So it appears that the establishment are going to force the BNP to accept non-white members.
In a letter from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, was told that he had less than a month to provide written undertakings that the party would abide by race relations legislation.
That in itself is a very telling paragraph - it tells you where true power lies in this country (and it is not within government) - but I also wonder what the result of such a decision would mean for the BNP. They may be forced to change their constitution to accept non-white members, but that doesn't mean they will change their policies.
And with the removal of the one barrier - the charge of racism - that prevents many people from joining, supporting or voting for the BNP it could actually result in a surge of support for the "far right" party, but is unlikely to result in a surge in membership applications from non-whites (even though I know one or two Sikhs who would join in an instant).
Personally, I've always considered the BNP decision to limit membership to whites self-defeating - they can restrict who joins simply by policy just like the Tory, Labour and Libdem parties can (and do). Equally, I think this decision by the (absurdly titled) Equality and Human Rights Commission just as self-defeating. The EHRC seem to forget that the Black Panthers were also a group who restricted membership based on ethnicity and, while they did so, were treated as pariahs. As soon as they were forced to open up their membership they became mainstream and are now lauded and celebrated by the left even though their fundamental principles never changed.