The press seem determined to refer to France’s Front National as the ‘National Front’. Many in the UK will remember the heyday of our own National Front, largely composed of swastika-tattooed skinheads. The French party is not the same thing at all. That reversal looks deliberate, an attempt to invoke the memory of the Dr. Martens and red braces and general idiotic thuggery. Front National is a right-wing group (this ‘far right’ label is just the bleating of the commies and they apply it to everyone who doesn’t agree with them so it’s meaningless) but they are not the National Front.
Even the BNP keep the National Front at arm’s length. They are the equivalent to the Left’s Socialist Worker party – extreme nutters.
Anyway. In the UK, there are results coming in. Of the 12 regions the EU has divided us into, results are so far in for the following (nicked from Guido Fawkes, who seems to get the results up faster than the newspapers).
As of now, the summary is as follows (the order is random) :-
North East – Labour 2, UKIP 1
East – UKIP 3, Conservative 3, Labour 1
East Midlands – UKIP 2, Conservative 2, Labour 1
Yorkshire and Humber – UKIP 3, Conservative 1, Labour 2
South West – UKIP 2, Conservative 2, Labour 1, Green 1
Wales – UKIP 1, Conservative 1, Labour 1, Plaid Cymru 1 (Wales showing the ‘what the hell, give them all a go’ attitude you’d expect).
North West – UKIP 3, Conservative 2, Labour 3
West Midlands – UKIP 3, Conservative 2, Labour 2
South East – UKIP 4, Conservative 3, Labour 1, Green 1, Lib Dems 1 (You can still hear the echo of Little Clegg’s sigh of relief at that result)
Still to come are :(*updated*)
London – UKIP 1, Conservative 2, Labour 4, Green 1
Scotland – SNP 2, UKIP 1, Conservative 1, Labour 2
Northern Ireland – (not due until Monday, or until the pubs close)
So the Lib Dems did not quite get exterminated and they have three more chances yet. I’m not going to try to predict the last three but it doesn’t matter too much. The totals so far are UKIP 22, Labour 14, Tories 16, Green 2, Plaid Cymru 1 and The Little Cleggs 1. Whatever happens in the last three regions, UKIP have seriously bloodied the noses of all the major parties this time around.
I honestly don’t know what UKIP’s chances are in Scotland. They get shouted down every time they appear here but not by everyone. Just the usual rent-a-mob. It is not impossible that they could get a seat. The Greens did, despite growing fury over the damn windmills popping up everywhere. We’ll have to wait and see.
If I am still up when the last results come in (except Norn Iron, even I am not staying up that late) I’ll update the list.
The big question is – what happened to the two BNP MEPs? If they lost, why are the media not crowing about it? I would have expected them to be jumping around like monkeys in barbed wire underpants if those two BNP members lost.
Unless they lost to UKIP. In which case the headline ‘UKIP ousts BNP’ would give credit where the establishment would prefer it didn’t go.