Friday, 21 December 2007

Keeping the pressure on

Being a practically minded person, it is unlike me to write so much, this is my third written piece in less than two weeks which I think is a record for me. I’m sure you’ll forgive me therefore for any mistakes you may pick-out; these fingers are far more accustomed to taking cars apart than they are typing on a laptop.

I understand that the set of circumstances as they are at the time of writing this, put me in a position whereby a reader could construe that I may be indulging in the moment or even seeking attention, when perhaps all has already been said and, so to speak, the cards are laying on the table for all to see. This is certainly not the case. I’m writing simply because I made a promise to myself that I shall stand by my convictions and the stance I made with Sadie, Kenny, Nicholla, Ian and many others. I will see this situation through to the very end with them and I will not back down. As true nationalists, we all have a moral obligation to do so, because we have seen our cause so wronged by people we once trusted.

Last Saturday 15th December, was for me a day I had hoped I would never have to come to terms with. I attended a meeting of the British National Party with a range of questions and emotions coiled like a spring in my head, that the prospect of airing in public left me feeling frustrated, anxious but still hopeful. This hope for me revolved around the prospect that Mr Griffin could finally find the decency to somehow stop his resentful inflexibility that is souring his reasoning, and making him so bitter.

Sadie and I, plus two other councillors and several Party members from Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire, drove down to the meeting venue in Leicester. The hall was full, the usual mixture of faces, young and old drinking tea soothed me on the surface, but the businesslike, although not unfriendly atmosphere, masked the irritations and hard questioning that was to come. This was going to be a heated but not juvenile or disrespectful meeting; we were all going to afford one another the chance to speak and listen.

The meeting hall rental slot was not long, which made me question the validity of Mr Griffin’s lengthy delay and whether or not he regarded a shorter meeting an additional bonus with less time to address difficult questions from the audience at the end. Nick finally entered flanked by Party Security and sat at the top table next to Sadie.

Mark Collett, Dave Hannam and John Walker, who had walked in with Nick stood nearby with their backs to the wall with security next to them near to where I was sitting. I’m not entirely sure what Nick expected to happen, but the sight of several rather handy looking security ex-colleagues of mine lined up along the wall of the hall didn’t help to ease the atmosphere and really made one ask oneself; is Griffin really a man that truly has the confidence of the people?

Sadie spoke first and asked a series of straight and honest questions, the questions that so many people have been asking up and down the country.

Why did you illegally record conversations in my home without my permission? Why did you order Party Security to enter my home through deception and steal my property? Why, although you have broken several very serious laws, are you still refusing to return my property? Why have you totally ignored, abused or ridden roughshod over the very foundations and constitution of this Party?

It’s an interesting point, that during the development of this whole situation, Mr Griffin has been assuming somehow that the law of this land is on your side if you shout the loudest to the most people. Well sorry Nick, you are sadly mistaken and regardless to your tantrums the fact remains that you have unashamedly broken several law’s and you are going to be made accountable for your actions. Further to this blatant display of conceit, Nick’s answers during the meeting were quite honestly the most perfect example of a stereotypical politician lying through his back teeth, that I have ever witnessed.

He manoeuvred to turn the questions around on Sadie as he tried to defend the utter mess he has created through the decisions he has and is continuing to make. How a person, even a well tuned politician, can try and defend what is clearly indefensible still amazes me. The level of inflexibility displayed was mind-boggling, yet Sadie maintained throughout a very high degree of composure and out and out sheer courage and wrestled with a politician that had once flattened Jeremy Paxman on national television. This was truly a David and Goliath situation, and as the tale goes, Goliath got just a little more than he bargained for. Sadie handled herself with an assertiveness and professionalism that far outweighed her experience.

Sadie used the simple truth of the matter sticking to the facts and was met with a concoction of mistruths and pre-packaged/pre-prepared answers from Griffin which were then backed up by Collett, whose slippery and sycophantic persona was rather like listening to nails being dragged down a chalkboard. Anyone who had ever spent any time in close proximity to Collett will be able to relate to this I'm sure. By the end of the meeting Griffin had, by using a well-honed browbeating method, managed to control a grossly unfair share of platform time. I timed that Griffin had forty-five minutes of floor time compared with Sadie’s twenty. Even with all his guns blazing away and the wind on his side, he still by the end of the meeting looked as though he had just seen a ghost. Sadie carried the meeting with unanimous support because she has, put simply, the truth on her side with the full support of the majority of the people of this Party. This was a basic but very valuable lesson for us all in how strong a Party like ours can be in solidarity; and a reminder of how dangerous it is when one person is allowed to nestle themselves into a position of dictator by rewriting or ignoring the rules to suit their own personal agenda.

