Julian Mitchell came close for the BNP in winning the Brockmoor & Pensnett seat in the Dudley elections in 2007. Now this 41 year old self employed ex RAF family man is standing again as an Independent Nationalist
After being "proscribed" by the BNP for attending a Voice of Change meeting, (The same meeting that saw Wolverhampton Organiser Steve Haddon and long term stalwart Ex Birmingham Organiser Rob Purcell fall out of favour with the Gri££inites), Julian has continued his promise to stand again.
5IMon Darby must have got wind of Julian's candidature and rushed through the nomination of a BNP candidate. It could well be that the BNP brand beats an Independent Nationalist. It's very difficult to educate the electorate about BNP corruption when most of the membership lack the means or the wherewithal to understand how things really are. I remember speaking to Freedom Party Chairman Adrian Davies at the 2004 elections in Sandwell about what at the time I perceived as a silly thing (ie The Freedom Party standing against the BNP.) I just couldn't comprehend the corruption of Gri££in then, and now I find myself in the same position of people like the Freedom Party in 2004. viz Respecting grass roots BNP but hating the rot at the top and of course having to handle the disdain of some of the less intelligent but well meaning people still in the Gri££in led British National Party, who must surely wake up one day !
Many people in the Black Country BNP have indeed woken up. Many of the previous activists including myself have helped out with Julian Mitchell's campaign. The local red riff raff aware of Julian's chances have put out an "Anti Julian" leaflet ! This could of course backfire....
My feeling is that we can't win this. On a personal level this will probably be the last time I get involved "on the ground". Never the less, it has been the right thing to do. Julian Mitchell has shown tremendous character in standing. The consequences of his standing may not be the right result on the night, but a small beacon for others fighting their own lonely battles over the length and breadth of the country. Julian and myself speculated that in future a coalition of Independents may well circumvent the Establishment infiltration of formal political parties - ie by operating a cellular rather than an hierarchical "organisation".
How will the political landscape map out in the middle to long term ? I see the other main Establishment party (ie The Tories) taking over from Labour. Perhaps they will "need" to "talk tough" on immigration and the EU, but of course do nothing in practice. A severe depression may end the Labour/Conservative merry go round and cause people to wake up and start really thinking about things....There is a school of thought that says the various European treaties when fully implemented will end the existing British political parties.
I can't see Nationalism ever being the same again and in fact I believe it will need to broaden its base of support and speak to people it wouldn't have done to in the past. I believe national and world events will overtake many of the existing political structures in place at the moment. The main thing at the moment, perhaps, is to "move" in the right direction as best as we can.
Posted by Simon Smith at 13:04
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