There's a lot of hard right parties here in the UK as well as a good number of populist ones (UKIP, For Britain etc) as well, and reading their manifestos and history I'm finding it hard to differentiate them.

What is the political difference between the BNP, Britain First and the National Front in terms of policy?

They're all nationalist, all anti immigration, all capitalist, is it just a case of degree of anti-immigration?

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    It mostly about getting behind a different strongman. Mar 18, 2018 at 7:59

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It is a feature of minority parties on the extreme left and right that they schism and split frequently. As a party grows it gains members with a wider range of opinions. Often this leads to individuals and their followers believing that the leadership is making compromises and is insufficiently "pure". That individual sets up their own organisation, which grows and then the cycle begins again.

The BNP was founded as a splinter group within the National Front, and Britain First was a splinter group within the BNP. In terms of actual policies there is not much difference. Britain First portray themselves as defending Christians, against Islam, and the religious aspect of Britain first is absent from the BNP and the NF.

There is very little difference between the BNP and the NF. Both are neo-fascist or neo-nazi, white-nationalist, racist parties. The BNP was founded owing to personal differences between members of the leadership of the NF, not because of any ideological difference.

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    And between the BNP and NF?
    – Charlie
    Mar 18, 2018 at 12:43
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    It's just a matter of which thug people are getting behind.
    – James K
    Mar 18, 2018 at 13:46
  • I don't think any of them are particularly "thuggish"nowadays. I think "obtuse" would be a better term
    – Charlie
    Mar 18, 2018 at 21:35

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