November 03, 2010
Posted by John P
Nasty right-wing thug Jim Dowson has quit the BNP forcing the party to pull its fundraising wing out of Ulster.
And last night he had the bare-faced cheek to tell the Sunday World he would have ended it sooner if we hadn’t written so much about him!
In a bizarre conference call involving party chief Nick Griffin, he confirmed he was finished with the BNP.
He then added: “I would have ended it sooner if you hadn’t kept writing stories about me.
“What are you gonna write about now that I’ve gone?”
But we can confirm part of the reason Dowson has quit is that his nose was put out of joint by a former National Front leader called Pat Harrington – who was once forced out of Ulster by the UDA for backing the IRA.
Harrington has been interfering in the call centre and is a close pal of Griffin from the old days in the National Front.
Dowson did confirm that the Belfast BNP fundraising operation would be closing and all party fundraising would be carried out on the mainland.
It’s a massive blow for the BNP and Dowson personally who fought to bring the fundraising wing to the quiet suburbs of Belfast but found it impossible to get local staff to work in the office.
“Most BNP members are glad to see the back of him,” said anti-fascist campaigner Matthew Collins last night.
“The party looks like it’s facing bankruptcy and members are just walking away in disgust.”
Last night Dowson complained that we had been unfair to him as all he ever was, was a contractor for a political party of which he remains adamant he was never a member.
However when we put it to him that his rousing speech at a BNP fundraiser in Blackburn, where he summons up an image of Britain facing destruction due to immigration, showed he was more than a mere contractor – he said he couldn’t remember what he had said!
Instead he did concede: “I am a very strong British patriot who’s sympathetic to the party.
“But I have left the party in a better state than when I joined – certainly administratively – where they now have all the tools at their disposal.”
When we asked Jim about the dire financial situation which had put the future of the BNP in jeopardy he added: “Financially the party is not in a fantastic state.” But controversial leader Nick Griffin chipped in: “At least we’re not in £20m debt like the Labour Party!”
The beleaguered British National Party has been rocked by Dowson’s walk-out amid a bitter split which has ripped the party in two.
Dowson walked away from the party on Friday and has blamed outside interference for his resignation.
In a brief statement to a right wing internet blog Dowson announced: “It is with deep sorrow and regret I have to inform you that I’m off when my contract ends.
“This will cost me tens of thousands but my love for my people, this country and the party is worth far more to me.
“I did my level best and remain 100% loyal but I don’t tolerate outside fools. PERIOD!”
The “outside fool” he mentions here is Pat Harrington.
When we asked if this statement was accurate he said to take it “with a pinch of salt”.
But Dowson has form for making drunken phonecalls late at night and the Sunday World understands the statement, made to former BNP man Eddie Butler, is true.
The 45-year-old self-proclaimed ‘Reverend’ – who used to campaign against abortion and gay marriage – had the fundraising contract for the far right party until the end of this year.
He was regarded as a close personal ally of BNP leader Nick Griffin who thanked him personally and publicly for his efforts in getting two BNP members into the European Parliament.
On Monday staff at the BNP’s Belfast bunker – where fundraising and membership are coordinated for the whole of the UK – were left stunned when they couldn’t get into the office.
Locks had been changed at the inconspicuous Dundonald industrial unit which was rented, staffed and organised by Dowson.
The Sunday World understands that the BNP took over the rent of the unit after Dowson had made them aware he was quitting but they then failed to pay the bill to the landlord.
The situation was resolved and it was business as usual by the next day.
The news it will be closing will be music to the ears of BNP members in England who hated Dowson and were disillusioned with the Belfast office.
The Belfast office came under heavy criticism for a string of cock-ups in the run up to the General Election which saw the BNP fail miserably.
Dowson himself came under increasing pressure because of a number of blunders – not least the gaffe with Marmite.
Dowson came up with the idea to use the spread with the famous slogan ‘you either love us or you hate us’ to promote the party in election adverts.
But Unilever, who make Marmite, protested and when Dowson refused to remove the slogan they sued – leaving the BNP no choice but to settle out of court at great cost – although Dowson said last night that all they had paid to Unilever was a “token amount”.
RIGHT WING NUTTER
THIS is the right-wing nutter who forced right wing nutter Jim Dowson out of right wing nutter party, the BNP.
He’s former National Front leader, and IRA fan, Pat Harrington.
Posing in front of an IRA memorial on the Falls Road is not what is usually expected from a right-wing fascist.
The 46-year-old Londoner has been offering support to the staff at Dowson’s Belfast call centre amid rumours, now confirmed, that Dowson was quitting and the office here will soon shut.
There have also been claims that Dowson and Harrington have come to blows about the running of the office.
This week Dowson confirmed he was leaving and blamed “outside fools” for interfering in the call centre he set up last year in Dundonald.
On his Facebook page recently Harrington openly criticised plans to close Belfast saying: “Patrick Antony Harrington is concerned by reckless threats made by Eddy Butler to the jobs of members working for the BNP in Belfast. The rights of our members will be defended.”
But Harrington’s close, and long term, friendship with BNP leader Nick Griffin appears to have won out and on Wednesday night Dowson and Griffin met over a bottle of port to sort out the details of his leaving.
Harrington and Shankill fascist David Kerr are rumoured to want to run the BNP in Ulster.
Harrington’s story is a bizarre one.
Despite being a prominent NF leader 30 years ago he was one of three fascists who made a controversial trip to Libya to meet Colonel Gadaffi.
In a Channel Four documentary, Disciples of Chaos, Harrington refused to condemn the IRA as terrorists.
His support for Irish Republicanism didn’t sit too well with the loyalists of Ulster – especially at a time when the Provos were at their most active – and he was ordered out by the UDA.
In 1984 Harrington, who cuts an extremely camp figure, caused mayhem at the Polytechnic of North London where he was studying philosophy.
Students picketed his lectures to protest that he was allowed to study while being a prominent member of the National Front.
Harrington left the National Front during a bitter split at the end of the 1980s but continued his strange mix of right wing and prorepublican politics.
Several years ago Harrington had hot coffee thrown in his face when he was serving drinks on the London-Edinburgh train after he was identified by an anti-fascist.
Harrington and Shankill fascist David Kerr have been pals for years as they become prominent in the Third Way – although in 2004 the party only had 20 members according to the Electoral Commission.
Thanks to Hope not Hate and Steven Moore at Sunday World
I have edited the article slightly from the original