Monday, December 03, 2007

Blackpool, Oxford and a studio visit

Time flies. I don’t know how Simon Darby and Martin Wingfield manage to keep up their daily blog entries – better self-discipline than me I guess. There again, I do a lot more travelling. Yes, that’s my excuse and I’ll stick to it.

One slight correction from my last entry: The Sardinian photo captioned ‘wildlife haven near the coast’ was actually a Roman bridge. Amazing that more than half of it is still there after 2,000 years. Mind you, there are records of significantly intact Roman building shells in Britain too (including an entire roofless temple near to Hadrian’s Wall) surviving until the 18th century, when profit-hungry landlords set about using the ultra cheap labour that became available as the Machine Age got under steam to rip them down for scraps of extra farmland.

I’ve just finished reading Michael Dames’ fascinating ‘The Avebury Cycle (the companion volume to his ‘The Silbury Treasure’). At Avebury too, whole avenues of Neolithic monuments – almost certainly a vast sculpture to the Earth Goddess of our first farming ancestors – were destroyed at the same time. Even as the gifted and far-sighted antiquarian Stukeley was recording what was there in minute detail in the 1740s, local farmers and hardline Christians were busy destroying them.

So much of our past has been lost, but so much survives. The giant twin henges at Avebury remain a very special place – far superior to fenced-in, tourist-swallowed, uglified Stonehenge. If you’ve never been to Avebury and to nearby Silbury Hill (the biggest prehistoric structure in Europe) then put it a visit to Wiltshire on your ‘to do’ list.

Book going begging

Back on the subject of books, the ‘serious’ one I’ve had on the go recently was Tim May’s ‘The Mongol Art of War.’ Study of the mighty empire built from nomadic Asiatic tribes by Ghengis Khan has been a key factor in the development of modern warfare. The Mongols were the first military force to develop a General Staff system – at a time when Chinese and European armies were generally led by hereditary nobles (typically, brave but clueless), their Mongol opponents were organised as a strict meritocracy, with the promising leaders of each generation picked out early and intensively trained in theory and manoeuvre as well as in actual combat. Thus they learnt from history and the mistakes of others, rather than through costly errors of their own.

The Mongols’ war machine was studied by the Prussians (who made such good use of the General Staff system that Germany was forbidden to have one after the First World War). They were later rediscovered by the Soviet Marshal Tukhachevsky, the British military theoreticians J.F.C. Fuller and Basil Liddell Hart, and of course the German generals who put into practice the theories and experiments conducted by Tukhachevsky (unfortunately but typically for the Russians, purged and shot by Stalin) and by Fuller and Hart (unfortunately but typically for the British, ignored by the military Establishment and condemned for their sympathies with Oswald Mosley).

Despite their pivotal importance and their unbeaten record against European forces, the Mongols have been so ignored that this was billed as the first book-length study of their military organisation. I was therefore – as a firm believer in the dictum that politics is warfare by other means - particularly looking forward to reading it, So I was substantially disappointed to find very little new to me, other than the details of names and battles, which add nothing to one’s understanding of the overall picture, still less of the reasons for the impact of Ghengis Khan and his successors.

The book is therefore not one I’ll be keeping. It’s a good introduction to its subject, and I suppose quite fun for anyone interested in military history, but it’s not going on a required reading list for BNP cadres. Tell you what, I’ll sling it in the back of the car and give it to the first blog reader who asks me for it at a meeting.

Big progress in Barnsley

Spoke at one of the biggest local branch meetings ever the other week. A few years ago Barnsley, in the heart of what used to be Arthur Scargill’s ‘People’s Republic of South Yorkshire’, had just a handful of BNP members. One damp evening last month more than 200 people - the vast majority from Barnsley itself, although stalwart Marlene Guest had brought a coach from nearby Rotherham – packed into a meeting that surely outdid anything seen in the area since the end of the Miners’ Strike.

As I speak about Labour’s serial betrayal of their traditional working class base it becomes clear that many of the audience have come – consciously - precisely for that reason. There’s a real angry radicalism about this meeting; the atmosphere is electric, the enthusiasm palpable. Paul Harris and his team plan to fight every seat on the council next year, and everyone knows that it’s only a matter of time before this becomes a real BNP breakthrough area. Blair’s and Brown’s addiction to globalisation has sown political dragon’s teeth all across South Yorkshire. By the time the coming economic downturn has hit, the crop will be ripe, and Labour will get very badly bitten indeed. All we have to do is keep on course. Steady as she goes!

Last reflections on Blackpool

Despite all the usual bluster from the far-left, our third Annual Conference went ahead in Blackpool without a hitch. It’s been widely covered online already, and features heavily in the new Freedom and ID (both being delivered around the country right now) so I won’t go into any details.

But it was good to see the culture of debate growing further roots in the party. In a strange way I was pleased to see people getting up to speak against a motion I proposed, not because I didn’t want to see it passed (had I not wanted to offer Conference the chance to appoint an extra level of scrutiny of our finances over and above that already in place with the Advisory Council, the independent auditors and the fine-toothed comb of the Electoral Commission, I would not have put the idea forward), but because it’s a sign of growing maturity that a large majority thought things through and didn’t just follow because their leader said ‘walk this way’.

The majority seemed swayed by warnings about the potential for problems at some stage in the future if a small group (most likely liberal civic nationalists) decided to push themselves onto the suggested scrutiny panel and then use the position to make trouble. Of course, guarding against power grabs by small self-chosen groups is a major part of the raison d’etre for the Voting Membership system and our moves to vest power in the hands of a combination of popularly elected leader and highly motivated and educated activist hardcore. The experience of the old National Front, wrecked by endless squabbles on its Directorate rightly put all of the genuine old hands who went through those disasters off the idea of Committee rule.

Whether motions were accepted or defeated, all were debated very sensibly and extensively. Simon Darby, chairing the conference day itself, somehow managed to let literally everyone who wanted to speak have their say, and still got through all the business spot on time (Mark Clutterbuck from Bristol chaired the Saturday training day with the same seemingly effortless quiet ease).

The far-left had pledged to stop the event, but failed yet again. In the place of ‘hundreds’ or even ‘thousands’ of demonstrators they managed a paltry seventy. They are, however, playing an interesting game online, making much of a photograph of Mark Collett and Dave Hannam looking out of a window. They shouldn’t have been, because our security team had told people not to do so, and they’ve both had a verbal wigging for doing so. But the interesting point is that several dozen other people looked out too, and also had to be right by security. But their photos are remarkable by their absence. For that matter, even I looked out briefly while upstairs in my room preparing material for one session. I’d completely forgotten about the by now somewhat damp and windblown demonstrators, but I’m pretty sure I was caught on film by them before I closed the blinds.

A Useful Rule of Thumb

Needless to say, if we were to criticise or discipline someone who the opposition knew were no use to us, or even some kind of troublemaker, then it would be a still of me at the window that they’d be crowing over (“Griffin the Hypocrite” . But both Mark and Dave are very valuable members of our central team (Mark’s work on things such as Identity, recruitment booklets, full colour election addresses, CD booklets, etc, and Dave’s with Great White Records alongside Alan Smith, involve very special skills which just don’t grow on trees). Hence the relentless efforts of the opposition to demonise them. Here’s a general Rule of Thumb: While people shouldn’t do things they’ve been told not to, if our opponents attack someone on our side, you can be pretty sure we’d be very much poorer without them. The time to worry is when our opponents start to praise people!

This Rule was also demonstrated in Oxford, where several hundred violent freaks from all over the country joined up with a collection of silly overgrown schoolgirls (of both sexes) and a gang of Muslim thugs (armed with iron bars) to try to stop my appearance at the Union Debating Society to speak and answer questions of freedom of speech and whether it should have any limits.

Here too, the event itself has already been extensively reported (all around the world, in fact) so I won’t go over it again. But did you notice how I have been extensively criticised by the liberal-left for having had the audacity to be escorted by a BNP security team that was not made up of ballet dancers and a fluffy-haired Boyband? ‘BNP Security’ – it does what it says on the label, and I don’t mind telling you that I was damned glad to have Martin and his team with me. True, some of them aren’t exactly oil-paintings, but what use is an oil-painting when a gang of Marxist fanatics in balaclavas want to beat you to pulp?

No-one who has not attended a ‘proper’ university like Oxford can have the faintest idea of just how cut off in their own world of glittering spires and upper class isolation most students are. It is in fact impossible to ‘debate’ with people who simply refuse to believe that things such as racial attacks on white people, or Muslim grooming of other communities’ girls, occur. It’s like trying to discuss basic physics with people who refuse to accept the existence of gravity. Oh well, they’ll most of them find out about such things when they grow up, and various apples fall on their heads.

Still, the public reaction to all the fuss around the debate has been excellent. Our enquiry lines were red hot, the breaking of the 40 year ‘No Platform’ policy of the hard-left has won the BNP even more support and recognition among free speech lovers than ever, and we were in the public eye in a positive (not least because most Brits do instinctively side with the underdog) sense in one last burst of political awareness before the Christmas Political Closed Season kicks in. A great way to end the political year.

New talent at Great White Records

Returning to the subject of Great White Records, I spent an interesting evening in their Yorkshire studios the other night. Alan wanted a ‘chorus’ to drop into a specially done Christmas song that’s being put together as a sample/advertisement for a forthcoming album by new young talent Joe Smith (no relation to Alan). Several hours of takes and overlays later, we actually sound rather good. It just shows what a good sound engineer with a big bank of highly sophisticated equipment can do, because when we started it sounded truly awful.