Since that meeting the situation has turned and twisted as more and more desperation has seeped into Mr Griffin’s deeply flawed position with the cold light of day about to break on the horizon. I cannot help feel a degree of discomfort as he resorts to asking others to lie for him such as Simon Darby. Simon was quoted on BBC Newsnight 18th December as saying that the Party had rid itself of hard-line ‘neo-Nazi’ elements. The fact that Sadie, Kenny and Steve have been instrumental in modernising our Party and speaking out against such elements that have held us back through the years had strangely appeared to have slipped his memory. This of course came in the same week that Mr Darby also said on Radio 4 that all us ‘malcontents’ were actually in fact all left-wing state agents! It is apparent that Mr Darby decides whether we are all Nazi’s or working for Searchlight magazine/New-Labour depending which lie the interviewer is more likely to believe. Truly deplorable.

To make matters worse, no less than Lee Barnes himself has now also been pulled into the fold at the behest of Mr Griffin to attack those that have dared to question his authority. Mr Barnes’s bizarre, foul-mouthed and semi-coherent ramblings have in the past caused a great many of us some degree of embarrassment. Considering that he is never to be seen actually helping with a Party activity, or at a conference or in a meeting, it is not surprising that he is now widely regarded as little more than a mere satellite of the Party proper. He is dusted off once in a while by Griffin and drought back down to planet Earth to apply the incomplete law degree that he pulled out of a Kinder-Egg.

Even more significant is the fact that until last week, he has never actually ever been a member of our Party; how convenient that he suddenly now feels in necessary to join us. This serves us all with an example of the type of people that Mr Griffin surrounds himself with. Non-members, an assortment of little known nationalist ‘personalities’ from around the globe and various other ‘Griffin flavour’s of the month’, all of which clearly appear far more important to him than the very stalwart lifeblood activists of this Party that make it tick from one week to the next, that often work ridiculously long hours for little more than the gift of hope for our children’s future. (Barnes claimed on his blog that he had now joined, but quoted the wrong membership fee, so whether he has actually joined is debatable – Ed).

The fact that Mr Griffin simply does not listen to those he should, while pandering to some of nationalism’s most cranky and abnormal characters I find utterly incomprehensible, and very worrying indeed. I personally believe that he has now completely exhausted all rational thought. I am not sure how he will pull his damaged reputation from this situation intact, as he will increasingly resort to tactics more akin to an Eastern European mafia boss than a Party Chairman that is supposed to be upholding the will of the people, for the people. This, I am in no doubt will be confirmed in the coming days or weeks as he at long last slowly comes to terms with the fact that scores of the Party’s brightest and best people have dared to turn to him, look him in the eye and demand he listen to them and not be intimidated by him any longer. This is an unfeasible situation for an authoritarian to find themselves in. Often such a person is simply not equipped with how to deal with such a dilemma and therefore will react aggressively, contradictorily and seemingly without any end game plan in place. This can be substantiated with the way in which Mr Griffin is now hurling lies and defamatory insults at people that have for years immersed themselves in this Party’s gradual and hard fought campaign for growth, often at great personal cost. Vermin, government agents, left-wing infiltrators, malcontents and hard-line neo-Nazis. These are just a small selection of the metaphors openly voiced during meetings recently attended by Mr Griffin to describe those standing against his dogmatic inflexibility.

These are quite obviously not consolatory words designed to bring this situation to a positive conclusion for the benefit of the Party, but instead words designed to scare or distress other members into turning away from those supporting us. This all forms part of Mr Griffin’s plan to hold on at all costs without giving an inch towards meeting our requests. He is hanging onto the hope that we will ‘run out of steam’ during the Christmas Holiday leaving only a bad memory for him to wipe away during the early part of the New Year. This must not happen if we are to save this Party from any one person inside it that is unwilling to listen to others around them; because no one person is greater than the Party and The Cause itself. This must be enshrined into a new constitution if we are to attract people that regard freedom as one of the most important components of their daily lives and futures. If we do not all act now, we risk becoming the very people that we detest, weak-willed sheep that blindly follow totalitarians. If this is allowed to happen, corruption will creep into the void once occupied by wholesome and moral people, and the vehicle for our future, the BNP will be castrated and impotent for ever more. We have but only one chance to save it.

