What Lies Behind the Spectacular Collapse of the British Far-Right?

Matthew Goodwin, New Statesman, February 10, 2014

Less than four months from now, voters across Europe will head to the polls to choose their representatives in the European Parliament. Amidst the financial crisis and falling public trust in political institutions, there is an expectation in Brussels, Paris and Berlin that the elections will deliver record success for parties that subscribe to right-wing extremist or Eurosceptic beliefs, and which are often crudely lumped together under the far-right umbrella. Much of this concern has been driven by the latest polls, which suggest that the “usual suspects” will continue their march from the margins to the mainstream.

In France, Marine Le Pen’s Front National looks on course to treble its level of support in 2009, possibly finishing first with over 20 per cent of the vote. In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders’ radical right Party for Freedom may also finish in the top spot, while in Austria the Freedom Party will also take over 20 per cent. Yet Greece and Hungary elicit most concern. In the latter, support for the anti-Roma and anti-Semitic Jobbik is holding steady at around 14 per cent, while Golden Dawn is likely to attract at least 9 per cent, introducing the real prospect of neo-Nazi MEPs sitting in Brussels. Even if the neo-Nazi party is forcibly disbanded, they have pledged to form a new party in time for the elections (the imaginatively titled “National Dawn”).

If the polls are correct, the results will inevitably dominate headlines and fuel anxiety among progressives over the enduring appeal of exclusionary campaigns in Europe. But it is not quite as worrying as the media would have us believe. Behind the pictures of Le Pen and Wilders are countries in southern Europe, which, since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, have grappled with the conditions that many predicted would usher in political armageddon: rampant deprivation; a generation of unemployed youth; harsh austerity; striking inequality; and only recently entrenched democratic traditions. Yet few journalists bother to ponder why, since the crisis, the far-right has retreated or simply failed to arrive in countries such as Italy, Portugal and Spain, or why it has flourished in Austria and the Netherlands, which have “enjoyed” some of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe. In this sense, the puzzle is not why some far-right populists have prospered amidst the crisis, but why Europe has not turned en masse to the political extremes.

This is especially true in Britain, where, despite the crisis, recession and austerity, the far-right has completely collapsed. Cast your mind back five years to February 2009. Nick Griffin and the BNP were still in the afterglow of winning a seat on the Greater London Assembly. They had dozens of councillors and a grassroots membership on its way to over 14,000. And with a parliamentary expenses scandal about to explode, they would go on to poll over 6 per cent at the European elections and capture two seats. Shortly afterwards, a small protest in Luton would spiral into the English Defence League (EDL), which for a brief moment looked set to mobilise a street army of young, disillusioned and angry working class Britons.

But since then the far-right has haemorrhaged support. The EDL spectacularly collapsed after their leader resigned and was then imprisoned. Meanwhile, the long-awaited crisis that Griffin promised would bring his followers victory, has brought them misery. Such is the disarray that their MEP Andrew Brons has resigned the BNP whip and launched a new, anti-Griffin party. Thousands of members have walked away, leaving Griffin not only bankrupt but appearing as a lonely and increasingly comical figure whose only route into the headlines today is to express solidarity with neo-Nazis in Greece. The BNP which has dominated Britain’s far-right for some thirty years is polling just 1 per cent, and so the prospect of saving its seats is nothing more than a distant dream. For the first time since 2001, Britain may well find its elected office “BNP free”.

So why—despite the crisis—has the far-right collapsed? There are three schools of thought, which each point to a different ingredient. The first is that since 2009, British public demand for ideas associated with the far-right has withered. But even a cursory glance at the data undermines this view. If anything, British voters are now even more concerned about immigration, less trusting of the political class, and more receptive to populist appeals. Even as the crisis subsides, public concerns over immigration today are stronger than at any point since 2007. In fact, immigration now shares the top spot with the economy as the most important issue in the minds of voters, and by the time we get to May it may well occupy the top spot in its own right.

