Obviously there is nothing UKIP can do about this apart from make clear that they don't want racist votes from the BNP, thank you very much. But it does call into question exactly why BNP supporters think that UKIP are the next best thing. You'd have thought that a semi fascist party which believes in socialist command economy and racial supremacy would have very little in common with UKIP, a party which believes in free markets and free trade. Here's an excerpt from the piece on the BNP website...
British National Party activists and members in all parts of Britain are generally on good terms with local members and activists of the UKIP – having so much politically in common. It therefore strikes us as odd, if not downright bizarre, when we learn from these good (but somewhat misguided) people that they are apparently “not allowed to know” either how many candidates their party is standing in May’s local authority elections or where they are standing!To us, in the BNP, the situation appears incredible and we can’t but help wonder why the average patriotic UKIP activist or member puts up with such unwarranted secrecy! As much as we can understand why that EU-funded party’s MEPs are reluctant (like other parties MEPs) to disclose for what they are claiming such huge sums of taxpayers money from the EU trough for – we cannot understand the party's apparent secrecy over election candidate numbers!Indeed both BNP activists and officials have been approached by slightly embarrassed UKIP members asking if we can shed any light on the subject – as the best answer they can get from their top officials is an unhelpful “over 1,000”! Of course this is the “magic figure” (in terms of borough/district level candidates) that UKIP’s leadership appears to want the world to unquestioningly accept – in the mistaken belief, it has been suggested,
that such a total would “entitle” them to a party political broadcast for England!
Now before anyone has a go at me for smearing UKIP, I am doing no such thing. All I am doing is asking why the BNP seems to think that UKIP are the next best thing to voting BNP. I can't see that their policy platforms have very much in common at all.
What is clear, however, is that UKIP do not have 1,000 council candidates, as claimed by Nigel Farage last week.