Joe’s album will be a welcome new departure for Great White, as it’s very much Britpop, a really ‘young’ sound very different to the folk/folk rock/country sound of the early CDs.

Personally, as you’ll already know if you’re a long-term reader of my ramblings, I’m ‘into’ traditional folk and country music in a big way. But I’m also very well aware that 99.7% of youngsters are not, and that it’s them that we need to reach out to with music more than anybody else.

Joe’s got bags of talent and character, but happily doesn’t come over as self-obsessed or arrogant like some lads his age when they suddenly discover they have a special talent. Alan and Dave at GWR are very excited about what he can do, and are keen to get his debut album out as quickly as possible. In the meantime (though all concerned readily admit that it’s as ‘cheesy’ as Christmas songs always are) watch out for the online Christmas release (complete with video footage of my meagre contribution) shortly, and have listen to what Joe’s getting up to here:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Free speech party and a 3000 year old house

What have I been doing since coming back from the successful USA trip? First a day and a half off (wouldn’t be much use anyway without that, this thing has to be paced – people who don’t take a break, at every level of the party, ‘burn out’ way too soon). Then a mountain range of emails and phone calls and even some snail mail (though, as a rule, that’s so slow and inefficient that I have no choice but to neglect it as a rule – apologies to any readers who’ve experienced this.

Then a very useful visit up here at home from Eddy Butler, head of our Elections Dept and an absolutely key player in the development of our election-winning capabilities. He’s come up to work on a team-building weekend which we intend to try out on HQ personnel first, and then perhaps roll out more widely if it works well.

We spend an enjoyable evening brainstorming ideas for it, and sadly discarding some which we conclude are too imaginatively cruel. Up early the following day to visit several places we intend to use. A bit to my surprise Eddy, who I’d always thought of as a bit of a townie, is raring to go and take in as much Welsh countryside as possible.

We start off by walking the dogs (once I’ve persuaded them that he’s not to be eaten when he commits the ‘crime’ of walking next to me) to the top of the hill/mountain ridge across the valley. Even though the weather’s good the clear potential of the place to be drastically inhospitable for a bunch of amateurs in winter is clear enough to persuade us to tone down our plans for the winter-time event somewhat more. We want team-building, not hypothermia.

Then we head off to inspect our choice of venues and visit several sites of historic interest we may build in to the session, talking and planning all the time. I think that, when the event comes off, it will have been time very well spent. Eddy is something of an unsung hero, as commitments like this and playing a key role in so much by-election planning and work is all done in holiday time from a conventional job.

Record attendance in Liverpool

Next day there’s a meeting in Liverpool. Organiser Steve Greenhalgh and his team are doing a great job. It’s another record meeting in terms of numbers and the collection. During the break I talk with a retired lady teacher who is an expert on using proper phonic reading techniques to deal with the illiteracy epidemic which has resulted from the leftist egalitarian demolition job of our education system (with a little help from moronic TV and a generation of young parents who have been systematically deprived of the skills and attitudes they need to rear a family of disciplined competents).

Steve goes through recent election results in the city, and introduces all the candidates who were ready to ensure that we would have stood in every parliamentary seat in the city had Brown not lost his bottle. Our support level over that of the Tories in virtually all the council elections over the last year has been so great that there has to be a possibility that we could beat them – the official parliamentary opposition – in terms of the votes we get in Liverpool next time. Cameron’s Torylite ‘revival’ doesn’t show any sign of happening in this great city.

Bev Jones is also present, drumming up support and interest for her inventive and energetic campaign to raise the £40,000 and a bit more that the North West will need to pay for a top quality election address for every home in the region in June 2009’s European Election. A daunting task, but Bev is going at it in a big way, both setting an example and providing help for other regions with the same challenge ahead of them.

Free Speech Day – a new fixture on the BNP calendar

Come Saturday and Jackie and I head off to Leicestershire, where Carol Collett has had the great idea of organising a Free Speech Day celebration on the first anniversary of the final acquittal of her son Mark and me on Race Law charges at Leeds Crown Court. The event’s an outstanding success, with several hundred people there (including many of those who most loyally came to support us outside court day after day, in some vile weather. Liverpool bring 14, there’s a carload from the North East, a good group from Birmingham, and loads of locals from the East Midlands, which Sadie Graham and several great local teams (particularly in Leics, where there’s a wonderful mix of experienced ‘old hands’ and hard working newcomers) have turned from a backwater into a BNP local politics powerhouse in just a few years.

Also present as Guests of Honour on the free speech front are teacher brothers Adam and Mark Walker, and ‘BNP Ballerina’ Simone Clarke. Each gives a short, powerful speech, as does Mark Collett. An audience like this is a joy to speak to, and my brief speech goes down well too.

All money raised at tonight’s social will be well spent in the end, for it’s going to the East Mids Euro Election Fund. The fact that there’s entertainment from a very talented young magician, from Dave Hannam doing an acoustic set, a disco (run well enough to get loads of people dancing) helps to enthuse the crowd.

The end result is a magnificent profit of just over £3,000, a staggering £1,000 of which comes from Dave Bell, father of our hard-working South Birmingham organiser, Mike (he who organised the football competition at the RWB this year) as the top bid for a single lot that I auction off: Two different enlarged and signed photos from the court steps after our acquittal, a bottle of decent champagne and three empty champagne bottles.

These are the matching red, white and blue set that Mark and I and Jackie opened in front of all the media cameras and a rapturous crowd a year ago in Leeds. They are the best quality and the smartest of the range that comes from a vineyard co-owned by Jean-Marie Le Pen, and given to me for such an event. I’m actually a bit reluctant to let them go, because there’s real sentimental value in them, especially the white bottle which is the one that (having shared it with several of our crowd, and with some of our security team – if they can’t break our ‘no drink’ on duty rule then it’s a bad job) I am a bit attached to.

I finished it off during the last media scrum interview session of that momentous day, happily getting soaked by the rain and positively buzzing. I knew as it was going on that the multiply filmed interview was – though I say it myself – a great piece of work, and I hoped that the calculated arrogance of swigging champagne in between shooting down out-of-their-depth journalists would get the moment on TV. Just how well it must have come across for us must be judged from the fact that not one second of the footage was ever shown, despite it being captured by every main TV channel in Britain. Happy days!

Still, it’s not every day one can get a grand for two pictures and four bottles, three of them empty, and I’ve always enjoyed auctions. We’re clearly headed for more than a hundred pounds in risk bidding before Mr. Bell wades in with his bid. “I’ve never seen Nick lost for words before,” quips Mark, showing that special talent he has for sizing up people and events in an instant – I was indeed dumbfounded as well as delighted.

So thanks Dave Bell, and to Carol and Maurice Collett for such a good idea and a great evening.

We head home late that evening. A puncture on the M54 near Telford holds us up and leaves me fairly grubby after putting on the spindly temporary spare that Fords, like so many car-makers these days, insist on putting in the boot in place of a real tyre. Then, of course, the rest of the journey has to be at 50 mph – snail’s pace at two in the morning.

The only good thing is that this allows us to hear the whole of the brilliant Joe Calzaghe world title defence and unification fight on Radio Five Live. He’s a great boxer and a true sportsman. There’s not a pop singer or soap idol fit to clean his boxing boots, and only a few footballers fit to lace them up. The Italians who settled in South Wales in the first part of the last century are an example of immigration as a neutral and even a good thing – unlike the tsunami of unassimilable types, creeds, attitudes and numbers we face today. I hope Joe succeeds in his dream up winning the world title after moving up a weight, and then retires while he’s on top – a giant of British boxing.

Sunday is spent mainly at the computer, finishing off various things that just have to be done before Jackie and I head off for four days holiday (the only one we’re getting this year). With the help of Ryanair tickets at 1p each on one leg of the journey, even after paying one or two of Gordon Brown’s stealth taxes we’re flying to Sardinia and back for £64 between us. Amazing, and if it melts another iceberg I’m sorry, but the planes were flying anyway and we don’t have a patio heater.

We fly to Alghero, an airport which sounds rather ugly, but turns out to be named after a splendid medieval Catalonian walled seaport, with a harbour full of pleasure boats and working fishing boats, and a holiday resort sprawl that doesn’t even stretch to a mile. We stay in a self-catering B&B in the middle of olive groves about two miles out of town. After getting a taxi there we spend the next two days walking everywhere. When we can walk no further we hire bikes. After a day of that we can’t sit on the saddles any more or walk, so on the last day we hire a Smart car (which I’ve always been inclined to mock, but are better on the inside than they appear from the outside) and drive off much relieved to catch a glimpse of this huge island’s ancient history and wild coastline.

Part of the ancient city fortress of Alghero

Prehistoric monument from Sardinia’s deepest past – about 3,000 years old

Wildlife haven near the coast

Hell’s Bay in a stiff wind

I’d recommend it to anyone wanting a cheap but thoroughly different and relaxing break somewhere in which tourists are welcomed because – at this time of year at least – not too dominant. Many of the locals speak no English, but my five or six words of Spanish added to perhaps fifty of Italian, plus liberal use of the ‘posh’ and hence Latin-based end of the English vocabulary and we get along fine.

On the way home we stop in at a big supermarket (yes, I know…) on the edge of Shrewsbury for essential provisions. Two ladies are selling poppies in the entrance and one of them turns out to be one of our best activists in Shrewsbury. In a way it’s a small world, but, there again, we’ve been pushing the idea of our people helping the dwindling number of British Legion collectors, and the idea is really catching on. Brilliant.

