Emmett Jenner wrote:
On top of that, just because it's on their site and they claim it, it doesn't mean they'll stick by it.
I can assure you we do. The problem, as I mentioned is that you can't get the political history on every new member to verify. So the defence is either expecting them to be honest and not join knowing we don't want them... or making it clear that we don't want them and reserving the right to reject them if they are discovered.
Tactically it would be electoral poison to have BNPers joining any constitutional party.
For UKIP there's also the problem that some of the BNP have pan-european ambitions, which doesn't sit well with the program.
There's a lot more to political program than a simple "Are you further right than Toby Young?"
Having a written clause has the advantage that if/when entryists are discovered, it's a simple matter to terminate their membership.
No shilly-shallying about with creating policy on the hoof, or the BNPers getting a day in court to argue their angle.
Writing it down also shows some commitment.
It's less likely to be "Something somebody said at the Brighton conference" (Bit of a Yarwood moment there - Do you have conferences in Brighton?).
Because it's written down, it's there for future accountability.
Emmett Jenner wrote:
All very well Emmett, but the obvious question is why so many would wish to join you. If people are making a decision between the BFP (who are neo-Nazis) and you, do you not find that somewhat worrying?
This particular condition of membership has been highlighted on our website for a few years already and has always been important to us. The whole purpose though is not that we feel those kinds of people find our party particularly attractive but that the media, the establishment and party-politically motivated detractors have spent a lot of time and energy attempting to promote UKIP as being similar to the BNP. We just want to make it clear that we reject them as much as everybody else does! So it is primarily a response to our critics rather than an acknowledgement that they find us attractive. Additionally of course we really mean it... we don't want them!