May 30, 2008

TU Certification Office investigating Solidarity

Some time ago we were made aware that the trades union Certification Officer was at last actively investigating several complaints made against the BNP/Patrick Harrington version of the fake union, Solidarity.

The complaints were made by members of the original, official Solidarity Executive, sidelined by Harrington and Nick Griffin when the union was effectively hi-jacked last year, and more recent complaints have been made by supporters of the Unity and allied websites who were concerned that the Certification Officer might be tempted to avoid involvement, given the complexity of the case presented and the veritable viper-pit of personalities involved.

The website of the Certification Officer now carries the following notice:

On 22 May 2008 the Certification Officer appointed Gerard Walker, Assistant Certification Officer, as an Inspector to investigate the financial affairs of the trade union Solidarity. The appointment was made under Section 37B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. The Inspector's terms of reference are to investigate the financial affairs of the trade union Solidarity between 1 November 2005 and 24 November 2007; as regards;

a. the production of receipts for expenditure,

b. the operation of the Solidarity Paypal account,

c. withdrawals from the Solidarity HSBC current account on 20 and 25 September 2007 and a transfer to the Solidarity HSBC current account from the Solidarity HSBC Money Manager Account on 20 September 2007,

d. cheques cashed from the Solidarity HSBC current account between 18 January 2007 and 4 June 2007,

e. payments made to Mr Patrick Harrington from the Solidarity HSBC current account between 1 February 2007 and 1 May 2007,

f. the freezing of the Solidarity HSBC Current Account and Business Money Manager Account in 2007,

g. the opening of a Bank of Scotland account in the name of Solidarity in 2007,

h. the appointment of Accentuate PR Company by Solidarity in 2007,

i. the appointment of the auditors of Solidarity's accounts for the years ending 31 December 2006 and 31 December 2007 and

j. any other matter, with the consent of the Certification Officer, indicating a financial irregularity within the description set out in section 37B(2) of the 1992 Act that may come to light during the investigation of (a) to (i) above.

The terms of reference exclude the Inspector from reaching any conclusion on the legal issues arising out of the unresolved dispute within Solidarity about the application of its rules to its governance, the resolution of which requires either internal agreement or judicial determination.
The final paragraph is a clear enough statement that the Certification Officer intends to make no judgement or ruling on the legality or otherwise of the Harrington takeover, and so, whatever the outcome of this investigation into the financial affairs of Solidarity, the fake union will remain in the hands of Harrington and the BNP - unless the official Executive have the wherewithal to take the matter to law.

We do not expect them to do so, but we can state that in the unlikely event of control of the union being returned to them, then the official Executive intend to liquidate Solidarity due to the taint of its association with the BNP and Harrington - though this had not previously been a concern to Solidarity's leaders.

On the rarely visited website maintained by the hi-jacked version of Solidarity, Harrington republishes the investigation schedule, adding:

We keep an open-mind as regards the motivation of the Certification Office. It is possible that they are a neutral party simply responding professionally to a series of malicious (and potentially defamatory) allegations. We caution any third party from making unfounded or premature statements regarding this matter.

It is a very strange thing indeed that the supposed General Secretary of a supposed trade union only thinks it "possible" that the Certification Office is a "neutral party", as if he had no idea what the Certification Office existed for. Note, too, the clear threat in the final sentence, obviously intended for our eyes.

Harrington ends: "Members can rest assured that we will deal with this matter in a businesslike fashion and our services will continue to be delivered as normal."

Exactly what these "services" are is open to question, since our contacts within the Harrington/BNP Solidarity have seen very little of service and very much of waffle and grandiose promise for their £5 per month.

Solidarity has clearly failed.

As we have seen in past articles, it is very far from being the "One Big Union" of Harrington's vaulting aspirations, having only 211 members (allegedly), and having stirred little interest among the BNP membership at which it aims itself. Its annual conference was a tawdry hole and corner affair hedged about with tight security, and attended by only 27 members - almost a third of those sitting on the Executive platform.

Its much-promoted May Day activities boiled down to some desultory leafleting at two distant locations by a tiny number of members (four, we believe) armed with scruffy hand-made placards.

And, of course, it has taken on only one case since its inception, that of sacked teacher Mark Walker, a BNP man advised by the useless "fighting union" to find himself a lawyer specialising in employment law.

As there really is no beginning to the successes of the Harrington/BNP Solidarity, and as we're in danger of repeating old and all too familiar news, we'll leave it there.

At this time we have no idea of the probable timescale of Gerard Walker's investigation into Solidarity's finances, or even whether Mr Walker intends either to interview the main protagonists or to accept their written submissions, but we'll bring news of the outcome as soon as we have it.


Anonymous said...

211 members my arse. I'd be surprised if they had 11 not including the exec.

Anonymous said...

LOL Looks like thats it for Harringtons Solidarity then. Good riddance to another Nick Griffin inspired con.

Anonymous said...

It'll be interesting to see if any criminal charges follow. I bet Pat Harrington's shitting bricks!

Anonymous said...