A second argument is that the British far-right simply failed to capitalise on the crisis, offering a toxic brand that was “beyond the pale’ for most Britons. One of my favourite opinion polls of all time (run by YouGov) asked Britons to rank the most important markers of Britishness. The most popular answer was freedom of speech. But a close second was the country’s victory over Nazi ideology, which goes some way to explaining the power of the anti-fascist norm in Britain. Unlike, say, Marine Le Pen who grasps the necessity of detoxification, the extremist amateurism of the fascist BNP and the street thuggery of the EDL alienated voters who might otherwise be receptive to the radical right agenda. There was a window of opportunity where both groups could have connected with a disillusioned, working class and left behind generation of Britons, but instead they remained dominated by figures who the historian Richard Thurlow once described as “tinpot fuhrers and sawdust caesars”.

While much of this rings true, it also complements a third argument; that since 2010 the toxic extreme right in British politics has been easily outflanked by a more competent radical right force, which not only targets the same cluster of concerns over immigration, Europe, the responsiveness of elites and perceived threats to national identity, but does so in the shadow of legitimacy. The rise of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has presented the BNP with an insurmountable challenge. As Griffin’s party has sought to frame Ukippers as “plastic nationalists” and “posh boys” who like the bankers, the reality (as we show in a new book) is that the more legitimate and sophisticated UKIP brand is connecting far more successfully with the same social groups who only offered the extreme right some localised and ephemeral success. UKIP is not a right-wing extremist party. Neither Farage nor his party advocate an ethnic conception of nationalism, the overthrow of liberal democracy or conspiratorial anti-Semitism (the three features that are commonly thought to define right-wing extremism). To put UKIP in the same camp as the BNP misunderstands its revolt.

But that is not to say that this revolt is not drawing support from the same sections of British society who have been left behind by the country’s economic transformation over recent decades, were then hit hardest by the financial crisis, and today feel completely adrift from an established political class that is increasingly focused on more secure, educated and professional middle-class voters who not only share a markedly different outlook but also determine the outcome of elections. This is one (but by no means the only) reason why the rise of UKIP carries as many important questions for the left as it does the right. Under any other circumstances, these disadvantaged, left behind voters should be expected to be rallying behind Labour. So while this May we should welcome the demise of the traditional extreme right in Britain, we will again be given good reason to ask why a growing number of Britons are turning their backs on mainstream political life.

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  • Puggg

    Yet few journalists bother to ponder why, since the crisis, the far-right has retreated or simply failed to arrive in countries such as Italy, Portugal and Spain, or why it has flourished in Austria and the Netherlands, which have “enjoyed” some of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe.

    The phrase my parents would have used to answer this question is this:

    Man cannot live on bread alone.

    There is this notion that nationalist politics needs bad economies. I’m happy that recent events are proving otherwise.

  • Lewis33

    “But a close second was the country’s victory over Nazi ideology, which goes some way to explaining the power of the anti-fascist norm in Britain.”

    Could it be the media constantly equating anyone to the right of Tony Blair as a “neo-nazi”? Looking at you BBC…

  • WR_the_realist

    This is one (but by no means the only) reason why the rise of UKIP
    carries as many important questions for the left as it does the right.
    Under any other circumstances, these disadvantaged, left behind voters
    should be expected to be rallying behind Labour.

    I’m not sure whether the author is deliberately being deceptive here or is just tremendously naive, still thinking that Labour is the same party it was 50 years ago. The modern day Labour party cares no more about the white working class than does the modern Democratic party in the U.S.. Both parties used to be the parties of the white working class, both threw the white working class under the bus as soon as diversity came along.

  • Bantu_Education

    Could it be, could it just possibly be, a relentlessly vicious media campaign (of which the leftist New Statesman” was an enthusiastic part) to demonise anyone even slightly to the right of the so-called “conservative” party of David Cameron as “extreme right” or “neo-Nazi thugs”? And thousands of BNP members lost or were threatened with the loss of their livelihoods, for example you could not work for the police or government, and maybe even the armed forces, if you were “discovered” to be a member. Last, but not least, Britain uses the absurdly undemocratic “first past the post” system which makes it almost impossible for minor parties to get elected, to grow and to gain traction.

    • David Ashton

      Good summary of the main reasons why.

    • Spartacus

      Exactly this ^

      • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

        I used to like joking about British police being killed. Thank *GOD* we have the IRA for that!

        • skara_brae

          Omagh, Northern Ireland, Aug. 15, 1998. IRA bombing, town centre, market day.
          29 slaughtered. 14 women (including a woman pregnant with twins), 9 children, 6 men.
          Your comment is beneath contempt and should be remembered by those who post here.

