Why we will NOT be contesting the Police Commissioner elections
A rotten idea that's not for us - Online debate "very helpful" says National Elections Officer Alwyn Deacon as he announces decision not to stand in unwanted poll.
Unwanted. Stacked against us by the bent rules and controlled media bias. And a dangerous attack on Britain's proud democratic tradition of policing free from political interference. A waste of energy and money we can use better elsewhere.
These are the main conclusions of our debate on whether or not the British National Party should take part in November's elections for Police Commissioner in 43 counties in England and Wales.
"Centrally, the National Executive had come to a majority decision that we should abstain from these contests, but had there been a popular grass-roots groundswell in favour of fighting we would have felt obliged to do so despite our reservations.
"So it was good to see a mature debate clearly coming to the same conclusions that we have. Party unity is more important than anything, and having had the debate and given everyone the chance to have their say means that everyone is now happy to abide by the collective will of the members and the final decision of the leadership."
Some members took the position that we should not stand as a matter of principle, because having party political placemen at the head of the police doesn't just mean more parasites gobbling up our taxes, it also abolishes at a stroke the separation between politics and policing that is fundamental to our freedom.
There is a lot to be said for that. There is no public demand for these elections whatsover; they will be an out-of-touch party circus that will leave the public cold and even more angry than ever at being ignored except when it's time to pick up the bill.
Far more, however, were swayed by the practical arguments. Four factors above all others convinced the majority that we should stay out of the contests:
1) When the idea of elected Police Commissioners was first proposed, various members of the political classes openly expressed concern that the BNP could play our 'tough on crime, tough on criminal scum' card and win.
With that dreadful possibility firmly in mind, they imposed on the Police elections an absolute ban on anyone with any kind of criminal record, however old or minor, being accepted as a Police Commissioner. At a stroke, this shuts out potential local mavericks from roughly half of the entire working class population they Criminalised dissent.
Even better, from their point of view, having criminalised political dissent, it meant that their nightmare vision of BNP characters like Nick Griffin or Mike Coleman becoming Police Commissioner in Lancashire or Stoke, was removed.
As they showed in their outrageous stitch-up of Mike Whitby in the Liverpool Mayoral contest, the Labour/Politically correct police/media axis are now ready to stoop as low as fabricating alleged crimes in order to block the BNP from challenging them.
In order to establish the reputation for standing up for ordinary people that you need to win their support and catch their imagination in an unwanted election, you have to be outspoken. But they've criminalised being outspoken, so by speaking out you get disqualified from standing.
The whole thing is an even bigger sham than the normal Third World-style 'elections' that now pass for democracy in the One Party, Three Factions State into which today's Britain has sunk.
2) The other election rigging wheeze hit upon by the elite criminals who want to shut us out was the decision that - contrary to the normal, accepted and democratic precedent and practice in all other major elections - there should be no Freepost. In all other UK elections in which candidates have to put up deposits, doing so entitles them to have their election addresses delivered by the Post Office for free.
That would have made £5,000 per county great value as it would have bought us some £25,000-worth of postage and - with our election leaflets going to every house - we would almost certainly have retained our deposits in any case.
But without the Freepost, we just couldn't afford to post our leaflets, and no party in the country has the manpower to begin to deliver the millions involved by hand. The No Freepost rule is a cynical ploy aimed at sewing the elections into the bag for the Established parties. Only they have the big business or union funding, and the controlled media sympathy, needed to get their message across.
Our policies would be far more popular than anyone else's, but we can be absolutely certain that the controlled media will not do us the favour of telling the public what they are - or even that we are standing at all.
3) Not being able to reach our voters directly, most of them will join the 80% of the population who are predicted to not vote in these elections. The November date has been picked deliberately so that the early dark and probably bad weather depress the turnout. That means that Labour's huge postal vote block will swamp everybody else.
"The Tories must be made to let this go ahead in this way," says Mr. Deacon, "but that's their problem, not ours. We can't influence the outcome of these elections, so we'll keep our limited powder dry for the council elections next May and the European elections in 2014. We're still committed to fighting elections, but we all know that we must concentrate on the ones we can win."
4) It would cost us at least £55,000 in deposit, printing and postage to fight each seat. While we could undoubtedly raise the money to fight a few of them, huge areas of the country would have to be left untouched.
In terms of building the party, it is widely understood that we need to build up our funds for future winnable elections, and to invest in the assets we need to raise our campaigning profile even higher and keep ourselves in the public eye.
There is no point trying to pretend that the troubles, external attacks and 'internal' subversion we suffered from 2009 to 2011 didn't hit us so badly. In particular, the fleet of digital printers that were the basis of our local campaigning ability has been downgraded. Many are worn out by hard use, some were even stolen by individuals who let us down. We need to re-equip ourselves and train our new officials and activists so as to restore our ability to produce large amounts of instant response publicity material at the drop of a hat.
Over the last year, we have greatly increased our experience in, and enthusiasm for, local and regional demonstrations. Some of these, even those held on weekdays when only a few people can get time off work to attend, win us fantastic publicity. They grab the headlines, get our spokesmen in the media, boost traffic to our website and win us fresh recruits or reinvigorate the old hands who have realised that the also-rans they went off with are going nowhere, and who are particularly welcome back.
But to make the most of this new culture of demos and spirit of activism, we also need to invest in regional demo equipment so that our events are clearly streets ahead of anyone else.
We need every region to have its own supply of crisp new national flags on smart poles. We need to get a big run of our own BNP flags, with our Heart for Britain logo on, to keep on getting our logo into the public's collective consciousness.
We need banners ready with slogans for all our most important campaigns (No British Blood in Foreign Wars; opposition to racist attacks on our community; EU Referendum Now, British Jobs for British Workers, etc) and we need a standard leaflet on each key subject held ready in stock for use as soon as needed.
We need placards, both with their own messages and blank ready for instant use on whatever issue arises. We need loudspeaker systems, vehicle-mounted and for use on foot. We're even looking at high-tech equipment such as mass text senders for automated 'push marketing' to mobile phones.
Individually, none of these things costs a vast amount. But taken together - as they must be if our demos are to do justice to our activists' efforts and sacrifices - and multiplied a dozen times and more so that a party quartermaster's stores is never more than a couple of hours away from any possible demo, we need to invest thousands of pounds in all of this.
There is also the question of time and energy. We have over the last couple of years learned a great deal about fighting winnable elections really hard, but much of that knowledge is locked up at Head Office level or in the heads of a few scattered experts with experience in fields such as sales.
If we get bogged down fighting the unwinnable and unpopular Police Elections, we will end up on the Christmas break before we know it, with that all that knowledge still locked away, instead of having made a good start turning it into online training material and videos from which old and new activists alike can learn and benefit.
In many ways, our manpower and energy are even more important and rarer commodities than money. We certainly can't afford to throw any of these away on a push to fight elections that we can't win.
By avoiding them, of course, we will have to put up with a few snide media smears about the BNP having 'disappeared'. But we'll soon prove them wrong and make them look ridiculous when the best equipped activity teams in the history of British nationalism, start to push their way into the headlines.
"Thanks to everyone who took the time to express their views. In the end, it is of course a leadership decision, but it has been informed by everyone who got involved in the discussions." - National Elections Officer Alwyn Deacon.
"It was really useful to be able to feel the party's collective pulse and to see the consensus emerging that we're better off out, so thanks to all those who took part in the debate." - Nick Griffin MEP, Leader, British National Party.