There have been a great many indicators to suggest that the swell of members and supporters that back this challenge, are growing daily.
One such indicator which stands out amongst many, is the reaction from the current chairman and a few close officials around him that believe that their positions may come under threat from the potential of an open and more accountable chairmanship.
With a new and wholesome leadership put in place, accountability will become the pivot from which all positive changes will be made to the British National Party.
Full, fair and ethical accountability cannot and will not be found anywhere were corruption has been allowed to cultivate freely.
We only need to study the Establishment of Lib-Lab-Con, anywhere from the council chambers across the country to the House of Parliament and the European Parliament, in order to realise that large-scale deception and lies, are always followed by destruction in one form or another. Under such a yoke, as we all know, it is those of us without a voice and sway that always pay heavily for the privileges and treachery of the greedy and the sycophantic that know exactly in whose pocket the buttered-bread can be found.
Do we as nationalists allow ourselves to be convinced, that it is only the fault of those that seek to destroy the British National Party such as Marxists, the mass-media and the Labour Party etc, that we have not made any major political breakthroughs into Parliament or Europe?
How easy is it to pin blame elsewhere instead of looking at ourselves in the mirror for a full and honest explanation?
If we remain as political amateurs, our cause is lost
We all know in our heart of hearts, that any party that is impotent and ill-equipped, will simply not be able to seize an opportunity should such a prospect for a major election breakthrough present itself in the future.
As a Party we currently have no cabinet whatsoever; we have no waiting shadow ministers or department heads able to accurately observe and articulate comment on current affairs that fall within their sphere of expertise.
There is no accountability within the various branches and groups that often operate outside of Party policy, sometimes ending in terrible embarrassment for us.
Quite unbelievably, there is the total lack of any criteria whatsoever for candidates that wish to stand in elections that represent the Party in the eyes of the British electorate.
Our shining lights
Many times our prospective candidates and actual elected councillors have let us all down terribly, and on investigation it has transpired that they had little idea at all about what we as Party represent and didn’t even have the most rudimentary knowledge of the Party manifesto! The fault of such incompetence lay squarely on the shoulders of the Party organisation, or lack of, which leads to these Party own-goals. Inexperienced Party activists, that act only with the best of intentions cannot be held responsible.
The loose, almost anarchical state of general disorganisation within the Party election machinery, creates for itself stumbling blocks. After all, how can we expect the British people to trust in something that fails to prove itself truly different from the negative media image of our Party as being inept and disorganised? When we hand it on a plate to the media, they are hardly likely to turn them down. This is far more than just the argument of us ridding the Party of DM boots and shaven heads. This has now been achieved and it must be said, aided largely by Mr Griffin.
The rule of one man
The situation is thus, the Party is ruled by one man. He is a man that effectively makes every important decision by himself in every area, from finance, to staff recruitment and the appointing of people into positions of responsibility. From national media interviews and national events through to disciplinary ‘procedures’ and fund-raising; he has the final say on absolutely everything.
Advisory Council – toothless and powerless
Some members and supporters are under the impression that the Party’s Advisory Council is in place to ensure that authority within the Party is shared among the various department heads and regions; however this not the case. When the Advisory Council actually does meet, which is rather sporadically, the meeting itself is not an open discussion about how to take the party forward.
Accurate meeting minutes are not taken, actions are never accounted for or followed up, and all financial matters are refused discussion outright.
The AC should be transformed into a sitting body, an 'Executive’ that runs the affairs of the Party. Full reports should be put forward to this new Executive and no person that sits on it should be a paid member of Party staff. This new model would be an extremely essential cog in the Party machinery. Our new Executive should be made up of elected representatives from the different regions, elected by the members of those regions. All department heads, financial department, the Party Manager and the Party Chairman would all be accountable to this regionally elected Executive body.
The present AC is simply nothing except a toothless and powerless paper-tiger.
Elections first – leadership challenges second
There is currently an array of tactics being used, both inside and outside of nationalist circles, to try and disparage this year’s democratic leadership challenge. This attempt to slander and smear Mr Auty’s challenge is ranging from misinformation to outright lies.
One such lie is that this year’s leadership challenge has been arranged by hostile elements, intent in scuppering our Party’s chances in the 2009 European elections, as well as attempting to stop Richard Barnbrook successfully winning his seat on the GLA along the way.
Such nonsense can easily be countered when we consider that Colin and his team purposefully ensured two important factors where adhered to prior to lunching the challenge.
Firstly, that any challenge for leadership must only take place after the 2008 elections, as energy from the Party membership must not be diverted away onto any domestic issues that could potentially waste recourses and harm campaigns.
Secondly, Colin and his supporters have time and time again promoted and supported all our Party candidates in their various elections around the country, including Richard’s in the London campaign.
These are not the actions of ‘splitters’ or people seeking to sabotage or ‘derail’ the Party. They are simply the actions of Party members and supporters that seek to save the Party from the hands of a person that does not deserve to treat it as a personal play-thing. Colin’s supporters feature largely among the thousands of activists that distributed hundreds of thousands of pieces of Party literature this year and canvassed many homes. These are the people that are able, and should be allowed to choose a leader who actually listens to them with an open mind, instead of that leader abusing his position, by acts such as re-writing the Party’s constitution to fit himself and cater for his impulses.
All of us are corruptible!
Every single human being on the planet has the potential to become corrupted in some way or another. It is built into our genetic make-up and we cannot escape the fact regardless to how pure and ingenuous we regard our intentions and beliefs.
Democracies are put in place in order to remove the risks of one person abusing a position of power for his or her own ends. This works even if a leaders original motives were sound at the outset. Of course democracy itself is largely a charade in most ‘free’ countries today and it is often abused and harassed until it becomes every bit as corrupt as despotism itself. There are endless examples of this happening throughout history right up to this very day. There is no great revelation in this, but when one seeks a path through such a mire with hope of something better and decent for their families and themselves, the vehicle we choose must be greater than the sum of its parts if it is to succeed.
Within our Party, freedom of expression, choice and initiatives must be fully investigated, challenged, exercised and nurtured by the membership if we are to truly offer the other side of the coin to the British people.
The temptation of corruption will always remain, however it must be disabled entirely from ever being able to be exercised by any leader of a truly democratic Party.
A new Party structure must run all the way from the newest Party member with their first membership card; to the Party leader themselves with no exceptions and with full answerability.
No one person within our Party should ever again be able to stifle the voice of the member stood next to him, regardless to how important to the Party that person believes themselves to be.
The Party chairman must never again be allowed to gag people – [for telling the truth].