If two things fuelled the rise of the BNP last year, then they were probably the mainstream parties' reluctance to talk about immigration and a general disillusionment with Westminster politicians in the wake of the expenses scandal. There are tentative signs that the parties are getting their act together on the first. And, now, Nick Griffin may have undermined his own party when it comes to the second.
After coming under fire for not being transparent about expenses since becoming an MEP, Griffin has now published a very loose account of them on his website. The bottom line is that they add up to over £200,000, but here's some detail courtesy of Paul Waugh's report in the Standard:
"The costs, which come on top of his £82,000 MEP salary, include some £18,000 in 'consultancy fees' and £10,000 in 'agent fees'.