Ignorance is at the root of comments made by some political commentators and bloggers when they mention the outcome of elections in the United Kingdom.
They compare the outcome of General Elections and the outcome of European Elections that cannot possibly be compared because they are run using different electoral systems and are not comparable in terms of the size of constituencies.
In General Elections there have been more than 600 different constituencies electing representatives using First-past-the-post and in European Elections about seventy representatives are elected from constituencies that include areas where the BNP would not stand in a General Election.
In 2010, the British National Party obtained the biggest number of votes obtained by the BNP in a General Election. In fact, in 2001 the BNP obtained 47,129 votes, in 2005 the BNP got 192,745 and in 2010 the BNP received 563,743 votes.
Under the previous leader of the BNP, the maximum number of votes the BNP got was 35,832. Under Nick Griffin, the BNP received 563,743.
Success in European Elections has also been remarkable. There were 102,647 votes in 1999, 808,200 votes in 2004 and 943,598 votes in 2009. These are not the kind of numbers obtained by a dying political party.
And what has happened to the National Front? The maximum number of votes obtained by NF was 27,065 and this happened in the General Election of 1983. In European Elections, the maximum number was 12,469 in 1994.
Talking about EDP, the maximum number of votes was 64,826 in 2010 and in a recent election in Enfield they only managed to obtain 21 votes.
The only one contender that for financial reasons and because of media support competes with the BNP is UKIP that in a General Election reached the mark of 920,334 and in European Elections reached the mark of 2,650,768 in 2004 and 2,498,226 in 2010.
Having said that, when you look at the record in General Elections there are no major differences. In 2010, UKIP got 920,334 and the BNP got 563,743. What is the major difference? In 2005, UKIP had 605,973 while in 2005 the BNP had only 192,745.
Compare the figures and you see that in 2010 the BNP vote was almost three times higher than it was in 2005.
Political operators that hate the success of the BNP want to make you believe that what happened in 2010 in Barking and Dagenham and in some other parts of the UK is representative of the support the British National Party has. Wrong! Support for the BNP at National Level went up from 192,745 to 563,743 in General Elections and from 808,200 to 943,598 in European Elections.
For these successes to occur, the process of modernisation of the British National Party has been essential and a sine qua non requirement to widen support for the BNP. Those who criticize the BNP talk about 'not alienating the core vote'. What core vote? What are they talking about?
Let's look at the figures of Electoral results since 1983.
1983 - 14,621 (John Tyndall)
1987 - 553 (John Tyndall)
1992 - 7,631 (John Tyndall)
1997 - 35,832 (John Tyndall)
2001 - 47,129 (Nick Griffin)
2005 - 192,745 (Nick Griffin)
2010 - 563,743 (Nick Griffin)
The process of modernisation started in 1999 meant that the BNP could move forward getting rid of the restraints imposed by the xenophobia of earlier years. Many of the critics of the present administration never left the National Front. They are still very much anchored in the past.
What is even worse, they stop at nothing. They even go as far as favouring the discourse of left-wing organisations whose sole purpose is to destroy a successful British National Party.