More progress for Solidarity

Among the post when we get back is the ballot paper for the Solidarity trade union elections, which has arrived from the chartered accountant who is running the independently scrutinised election as required by law (disgracefully, the Electoral Reform Society refused to provide this service, on account of the union’s fraternal links with the BNP and its nationalist stance).

Solidarity now has more than 200 members, which means that there are several well-established minor unions significantly smaller than it is. The completion of its first internal election will mark a further step in its development.

Just in time too, for the new Labour law allowing unions to kick out people for alleged political incorrectness means that there is no point at all in any member of the BNP paying in to any other union, because if one of our people needs union backing it simply won’t be forthcoming from the leftist time-servers who have hijacked most of them. Solidarity is different, a real union, with real union status, rights and powers, but run by decent people committed to free speech, democracy and the well-being of British workers. You can take a look at the quality of the people who have put themselves forward for its Executive here.

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday falls on the 11th itself this year. I head up to Connors Quay in North Wales, to meet up with John Walker at the local parade he attends every year. We need to talk about several national treasury matters anyway, plus it’s a bit of a social occasion and a chance to annoy the Labour Party bigwigs even more than John usually does.

His dad is there too, with a chestful of medals from his time as a Royal Navy gunner seconded to convoy merchantmen. Sunk five times, by Germans and Japs, Bill’s a remarkable old chap with a twinkle in his eye and a great sense of humour. He’s got nothing against the Germans, whose crews in moments both of victory and defeat behaved just as the British did. But the Japs – well, he and several mates sunk while supplying the Chindits in Burma had to take their chance with the sharks while hiding under their life raft while fast Japanese gunboats machine-gunned survivors in the water.

The parade is several hundred strong, and John is greeted by various NCOs who he served with in the TA. Having stayed on when he left they now have almost as many active service medals as the increasingly frail and few World War Two veterans – and they keep on being posted back to Blair’s deadly adventures despite their having nothing to do with us.

The band plays ‘Abide With Me’ as the wreaths are laid. The name of the ‘local’ Labour MP is called, but he hasn’t even turned up. Saddest of all is the young woman in black who lays a wreath on behalf of the Iraq Families Group. Wife or girlfriend of an RAF man killed by a mortar attack on his barracks out in that pointless desert. It really brings home what the poppies are all about – not just for those who have been unwithered in faithful memories for half a century, but dads and husbands and lovers who are still half-expected to walk through the door and end a nightmare.

A chestful of medals

After the service John and I spend several constructive hours in discussion at the Treasury office. He’s been doing the job for four years now – the longest tour of duty in the job with the biggest burden of responsibility in the entire party. Few people appreciate just how much we owe John Walker for his work under pressure that would break (indeed has broken) other men.

Conference coming up

All systems go for the BNP’s annual conference in Blackpool this weekend. Treasury are still taking bookings, Sadie Graham is positively deluged with the thousand and one matters that fall to the overall organiser of such a major and complicated event. All the signs are it’s going to be the best one yet. Mark Collett has produced the best ever delegates’ pack – something that only the handful of people who have done top level Desk Top Publishing work can begin to appreciate in terms of the amount of work and skill involved.

The main hotel is still receiving all sorts of threats from the far-left. It seems they’re particularly upset now because the ultra-left Respect have been thrown out of a venue in the same resort this coming weekend having booked it under a false name. This richly deserved blow comes on top of a catastrophic split in Respect between the blustering tyrant-loving wind-bag and the Bangladeshi wing on the one hand, and the SWP and the Bengali wing on the other.

The SWP stand accused of rigging the list of student delegates (surely not?!), and in turn condemn Galloway as a ‘communalist’ on account of his allegedly favouring the Bangladeshis (note that neither side could justly, indeed even possibly, be accused of favouring the English). Apparently membership numbers are now down to little more than 2,000 – a mere fifth of ours (though, of course, their ‘spokespersons’ still get on the BBC far more than we do – licenced rebellion and special treatment for the liberal’s pet minorities).

Common Purpose – a menace to our freedom

Monday evening and a rare treat – a BNP meeting with a non-BNP speaker who I really want to hear. It’s near Worcester, organised by Martin Roberts, one of the friendly and helpful voices on our inquiry lines who has been the first BNP person that many of our newer members spoke to when they first got in touch (one recently, was an old friend of mine who’s been following us for several years and has just decided to join up).

The main guest speaker is Brian Gerrish, formerly a key figure in South West UKIP, but now out of favour with that party’s thoroughly seedy leadership and doing amazing work exposing the sinister pro-EU political mind-control cult Common Purpose. BNPtv have a two-man team down to film the event, and we’ll have Mr. Gerrish’s thoroughly documented and well-delivered presentation up on line for the far wider audience it needs to reach as quickly as possible.

The existence of this body, its subversive pro-multi cult agenda, the vast amounts of taxpayers’ money spent on its brainwashing courses, and its rapid cancerous growth through local government, the police, education services and the NHS – all these are a matter of record. Precisely what it’s aims are is more a matter of interpretation, but in truth you can make an informed judgement that this is a menace to our culture, society and freedoms simply on knowing the Marxist ‘past’ of so many of its key figures, its incestuous relationship with the Prescott-led push for the undemocratic breaking up of England through regionalisation, and the number of names of left-liberal tax-eating ne’er-do-wells involved.

More on this many headed hydra from me and the BNP in due course.

Another deadline met

At just gone eleven on Tuesday I’m speaking to Richard Barnbrook about a big English Partnerships meeting about housing in Central London for which he has three tickets tomorrow. We decide that, in order to make it impossible for the organisers to avoid the key questions that we want to put to them on behalf of those priced out of homes by speculating developers, greedy banks and mass immigration, we need a special leaflet putting together as well.

It takes me about twenty five minutes to write it, leaving Mark Collett about half an hour to lay it out, get it back to me for proofing, tweak it and get it off to Richard in time for him to print it before he has to leave for a series of meetings today. We manage by the skin of our teeth. No room for a picture, but as it’s aimed at a high-powered and serious audience that won’t matter. Mark breaks it up very well in any case, and Richard gets 500 copies printed off within the deadline. Good work all round.

Well over 3,000 words here now. In about three hours late at night while Jackie’s away lecturing at a big medical conference. Time for bed though, because tomorrow I’ve got to pick Simon Darby up and head off to support our newest councillor in North Wales in court as he contests an outrageous attempt by the council to bar him from all council premises. More of that on Simon’s multi-media blog.


The appearance of a BNP team at the big English Partnerships events was a triumph. Despite Yvette Cooper having a copy of our leaflet half an hour before she spoke, Richard Barnbrook’s question about the three-year limit on planning permission floored her. One eye-witness tells me it was like watching a torpedo smack into a ship and explode; her pitiful attempt at an answer only added to the contempt that even many of the Great & Good there for the junket felt towards this lightweight New Labour hackette.

What’s more, word is that the policy proposal is so straightforward, attractive and obviously right that the Brown regime is now seen to have a serious problem on its hands: Does Gordon implement a BNP policy, or does he continue to back his FTSE 100 cronies and be seen by everyone in the sector as a phoney? If I were a betting man, I’d have a punt.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

American journey

Monday – the trek begins

After a busy day in the office, broken briefly to cut some wood so Jackie and the girls can light the Rayburn each evening to keep the autumn chill off, Jackie drives me to meet security at our usual RV. Martin has been held up by a two hour traffic jam caused by a serious accident – and by the fact that the country is desperately overcrowded. Bad as things are now, just imagine them with another ten or twenty million people, as several leading demographers forecast today will result in due course on present trends. Unbearable!

Then it’s down to the second half of a well attended and determined Black Country meeting. South Birmingham organiser Mike Bell is just finishing a short speech when we arrive, and local organiser Ken Griffiths introduces me almost straight away.

I keep my speech pretty short, explaining how all the public apathy, “I’m alright Jack” consumerism, and “I’ve voted Labour all my life” moronicism of recent decades is going to be swept away by the harsh winds of economic pain. Distressed home-owners (or rather, people who didn’t realise that the banks owned their homes) in parts of the USA are now being offered just 50 per cent of their nominal value of a few months ago by venture capitalist sharks drawn by the blood spilt by those already crushed by the credit crunch.

There are plenty more set to join them, including on this side of the water. We’re in the earliest stages of perhaps the biggest forced (by economic circumstances, of course, the robber barons of today don’t ‘do’ swords or bayonets, though in not so many years time they may well use paramilitary police in a new form of feudalism) transfer of wealth from the actual and aspiring middle and taxpaying working classes, into the hands of the super rich since the theft of the English commons and the Lowland and Highland Clearances.

This new wealth grab will of course be cloaked in socialist legitimacy by tossing a few threadbare rags and stale crusts to the spongers – homegrown and imported – whose votes may allow their system to maintain a fictional democratic legitimacy)

The comfortable times are gone; the only question yet to be answered is whether the damage done to our society and the nations of the West under cover of “you’ve never had it so good” hedonism has already gone so far as to be irreparable? That liberalism and the multi-cult are finished is beyond any doubt, but the moment is yet to come that will decide if they are replaced by national rebirth or by lawless feudalism that merges into an Islamic Dark Age.

Leave the meeting dead on half-past ten and head for a hotel near Heathrow. One of the side effects of the Bush/Blair/bin Laden Clash of Civilisations is that the old “get there forty minutes” before your flight routine has now been replaced by a three hour wait. Hence a mid-morning flight from Heathrow really can’t be caught with an early morning start from home.

