Thursday, 27 August 2009

A difficult summer is coming to an end

IT'S BEEN a long summer. I'm usually saying that when eagerly anticipating the return of football down at Borough Park, but this time I'm talking about the political situation.

Once the local council elections are out of the way, usually the first week in May but this year the first week in June because of the European Elections, serious politics seems to take a back seat until September.

Normally this doesn't effect me as when I was editor of Freedom the newspaper still had to come out. The easing off of election and branch news was more than adequately compensated for by the BNP's Summer School and the Red, White and Blue reports filling any empty pages.

But this year has been different and although I still edited the July issue of Freedom, for the past two months I've been on my new European parliament job and it's taken a bit of getting used to.

What has made matters worse is that after our incredible achievement in getting two MEPs elected, expectation amongst our membership reached an all time high and instant change was expected. But in fact everything just got much harder for us because we had made the transition from a big small party to a small big party and we just didn't have the infrastructure to cope.

MEP ELECTED: An incredible achievement which raised expectations.

Those of you who heard my speech on the Sunday afternoon at the Family Festival in Denby will know that it's not just me that has found this summer difficult. The large scale changing of jobs for many of the BNP staff has left a sense of drift within the Party, prompting people to voice concerns.

"What's going on?' has been the most asked question during the past couple of months by our local officials and membership and I'm afraid that the answer they got much of the time was "We don't know". And that's because no one did know due in the most part because the BNP was moving into unchartered waters.

Moans about money have been heard from all quarters and this is quite understandable because we are in the midst of very difficult times. I too have money worries, I left the employment of the BNP on July 14th and received my half month's money on my usual payday. That was the last pay cheque I have received and now I have been told that none of the European wages will come through until the end of September. Hopefully I have an understanding bank manager.

But things are now beginning to take shape and think this Autumn you will see a much slicker and more professional BNP growing in stature and attracting an increasing number of new members.

Next week both MEPs new offices will be open for business and all the new staff will be working to full capacity leaving behind the difficulties of the past couple of months.

I'm delighted that the Three Owls story continues to run. You can see the latest newspaper report here.

Our opponents will hate us maximising the influence of our two MEPs but it is something they will have to get to used because it's what is going to be happening for the next five years. And the more people we help, or draw the public's attention to their particular difficulties, the more the British National Party will be seen as a political party that gets results.

1 comment:

alanorei said...

I was once told by a research scientist that problems are progress.

By that standard, the BNP is making a shed-load of progress.

On a lighter note, our membership secretary was out walking his dog in nearby woods the other day. Who should he meet but the local Labour MP (a woman), also walking her (small) dog.

The Labour dog objected to the BNP dog's overture of friendliness and the lady MP profusely apologized, to which our secretary said, "No problem. Our dog has to learn that not all dogs want to be friendly."

They went along the same path for a while and our secretary, who is a past master of local lore and environmental issues gave the lady MP a detailed presentation of all these matters, with which she was very impressed.

It was only at the parting of the ways that he disclosed that he was membership secretary for the local BNP group but thanked her for her company etc.

He said "Her face contorted for a second" but she said that "We disagree on some things but thank you for a very interesting conversation" or words to that effect.

What a hoot.

All good PR, though.