Some American conservatives seem to welcome this development, because they sympathize with the BNP's unambiguous stands against mass immigration and anti-white discrimination.
But this is a mistake.
Peter Hitchens, Christopher Hitchens' smarter younger brother, and a sound traditionalist conservative if ever there was one, absolutely nails the BNP here:
"I receive a distressing number of letters and emails from seemingly sensible people beguiled by this organisation.
"They think it is genuinely concerned with Britain's problems. I don't think so. I think it is obsessed with discredited and un-Christian racial theories.
"If it cared about Britain and wanted a real part in national life, it would surely get rid of a leader who once jeered that belief in the Nazi massacre of six million Jews was comparable to a belief that the Earth is flat.
"It would surely get rid of a clause in its constitution that makes 'ethnic origin', not opinions, the key test of membership..."
Hitchens goes on to cite this absolutely damning video of Nick Griffin, party leader and newly elected member of the European Parliament, on stage with the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke:
And if that's not enough, my second favorite neo-con, Jonah Goldberg, has some great quotes from the endlessly entertaining Daniel Hannan, pointing out that there is nothing the least bit conservative about the BNP. They are nationalists, and they are socialists. But nationalism + socialism does not = conservatism.
Never has, never will.
N.B.: I am sure that many BNP voters are good people who do not sympathize with the darker side of their party, but are frustrated by the awfulness of the mainstream alternatives.
I feel their pain.