There seems to be some confusion amongst people as to what the role of the Reform Group is and what it should be.
It is not to get Eddy Butler to replace Nick Griffin as the BNP leader.
The aim of the Reform Group is to ;
1) Persuade Nick Griffin to put the interests of the party first and resign as Chairman and concentrate on his work as an MEP to ensure he gets re-elected. If he doesn’t do that then the aim of the Reform Group must be to force the membership to demand the resignation of Nick Griffin as leader of the BNP and then to ensure the removal from the BNP constitution of all dictatorial powers that are at the whim of the BNP chairman.
2) To create a steering committee to run the party after Griffin resigns or is removed in order to ensure a smooth changeover from Griffin to the new steering committee and until the new democratically elected leadership are voted in by the members
3) To work on creating a new democratic constitution to replace the present dictatorial one
4) To reform the parties internal structures to make them more democratic and accountable in order to protect the interests of the members
5) To re-brand the BNP and ensure we are see as an electable party instead of a dictatorship
Obviously number 1 ) making sure Griffin resigns as chairman s the most important.
If that doesn’t happen, then 2) to 5) cannot occur.
If sections of the Reform Group think that the party needs to go from being led by Griffin to being led Butler, then they need to think again.
No-one wants to go from the Griffin frying pan and straight into the Butler fire.
We are not going to have any credibility as reformers, if the aim of the Reform Group is to perpetuate the present over centralisation in the party, the same powers for a chairman, the same cult of personality, the same constitution and the same nepotism and cronyism as under Griffin.
The Reform Group must stand for root and branch reform of the BNP, not meaningless cosmetic change.
The final option is that in the event that Griffin will not resign as chairman, and cannot be removed, then a new party has to be formed.
This means the BNP can be left as a rump for Griffin, his Griffinites, and for Far Right extremists to remain in.
This then means that any new political party which is formed does not have any of the political baggage of the BNP by ‘absorbing‘ extremist elements within the BNP, none of the negtive public imagery associated with Griffin, and nor would it have to tolerate any of the Griffinites that would seek to destabilise and wreck it.
The BNP can be left as a party for racists and far right extremists.
The new party would then allow a new start for British Nationalism and British Nationalists to enter mainstream politics.
These are my suggestions for the people to hold positions on the Steering Committee.
They would only hold these positions until the new democratic constitution is created and then if that constitution is supported by the members, they would then have to stand for election by the members to be appointed to their positions ;
1) Peter Mullins as Party President - his role would be simply to ensure the steering committee functions efficiently and to oversee the role of the steering committee in relation to the drafting up of the new constitution and nominations for party positions in elections
2) Michael Barnbrook as head of the parties Internal Disciplinary Unit
3) Michaele Mackenzie as head of the parties Staff and Human Resources Unit
4) Peter Phillips as Party Events Organiser
5) Eddy Butler as National Elections Officer
6) Adrian Davis as the BNP Legal Officer. In the event that Adrian Davis is not interested in the role, then I would be glad to have my old position back.
7) John Savage as BNP Treasurer
8) Michael Newland as BNP Business Director. If Michael Newland is not interested in the role, then I would suggest that the job be taken over by a small committee staffed by Michaela Mackenzie, Michael Barnbrook and John Savage who are responsible for checking and authorising party business decisions and who then report back their decisions to the Party President and steering committee for approval.
9) BNP security stays as it is under Martin Reynolds
10) Simon Bennet as BNP webmaster
11) Simon Darby is re-appointed as BNP Media and Communications Officer
12) James Whittle as head of the BNP internal Communication and Ideological Training School
13) A Constitutional Development Committee be formed of co-opted officers, officials and members to draft up, in consultation with the members, the new BNP Constitution
14) Richard Edmonds be appointed as BNP Liason Officer to work on recruiting into the party people who have left the party over recent decades
15) Jonathan Bowden as Party Cultural Officer
16) Jenny Noble as BNP Training Officer to train up appointed regional and branch officers of the party in essential internal skills
NONE OF THESE POSITIONS WOULD BE PAID POSITIONS.
As the party would no longer require paid officers to be responsible for the functions above, then this would allow the party to restore financial stability.
The above positions would be paid only their expenses.
This would then ensure that the party could restructure its debts and move back into credit.
All councillors and other officials who have resigned or been suspended will be offered their old jobs back.
Those who left the party due to fall outs with Griffin will be invited to rejoin the party.
Officers in present paid party positions will be interviewed and their positions decided on a case by case basis, based on loyalty to the party and merit as opposed to loyalty to Griffin and cronyism.
Note that I will not be on the steering committee.
Once the steering committee are in charge of the party, then I will rejoin the party and then offer to assist the party as its Civil Rights and Community Activism Co-Ordinator.
If the steering committee accepts that then that is fine, if not I will stay just as a BNP member.
All those appointments must be validated by a democratic vote from the membership after the new constitution is drafted up and agreed on by the members.
The Reform Group must not fall into the trap of thinking its role is to get Eddy Butler appointed as a new BNP chairman.
Eddy Butler is not the man for that job, as he himself admits.
Therefore the Reform Group must not be used as a base for Eddy Butlers supporters to push Eddy Butler on the party.
Eddy failed to win enough votes to stand for leadership and so he cannot subvert the will of the members by imposing himself on the party via the Reform Group.
The moment the Reform Group appears as an Eddy Butler Group, then the case for reform is lost.
Therefore we must ensure that this does not occur.