency next door, local man Michael Barnbrook increased the BNP percentage! Many say he should have been allowed to stand in Barking.

The day before the election the BNP website was taken down by its webmaster and an anti-Nick Griffin message put up. Full details are on the North West Nationalist and Griffin Watch blogs. Just before the election the BNP leadership allegedly tried to "steal" the webmasters work from the site in an effort to 'oust' him.

This was also tied into a childish attempt to blame the webmaster for a copyright infringement with Unilever/Marmite in the BNP's online election broadcast. The webmaster put out a statement about all this, which can be read online at the blogs mentioned.

As of today the site is still 'down,' albeit the webmaster allowed the BNP to replace it with a bog standard page "for the good of the party."

So aside from failing in both the local and national elections, it seems that the BNP is internally in uproar -- with the BNP boss already sending out missives against would-be internal dissent -- and the timing of this, centred around the website fracas (which seems to be based on money, again!), seems to be one of the BNP leadership's own making.

In the shadow of this the "unreconstructed" National Front won some good votes across the country, often of the volume achieved in similar seats by UKIP and the BNP.

We live in interesting times.


Anonymous said...

Although the overall BNP vote grew, this would only be seen to be expected considering they trebled the amount of people they stood, but one interesting fact (ok..two!) is that there is definately a hardcore BNP voter and overall the BNP vote increased by 1.2%.

Still think that Griffo is a liability and Dowson needs getting rid of.

Anonymous said...

Interesting point, in Wales the BNP stood 19..they beat UKIP in EVERY seat they contested! Total BNP vote, 23,088, average 1,215 so there is a hardcore BNP voter it is to be hoped that whomsoever (if the one-eyed one relinquishes his position) takes up the reigns can build on that hardcore.

Anonymous said...

You are incorrect in saying that Michael Barnbrook was 'local', he actually comes from SE London. Oh and he's also very proud of his mixed race grand-childen.

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