"Harrington ends: "Members can rest assured that we will deal with this matter in a businesslike fashion..."

There's really IS a first time for everything after all.

Anonymous said...

It will be quite amusing when they get around to interviewing Griffin.

Anonymous said...

Accentuate PR press release:

Fake trade union leader and all round failure Patrick Harrington announced today that he had gone into hospital for an arsehole transplant.

Unfortunately, the areshole rejected him.

Anonymous said...

If push comes to shove, betraying fiend griffin will pull the rug from under harrington, just like he did to ebanks, the bastard!

Anonymous said...

Not long ago there was a campaign against the bank which had the BNP's accounts to drive them into closing those accounts. Has there been any similar campaign by the left to get Silver & Co to stop working for the BNP?

Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately, the areshole rejected him."

The BNP have already moved to disown Harrington, and that includes Lee Barnes!

Anonymous said...

Harrington ends: "Members can rest assured that we will deal with this matter in a businesslike fashion and our services will continue to be delivered as normal."

What services?

Solidarity doesn't provide services for its members.

The only services it provides is a cushy number for its do-nothing General Secretary and do-nothing President who both ensure that they get all their expenses and a few other things besides paid for.

Harrington just wants to copy the hedonistic lifestyle of MPS.

He's a poor man's MP.

A failed teacher. A failed nobody who couldn't get a job after his higher education except as a Trolley-Dolly (though in Harrington's case , more of a Trolley-Wally). A failed politician.

Now he's a failed fake union boss.

Any more failures to come Mr Harrington?

Anonymous said...

Anyone seen Pat Harrington's anti-Lancaster UAF blog?

He has a lot on it about Max Moseley. Why?

Does he feel a certain affinity for him?

Blackshirt and all that jazz?

Anonymous said...

Just a quick change of i correct in thinking that Lee Barnes is back on the medication as his blog has not been updated for some time.

And a nice rest from the ravings of that drunken sot Dicky he has gone on holiday for a week, mind you when he did this at the same time last year he came back with TB do wonder what he will come back with this time, something deadly i hope.


Anonymous said...

Off topic I know but I think they have finally lost the plot - see the BNP site and the latest article:

Why the BNP is So Very Very Important !!!

Anonymous said...

'The BNP have already moved to disown Harrington, and that includes Lee Barnes!'

Who would want his blessing?

Anonymous said...

On 22 May 2008 the Certification Officer appointed Gerard Walker, Assistant Certification Officer, as an Inspector to investigate the financial affairs of the trade union Solidarity.

I don't envy the Inspector.

He'll have to deal with Solidarity's airhead Treasurer, Simone Clarke, the so-called BNP Ballerina (or perhaps more aptly the Fascist Flamenco Dancer).

She knows nothing about politics or the ins and outs of the BNP, and least of all about accounting.

Perhaps that's why the clever and cunning Pat Harrington appointed her to the post.

He probably feels very confident in passing his "expenses and allowances" through her, blinding her with science and his smooth tongue.

Still, she'll have to contend with the Certification Office Inspector by the looks of it. She's sure as hell going to make a complete ass of herself.

she may have been all right standing on tiptoes went prancing around on stage as a ballerina, but she will need to tiptoe a lot around the finacial accounts of Solidarity.

Unknown said...

@ Tulip

The Legal Lunatic is alive and well on Stormfront.

Can you email me through either of the links on the Unity News or Norfolk Unity webpages?

Anonymous said...

Has Solidarity's fake PR company, Accentuate, run by small-time businessman, former MF official, Third Way official and now a Solidarity exec mmeber, Graham Wiiliamson, issued a press release to the effect that the fascist union is now under the investigation of the government?

Will that be going out to the press as Accentuate likes to claim all of its shoddy 6th form PR rubbish goes?

Anonymous said...

This comment appeared on 2 June from their article on Solidarity and its investigation by the Certification Office.

Pat Harrington is clearly an unpleasant and unhinged character.

I hope that Unity has not had similar aimed at it if such an allegation is indeed true.

"Harrington's speciality used to be sending parcels of shit and condoms to elderly members who had the temerity to give their support to his factional opponents, and hardcore pornography to their wives. He also had his little coterie of mentally unbalanced sidekicks who would phone these people up in the dead of night. He wasn't the only one involved in this depraved behaviour but he was undoubtedly the ringleader. Nice bloke.

02 June 2008 15:22"

Anonymous said...

Forgot to mention from the above posting that the comment was made on the NorthWest Nationalists blog site, in an entry relating to the Certification Office investigation of Solidarity.

Anonymous said...

I see that Harrington (or some of his Third Way Borgs) are posting warnings (threats!) to NW Nationalist.

Anonymous said...

Don't go upsetting Harrington now or he'll post you some shit.

Anonymous said...

"Don't go upsetting Harrington now or he'll post you some shit."

Yeah, I think I must have upset Harrington as I've just received some shit myself in the post today.

No,'s's just a copy of Harrington's bullshit - the Solidarity bulletin.

Scare over now.

Anonymous said...

The Certification Office have recently published their report at:-