Thursday saw the BNP gain a traditional Labour seat in Sevenoaks and today we find out that Evertion have had to move their home game against Stoke City by 24 hours to accommodate a mass rally that the BNP is organising in Liverpool city centre.
It is sobering to remember that, in years (pre-recession years), the BNP has continued to gain seats in east London and Stoke-on-Trent and picked up enough elsewhere to hold close to 50 council seats in England. This follows 2002's dramatic local election successes in the north of England and a 4.9% showing in the 2004 European elections. For the first time ever in Britain, an openly racist party has sustained the support of more than one in 20 voters over several contests. I believe the deepening of support for the BNP is evidence of a new challenge in British politics. In the past the battleground (sometimes literally) of left v right politics centred on our inner cities. This is no longer the case.The BNP has begun to develop a network of suburban supporters, people who are openly willing to admit not only to supporting a racist and bigoted political party but to doing so with pride and patriotic fervour. If the trends of the past few years continue, the BNP may well make the type of breakthrough that Jon Cruddas has signalled and it will then be far more difficult to reverse than to stop it before it occurs.