Published on Friday, 11 May 2012 16:52 Written by Ketlan Ossowski
Since the local election wipeout for the BNP, there have been numerous stories based around speculation over what is to happen next and whether it can change the ailing party's fortunes.
Most of these rumours focus on who is going to pay for the current disaster - the BNP always having a penchant for blame-culture - and a number of names have popped up as the person or people most likely to get the heave-ho as Nick Griffin quickly passes the black spot along to one of his more expendable colleagues.
In the good old days of British politics, terrible results like those suffered by not only the BNP but also the Conservatives and Lib-Dems, would have resulted in the leader's head being rammed down firmly on to the nearest block ready for removal. After all, who is more responsible for electoral success than the party leader? Sadly, leaders take less personal responsibility nowadays, thus dodging the axe, and Nick Griffin has, by turning the BNP into his personal fiefdom, become the least accountable of leaders. Blame for anything, therefore, must be shifted to someone far more expendable, while Griffin continues to work towards securing his pension.
One of the names that has been repeatedly mentioned as eminently sackable is that of the BNP's current National Elections officer and Treasurer, Clive Jefferson. Jefferson, who is an aggressive and dislikeable moron, has become important in the BNP only because he is willing to take on all the jobs that nobody else wants. Prior to the election, he spent most of his time up at the Wigton industrial unit that the party chooses to call its head office printing up zillions of election publications that weren't delivered because the BNP has very few activists on the ground.
Jefferson is also responsible for the implementation of Alfred, which is software designed for use prior to and during elections. It, or something similar, is used by most political parties. As Chris Barnett, the BNP's then computer whiz told the party's conference attendees last year, 'this system will at last put the British National Party on an equal footing with the other parties'.
Well, no, because nobody in the party has managed to get it working yet and even if they had, the electorate isn't interested in the BNP.
What will probably save the moronic Jefferson is that he is a workaholic and that he is prepared to stand in for any job that's going as long as it gives a little boost to his ego. As long as he's made to feel important, he'll do more or less anything, and thus is useful to Griffin, at the moment.
What will save London Organiser Steve Squire/Mendoza and worthless former Mayoral candidate Carlos Cortiglia is that they are both sleazy bastards, with the former having a strong interest in porn and the latter being what is euphimistically described as 'a swinger'. For some unknown (though easily assumed) reason, Griffin loves to surround himself with sleaze.
That leaves the vile and supremely-arrogant Pat Harrington, the boss of the BNP's very own fake trade union Solidarity. Harrington is heartily disliked by almost anyone who meets him, is entirely focused on the self-aggrandisment of Pat Harrington and is, for some reason, the closest friend and advisor that Nick Griffin has - which might make me feel sorry for Griffin if he wasn't such a Holocaust-denying, self-serving, racist, nazi shit himself.
Harrington, like all the others in the upper ranks of the BNP, is happy to stroke Griffin's ego whenever needed, which is probably all that's kept him in his job at Solidarity. Let's face it, the BNPs union has hardly been the runaway success that the party thought it would be: it does nothing, achieves nothing and serves only to employ Harrington who, without it, would be back to serving cups of crappy tea for British Rail (or whatever's left of it).
Whatever the reasons for the close ties between Griffin and Harrington, they may be put under more strain than ever before if the current rumour that James Dowson may be making a return to the BNP is true. Dowson loathes Harrington and vice versa, so ructions, with any luck, could ensue.
Whether this rumour is simply mischief-making by our anti-fascist colleagues or has some truth to it, is debatable, but if true, the fallout would be excellent for our side. Dowson is a divisive figure, causing problems wherever he goes. Supposedly, he was an excellent fundraiser, a talent honed over a long career as an extremist anti-abortionist, but his talent for raising cash runs in parallel with a talent for irritating the membership with constant appeals and begging letters.
As far as I can tell, the current membership of the BNP is somewhere between two and three thousand, roughly the same membership of my local cricket club, and Dowson's endless nagging for money would drive that down even more. The reintroduction of Dowson could then be a boon to opponents of the BNP.
The alternative is that Griffin's apparent infatuation with Harrington takes precedence over his lust for money, and Dowson is kept well away. This would mean the cash scam that is Dowson's Britain First would keep on doing whatever it is that it does, which appears to be little else but raise money, while the BNP would continue to spend while having barely any income. Either way, a plus for us.
As I've said before, ad nauseum, Griffin's ONLY interest is in winning a second term to the European Parliament. If he gets that, I reckon he'll eventually dump the BNP and go independent, though naturally still allying himself with the far-right. For the sake of his fat pension, he may be willing to put Harrington out to grass. If that happens, we may yet see Pat back as a trolley-dolly on the 9.30 to Enfield. If nothing else, that would be good for a laugh.