It seems every few months or so rumours of discontent circulate within the BNP which culminate in sackings and vitriolic character assassinations. This constant bloodletting of sometimes talented people over what are often seemingly personal spats or perceived threats to the leadership is debilitating the party and preventing it from progressing as much as I believe it should be by now, given the accelerating disintegration of our country. Who needs Searchlight agent-provocateurs when the party is doing its own dirty work for them? This instability, and the nastiness of the recriminations, only reinforces the perception fostered by the media that we are an immature and mean spirited organisation, and it must inevitably put off many people who might otherwise consider joining us from doing so - new blood that we desperately need.
The three individuals
I don’t personally know the three individuals at the centre of this row, or their claimed inadequacies. However it is obvious that as so many well respected officers have resigned over this issue they can’t all be wrong and Nick be right. They can’t all, if indeed any of them, be Searchlight moles either, as we are ridiculously being asked to believe. Setting up this website is no evidence of treachery either but a result of frustration that important problems are not being addressed. The five point reconciliation proposals of the EnoughIsEnough campaign for reuniting the party therefore seem both justified and reasonable. I do hope Nick sees reason and responds accordingly although his track record doesn’t give much grounds for hope, and as more vitriolic attacks are being posted on the BNP website I fear it will be increasingly unlikely.
I have been a member of the BNP for six and a half years now. I have worked hard for the party during that time, stood as a candidate, and given money as generously as I can, and whenever there have been rumblings of discontent in the past I have always said, publicly, that we must stick together whatever the outcome as neither we, nor our beleaguered country, have the luxury of time for any more splits. A split would put our cause back several years, but this boil of authoritarianism, lack of financial transparency and lack constitutional safeguards, has got to be lanced once and for all and it’s better to do it now rather than delay the inevitable for an even less convenient time in the future. I therefore agree with the advice that members should all remain members of the party. (I don’t agree with councillors becoming ‘independents’ though). I have just renewed my membership but I won’t be contributing a penny to central party funds any more until this crisis is resolved and I suggest that others do the same to help precipitate the changes that are clearly needed. This isn’t treachery, it is simply a desire to see the party united and more appealing for people to join us. I will however continue to support my local branch with money for leaflets and the like ... and to continue to be active. I have also contributed already to the Family Defence Appeal and I would urge others to do likewise. I think it is appalling how the officers concerned, some of whom are in the family way, have suddenly been left in the lurch without any proper or impartial disciplinary hearing.
To conclude, I find the present situation really disheartening given that I believe the BNP has all the right policies and is now the only chance to save our country, and that the potential for making significant electoral progress next year was so promising. I do therefore sincerely hope that a split can be avoided and so I plead with Nick, for the good of the BNP, but more importantly for the very survival of our country because time is running out, please, please, step back from the brink, make good the democratic deficiencies, introduce financial transparency and reunite the party so that it can start to grow substantially and begin to make real electoral inroads.
PS. No doubt I might now have to expect mud being thrown in my direction. So be it ... I’m ready with my sou’wester!