America has the Republicans – Britain has the Tories. Both established right-wing parties, dedicated to promoting the rich and successful – while crapping all over the poor. So, bastards both then – but LEGITIMATE.
However, thanks to Democracy, ANY party can run for election (see http://morpheusatloppers.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/morpheus-on-democracy/). And by doing so, they BECOME legitimate.
But given a party needs VOTES – in great number – to move into actual power, tradition dictates the more extreme parties are forever doomed to languish in the shadows.
Although every once in a while (like in Austria – the land that gave us Adolf Hitler) one of these outfits DOES give right-thinking citizens a SCARE, by achieving significant polling (see http://damienatloppers.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/damien-on-the-trouble-with-democracy/).
Thus while Britain has always been Democratic (after a fashion – see https://corneliusatloppers.wordpress.com/2010/05/08/cornelius-on-britains-corrupt-electoral-system/) – it has seen more than its share of extreme right-wing parties.
Back in the Thirties, Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, with the Blackshirts, sought to align with the afore-mentioned Adolf – but their efforts ultimately came to nought.
And while, given events during WW2 had somewhat TARNISHED the fascist concept, extreme right-wing parties disappeared from the British political scene during the Fifties and Sixties – come the unrest of the Seventies, they made a comeback.
The first major group to emerge was the National Front. Supported by skinheads, its popularity peaked in the late Seventies – but no candidate ever managed to gain enough votes to save their deposit and the party spiralled into obscurity.
Next came the British National Party. But while Nick Griffin presented a smarter style of fascism, his party also failed to score – although they did manage to save a few deposits. However, that party is now also in steep decline.
Which brings us to the latest effort. Nigel Farage – whose face resembles a caricature – leads Ukip (or UKIP) which stands for UK Independence Party. Although what ELSE they stand for is not entirely clear.
Initially, the party was set up as an anti-Europe concern, whose objective was to distance Britain from the prospect of a federal Europe. But then it became swallowed up by the right-wing looneys – seemingly with the usual agenda.
However, unlike its predecessors it still exists – as Britain’s CURRENT Looney Right party.
Whether it will fare better than said predecessors is impossible to say, but Britain being Britain, not Austria – this writer somewhat DOUBTS it.
[epilogue: of course, it’s easy for me to sit here and pontificate about the shortcomings of Britain’s electoral system – but what would I do if I was the Supreme Commander of Britain – nay, the WORLD? Well, click the following to find out… https://corneliusatloppers.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/cornelius-on-if-i-ruled-the-world/]