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Ukip and Veritas are not very pretty, but must not be lumped together with the BNP

As the election campaign gets under way, the extent of the potential support emerging for parties to the right of the Tories could become an important theme in some parts of the country. Despite the huge obstacle of Britain’s first past the post system, is it possible that a combination of BNP and Ukip voters could affect results in a significant number of seats and between them achieve a level of support approaching that of the French National Front—20 per cent plus of the total popular vote?

The cover of the New Statesman on 23rd January screamed: “One in five…

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