Monday, 6 July 2009

OK . . . I over reacted!


Mr Angry yesterday - all quite unnecessary really.

I HAVE been criticised in some quarters for my blog yesterday and I'll take that on the chin.

I would like to say here and now that our BNP website team does a brilliant job. But you don't need me to tell you that, the figures for the number of hits it receives each day shows just how popular it is.

Of course, the BNP website team has lifted articles from my blog before and I didn't say anything so they are surprised and understandably upset that I should suddenly get on my high horse.

This is a strange time. Wholesale changes across the Party and those of us who have been in our comfort zones for nearly a decade now face new challenges. It is a sensitive time and everyone is feeling a little vulnerable.

What upset me was that it looked as though I had posted the article on the BNP website myself. If it had had an introduction saying that this report has been taken off Martin Wingfield's blog, it would have been much more acceptable.

When something appears on this blog it's up for discussion when it appears on the main website it seems more like policy.

Now I hadn't run my thoughts past either Nick or Andrew who are my new bosses and who have entrusted me with publicising their work as MEPs. What must they have thought seeing a quite clear policy direction dictated by their communications officer posted on the main BNP website without any consultation. It would appear very presumptuous and that's what upset me.

Hopefully the outcome of this affair will be that the BNP website team think . . . . "that Wingfield's a prickly old sod, better check it's OK before we lift anything from his blog in future."

Disappointment in Northern France last night when an unholy alliance of mainstream and far-left political parties grabbed a narrow victory over the Front National in Hénin-Beaumont.

Voters apparently responded to appeals from high-profile politicians and celebrities to elect a leftwing mayor, defeating the candidate of Jean-Marie Le Pen's party by 52% to 48%.

Daniel Duquenne, who scored just 20% in the first round of the election against the FN's Steeve Briois's 39%, was elected only after the political opposition joined forces to prevent the FN taking control of the former mining town.

My colleagues Clive Jefferson and Alistair Barbour are speeding (not literally I hope) down the M6 as I speak to a demonstration in support of Robin Evans and the Lancashire Four - details on the main website.

Tina and I are still on the office search here in the North West while Chris Beverley is doing the same in Yorkshire.

I spoke with Nick Griffin MEP last night and he says he definitely favours a campaigning office in the centre of a community rather than a remote prestige office. I'm hopeful that we can combine the two - prestige AND in the centre of the community - and I might just have something up my sleeve.

Busy week ahead with a branch meeting in Copeland, regional meeting in Manchester and then a staff meeting at the weekend.

I had been hoping to get to Workington Reds vs Carlisle United on Saturday, a 'friendly' that always has a lot of passion associated with it, but now, for me, that first football match of the 2009-10 season will be at a later date.

3 comments:

Angel said...

Typical mainstream/far-left political (and no doubt media) collusion to deny the indigenous people of Hénin-Beaumont their preferred choice and no doubt sink France even further into the multicultural and Islamic abyss. You just know that this fight for national survival is never going to be won by the ballot box alone, as the political deviants conspire to marginalise the nationalist vote while the immigrant vote increases inexorably in their favour - a lot like here.

Scarborough_Comet said...

Hope you find a nice office! In Belgium Vlaams Belang have offices in prominent places, and you don't get much more prominent than one I photographed in Mechelen last year - right on the town's market square!

Miss Sweden said...

What upset me was that it looked as though I had posted the article on the BNP website myself. If it had had an introduction saying that this report has been taken off Martin Wingfield's blog, it would have been much more acceptable.


I saw the article when it was still up. It said at the end that the article had come from your blog and it gave your blog's address as well.