Breath of fresh air on the radio

Typing up this section of the blog on the M40, Radio Two has a slot with Kate Rusby – she claims to be getting on a bit now, but truthfully she’s still very young for such a big folk-singing talent. As usual, her set mixes her own material with traditional songs delivered in her unmistakable southern Yorkshire accent. It’s a welcome contrast to the multi-cult junk played incessantly on Radio One – not so much entertainment as an instrument of torture.

If any readers are involved in any of the pub Christmas concerts she says that the area is noted for then let me know and I’ll try and get to one. Years ago in Suffolk we used to sing sometimes in the back room of the Laxfield Low House (a pub with no bar, which is much better than it sounds, go and find out for yourself) and in the now gentrified Scole Inn near Diss – one of the great character pubs of England until bought up by a hotel chain and ‘renovated’ to the point of soullessness. If you ever went there when it had tile floors and smelt of wood smoke, real ale and good cheer, keep those memories and never go back to see how they’ve murdered the place.

Best of all back then (circa 1978) was carol evening in the Butley Oyster, complete with Mummers Play and pints of Old mulled with a poker straight from the fire. I hope it’s still like that and not a yuppie bar with carpets and over-priced South African wine.

Tuesday - Eight hours on the plane

After four hours sleep in a motel near Heathrow, the flight to Chicago takes eight hours. The clear skies on take-off last for the whole time we’re over England. With a window seat I spot various landmarks in central and then North London, then we cross the M25 and after that it’s a bit of a guessing game. A motor racing track below our starboard wing must be Silverstone. Over the north Midlands we pass a fair size place with a big sports stadium just south of a river. Nottingham? I’m not sure we’d be that far east. The layout of Derby I scarcely know at all, but I guess it could be, because not long after that we fly first over some fairly wild hill country and then pass Manchester to head out to sea over Morecombe Bay.

It’s cloudy as we pass Belfast and then there’s nothing to see anyway. Until, that is, we cross the southern tip of Greenland. I’ve been re-reading Bruce Bawer’s book While Europe Slept, which deals in a slightly PC way with the threat of Islamicist aggression. But now I stop for a while. Fortunately the sky is clear again and there’s a stunning view from 38,000 feet of the enormous ice sheet to the north, and several glaciers snaking down valleys to the sea. One in particular is ‘calving’ icebergs, dozens of bright white specks which must be huge down there.

Another hour and we’re over Canada and the clouds are back until we cross the Great Lakes and then Michigan. It is impossible to fly over North America when the sky is clear without being stunned by the sheer size and space of the place, and by the achievements of the mainly English, Scots and Scots-Irish who first pioneered it (though of course the French played a major role in Canada).

Coming down to land in at Chicago’s massive O’Hare Airport the city suburbs stretch as far as the eye can see out of both port and starboard windows. It’s a giant example of how our civilisation revolves around the internal combustion engine and the fuel that powers it.

There’s no doubt that late industrial capitalism has been unbelievably ‘efficient’, and the last couple of generations of Westerners have been extraordinarily fortunate, at least in material terms. But when ultra efficiency spills over into the hyper-consumption of finite fossil fuels, there must inevitably come a time when those unfortunate enough to be in the chair at the time get to pick up the mother of all bills. It’s been one hell of a party, and it’s going to be one hell of a hangover.

They don’t know what’s about to hit them

The business pages of the Daily Mail I pick up on leaving the plane include a brief reference to the German Energy Watch Group report that the Guardian covered the other day. It is described as ‘startling’, which shows just how out of touch with the real fundamentals of the world economy supposedly well-informed journalists can be. Frankly, it’s terrifying.

Especially this bit: “EWG sees world production slumping from 81 million a day to 39m by 2030. It does not predict prices, but if it is right they could double.” Where do they get this rubbish? The 1973 oil shock was caused by a gap between global supply and demand of les than 5%, and that led to prices quadrupling almost overnight. America’s so far minor steps towards serious bio-fuel production have led to a doubling in the price of grain and animal feeds as food production is cut in order to produce alternative transport energy. A 50% drop in global oil output, combined with the growth in demand from China and India, wouldn’t lead to a simple doubling of prices.

We’re not talking about you not being able to afford long drives to the seaside quite so often – this is about the likely collapse of the modern world, mass starvation among the world’s poor, and a contest between the decentralising effects of technological simplification and the crudely centralising efforts of scavenger capitalist police states. Unless, of course, someone comes up with a solution so effective and so cheap that we can collectively afford the astronomical cost of writing off the infrastructure of the Oil Age. Don’t hold your breath!

About the only consolation is that, after a period of even greater wealth and power when the Muslim OPEC states literally have us over a barrel as scarcity sends oil prices trough the roof, there will come a time when inexorably declining oil output sends Saudi Arabia in particular into a tailspin of social unrest. And once the Mad Mullahs take over they’ll turn the place into an economic and social basket case – which would severely curtail both the prestige and the world-changing clout of Salafist/Wahhabi Islam.

From Chicago we take a connecting flight to Charlotte, in the old Confederate state of South Carolina. Our host and the organiser of the whole tour, Preston Wigington, is there to pick us up for the two hour drive to Clemson, which is the first university at which I’m speaking.

We arrive in the late evening their time, which means that by the time we’ve finally had something to east other than in-flight pap, our British-set bodyclocks are convinced that it’s actually time to get up. Not a great night’s sleep.

Wednesday (I think!)

At least Wednesday is a fairly light day. I do three radio interviews over the phone, write my lecture, deal with a few calls from the UK and meet with members of the conservative student group that invited me to their campus.

One of the interviews is with a big Southern radio talkshow host – a way OTT near-caricature of his type, loud, self-opinionated and extremely politically incorrect and proud of it. The others, one of them a big Christian station, are much more restrained, but still very friendly. All are shocked when I tell them that one of the reasons I’m speaking at American universities is that I’m banned from doing so at British ones. The fact that the four 7/7 London bombers had between them collected more than half a million dollars in welfare benefits courtesy of the British taxpayer also caused a fair bit of justifiable incredulity.

An old friend and a first

The university buildings are an architectural cut above the cultural-Marxist boxes that disgrace many modern British university campuses. We pass a magnificent multiple fountain to enter the six storey library and the auditorium where I’m to give my first ever lecture in a university (on account of the ‘No Platform’ policy imposed by the Marxist cranks and bigots who still manage to deny British students the right to listen and make up their own minds on certain taboo subjects).

Among those students and guests already waiting are Bob Whittaker, an old friend from previous visits and late-night Bourbon sessions, and author of, among other things, the brilliant critique of the liberal indoctrination system ‘Why Johnny Can’t Think’. The opposition is represented by little group of leftists and Afro-Americans on one side of the room, and a bearded Muslim of clearly North African origin on the other.

To be honest, I really don’t feel like speaking and answering questions for well over an hour as scheduled – my body is now convinced that it’s two or three in the morning and that I’m part way through some experiment in sleep deprivation. Still, the anticipation of some barracking or awkward questions from the leftists produces a little shot of adrenaline and I get to work.

In the event, they all listen attentively and politely for a while. About halfway through my forty five minute main talk, the group of blacks and white feminist types get up and leave quietly. My guess is that they’ve come expecting to hear rabid hardcore racism and anti-Semitism, and are somewhat confused by a message that includes the threat posed by radical Islam to some of the causes dearest to their own hearts.

See the video on Google here.

At the end of the event we find that they’ve left a message on one of the question cards that were left on the seats: “This is bullshit. Hope you enjoyed tonight. Your reception at Michigan will be rather different.” They’ve also drawn a Peace sign, which is a little odd given that the Reds up at Michigan have already vowed to stop the lecture there by force.

When I finish – with a warning that, with 100,000 ‘legal’ Muslim immigrants a year, the USA is merely not a far down the road to Islamisation as Europe – the Muslim does not applaud. Strange really, because I don’t think I’ve said anything to belittle or insult his Faith but have simply pointed out its incompatibility with Western values, the rapid rate at which it is advancing in Europe, and the role of our own liberal ‘elites’ in the process.

The questions are wide ranging, from sympathetic and politically astute gifts to polite but hostile ones which are supposed to be awkward. At the end of the event we say our goodbyes and are escorted by a very round and jovial policeman to a police car waiting to drive us back to our car on the other side of the campus.

It’s now eleven in the evening local time, 4 or 5 a.m. Griffin body time. And we’ve got to get up at just gone four local time in order to drive back to the airport and our flight to Houston, Texas.


By the time we get to Houston the grey skies have cleared. Below us as we come into land are the meanders and textbook oxbow lakes (the remains of ancient loops in the river which have been cut off by its change of course) of a river on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. The huge refineries and chemical plants down near the sea are visible in the distance.

Houston Airport is magnificent – one of the most strikingly designed but still practical modern building complexes I’ve ever visited. We pick up our luggage within minutes (so far, on this visit, we’ve been spared the mayhem created last time I visited the USA for a conference in Louisiana, when our bags all ended up thousands of miles away somewhere on the West Coast) and pass gleaming stainless steel, plate glass and plain rendered pillars to board an ultra modern monorail to the car park where Preston left his vehicle a couple of days earlier.

The whole place is very nearly futuristic and truly impressive. Will the huge revamp at Heathrow produce something to match it? Knowing the chronic botching, skimping and addiction to Bauhaus-influenced concrete that afflicts so many major building projects in Britain, the more likely answer is ‘no’. There again, we might get something as dramatic and eye-pleasing as the magnificent (though nearly bankrupt) Millennium Theatre in Cardiff – now there’s a building!

