What everyone now views as a terrible mistake for the party occurred in June 2009: BNP Chairman Nick Griffin was elected as a Member of the European Parliament. At the time this was hailed as a major breakthrough, and it was, except, with hindsight.
Several months after the Euro Elections senior party officers were already complaining that Nick was travelling to Brussels/Strasbourg too frequently and spending too much time in the European Parliament. We all remember Nick's flamboyant gestures and statements about the "Brits coming to Europe" and how the BNP MEPs would "throw spanners" into the workings of the European Parliament.
Several senior party officers (and advisory council members) at the time - no longer around after being purged – were all stating much the same thing, such as "now Nick no longer gets his wages from the party he doesn't care" and "Nick has gone native in the EU already". How subsequent events have shown them to be very intuitive!
All throughout the summer, autumn and winter of 2010, Nick was neglecting the running of the party and spending an unjustified amount of time in the European Parliament.
Virtually every Regional Organiser and senior official was getting increasingly irritated at Nick's persistence at spending the cream of his time in the European Parliament, concentrating his energy being an MEP rather than the leader of the BNP.
The idea initially was that both MEPs would stand down mid-term and allow the number two on the list to become the MEP and thus gain valuable experience. This soon went out the window.
Virtually the entire upper echelons of the BNP, those "in the know", were depressed at Nick's determination to spend almost every single week in Brussels/Strasbourg and not on home soil using his public profile for the good of the party. Everyone at the top or middle ranks of the party knows this is the case.
Many senior officers complained to Nick about his euro jollys and pleaded with him to scale back his European Parliamentary trips and concentrate on sorting out the mess that the party was in. Their pleas fell on deaf ideas. Nick Griffin was going to Brussels every week and that was the end of it. Period. Full stop.
Please now refer to a recent copy of Freedom where it states Nick has one of the highest attendance of all North West MEPs and you can see what we are talking about!
In desperation last year, former Communications Officer Paul Golding wrote a letter pleading some sense with Nick (please excuse the colourful language utilised), in which he wrote:
"If I cannot write to you, as one of your key loyal lieutenants, with my honest opinion, then what can I do? So I am going to tell you the truth, bluntly, as I expect and hope you would want me to. I am getting sick and tired of seeing bad decisions, of staff doing fuck all work, of freeloaders loafing at the party’s expense. I am desperate to see decisive leadership from you to sort out the party’s numerous problems – instead we see huge waste, huge mismanagement, huge headaches and total morons being put in charge of things they cannot handle. I have invested most of my adult life in this party, and fully understand my daughter’s life depends on its success or failure, so forgive me if I refuse to sit back and accept total chaos of the party’s management and affairs."
"Firstly, there is the question of you spending an inordinate amount of time going to Europe practically every damn week when you should be concentrating your time on sorting out the party’s problems and making waves in Britain. When I asked you about this, you said that you go to Europe because 'it is your job'. Is it bollocks. Leading the BNP is your job, you should be putting in minimal obligations in Europe and concentrating on running the party, going to Europe no more than once per month. Believe me, I am not the only one of your lieutenants who is fuming with anger at your EU trips. These EU trips are de-motivating your key loyal senior officers, the ones running the party. I say this as a warning to you because I have endured much whinging and moaning about your EU trips."
Yes, you did read that part right, Mr Golding asked Nick Griffin to his face (whilst actually on his way to Brussels) why he went to the EU so much, and he replied "because it's my job". This reply took a heavy toll on Mr Golding’s conscience, as it was obvious that Mr Griffin’s priority now was the cosy and well-paid life in the "politician neutralisation centre" they call the European Parliament (almost all radical patriotic politicians become soft, unfocussed and distracted in that place).
Mr Golding soon received a rather lame two paragraph response stating that Mr Griffin goes to the EU to claim his subsidence allowance so he can pay for his own party expenses, and that whilst in the European Parliament he can run the party better than if he was at home. Mr Golding found these excuses to be highly dubious and decided to find out for himself.
So when he heard that Nick was going to Brussels, again, the week after his response arrived in the inbox, Mr Golding decided to go with Nick to the European Parliament. Jim Dowson was also there.
