Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Cortiglia Report: Core vote? What core vote?

General Elections (First-past-the post)



Con
Lab
Lib
UKIP
NF
BNP
EDP
1983
13,012,316
8,456,934
7,780,949

27,065
14,621

1987
13,760,935
10,029,270
7,341,651

286
553

1992
14,093,007
11,560,484
5,999,606

4,816
7,631

1997
9,600,943
13,518,167
5,242,947

2,716
35,832

2001
8,357,615
10,724,953
4,814,321
309,563
2,484
47,129


2005
8,784,915
9,552,436
5,985,454
605,973
8,079
192,745
15,149

2010
10,703,754
8,609,527
6,836,824
920,334
10,784
563,743
64,826


European Elections (Proportional Representation)



Con
Lab
Lib
UKIP
NF
BNP
EDP
1994
4,248,531
6,753,863
2,552,730
150,251
12,469


1999
3,578,218
2,803,821
1,266,549
696,057

102,647

2004
4,397,090
3,718,683
2,452,327
2,650,768

808,200

2009
4,198,394
2,381,760
2,080,613
2,498,226

943,598
279,801


The party that according to its detractors had disastrous results in 2010 never had a core vote. Moreover, looking at official figures the number of those ready and willing to vote BNP is rising. There are natural differences between the number of votes in a General Election and the number of votes in European Elections.

I include numbers for the so called mainstream political parties and for other political parties including the BNP. Since 1994, the number of people willing to vote Labour in European Elections has been consistently falling reaching the lowest mark in 2009 with 2,381,760 while in General Elections the minimum has been not less than 8,000,000.

Looking at BNP numbers, BNP votes have been rising both in General Elections and in European Elections. What happened in Barking and Dagenham in 2010 had nothing to do with core votes because the BNP does not have a core vote. Guess what? Despite the events of Barking and Dagenham, the BNP went from 192,745 in 2005 up to 563,743 in 2010. In 2010, the BNP got almost three times the number of votes that the BNP got in 2005 and this is 370,998 more votes in 2010 than in 2005 in a General Election.

The core vote is a myth and the figures tell you that the announced demise of the BNP is also a fantasy. In actual fact, the process of modernisation meant that the BNP started to see a dramatic increase in the number of votes. In the old BNP, according to electoral figures, in 1983 there were 14,621. It practically collapsed in 1987 with merely 553 votes. It came back from the dead in 1992, year in which Nick Griffin joined the BNP. In 1997, the BNP figures went up to 35,832. In 2001, with Nick Griffin at the helm, there were 47,129, followed by 192,745 in 2005 and 563,743 in 2010.

Once again, all the talk about core vote is sheer nonsense. People are not voting for the old failed 1930s nonsense. The successes of the BNP, as official electoral figures show, came hand in hand with the process of modernisation. Those who want old style ideologies should also look at the figures of moderate politics and old style politics.

The records show the differences between the BNP and NF. While NF struggled to reach the mark of 10,000 votes, the BNP reached half a million and more. Talking about alternative solutions like EDP, once again, look at the electoral records. The British people don't want foreign ideological remnants of World War Two. They want a true British National Party based on British ideas and focused on British solutions for British problems.

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