I may have been kept in the dark and fed on s**t but I am not a mushroom!
I have not been part of the ‘in clique’, drinking club or any other circle Nick gathers around him - so I simply digest what is placed before me, as do the vast majority of party members, our supporters and opposition alike. Some information I pursue, some I ignore as propaganda, and some I skip over – we all have our own approach to internal news/propaganda.
What Nick and his team of intelligence gatherers have overlooked is this very fact. We are in the dark, we only saw what was on our own BNP website, and we reacted accordingly. We are all free thinkers, and are not inclined to be easily led; the very reason most of us joined the party in the first place. In the absence of any other information I did not sit in a vacuum, I made the most informed decision I could – and that was based on our own web article.
The next most logical step for me was to ask Nick to explain things in person. This was duly organised, and the first ‘road show ‘was presented. I had expected a debate, an argument and even a few temper outbursts – the fiasco that unfolded did nothing to restore my confidence, and all I came out with was the knowledge that I had looked Nick in the face and told him how I felt.
In the aftermath of a very solid backlash of protest, the party leadership hasten to lay before us proof of all m
I feel the current situation we are in appears to be based on unresolved internal conflicts. This combined with a succession of incidents have led members to feel dissatisfied with the quality of party management in the past few months. I believe there is too much emphasis being placed on the Collet/Hannam/Sadie/Kenny problem which distracts us from our real concerns, which include the following
1. The leadership challenge – I signed
2. Jonathan Bowden’s resignation and the circumstances surrounding it left many members feeling uneasy - mostly because we keep losing members of his calibre .There is also a widespread belief that Nick could have intervened in the website that was set up to defame Jonathan. (Yes, even although the authors were not party members. Nick does after all seem to have a number of non members at his beck and call… our legal chaffinch for example).
3. The leadership victory – I felt the Identity magazine article, and subsequent blog comments about Chris Jackson and his supporters to be appallingly bad management and not worthy of Nick Griffin. We are a democratic party: we allow for leadership challenges in our constitution and when the election is over we all have to WORK TOGETHER. How do you achieve that by calling leadership challengers vermin, and having members feeling threatened?
4. The late submission of accounts to the audit commission – I had regular donors telling me they were not prepared to sink any more money in to the BNP while we accumulate fines by the day. There is a significant loss of confidence in the Treasury Department.
5. The road show/pantomime – the very fact we need one at all must be indicative of widespread grumbling.
6. There is no room for criticism of leadership decisions any more. Nick and his henchmen expect blind loyalty without question. Loyalty also lies with those who are brave enough to try and save you from your follies.
As to my membership suspension – I shall write to inform the party that I will attend a disciplinary tribunal – given that my expulsion has been publicised on the BNP home page, “I expect a fair and open trial before being hanged.” The resignation letter which I circulated is attached below.
Nick has claimed he undertook all of these actions ‘for the good of the party’. I claim the same privilege. Let’s clean out all of the rotten mess, kick out the thugs and thieves and move on as a decent nationalist movement.
I would like it to be known that party security does not have my permission to enter my home. Not even if the door is open. Not if the wind changes direction. Not if the cat blinks twice and definitely not if I am not there.
On to a more practical note – I did offer to help
The unfortunate announcement by the BNP press officer that I am in the ‘hard line neo-Nazi’ clique somewhat diminished my desire to offer any further assistance (also the idea of being ‘set up’ also crossed my mind – funny how that happens when you are out on a limb).
I subsequently find myself the owner of rather a lot of fluffy bears! Now those I purchased on my own credit card, and have not been refunded for. They are mine (John Walker please note) and I would like to sell them on to raise some funds for the Family Defence Appeal. The protest bears are for sale via eBay at £4.50. For each bear we sell I will take £1 to cover my own costs, I will donate £2 to the appeal the rest is for p&p.
“Statement to North West Members and officials
In the last week the BNP has been thrown into turmoil over the incredibly bad handling of an internal discipline problem. There are many tales, rumours and finger pointing doing the rounds and the opposition are using every opportunity to use this against us. There is much made of plots, sabotage, infiltrators, spies and secret agents – paranoia abounds!
In brief, Cllr
I do not know what the circumstances were that culminated in this action, nor do I believe it to be particularly relevant when assessing the damage caused to the party. Simply put, if we are the kind of party who resorts to bugging phones and stealing from our own members, then we are no different from the rest. The added stupidity of blazoning this across the front page of our own website is staggering. We then compound matters further by reading private emails that her ward members have sent her.
I have decided to resign all of my official party positions to Mr Griffin this evening, but retain my party membership. In doing this I join David Jones,
The ex- regional press officer, David Jones has posted this response on the Tamesidecitizen blog
The people named have NOT resigned from the BNP, they have resigned various party positions and roles but are still in the party. They have resigned in protest at the unacceptable actions of the party leadership. (see http://enoughisenoughnick.blogspot.com/ )
Question. When was the last time a member of the Labour Party resigned on a matter of principle in protest at unacceptable behaviour BY HIS OR HER PARTY LEADERSHIP?
They have plenty of unacceptable behaviour to go at!