There may not be an election in the offing (unless Gordon Brown gives up the ghost), but the British National Party are out canvassing in Montgomeryshire. There's just been a leaflet drop in Guilsfield asking for donations by credit card to a 0870 number or a request for membership information from an address in Worcester. The top headline of the leaflet is 'Crime and Antisocial Behaviour Are Out Of Control' and postulates that the answer is to put more police back on the street, instead of sitting behind desks learning how to be politically correct.
The second issue raised is the party's intention to bring in a Tony Martin Law. I think this means that its OK to kill any person who enters your home with criminal intention. The BNP's opinion is that once a criminal enters someone else's home, they sacrifice any rights that they may have.
The third promise by the BNP wants to bring back the death penalty for child killers and pass a law which allow parents to know if any registered sex offenders live in their area because paedophiles have no rights. The BNP certainly knows how to press populist buttons. I have much sympathy with the 'Police paperwork' issue, but I don't agree with the other two - despite the initial knee jerk superficial attraction.
There was no indication whatsoever of racial prejudice. The BNP has learned to use verbal make-up to hide its ugliness. I raise all this to highlight the seriousness of the threat that the BNP represents.