Campaigners from Unite Against Fascism took to the streets of Dagenham, east London, last weekend, where the Nazi British National Party (BNP) is contesting the Village ward by-election.
Last month the BNP won a seat in the Goresbrook ward and it had high expectations for this election, set to take place after Socialist Worker went to press.
The Nazis have gone to great lengths to disguise their real views and are attempting to capitalise on the growing contempt for Tony Blair in this once solidly Labour area.
Unfortunately, Labour’s response has been to run a straight “Vote Labour” campaign, with literature making no mention of the Nazis.
Pleas by local anti-racists for a united campaign to take on the BNP were rejected by Labour, who feared that this would increase the BNP’s profile.