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Since it consistently claims to be a "growing" party, even "Britain's fastest/only growing political movement" one might expect to see some evidence of the BNP increasing its tally of elected councillors or - at the very least - improving its electoral performance.
However, to the great delight of your author, the evidence of 17th July is that, far from advancing, the BNP's stock is falling.
There were four by-elections this week, and the BNP did at least manage to field candidates in three contests. However, this 75% candidature rate only represented one extra candidate since two seats had a past record of BNP involvement.
A Wealden Council contest in deepest Sussex went uncontested, the Lib Dems hanging on by a whisker against a strong Tory challenge. UKIP provided a third candidate, who polled under 10%.
In Redditch and in the Arrow Valley area of Worcestershire the BNP were hoping to build on support from past elections. They failed. Their vote fell in both areas.
In Hillingdon their intervention was rather spoilt when the National Front insisted on also fielding a candidate. The two nutzi factions polled just 8.2% (BNP) and 3.3% (NF). Knowing the factionalism that infests the far right both parties will probably be gloating:
BNP - "once again we thrashed the NF, and proved we are the only electable nationalist party"
NF - "once again we offered true nationalists a true nationalist option, and despite all the efforts of Griffin's party machine over a quarter of nationalist voters backed us".
The reality, of course, is that on a low turnout they managed between them a share of the vote that would have been "lost deposit territory" under the old parliamentary election rules. It certainly doesn't point to success in next year's Euro elections.
At some point surely even the intellectually-challenged dullards who support and fund the BNP are going to start asking some relevant questions. Along the lines of "Mr Griffin, with all the effort and money we - the members - are putting into the party, and the splendid leadership you keep telling us that you are providing, why are we not only failing to win by-elections, but why are we actually going backwards in so many areas?"