An interesting read.

Andrew Brons to form ‘new’ political party?


So suggests a discussion on the British Democracy Forum posted yesterday; or, more accurately, it claims that he is to effectively ‘takeover’ a small existing one: the Democratic Nationalists. Could there be an element of truth in this? Before turning to this specific question, it is worth setting the scene with respect to the state of Andrew Brons’s current political home: the BNP.

Andrew Brons


The Rise and Demise of the BNP
A few years ago, the BNP looked as if it might hold out the promise of breaking into the mainstream of British politics and becoming a credible moderate nationalist party. Its membership peaked at circa 14,000, but has been on a downward trajectory ever since; now, the party is estimated as possessing between 2,000-3,000 members. Despite the protestations of its leader – Nick Griffin – and his apologists, the subsequent collapse in the BNP’s fortunes has not primarily been due to concerted media and political opposition, but to problems within the party itself. These include a lack of internal party democracy; bad strategic decisions; the adoption of some frankly outlandish policies, and the presence of some equally outlandish individuals with an inexplicable fetish for German National Socialism. This latter fact has of course given opponents of the BNP a very large stick with which to beat the party and its members again and again. Nick Griffin’s own failure to distance the BNP from Holocaust denial and his attempt to defend David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan on the BBC’s Question Time were both gratuitously unnecessary and disastrous for the party.

The failure of mainstream political parties in the UK to do anything other than vigorously advocate and facilitate globalisation, mass immigration and multiculturalism over the past couple of decades, meant that many people who joined and voted for the BNP did so not because they were ‘Nazis’ or ‘fascists’ as the party’s detractors liked to claim, but because they saw in it a potential vehicle for the articulation of their concerns. Unfortunately, this vehicle proved not to be roadworthy owing to its reckless owner and driver – Nick Griffin – a man whom time has revealed to be interested not in the salvation of his country, but in the salvation of his bank balance. He grew the party to a size at which he could make a decent living from its membership, and having done so, appeared to be content to tithe the party faithful and to purge the party of its more talented high profile members whilst promoting incompetents to senior positions. This, in essence, is why the BNP has been a manifest failure in terms of practical politics.

A Leadership Challenge and a ‘parallel party Structure’
Despite the aforementioned, some people of talent have remained within the BNP, and Andrew Brons, elected as MEP for Yorkshire and Humber at the party’s high watermark in June 2009, must surely rank as foremost amongst their number. He unsuccessfully challenged for the BNP leadership earlier this year, losing to Griffin by a mere eight votes. Some within the party blamed those who had left to set up the British Freedom Party or to join the English Democrats for Griffin managing to maintain his grip on power, and a degree of bitterness amongst some party members with respect to those who left – particularly towards Eddy Butler and his endorsement of the English Democrats – has been evident on this score.

Following Brons’s defeat, Griffin’s mismanagement of the BNP has continued with the consequence that the party has remained split down the middle, with the Brons faction last month making moves to establish a “parallel party structure” within the BNP in the hope that should Griffin finally bankrupt the party and be compelled to relinquish the leadership, an effective replacement would be waiting in the wings. Unfortunately for those advocating this approach, there is no sign that Griffin has any intention of going anywhere, which means that the parallel party strategy could prove to be futile. It is thus likely that Brons’s realisation of this reality has prompted his decision – should the rumours prove to be true – to join the Democratic Nationalists, a small nationalist party registered by breakaway members of the BNP in March 2008. The primary motivating factor for its formation was dissatisfaction amongst many members at the failure of the BNP leadership to address their legitimate concerns regarding the absence of effective democratic procedures within the party, as articulated on the ‘Enough is Enough’ blog.

The Democratic Nationalists: a suitable Vehicle?
Dr James Lewthwaite is currently the most publicly well-known member of the Democratic Nationalists. Unlike Nick Griffin, Dr Lewthwaite can be counted as amongst those who place their political principles ahead of personal interests, and for this he has paid a heavy personal price insofar as his academic career was cut short by the University of Sheffield because of his involvement with the BNP. He now works as a security guard.

Since its foundation however, the Democratic Nationalists have not fired the public imagination, and have polled consistently poorly where they have stood. One of the reasons is the party’s near invisibility and the modest scale of its resources. It is currently reckoned to possess somewhere in the region of 50-75 members, with its strongest base being in Bradford where it has previously fielded candidates at ward elections. Its website is in desperate need of a revamp, both in terms of its presentation and content. Its sketchy outline of policy needs to be fleshed out and content needs to be regularly augmented by topical articles, for it can appear at first glance to be essentially a ‘dead’ site dating from the early days of the internet. Alternatively, should Brons join the party, it could make more sense for the BNP Ideas site to be rebranded as that of the Democratic Nationalists, for BNP Ideas is far easier upon the eye and features a regular stream of articles that are of superior quality to those posted on the shoddy official BNP site.

