The Radio 4 programme ‘Four Thought’ recently aired my talk on the prospects for the far right in Britain.
The aim behind the talk was to challenge the conventional wisdom that the British party system could never host an electorally successful radical right-wing party, similar to those seen in countries like Austria, France and the Netherlands.
While it might be tempting to dismiss parties like the British National Party as a political irrelevance, they are operating amidst a climate in which citizens are profoundly concerned about immigration, rising ethnic and cultural diversity and are also dissatisfied with the performance of the main parties on these issues. In short, the failure of the British far right has owed less to public demand than to the issue of supply. Drawing on years of research, dozens of interviews and analyses of various survey data, the talk presents my own personal view and begins with a story about a lady named Sharon…[audio:http://nottspolitics.org/wp-content/uploads/audio/matthew-goodwin-four-thought.mp3|titles=Matthew Goodwin: Four Thought?]