Monday, November 3

UKIP block pact with BNP - but is there more than meets the eye

Well it had to happen sometime. An attempt by the BNP to establish a non-aggression pact of the extreme right with UKIP for next year's European elections has collapsed after being rejected by UKIP leader Nigel Farage and the UKIP NEC. Farage is now proclaiming that this is evidence that UKIP is a 'non racist and non sectarian party'.

On the face of it, this seems like good PR for UKIP. However, on closer inspection, there seems more to this than meets the eye. The pact was brought before UKIP by Buster Mottram, a former member of the National Front, who claimed to be speaking with the blessing of BNP leader Nick Griffin. The thing is, though, that Buster Mottram was, until today that is, also an active member of UKIP. Indeed, only last year he wrote, on UKIPs behalf, to a number of Tory MPs warning them that they would be 'decapitated' at the next election if they do not sign up to the Better Off Out campaign. Farage even went on the record to defend him, describing Mottram's former NF membership as 'youthful indiscretions'. Weren't quite so 'non racist' then were we Nigel?

Secondly, UKIP are claiming that the offer was rejected 'unanimously' by their NEC. Yet, tucked away at the bottom of their press release is revealed the fact that two members of UKIPs NEC resigned today - presumably because they supported the pact. This is either a spectacular coincidence or yet another example of Nigel Farage's particular interpretation of the phrase 'party democracy'.

Besides, UKIP have co-operated with the BNP in the past and there's an argument that the two parties of the extreme right would fare better if they came to an informal arrangement not to attack each other. After all, the BNP are hoping to gain seats at the euro-elections, and will be particularly targeting London (where they gained a seat on the Assembly this June) and the North-West, where the bulk of their local councillors are. Were they to also focus their resources in Yorkshire, the South-West, East Midlands, East and South-East, they could take UKIP votes to deny them seats won in 2004.

A further fly in the ointment is the announcement by Declan Ganley, the frontman of Libertas which led to 'No' campaign on the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland, that he intends to stand candidates in all 12 regions of the UK and is attempting to raise £75m to establish Libertas as a 'European political party'. This is another threat that could fragment the eurosceptic right. Libertas would expect to take votes from UKIP and the Conservatives and, with Ganley's millions, would be able to comfortably outspend them during the campaign.

It will be fascinating to see how this plays out. UKIP, in particular, will be desperate to avoid Libertas candidates standing against them. One thing is for sure - such a fragmentation of the extreme eurosceptic right could lead to these natural ideological bedfellows collectively putting each other out of business.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Everything we ever needed to know about UKIP is explained by the BNP offering it an electoral deal.

Anonymous said...

Surely what is interesting here is that UKIP has now expelled Mottram therefore he must have been a member before, no? Through which role did he attend a meeting with senior UKIPPERs? It's all very fishy.

Anonymous said...

On its own website, UKIP makes the astonishing claim that it was holding a high level meeting when the BNP offer was made. Really, how high can a pond be?

what democracy? said...

Of course the BNP try to recruit from the politically active in EVERY party - they have even lost a councilor who defected to Labour.

Oh yes and where did Sir Oswald Mosley come from _ First Tory then Independent then LABOUR then Fascist - a natural progression...

The erosion of civil rights by this Labor government is more fascist than anything proposed by UKIP

In any event, due to the current political establishment the BNP will do very well at the next elections and will definitely get some MEPs.

I don't want that but it is your fault Labour what with political correctness and a growing totalitarian attitude

When freedoms are eroded their will be a backlash

Anonymous said...

Great quote on the small blog 'Is there more to life than shoes'. It states 'the BNP really don't care how low they stoop'.

Indeed.

Anonymous said...

UKIP got 117 votes in the Glenrothes by-election. That is so funny.

Anonymous said...

"Were they to also focus their resources in Yorkshire, the South-West, East Midlands, East and South-East, they could take UKIP votes to deny them seats won in 2004."

If they focus on Yorkshire, i'd be more worried about your own votes Mr. Corbett.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think it odd that the BNP came within a whisker of capturing two council seats this week in elections in which strangely enough Ukip did not stand. In at least one of those seats Ukip has a track record which suggests that it would have been in with a chance. Very very curious.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2.14 PM

Pretty damn perceptive of you, given that's what actually happened.