With news of Nick Griffin's not-so-shocking election to the European parliament, it befalls the British public to take a long and hard look at precisely what the British National Party stands for.
Of course the media and the rest of the political spectrum have made their views clear – 'thugs' and 'racists' are two of the words most commonly bandied about – but to truly understand the BNP we must look at its own statements. Listening, after all, is a greater skill than talking.
And with that in mind your humble reporter shimmied his way down to bnp.org.uk, where he made a discovery that is nothing short of astonishing: the BNP supports immigration to the British Isles.
A staple criticism of BNP supporters is that they conveniently forget how they themselves are the descendents of immigrants.
This appears not to be true, however, at least when you look at the party's mission statement. It boldly affirms that the "indigenous peoples of these islands" count among their ranks men and women with ancestral ties stretching across the breadth of mainland Europe.
"The migrations of the Celts, Anglo-Saxons, Danes, Norse and closely related kindred peoples have been, over the past few thousands years, instrumental in defining the character of our family of nations," it beams.
Even more surprising, the BNP apparently reckons that this mish-mash of blood-ties and cultures is a rather good thing for Britain. Heaping praise on such "historic migrations," the official dogma gushes: "We embrace and cherish the native cultural diversity within the British Isles."
Just one minute, you cry. Then what's all this about the BNP being a racist party? I thought they wanted to close the borders?
Well this is where things get interesting. Because while party advocates are falling over themselves in the rush to defend Britain's rich and ethnically diverse demographic make-up, they also rather curiously believe that the whole multiculturalism process has now run its course.
In other words, despite overtly acknowledging that foreign immigration was a key ingredient for Britain's success, the BNP elite have now ordained that any further influx of migrants would work to its detriment.
Precisely what prompted this sea-change in perspective is a hotly contested matter. Some argue that BNP politicians have lost the ability to grasp the historical footing of our current predicament – that they are blinded by the present moment. Others point to a much simpler solution: unlike today's immigrants, the ancient newcomers were all white.
Whatever the motivation for its paradoxical social policy, one thing is clear. The BNP believes that multiculturalism works. Its doctrine states that the inter-relation of ethnic groups is what made Britain great, and it accepts that this was only possible thanks to immigration.
So if you want to vote against multiculturalism at the next election, think twice before you cast your ballot for the BNP.