Friday, 21 March 2008

Help the Family Defence Appeal

On the 14th of March at Manchester High Court the current BNP Chairman Nick Griffin launched proceedings against six expelled BNP officials. Mr. Griffin is taking civil legal action against Steve Blake, former web editor; Ian Dawson, former Group Support Officer; Sadie Graham, former Head of Group Development; Matt Single, former Security Training Officer; Kenny Smith, former Head of Administration and Nicholla Smith, former Head of Excalibur operations. Mr. Griffin is claiming that items held by the defendants have not been returned to the Party. He is also claiming misuse of BNP membership lists. He is also seeking damages to a maximum of �50,000.

Because the proceedings are now sub judice we are not at liberty to publish any further details of the proceedings.

Challenge

The defendants are all challenging this vexatious action and invite BNP members to question whether this is good use of the hard won funds of the Party. Mr. Griffin seems prepared to gamble thousands of pounds of donors' money in an act of spite and revenge.

The most obvious comment is that the Party leadership has managed to bring loyal party activists to court for alleged misuse of Party data while refusing to do so when such proven misuse was carried out by the real enemies of the Party.

Guardian journalist Ian Cobain got away with exposing Simone Clarke as a BNP member in 2007. Andy Sykes passed dozens perhaps even hundred of names and addresses on to left-wing organisations, some of whom wrote to the BNP members. No action was taken against Sykes or his BBC accomplice, Jason Gwynne.

Members could well ask why this is the case? Could it be that the VoC people are seen as a soft touch, lacking the financial "clout" of The Guardian, the BBC or the Trade Unions?

Or is Mr. Griffin under instruction to do this?

Whatever the reasoning behind this decision the contrast between his lack of action against the establishment media and the VoC members has been noted.

The Family Defence Appeal needs your help to support the huge cost of defending the six BNP loyalists in this case.

Please use the button below to make a donation by Pay Pal or credit/debt card.

You can also send postal donations to FDA, P.O.Box 21684, Falkirk, FK1 9BB.

FDA standing order forms can be requested from fda@voiceofchange.org.uk.













Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Voice of Change forum now open


The Voice of Change website has now launched a forum and is open for business.

It is a Nationalist - specifically - Pro-British Nationalism community. If you object or are offended by the concept of a European having a Nationalist domestic or world view; you are dutifully advised to avoid this site.

Lurkers will not tolerated. e.g. Individuals who register and then repeatedly log into the forum but never participate.

Such users' accounts will be summarily deleted without prior notification. New registrations are expected to make at least an introduction post within 2 weeks of registration.

This is intended to be a Nationalism oriented online community of quality and merit dedicated to the principles and committed to the aspirations of Britons who love and wish to preserve the integrity and viability of the respective English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish National and ethnic identities that are collectively 'the British'.

Those of you who arrive in the spirit of this mandate will be made most welcome.

Sunday, 2 March 2008

North West Voice of Change Meeting

Voice of Change Meeting
Northwest, Wednesday 27th February 2008


An update meeting was arranged in Blackburn to discuss the ongoing protest and to agree a way forward in the region.

In attendance were representatives from the following BNP units: Tameside, Stockport, Wigan, Blackburn, Preston and Lancaster, Manchester, Oldham and Bury. 42 people were in attendance.

Preamble:

Dave Jones chaired the meeting, and set out the political precedence of party activists resigning their positions when they disagree with their party. It is a long standing tradition in politics to resign in protest – members of the cabinet have done this more prominently, and it is considered a badge of honour in some circles. So it would seem that instead of throwing their hands up in disgust and walking away from unresolved issues, Kenny, Sadie and Steve were doing no more than any other politician in terms of protest.

Additionally, it is well known that various pressure groups exist within political parties – and these use their group to try and sway party policy – indeed these are the very groups that bring about political debate at party conferences. The existence of a pressure group within the BNP merely acts as a signal that the political activists are at a level of maturity which needs proper management.

Update:

Bev Jones then gave a brief outline of the events leading to the raids and expulsions in December.

“In my opinion the setting up of the blog by Kenny Smith was the end result of a long line of failed discussions, and was a step taken as a last resort. Problems between advisory council members had been ongoing for some time, and complaints about the treasury department were the most pressing issue. While I personally had a few errors to solve with treasury, and I know of other units who had a similar situation, none of these seemed severe. However, if you consider that Sadie and Ian Dawson would have had to field a myriad of complaints about this issue, then you see a different level of problems arise.

Whatever frictions have built up around the day to day problems, and the many reports, accusations and slurs that have arisen out of the disastrous sacking and raids, it is quite clear that the BNP would not be in a position to run a government, or even a local council.

