As discussed in the last British Nationalist bulletin, the full text of the proposed changes to the party Constitution have now been published in full on the BNP website. These have been posted prominently on the Featured Articles section, which means that they will stay there in full view from now until the meeting. They are also being sent to you now at the bottom of this email, so that you can study them for yourself and pass them on to others. They will also be on display at the RWB itself.
The full current Constitution is also online (linked in the article itself) so that you and your members can compare the two and see the changes in full context.
Finally, the BNP members have been allowed to view the actual Constitution of the Party of which they are members! It seems that Nick Griffin has done all he can up to now to prevent people from seeing the Constitution, as a full reading of it leaves one in little doubt that it allows Nick Griffin to run the BNP like a Dictatorship.
Predictably, all the usual suspects - Lancaster UAF, the false flag 'nationalist' blogs run by Searchlight, the neo-Nazi cranks and various air-headed Tory types - are working themselves into hysteria about these changes, which they portray - in typical contradictory terms - as either 'dictatorial' or 'weak'. But rather than merely deciding to vote FOR anything that their unholy anti-BNP alliance opposes, you are asked to take a few minutes to study the proposals for yourself.
Yawn….. Come on Nick, change the record. It is your most common tactic to lump all your enemies (note YOUR enemies, not usually enemies of the BNP) into one and then attempt to create a ‘them’ versus ‘us’ mentality in the eyes of the membership. You have churned out the same rubbish for years, just like you did when you split the National Front many years ago with your expulsions and accusations. The one thing that you seem to be forgetting is that aside from the Red Scum, everyone else who criticises you actually wants to save the BNP, hence why they criticise you. To assume that ‘we are under attack from the usual suspects’ is simply false. YOU are under attack from many people out in the open who there is no need to suspect – no decent Nationalists are attacking the BNP, just you.
As you will see, the biggest change proposed by the four motions is related to future leadership elections. These proposals arose partly as a result of concern by very large numbers of local officials who were sick and tired of having to reassure good-hearted but less experienced activists that the Internet and media chatter about such things creating a 'crisis' for our party on an annual basis were wholly unfounded. At the same time as proposing to move forward to elections for four-year, fixed term leadership (starting with a compulsory leadership election next year), however, the proposals also fill the gap in the old Constitution, which leaves the arrangements for such contests purely at the discretion of the leader at the time.
And what a change that would be! The Constitution was fine as long as your propaganda and spin was keeping members happy that we were on the verge of a breakthrough, that we were the fastest growing party in the country, and that all your enemies were the enemies of the BNP. In fact, you deemed the Constitution fine so long as nobody troubled your lofty position and pay packet at the top of the tree. When more and more good people (high ranking officials, local-level officials, hard-working activists, donators) became disillusioned with you, and your running of OUR party, and some even had the temerity to stand against you, you want to change the rules!
The reason that things are blown out of proportion are as follows:
There is no democratic accountability in the BNP.
There is no proper and just disciplinary procedure in the BNP.
There are no set rules on how a leadership contest will take place – Where do people go to get nomination papers? Who is the returning officer?
There was potentially going to be a leadership contest this year, yet rather than BNP publications and/or the website informing members of this, it said nothing – why do you think members wondered what was going on and either got information from people hostile to you or from people that you instruct to spread lies and disinformation? This created a hostile environment, as did your bad mouthing of Cllr. Colin Auty when he announced that he would be standing against you.
You are immensely paranoid and this ensures that an environment of mistrust exists and that you stack the odds in your favour so that any competitor has little or no chance of winning an election against you. You enter the ring against your opponent having tied his hands together and stabbed him in the back.
Leadership campaigns should be encouraged – people respond to incentives. The best person should lead the BNP and should do a good enough job every year to justify being re-elected every year, in a friendly environment.
In reality, it is the more experienced officials who are your largest critics as they have seen all this from you before. It is the wet behind the ears newcomers who are your biggest fans, as they have not yet had the chance to see how incompetent, greedy and paranoid you really are. However, you want to make it seem that “large numbers of local officials” are behind you all the way and thus convince those wavering that ‘everyone who is anyone in the BNP is behind Mr. Griffin’. What about the large number (over 60 officials and councillors) who resigned in protest at your latest round of purges against decent nationalists in December 2007?
