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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Bradford West: a notice of eviction for the old order of politics

The election of the preening jackanapes and sham socialist, George Galloway, to represent the electorate of Bradford West, is good news for British nationalists because it is bad news for the Establishment.

It is bad news for the Establishment, not because of the nuisance value of Galloway to the government and official opposition, but because it indicates the growing volatility of the electorate nationally, and their deep dissatisfaction with all three of the Establishment's parties, as well as its pseudo-nationalist safety valve, UKIP.

The British National Party had no candidate in the by-election. Furthermore, its 2010 general election result (which saw its candidate lose their deposit) in the constituency was considerably worse than its 2005 result, which saw it easily save its deposit.

For this to happen in the BNP's post-industrial heartland demonstrates that there is something seriously amiss with the party, and that it is no sudden illness but, on the contrary, a chronic degenerative disease.

The Democratic Nationalists saw their candidate's tiny share of the vote in 2010 become still smaller, despite the absence of competition from any genuinely nationalist rival.

Contrary to what some commentators have suggested, Bradford West does not herald the dawn of the new era of identity politics. It is as well to remember that at least half of its electorate remains English and that many of them voted for Galloway. He would not have won the election but for their votes, a fact he would do well to bear in mind. Equally, the Kashmiri and other Muslims who voted for the 'infidel' Galloway would no doubt have preferred, in an ideal world, to have voted in accordance with the dictates of bradree and chosen one of their tribal elders to represent them.

This was not then, the dawn of the age of identity politics. That is yet to come and we must be patient. It was perhaps, though, the first stirring of a 'peasants' revolt' against the political Establishment. The voters of Bradford West said "A plague on both your houses" to parliament and the plague was George Galloway.

For nationalism properly to exploit, for the benefit of our people, the growing public discontent with the old order, it first needs to put its own house in order. It should do so without unnecessary delay.

Bradford West by-election, 2012

Caused by: the resignation of sitting Labour MP, Marsha Singh

Turnout: 32,905 (50.0%) -14.9% on the 2010 general election

Respect gain from Labour

Majority: 10,140 (30.9%)

Swing: 36.6% from Labour to Respect

George Galloway Respect  18,341  55.9  +52.8%

Imran Hussain Labour  8,201  25.0  -20.3%

Jackie Whiteley Conservative  2,746  8.4  -22.7%

Jeanette Sunderland Liberal Democrat  1,505  4.6  -7.1%

Sonja McNally UKIP  1,085  3.3  +1.3%

Dawud Islam Green  481  1.5  -0.8%

Neil Craig Democratic Nationalists  344  1.0  -0.1%

Howling Laud Hope Monster Raving Loony  111  0.3  N/A

Source: Wikipedia

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