"All politicians are lying cheats who say anything to get elected and then go back on their word. If you win you'll be just the same and go back on everything you're saying now."
That's a view that most British National Party activists have heard at sometime or other from a voter on the doorstep or on a high street tabletop stall.
Of course, it's not true, but considering how the old Lab-Lib-Cons have behaved for years, it's really no surprise that people are so disillusioned with everyone involved in politics.
The resulting steady collapse in the number of those bothering to vote is bad for democracy as a whole, and particularly bad for the BNP, because the very same people who are most likely to agree with us about the state of Britain, and what needs to be done to put things right, are the ones who are most likely to have given up voting.
So what can we do about it? Well, the first thing is to understand that this probably the biggest factor in the recent decline of average votes for all sorts of 'patriotic' parties.
This hasn't only hit us; UKIP votes - especially in working class areas - have dropped through the floor, as have those of fringe splinter groups such as the ultra-soft English Democrats and the ultra-hardline National Front.
To understand this is straight away to be mentally equipped to withstand the temporary average downturn. There's no point fretting about whether our policies are too 'soft' or too 'hardline', because the clear evidence is that it makes next to no difference. Wacky hardliners, sensible moderates and civic nationalist liberals alike are all being ignored by voters at present.
The important thing is to concentrate on changing the things that we can change, and the things that matter.
That particularly means working to improve our electioneering capabilities so as to maximise our share of the support of the minority who still vote, and to strengthen our capability to harvest the votes of those who have at present turned their backs on politics, when external circumstances push them to start voting once again.
The most important technique for both groups is to get into the habit of running a permanent drive to get our supporters signed up for postal votes.
Electors with postal votes are eight times more likely to take part in a local election than those without them.
This is why Labour, despite being still not much more popular than the ConDems, wins so many council seats hands down.
They have worked for nearly ten years to build a block of a few hundred postal votes in every ward and this does the trick nearly every time. In some places, our local teams are now working hard to catch up, but there is a great deal more still to be done.
Over the past we had to face facts. The relentless attacks we faced from 2007 to 2011, both from open enemies from without and from covert ones within, did do a lot of hinder and stall our political machine. We lost experienced people and our numbers were down. Equipment was stolen or worn out and not replaced. The drastic financial economies we had to make in order to survive weakened our organisational structure. But, not only did we pull through all that with extraordinary resilience, but we are steadily growing in numbers and have already laid the groundwork for a slicker and more professional electoral machine.
There is no point pretending otherwise. Our numbers are down. We have lost experienced people. Equipment has been stolen or worn out and not replaced.
The drastic financial economies we had to make in order to survive have weakened our organisational structure.
But, as everyone knows, we have survived.
The British National Party is still here, and we're here to stay. And, as everyone except Matthew Goodwin and the last few people reading the Guardian know, we are moving forward again.
We have fought our way out from beneath the old avalanche of debts.
Last year we made an operating profit for the first time in nearly a decade, and the position this year will be even healthier.
The Electoral Commission has given us credit for finally showing that we can get our accounts in on time and with a clean bill of health from the independent auditors who oversee our affairs to the level applied to blue chip companies.
A string of activities up and down the country over the last few months have shown that our ability to put activists on the streets is back, and that the readiness of members of the public to join our demonstrations is much higher than ever before.
Good members who had become demoralised by all the artificially-induced infighting are coming back, and the various 'rivals' that the naive and the ever-hopeful left thought might replace us have all been still-born or are now riven by internal conflicts of their own.
The weakness of all our 'rivals' is only highlighted by the fact that their latest 'unity' fantasy event is being organised by the Heritage and Destiny group, which was exposed years ago as a Searchlight false-flag operation.
When it comes to election results, recent contests continue to show that the BNP is still the only nationalist organisation that gets a look in.
When it comes to publicity material, our website continues to maintain its lead over all rivals (in the mainstream, as well as on the fringes).
We are still the only nationalist party with a serious newspaper, with a top quality monthly bulletin to keep all our members up-to-date.
When it comes to organisation, no-one else has a head office with a full-time team. No one else has anything like our assets, our experience or our capabilities.
The plain truth is this: The British National Party is back as the only serious game in town.
And now we are moving on and repairing the damage done by the troubles that are now behind us.
The confidence and vision of our 12 Point Plan for the street protest movement of the British resistance is winning over a whole new generation of activist recruits.