The new proposals for the mechanics of leadership elections, and the shifting of the date to the Autumn so as to get them well away from the usual May/June election dates, were worked out after extensive debate by a Constitutional revision working party appointed by the Advisory Council earlier this year. It is hoped that the proposed commitment to a clearly fair and democratic debate will not only be appreciated by our members but will also reinforce the party's democratic credentials to a wider audience.
You have to be having a laugh here Nick? When has anything been fair and democratic with you? It is you who:
Expels people without a tribunal
Expels those in charge of BNP media who don’t hang onto your every word, and replaces them with Griffin supporters
Called Chris Jackson and his supporters “vermin” for having the audacity to want democratic reform
Called Cllr. Colin Auty a “back-stabbing c***” when he announced that he would be standing against you this year
Appoints all national officials in the BNP, regardless of the job they are doing, and appoints on favouritism and personal agenda’s rather than ability to get the job done
In addition, since the shift to a four-year term could be seen as handing more power to the leader (though, with only two leadership contests in the party's 26-year history so far, some may think that to claim so is to ignore reality), there is also an extremely important move to hand to the Annual Conference the power by a two-third majority vote in effect to pass a vote of 'No Confidence' in the leader and trigger a leadership contest in any year. It is hoped that this combination will both deny our opponents the opportunity to encourage and exploit rumours of annual contests by manipulated 'no-hope' candidates, and at the same time provide an important safeguard to prevent any leader, present or future, from trying to move beyond anything approved of by the majority of the Voting Members - the local officials and key activists who really make the party tick.
Your changes have nothing to do with future leaders, and everything to do with the present leader. Because of your track record of expulsions, slandering and accusations, against anyone who does not give you (again you, not the BNP) total loyalty, people are scared to speak out or lead a rebellion against you and you know this. You rule like Machiavelli’s Prince. You know that there is very little chance of two thirds of voting members voting you out as you expel or sideline any voting member who questions your ability or your integrity. You wanted to expel all those who signed the nomination papers for Chris Jackson – that is the depths of your sick and paranoid agenda. That agenda is personal and wholly against the interests of the BNP.
You mention that there have only been two leadership elections in the last 26 years, yet there would have been two in the last two years had your bully boy tactics not prevented a respected Councillor from standing against you. Thus the trend is that more and more people are getting sick of the current leadership i.e. you, and to safeguard against this you want to guarantee yourself a four year term.
The fact that you compliment Voting Members who really do make the Party tick is a simple ploy to try and get them onside. If you ever got wind of Voting Members not being happy with you, you would expel the ‘ring-leaders’ (without a tribunal no doubt), would butter up the rest of the voting members in publications controlled by you, would get your gimps to phone around the rest of the voting members extolling your virtues, and would use your spin and propaganda gimps to brainwash anyone else.
The Voting Membership's power over major policy changes will also be enshrined in the new Constitution if the motion is approved. This is not only what has already been agreed as the right way forward, but it would also put an end to the endless black propaganda tales that the leadership are planning to let in black members or similar nonsense.
The other particularly important change (several of them are minor, tidying up points) would be to allow future Constitutional amendments to be voted on by postal ballot. The Constitutional working party proposed this in order to deal with the potential problem that, when the Constitution was first written by John Tyndall in 1982, the entire membership could be fitted into a large number of meeting places. Since then, fortunately, a ten-fold membership growth means that, to get even a quarter of our membership into a meeting hall would be possible in so few venues that, quite apart from the huge cost involved, we would be extraordinarily unlikely to be able to find a venue willing to have us or to withstand the inevitable pressure from the far-left.
Would the postal ballots be sent to a Griffin friendly official no doubt? In see-through envelopes, like last time, so that Chris Jackson votes could be seen by putting them up to the window or the light bulb? Where would they be stored? You can get thousands of people in a field; the BNP would not get many thousands of members to an EGM while you are in charge.
This is why it was decided by the Advisory Council that the end of the RWB was the only time and place practical for the holding of such a debate and series of votes, and why our working party decided to propose to include the option of postal ballots in future.
Not surprisingly, the usual little cliques of malcontents are all hoping that a natural desire to go home at the end of a busy weekend will leave the meeting short on officials and members with a mature attitude to serious organisation, and long on individuals who for one reason or another will be there to cause trouble or push their own personal agendas, rather than doing what is best for the party. We are not asking that you come along with your minds already made up, still less that you think in terms of voting in favour of the proposals automatically just because they are being proposed by the most successful leadership in the history of British nationalism. But we are asking that you make the effort to be there, to listen to the debate and to vote for what you genuinely think is best for the BNP - regardless of which way you judge that to be. And we ask that you also mobilise your local members to do the same.