Very early in the morning of 20th December, in another desperate attempt to defame Mr Griffin’s internal dissenters, an unlawful attack on us has been posted on the BNP website main-page.

The mere fact that every single word from the emails alleged to have been taken from Sadie’s stolen personal computer is an illegal act in itself, and that the posting of these alleged emails could cause the Party massive injury does not seem to bother Mr Griffin one iota. He simply does not care if the Party suffers massive and irreparable damage, provided he can still state that he has total control of the Party; this is all he is interested in. Jon Cruddas MP, has already stood up in Parliament to pressurise the police to act against the Party because of the illegal actions of Mr Griffin, and the fact that Griffin has now compounded these crimes further, can serve us with no greater example of the true nature of Mr Griffin. I now expect unfortunately, that other MP’s will join Cruddas now after this latest attack.

In all of this, I have yet to have mentioned the fact that as a serving BNP Councillor, Sadie has been temporarily but severely restricted in serving the people of her constituency due to the theft of her computer with all her council work on it. Once again I do not suppose for a minute that Mr Griffin could really care less as to what the 44% BNP vote in her area would think about their councillor having the work she was proceeding with stolen on the orders of the Party Chairman no less!

This latest attack on the BNP website is so full of hideous lies it is almost beyond belief. To write so shamelessly that Sadie Graham, Kenny Smith, Steve Blake and Ian Dawson have been plotting a ‘coup d'├ętat’ would be laughable if it were not so serious. I would also question the authenticity of these alleged emails passed between them that have been displayed on the website. Griffin’s South African Intelligence Department I’m sure have had all the time they would have needed to create material to look as though it was taken from Sadie's stolen machine, as an attempt to create a diversion away from the real issues we are seeking to address here. Do they honestly expect members and supporters to believe that we have been hatching a plan to suddenly spring a takeover of the Party? How stupid does Mr Griffin really think we are? I’ll leave that to the reader to decide for themselves.

Well, the evidence is plentiful and there for all members and supporters to see. Mr Griffin must be openly challenged now before it is too late. It is now up to all of us to stand firm and absolutely insist that the changes we want to make actually take place. Act now for this Party, do this for yourself and for your children so we can once again move forward together in 2008.

Matt Single


Anonymous said...

Well said Matt. Tenner on the way, Pay Pal.

Anonymous said...

In the latest entry on Darby's blog he claims the computer taken from Sadie's house belongs to the BNP. According to him, it was provided by a firm in East Yorks and the party has the receipt for it.

Sadie claims the computer was hers and it was given to her by her father.

So who is telling the truth?

Anonymous said...

Your writings are becoming scholarly to the point worthy of a politician Matt, well done.

A simple point readers might consider - the £17k receipts missing from the accounts (NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY KENNY!) are directly Kenny's fault. We are told this by the party treasurer, who is a fine and excellent man doing a tremendous job, per our illustrious leader.

Can someone please explain to us all how it is that the party has been asking for the missing receipts for 12 months at least (we are talking about the 2006 books after all) yet took no action to discipline him?

Not only that, but that we then give Nicholla the directorship of Excalibur, knowing that she is Kenny's partner .

And we clearly keep handing money over to Kenny to send out the 2007 bulletins (you did get them through the year, didn't you?). Has Kenny run off with these receipts too (what will we do come 2007 audit?)

Well now, whats the position then - a treasurer who had been a tad carleless with members money, or has the while thing been a bit of a 'whopper'.

E. N. Ronn said...

An excellent post, spoken from the heart!

Your experiences in Leicester last week remind me of a meeting in Wombourne (Staffs.) more than seven years ago, when well over a hundred members of the BNP called for the reinstatement of Steve and Sharron Edwards and Mike Newland after their arbitrary expulsions from the party for asking awkward questions about the absence of proper accounts and the unacceptable blurring of the lines between Nick Griffin’s seedy used car business and party funds.

That meeting ended on a hilarious note as a pale and shaken Nick emerged from behind the curtains at the back of the hall to propose a (short lived) compromise. It was not his finest hour.

With Nick, nothing changes. Like the Bourbons of old, he has learnt nothing and (be sure of this!) forgotten nothing. Watch your backs!

Salvation said...