Without proper procedures, fair disciple and an inclusive approach to the party membership, we will not succeed. The BNP has the right policies, and the right mindset for the running of the country, but we must get our stall in order before we can get any further. The party can not be run with a schoolboy bully attitude and giving jobs to the boys (or the drinking club) – it just does not work.”

Proposal:

Bev presented copies of the Voice of Change party structure for perusal. This is an example of how the party could be managed and was similarly rolled out at the VOC Conference in Nottinghamshire. One of the main proposals was for there to be a political figurehead, with the day to day management of the party to be handled by other departments, with the membership deciding who is in charge.

The Voice of Change pressure group will be fighting a leadership contest, with the new structure of the party as the basis of the campaign, and the need for democracy within the ranks as our clear objective.

Way forward:

Charles Mather spoke on what the Wigan group had done as a protest. They do not wish to disband, and will be fighting local elections this May. He advocates we must support local activity – including the London GLA campaign.

Jim Lewthwaite (Bradford BNP) spoke briefly on the management problems at branch level in Yorkshire, and also had some interesting ideas on how to protest.

The floor was open for comment, and the following lines of action were suggested:

ª Funds should be gathered at local level and used at local level – do not support appeals for funding from head office
ª Membership – renew if you wish to vote against Griffin in the leadership contest
ª Engage with other members – attend as many meetings and local activities as possible to talk to ordinary members and explain the problem
ª A National VOC bulletin will soon be written and distributed by email at least once a month– ideally each person can forward them on to as many of their friends and colleagues as possible – this would relieve the postage cost, and spread the work load as well.
ª Use the internet more effectively – the blog and web site need to be maintained.
ª Use Google advertising links to spread the word
ª Candidates – it is up to individuals if they wish to stand under the BNP banner or as Independents on a Nationalist ticket, either way it would be good for people to work locally in their wards.
ª Printing material – since the BNP printers are not being used, a tri-colour Risograph is to be sourced and a central printing office will be set up again.
ª Send donations to Voice of Change or the Family Defence Appeal
ª Do not attend and extraneous BNP activities – i.e. Summer-school, National Socials and RWB – but do go to the conference and complain
ª Pressure local organisers to write a letter of protest to Griffin
ª Cancel ID magazine orders – we are not sure if it actually belongs to the BNP or Collett
ª Reduce orders of VOF
ª Do not sell any merchandise from Great White Records or Excalibur at meetings
ª Wear a VOC badge at all party meetings
ª Talk to everyone you can, any way you can – especially the internet


Please note that the above are not necessarily the views of all the supporters of VOC or the expelled members . These are simply a summary of the points that were raised and discussed at the meeting. Individuals are free to decide if they support these points or not.

The meeting ended with a collection, all together £197 was raised towards Voice of Change.

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Paul Cromie shows his true colours

Cllr Paul Cromie has shocked and outraged BNP supporters by sending out an unsolicited and illegal email entitled “King Midas in Reverse – LOL”. The email which was sent out on the 27th February was sent to a host of VOC supporters and BNP members.

The email content is a clipping of a local newspaper report about a six month driving ban for doing 40mph in a 30mph zone that was imposed upon current BNP member and long term activist Dr James Lewthwaite. Not only that but Dr Lewthwaite had until recently been serving as a Councillor for the BNP on Bradford Council. Being caught in a speed camera trap is hardly the crime of the century but Cromie is using anything he can to discredit an extremely well respected, hard-working and dedicated nationalist.

The full content of the actual email sent out by Paul Cromie is copied below:

Here we go again folks,another fine mess " King Midas in Reverse" has got himself into.

Unlike the real King Midas,everything Lewthwaite touches turns to ( shit ) I cant stop laughing.


Regards Paul



This disgraceful and shocking behaviour by Paul Cromie comes as no real surprise to those who have worked closely with him for some time. The fact that he is willing to try and publicly shame a hard-working BNP activist really shows his true colours and lack of integrity as a nationalist. Cromie has been a big donor to the party and therefore is likely to receive no punishment for his recent slanderous comments. Nick Griffin recently elevated Paul Cromie to the position of Bradford Organiser, supported by newly appointed Yorkshire RO Adrian Marsden. This ridiculous appointment by Griffin just shows his total lack of judgement and is another example of the kind of people that Griffin is surrounding himself with nowadays.

Many people will be aware that a certain senior official within the party and close aide to Nick Griffin also received a six month driving ban for speeding in September 2007. He only attended the summer school because he got someone to give him a lift, yet Paul Cromie didn’t see fit to crow about that particular individual.

Dr Lewthwaite is currently seeking legal advice over the content of the email that was sent out to numerous recipients.

This article was submitted to this blog by an activist from Bradford BNP.