And here we go again… “little cliques of malcontents”. By this Nick Griffin means anyone who does not either like him, his running of the BNP, or both. Yet of course Griffin will be OK as he has those with a “mature attitude to serious organisation” to rely on. i.e. if you don’t for Griffins proposals then you are immature and would like the rest of the BNP to be run like the Treasury Department. The best interests of the Party would be for Nick Griffin to resign there and then, yet for the time being it is imperative that he does not get away with getting himself a four year term (knowing how fixed the potential winner takes all election in 2009 would be).
Let's us this opportunity not only to further strengthen the foundations on which the British National Party is based, but also as a way to boost even further the attendance at this year's Red-White-and-Blue. No doubt you are already aware that the Labour council and the far-left's brave cyber-warriors and lock-supergluers are almost hysterical in their efforts to stop it going ahead, or at least to put people off and cut down our numbers and our fun. They know that the BNP is on a roll and they are desperate to inflict some kind of 'defeat' on us before the gathering economic crisis brings the time of explosive growth that puts us way beyond their league forever. So please come along, preferably on Friday 15th so that there are so many of us and our families there that it will be their morale that, yet again, takes a battering. See you there!
Yes Nick, see you there!
GENERAL MEMBERS' MEETINGSunday 17th August 2008, 3.30 pm.Political Marquee, Red-White-and-Blue Field. Codnor, Derbyshire.Entry: Paid up current BNP members only. No charge. Current membershp card must be shown to gain entry.
S.5.1. Replace “the organisers of the party's four strongest regions” with “all Regional Organisers”.
S.5.2. replace “three times a year” with “four times a year”
This is a pretty straight-forward start – used to get people used to voting ‘yes’.
The whole of the existing Section 4 should be replaced with:
S.4.1. Elections for the post of National Chairman shall be held every four years, starting in 2009. Nominations shall open on 20th July in each leadership election year and close at noon on 10th August. The election shall be held on a 'one member, one vote' basis in a secret postal ballot of all members paid up by 1st of July.
S.4.2. Any member of the party may become a candidate for the post of National Chairman of the party provided that person has on or before the close of nominations is and has been a fully paid up member of the party for a minimum of five consecutive years, and has secured the signatures on his or her nomination paper of ten current Voting Members and one hundred members each with a minimum of 24 months continuous membership. Each member can only nominate one candidate.
So now you are expecting people such as elected Councillors to get 110 signatures – and ten of those must be from Voting Members who you would then expel anyway. This, by the way, without access to knowing who is a member and who isn’t, or indeed how long they have been members for.
S.4.3. Notification of a leadership election shall be issued in the September issue of British Nationalist, while the October issue will include an A4 manifesto sheet from each candidate (designed and supplied by them) and a ballot paper, and will be sent by post to all members, including those who normally receive their bulletins electronically.
S.4.4. A prerecorded debate between the candidates shall be publicised on BNPtv, a private page on the BNP website will give each candidate up to six sides of A4 designed by them, the party magazine shall give each candidate equal space to set out their ideas, and at least three hustings meetings will be held with equal time for each candidate in different parts of the country and be open to all paid up members from the areas in question. In the event that unavoidable external circumstances render any of these methods of communication impractical they may be omitted or replaced as decided by a simple majority vote of a special meeting of the Advisory Council.
Try and make out that in future you will be much fairer to your challengers than you ever have been in the past, in order to convince people that although elections will be every four years instead of every year, you will give them a bit more of a chance than you have done before.
S.4.5. The ballot papers shall be kept unopen-ed until the post has arrived on the third Thursday of October, where all received ballots shall be opened and counted under the supervision of two senior officials appointed by the AC who are not candidates, together with the candidates and up to two scrutineers each.
S.4.6. The election shall take place on a first past the post basis.
S.4.7. In any election year in which no nominations for the post of National Chairman of the party are received in accordance with Sub-section 2 of this Section, the currently serving holder of the post will be deemed to have received a mandate from the party to hold it for a further full term. In any election year where a leadership challenge is entered the currently serving National Chairman shall be deemed to be nominated automatically should he wish to stand again.
i.e. “In those circumstances where my efforts to stop nomination papers being signed works, I will be re-elected without the need for a leadership election, and we can have another four years of expelling my critics and promoting myself in BNP publications”.
