The Electoral System in the UK
There is a lot of conversation going on about the 'rise' of the BNP, as meagre as that is, in the European election.
Because of the low turnout and proportional representation people are coming out with the age old adage of blaming the people who didn't come out to vote. Now these people always forget one simple, indisputable and unfortunate fact of the various systems we have in place. They all ask you to vote for someone.
If no-one gives me something to vote for in particular, above all the rest, then I have no-one to vote for. As happened in the European and local elections. And I'd tick no more for a random political party that wasn't BNP than I'd join a random religion that wasn't Satanic.
If you want me to vote against someone then you need to devise and present an electoral system to do it in a referendum. Then you'll get my vote.