LONDON — Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, is a “soft” fascist who does not rant in the 1930s style. But he came pretty close to the old style two months ago when, newly elected to the European Parliament, he called for “very tough” measures to stop illegal African migrants from entering the European Union by crossing the Mediterranean in boats.

Interviewed afterward by the BBC, he said: “Frankly, they need to sink several of those boats.” The interviewer interrupted him, protesting that the EU does not murder people.

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