A fine studio in a fine cause

First stop is the HQ and studio of one of the most influential and respected Christian TV companies in the USA – indeed, worldwide – DayStar TV. We step into an ornately decorated foyer and are warmly welcomed by both the receptionist and an enthusiastic young producer. I’m actually due live on air in twelve minutes, which presents a potential problem as I’m wearing a travel-creased T-shirt and haven’t yet shaved this morning.

The moment I explain the problem I’m whisked upstairs and through another ornate-to-the-point-of excessive Italianate sitting room to a washroom. Once shaved and changed, it’s off to see a make-up artist in a room of a way higher standard than any I’ve seen in a mainstream British TV studio – this really is a big operation.

It’s nearly half past eleven and we’ve had nothing to eat all morning. I emerge to find that Martin and Preston have been shown the snacks we’d been told would be available on our arrival. Martin’s face is a study of misery as he picks at a small plate of raw celery, carrot and broccoli! Personally any earlier hunger has now been replaced by slight butterflies in the stomach. I’ve been interviewed on US Christian radio shows a fair few times before, but this is a full half-hour live TV slot to an enormous audience on the same lines.

The studio itself again outdoes anything I’ve seen outside of the main London news studios of the BBC and ITN. I’m the guest on a comfy sofa with the husband and wife presenter team. We chat briefly and into the opening credits to give them a better idea of what I can bring to their huge audience this morning, and he checks our web and PO Box addresses as these will be read out and flashed up on screen.

Fortuitously, he’s got the splendidly Christian sounding Waltham Cross address, but as he’s asked if he’s got it right I point out that his ‘Hertz’ pronunciation of the ‘Herts’ abbreviation of Hertfordshire should in fact be ‘Harts’. He tries it out and instantly reminds me of Trevor McDonald. Preston later tells me that the couple are absolutely typical of the best of the old fashioned but still very common Southern black Baptists, as sincere, genuine and generous of spirit as their white neighbours.

I tell him he’s got it so perfect he actually sounds English, but he laughs and says that he’ll stick to the pronunciation that his viewers would expect. This one’s a good example of how in many cases modern American actually preserves long-gone snippets of the English of Shakespeare’s time. The ‘e’ in words like Hertfordshire and Derby only mutated into an ‘a’ sound in late Georgian and Victorian times as the result of an upper class affectation – people trying to sound posh.

I gather that the actual programme – or at least clips from it – will be on You Tube soon, if not already, so won’t go through what was said here. Suffice it to say that we agree on all points, from the dangers posed by radical Islam through to the fact that mass immigration is a threat to the existence of the separate nations that all pre-liberalisation Christians knew were ordained as such by God.

Many black Americans are particularly concerned about Mexican and other Third World immigration on working class jobs and on social cohesion. Add in the natural worries that true Christians have about the seemingly relentless spread of the Arabic moon cult, our common belief in the importance of traditional values – including the ‘minor’ ones like good manners and human respect that comes naturally rather than being extracted by intimidation - and our getting along is really not the surprise the clips will be to left-liberals who simply haven’t got the faintest idea what makes people like me tick.

We finish the programme and chat for a few more minutes. The efficiency and thoughtfulness of the whole operation is epitomised by the fact that we’re handed two DVD copies of the live broadcast as we walk out of the studio. Then it’s back to the car park in the bright sunlight, and the two hour drive to College Station, home of the next University on the list.

Deep in the heart of Texas

The scenery out of Houston isn’t worthy of the name. Flat sprawling suburbia
gives way to miles of shopping malls, giant used car lots and a vast array of places where already fat Americans can eat their way to full-blown medically registered obesity and thus welfare handouts. The waffle shops are particularly good examples:

A waffle is really only a pancake – I know, because I made one from a pre-mixed cupful for yesterday as our hotel had only self-service continental breakfast available. But while a French crepe or an English pancake could well have maple syrup poured on it, there is a strict limit to how much liquid obesity one can get to stay on a flat circle of cooked flour, egg and milk. So the Americans hit on the idea of turning it into a three dimensional set of open top boxes – each one of which can then hold a sickening quantity of syrup, a miniature reservoir of calories.

It’s more than an hour’s drive before we start to see woods rather than featureless scrub and billboards, then gently rolling hills and some lakes. It’s much greener than I expected, apparently the Texas that springs to our mind is much further west in a state which would comfortably swallow England twice.

Texas A&M, like Clemson, is renowned for its faculties of agriculture and engineering, and is also well known as a generally conservative university. Not so many decades ago their strict honour code even extended to ensuring that students kept their rooms ultra clean and tidy. Any student who dared to let the side down was liable to be beaten up and thrown out of the university! Standards have slipped since then, but the place still looks spick and span.

We meet up with the ‘Aggie Independents’, an organisation of free-thinking students who believe that people should be able to hear all points of view and then make up their own minds. We’re in a big coffee and pastries shop with settees and armchairs as well as tables and a bar. Some students are using it to study, others to sit and chat. It’s got a great atmosphere and we sit and talk about all sorts of current affairs and historical issues for a couple of hours.

A&M is a major army officer training corps university and several of the lads will be off to Iraq or Afghanistan or even – they suspect – Iran. They are all agreed that they’d gladly go off to fight and, if necessary, die, in a war in which genuine American interests were at stake. But they know that this current wave of foreign adventures don’t fit that bill. Oil, the big corporations, the Israeli lobby, the Sunni Saudi fear of Shia military superiority, and the vanity of individual politicians – all these factors come into play, and I’m impressed by their grasp of the real picture. The ignorant ‘gung-ho’ image often shown on our TV is way off beam.

The lecture this evening is in a normal classroom. It’s packed with more than a hundred people despite the fact that some leftist clown had earlier put a ‘Cancelled’ sign on the door. The crowd ranges from committed nationalists through to conservative and Christian sympathisers, through genuinely liberal free-thinkers to libertarians, and thence on to Mexican and black racists and to a couple of Muslims and a handful of Marxist cranks. Plus a few dark horses that emerge during question time.

This is an intelligent and adult audience. Even the oppo are influenced by the Aggie and Southern tradition of good manners; they listen intently, laugh at my jokes and recommendation not to trust any politician, present company included, and applaud when my hour-long talk ends

Then we have an hour plus of Q&As and debate. The Muslim in traditional garb tries to convince people I’ve taken things out of context, several of the leftists try to sidetrack the debate down the Holocaust road although that does at least allow me to set the record straight and deal with the combination of Wikipedia lies and out-of-context propaganda and to put on record the fact that – while I used to be very angry at (and rude about) the way the left-liberals use the Holocaust as a moral club to silence debate on the key issues of our time – I have never denied the fact that the Nazis murdered huge numbers of Jews in one of the great crimes of a century of terrible inhumanity.

One asks me how my demonisation of Muslims differs from Hitler’s demonisation of the Jews? The answer is simple: The Nazi critique was largely based on a hoax – The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. It was this work of fiction, combined with the fact that the Bolsheviks carrying out mass murder on an unprecedented scale all over Eastern Europe included a disproportionate number of radicalised secular Jews (itself a reaction to Czarist anti-Semitism), that set the scene for the tragedy of European Jewry.

The Koran and Hadith, on the other hand, and their inspiration for hatred, violence and oppression of Unbelievers, are not forgeries. The threat to our civilisation is not a myth but a clear and present danger.

A middle aged Mexican is the darkest of the horses. Far from being a La Raza type, he is a passionate opponent of mass Mexican immigration. He fought in Vietnam, and his dad served in World War Two. His son introduces himself too, an intense, wiry young man with flashing dark eyes and a huge knowledge of European history and philosophy, and a fierce attachment to our culture and freedom. Apparently a number of freedom-loving Mexicans fought with the Texans against Santa Anna’s corruption and tyranny back in Alamo days. You learn something new every day.

One of the non-student guests is a British expat who has driven five hours to meet me. He’s a great character, formerly from Stoke (and still missing the oatcakes). We find several ways in which he can help advance the Cause in Britain and I think he heads off for home happy that his long journey was worthwhile.

Friday – strange things on a plane

For us, there’s just a few hours clock-watching sleep before having to get up at four in order to drive back to Houston for a three hour early morning flight north to Chicago, a wait in O’Hare airport (during which time I do yet another radio interview over the mobile) and then a shorter connecting flight on to Detroit. Every time, thanks to Richard Reid, we all have to take our shoes off as we go through the security check.

In the pocket on the back of the seat in front of me is a Sky Mall magazine, 280 pages of mail order advertising for a huge array of obscure gadgets, must-haves, things you wouldn’t give house-room and the plain eccentric. There is, for example, a snow flurry generating snowman (works in cold or hot weather, snowflakes evaporate without residue); a mobile alarm clock that rolls away and hides so that you have to get up to turn it off; a laser-guided pool cue ($79); the fish finder watch sonar sensor (detects fish in a 75’ radius and to a depth of 120’).

This could be used to find your two foot long remote controlled robotic shark if it goes beyond the 40’ radius at which its submersible remote can control it. Or you could leave the water behind and relax in your total body massage lounger (total 800 square inches of massage area) while listening to your life-sized Elvis Animatronic Robot bust (real leather jacket, curling lip, sings eight songs including Heartbreak Hotel and relates key moments from his life. $299).

You can get a vendor-style hot dog cart or a machine and the mixes to make a gallon of margaritas; a remote-controlled mouse for your cat ($25); a solar-powered talking Bible (English or Spanish), or a personalized branding iron for your barbeque steaks ($90). Only in America!

We’re already being promised a lively reception much later today at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Various far-left and ‘minority’ racist groups have announced their plan to bus people in from all over this vast northern state and to close down the lecture by force.

