“Brief statement regarding my position as to the Eddy Butler leadership challenge from Roy Jones, former Aberdeen and North East Scotland Sub Regional Organiser, candidate at council, European and Parliamentary level for North East Scotland and North Aberdeen.
Firstly I would like to say that certain events since the announcement of Eddy Butler’s leadership challenge have left many of us in Scotland with a very bad taste in our mouths concerning the tactics used by the party management.
It has become perfectly apparent that the BNP has become a dictatorship in which freedom of speech is being denied to officials, activists and members alike. Many nationalists here in Scotland met Eddy a couple of weeks ago. In a full and frank conversation it became clear that the problems we have had here in Scotland are much the same as those experienced by the main party down south. We seem to be on a merry go round of good people offering their support to the party and being willing to work but finding themselves cast aside when they have voiced their views and concerns over the leadership style. This is quite obviously synonymous with what is happening throughout the rest of the party.
Clearly Nick Griffin’s achievements since he took over should be recognised and he will be remembered as the most successful nationalist leader in our history up until now, but something has gone wrong. We seem to be in a one step forward two steps back scenario. Just as we are about to achieve a breakthrough with the British public, we score an own goal and the resulting bad press undoes all our good work. Those people advising Mr Griffin are quite clearly not doing their jobs properly and seem to be there just to secure his position as Chairman.
The old adage that all publicity is good publicity simply is not true. Bad press is exactly what it says. This week’s latest bad press involving Nick was so sad to see. Instead of allowing the odious Peter Tatchell the chance to express his opinions, Tatchell was forcibly bundled away by party security at the very moment Nick Griffin was claiming to have been victimised by the establishment when he was banned from Buckingham Palace. This debacle will have just cost us thousands more votes. The idiotic media storm disclosing details of the alleged murder plot just before a general election probably cost us tens of thousands of votes.
As we all know, the present financial situation of the BNP is extremely precarious and the succession of law suits, costs and damages against us demonstrate that all is not well with the party leadership. This must change and would never have happened, had someone done their job properly and advised Nick that the consequences of his decisions would lead to financial meltdown.
We are now in a situation where our own head office is leading a gutter smear campaign against Eddy. If we were a truly democratic party, then this would never have happened. The lies spread by some people within the party concerning the highjacking of websites etc. is both sad and destructive. To allow themselves to be manipulated like this to secure their positions shows exactly why we will never move forward unless someone puts a stop to this type of conduct.
It is now time for this leadership challenge to go ahead in a reasoned, democratic manner with both sides allowed to express their opinions in open debate. Rumours abound concerning possible purges after the conclusion of this challenge, should Nick win. This is quite disgusting. We are all nationalists and must work together afterwards, otherwise we will be finished as a nation.
Members up here in the far north east and throughout Scotland fully support this leadership challenge by Eddy Butler. We all feel this will bring a much needed breath of fresh air. This is essential if our cause is to advance.