The 2009 Accounts are finally out and in the public domain.
And now we see Nick Griffin's finely-honed BNP operation at it's finest and most dynamic. No; not in their sucking it up, presenting a brave face and putting a positive spin on a set of thrown-together figures so dodgy you'd imagine they were dreamed up in an alternate universe where Polly Peck's Bookkeeper was Robert Maxwell, but in a far higher and more noble cause...
Stopping the Membership – at any cost - getting the slightest inkling of what's going on.
We begin our survey with the Leader's own Facebook and Twitter pages.
“Passing Cambrai, first place that tanks were used in battle...”
Ah! There you go, then: The proof is out there that the BNP are no longer a going concern (as suspected by even their own Auditors), and Griffin gives us a fascinating history lesson.
Later, he reaches his Welshpool home (with its £33,519 “security systems”) and his poetic soul really goes into overdrive: “A gloriously sunny, frosty day. Red kite over the hills. Pigs happy. Dog bouncing. Great to be home.”
This, of course, elicits the kind of response he likes from his cringing Faithful. Whereas many might be tempted to respond with “**** the livestock and the weather report, Griffin – where's the ****ing MONEY?!”, I feel that “Noel Thfc Rushton” speaks for many simple folk with unenquiring minds with the touching sentiment “Every day is a good day to be British :)”.
Having established that the pets are happy to see him, Mr Griffin helpfully fills us in on the state of play with his Estate, helpfully illustrated with a photograph: “One of 100 hazels I planted two years ago. Hope the pic shows the new buds (It does, Mr Griffin – it does!). As the Bard said, If winter comes, can...”
And, by the way, it wasn't the Bard, it was Shelley.
But of the Accounts; nothing. (Not that this bothers “Pierce Daly”, whose comment is a touching “Go nick!!!”. Unless that's meant as an instruction rather than an endorsement.
On to the official BNP Facebook page, where surely the membership will have been discussing little else...
Oh dear. Not a sausage. At time of writing (about 1.10pm), there's a bit about the latest Peer to be caught with his fingers in the till (well, not so much “the till” - I prefer to think of it as my bloody pocket...), the burning question of the day about the BNP's non-appearance on Question Time (over which, to be fair, they should think themselves lucky), the usual parade of non-stories regurgitated from the Mail and the Express (“Not Racist – But Number One With Racists!”), and a bizarre rant from Paul (“Green Arrow”) Morris headlined “Will The Boy Scouts Be Getting A New Uniform?”.
From what I hear of that man's surfing habits, I guess he's hoping for one in soft leather, cut high on the thighs.
Discussion of the Accounts that show Griffin to be a serial liar, an inveterate chancer and possibly a thief?
Discussion of the discrepancy between the claimed Membership figures and the dismal reality?
Discussion of the mysterious disappearance of the “Truth Truck” (claimed to be “needing a service, tax and MoT...)
Over the next few days and weeks, I expect that something for Member's consumption will appear concerning the accounts. And I'm perfectly sure it'll be the standard concoction of spin, blame and outright lies.
I'm also perfectly sure the wilfully naïve Faithful with fall for it...
(Looking forward to the 2010 accounts? Expect them sometime in 2012. If the BNP survive that long.)