Friday, May 07, 2010
Not to exaggerate or anything - the BNP have still got over half a million votes nationally - but I think it's safe to say that the BNP's results today constitute an electoral meltdown. They failed to take Barking for Griffin, being forced into third place, and lost every single one of their council seats in Barking and Dagenham. Reports are suggesting that they also lost seats in Stoke, Epping Forest, Morley South and Barnsley. They lost every seat they contested in Stoke and Barnsley. The BNP's London assembly member Richard Barnbrook also lost his council seat in the clean sweep of Barking and Dagenham. Of course, there can be no complacency over this, as the fascists have built up pockets of strength in local areas that they will certainly be able to use as the crisis unfolds. Socialist Worker reckons that the results may drive BNP members, in their despair and internal recriminations, to lurch toward more street violence and activism via the EDL. Things could get very nasty. But this remains a big set back for the far right, and a big success for anti-fascists, who can and should celebrate this evening.