Admitting the virtually subterranean level of traffic volumes to this site, one of the most popular postings I have done, strangely enough, was a Tribute to Paul Walters, Terry Wogan's late producer. There was no end of people putting his name into Google and I seemed to come up in hits 1-10.
Ditto Simone Clarke. One's humble site has been set on fire (bearing in mind this compares to a slight spark from a damp Vesta match on Iain Dale or Stephen Tall's sites) by people shoving "Simone Clarke" or "Simone Clarke BNP" into Google. I have had comments from Norway, Denmark and Holland about it, including a couple of hostile ones.
It seems that Ms Clarke may be a bit of a winner for the BNP, although it pains me to say that. But democracy wins if news of her membership leads to a good discussion of the BNP's ludicrous policies. In fact, my view is, and always has been, that the BNP is, above all, ridiculous. I find it difficult to picture Nick Griffin without a clown's red nose on his face. Yes, they have their undertones, but I think laughter is the best approach, where they are concerned.
Just take their immigration policy. If Simone Clark is, as a Dutch commenter put it, "worried about what's happening in her country" (which also happens to be the country of legal immigrants, who have a right to be here) then I am extremely surprised that she wants to spend good taxpayers money, which could be spent on schools, hospitals and more bobbies on the beat, on the economically futile, totally stupid and logically questionable practice of paying money to "immigrants" to return to their "land of ethnic origin", a policy that is probably highly unlikely to achieve what it sets out to achieve, anyway. It is "pie in the sky" politics.
I didn't expect such a runner when I wrote that original blog posting on Clarke.
Simone Clarke has every right to be a member of the BNP. But everyone has a right to discuss her membership of that party. If you join a political party, whichever one it is, I think it is naive to expect that membership to remain private information if you are in the public eye, as Ms Clarke is. Blabbing to the Mail on Sunday makes her fair game. I didn't comment until she did that interview.
Pictured above - the official BNP "pie in the sky"