Readers will know I've little time for the antics of either the BNP or the EDL, both of which target their nasty public face against immigrants rather than against immigration. As I've written many times before, it's hardly the fault of the immigrants for grabbing what the government have made so freely available; If Dubai offered me £250k a year and a luxury apartment for life I'd be there like a shot. Actually perhaps not. But you get the point. Unsustainable immigration isn't the fault of the immigrants but of our governments past and present.
However, if the government proposed to use the Supreme Court to ban the BNP and EDL as political parties, I'd be very worried indeed. This is exactly what's happening in Germany, as the Constitutional Court is asked to ban the zenophobic and anti-Jewish NPD. The problem is, the NPD enjoys enough popularity to qualify for State Party funding, something the big three parties would dearly love to see here. This puts a party with economically poor supporters on the same footing as one with wealthy donors. It also, under the German system, allows them to pose a threat to the established political cabal of redistributive left-liberalism, Frankfurt School cultural radicalism, and Marxian socialism, something the big three will never allow, say, UKIP to do in the UK under their proposed State funding agreement which ringfences tax funding to, erm, themselves.
The spectre of banned political parties has haunted Europe through the twentieth century, under Salazar, Franco, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Tito and all their ilk. Banning the opposition is one of the first acts of totalitarianism. The collective left in Europe, and in Germany in particular, is scared at the support that Fidesz enjoys in Hungary - and fears the appeal of such policies to their own voters.