The question is: why would Brons wish to join the Democratic Nationalists, and why would the Democratic Nationalists wish to have Brons? If he did join, what role would he assume? As a sitting MEP capable of bringing a significant number of members to the Democratic Nationalists and of removing the cloak of invisibility which currently masks the micro-party, one would assume that he would be given a senior if not the most senior role in the party. If so, one could perhaps draw a parallel with the recent experience of the British Freedom Party, which after its launch in November 2010 experienced a fractious first year witnessing an early split followed by many months in the doldrums, until last month its founding Executive Council members stood down in favour of the Chairmanship of ex-UKIP member Paul Weston who is now seeking to relaunch the BFP as a ‘new’ party. Might not Brons attempt something similar? It would after all, be a quicker option than launching an entirely new party from scratch, and represent a far more rational approach than the current wait and see ‘parallel party structure’ one.

If Brons moves across to the Democratic Nationalists no time should be wasted in setting out the party’s ideology and vision which must be tempered by electoral pragmatism: the aim of party politics first and foremost should be winning elections backed with a solid popular mandate. This necessitates focusing on a few key issues of concern to the public, first and foremost of which should be economic policy based upon sound nationalist principles: anti-globalist, protectionist and technologically innovative. Few people voted for Blair in 1997 or in subsequent elections because they wanted mass immigration, multiculturalism and the imposition of the attendant ideology of ‘diversity’ backed by stiff legal measures, but this is what they got; they voted for him because they were convinced that Labour could handle the economy more effectively than the Tories. It is primarily upon the question of the economy that elections are won and lost, and true nationalists have better solutions to the current structural crisis in which we find ourselves than the globalist free marketeers. The British Freedom Party had hitherto adopted an unambiguous anti-globalist economic policy, but since Paul Weston assumed the helm, I have a sinking feeling that it is rapidly shifting in the direction of advocating Atlanticist Thatcherite economic policies, as suggested by the following recent comment that he made in an interview published on the Vlad Tepes blog: “UKIP I think are good, and we are essentially UKIP but we will talk about Islam.”

Winning Elections
Today, the key to winning elections lies in effective communications and finely honing and disseminating messages that resonate with the public. Nationalists possess many messages that the public would wish to hear, but for too long the voices of cranks have drowned these out and caused the public to stop up their ears and refuse to listen. The cranks who have held back nationalism in this country for so many years must not be permitted to wreck nationalism’s prospects in the years ahead. A serious nationalist party must have nothing to do with them.

Another trap that should be avoided is that of becoming fixated upon a single issue with which the party becomes irrevocably associated in the public mind, as in the cases of UKIP and EU withdrawal; the English Democrats and an English Parliament; the British Freedom Party and anti-Islamism. A successful nationalist party will address all of these concerns, but should not make any one of them the central plank of its electoral campaign, for should it do so, it will undoubtedly fail. Yes, do air these issues, but keep pushing the nationalist position on the economy over and over again to demonstrate that nationalism offers our people the prospect of a better future than any of the alternatives. The conditions are right for nationalism to make a breakthrough, the only real things holding it back being poor strategy and fragmentation between different nationalist factions.

If Brons decides to switch parties, this will have a serious impact upon the BNP which could easily lose half of its existing membership as a consequence. However, it is likely that a small rump BNP would continue under Nick Griffin’s leadership as a zombie party, offering a refuge for the hard of thinking and those predisposed towards the cult of (a deeply flawed) personality. This would continue to be a hindrance to nationalist politics in the UK insofar as it would siphon off the votes of that proportion of the nationalistically inclined electorate that is unaware of the reality of the party. 

One other question that naturally suggests itself should Brons join the Democratic Nationalists is: how will his employees Eddy Butler and Chris Beverley, both members of the English Democrats, react? 

 
 
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11 thoughts on “An interesting read.

  1. Anonymous

    I agree entirely with the argument that nationalism ought to emphasise the economic argument. I have said it for decades that every nationalist must learn the importance of economics and promote Social Credit. I have been shouted down by those who claim that 'Race is all' but as is being proven now, the sheeple only begin to stir once their comforts are taken away, altruistic as it may be to bang on about the mythical 'race war' the sheeple will not give two fucks unless the issue at hand affects their own selfish needs. "Ask not what the Nation can do for you but, what you can do for the Nation" just doesn't raise an iota of acknowledgment from these sheeple we need to pander to for their 'X'.If anything, we need to say that we will save the people from themselves but they would piss and moan that we were patronising them, teaching them the intricacies of Social Credit would be far easier!Fly on shit!

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  2. Anonymous

    I must take issue with the statement, 'Today, the key to winning elections lies in effective communications and finely honing and disseminating messages that resonate with the public.' Surely the key to winning elections is to be of the LibLabCon Party as this is the only party that has a chance of electoral victory; if it were otherwise doubtless voting would be abolished.

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  3. GriffinWatch

    I take issue with the entire electoral system, it's fixed and we will never achieve any tangible results from it. It's a dead end street, it wastes valuable money and time. We can't win via the electoral system but people just won't accept this fact.

