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They say that politics makes for strange bedfellows, but the addition of the latest anti-shale group goes way past that and travels into the realm of the bizarre:

Energy firm Cuadrilla Resources announced plans yesterday to sink up to 800 wells in the Lancashire area – but Nick Griffin MEP has called for a ban on shale gas exploration amid environmental and safety concerns.

The company, whose exploration efforts near Blackpool had to be halted earlier in the year due to fears that they were causing tremors, says there are 200 trillion cubic feet of underground gas in the area.

Cuadrilla plans to sink as many as 400 wells over the next nine years and up to 800 over 16 years if gas extraction is successful.

For our international audience, who is this new friend of the earth? Among other things the BNP and The Green Party both share a nostalgia for a past which the rest of us don’t miss. The Greens hanker after a pre-industrial arcadia, whereas the BNP yearn for a pre-immigrant paradise where everyone knew their place. Downton Abbey with jackboots.

The British National Party (BNP) is a far-right political party formed as a splinter group from the National Front by John Tyndall in 1982. It restricted membership to “indigenous British” people until 2010, after a legal challenge to its constitution.[16]

The BNP advocates “firm but voluntary incentives for immigrants and their descendants to return home”,[17] as well as the repeal of anti-discrimination legislation.

The BNP finished fifth in the 2008 London mayoral election with 5.2% of the vote and secured one of the London Assembly‘s 25 seats. It won its first county council seats in 2009 and two seats in the European Parliament. During the 2010 General Election, the BNP received 1.9% of the vote and failed to win any seats. The party’s current leader, Nick Griffin,[18] is a former national organiser of the National Front.[19]

They don’t have a good record on the facts in policy debates. But who needs facts when you have emotion?

A 1988 Sunday Times report revealed that BNP Deputy Chairman Richard Edmonds was involved with a newspaper called the “Holocaust” News, published by the Centre for Historical Review.[31] The publication claimed that the Holocaust, as presented in state-sponsored accounts, was an elaborate, politically motivated hoax. It promoted instead theLeuchter Report, the Ball Report and the Rudolf Expertise.

Of course we all know who the most famous vegetarian of the 20th century was.

No Hot Air, 28 September 2011