The far-right British National Party, which has tried hard to disguise its aggressive racism in search of election votes, was unable to stem its violence and internal chaos as the polls opened today.
The BNP's election activities have been marred by constant violent and criminal incidents.
Yesterday (5 May 2010), the BNP's London Regional Organiser, Bob Bailey, was filmed kicking a young Asian man in the head in broad daylight, after a confrontation with a group of youths.
Earlier in the campaign the party's chief, Nick Griffin, faced a death threat from another BNP official.
Three days ago, a young black British man was given the V-sign by the men driving a British National Party (BNP) billboard van, with pictures of BNP leader Griffin and London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook.
The incident took place in Barking & Dagenham, the BNP's top target borough, where Mr Griffin has been actively campaigning, and where local residents have complained of threatening behaviour.
In a separate incident the same man was verbally abused by BNP supporters, who accused black people of taking people's houses and jobs.
Another young Asian anti-racist activist was abused by youths who told him to "f-off" on several occasions and vote for the BNP so that he could get a grant to "go back to where he came from".
Earlier in the campaign, the party's chief, Nick Griffin, faced a death threat from another BNP official.
Also yesterday, the BNP website was taken offline and its services suspended for a period following angry internal accusations by its designer, Simon Bennett, who published a long, ranting letter.
The British National Party has also been accused of trying deliberately to stir up racial hatred, and churches and faith groups, including the Church of England and the Methodist Church, have taken steps to prevent and discourage any involvement with it.
"During this election campaign the BNP has attempted to portray itself as a normal political party. However its impact on the ground in areas they target presents the real picture," said a spokesperson for Unite Against Fascism (UAF).
The BNP hopes that it will be fourth or fifth in votes garnered at the election, but has faced strong opposition in seats where it hopes to do well.
Other extreme groups, including UKIP, which shares policy similarities with the BNP, have also been campaigning hard.
Also on Ekklesia: 'UKIP and the BNP - What's the difference?' - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/11611