Meanwhile, the Labour party is falling apart: the so-called rebels playing for their own personal survival, all factional intrigue, backroom squabbling, and absolutely no differences of policy from Gordon Brown and no democratic debate about how Labour can re-connect to its grassroots. The spectacle is disgusting, and only confirms voters' disdain at the sleaze that permeates politics.
The lack of headway by the BNP in London is heartening. But its growth in Labour heartlands like the Northwest and Yorkshire is striking, confirming the view of those of us who have long argued that the rise of the BNP is predicated on the vacuum left behind by the collapse of the Labour movement in working class areas, and its turn to a mythical Middle England. Here, by the way, is the BNP's second MEP: Andrew Brons.
- Dave Rich's analysis of the Euro-elections.
- Andrew C swears vengeance.
- Two from Nick Cohen: The Golden Age of Conspiracy Theory (which I liked) and The BNP's rise is a fantasy created by anti-democrats (which I didn't).
- I have been getting increasingly impatient with Johann Hari recently, but liked this savage attack on the British colonial legacy.
- Ron Capshaw on James Ellroy and the Cold War: very interesting. (H/t Jogo)
- Mark Gardner on the Independent's fantasy of a "Jewish lobby".
- And, because you deserve a smile, the origins of band names.