Elementary Mathematics

Now there’s a very good reason why I’m not a Mathematics teacher (though I did well in Maths at school), but I’d like to offer a few basic guidelines for dealing with people who, perhaps, have been reading this book.

If a party has a massive increase in net votes in an election (regardless of seats won) , that party’s support has increased. In a truly democratic (i.e. proportional representation system) government, it could mean a large increase in seats.

If a party’s number of council seats has increased from zero to fifty six in fifteen years, with an (obvious)  overall trend of growth during that period, it is growing.

If a party contest four seats that were not theirs anyway – and did not win any of the seats – it is not a decrease. It is simply a failure to gain any of those four seats. If the Tories did not win all the seats either, it doesn’t mean their (almost guaranteed) forthcoming general election victory must be doomed!

That’s the basics of it. The growth of the BNP has not been – as one BNP exec described it – the “mushroom cloud” success of the likes of the Referendum or UKIP Party. It has been slow, steady and sure. When people state otherwise, you can borrow the above lesson.


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