New British Fascism: Rise of the British National Party by Matthew J. Goodwin

By Matthew J. Goodwin

The British nationwide celebration (BNP) is the main winning a long way correct get together in British political historical past. in keeping with remarkable entry to the social gathering and its contributors, this publication examines the increase of the BNP and explains what drives a few voters to aid some distance correct politics. it truly is crucial analyzing for all people with an curiosity in British politics, extremism, balloting, race kinfolk and group solidarity. The publication is helping us understand:

how wider traits in society have created a beneficial weather for the some distance right;
how the a long way correct has provided a ‘modernised’ ideology and image;
how the stream is geared up, and has advanced over time;
who votes for the a ways correct and why;
why humans sign up for, develop into and stay actively taken with a long way correct parties.


'Where this ebook succeeds is in tying jointly narrative heritage, survey and statistical facts, and interviews gleaned from BNP activists themselves. It offers us either a feeling of context and continuity. New British Fascism isn't just crucial for knowing how a number of neo-Nazis grew to become a political strength; it tricks on the genuine political demanding situations we jointly face. this glorious research is grounded in evidence.' - Anthony Painter, Sunday overview, Labour Uncut, June 2011,

'Matthew’s ebook offers the most tough and in-depth experiences of the BNP and reminds us all the danger they pose. there's a actual should have a formal nationwide debate concerning the progress of extremism in our nation this present day – and Matthew’s ebook bargains helpful research for all mainstream parties.’ - The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi computer, Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party

‘Whilst the oxygen of exposure is often welcome to small, ultra-right events reminiscent of the BNP or EDL, however realizing what drives occasionally differently first rate humans to aid the vicious and hugely devoted management of those neo-fascist enterprises is key as a way to defeat them. one could brush aside such severe perspectives as an irrelevance in British politics yet, as this booklet … indicates, at a time of uncertainty and lack of confidence it's all too effortless for fringe perspectives to emerge within the mainstream. for this reason this in-depth learn is invaluable of examination.’ - The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

‘No-one yet no-one is aware extra in regards to the BNP than Matthew Goodwin. This ebook is needed interpreting for an individual short of pass at the back of the lurid headlines to determine what particularly makes the get together tick and why, regardless of a emerging tide of Islamophobia, it has thus far didn't make the massive step forward that its supporters lengthy for and its competitors worry. filled with first-hand interviews, killer-stats and goal research, it is a significant contribution to our knowing of either severe and mainstream politics in Britain today.’ - Tim Bale, collage of Sussex and writer of The Conservative social gathering from Thatcher to Cameron

‘The long-awaited examine by means of the best specialist at the BNP – a needs to read!’ - David Farrell, college university Dublin and co-editor of get together Politics

‘The e-book marks an important contribution to the literature at the BNP and the character of some distance correct events. It succeeds in its makes an attempt to be of curiosity either to teachers and to non-academics via being good written and interesting. [...] crucial studying for a person wishing to appreciate the BNP.’ – Alfred Archer, college of Edinburgh, Political experiences evaluation, Vol 10:3, Sept. 2012

'Goodwin's publication is either a great instance of ways specified research of a minor get together can exhibit a lot new concerning the assets of its aid and motivations of its contributors, and likewise an incredibly beneficial heritage consultant for a person eager to struggle elections effectively opposed to the BNP.' - Mark Pack, co-editor of Liberal Democrat Voice

"Goodwin lays out the mindsets and anxieties that force humans to affix, not only the BNP, yet far-right organizations generally. We listen why supporters, usually encouraged by way of a particular incident or worry, grew to become concerned with the party...Beyond those tales, Goodwin's booklet presents a entire account, sponsored up via new info, detailing the increase and fall of the does offer context for the ebb and stream of far-right teams within the united kingdom and explores the increase in Islamophobia over the last decade that has allowed the EDL to turn into an important road movement." - The Guardian

'New British Fascism may be crucial examining for these attracted to learning contemporary British political history.' - Matthew Partridge, LSE

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Despite internal problems and a lack of resources, the BNP’s number of votes more than doubled to over half a million. It polled almost twice as many votes as the Greens who entered Parliament, and received more votes than the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Plaid Cymru who similarly won seats. It polled more than twice as many votes as the NF had received in 1979 and confirmed its status as the fifth largest party in British politics. 67 Griffin’s campaign in Barking was promptly branded a failure, but it had actually mobilized more votes than in 2005, and more than any extreme right party candidate in British history.

Among academics, there is a general consensus that the most interesting feature of the BUF was its ideology. Mosley was anything but a novice ideologue. 8 The BUF saw little need to question the aggressive foreign policies of Hitler and Mussolini, so long as Britain’s imperial interests were not threatened. 10 While the BUF and its followers dreamed of national power, their attempt to mobilize mass support through the ballot box was a total failure. 11 The performance of the BUF was similarly dismal and there appeared little public demand for Mosleyite fascism.

They polled over 10 per cent in three seats; over 8 per cent in nine seats; and met the 5 per cent threshold in over 60 seats. It might not have achieved a visible breakthrough, but Griffin’s BNP still rallied the largest number of Britons in the history of the extreme right. What this book is about How can we explain the rise and sustained appeal of the BNP? This book addresses that question by drawing on new and unique data which provides unprecedented insight into the party and its support (on methodology, see Appendix 1).

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