          • Katherine McChesney

            I agree with you. Though the Freemason controlled police seem to be enemies of native English, Scots and Irish.

          • AngloWelsh

            You forgot the Welsh!

          • Xerxes22

            The IRA,who had a truce with the British government at the time did not carry out that bombing. The bombing was carried out by a splinter group who scewed up the warning, directing people towards the bomb instead of away from it. You should check your facts before you post and make wild accusations.

          • skara_brae

            “…wild accusations”? The scum who committed this atrocity called themselves “The Real IRA”. And whether they “scewed” up the warning or not the cowards packed a car with explosives and murdered and maimed innocent people.
            I was there.

        • Garrett Brown

          Delete this comment Chris.

      • Katherine McChesney

        That is a hilarious comment. I like it.

  • sbuffalonative

    There are three schools of thought, which each point to a different ingredient.

    Fourth: BBC propaganda.

    • JohnEngelman

      Propaganda is only effective when it tells people what they want to believe, or what they know to be true from their life experiences.

      • Nathanwartooth

        or what they know to be true from their life experiences.

        Should I believe what the media is telling me or my lying eyes?

        Propaganda is very effective, especially when it is mingled with truth.

        “Oh here is the weather. Now let us talk about how whitey destroyed Detroit!”

        • JohnEngelman

          If immigration to the UK has caused problems for British citizens, they will know that, and they will reject messages that immigration is beneficial.

          During the 1960′s in the United States liberals told white blue collar workers that black crime was not a problem. Because white blue collar workers knew from their own lives and the lives of friends and relatives that black crime was a problem, most of them started voting Republican.

          • silviosilver

            People can most certainly be convinced that their feelings are immoral or be made to feel stupid for holding ‘retrograde’ beliefs. This is in fact is what occurred, but with the passage of time and with increasing familiarity, some level of genuine appreciation for racial others has been achieved. The addition of this complicating factor means it is no longer a straightforward case of the majority of whites disapproving of a mass multiracial society but being intimidated into compliance.

          • JohnEngelman

            One does not get places in politics by changing people’s minds. One gets places by articulating and channeling sentiments that already exist.

            I like immigrants. I only have problems with blacks. They are dangerous to be around. Their culture is vulgar and depraved.

          • silviosilver

            The media, entertainment and education industries are responsible for convincing whites that racial self-preference is immoral or retrograde to a much greater extent than politicians, certainly.

            I like immigrants. I only have problems with blacks. They are dangerous to be around. Their culture is vulgar and depraved.

            “Immigrants” is an absurdly broad category, completely obscuring the all-important factors of “who” and “how many,” but in general I like “immigrants” too. Immigrants often have likeable qualities, even some black ones. But the issue here is much greater than my personal likes or dislikes, or yours, or any individual’s.

            The issue is: do whites have a right to racial life and shall they exercise it? I answer in the affirmative to both; you, I take it, do not. In effect, your position is “John Engelman likes immigrants therefore whites must submit to racial extinction.”

            Come on, John. This world’s big enough for all of us. Surely there’s a place for whites in it.

          • JohnEngelman

            “White extinction,” is preposterous hyperbole. Whites are not threatened by extinction. They are threatened by an economy that has less and less demand for jobs that can be learned by those of average intelligence.

          • silviosilver

            Engelman, whites are unquestionably on the path to extinction. That extinction will not occur any time soon is not the point. The question that arises is why should whites be threatened with extinction ever?
            I must say, I now regard it as astonishing that you somehow wrapped your head around the grizzly implications of integrating with blacks, since the very basics of racial reality quite clearly elude you.

          • Katherine McChesney

            The only things you said that I agree with are your last two sentences.

          • Nathanwartooth

            Immigration is an easy one to gloss over for many people.

            If you don’t live by it or you don’t have a job that can be replaced by immigration you are easily fooled into thinking it is a “good thing”.

            The thought kind of goes like “Oh, I’m going great and there is mass immigration, therefore it is not a problem”.

            During the 1960′s in the United States liberals told white blue collar
            workers that black crime was not a problem. Because white blue collar
            workers knew from their own lives and the lives of friends and relatives
            that black crime was a problem, most of them started voting Republican.