S.4.8. In event of a General Election being called before the ballot papers have been posted, the campaign may be suspended at the discretion of simple majority vote of the AC, resuming the schedule immediately after polling day.
S.4.9. If an outgoing National Chairman is a paid employee of the party and either does not wish to remain as such or is not required as such by the new incumbent, he shall receive severance pay in line with the statutory requirement, plus one month for each year served up to a total of eight years, and one week extra for each year thereafter.
You have got to be joking?! Why just the National Chairman? Why not all those you fire at whim? Why this at all? Basically you are saying “either let me milk the BNP as Chairman or you will have to give me a massive pay-off if you vote me out”. You should be Chairman for the love of nationalism, not the love of money. If ever there was proof that you were in it for the money Nick then this is it - get out of our party you money obsessed moron.
S.4.10. The successful candidate in any such election will be considered as occupying the office of National Chairman immediately on completion of the counting of votes in that election.
Please note that the following proposed alterations are so closely connected to the changes proposed for S.4 that it is necessary to take them together with it as one composite motion 1.
S.5.6. The only other power of the Advisory Council shall be that it may call a General Members' Meeting by a two-thirds majority of Advisory Council members voting in a properly convened meeting with a quorum of two-thirds, even if this is opposed by the National Chairman. Alternatively the National Chairman may call such a meeting or postal ballot at any time he deems it necessary. Should such a meeting or ballot be called, it must be held within 40 days, and the matter which led to it being called shall be put to the members to decide. If a two-thirds majority of those voting should vote against the National Chairman then he is bound to accept that decision or to resign from the leadership, triggering a leadership election in which he may stand if he so wishes.
As if anyone on the AC would dare undermine you like that Nick? Those hand picked people would be out of a job, out of a position, and no doubt out of the BNP with a few insults thrown in. You rule by fear, and most of those brave enough to stand up against you have been expelled.
S.5.7. The National Chairman may also be held to account by a motion proposed and supported in writing by twenty Voting Members and submitted to the party's registered headquarters address not later than 14 days before the date of the Annual Conference. This motion shall then be debated and voted upon by all Voting Members at the conference and, if passed by a minimum two-thirds majority, a leadership election shall be triggered, using the procedures and time-scale laid out in this Constitution, but with the schedule starting from 14 days after the date of the Annual Conference. The previous National Chairman may stand in this election is he so wishes.
S.5.10. A member of the Advisory Council shall not be removed from the Advisory Council on the day of an Advisory Council meeting.General Members' Meetings & Ballots
S.13.2. In the event of the National Chairman or the Advisory Council calling a General Members' Meeting, at least 14 days' notice must be given to all members by post with notification of the proposed motions. All members of the party shall have the right to attend and vote, subject to the provisions of Section 2, Sub-section 6 of this Constitution.
S.13.3. remove “not later than 28 days before the scheduled date of the meeting” and replace “National Chairman” with “Chairman of the meeting.”
Motion 3Postal ballot option
S.13.5. General Members' Meetings may only be called by the National Chairman or by the Advisory Council in accordance with Section 5 of this Constitution. All matters which may be decided by a General Members' Meeting may also be put to the membership by postal ballot. The motions for such a postal ballot are to be decided by a two thirds majority of the Advisory Council or by the National Chairman and are to be sent out in the first available British Nationalist together with a ballot paper for each paid up member, who should have a minimum of 14 days in which to return the ballot paper. The opening and counting of the ballots is to be witnessed by the proposers and a minimum of two national officers, with all members of the Advisory Council entitled to attend should they so wish.
Determination of Core Policies by Voting Members(Note: This is part of a rolling programme intended to transfer additional key powers to the Voting Membership, and further changes in that regard are expected in the future as the institution itself develops)
Remove Section 3.1.d.
S.13.4. Add Section 14 to list of protected Sections in S.13.4. and remove reference to ghost ss.6.
S.14.2. Change method of notification of any changes to the Constitution to “or publication on the party's official website.”
Add S.14.3. No proposals to change any part of Section 1 of this Constitution, or to change or adopt any major policy, are to be proposed to either a General Members' Meeting or in a postal ballot until previously passed by the Annual Conference of Voting Members.