Nazi organisations are gearing up to field candidates at the local elections in England and Wales on Thursday 3 May.
These include the fascist British National Party (BNP), as well as splinters and defectors from it.
In London the BNP is standing a list for the London Assembly. It won one seat on the assembly in 2008—Richard Barnbrook, who has since left the BNP—and could do so again if it gains over 5 percent of the vote.
BNP Nazis are also standing in mayoral elections in London, Liverpool and Salford, as well as in a host of council seats.
The BNP is still the highest‑profile fascist party in Britain. But in recent years it has buckled under pressure from anti-Nazis. The party has been beset by rows, splits and defections.
Many former BNP activists are now standing for the far right English Democrats—and have been welcomed with open arms by that organisation, despite their Nazi track records.
Others have joined the British Freedom Party (BFP), which has an alliance with the English Defence League.
But the BFP is keeping a low profile for this election, aiming to launch afterwards should things go badly for other fascist contenders.
The BNP has fared poorly on the electoral front in recent years. They have been swept out of former strongholds, losing all their Barking & Dagenham councillors in 2010 and all their Stoke-on-Trent councillors last year.
But the economic crisis and wider climate of racism in society create a perfect breeding ground for fascism.
That is why activists cannot afford to be complacent about the threat posed by the BNP—or any of its rivals.
Unite Against Fascism will be organising leafleting and campaigning against the Nazis up and down the country in the run-up to 3 May. For a full analysis of far right candidates go to uaf.org.uk/2755