|Something Rotten||Divisive tendencies within the BNP|
Just over a month from now, a series of elections will be held which will be of vital importance to the British National Party. Over recent months the party leadership has, quite rightly, been calling on all its members and supporters to put in the very maximum effort to assist its election campaigns with both money and active work.
And many of these members and supporters have responded magnificently. We know some of them, and are fully cognisant of the sacrifices they have made.
For the BNP to be worthy of these sacrifices, the very least we can ask is that its leaders be totally focused on the elections and ready and able to take the party into them as a united body, marching in a single direction, speaking with a single voice and acting with a single will. As part of all this, every event and activity that can contribute usefully to the elections should be welcomed and every individual talent and contribution should be harnessed to them, with personal rivalries, jealousies and dislikes put into the background.
This is why a development that occurred last month should be profoundly disturbing to the party followers. It indicates something in the heart of the BNP that could, without exaggeration, be called a 'canker' - eating away at everything that is fine and healthy in the party and undermining its spirit.
The details of this development are supplied in a report entitled 'Something Rotten 2' in the latest additions to this website. We urge readers to study them and ponder their implications. A meeting due to take place in Clitheroe, Lancashire, which could have contributed to the campaign for the June elections both as a raiser of morale and money, became the target of a deliberate act of sabotage. And whence came this attempted sabotage? The Anti-Nazi League? 'Anti-Fascist' Action? The local Trades Council? The Labour Party? Any other one of the myriad of left-wing organisations that have been mobilising to stop the BNP next month? No, it came from the BNP leadership!
The editor of Spearhead had been invited some weeks previously to be the guest speaker at the Clitheroe meeting. Right from the start, the North West regional organiser, acting beyond doubt on the directions of the chairman of the party, tried to pressure the branch organiser to cancel the invitation. After all this had failed, Mr Tony Lecomber, calling himself the party's 'Director of Group Development and Regulation', issued an edict against our editor forbidding him to speak. The pretext for this was a quite ridiculous one relating to a photograph of him in a political uniform taken nearly 42 years ago. Our editor, after consulting legal advice, told Mr Lecomber that he would not be dictated to and intended to speak at the meeting regardless.
In the coming weeks the BNP can expect its enemies and the news media to mount a massive smear campaign to dissuade the public from voting for the party. This campaign will employ all kinds of photographs, reports, articles and documented records relating to politically embarrassing actions and statements among the present leadership which are of much more recent vintage than anything involving our editor and in 'Something Rotten 2' we have provided just three examples. All this makes a mockery of the purported excuse for trying to sabotage the Clitheroe meeting. This act of attempted sabotage most certainly was part of a petty and selfish vendetta, but we fear that there could be much more behind it than merely that. It must be seen against the background of numerous extremely divisive tendencies that have arisen in the BNP in recent times, many of them in no way connected with our editor personally. At a time when conditions on the national scene are working more and more to the advantage of the BNP and have provided us with some notable victories, the unity of our party should be solid and its morale sky-high. Instead, we are deeply divided and many of our best members have been dropping out in disgust and disillusionment, sometimes taking part in the formation of new and separate nationalist parties, which Britain really doesn't need.
In the next few weeks, nothing must be allowed to detract from the unity of effort that the BNP must produce in order to do well in the coming elections. But when those elections are over there are things in the party that are going to seriously need sorting out. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "a house divided against itself cannot stand."