At Detroit’s rather down-at-heel airport we pick up a rental jeep and head north west for about 120 miles. At a retail park halfway I take a look around a big electronic store and buy the camcorder that is the key to the further improvement of Simon Darby’s multi-media blog and our Internet rapid response capability. The saving over buying at home is massive, and as they’re all imported from Japan anyway, there’s no moral dilemma over not buying British.

Young Americans for Freedom

In East Lansing we meet another group of very well informed patriotic students. They’ve formed an organisation called Young Americans for Freedom and, in addition to having YAF button badges (routine stuff), have developed a habit of suing the university over its occasional failures to uphold their civil rights to meeting halls and security (unusually advanced).

Here too we talk about various subjects including, again, the woeful failure of Americans to develop even the embryo of an effective political response to the multi-cult, anti-human, globalising treason of their liberal capitalist elite. Yet again, however, I get the feeling that this need not be the case for much longer. This group too have realised that the neo-Nazi crankery and ‘This World is Ours’ racial supremacy nonsense have got to be faced down and driven into gutter of defeat a negativity where they belong.

Since the days of Ancient Rome it has been a good and proper policy to say nothing of the dead unless good, but in the interests of future generations of our kind it is essential that genuine nationalists throughout the English-speaking world understand that – well-intentioned and honourable though they my have been as individual men – the Leese/Rockwell/Tyndall/Jordan/Pierce strain that polluted our Cause for half a century was a political, strategic, tactical, moral and practical disaster.

Still, those pernicious influences are wearing off rapidly throughout the English speaking world. These youngsters are not alone.

We head for the auditorium we’re using tonight and, on the way, pass the antis ‘marching’ in the same direction. They assemble in front of the main entrance, but as we’re already inside and the police ensure that other people can get in, their promised blockade comes to naught.

By the time they come to the large, sloping lecture theatre, our team have already moved out of the lecture theatre every chair or bin capable of being thrown if things turn as ugly as they might. We end up with about thirty supporters and a few neutrals, and some seventy chanting, F***-banner-waving leftists and minorities.

Kyle from YAF explains that this is a free speech issue, asks that everyone displays good manners, then calls on the audience to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Stars & Stripes behind us. Thirty rise and recite; seventy sit and hurl abuse at the land whose bounty has made them the most spoilt and pampered brats in history.

I begin my speech to howls of protest and a barrage of hostile questions every couple of sentences. The mob is the all-too-familiar mixture of truly hideous lesbians, semi-dwarves of indeterminate sex, full-sized freaks, chip-on-shoulder anti-white racist minorities, angry Muslims, a half-handy looking lad who acts really hard and a couple of strikingly attractive blondes – typical of the people descended from the Swedish farmers who did so much to settle this part of the USA.

There are just two police officers in the hall, but Martin and Preston (a tough, lean winner of strongman competitions) take a seat on either flank. Fortunately too I have a clip on microphone linked to a good PA system. I begin with quotes from historian Niall Ferguson and Muammar Gaddafi, in order to show that both the British Establishment and key figures in the Muslim world agree that the looming future of Europe is to fall to Islam. The mob howl their approval.

I’m determined to get through the first section of my speech, which lays out just what Islamisation would mean for several of the groups and concepts which the far-left claim to hold so dear. Widespread female genital mutilation, universal chattel status for women, the religiously determined apartheid of the dhimmi system, and the spread of the crude racist contempt and exploitation displayed in Saudi Arabia against ‘lesser breeds’ such as converts, Pakistani and black labourers, and Filipina sex slaves.

There’s a continual barrage of awkward questions (like their British counter-parts, this crowd of oddballs and ultra-conformists seem unaware that the real art of devastating heckling is to pick up on things your opponent says and shoot them down with ridicule and quick-fire put-downs. Simply trying to shout down a confident speaker who has the advantage of a powerful PA system leads those who attempt it first looking like bigoted loudmouths and then losing their voices).

This in fact happens very quickly to the most striking of the blondes, who by now is going horse (some of the others already look like horses). I offer her a drink of water, which is actually a bit risky because if she takes me up on my considerate gesture she could throw it at me. But, as I expected, she’s too angry to think straight.

Still, by now it’s clear that there is no chance of my being able to talk to this audience about the scale of immigration into Europe, nor any point trying to do so; the moment I get off subjects on which I can actually play on their concerns to make them think a bit (wimmin’s and gay rights, and animal welfare, for example), the oppo will go berserk.

So I decide instead to sucker them into a rolling debate by answering their questions. When they try to derail me by asking more while I’m answering the current one, I am able very often to appeal to their inverted racism by pointing out that the minority member who asked the question is surely entitled to an answer? A modicum of quiet descends each time.

When I tell them that I’m going to explain why I’m a racist pig, and go on to relate the facts of the current, capitalist globalism-fueled extinction of the vast majority of the 5,000 unique cultural and ethnic groups that make up the truly wonderful tapestry of human diversity, their confusion actually shows in some of their faces. They even agree that European cultures and identities are also worth preserving. The would-be hardnut ruefully admits to supporting Celtic.

Naturally, the spell doesn’t last long, and the long battle of voiceboxes and wits continues. Since one of our supporters videoed it, you can take a look for yourself here and also here. Anyone who doesn’t quite understand why we have a security team who can look a little ‘heavy’ for polite society may get a glimpse of reality here. Our opponents are not polite and if it hadn’t been for the deterrent value of Martin on one side and Preston on the other the footage would inevitably have included unedifying shots of me and our young student hosts rolling around on the floor with the rest of the audience.

As it is, the mob leaves after about an hour when they realise they’re not going to break me, and then set off the fire alarm. We ignore it and after a while the black janitor turns it off, leaving us to finish off with a more sensible discussion among the supporters and true liberals who remain.

When we finally decide to call it a day, we head off to a bar/restaurant to celebrate a job well done (bear in mind that the antis had pledged to stop the event going ahead at all). The others eat, but by now I’m bouncing off the walls with adrenaline and I can’t stomach anything. A few bottles of Sam Adams (one of the few reliably drinkable beers in a continent dominated by tasteless iced lager) are a different matter.

Saturday – and a trip in a time machine

We would have been heading home today but a Saturday flight would have cost our host an extra $700 so we’re going to kill a day doing not a lot. Just as well as what isn’t far off sleep deprivation has caught up and I don’t even wake up until well gone ten.

Even now there are several more press interviews to do, and I spend more time typing up this now huge blog entry (I had intended to send it in sections, but the pen drive I use to transfer the files refuses to work).

Later we meet some of our local hosts and take a look around their huge university campus; a mixture of Victorian philanthropist grandeur and modern giantism. Then we pile into the biggest, toughest jeep available and head in the late afternoon to Detroit – once one of the great industrial cities of the world.

On the freeway into the centre we see block after block of late 1960s project housing lying burnt out and derelict, then pass older factories and modern high-rise flats which are also boarded up at ground level and a mass of broken windows higher up.

This continues until the very centre of the city, where there is an abrupt change to the magnificent gleaming steel and glass General Motors tower and its surrounding ultra-modern complex. It has to be said that this is impressive – or at least it would be if one didn’t know that GM shares are now officially rated as Junk Bonds. The survival of one of the last century’s truly great industrial companies is no in serious doubt.

Driving on just a couple of blocks, we are suddenly thrown from the peak of modern urban civilisation into what could easily be a movie set for a film about life ten years after a nuclear war or the return of the Black Death. As I describe the scene to Simon Darby for his audio blog file the next day, the sight beggars belief. Whole factories lie derelict. Block after block of once smart suburban homes lie shattered; perhaps eight out of ten houses have simply gone in some parts, leaving one derelict and boarded up or burnt out, and another still lived in but with steel cages on doors or squalor outside.

In the gaps where whole streets of houses have virtually disappeared, sapling trees and scrub are springing up as Detroit begins to return to the forest that once covered the east and centre of this continent. We don’t see any of the deer that apparently now roam where, during the 1950s, the young families of well-paid, proud skilled workers and foremen lived out the post-war American Dream.

And it goes on, and on, and on; miles of dereliction, collapse, despair and spaced out drug addicts shambling aimlessly along. What happened? First Afro-American migration from the Deep South broke up the Anglo/Irish/Polish communities which built the place. Then the race riots of 1968. Then decades of more immigration and white flight from schools and neighbourhoods that just weren’t safe any more.

Then the US political and corporate elite decided that there were bigger profits to be made shipping jobs and plant to the Far East than could be earned by reinvesting in home industries and skills. Then the outnumbered middle class blacks fled too, and the decent, God-fearing, hard working ones, who got out any way they could (most have moved back down South).

Finally, even the lively young criminals seem to have gone, for we drive around for at least an hour (our hosts on tenterhooks) without the slightest sign of aggression or even recognition that we are very definitely in the wrong place. There is none of the “what you looking at” aggression that you would get in the backstreets of vast ‘ethnic’ areas of most big British cities. The few people left here seem to be past that; past anything except their drugs and their despair.

It’s more like something from the later chapters of Ayn Rand’s brilliant (though ideologically and realistically deeply flawed) novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’ than anything I have ever seen (though parts of Hartlepool, Sunderland and Liverpool I’ve been taken to aren’t exactly candidates for Britain in Bloom). Every bastard politician who’s ever waxed lyrical about the wonders of multi-culturalism and globalism should be brought here, and dumped in the middle of the future their policies are creating in other cities, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Apparently it gets worse each Halloween, known in places like this as Devil Night, as those youths who remain make a special point of burning down a few more of the empty houses. I don’t know if they stone the firemen if they turn up to dowse the flames, as is the custom in many enriched British cities. Perhaps here no-one even bothers.

