Race to the May Poll

The British National Party will launch its manifesto for the National Assembly elections tomorrow.
It is fielding 20 candidates on May 3 – its largest campaign so far in Wales.
Its teaser ahead of the launch is for a pledge to “tear down the Severn Bridge toll-gates, and in their place erect a monumental bronze statue of Rebecca to symbolise the right to freedom of movement in Wales”.
The action would, it says, act “as a reminder to all who pass, of the heritage of the Welsh people”.
The party’s continual references to heritage and tradition provide clues of its underlying obsession – race. The campaign might make it appear that the party has moved into the mainstream, but the unpleasantness remains.
However, the BNP seems confident that it will soon have a representative in Wales – not at the assembly, but perhaps following next year’s council elections.
Take a look at the new edition of The Big Issue Cymru, out from Monday, to see a breakdown of the history of the BNP in Wales – and an analysis of its future.

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