Dangerous times in British politics with the BNP attracting sufficient support to place two MEPs in Brussels. One very good reason why proportional representation in the European style, is a very bad idea, as it swiftly empowers extremist and fringe parties and following last night's European election results, there's the growing patter of tiny polished jackboots all across the European continent.
With Labour beaten by UKIP and just avoiding a fourth place to the LibDems by 1% all three mainstream parties (or should I now say four?) need a sharp wake-up call following the elevation of the BNP's Nick Griffin to Brussels.
It's all very well for TV presenters to try and twist any reply by Mr Griffin into a quote from 'Mein Kampf' but he's a lucid man and his words have struck enough resonance with the public for him to be elected. Given this unhappy fact, the Westminster village needs to respond to a level of discontent within a significant minority, surrounding both immigration and Islam, the two 'Taboo' subjects in polite society, which are steadily encouraging the dangerous revival of Facism in our country. The main parties are clearly out of touch with a growing problem and swift action is required before the next General Election.
Meanwhile, in Wales, Labour is apparently back to where it was in 1918 and I await the results form Scotland with some interest!
The results, here in Thanet are:
CHRISTIAN PARTY 490
ENGLISH DEM 879
JURY TEAM 159
NO 2 EU 529
SOCIALIST LABOUR 333
PEACE PARTY 112
ROMAN PARTY 52
UK 1st 258
I never did discover what the Roman Party stood for but UKIP is clearly a growing force, trouncing Labour and the Greens. Once again, the voters are sending us a clear message over Europe; they are most unhappy with it and the example of an EU Referendum being forced, once again on the Irish, this coming October, is likely to attract even more anti-Brussels sentiment. How the LibDems in the face of such skepticism, continue with their solid support of the EU Bureacracy and growth, remains a mystery.