We go off to a different Halloween – a party at a country town bar owned by the sister of one of our guides. The contrast is amazing. Instantly we’re back in our time, with our people, where the worst behaviour involves having drunk one or two beers too many, and the phenomenal friendliness of the real Americans is still on show.

Sunday – and homeward bound

Next day I have a couple of hours writing on the laptop on various things as well as bringing this blog up to date (difficult with such a packed schedule and the tendency of the battery to die). Then we’re picked up and head for Flint airport, from which we’re to fly to Chicago and thence Heathrow overnight.

We’re talking politics and so our driver misses the turn on the freeway, so what started as a leisurely drive ends up a mad rush. Which means that we don’t have time to stop to buy an extra bag for various items obtained in the last few days. Which in turn means that I have to cadge a couple of clear plastic bags from the check-in staff and put the bits and pieces in there.

As the extra baggage disappears along the conveyor belt, I can’t help wondering if it wouldn’t perhaps be better if the rather unorthodox package doesn’t make it to Heathrow anyway. How, after all, would I explain to Customs what I’m planning to do with: A hobby-horse style reindeer complete with about 28” of red velvet handle and bells on his antlers, which waggles its nose and sings ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ (he’s going clubbing with various daughters just before Christmas – honest); a telescopic camcorder stand; two collapsible umbrellas (in fact ideal for fending off eggs and bags of unspeakableness if thrown by Red mobs), and a bottle of highly spoken-of sensual massage oil (unopened til I get home, which is all I have to say on the subject)?

On the plane, I get to watch ‘Blue Blood’, a brilliant if limited interest British film about the Oxford squad training for the 2005 Varsity Boxing match against Cambridge. It’s highly accurate and, to someone who went through it all several decades ago strangely moving. I’d write more about it but simply don’t have time to do it justice right now, so I’ll probably return to that subject later. For now, all I can say is, if you enjoy boxing, or want an insight into what it takes to get a sporting ‘Blue’, and what it means to those of us who’ve been lucky enough to do it, watch ‘Blue Blood’. It’s so good I could even forgive the heroes of it for having gone to the Wrong Place!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Trafalgar Club dinner

I must begin this entry with an apology. In my blog of 17th Oct I included the following photo and caption:

My home-made smoker. Still looking like something the gypsies left behind!

It has been pointed out to me that this constitutes an outrageous slur on the gypsy community, and I apologise unreservedly. The suggestion that any gypsy, traveller, tinker or didicoy would leave behind a piece of aluminium, a cast iron box, a length of flexible steel pipe and part of a set of scaffolding is, I now accept, utterly ridiculous. They’d have pinched the whole lot.

Having said which, I have worked alongside real Anglicised Romanies of the George Borrow type in the fields of Norfolk and Lincolnshire (in the days before East Europeans took all their jobs), I once spent a summer tatting a household waste landfill with a lad who was recognised by every proper gypsy he met as one of their own, and I remember well Romany Oggi (Chief) and poet Tom Odley, who was a generous and popular member of the British Nationalist movement in the 1970s.

And I used to be an enthusiastic amateur poacher. So I’ve got nothing at all against real gypsies (excepting their eating of hedgehogs, which is going too far even for my serious carnivore tendencies). But there’s no comparison between them – scrupulously clean, proud and willing to lose on a deal to which they’ve agreed rather than lose face, and the Asiatic thieves from Slovakia and Romania or the lowlife scum who the decent Irish very sensibly threw out and who now ruin common land, playing fields and open spaces around most of our major towns.

Another Leftist Lie Exposed

This weekend including Trafalgar Day, it was the time of year for the Eighth Trafalgar Club Dinner. This year’s gathering of our elite fund-raising and dining club was booked into a lovely hotel and country club venue in the heart of rural Warwickshire.

This was a first for new TC secretary Jenny Noble, who I know went to great lengths to find exactly the right place. And her hard work really paid off. With more than 100 members and guests attending the largest Trafalgar Club Dinner so far, the black tie event was a spectacular success, with great food in elegant surroundings, wonderful company and a great deal of satisfaction over another year of progress under our belts.

Everything passed off without a single hitch, despite the unfortunate manager and receptionists having to put up with some two dozen threatening phone calls from the same couple of far-left cowards. Their usual sordid and lie-filled websites went into overdrive trying to get other morons to join in the pressure to get the event cancelled. Indeed, by the Saturday morning they were claiming to have succeeded.

Not surprisingly, no-one was fooled (in fact, the vast majority of our members were totally unaware of the nasty little campaign). The far-left’s recent policy of Crying Wolf about “BNP disasters” is, fortunately, rebounding on them and undermining what very little credibility they had in the first place.

In the event, the only thing to mar an otherwise perfect evening was that disallowed try. If that had gone on the score board then the last fifteen minutes of the game would have centred on getting the ball to Mr. Wilkinson for a drop goal effort, rather than striving for the far harder option of a try. It could all have been so different!

Still, England had nothing to be ashamed of. Our rugby players really are an example to us all, and especially the young – such a contrast to the overpaid, spoilt, sissified, prancing ‘celebs’ who regularly fail so pathetically on the football field, and then blame everyone except themselves and the very real handicap of having the top teams stuffed with foreigners.

Fortunately the game was over by the time I came to speak. The TC Dinner is one event that really deserves a keynote speech so I am pleased that those present respond enthusiastically to my review of the external circumstances now moving things so quickly in our direction, and of our forthcoming steps to increase even further our readiness for the times of great potential ahead.

On the Sunday morning we drive to nearby Stratford on Avon and divide into two groups, each with our own tourist guide. The interest of the walk through the town – in glorious autumn sunshine - is greatly added to by having so many of the minor details of Shakespeare’s association with the place pointed out.

Even once the tours finish and we’ve dispersed to head for lunch or home, there are BNP stalwarts around every corner as people do their own individual explorations of this splendid piece of England’s literary and architectural heritage.

Off to the USA

Monday passes with a rash of deadlines and desk clearing. I finish my article for November’s Identity (about our plans for the newly created BNP Education & Training Department, which will be further unveiled at the Conference in Blackpool on November 17th – 18th. And dash off this – for me – unusually short blog entry.

I’m tempted to give my own (typically more gruesome!) take on the problem of injured rabbits first aired by Simon Darby in his very varied and well-disciplined blog a few days ago, but that will have to wait. It was sad to read about the injured fawn he tried to save. A mark of just what a fundamentally kind and decent man he is can be taken from the fact that the creature’s parents, uncles, aunts and cousins have over the last year systematically devoured every single vegetable that Simon and Donna have tried to grow on their otherwise perfect south-facing patch. Not just beans and lettuces, but even potatoes, onions and garlic. If I was Simon I’d probably be a deerocidal maniac by now.

But I’ve no time for such things at present as I’ve got to clear the decks before heading over to a Black Country meeting this evening and thence to the airport. I’m booked to give several lectures at US Universities on “The Islamification of Europe”, plus various radio and possibly TV interviews on the same subject. It seems that America’s Christians are waking up fast to the long-term threat posed by Islamism and multi-culturalism.

Two important articles

Over here too the Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks pens a remarkable piece in the Times.

Headed, Wanted: a national culture. Multiculturalism is a disaster, the only shame is that it wasn’t written by the head of the Church of England. A very important and welcome piece at various levels.

Also an important breakthrough in its own way is an article entitled Steep decline in oil production brings risk of war and unrest, says new study, which appears in the Guardian today.

This is a report of a study being released in London today by an energy study group headed by a German MP. According to this survey, Peak Oil actually hit last year, and global oil production is now set to fall by a staggering 7% per year. Predictably, the British Government’s response to this civilisation-shattering threat is to turn a blind eye.

The report presents a bleak view of the future unless a radically different approach is adopted. It quotes the British energy economist David Fleming as saying: "Anticipated supply shortages could lead easily to disturbing scenes of mass unrest as witnessed in Burma this month. For government, industry and the wider public, just muddling through is not an option any more as this situation could spin out of control and turn into a complete meltdown of society."

The article confirms that Britain’s own oil production peaked in 1999 and has already dropped by half. With giants like Mexico’s Cantarell and Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar oil fields also probably past peak production, it really does look as if an energy crisis almost beyond human comprehension is right on the doorstep. Teeming Mexico with crashing oil revenues should be an interesting sight.

Still, the oil won’t run out before I get back from the USA, so details of how things go next time.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


The usual round of speeches: Good meetings in places as far afield as Birmingham (two meetings on the same night, first East and then South), Manchester, Bradford, Cannock and Rotherham since my last entry. At the ones before Brown bottled it, everyone was raring to go for a General Election.

Of course, that was not to be. As I predicted in an earlier blog session, Gordon, while not a moron, is a serial coward. Had he called the contest at the end of the Labour conference he would probably have won, perhaps albeit with a reduced majority. But now he faces having to go to the country some time after the financial catastrophe still building up in the USA and world financial markets lets loose a tsunami of economic destruction on Britain. Brown just lost the election.

Despite the continuing and growing carnage in the American housing market, there are signs that the final bursting of the US consumer boom may take a little longer yet. Vast amounts of the inflationary credit injections made by the Fed into the economy over there in a desperate effort to stop a housing-bust led collapse are now washing up as cheap and easy money in sub-prime credit card lending.

Basically, once you’re stuffed on your house and are expecting to default and be bankrupted, living it up on credit card purchases that you never have the slightest intention of paying becomes a serious temptation. The signs are already there that huge numbers of Americans are now embarking on this road, which Bush will certainly not discourage in the hope that it will ease the Republican’s expected pain in the next elections over there.

