It’s the breakthrough antiracists have been dreading: the racist populist party UKIP has gained its first elected MP, with Douglas Carswell taking the seaside seat of Clacton, Essex.
There is good news for antiracists who hate UKIP in today’s local election results. UKIP’s projected national share of the vote has fallen substantially since last year’s county councils vote, dropping from 23% to 17% now.
This week, we will run a series of reports analysing the European Parliament elections, particularly the results of the far right and fascist parties – with a liveblog on Sunday night and Monday.
Campaigning against the far right, racist UKIP party in your area? You can download or order Stand Up to UKIP leaflets with “Seven things you need to know about UKIP”. Here’s a smaller image for web use. There is also a Buzzfeed article with the same text. And here’s a Polish version of the leaflet – powiedzieć nie rasizm!
The second of the “great” TV debates over Europe between Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, is now over. The result was depressing and predictable.
The European elections are just three months away. From Hungary to the Netherlands and from Greece to France, fascist and racist populist parties are making all the running.