BNP Fail in Exeter Priory By-Elections
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Sunday September 19, 2010 19:57 by antiBNP
The BNP, wracked in the midst of in-fighting has nose-dived in recent by-elections, including one in the South West, Exeter Priory.
Plus comments on the recent in-fighting within the BNP....
Here's the news:
If anybody in the incredible shrinking BNP really believed that things could only get better following the party's disastrous general and local elections performance in May, last night's showings in Poole and Exeter really should open their eyes to the awful truth.
Confirming the post-May trend of BNP by-election results, the BNP corpsed spectacularly, taking a 3.9% share in Poole Newtown, with 66 votes in an abysmal 18% turnout, and in Exeter Priory fared even worse, taking a joke 2.7% with 53 votes in a 28.8% turnout.
Just as interesting from a personal point of view was the BNP's failure to contest a single ward in Norwich where 13 seats were up for election, the party having fought eight out of the nine Norfolk parliamentary constituencies in the general election. These elections were flagged months ago, giving Norfolk BNP ample time to prepare - but I'm very happy to report that the last confirmed sighting of the BNP in Norfolk was a meeting attended by just seven people from across the county. The party appears to have evaporated like mist on a mirror in the east.
The BNP stood in two other by-elections yesterday, both of them for Spennymoor Town Council (a town council is the equivalent of a parish council). One, as we are all aware, was elevated almost to the status of a parliamentary by-election by a party desperate to show a modicum of success to its demoralised members. Adam Walker's high profile campaign in tiny Spennymoor drew in activists from across the country, including GLA member Richard Barnbrook, and received more internal publicity and outside help than the Norwich North by-election last year.
If you've not been following the soap-opera of the BNP's infighting, there a summary is that the leader Nick Griffin has been challenged by elements within his party following a disastrous performance in the recent elections where the BNP thought they would break through and instead they got broken. In response to the challenges, the fuhrer responded by forcing an anti-democratic re-write on the party constitution to make it all but impossible for anyone to challenge him. All this while the party fights over money, positions and egos.
My response to any BNP supporters angry at all this is; what did you expect? When anti-fascists say the BNP is fascist, it's not rhetoric, it's in the DNA. Fascists believe in the idea of a strong father-leader and all children (supporters) are expected to unite around him. They are not democratic. The fuhrer is expected, via an unwritten code of conduct - to do whatever he can get away with, to control the party. It's what Hitler did in the Night of the Long Knives and to a lesser extent it's what Griffin is doing now. It's what any successful leader who replaced him would do. Don't like it, don't support them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Long_Knives