Regular readers will know that, despite the BNP's continued claim that its meetings are open to all who wish to attend, they suddenly become exclusive (see here and here) if someone who happens to be darker than Griffin himself attempts to walk through the door. BNP members generally have failed to show any real sign that they are indignant about such tactics because, after all, it's one way of seeing how racist the party remains and that is, when you get right down to it, what the Equality and Human Rights Commission is all about. Naturally, that doesn't stop Griffin/Golding fuming about the 'arrogant, anti-British immigrant agitator Trevor Phillips' and seething through gritted teeth 'doesn't it make you absolutely livid with rage!'. Well, no, actually. The party membership doesn't appear to care one way or the other.
As if this isn't enough to make a podgy, Holocaust-denying, racist incandescent with fury, the newsletter goes on to fume about how the EHRC 'forced us into accepting a freeze on our membership list', conveniently forgetting or choosing to ignore the fact that Griffin himself offered to freeze the membership pending the conclusion of the case. Nobody was forced into anything but the truth has never been an important part of Nick Griffin's make-up. One does wonder though, why Griffin should tell such an obvious lie, and the reason is revealed a little further on;
'Before the European Elections, we announced that in the event of victory the BNP would contest every single seat in the entire country in the forthcoming General Election...now, we find ourselves cash strapped and are consequently having to drastically scale back our General Election plans. Gutting as it is, there is nothing we can do about it! If you want to blame someone, blame the tax-guzzling foreigner Trevor Phillips.'Well, no. We've known when the next election was going to take place for at least a year and even the incompetent accountants of the BNP could have managed to tuck some money away for it, if it hadn't all been spent on getting the pig farmer into Brussels - a complete waste of time if, God help the people of Barking, he wins there and resigns his EU seat. But we're veering away from the subject. According to the quote above, the BNP was going to stand for every seat in the country? I think not. At £500 deposit per seat and 646 seats, that would cost £323,000, to say nothing of the cost of leaflets, posters, ads and God only knows what else goes into a GE campaign. Was the BNP ever likely to have £323,000 plus to throw away on a pointless countrywide full-slate? No, is the simple answer. And considering some of the morons the party puts up at the moment (the useless slob Mike Ashburner and the insane religious freak and liar Robert West spring to mind) it wouldn't be able to find enough candidates who were mentally capable of standing in the seats anyway.
What has become very clear from the machinations around the EHRC court case, is that Griffin has used the membership issue to tell lies to both the public and the membership of the BNP itself. Using the oft-repeated dictum that a lie that's told often enough will eventually be believed, Griffin has repeatedly stated as fact that the EHRC has frozen the BNP's membership - or that it is at least responsible for that freeze, and that the freeze is itself responsible for the BNP being unable to stand in every seat in the coming GE. Complete lies, all from Griffin. Griffin himself proposed the freeze on new members, there was NEVER an intention to stand a full-slate and the first lie is now being used to support the second. For what purpose? Money, what else? Wherever you find Griffin, you find money, and he is only interested in himself and those who can be used to further his own 'career', 99% of which involves getting and staying rich.
Griffin has been able to tack a whole lot of other lies on to these to make his begging letter more acceptable to a weary membership, throwing in a few impressive (though unlikely) numbers to make the whole thing appear authentic;
'To give you an example of the scale of the problem, since the freeze we have had some 6,000 new, fresh people try to join the BNP...if we do a modest calculation and reduce that number to 3,000, that is a potential £105,000 that Phillips and Co have robbed us of...those lost funds would have allowed the BNP to drive its way through the quiet Christmas period and launch an impressive General Election campaign the likes of which have never been seen in Britain.'Ignoring the bullshit about the General Election, that's a most peculiar paragraph. Are these 6,000 mythical people who tried to join after the freeze began so fickle that 50% of them will go off and join another party? Are they so annoyed at not being able to join up that they churlishly turn away from politics in a fit of pique? Or is it simply that the figures are made up to diguise the fact that the BNP is haemorrhaging members (either to the National Front or simply off into the non-political void according to the rumours we hear) following the news that the party may be forced to accept non-whites into it no matter what the undeniably racist membership thinks, and Griffin is trying desperately to convince the existing members that the party is still growing? The latter, I suspect. The truth will, of course, out. When the freeze is over, these three (or six) thousand can join if they actually exist, giving a tremendous boost to the party's income just before the GE campaign. They won't of course because they don't exist.
And the point of all these lies in a single Chairman's newsletter? I don't really have to tell anyone, do I? Money. Increase your membership to Gold/buy a lifetime membership/send us a donation - it all equates to the same thing - give us your dosh.
Just one question for the BNP membership: where are the accounts? Your hard-earned donations are going to the party to pay for the fines incurred by the leadership's incompetence - if the accounts aren't in by January 1st, the fine could hit £1,000. Is this a good use of your donations?
And while we're on the subject of money, many of you may remember Nick Griffin's promise to donate 10% of his Euro Parliament earnings to the party. As this is illegal, Griffin was forced (though I doubt if he was forced against his will) to rescind his offer and as an alternative has now made a contribution to what the BNP calls the English Fair Fund - a BNP-run fake fund designed to bolster little projects in which the BNP are already involved or from which donation the party can gain some propaganda return. This week saw the FIRST donation from Nick Griffin towards this fund and after six months in the job and taking around £45,000 off the taxpayer for himself, all he could muster up was a measly and Ebenezer Scrooge-like £150. The tight bastard.