One of the best things about this election is the total eclipse of the BNP. In Barking, Nick Griffin came a miserable third and he only got around 600 votes more than in 2005. In contrast, the Conservative candidate, Simon Marcus, put on an extra two thousand votes. Margaret Hodge increased her vote by 6,000. And then yesterday the BNP lost all its seats on the local council, despite there being fears that they might do very well indeed.
I interviewed Nick Griffin on LBC on election night and put it to him that his campaign in Barking and the BNP's national campaign had been a shambles and that many in the party were now wondering whether it might be time for him to stand aside as leader. He naturally demurred, but there was something in his voice which made me think he knew I was on to something. Several of his key allies have turned on him.
It wouldn't surprise me at all if people in the BNP were organising a coup.