Others from the street scene who do not want to be involved in our party political struggle are increasingly happy to work alongside us.
Different groups working on parallel lines for the common good.
The unity of action that has been missing for so long in British nationalism is happening out there in real life, and the BNP is playing a central role in this long-overdue development, including through helping to build non-party political popular front operations such as Solidarity, ProFam, Resistance and Shieldwall - the Nationalist Welfare Association.
With such initiatives helping to create a larger pool in which we can swim and grow, we are once again getting the new people we need to expand.
This means that the key to completing the repair job and to building stronger structures for the future is now investment. Investment not just of money but, even more important, of intelligently applied effort and time.
We need to re-equip every region and every seriously active local unit with a good quality, well-maintained digital duplicator.
These are the workhorses of street protests, community work and local electioneering alike.
We need to train and enable small, fast-response teams in each area to turn simple templated designs into hard-hitting but positive propaganda for every kind of eventuality.
We need to train and equip regional 'flying columns' to take our flags, placards tabletops, leaflets and message into places which have slipped into inactivity and into areas where we've never been before.
This is especially important as from now on we are in the run-up to the 2014 European Elections.
We need to spread nationwide the great example set by our Scottish activists, whose flash demos and eye-catching stunts such as the giant chicken on anti-halal pickets have made the news and built by far the highest profile operation we've ever enjoyed north of the border.
We need to improve further our ability to capture such activities, and the great public response to them and us, on camera and video so that we can magnify their impact over the Internet.
We need to run training events on getting the most out of social networking to recruit new people, and then on how to involve and organise them in fresh efforts to build the party even more.
It is particularly important that demonstrations and popular front activities 'touch down' and convert public interest into new members, extra income and the postal votes that are the key to future electoral success.
And, in everything we do, we need to come across as positive, happy and professional - not the people who talk about the complicated and nasty problems, but the people with the simple and appealing answers.
Training events. Digital duplicators. Flags. Placards. Chicken suits. Mobile street PA systems. Table top sets. A wider range of leaflet designs. There's nothing in this list that is either prohibitively expensive or difficult to get the hang of using.
Yet bought, established and used methodically in every region in the country, such a relatively simple and clearly attainable set of physical and organisational assets will make a huge difference to our ability to take advantage of the huge opportunities that the growing combination crisis of the old system is sure to send our way.
It is the armoury of the grass-roots political guerrilla army that we must always remember is what we are at the present early stage of our long war for the survival and freedom of our people.
I have recently pointed out to the street resistance movement the folly of trying - with the drastically reduced numbers now turning out for the disintegrating EDL - to take on the state's dissent crushing apparatus of the de facto police/UAF alliance that dominates set piece confrontations on the streets.
It is well worth reading books such Sun Tzu's class The Art of War, or Robert Taber's War of the Flea, because the lessons of from military conflicts can often be applied to our peaceful political struggle as well.
In particular, guerrilla forces do not engage in pre-announced, full frontal assaults on enemy strongholds.
The same, of course, is true of political guerrilla forces.
So we have to be very cautions indeed about contesting large, first past the post elections in which our opponents have money and controlled media support beyond our wildest dreams.
And we have to learn not to be disappointed when even the local electoral breakthroughs that we do make are overturned four years later when the Labour Party have had time to bring up their big guns and grind our vote down and their up through sheer weight of numbers.
Guerrilla forces in their early years always aim only to establish temporary 'liberated zones'. But successful ones never throw all their resources into trying to hold them for ever - they simply slip away to find new under-defended weak points among the forces of the ruling regime, and win new victories there instead.
Of course, we have successfully defended local council seats and will continue to strive to do so.
But even really good councillors with good political and organisational support can be vulnerable to the brutally efficient Labour smear and election machine.
Where it does manage to overwhelm us, we should not blame each other, but rather invest our time, energy and limited funds in the political equivalents of the localised hit-and-run actions by which all successful guerrilla armies gradually wear down their initially much stronger opponents.
We must also redouble our efforts to use the new organisational and alternative media potential of the Internet to enable both our party and the broader nationalist movement to communicate direct with the public rather than begging for scraps of fair treatment from the controlled media.
In every field possible, we should be looking for ways to become more self-reliant and to fight battles at places and on times and subjects chosen by us rather than by the political elite and the forces with which it manipulates and controls our people.
Use our heads, and we can be assured that the powerful criminals who have dragged this country down into the mud will one day lose theirs!