Members of the London YBNP have held informal meetings recently, following by-election activism in Havering.
Young nationalists came together to socialise and bond, but, more importantly to discuss nationalism and how to move the YBNP forward.
One of the main things discussed was how to attract more young people both to nationalism and into the Party.
Some members had contacted the Party after reading leaflets, but most said that it was the personal contact they had with other members - and in particular other young people - that encouraged them to join, and then to get involved in activism.
“We feel that youth need to be motivated to self-identify as British – not something that is currently encouraged in our culture”, Kevin Layzell, YBNP London Organiser said.
“Our young people are leaving school without academic, social, or life skills,” he added.
“They are being let down badly by an education system which is seriously flawed. As a party we should be addressing this, and offering our young people opportunities for change. We should offer the chance to change themselves and to change their communities and country.”
Community involvement is seen as a good way to introduce younger people to activism and it is hoped that one of the outcomes of this meeting, for example, will be that more young people will help out with the Harold Hill food bank. Other community initiatives were discussed and hopefully move forward from the planning stage.
Mark Jones, YBNP London Secretary, said “We hope that the London YBNP can work together to help communities, whether it is helping at food banks, picking up litter or volunteering at soup kitchens.”
Another issue discussed was the wise and careful use of social media, and the need to maintain a professional approach to all that is done for and with the Party.
In addition, some of the young people present had received negative media attention and it is hoped that some guidance on dealing with this can be produced by more experienced members of the party in the future.
It was also suggested that a young person’s guide to activism would be helpful, to teach beginners how to perform various basic tasks - from handing out leaflets to knocking on doors and engaging with the public.
Although the party does have activism guidelines, it was felt that something written more specifically for youth would be helpful.
“As youths we admit we are inexperienced, but we are willing to learn and it would be good if there was a collection of information that we can read, to at least prepare us for street activism”, Mark said.
He added, “There have been some excellent ideas thrown about and we look forward to seeing some of them put into action”.
Youth attracts youth, and we hope that more interested young people will come forward and join the BNP.
Interested Londoners should contact Kevin Layzell 07592 974815
Young people in other areas should contact their Regional Organisers for details.