Mr Golding and Mr Dowson spent four days with Nick in the European Parliament. They found that the worst fears were justified. For four days Nick spent virtually all his time doing his research as an MEP, preparing his futile and totally pointless one-minute speeches in the chamber, and running around enjoying the life as an MEP which is replete with champagne and caviar parties in the main foyer. The whole episode disturbed them both.
So why does Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP, place such a high priority on being an MEP rather concentrating on sorting out the mess the BNP is in? One answer: MONEY.
Members of the European Parliament are paid a basic salary of £86,000. On top of this, every single day Nick Griffin is in Europe he claims a £300 allowance (not available if he is not there), substantially boosting his income. Nick always goes to the EU for four days. So on a "normal" week spent in the UK and not in Brussels, Nick earns £1,600 (approx). But by going to the EU he boosts that to a whopping £2,800 (approx) EVERY WEEK he is there.
There you have it, the figures speak for themselves. Nick is recipient of almost ten thousand pounds every month for being an MEP.
For a man at the stage Nick is at, at the end of a long career and already at his sell-by date (in a marketing sense), we must conclude that his main priority in life is now accumulating enough financial reserves for his retirement, hence his insistence at going to Brussels as frequently as possible for the finite time he has remaining as an MEP.
Nick’s ridiculous love of the EU gravy train is also responsible for the greatest and most damaging nationalist public relations catastrophe in British history: Nick’s embarrassing and image-wrecking appearance on Question Time in front of 8-10 million people.
As the leader of our party, you would have thought Nick would have undergone a period of intense and extensive media preparation and simulation prior to his appearance. It was the greatest PR opportunity in the history of British Nationalism – and did Nick do ANY preparation? Any whatsoever? No. None at all. Absolutely nothing.
Why? Because Nick spent the entire week prior to Question Time in the European Parliament in Strasbourg! He wasn’t even armed with any notes on his adversaries – this was confirmed by Mr Golding who managed to speak to him seconds prior to him going into the BBC headquarters and managed to give him some juicy attacks he could utilise against the QT panellists (he didn't use them at all).
Why doesn't he resign then as leader of the BNP and concentrate openly and honestly as an MEP and allow the BNP to move on from his tenure as leader?
It is claimed he is enjoying the lucrative nature of being an MEP so much that he wants to be re-elected in 2014, for one last enriching term in office before retirement, hence he must keep a firm and tight grip on the BNP to ensure that as leader he can place enough emphasis on, and divert enough resources to, his re-election campaign.
Not only will a second term provide him with another 4-5 years on the gravy train, but it will give him a gold-plated pension for the rest of his life.
It is also certain that conman Clive Jefferson would have been pouring endless honey into Nick's receptive ear regarding his "plan" to get Nick re-elected using "Alfred". This is the basis for Nick's adoration of the obviously repugnant Mr Jefferson.
Nick has in fact been remarkably open regarding his re-election plan, stating that he will stay on as leader until 2013, and, as soon as he is re-elected, bugger off full time to the EU. Read the BNP website, he made this statement openly. Absolutely shameful.
We have to ask ourselves at this stage of the debate: is Nick actually achieving anything worthwhile whilst in the European Parliament?
Yes, he is vastly enriching himself whilst there, but do his one minute speeches and MEP research really compensate for his neglect of the BNP?
We would have to say on both fronts, a resounding NO.
The European Parliament cannot initiate legislation - it can only amend legislation. It is in effect a glorified House of Lords writ large. Thus, effectively, the MEPs, even if nationalists were a parliamentary majority (which they are not) are basically powerless, and the whole place is a grandiose talking shop.
Has any of the research carried out by the multitude of BNP MEP researchers proved to be of value to the struggle for British survival that the BNP is engaged in? Many senior officers have stood right next to the leader of the party since he was elected and have never seen anything, anything at all, come out of the BNP offices in Brussels that was of any value to Our Cause whatsoever.
So there we have it. A sad tale of personal enrichment, distraction, and misplaced priorities, facilitated by a deliberately-created politician neutralisation centre, built by the enemies of our European civilisation in Brussels/Strasbourg.
Nick Griffin rightly deserves scorn for going native in the EU and turning his back on the BNP.