            Yeah, for sure.

            This is why “social justice warriors” are mostly middle and upper class whites that never lived with diversity.

      • silviosilver

        Propaganda need only be plausible to be effective, though it surely helps if people are inclined to want it to be true.

  • Long Live Dixie

    One thing that doesn’t make sense about British nationalism is – British nationalism. What is the British nation? English nationalism makes sense. Scottish nationalism makes sense. Welsh nationalism makes sense. But there is no British nation (in the true sense of the word nation). Do the masses want to flock to a cause that makes frequent use of the Union Jack when it is clear to everyone that the UK will devolve and eventually break up along national lines?

    • David Ashton

      GB & NI form a Kingdom of several nations and a few smaller units. These “masses” fought alongside each other in wartime, and mostly value a shared cultural patrimony. Devolution is not a problem, so much as the break up of our common homeland because of non-white foreign communities and alien ideology.

      The SNP chieftain Salmond is a political racketeer.

      • IstvanIN

        One race, one realm, one ruler. Throw the browns and blacks out.

        • David Ashton

          Your alliterative slogan is one I have considered for a novel on the rescue of our country at its eleventh hour. The identity of the “ruler” will be secret until the end.

      • Long Live Dixie

        The SNP chieftain Salmond is a political racketeer.

        There is no doubt about that. I favour Scottish independence, but I’m not too favourable to the idea under the leadership of the SNP. That party strikes me as being more anti-English than pro-Scottish. It is my understanding that the SNP wants Scotland to join the EU and wants to increase Third World immigration (so, an SNP Scotland would mean Scotland becomes less Scottish). I also noted that Salmond recently called the Scottish people “proudly a mongrel nation”.

        • David Ashton

          Samond wants Scotland as his territorial fief. He is no “biscuit tin” patriot. He wants his socialist haggis without the taxpayer subsidy from England, a fraudulent prospectus. The SNP programme is pointless but not painless. The idea that complete withdrawal of Scotland from the UK can be an all-round advantage is nonsense, but the idea of a Scottish cultural renaissance within Britain and Europe is another matter, though not among Salmond’s personal values. I find Walter Scott, Hume, Conan Doyle, Fleming, Burns and many more part of my valued DWEM culture, along with Dylan Thomas, T.E.Lawrence and even Saunders Lewis.

  • Spartacus

    “Yet few journalists bother to ponder why, since the crisis, the
    far-right has retreated or simply failed to arrive in countries such as
    Italy, Portugal and Spain, or why it has flourished in Austria and the
    Netherlands, which have “enjoyed” some of the lowest unemployment rates
    in Europe. ”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Non-white immigration. The first 3 countries mentioned have mostly White immigrants, the other two have mostly non-White immigrants . It’s really as simple as that .

    • rightrightright

      Blacks are pouring into Lampedusa and being transferred on into Italy proper. Spain has North African moslem colonisers in their millions with particular concentrations in Catalonia.

      • Spartacus

        I know, but they’re nowhere near as many as in other countries, and also many of them leave the second they arrive in Italy . There was an article here on Amren a few months ago about a boatload of darkies that came to Italy, and then evaporated in a few days to move to the northern part of the continent .

    • Bantu_Education

      Not sure about that – you see a lot of blacks in Italy nowadays, also I saw a huge gang of them in Madrid a few years ago at a plaza where they gather. They saw me videoing them and began shouting and got aggressive – I had to move on swiftly. And Portugal has always had a lot of blacks from their African colonies. But all 3 had “Fascist” governments so maybe its a kind of backlash against that with the media continually harping on “we must not return to the dreadful past”, etc.

      • LHathaway

        Don’t remember many if any blacks in Portugal, however, they could have been there in numbers. The Portugese, in general, are a bit dark, however.

  • Pelagian

    The British practically invented conservativism. Not likely to get them turning to any sort of “upset the apple cart” solution.

    • jackryanvb

      Agreed. White British and Anglo Americans don’t no how to rebel, how to talk back to bad authority. We always seem to have 80 year old candidates trying to bring back the past.

      • Pelagian

        Yes. The Glorious Revolution had been nearly bloodless, the American Revolution had no Terror, but the French Revolution was bloody from beginning to end. The continent is not conservative, whether in revolution or counterrevolution.