If another big mortgage lender collapse doesn’t wreck the whole Fed boom thing first, then this credit card bubble will be the thing that finishes it – not that you’ll read that in any ‘serious’ press economic columns (except perhaps something by Ambrose Pritchard-Evans, who does often have his finger on the real pulse) for months to come.

My advice? Don’t buy a house, rent one. Don’t ‘invest’ in buy-to-let. Don’t put any more home improvements or holidays on the mortgage. Oh yes, and buy a car that has better fuel efficiency, because the Peak Oil phenomenon is now striking so hard that even quite significant economic pain in the West won’t offset the impact of growing demand from China and India.

We’re already seeing other commodity prices head the same way as oil – grain, and hence bread, meat and milk, are also going through the roof. The Biblical cycle of lean years following fat ones was something that the older generation of Brits probably thought had gone forever. Their children and grandchildren are all too likely to find out that the baby-bombers were an almost unique exception, a golden generation, uniquely lucky, uniquely spoilt, and uniquely guilty of handing the next generation not a poisoned chalice (they gave such things away or smelted them down for consumer baubles) but a polystyrene cup of excrement.

Thinking global, acting local

Still, life, and the work of building the only Movement with the ‘think global, act local’ nationalist logic that alone can mitigate the coming Convergence of Catastrophies, must go on. So there’s also a very civilised Yorkshire Black Tie fund-raising dinner in Bradford and a fun but uncivilised (to give you a clue, both Elvis Presley and I are among the singers – though the King is far better than me) ‘Supper Theatre’ in Stockport. Both get good collections and it’s good to see two of our most promising Euro seat areas already taking fund-raising for June 2009 so seriously. Special thanks to Nick Cass, Peter Hollings and Ian Dawson in Yorkshire and Bev Jones in Lancashire.

At the Bradford meeting a member comes up to me during the break. To my initial surprise he hands me a large bag of sawdust. All becomes clear when he explains that, having started out in catering, he has diversified into the luxury smoked foods market. He had taken an amused professional interest in my description of my hit-and-miss home-smoking experiment, and had come along with the oak sawdust and some good advice.

My home-made smoker. Still looking like something the gypsies left behind!

Such a change from the usual ‘shop talk’ at meetings! A few minutes later I’d been given a whole list of valuable tips. As soon as I get the time and a dry day in which to try out the sawdust and my newly acquired grasp of the process I’ll continue the experiment and let you know how it goes.

On the subject of updates (and, for that matter, thinking locally), the fly-struck lamb here made a full recovery and is now looking pretty much as plump as the other two. If we had more grazing I’d be sorely tempted to keep them until the late Spring, because young mutton has more flavour than lamb. But with animal feed prices going through the roof, it’s not worth risking a hard winter, so after a little longer to fatten they’ll have to go.

Spring lambs
The three lambs earlier this year

And now – not so cute, and no way of telling now that the one in the middle nearly died of fly-strike
Spring lambs now fully grown

An evening with Rent-a-Mob

An interesting and enjoyable evening last night! It started out as a normal meeting as guest speaker at a meeting in Broxstowe to celebrate the local unit’s advance from Group to Branch status, and ended up with high drama with the usual far-left Rent-a-Mob.

The meeting was organised by local BNP councillor and Group Development officer Sadie Graham in the East Midlands town of Kimberley. Our candidate there back in May secured more than 200 votes with a paper campaign (the activists were busy helping Sadie win in our target ward nearby) and on the back of that the independent majority on the parish council bravely defied the bullies from the Labour minority who pulled all sorts of dirty tricks to get the meeting – in the parish hall – banned.

25 of our people managed to get into the hall before the combination of about100 bourgeois town hall parasites and middle class Student Gwant types (only one of the obscenity-screamers had a remotely local and working class accent) and politically correct policing by a seriously useless Inspector prevented any more BNP supporters getting in.

Not only did the police stand by as the brave leftist stormtroopers jostled and abused a couple of Octogenarian pensioners, but they then threatened to arrest our security team if they moved to help get our other people in. As always, the far-left are only actually brave when pretending to be trying to break through the feeble police line. A group of real locals gathered opposite to jeer at them.

A flavour of the drama may be got from the video still here:

Left wing thugs

The meeting itself went well, with a collection of more than £200. Sadie, local organiser Nina Brown and I all spoke. I covered mainly the irony of the fact that people who call themselves socialists and defenders of the working class and decent public services were outside trying to disrupt a meeting of the only serious party opposed to the privatisation of the postal service. That particular New Labour/Old Tory globalisation scam is proceeding apace, heralded by a new advert for “The People’s Post Office”.

Clearly this neo-Marxist replacement for the idea of the Royal Mail is supposed to con the left into overlooking the fact that behind the republican slogan there lurks a scheme to privatise the whole damn thing (as demanded by WTO and EU rules). As I point out, if the postal service was properly capable of being run privately, then the Victorians would have created it that way in the first place. But it is not, the Royal Mail is a natural state monopoly, one of the markers of a properly ordered national community, just like such as water, electricity and sewage.

So it is deeply ironic that the silly students shouting ‘fascist’ at us are in fact implicitly backing the genuinely fascist New Labour project to turn public services into private profit centres for giant corporations, and to demonise and marginalise anyone who opposes this massive theft of our national Common Wealth.

The high-spirited meeting, in a high ceilinged hall with nearly church-style acoustics, finishes with one of the loudest and heart-felt renditions of ‘Jerusalem’ I’ve ever heard and taken part in. Everyone belts it out, especially when one of the security team opens the front door so that the red mob outside can hear.

Sadie and I leave promptly, with security, at the end of the meeting so as to draw the cowardly mob off so that the other meeting-goers can leave in peace and safety. Two or three carloads of would-be thugs follow us and for a minute or two it looks as though things may get more interesting still but, just as we’re arranging to meet up with a back-up team and to persuade our pursuers to go home, a police car that had in turn followed them pulls them over.

While I’m over in the East Midlands, Sadie and I spend some time going over the plans for our Winter School and Annual Conference in Blackpool in November. A lot is being done to build on the success of last year’s event, and on lessons from this year’s successful Summer School. A great deal of emphasis is being laid on strengthening our education and training capabilities, the aim being to create a system which allows for rapid and sustainable expansion. Everyone can feel that we’re just one more turn of the screw away from a further leap in our public popularity. The time to organise for that is now, so that we’re ready for it, instead of having to play catch-up.

Other blogs worth a look

We then do a handy little piece about the evening’s events more or less life via telephone for Simon Darby’s increasingly popular and increasingly multi-media blog. Well worth a listen here.

Simon’s blog is of particular note for nature-watchers, with all sorts of titbits about different local flora and fauna. We’ve had some of the Big Cat sightings and rumours he mentioned the other day around here as well. An exiled Black Countryman living locally - one of that old breed with their really in-depth passion for and knowledge of ‘gardins’ and every sort of country pursuit – showed me the huge and unmistakably alien paw marks of one such beast in a patch of mud near his hen house a couple of years ago.

I know far less about birds and fish than Simon, but I can snap something of the beauty of our country from time to time. Here’s a shot of a woodland track on the edge of Exmoor I took a month or so ago. This is your country you’re looking at here – what are you doing to preserve it for your grandchildren?

Summer in Exmoor

Also worth making a note of when it comes to political blogs are Lee Barnes’ and Martin Wingfield’s regularly updated offerings. Lee’s, predictably, is an intensely argued, intellectually inventive thing with plenty of heavy political meat and blunt rhetoric. Here (and in two subsequent sections) is his take on the unholy alliance of Sharia Socialists and Hollywood Nazis attacking the BNP - here.

Martin’s, equally predictably, for the best popular nationalist journalist this Movement has ever had, covers current political news with his hallmark mixture of incisive analysis and simple, elegant prose. He has an interesting theory that the decline of the LibDems in the polls is largely down to public shock at the way the ‘nice’ party turned on and tore apart the unfortunate Kennedy over his drink problem. You can read more here.

Should everyone have a blog then? Yes and no! The only overtly political ones which are either justified or effective are a limited number from individuals who are so well known that any attempt to avoid a BNP ‘tag’ would be absurd and evasive. But for everyone else, the proper way to use the blogosphere is to draw in readers interested in a certain geographical area (“Yourtown Blog, by Fred the Whistleblower”) or in a certain hobby (“Eel Fishing Blog”, for example – and if by chance you’re into catching those amazing and still mysterious creatures I want to try smoking one) and then drip, drip the politics in as an ordinary Joe with no party axe to grind. That’s where the real power of this medium lies – not the naked politics that turns off most of the population, but subtle ‘independent’ popular validation of our views and our party.

Turning on the phone this morning I get several texts from people from Sedgefield and Sunderland to tell me of a hugely successful meeting in Spennymoor last night. Chaired by Solidarity Exec member Adam Walker, Mark Collett was the guest speaker and apparently gave a gripping account of the history of the BNP and its present progress. The meeting was packed out and Mark got a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd.

Here, as in Kimberly, pressure from the opposition gave an added ‘edge’ to the proceedings. The Northern Echo and a local Labour MP are running a week-long campaign against the BNP. To be fair to the Echo, they did print several very good letters defending the party yesterday. Sometimes I wonder if such operations are really about opposing us and not more a matter of using our name to sell newspapers? In media terms, this is a ‘sexy’ party, and every editor worth his salt (the phrase comes from the ancient Roman habit of paying soldiers part of their pay in salt) knows it.