Thanks Michael for the reminder that far-right election successes can be reversed. Wikipedia has some interesting information on the Austrian experience:
In the 1999 parliamentary election, the FPÖ [Austria's far right Freedom Party] received 27% of the votes, more than in any election before.....they even beat the ÖVP (the conservative "People's Party"), which had until then always taken first or second place in national elections. In early 2000, the FPÖ joined a coalition government with Wolfgang Schüssel's ÖVP.
There was shock around Europe at this result and the heads of government of the other 14 EU members for a period decided to cease cooperation with the Austrian government.
After political in-fighting, the FPÖ vote dropped to 6% in the European Parliament election of 2004, resulting in the 1 seat mentioned by Michael. However, in late 2005, they took 15% of the vote in elections in Vienna and in 2006, 11% in national elections.
The ENB/Clarke story has died down in the UK for the present, as "Celebrity Big Brother" and the racist or culturally insensitive bullying of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty dominates our media. Mark Lawson comments on this new cause celebre in The Guardian, where you can also find a host of items on this story, which lead the TV News I saw yesterday evening:
http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/ ... 08,00.html