Much to our amusement the wheels also appear to have come off the National Front election campaign this morning.
We reported yesterday that the NF had announced it would stand candidates across England and Scotland. The NF was very pleased with itself. Not for long, however.
Following the close of nominations it quickly became apparent that the NF had actually failed to get its nomination papers into Birmingham council in time and was therefore ineligible to stand any candidates in the city. This is the first time that anyone at Searchlight can remember the NF not standing in Birmingham.
Only the day before, the NF website had announced six candidates in Birmingham, in Kingstanding, New Oscott, Quinton, Shard End, Sheldon and South Yardley. The website was hastily amended in an attempt to hide the truth of the party’s incompetence.
Whoever runs it does not appear to have told the NF’s press officer Tom Linden. When Searchlight phoned him earlier, Linden had absolutely no knowledge that Birmingham NF had fumbled the ball. Indeed he thought Birmingham NF was standing nine candidates not six. The left hand clearly does not know what the right hand is doing. When we rang back for further comment Linden had turned his phone off.
It would seem that it is not just BNP candidates who are doing a disappearing act.
Thanks to Hope not Hate