The British Labour Party has had its arse handed to it on a plate for the second time in a week: “Labour has suffered its worst post-war election result as it was beaten into third place by UKIP and saw the BNP gain its first seats at Brussels” (BBC, June 8, 2009). The Working Families Party secured 2,381,760 votes in the Euro election, or 15.7%, down 6.9%, as a result losing five seats (for a winning total of 13). Of 44,173,690 UK citizens registered to vote, only 15,136,932 bothered to show up, just over 1/3. In Europe as a whole, in addition to the UK, the far right made significant gains in some states, while losing influence in several others (Far right make gains in ten member states, Leigh Phillips, EUobserver, June 8, 2009), the election witnessing a record low turn-out of 43%:
In total, the far right is up eight seats on the 2004 European elections.
In Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania and the UK, the far right made moderate to significant advances.
However, the extreme right saw sharp declines in Belgium, and France, and were completely wiped out in Poland.
Presumably, the far right will now proceed to form a fascist bloc in the Parliament, following the abortion (January–November 2007) that was ‘Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty’. To do so, the fascists require 25 members from seven countries to participate. Among those who might qualify are: Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria) in Austria (2), Национален съюз Атака / Natsionalen Sǎyuz Ataka (National Union Attack) in Bulgaria (2), Front national (National Front) in France (3), Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) in Belgium (2), Jobbik in Hungary (3), Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV (Party for Freedom) in the Netherlands (4), Partidul România Mare, PRM (Greater Romania Party) in Romania (3), the BNP in the UK (2) and…
In the UK and Ireland, the (far) left made a few gains: in Dublin, the Socialist Party’s Joe Higgins has been bumped into Parliament, and er… the Socialist Labour Party (Arfur Scargill’s mob) got a total of 173,115 votes (1.1%), while between them the 8 candidates for the Socialist Party of Great Britain grabbed 4,050 votes. (Also in Ireland, ‘People Before Profit’ got five seats in local council elections.)
See also : Results from Europe’s big six, BBC, June 8, 2009: “Centre-right parties have triumphed over their left-wing opponents in the 2009 European Parliament elections. There were victories too for far-right and anti-immigrant parties, but the turnout was a record low of 43%. The results allow the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) to cement its position as the largest bloc in the European Parliament. Here we take a more detailed look at the results from some of the largest countries in the European Union…” | European Parliament Election Results by Country, Der Spiegel, June 9, 2009 | EUROPEAN ELECTION RESULTS 2009.
On a brighter note, Lord Toby Jug of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party beat the Labour Party in the St Ives ward of Cambridgeshire county council: Labour came sixth behind two Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats and Lord Jug.
Sweden also voted a pirate into Parliament.