The commenter who felt that I was unduly alarmist about the threat of a BNP victory in the North West last night referred me to David Bartlett's updates from the count in Manchester. I read his despatches until just after midnight. Little was he or I to know for sure what would follow.
On his Dale Street Blues blog this evening Bartlett gives an account of the scene at Manchester Town Hall early this morning. He also relates a couple of intriguing anecdotes about the activities of the far-right in Lancashire when he was at the Lancashire Evening Telegraph (http://blogs.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/dalestreetblues/2009/06/a-witness-to-the-far-rights-ri.html ).
Meanwhile Hilary Burrage has updated her posting. Invoking the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson, she continues to contend that only a huge Labour vote would have stopped the fascists. Nope, she still doesn't get it.