Farage's habitual tactic of accusing anybody who disagrees with him of being "BNP" is not new. In fact, it has in the past cost the party dearly.
Back in 2004, an out-of-court deal was reached after Farage's puppet, the odious and incompetent David Lott, and on and off press boy Mark Croucher suggested that Damian Hockney, then leader of the UKIP group on the London Assembly, was linked to the far-right party. Hockney threatened libel proceedings, and the Evening Standard (June 16, 2004) reported that he had been made an out of court offer.
Farage has, quite recently, received a solicitor's letter threatening action after he accused a member of his Brussels staff of leaking to the BNP.
As Godfrey Bloom launched a drunken assault on a young reporter in a Brussels bar, Farage could be heard shouting "He's BNP Godfrey!"
I promise you that the latter incident will be coming back to haunt the party very soon....
The drink was flowing, as per usual, last night in the up-market Brasserie Flo, in Strasbourg, as we gathered for the Ind Dem farewell dinner. The great leader was a little late, but he soon caught up. Unfortunately, the food was as dreadful as the racist and sexist jokes, and more than one guest slipped away before the meal was over.
All in all, a microcosm of Ind Dem's final days.