In a spectacular own-goal, however, it was not 'the Right' that had their noses rubbed in Labour's faecal spite, but their own core voters; as Charles Moore writes in the Telegraph
Ten years ago, a self-employed painter and decorator in, say, Barking might have earned £120 a day, enough to get a reasonable mortgage and sustain a modestly secure family life. Today, after the Government underestimated the number of Eastern Europeans likely to come here by almost 20 times, he would get £70 or £80. If his ailing father pays regular visits to hospital, he may be denied a bed because so many foreign women are giving birth. If his child has special needs, he may find the local school neglects them because it is desperately trying to teach English to children who do not speak it at home. If his brother is a soldier, he may return from risking his life to be insulted on the streets of his country by people who hate it.
The strongest common characteristic of such BNP supporters is pessimism. They feel they are sinking to the bottom of the pile, and that people from other countries are being privileged over them by the public services. If they complain, they are told they are racist. It is not surprising that they say things like "My country is being taken away from me". They are not completely mistaken.
Anyone who has employed inarticulate unskilled white working class labour will be sensitive in avoiding the key provocations; talking down to them, being too clever and above all taking advantage of their inability to frame arguments even when they know they're right. When the carefully designed QT panel and audience did all of this to the clumsy and inarticulate Nick Griffin on Thursday watched by 8m voters they scored another spectacular home goal.
The Telegraph's post-QT poll has some revealing findings, including;
More than half of those questioned said they agreed with the BNP, or thought that it “had a point” in wishing to “speak up for the interests of the indigenous, white British people ... which successive governments have done far too little to protect.”
This included 43 per cent who said that, while they shared some of its concerns, they had “no sympathy for the party itself”.
And there you have it; a substantial voter base who are not racist, who have ethnic minority workmates and family members, generally tolerant and easy-going and who would disagree with the BNP's underlying loathsomeness but for whom Labour's immigration malice and Cameron's smug refusal to get involved have driven to lending a vote to Griffin.