"Mr Griffin expresses sympathy for the 1984 miners strike, triggered by the closure of the Cortonwood colliery in Barnsley. He denounces the Government’s privatisation programme. He accuses Labour of crushing ordinary people to ensure maximum profit for its corporate financiers. 'It has sold out,' he thunders. 'The old Labour Party is dead. Long live the new party for British workers — the BNP.'
"Barnsley’s BNP is well organised, well funded and active at grassroots level. It claims to have put 65,000 leaflets through letterboxes last year, and mans a stall in the town centre market every Saturday where it promises 'British jobs for British people'."
A final point: the article quotes one of Barnsley's Labour MP's, Eric Illsley, lamenting how the BNP "exaggerates people's fears and worries". My take is that it's all very well Westminster politicians railing against the BNP's tactics and message - there is good cause to. But that shouldn't detract the main parties from getting their own houses in order as well. This is why Norman Tebbit's intervention today has some power. If there's anything fuelling the rise of extremist parties at the moment, it is - as this today's Populus poll shows - the disgraceful actions of our parliamentarians.