I think we need to face the fact that whatever constitutional arrangements are in place Griffin will seek to pervert to his own advantage.
I suspect that at the unlawful annual conference of the party, held last December, an elaborate charade was played out between two of Mr Griffin's sock puppets: Arthur Kemp (the "Good Cop", intellectual sock puppet) apparently being opposed by Clive Jefferson (the "Bad Cop", Neanderthal sock puppet) over Kemp's proposed constitutional reforms. Significantly, Griffin supported Kemp's proposals, which were duly passed.
I have seen such a charade acted out at annual conference before but am too long in the tooth to be taken in by it, unlike the many 'newbies' at the last conference, many of whom, no doubt, took the masquerade at face value, as Griffin had intended.
I, and many other veteran activists were unlawfully and unconstitutionally debarred from attending the conference last December, which is why I say that it was an unlawful and unconstitutional conference whose proceedings are null and void. Even were the conference to have been lawful and constitutional, under the party's existing constitution its proceedings are purely advisory: they are not binding upon the national chairman, who may legitimately choose to disregard them at will.
Kemp's proposals are an unworkable bureaucratic nightmare, and a recipe for factional strife at every level of the party. Ideal conditions for a 'strong man' to reassert his dictatorship over the party, in the name of restoring order.
Oh yes, Griffin is as cunning as a fox.
The following are my own proposals for constitutional reform which, I submit, inject the required democratic element, without reverting to the democratic free-for-all from which the National Front suffered so badly during the 1970s and 1980s.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
My proposals for constitutional reform
There should be a separation of powers as between the party leader (currently known as the national chairman) and a new post of party chairman.
The party leader would, as at present, remain responsible for policy, as well as the organization of the voluntary party. The party chairman would be responsible for the administration of the party's salaried staff, contractors, and agency staff, if any, including their training, promotion, and the hiring and firing of same.
Both the party chairman and the national treasurer should be elected annually, for the term of one year, at the party conference in the autumn. Incumbents may seek re-election for a further term each year at the annual conference.
In exceptional circumstances the party leader would have the right to dismiss either the party chairman or the national treasurer. However, in order to do so he would need to obtain a two-thirds' majority vote in favour of doing so at a meeting of the advisory council, which would itself need to be ratified by a two-thirds' majority vote at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), convened specifically to decide on the validity of the party leader's actions. If the leader failed to obtain a two-thirds' majority vote at the EGM a leadership election would automatically be triggered, to be held within ninety days.
The party leader, party chairman, national treasurer, and each of the party's twelve regional organizers are ex officio members of the advisory council. Other members may be co-opted, ie, elected by the votes of the existing members of the council, as the need arises. The advisory council, convened by the leader, must meet at least three times a year. Its quorum should be six. The leader will normally chair meetings of the council, and in the absence of the leader, the party chairman. In the event of a tied vote whoever is chairing the meeting is entitled to a casting vote.
An EGM may be convened either by the leader or by a two-thirds' majority vote in favour, even without the support of the leader.
Every member of the party has the right to attend and to vote. Any member attending has the right to run for the office of either party chairman or national treasurer. In case of demand for places outstripping the number of places available, these are to be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Any member with at least five years' continuous membership of the party may run for the office of party leader.
Ten nominations are required from fully paid up members as at 1 June in any year, regardless of length of party membership. Downloadable nomination form to be provided on party web site, failing which, by 1 July, candidates may create and use their own forms. A deposit of five hundred pounds to be required from each candidate, returnable on their securing at least five per cent of the total votes cast.
Categories of membership
The categories of voting member, founding member, probationary member, and member with at least two years' continuous membership of the party, are to be abolished. No further life memberships are to be created. No-one is to be permitted to become, or remain, a member of the BNP who is at the same time also a member of another political party. We want no divided loyalties or conflicts of interest in the BNP, ever again.
Employment by the party
Anyone employed as an employee by the party must be given a written contract of employment, and written terms and conditions of employment. No-one who is not a member of the party may be employed as an employee by the party. No external contractor, as opposed to employee, is to have any control over the party's financial management or administration.
The party constitution
The constitution has been changed far too much, and too often, over the last ten years. It has been, and is, too easy for the party leader to change the constitution. In future, for the constitution to be altered, a two-thirds' majority in favour of a specific proposed amendment should be required, at either the party's annual conference or an EGM. This should apply to all parts of the constitution. The distinction between "write-protected" and "non-write-protected" parts of the constitution should be abolished.
The constitution should be much shorter than it is at present, and should also be much more accessible to members in other ways. It should be easily downloadable from the party web site, without a password, for example, and printed copies should be available for purchase at a nominal price at local unit meetings.
Posted by Dr Andrew Emerson at 17:46
David Hamilton said...
Are you supporting the British Freedom Party or just talking?
20 October 2010 22:14
Dr Andrew Emerson said...
The clue is in the word REFORM. The title of the posting correctly implies that I wish to reform the constitution of the British National Party. Ergo, I have not despaired of saving the party, and am not interested in joining any new party adventures.
Incidentally your question, with its obviously unfair predication, betrays a disturbingly arrogant attitude.
Griffin Mark II, anyone?
28 October 2010 17:32