I don’t mean the headline in a figurative way. The BNP really is poor:
The BNP “seriously overstretched itself financially” in 2005, chairman Nick Griffin said in its annual accounts.
The cash crunch was caused by a dip in donations coupled with the cost of fighting a record 118 seats at the general election, said Mr Griffin. And although cashflow had improved, “efforts to permanently increase income or trim expenditure are clearly needed,” he added.
BNP membership went up by just 146 to 6,502 in 2005, the accounts reveal. This is despite Mr Griffin claiming a “fresh wave” of members joining after the 7 July attacks on London – which he said “startlingly vindicated” its views.
Britons unwilling to fall for BNP racism shock! Or not.
Some may feel the BNP will have done better this year given the local election and Margaret Hodge’s stupidity but I doubt it. General election coverage last year gave the BNP a big publicity boost too, as did the silly campaign to stop them from broadcasting their party political broadcast. And still they floundered. Heh.
Update: Leon points to Iain Dale, where the speculation is the BNP and UKIP may merge! Yay! Finally we’ll get a racist party worth making fun of.
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