Labour lose to the Conservatives, UKIP and the BNP
In the English local elections held last Thursday, the Conservatives won around 38% of the vote, the Liberal Democrats 28% and Labour 23%.
That was poor enough for the ruling party.
But Labour's share of the vote at the European elections has slumped to just 15.3 per cent – worse than that worst any Labour MP had hoped and prayed for. In fact, it was a worse collapse than the Conservatives ever endured, even at their lowest ebb. Across Scotland the SNP secured 29 per cent of the vote to Labour's 21 per cent. They also lost in Wales for the first time since 1918, and the Conservative Party came top in quite a magnificent achievement. Nationally, Gordon Brown has delivered Labour its worst post-war election result as the party was beaten into third place by a very impressive performance by UKIP which gained 17.4 per cent of the vote.
Of course, the story of the night was the victory of the BNP, the ‘non-racist’ and ‘Christian’ party which won its first seats in a national election, and now sends two MEPs to Brussels to represent the United Kingdom.
The main parties at Westminster have no-one to blame but themselves.
Cranmer does not wish to comment further on this, other than to say how profoundly saddened he was to hear Nick Griffin, sporting a cross in his lapel, assert on national television that he is a Christian but defend an overtly racist party membership policy. Nick Griffin said his party was ‘the most demonised and lied-about party in British politics’, yet Cranmer heard the racistm from Mr Griffin’s own lips. He referred to the support his party receives from Asian Sikhs, but they are not permitted to join. While the Gospel of Jesus Christ admits all, irrespective of ethnicity, only the ‘indigenous’ may join the BNP. For Jesus, there is neither Jew nor Greek: all are one. For the BNP, there is white Anglo-Saxon and alien: a supremacist creed antithetical to every fundamental teaching of the New Testament.
The results have sent shockwaves through UK politics. This is Gordon Brown’s Judgement Day. In two English regions, the South-East and South-West, the Green Party beat Labour into fifth place. Nationally, his party languishes in third place, beaten not only by a fairly static Conservative Party but a much mocked a derided ‘fringe’ party of ‘fruitcakes and loons’.
Labour MPs blame the expenses scandal, they blame the recession. They probably blame the weather and Margaret Thatcher as well.
Cranmer agrees with Daniel Hannan that the country needs a political catharsis. The 12-year dominance of New Labour has come to an end. The Government lacks legitimacy, and this parliament has no moral authority.
It is time for a General Election.