Yep, those wacky chaps Messrs Griffin and Collett are at it again – there is yet another major split within the BNP ranks and unlike the last derisory attempt by the small remnant of the ‘Old Guard’ to turn the party back towards old-style hardline policies, this one looks fairly serious. BNP officials have resigned en masse, Councillors have resigned the Whip to sit as Independents and my sources (oooh, I had a tingly MSM feeling there – I have actual sources now!) tell me that it appears that BNP Scotland have now pretty much broken away to sit on their hands until such time as Griffin agrees to their demands after the sacking of their Regional Organiser and replacement by a ‘Griffin man’.
The internal politics of any small Party are always full of faction fighting – as a former UKIP man I can confirm that as an absolute truism. But of course being the BNP, things have to go that little bit too far over the line as a timely reminder of where its leadership (though not, I take pains to point out, necessarily its rank and file) come from.
This is from the newly launched ‘Enough is Enough‘ Blog published by the ‘anti-Griffin’ movement:
"Nick Griffin sent under ‘chairman’s orders’, five members of my own Security Department, men I have stood by through thick and thin and helped to train, to steal belongings from Sadie and I while we were away. Her computer has been accessed and Sadie’s private personal account read by dishonourable people paid by Griffin to dig around to publish information in order to hurt her. This level of betrayal by Griffin cannot be understated."
Not only is what Griffin authorised – and is shockingly it seems not even denying informing the victims of the act of it by text message! – but it is surely trespass and theft to boot. ‘Sadie’, is Sadie Graham, one of the BNP’s top speakers and officials – if Griffin feels he can go after her and his own Security boss then he must feel that his grip on the Party is absolute, and just like any other petty dictator he is trying to tighten that grip even further and make sure that those who remain are dependent on his own patronage.
Which brings us to the subject of those who have tied themselves to the Griffin mast so tightly that they have alienated the rest of their own Party – namely, it seems, Party Treasurer David Hannam and the infamous Mark Collett, who it seems has continued on his original role of Party Motormouth exposed in the ‘Young, Nazi And Proud’ Documentary which caught him on camera making detailed anti-semitic and racist statements and showed his basic monumental arrogance in the face of pretty much any obstacle. That documentary was of course a forerunner of the rather more dishonest one which saw Collett and Griffin acquitted on bogus ‘Incitement’ charges.
It has certainly seemed to me that allowing Collett to have such a hugely prominent role in the Party hierarchy after his numerous alleged indiscretions (some of which are detailed in the Enough is Enough Blog and others here) was foolish at best, and downright stubborn and idiotic at worst. Anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that the man is an enormous liability to any serious political party, and the clamour calling for his expulsion is it seems the main contributory factor to this internal battle. It does seem mystifying that a normally astute operator as Griffin would keep such a person on, and close to him at that.
So is this just a flash in the pan, magnified by the Internet into something more than a miniature purge which will be quickly forgotten by the Party’s rank-and-file? I suspect not, not this time. UKIP has just undergone something similar with its dissenting members forming the ‘Grassroots Democracy’ movement, but in their case the breakaway ‘Party’ numbers in the single figures. As a commenter in this thread wryly points out, its all very People’s Front of Judea.
This is different. Before for the BNP the issues have been with the holdouts from the Tyndall era attempting to change party policy – but as any political veteran will tell you, it is always clashes of personality and internal organisation which end up with the most blood on the floor. With BNP Scotland pretty much unable to function whilst the situation continues and so many officials elsewhere in the country also withholding their efforts or resigning outright, is it too dramatic to say that this could be the beginning of the end of the BNP?