  • Romulus

    Bullssshhhhh!!! The “you know who’s” have a near stranglehold on Britain ,as they have owned and operated their banks for close to 400 yrs.
    Anywhere in Europe where you find policies to crush the indigenous people, you will find the tribe.

  • Sue

    “But a close second was the country’s victory over Nazi ideology, which
    goes some way to explaining the power of the anti-fascist norm in
    Britain.”
    Wonder what they think that ideology is?

    • IstvanIN

      There was no “anti-Nazism”, there was simply anti-German policies. The British were simply interested in keeping Germany in check, even if it meant two devastating world wars and consigning Eastern Europe to 50 years of slavery.

    • bilderbuster

      That wouldn’t be the answer from a multiple choice of really bad answers would it?

    • M&S

      Hitler’s Revenge is that nothing associated with the preservation of /nation/ as the rights of Blut Und Boden (Blood And Soil, literally the genetics of what you have created and worked hard to maintain as most-valued in your life) can be considered without acknowledging that the Nazi Ideology has a share in it.
      The reality is that a good majority of British Historians now consider the UK participation in the war (after Hitler’s many offers of a separate peace, including the return of Poland, sans the Danzig corridor) to be the point of utter ruin of the British Empire that ended up costing them economic security and martial dominance, the world over.
      Of course Winning Winston was besotted drunk and utterly bankrupt so he had no choice but to accept what came. But the modern day UK’er has had seventy years to become sheepish in admitting the truth.
      Namely that in a belief of British Supremacy in WWII you see not a triumph of morality but of shared (between classes) participation psychology as a confirmation bias for empowerment.
      On the part of the commoner this was the one time when they shined as brightly as their betters in having a say in the fate of the world.
      On the part of the leadership in denying the utter certainty of what their actions have done to bring about the utter ruination of their country by continually holding up that dread, dead, swastika symbol as representing what they can not now possibly fail to see as having been right. And so constantly reminding themselves: “Look what Hitler fighting in the name of German nationalism led to… Don’t want to end up excoriated like he is” as a reason not to be honest about what they are doing to further the destruction of Britain.
      Those Who Remain Hidden are wise to this exclusively white trait that a sense of being wrong leads to a feeling of non-participancy and a sense of being ‘in it to win it!’ overrides any moral concerns over whether being there is the right choice at all (so long as everyone is equally guilty, it must be all good…).
      The BNP falldown was utterly predictable. It followed a standard hard psyops progression to first profer a white knight solution as a radically non-centrist symbol that all can pin their hopes and dreams on. And then to tear it down as a physically murdered or politically assassinated fraud, thereby ‘proving’ that the ideas represented were themselves wrong.
      Again this is a white psychology issue where daring to be different is accompanied by the reality that being wrong is being isolated and whites will do almost anything to avoid being on the outlier side of the squeeze chart.
      My own contention is that those who are not caught are perceived as being -too strong- to be stopped. And so Nick Griffin, as an outsider, carried a double burden of proving himself strong as well as acceptable.
      This notion of conditional ‘Spiritual Disenfranchisement’ is something which Christians are particularly vulnerable to because they don’t see people, especially strong willed alpha personalities, as still people. Flawed and human for all that they are capable leaders. And so any faux pax or misstep is ‘instant proof from G-o-d that this person doesn’t have Fate on his side.
      If you are not pure as the driven snow from the standpoint of moneys and morals in your private life, you are unfit for leadership. Whereas if you pass the vetted probity test and then simply refuse to hold to your campaign promises, you are merely politically corrupt.
      It is an irony of double standards that emphasized the gullibility and herd perception of whites…
      UKIP are the ‘safe’ version of BNP and they are being (gently) damned in the media in the hope that the British people will accept this new dog and pony show as a façade of acceptably ‘soft’ (toothless) right wing beliefs rather than real ones.
      Any rightwing party which ‘can be dealt with’ by the existing political structure, rather than blocked at every turn as BNP was, is in fact apt to be useless to Britain because their limited island geography status and the huge differential in SWA population fertility figures have essentially brought the UK to a threat condition where only immediate and brutal Krystal Nacht policies can save Britain for whites.
      Which brings us full circle back to Reductio Ad Hilterum again as the things which must be said cannot be lest The West have to acknowledge that the man we have demonized was, at least in this instance, correct.
      And so everything we have done since WWII as self-designated Paladins Of The West has been an utter fraud of moral hypocrisy. Because we need a man like Hitler to do the ugly things which will save our people from our oppressors.
      In this, let me note that Israel has no problem repudiating and repatriating Ethiopian as not Jewish (white) enough for their tastes. Israel has no problem building fences and concentration camps to keep their bloodlines safe and economically empowered. Israel is the ONE NATION which the international media doesn’t, pardon the pun, crucify for being utterly racist.
      Wonder why that is…

