It brings us great sadness to announce that the very fabric of our democratic and freedom loving Party could be formally torn in two and discarded at this years Red, White & Blue Festival.
Over the past few months, we have received information from a number of deeply concerned Party officials, that back in 2007 during Chris Jackson’s election campaign for Party Leader, that Mr Griffin was planning to change the constitution of the BNP immediately afterwards to make it impossible for further challenges to be made against him.
The temerity to challenge
Griffin was advised however, not to make such drastic amendments to our constitution because such a radical and open abuse of his position would undoubtedly lose him considerable support from the average Party member. No doubt that after such a conclusive victory over Mr Jackson, Griffin convinced himself that no other Party member would ever again have the temerity to dare stand against His Holiness and so lost interest. Alas, Mr Griffin, this was not to be the case.
I personally witnessed during the Jackson challenge, Griffin’s behaviour becoming aggressive, erratic and at times, entirely paranoid. This however was only a taste of what was to follow as we have seen with unethical decrees, bullying and expulsions used as weapons by him to silence his internal critics; this situation is not likely to become any easier for the long suffering membership.
Freedom, Security, Identity, Democracy
Even with the realisation that Cllr Colin Auty’s 2008 challenge was unable to take flight, and even with his hand-picked faction of flatterers to pander to his devices, he has decided to now effectively destroy our Freedom of speech within the Party, remove the Security we had of knowing we were a viable alternative, destroy the Identity of our constitution, and insult Democracy itself, that same democracy that we are supposed to be fighting for.
Extraordinary General Meeting
It has been announced that at this year's RWB that Griffin has called an Extraordinary General Meeting with the aim of officially changing the Constitution of the Party, quote “With provision for the calling of an election at other times only by a sensible number of officials and councillors”
This constitution change will be little more than an act using carefully placed smoke and mirrors to hide the truth from the membership. The remaining EGM agenda will simply be used to give it some other substance and to draw attention away from this hugely important issue as subtlety as possible and not to allow too much time to ask too many questions.
The riddle of the phantom tickets
......and with it another own goal
Driven more by sheer bemusement than anything else, I would like to pass comment on the quote made by Griffin’s appointed organiser of the RWB, printed in the Derbyshire Evening Telegraph, that the Party had already sold “4,000 advanced tickets to the RWB weekend”.
I’m sure we need not remind the event organiser that in fact the Party has sold none whatsoever, because no advance tickets are actually being sold this year! (Unless this has changed at the time of writing and the entire population of Welshpool have suddenly stumped up the money and bought a ticket each).
Manipulating the media to convey a positive image with such a free and convenient opportunity to convince more of the membership to attend, is a shrewd political move and is to be encouraged. However, blatant idiotic lies such as this are just inexcusable and will simply make the Party look foolish and amateurish when those very same media people arrive back at the gate on the RWB weekend to take photos of the ‘four thousand plus’ attendees on site and write an article about it!
Be aware and prepare
Every voting member that does attend Griffin’s EGM at the RWB weekend must make careful consideration on how they are going to vote on Griffin’s motion.
I predict that during the reasoning and deliberation of Griffin’s Leadership Challenge Constitution amendment, a great deal of pressure will be brought to bear on the attendees by Griffin’s inner faction who will take centre-stage one at a time and use coercion and subtle threats of expulsion to achieve the result their master so desires.
No amount of persuasion should be enough to pressurise our members that have retained their backbones, into accepting the surrender of our Party’s freedom and right to object in free and open debate.
What shall we do? Where can we go from here?
We are currently in a period of slow negative decline as a Party, but this does not have to be the case for much longer.
The political environment for nationalism in the UK has probably never been so positive and so many now prepared to accept the BNP. Our Party and our environment however, simply do not reflect one another; something is very wrong.
In a time of war, if the officer commanding fails time and time again to take the initiative, take the battle to the enemy, whilst haemorrhaging respect across the army; he is very speedily replaced. Why should our Cause and battle be any different?
Why should we be made to except tiny political gains or defeats time and time again and still that same self serving general remain rooted in command?
Invest with electability
We must have a leadership built around our people’s qualities and skills, not their personal egos. It must be invested with electability not dragged down by political baggage, and above all else, in everything we do we must be seen as a professional, shrewd and a viable alternative to the Establishment. We must be self-critical when necessary and not rest on the laurels of a single man being elected onto the GLA, however pleasing and positive that may be to us.
Unless we can reorganise our Party with this in mind, we will not unlock our potential, but instead remain prisoners.