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  4. Anonymous

    So what is the alternative to the electoral system?We all know that although we have the mandate, the political road to act on this mandate is riddled with roadblocks. So what is the alternative? Take to the hills in some romantic wetdream race war warrior guerrilla or setting up vast swathes of this land under the 'control' of racial/cultural nationalists which would be crushed by the State unless we have a body ready to meet force with force?Unless the majority of our people get off of their fat lazy selfish arses the only time things will change positively for us is when we British become a minority begging for the legislators to appease us with 'positive discrimination' bills! That day of course will be the day that we finally lose our lands.

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  5. GriffinWatch

    @12:15You have largely answered the question yourself, waking up and motivating the slumbering public,ie education, is the key. We must get amongst our communities all year round, not just pop up and ask for their votes during election times. "If voting changed anything, THEY would make it illegal" Why do you think that we are stuck in this current rut? It's because the electoral system doesn't serve us, as it stands it is merely an illusion of democracy, intentionaly made so.Did you vote for a multicultural society? Or to be in Europe, no you didn't, you were not given a choice in the matters, so how can their be any faith in this electoral system?

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  6. Anonymous

    GW.My point is (yeah, I realise that I may have answered my own questions!) where are we headed, the electoral road, creating our own alternative/parallel 'nation within a nation' or arm up and take to the hills?I think you credit our own people with a bit too much ability, educate them? The majority can barely read and write, besides, the proven way is to create an elite/cadre, where the strong lead the sheeple will follow, but where within our ranks are those capable of inspiring.We also need to purge our ranks before any such undertaking is begun of the degenerate scum who attach themselves to our Cause.

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  7. Anonymous

    I dont know who the writer is but i'm afraid the whole piece is riddled with inaccuracies.Who in Griffin's clique has "fetish for national socialism"?? "Griffin's failure to distance BNP from Holocaust denial"????And worse a complete distortion of what actually occurred during "Question Time" the whole failure just did not revolve around "his attempt to defend David Duke" The writer appears to be trooping out the same old tired excuses to cover up for the inability of those "nationalists" like Griffin who have simply not delivered ! When I joined the BNP many of us were assured that once the party was rid of "Hollywood Nazis" the promised land awaited round the.Election victories were within our grasp the party was now electable and ever since we have sold out our principles and core values. And what has happened ?Now the writer wants us to go down the same old tired road !He/she needs to tell us who the cranks are ? apart of course from Griffinstein and his gang of crooks.As long as every nationalist understands we are going to get nowhere participating in a crooked electoral system then at least we have made a significant breakthrough. What will happen for sure in the coming years is the total collapse of the present system,the £6 trillion debt this country has is just not sustainble.The Fabians have been working through the Institutions and have their people in place ready for the time. I've said before nationalists need to read "The new dark age conspiracy" to get to grips with what is coming.The collapse of our country is deliberate as that of the USA.In my opinion we need a leaderless movement and we need to start building now!!As long as we have groups who understand who our enemy is then I will work with anybody.There are lots of good people who visit this site,I'm sure in the coming months some sort of strategy can be worked out.What we also need to kick into touch is this idea that in 5,10 years time its all going to be over.I will never surrender if it takes us 500 years to get our country back then that is what it takes!This thing we are fighting has been in the making for at least a few hundred years !!The Emma situation galvanised nationalists and a lot was achieved by just a few.I'm sure when opportunities arise we will come together.Whiteboar

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  8. GriffinWatch

    "The Emma situation galvanised nationalists and a lot was achieved by just a few.I'm sure when opportunities arise we will come together.Whiteboar"The fact that the establishment (sic) backed down so easily over Emma, was revealing, very revealing indeed. They are worried, clearly, for all of their nefarious laws and idealogically corrupt police, judges and politicians what are they really garnering? Hatred for themselves that is what, hatred from put upon white and non white populations, worldwide. The fear of stretched necks overcame their dark aspirations, we are in a pre-revolutionary mode and they know it. This blog is nothing on the scale of things but it mirrors a spreading Tsunami of truth, that is gathering pace, worldwide. Long may it continue, I remain ever the optimist and realist, despite the mountains that we have yet to scale and scale them we shall.

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  9. Anonymous

    The Democratic Nationalists could of been a viable alternative but soon a jew ensconces in its hierarcy, one Ivan `Bernie' Winter – self-styled, Ivan the Jew.Any English/British nationalist party that want to make progress will never do so with jews having any control or prominence in that party, because they will organize themselves and, using internal democracy, will vote themselves into the driving seat, start helping themselves to members' money and steer the party in all directions other than towards electoral victory – as jewboy Gri££in did and is still doing with the BNP.As for Bron(stein)- an east end London jew – I've never trusted him since his National Front days, when, with his close NF colleague, Gri££in, – and with Brown-Hatter Harrington also playing a major role – Brons was instrumental in the ruination of the National Front – and who do we find at the top of the BNP when it gets wrecked, as John Tyndall predicted, Gri££in and Brons – with State stooge Patricia Brown-Hatter Harrington again assisting on the sidelines.Fly On The Wall.

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