What I fail to understand is why the 'what we want' page of the British Nationalist Bulletin lists the current Party Chairman to remain as the 'Political Leader' of the BNP.
If he were lying to the media then I might be able to accept it, because all politicians lie to the media, that's what politics really is all about. However, in this instance, if what we are being led to believe, is in fact true, and he his lying to every member of the party, then no way is that acceptable to any honest man or woman. Party member or not. If we come out of this intact, with Nick Griffen as Party Chairman, and it is proven to me that he has lied to the Party then I for one will no longer remain a member. My whole life has been driven by truth and I WILL NOT get into bed with liars.

William McCarthy AKA Salvation

Benny said...

Going on what you've said, I am puzzled as to why the BN update I received proclaimed that Griffin should remain as party chairman.

I'm guessing that what you really mean is that Griffin should remain as chairman until a leadership election is held, at which point we will have the opportunity of voting him out.

Is my assumption correct, or do you, Sadie, Kenny, Nicholla, Steve and the others who have resigned or been sacked really still want Griffin as chairman?

I would be astounded if you still trust Griffin after what he's said and done. I don't trust him and it wasn't my house that got burgled.

Anonymous said...

At the Leeds meting, which took place a few days ago, Nick Griffin apparently said he thought Mark Collett might, in 10 or 15 years time, become leader of the British National Party. That must surely concentrate the minds of every sane member of our party. If in 15 years time, and after 15 years hard work for the party, we elect Mark Collett as leader it will all have been for nothing. Mark Collett is a millstone, round the neck of every BNP member, the size of which would prevent any party from moving forward. This party must now shed that millstone, or sink without trace.

Relying on Griffin, to now seeing sense, is no longer a reasonable option; you must use the criminal charges that are pending against both him and Martin Reynolds, and a creditable democratic challenge to his leadership in 8 months time, to save this party.

Claire Khaw said...

Can someone please explain to me what ideological differences there are between you lot and Griffin's lot?

I run a politics website and try to keep up.

Can you please just say in a nutshell what you lot want (apart from the resignation and reinstatement of certain people)?

Are these policy disagreements or are they personal feuds?

It is not very clear from your blog!

Anonymous said...

I believe the damage caused to the party is so serious that there has to be an Emergency General Meeting. Griffin must call one without delay to resolve these issues in a democratic and ethical manner. The party will be unable to move forward and face the impending problems unless it is stable and united. The Chairman has to show humility and common sense in order to regain his credibility.

Anonymous said...

Just a brief note to say that I am with you all the way.
I read that several posts are querying why Griffin should remain Party Chairman.
Things appear to be moving so fast that the BN communication has been rendered out of date by the very actions of a paranoid megalomaniac and his sycophantic acolytes.
Roger Robertson, ex South East Regional Organiser and Party Member

Anonymous said...

I've just read Lee Barnes's response to Matt's post. I feel sorry for him. He's obviously a very sick man - physically and mentally.

Anonymous said...

Very good article Matt, you know something! When I emailed my resignation to City Hall somehow Lee Barnes got to know so he advised one of our Comrades which I won't mention to say that my computer had been hacked and that someone had sent the email to stir up trouble! So I had to call City Hall in person to say I had sent the email and that it's true I had resigned!!

Anonymous said...


In a nutshell, we all believe in the same thing - a nationalist ideal, with family values at the core.Except for 2 points

1)For me, family values do not include bugging phones,stealing equipment and opening the party up to all manner of legal costs.

2)When I next go canvassing, the opposition will hurl these accusations at me, and I shall be able to agree with them , and say the I took action to clean up the party - something no other memebr of Lib/Lab/Con have done.

Anonymous said...

Matt. Have just read your brilliantly articulate and informative piece. We really must have more mechanics in position within a truly Nationist party!! This would have taken me months of continual re-proofing to come anywhere near. I so admire you all for your courage and fortitude. I do so hope you all have a few days restbite with your families.God bless.

Anonymous said...

Andromeda said

Are these policy disagreements or are they personal feuds?

It is not very clear from your blog!

21 December 2007 16:31

You must be having a laugh old pal. You run a political web site and you haven't heard of a Mark (Young, nazi and proud) Collett in the B.N.P. Geeees.
'Enough is Enough Nick' was set up to try and get the parties feeling about him through Nick Griffins thick skull. But instead of listening he has chosen to carry out a full attack on those who would dare to go against his command. This all out attack will have, or is having, a disasterous effect on the party, whose fault it, Nick Griffins.

Anonymous said...

When they pull out Lee Barnes you know there's desperation in the air.

