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“Many years ago I remember my parents trying to dissuade me from being actively involved in nationalist politics. It would ruin my career, I could get attacked, I could go to jail, it would bring repercussions onto my family – and so forth. I pointed out that if these things were true then I was even more honour bound to resist as clearly by making these statements they were conceding that we were living under a tyranny.
It is very important therefore that the Party itself operates in this manner.
But what do we find?
Today three prominent members from Cornwall have had their membership suspended, with no specific accusation made against them, contrary to natural justice (although I believe remarkably, that the Chairman inserted a clause in our Constitution saying that natural justice has no part in the workings of the British National Party).
I have heard of another organiser who has recently been summarily sacked and as he was a probationary member (i.e. he hasn‘t been a members for over two years) his membership was instantly terminated. I have heard of other branches which are about to be closed down.
The reasons for these actions are not hard to find. There is going to be a leadership challenge, which is already being conducted in a climate of fear where people openly talk about, figuratively, ‘having their legs cut off’ if they are seen to be opposing the current Chairman.
Are these grumbles legitimate? Is it best to sack people for grumbling or is it best to cure the problem they are grumbling about – presuming of course there is something valid to cure?
So are our finances run in a proper manner?
For the last few years our accounts have been presented to the Electoral Commission late and we have been fined.
The last set of accounts were incomplete and our Auditors gave us a bad report.
The Electoral Commission are currently investigating our donations.
The figures recently presented by the leadership on the website and at various meetings to justify their probity laughably do not add up.
No set of accounts has ever been presented to the Advisory Council despite numerous requests.
Contrary to the Constitution the Advisory Council has never appointed the auditor.
It is claimed that we have an independent accountant – yet he is an employee of the Party, is based in the unit Jim Dowson runs in Belfast and so far as I have ever known (and I met him twice on business) he is a friend of Jim Dowson’s. Whatever his qualifications or competencies may be this cannot be termed an independent accountant.
The above facts alone fully justify my request that Nick Griffin makes arrangements for an independent internal investigation into the Party’s finances to clear this matter up once and for all and provide a clean bill of health. The only way this can possibly be done is via an EGM appointing such people, yet Nick Griffin has refused this. It can hardly be wondered that rumours are spread if there is no willingness to act in a transparent way. The answer is not to act as a petty tyrant throwing the Party’s weight around to silence internal dissent.
When I was National Organiser I only had to properly suspend one person – who was in fact from my Region. He accepted the suspension without recourse to a tribunal – although I would not pretend that he liked me for it (he is still moaning now even though his suspension has expired). I issued instructions that no probationary member was to have their probationary membership terminated without informing me of the facts first – as it is all too easy for people whose face doesn’t fit with a Regional Organiser to be unfairly dismissed.
This is why the leadership blundered in holding a mock show trial of Mark Collett on Easter Monday in front of about 100 members. It is impossible now for Mark Collett to get a fair hearing in the Party and it will be impossible for the Party leadership to take disciplinary action against him. The same goes for Simon Bennett who in his absence went through a similar show trial conducted by Jim Dowson (strange you might think as he is a non-member and an outside contractor, contracted to provide fund-raising services) at a meeting near Leicester a couple of Sunday’s ago.
Instead of walking into the minefield of tribunals and suspensions, it is far better to address the points of concern. There is genuine concern over the Party’s finances. It has been an on-going concern – a festering sore – for many years. It is time to lance the boil once and for all which is why, in the face of Nick Griffin’s refusal to allow an independent internal investigation – we simply need new political leadership for this party in order to re-establish financial confidence.”