I explained that I didn’t know of the complaint he made and I explained that I had been recovering from an operation and was stuck in bed - therefore I had not seen the site in days. He apologised for disturbing me (which I respect him for) and I told him I would have it removed if it caused ill feeling. This is something that has been done on other occasions when items have slipped through. I explained that I thought the world of Martin and Lindsey Reynolds, who along with John Powell have looked after my safety on many occasions. If I have concerns over security, it is only what my voters’ perception is of them (another issue perhaps for another day) - my personal opinion is that they, along with all security personnel, are gold-dust.
At this point I would like to clarify a few points - and this applies to the ‘covert’ people as well. I refuse on any web/blog site in my name to get into any mud-slinging or petty agenda's, along with members’ names being mentioned in vain with or without substance - it is NOT professional. I have met, within the party many diamonds, some uncut and some polished - oh and also a Duchess (Marlene Guest in Rotherham). Some of these will not agree with my challenge whilst others welcome it, democracy allows for that. Then there are others too intimidated to say anything, which is frightening.
I do, however, feel very strongly about the behaviour of senior BNP Officials. Someone sent me a link to the blog of Lee Barnes, which displayed an article from the 5th May that alleged I am just a puppet, along with many other disgraceful remarks. You, Mr. Barnes, are an embarrassment - not only to your alleged profession, but also to this Party. It was totally unacceptable behaviour from what one would expect from a ‘legal representative’. If our Chairman believes it acceptable, then I fear for our Party and children’s future. The fact that the blog which Lee Barnes writes on is linked to the main BNP website suggests that the present BNP hierarchy condones the use of vile language and playground insults.
Eddy Butler is another official whose behaviour is very disturbing - telling members not to sign my nomination papers, and stating I should be starved of publicity. This is not the behaviour either myself, or other members, should expect from the BNP Elections Officer. Because of your position, you should be impartial Sir, straight down the middle, leaning neither way, supporting neither candidate. If you cannot carry out your position to the highest degree, unbiased and with dignity, I suggest you resign your position and allow someone more capable to fill the vacancy. You may plead that you have a right to air your personal views yet on the issue of oppressing a candidate in internal elections, no you have not. They should remain personal when you take such a position; otherwise you make a biased opinion and undermine internal democracy. I and other members fight tooth and nail against the Establishment every council election for the very thing you have just done. What are we fighting for? You should be ashamed, along with our Chairman for condoning your actions. On a last note, in two years as Councillor I have never endured such vitriol from the ‘left’ that I have from sections of my own party. My crime? Standing a legitimate challenge –which is not a crime, it is my right.
Cllr Colin Auty