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Saturday, May 15, 2004

A Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust commissioned report about the potential for BNP successes in the forthcoming European Elections is worrying, but simply reinforces what many people (including myself) have been saying for some time. Despite common misconceptions their key base of support is not amongst disgruntled elderly people, but rather former Labour voters, most of them quite young. Aditionally they are generally alienated from the electoral process, seeing all three major parties as essentially the same. BNP voters typically express the greatest confidence that their party will "make a difference" and the party is also considered to be the most active in communities, the BNP's emphasis on door to door canvassing and leafleting having been a success. While the Left tends to focus on the issues its concerned about (the war, Israel/Palestine) and focus its efforts on big-bang events in London the Far-Right is going into (typically working-class) communities and talking to people about the issues that concern them. Quite how this can be changed I don't know, but I worry about the consequences if it isn't.

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