The atmosphere was there, a sense of purpose and solidarity; it rained like hell but it didn’t matter because inside everyone was warm and fighting for the same cause and it felt fantastic.
I have attended every single RWB, and I always worked hard like many people for sometimes days leading up to the ‘big weekend’ itself as well as throughout it; it had to be one of the hardest week's work I would encounter during the year.
However, this year myself, along with a great many other ex-members and current members, will not be attending for various reasons.
Several Party members have been in contact with the Challenge for Leadership team, and have expressed some very worrying home truths about the situation within the Party.
It has become abundantly clear that the Party is now in very serious financial trouble. The tone of desperation in the letters sent personally by Griffin to all and sundry indicate this with clarity. These ‘begging letters’ as they are referred to by Party members, have supposedly been designed by some high-flying marketing genius to get into people's minds and help relieve them of their cash.
Sorry, we are not that stupid Mr Griffin
However, these letters appear to have been wasted on the membership of our Party, that have to actually toil for their daily bread and are not as stupid as were first hoped, so it seems. One member contacted us and said, quote} "These bloody letters are an embarrassment, I’ll not pay another penny so he can go and waste it or lose another blimp"
It’s fascinating that although myself, along with many other people have been unconstitutionally thrown out of the Party without even the courtesy of a tribunal, and are not permitted to go near a Party function or meeting on the orders of Griffin, we all still regularly receive these ever desperate begging letters! An interesting situation indeed I’m sure everyone would agree.
To greater coincidence?
As mentioned before in a pervious article, the removal of John Walker as National Treasurer has almost certainly been a precautionary move by Griffin to enable himself, if he needs to, jump from the good ship BNP with his pockets full, should her current list on the political ocean become unrecoverable.
With the state of the Party coffers as they are, there is simply no other plausible explanation; the timing and coincidence are simply too great.
Again mentioned previously, why else has his lordship placed himself as the number one candidate in the region with the best chances of winning a seat in next year's European Elections, (without the region’s consent), if he is adamant that he should remain as Party Ruler-absolute? Is he honestly expecting us to believe that he is going to work as an extremely well paid member of the European Parliament, which is a full-time position, AND remain as Party Chairman here in the UK?
RWB 2008 - cash on the door
This year's RWB appears to be a 'cash on the door' affair. No tickets are being sold beforehand which is quite remarkable as this was always a very helpful way for local branches and groups to pull some money into their accounts, as well as a great way to commit new members to attend and help wash away the media stigma– this is the very marrow of a successful and healthy branch or group.
We need to ask ourselves this, is the fact that cash disappears without a trace very easily that makes this such an attractive change to the RWB set-up? Or is it the blithering incompetence of the Treasury Department that has time and time again fouled up so many branch accounts after the RWB and taken months to clear up the mess, or perhaps there are other reasons we do not know of yet?
Predictions and lies
This year's Summer School took place in Wales, not a million miles away from Griffin’s back yard, the same site for the early RWBs. It was truly a blow to lose our previous excellent site in Nottinghamshire that the Party frequented for the first two Summer Schools, where shower facilities and flushing toilets made for a very comfortable weekend. This year, needless to say was not the success that had been witnessed previously. Griffin’s and Simon Darby’s spin on the event was as easy to see through as were the imaginary crowds of members that were supposed to have attended it.
How can we as a Party have been reduced to our leader telling us lies simply to bolster up his own failing popularity? As a nationalist, does he not desire to see our country and people benefit from his actions and does not this desire override the selfishness and greed that all human beings are capable of surrendering themselves to?
We do, we learn
We at Challenge for Leadership have learned a great deal in the last few months, and I can say we have been quite taken aback with what we have discovered taking place right under our noses for many years and not even realised. We have exposed and examined some of what we have found within the articles on this blog, and indeed encourage those that have not read them all thoroughly to find the time to do so if they can.
There is still some way to go before we can rid ourselves of a leader that has become little more than a millstone around the neck of modern British Nationalism. There remain many people that are still bought by the lie that the Party has no one better to replace what we currently have. These people need to ask themselves this; were can the origins of such blatant propaganda be found? We all know the answer to this question I think. We have the talent and the experience within the membership and now we must find it and use it.
King Colin, we salute you!
Councillor Colin Auty stood this year as candidate for the leadership challenge, and we along with a great many other people believe wholeheartedly, that he did a fantastic job. He did not withdraw his challenge although put under great pressure to do so; he did not show any weakness of any kind throughout what was a tough and very testing time for him and his family and he did us all proud.
The combination of threats from Griffin’s attack dogs and the fear that members would have their membership terminated, ultimately led to us failing to achieve the quota of one hundred signatures required to stand. Not to mention of course, that a great many people simply did not renew their membership from last year due the ‘purges debacle’ in December of last year of which many would have signed for Colin to stand.
If we had received a signature for every member that had either called us or emailed us with messages of support during the build up to this years campaign, we would have had a thousand!
Interestingly though, as a serving councillor Colin should have been regarded as an ‘Official of the Party’ therefore only needing ten. How can a man that holds a position in public office as a councillor voted in by tax-paying people not be recognised by the leadership as a political Party Official? This is one detail along with a great many others that a new leader that truly believes in freedom and democracy will set right. However, this is in the future, meanwhile we will ensure that this situation does not reoccur.
Round two - the 2009 campaign starts right here, right now!
The campaign will commence with the breaking down of barriers. Party members should never feel under pressure or threatened into silence by the very people that are supposed to be upholding freedom and democracy from within our organisation.
We will be encouraging the membership to express their worries and fears and come out in support of our 2009 campaign – our challenger is yet to be announced and will be kept quiet until it is necessary for him or her to proceed through the correct channels. Suffice to say that any disclosure at this very early stage would almost certainly see our prospective challenger ‘purged’ from the Party through one excuse or another.
Over the next few months we will continue to strive towards saving our Party, because it is worth everything to us - future and hope for our families, and future and hope for our country and we absolutely will NOT abandon it just at the time when it needs us the most.