  • john ellis

    All the White European countries are doing well in the Winter Olympics and populist, nationalist, immigration restriction, anti Islam politics..

    Except Britain, Merry old England.

    Britain is only contending in Curling at the Olympics. curling is something akin to bowling indoors on ice.

    Brits just aren’t good at some things.

    • BonV.Vant

      street sweepers

    • antiquesunlight

      Yeah, but curling is the coolest sport ever.

  • BonV.Vant

    Barbara specter beware.

  • Truth Teller

    At least half if not more of the British Tv series on Netflix seem to be set during WW2 with brave civilians carrying on in the face of eeeeevil Nazis.

    • BonV.Vant

      Yes, the men in skirts at the BBC are in a frenzy. They are trying their hardest to demonize anything pro white and nationalistic. They are trying their best to rewrite the past and put negroes in Agatha Christie stories where they never existed before, they are trying to give the impression that blacks have always been a part of Britain. They are trying their hardest to ridicule British people – “the series “Little Britain” stands out on this respect.

      • Katherine McChesney

        They’re using blacks in Poirot in roles they would have never lived during the Art Deco period. And now Downton Abbey has a ‘noble’ black musician.

    • bilderbuster

      The American media does it 24/7/365 for 70 years.

    • jeffaral

      Nazis are evil; on the other hand George Soros is a socialist philanthropist.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    The western democracies are faced with two major problems: dysgenic fertility and dysgenic immigration. Uneducated white women are having significantly more children than their more educated counterparts. This means that white civilizational
    abilities have been in gradual decline since the Victorian period. Furthermore, ever since
    the first group of West Indian negroes were allowed into Britain in 1948 by Clement Attlee’s Labour government, our countries have been flooded with massive numbers of low-IQ, highly fecund 3rd world immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia. Not only does massive 3rd world immigration threaten to culturally, politically and economically displace whites, it also threatens to bring an end to all scientific and technological progress and undermine the global dominance of western civilization.

    Elite white women must be encouraged to have children, whereas lower class white women should be discouraged, preferably through financial incentives. 3rd world
    immigration must be stopped and 3rd world immigrants who have already
    settled in our countries must be rounded up and deported. These solutions
    cannot be implemented within the framework of liberal democracy. The only way
    for the west to permanently reverse the effects of dysgenic fertility and especially dysgenic massive 3rd world immigration is by military seizure of power and establishment of fascist dictatorship.

    Only a Franco or a Pinochet can save us now.

    • IstvanIN

      I wouldn’t discourage any white women from having white children, unless there were a 100% chance of a fatal disease like hemophilia. The biggest problem isn’t fertility, though it is a problem, the biggest problem is non-white immigration. As long as that happens there is no hope. There are so many more of them than us that a baby race can not solve the problem, expulsion is the most important answer, to give our people breeding room and opportunities.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Actually, our biggest problem are the liberal traitors who are responsible for massive 3rd world immigration to western countries. I agree that non-white immigration is a much bigger problem than dysgenic fertility. We can’t address the problem of massive 3rd world immigration unless we have a regime change and that needs to happen now or sometime in the very near future.

  • Truth Teller

    How about the incessant propaganda by BBC, Guardian, New Statesman calling anyone not toeing the latest line a neo Nazi? How about the police arrests, outings, banishment from employment etc? No wonder the BNP has disappeared. Even 13 year old White rape victims are classified as neo Nazis if they dare resist rape by blacks, browns and tans.
    I estimate that about half of British TV series are set during WW2 and show brave civilians carrying on despite eeeeevil Nazis always on the point of conquering the world unless the British fight on.
    It costs a lot to set standard police and family shows in the 1940′s . Must be a reason BBC and Thames TV spends so much money for all those 1940′s typewriters, phones, buses, cars and clothes. It is to constantly remind viewers that the brave British saved the world from Hitler and gave eastern Europe and China to the communists.
    Shows set in contemporary Britain are cluttered with black and brown professionals and heroes.