Anonymous said...

anon quote "When they pull out Lee Barnes you know there's desperation in the air."

did you not mean

When they pull out "OF" Lee Barnes you know there's desperation in the air.

they must be using him for something

Salvation said...

I sent this as a comment to SD's latest blog but it was not published.
I then sent another one stating what is the point of having a 'publish comment' if it is to be censored. Ithought as deputy leader of the BNP he would uphold free dom of speech and COMMENT, but its obviously rules for them and rules for us.

Original comment to SD's Blog:
As anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows it is simple enough to provide a receipt for anything and to have it put on a computer, in possibly a hidden file, information that purports to have been resident on that computer since purchase. Also depending on the age of the computer it is not uncommon for the workforce to be given machines when a company is being re equipped or possibly allowing employees to buy them at knock down prices.
What is more important is why, at the end of 2007, are the accounts of the Party for 2006 only just being approved by the auditors.
It is my experience that this sort of thing only happens when there are serious irregularities with the accounts.
The fact that Jon appears somewhat nervous could be accounted for by the sheer enormity of what had been uncovered and his eagerness to 'do down' the BNP in the House. Is is in no way indicative of abuse of 'privilege' or lying.
I am, however very thankful to you for letting me see the whole of his speech, rather than the snippet published in the media.

William McCarthy AKA Salvation in another place.


Anonymous said...

re Andromeda's comments:

it's not "politics", it's not left v right, wets vs hardliners etc.

It is simply a matter of those who EXPECT honesty, decency, moral behaviour and similar amongst those in the party leadership.

This is important, because unless a party can be free of embezzlers, weirdo cranks, cronies, liars, cheaters and suchlike -- HOW ON EARTH can it criticise the Lib-Lab-Con for its lies, incompetence and lack of morality?

it is not enough for the BNP to be like the other parties.

That is not what our people want or expect.

Anonymous said...

Following a late night posting entitled “THE GRAHAM/SMITH/BLAKE/DAWSON DOSSIER”
on the Official BNP Site on the 19 Dec 07 I checked through the evidence presented and found some of it was quite clearly manufactured to support the arguments NG and Co are presenting to defend their position and rally the “troops” .

I sent the following in response to the posting:-

After reading this I was almost convinced the rebel four were GULTY as charged until I checked some of the evidence.

The CREATED properties of the document do not indicate the document was created on the 2 December 2007 that date reflects the date the document was first saved to its present folder.

The other dates are more interesting though:-

MODIFIED - This date indicates when the document was changed (18 December 2007) - Who had the file under their control then?

ACCESSED - This date indicates when the document was last opened (18 December 2007).
Please note, if the document had not been modified on 18 December 2007 the previous date in the "MODIFIED Field" would have proved when the document was finalised at V2. (It is now V3)
Since it is obvious this evidence was tampered with on the 18 December 2007 what credibility can be placed on the rest of the evidence you have presented?

I could now spend some time checking the email threads you have published, for evidence of tampering, but this would be more time consuming and if one item has been tampered with should I waste my time ?????????????????

I am a fully paid up Party member (2008) and not a member of the RealBNP, however, I find it disgusting that this TAMPERED evidence has been put into the public domain in an attempt to counter the accusations of the RealBNP. For God's sake if any of this evidence is widely discredited your own credibility will be shot to pieces for sure.
Unless you are 100% sure of your published facts I recommend you pull this posting immediately.

The posting is still on the site and my comment was ignored but why am I not surprised?

I cannot believe the fools on the BNP web site believe this proves the letter was not written until 2 December 2007. The Created date 2 December 2007 is the date that letter was FIRST saved into the folder on the computer it now resides on and has no relationship to when the letter was first composed which could well have been December 2006. The Modified date will only change if the letter was opened and a change made to it, opening and saving the letter without making a change will not alter this date. The Accessed date will always change when the document is disturbed for whatever reason.

I have no doubt you guys have had a nose at some of the email traffic as charged, the content of the emails published looks fairly timid and I cannot see how the disclosure of any of this could seriously damage the Party. Steve had, I believe legal access to the server and I guess curiosity takes over when this sort of information is freely available. (Another little gem - eh!) If one takes the time to read the evidence properly it will be seen from some of your comments this was being used in defence of nationalism and for the benefit of the Party.

I stated above "I am a fully paid up Party member (2008) and not a member of the RealBNP". That was correct at the time but subsequent feedback from the BNP establishment regarding the “Evidence” has encouraged me to change my mind. You can now count on my support and I have made a small contribution.