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The unprecedented European and local government electoral advances for the BNP in the north of England has seen many on the British Left thrown into disarray, anger and disgust. Whilst all these responses may seem understandable, similar emotional reactions can be seen present in the organised left’s response to the BNP, which are characterised by an abject failure to understand the nature of the BNP or to answer it politically in a meaningful way. As the initial reaction dissipates it is time that those who are serious about stopping the BNP recognise the failures of the recent campaign and the need for a response based around the mobilisation of the working class; it is now clear that we can rely on no one but ourselves to smash the forces of the far right.