Two-tier system of 'founder members' and 'new members' to keep control out of the hands of ethnic minorities who join
BNP chiefs are plotting to keep ethnic minorities out of the party by introducing an apartheid-style membership system. The leadership has revealed plans to give special “founder member” status to whites who joined before the party was forced to drop its racist constitution. Earlier this month the party was threatened with legal sanctions if it refused to admit non-whites.
The move will effectively create a two-tier system with newer members, including all ethnic minorities, treated as second-class citizens. Leader Nick Griffin and his cronies will be able to exclude black and Asian members by designating meetings and decisions for “founder members” only.
Earlier this month Clive Jefferson, one of Griffin’s most trusted henchmen, spoke at a closed meeting in Cumbria and explained how party bosses plan to get around the new membership rules. Jefferson, who regularly accompanies Euro MP Griffin on trips to Brussels, told the meeting: “There will be teams of militant Asians and Islamics joining to cause disruption – and there’s no question about that.
“There’s things in the constitution about founder membership, so what we can do in the north-west is stop that happening, because we’ll be having meetings of the founder members only. It’s at the discretion of organisers – they can invite whoever they want.”
Sources told the Sunday Mirror they expected “founder member” status would be granted to members who had been with the party for two years when the new constitution was passed on February 14. Sikh Rajinder Singh, 78 – recently unveiled as the party’s first non-white member – could become a victim of the clause.
The BNP party hierarchy hopes to avoid new legal challenges, because the terminology involved does not mention skin colour.
Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham, said: “This shows that changes to the BNP constitution are a hollow sham.”