Reports of the British National Party’s disappearance are, regrettably, premature. It became an un-party when its own officials failed to meet the onerous conditions imposed on them by law – chiefly filling in a form and posting it to the Electoral Commission, alongside a cheque for twenty-five quid. Which turns out to be harder than it sounds.
However its role as a repository of votes from and for the hard of thinking will probably continue to be with us in the medium term; the administrative cock-up is no doubt being investigated by a BNP task force which will be on the case just as soon as they can find the bloke with the key to the meeting room. God knows what will happen when the cry goes up: “Does anyone have a stamp?”