I'm not exactly up on the British political scene. I gather this party is a group that favors separation from the EU. How and why is this bad?
Without getting into why separating the UK from the EU is a very, very dumb idea, the UKIP are a rightwing, nationalist party. They didn't get voted in because of a renewed resurgence of interest in the activities of the European Parliament; they got voted in as a knee-jerk reaction to the perceived problems of immigration and 'asylum seekers'.
At least the BNP haven't got anything. That would be worse.
No, but they got plenty of councillors - three just up the road from us in Epping.
Seven in total. Only up one, apparently. Gratifyingly slight given the big push they made.
In the BNP "heartland" of the North West the Lib Dems have put a lot of effort into zapping them. Twelve months ago it was taken for granted that by now the BNP would be running Burnley council: they've been stopped in their tracks, and the seat Griffin was hoping to take in Europe went to a liberal Muslim instead.
I daresay the lessons will be being passed on around the country...
I have to phone my folks tonight, and I know what the main topic of conversation will be. Joy :-(