The latest ramblings on Simon Darby's blog seem largely to focus on the inability of the BNP membership to recognise a dead ferret when they see one. Quite how this has anything to do with his role as deputy-leader of the BNP I have no idea but perhaps he should reflect on the fact that while he's extremely lucky to live in a bloody nice house out in the wilds of Wales from which he can make patronising noises about urban deprivation, most of us (and the vast majority of the BNP membership) live in a distinctly urban environment and would find it hard to spot the difference between a ferret and Mark Collett. But then, who wouldn't?
The bulk of Darby's post seems strangely allied to a post we made here a week or so ago, concerning the current dire financial state of the BNP though in Darby's case he's having a go at what he wittily (?) calls 'ZaNuLabour'. One assumes this is a feeble attempt to deflect criticism away from the BNP for its continuing (and apparently endless) catalogue of financial disasters.
Here's a 'little snippet of gossip' regarding labour, as related by Darby.
'Apparently, workers at Labour head office are complaining bitterly that they are are having to wait longer and longer to get paid. Being £24 million in the red they have just about managed to scrape up enough pennies to pay their staff for last month, but there is real concern amongst the Party faithful that sooner rather than later the dosh isn't going to arrive.'
Curiously, we've heard much the same rumour about Darby's little gang. Obviously the numbers are smaller because the BNP has about three percent of the Labour Party's membership. Some of the complaints we've heard about the BNP are that debts are not being paid when they should be, money is continually being taken from branch funds to prop up the failing central bureaucracy and, yes, that workers are not being paid when they should be. The party faithful are indeed concerned that the BNP is heading towards financial collapse and the ones that correspond with us state very clearly that they expect that collapse to come sooner rather than later.
'Not to worry though because Golden Gordon has a cunning plan.'
I'm starting to wonder if Simon Darby actually is one of our regular correspondents because almost that exact phrase appears in an email to us from a few days back.
'Not to worry though because Nick Griffin has a cunning plan.'
And Griffin's cunning plan turns out to be much the same one that Darby attributes to the Labour Party.
'Secret talks, not so secret actually, have been taking place with a certain well known pro-Labour multi-millionaire about throwing a lifeline to the technically insolvent political organisation...'
We too have heard the phrase 'secret talks', though in this case they refer to two millionaire supporters of the BNP. Both, we have heard, have been approached to bail out the party 'temporarily', which in this case we are told means two years at the outside. One of them, a long-time Griffin loyalist, is apparently reluctant to pump any more money into what he sees as a business that's pretty much on the rocks. While he seems okay providing smallish amounts to help out in times of need, he seems to be baulking at a larger and longer-term commitment. The other is an unknown quantity at the moment though we'll dig for more information.
In the meantime, the BNP's desperation for cash is reaching breaking point. Remember Albion Life, the party's extremely short-lived insurance company? Brightahomes, the double-glazing registry? Horse Matters (for all our equine needs)? The Skip-Hire Registry? Now the BNP has set up Avocado Marine Finance (registered to December rebel Steve Blake) - astonishingly closely linked to Avocado Mortgages but this time aimed at people who fancy buying themselves a boat.
The party will continue with these insane schemes, usually through a third-party (in the case of Avocado, a broker) until it either implodes into its own financial black hole or it finds some gullible idiot to stave off disaster. At the moment, the BNP membership is supporting it but each appeal produces substantially less money and if the amount of angry emails to us from disgruntled members is indicative of the current mood in the party generally, disaster looms.
Darby might like taking the odd dig at the Labour Party for its own dreadful financial problems but size for size, the Labour Party has nothing on the BNP.