Regular readers will recall that I've followed with interest the slightly confusing emergence of a new political party called the British People's Alliance. The party currently has only one member, a David Lindsay. I was alerted to Mr Lindsay's plans when he posted a comment on this site challenging the junta that rules this country to stand me against his party in London in next year's European elections.
Mr Lindsay is convinced that his staunch opposition to immigration, Europe, contraception, abortion and the teachings of Charles Darwin will command wide public support. Possibly anticipating that they might not, however, he also urges the armed forces to mount a coup to sweep away our decadent political classes.
As ever, I'm indebted to my readers Michael and Simon, who keep me informed of the progress of the BPA's plans. This comments thread, from last week (and so now closed), contains much interesting material. Mr Lindsay himself makes an appearance, with a generous tribute to the Portuguese dictator António de Oliveira Salazar (pictured). But of greater interest, to me at least, is the immediate task for the BPA in making the transition from a membership of one to a party of government. Simon contributes an illuminating comment on what appears to be a shift in the party's strategy to this end, and I felt it was worthwhile to repeat it in this separate post. Here is Simon's comment:
Meanwhile, I note a subtle change in the party line. Until now, David has been promising that the BPA will put up a candidate in every constituency at the next election. He is now promising that the BPA will have 'endorsed candidates in every seat' at the next election. Just as the bread and wine at Holy Communion may appear to unbelievers to be nothing more than ordinary bread and wine, but are visible to the eye of faith as the body and blood of Jesus - so, it seems, there will be Labour or Conservative candidates at the next election who appear to the general public to be nothing more than Labour or Conservative candidates, but are visible to the eye of faith as members of the British People's Alliance. It's a holy miracle! Sceptics, of course, will mock - but it raises the interesting possibility that the BPA could have a virtual presence in the next Parliament, even a virtual majority, thus making David our virtual Prime Minister.
In further exciting news, David has released details of another BPA candidate:
"One of our candidates went to school with me, went to Oxford, and, like Chesterton, never graduated."
This brings the number of BPA candidates (non-virtual ones, at any rate) to four: (1) David himself, (2) Neil Clark, (3) A.N. Other from Bradford, and (4) David's anonymous old school chum. Of course, it's possible that (3) and (4) could be the same person, but until David publishes the full list of names, we have no way of knowing.
Will the BPA be registered with the Electoral Commission? Will David ever publish the full list of BPA candidates? Tune in next week for another exciting instalment!
I'm sure we shall be hearing more of this venture.