  • libertarian1234

    “For the first time since 2001, Britain may well find its elected office “BNP free”.

    That’s supposition. But maybe it will turn out that way, but it makes little difference in the final outcome.

    What isn’t guesswork, however, is the fact that Britain CANNOT survive as a nation with the inane policies of unchecked immigration. Nothing really has to be done about it. Merry old England is going the way of self-destruction whether the right wing is powerful or not.

    Just like this country.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    The real cause for the decline of the BNP has been infighting.

    • rightrightright

      Which was stirred up by the State.

      • jeffaral

        Stirred up by Nick Griffin!

  • silviosilver

    The 2010 general election was a disappointment for the BNP, but it must be remembered that it was far and away the party’s best ever showing.

    The writer portrays the “far right” as a diminishing threat, but I think this mere wishful thinking on his part. The shift to perceived nationally oriented outfits like UKIP represents a kind of gradual “detoxification” of leftist mind-poisoning that is necessarily beneficial to the “far right” – ie, the view that racial life is better than racial death.

  • rightrightright

    Matthew Goodwin is an establishment pet, a hard Left nation hater and a thoroughly nasty piece of work. He makes a cozy living out of attacking the British nationalist movement from an “academic” perspective and is trotted out by the Left as an “expert”.

  • rightrightright

    British nationalism has fractured into a many little, ineffectual parties, but the movement is still there. The largest party is of course UKIP, which distances itself from nationalism proper. Then, there are the smaller fry, notably Liberty GB and Britain First. The BNP still nominally exists and is the brand name that the sheeple recognise. The EDL is now ineffective after the state’s evil and despicable destruction of Tommy Robinson.

    There are some excellent individuals such as Paul Weston of Liberty GB, a great speaker and debater, Paul Golding of Britain First who is taking the fight right into moslem occupied territories, and Gavin Boby, not a politician but the man, a solicitor, who helps English neighbourhoods fight against aggressive, mosque-led takeovers.

    • jeffaral

      Britain First is merely a Christian fundamentalist party, not nationalist.

  • Steven Barr

    Because people in this country are stupid. Mainstream parties say they’re going to do something about immigration and they believe them. How many know that UKIP have placed their immigration policy “under review” which means that their billionaire donors must have whispered something in their ear.
    Plus Nick Griffin is a joke. He’s always been more interested in what’s best for Nick Griffin than in the future of the country.

  • jeffaral

    The real reason for the collapse of the BNP is its incompetent leader, Nick Griffin. A saboteur agent woudn’t have done a better job.

  • jackryanvb

    Some of this is bad karma for Britain taking the Communist, Soviet, anti nationalist side in World War II, slaughtering German Civilians and championing anti White, anti European positions, all the time maintaining a White British on top world British Empire.

    Virtually every single European country from Spain, France, Italy, Finland, Latvia, Ukraine, to Russian POWs turned White Army fighters against the Soviets, all of these White nations had significant support for nationalist, anti Communist fighters in World War II.

    Britian and England did not.

    Yeah, bad karma, now coming back to punish folks in Merry Old England.

  • LHathaway

    What this article overlooks is the number of Rich folks desperate to find a right wing ideology to believe in. . .

  • David Ashton

    OK, fair enough. I don’t believe in suppression of inconvenient information. As Keynes said, When facts change, I change my views. But if its bluster and evasion you want, Alex Salmond is your man. Perhaps the empty highlands can take ALL our Pakistani madrassas and Gypsy “caravans” and “vibrantly enrich” someone else’s monoculture. The “SN”P has its tartan turbans, so why not curried cabers?

  • David Ashton

    Skilled politicians = unprincipled careerists.

    We Sassenachs have had them here (e.g. Gordon Brown). North Britain can look forward to becoming no longer British or Northern?

  • Transpower

    I would hope that the EDL will once again be an integral part of Stop the Islamization of Nations (SION).