Friday, 4 March 2011

Barnsley Central: Labour hold

The results are in for Barnsley. They look like this:

As expected Labour romped home with an increase in vote share although a drop in  total votes cast due to the reduced turnout.

The shock of the night was the Lib Dem wipe out. They lost two thirds of their support, came sixth and lost their deposit. Again they are paying the price for being in coalition with the Tories. It may all be cosy at Westminster but in the country the grass-roots membership is hopping mad at the betrayal of their principles.

UKIP are the big winners of the night, more than doubling their share of the vote and pushing the Conservatives into 3rd place. We are beginning to see a trend of UKIP being the party of choice for the "protest" voter. None-of-the-above becomes UKIP at the polls.

The BNP turned in a credible performance. There was a small loss of vote share but the deposit was retained, and of course it's very satisfying to beat the so-called 3rd party of British politics, the Lib Dems.

Enis Dalton (BNP): Retained deposit and beat the Lib Dems

The lesson for the BNP is the same as it was in Oldham Central. There needs to be an accommodation with UKIP (and the English Democrats). We cannot afford to have the anti-EU, anti-immigration votes spread across several parties. At the very least all three parties should be running joint candidates, and in the longer term a merger should be considered, maybe a British National Independence Party could emerge.


chefdave said...

Other than on the immigration and the EU ideologically UKIP and the BNP are miles apart. I can't imagine UKIP supporters being very happy at the prospect of voting BNP due to tactical considerations, I disagree with most of their policies and consider them to be an old-school grass roots version of the labour party: the BNP are innately socialist in character and appeal to the white British working class (i.e those supporters that have traditionally voted labour)

Having said that I do have a lot of respect for Griffin's honesty and for that reason would like to see him in the Commons, but the BNP manifesto isn't a document that would get racing down to the local polling booth!

Nationalist said...

I think UKIP supporters are ideologically much closer to the BNP than they are to UKIP itself but mainly don’t realise it. UKIP is very internationalist in outlook. Take their former treasurer Marta Andreasen MEP: born in Argentina, got herself a Spanish passport, lives in Barcelona and represents the South East of England in the European Parliament. That would be anathema to any BNP supporter. UKIP aren’t doing what it says on the tin. They are just getting an easy ride on the basis of public dissatisfaction with the status quo.

Nationalists should not be spread across several parties. That just plays into the hands of the Big Three. One way or another we must join up and present a united front.

chefdave said...

I agree that Andreasen's situation is a bit odd, but don't think it's out of kilter with the general UKIP ethos. UKIP supports the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, and if that's something the Spanish, French or Germans also desire then they're more than welcome to sign up and pay their subs. The more the merrier.

It wouldn't have even crossed my mind to consider the nationalist aspect to all this, in fact I'm not even sure what nationalism means in practice. But I have read both the UKIP and BNP manifestos and generally sided with UKIP because they're likely to take the libertarian approach.

That for me is what it boils down to; libertarianism vs socialism, which is why I would be unhappy if UKIP -as the only real mainstream libertarian party- decided to withdraw to give others a bit more space.

Nationalist said...

I see where you're coming from Chefdave. The BNP supports both corporal and capital punishment and is far more active in the fight against Islam than UKIP.

A Conservative who just wants out of the EU would naturally vote UKIP.

The BNP offers more. It's a fully rounded nationalist party. That said, it is libertarian in certain respects, for example it opposes ID cards. Basically the BNP is very tough on criminals and on enemies of the nation, but pretty liberal on everything else.