Now that the local elections are behind us, it is an
appropriate time to reply to Andrew Brons’s article which critically tackled my
three-part ‘Beyond the Fringe’ (BTF) series of articles, as well as to make an
announcement about the formation of a new party that is in the process of being
set up (its name and further details will be announced within the next six
weeks). The individuals involved have backgrounds in politics, marketing and
It was encouraging to see that the BTF series was reproduced
in its entirety on the Nationalist Unity Forum, and that the articles elicited a
range of reactions and lively debate. Most of the commentary was prompted by
Andrew Brons’s considered response which took the form of an article entitled ‘Musing Analysed – Parts of Them are Good!’
This in itself suggests that some merit
was perceived in their content, although not unnaturally, the reception that
they have received has not been uncritical. That the articles have stirred up a
certain amount of debate is to be welcomed, as is the fact that this debate is
helping to differentiate those who wish to make a positive fresh start in
politics from those who do not. Amongst the latter are those who belong to what
could be dubbed the ‘Reichest Tendency’, a small but vocal minority who have
long bedevilled nationalism in this country through their bizarre obsession
with an imported ideology spawned in the last century.
In his response, Brons made a number of specific criticisms,
with those in his conclusion being of a pertinent and practical nature. Others
however, perhaps arose from a lack of clarity on my part. For example, one
criticism related to his conclusion that I had asserted that the BNP’s collapse
had not been attributable to the media, with some specific examples being
provided of how media hostility had been detrimental to the party’s fortunes.
Whilst recognising that media hostility did play a role in its demise (I have
written about this previously), even without this stance, the BNP would have
failed for the serious reasons that were outlined in part I of the series. The
decision was taken not to focus upon the attitude of the media, for there was
little or nothing that could have been done to change this.
Although Brons can be said to have made a credible case
against the formation of another nationalist party, I did not and do not find
his case persuasive; to be credible is not necessarily to be convincing. My
opinion with respect to the necessity of forming a new political party has only
been reinforced by the recent local election results. As to the details of how
that should be achieved, it was not the intent of the BTF series to provide
this information. Such practical matters will become self-evident through the
party’s creation and subsequent growth. This does not signify an absence of
thought regarding this matter or a lack of planning, but rather a desire not to
give too much away to prospective opponents of the concept.
Brons placed great store upon the failure of breakaway
parties. This assumes a somewhat proprietorial attitude towards nationalism and
nationalist politics. Having never belonged to any political party myself, my
reflections have not been addressed exclusively to former and existing members
of the BNP, but rather to all in this country who think and feel that the first
and foremost duty of the state should be to advance the welfare, prosperity and
security of the members of the national community as a whole, rather than the
particularistic interests that promote globalism, globalisation and our
attendant loss of sovereignty and identity. It is therefore addressed to a wide
readership including members of other parties such as the English Democrats,
the Democratic Nationalists, UKIP and the BFP, individuals who have
traditionally supported the mainstream parties, and those of no political
affiliation whatsoever. The new party concept is not supposed to appeal only to
those who have been involved in the nationalist movement, but to those who
whilst sharing its core values have up until this point been repelled by some
of its fringe obsessions and the less savoury behaviour and opinions of a
number of its prominent spokesmen (Clive Wakley has grasped this point
perfectly). Thus the title of ‘Beyond the Fringe’. The goal may seem
grandiose, but the ultimate aim is to create a mass party.
What has been proposed therefore, is not a ‘breakaway
party’, but a new party altogether; an exercise that could be deemed to be even
harder than establishing a breakaway party, but one that is nonetheless
necessary owing to the manifest serious shortcomings of existing parties.
The criticism was also levelled that I had made the
assumption that a certain percentage of the vote would somehow fall into the
lap of a new party. Whilst I did identify a potential baseline of electoral
support by aggregating votes cast for particular parties, it was stressed that
this was a potential share rather than being automatically available. As
shown by the election of the BNP’s two MEPs, it is far from necessary to obtain
30% of the vote to succeed in EU elections.
Brons implied that I assumed that candidates from competing
nationalist parties would stand aside to allow a new party to fight elections
without them hindering its prospects, yet this is something that I neither
stated nor believe would be the case. A central objective of a new party, as
was reiterated throughout the ‘Beyond the Fringe’ series, would be to establish
recognition as a credible and moderate nationalist party, as well as being such
a party rather than just appearing to be. As such, it ought to render the
challenges of the existing small parties irrelevant, although of course
competing with UKIP in EU elections would be a serious business.
With respect to the five specific practical questions posed
by Brons in his conclusion, my responses are as outlined below.
1. How do we
overcome the dilemma that breakaway parties always fail if the parent party is
Response: I am
not proposing a breakaway party. This will not be ‘son’ or ‘daughter’ of the
BNP, but it will contain former BNP members, as well as people who would never
have considered joining the BNP.
2. How do we
prepare a party to win seats in the European Parliament against all of the
competition that will undoubtedly be there?
answer to this question depends very much upon how large and how strong the
party has become by the spring of 2014. Whatever the case, the concentration of
resources will play a crucial role.
3. How do we
make this Westminster breakthrough in 2015?
again, a perfectly legitimate question, and a very tough one to answer. The
same observations apply as in the preceding answer.
4. When we
have recovered the serious small party status that we had in 2010, how do we
progress to become a large party? How many of the factors that determine that
are within our gift and how many are beyond our control?
Response: If our
message, and indeed our policy, is what the public wants and the party is
rational, credible and moderate, that question will answer itself. It will
5. Is it
possible to change the political culture of a party without changing the type
of people we recruit?
Response: As stated in the answer
to the first question, this will not be BNP Mark II, thus the type of people
recruited will be more varied. ManxmanGreenhaugh was correct in his observation
that ‘There needs to be a split between the ‘old school’ nationalists and the
Forthcoming articles dealing with
the question of perception in the media and within the nationalist movement
will provide further clarification with respect to some of these issues.
I welcome Andrew Brons’s qualified positive response and
also the pertinent set of practical questions that he raises in his conclusion.
I fully acknowledge that it will be no easy task to take this concept, realise
it and make it succeed, but if we do not try, only one outcome is certain:
failure. Without an animating desire to initiate and realise the positive
changes required to protect and advance the well-being, freedom and security of
our people, there will be no action and success. Ultimately, the success of
this endeavour will rest upon the motivation and dedication of those who share
the goals outlined in the BTF series, and who find the forthcoming detailed
party concept to their taste. That detailed exposition will however have to
wait until another day.
In closing, I would also like to take the opportunity
to thank all for their feedback, particularly those of you who have responded
positively. Given your favourable comments, further suggestions would be
welcome from (names in alphabetical order, those with real names first followed
by pseudonyms): Lewis Allsebrook, Geoff Crompton, David Hamilton, Bert Leech,
Peter Mills, Kevin Scott, Clive Wakley, Ivan Winters, ‘Adrian’, ‘Barry’, Bilbo,
British Activism, Cygnus, For England, Goldenmerlin, Lanky Patriot, A Man from
Brum, ManxmanGreenaugh, Mo, North-West Nationalist, Quiet Man, SerpentSlayer,
Salford Nationalist and Silly Kuffar. Apologies are in order for anyone that I
have omitted from this list. Mention of these individuals does not of course
imply that they have necessarily endorsed this concept.
For those of you who are perhaps mystified as to why this decision has been taken and think that the concept of a new party is a waste of time, then please refer to the three constituent articles of 'Beyond the Fringe' by following the links below: