Saturday, October 29, 2011

"I'm in charge and that's the end of it," - Nick Griffin

BNP conference: I'm in charge, says Nick Griffin. Nick Griffin says that he is "the best man for the job" and will lead the BNP for the next four years

BNP leader Nick Griffin says his party is through its "rocky patch" and is now "on the up again", as members gather for their annual conference.

Mr Griffin, who was narrowly re-elected party leader in July, told the BBC the majority of the party was behind him.

"I'm in charge and that's the end of it," he told the BBC Politics Show North West.

The anti-immigration party has struggled with debts, infighting and poor results in May's local elections.

The BNP has not disclosed the exact location of its conference for what it says are security reasons, but members are believed to be meeting in Liverpool.

It has been hit by internal divisions and lost 11 of the 13 seats it was defending in May's English local elections - including all five of its councillors in Stoke on Trent.

'Massively overspent'

Mr Griffin, who has been party leader since 1999, was re-elected in July, beating his fellow MEP Andrew Brons by just nine votes, and told his party that the "time for division and disruption is over".

In an interview with the BBC's Politics Show North West, Mr Griffin said: "We've had some turmoil. We were massively overspent after, especially, the European elections - we've clawed that back and we are back on the right road.

Arif Ansari

Political editor, North West

Maybe 100 people will gather in Liverpool for this year's party conference but the mood will be gloomy.

It is the BNP's first major conference since this summer's leadership election.

Nick Griffin won that by just nine votes, as the party split down the middle.

And the wounds are still festering. Andrew Brons, the party's other MEP who challenged for the leadership, has virtually accused Mr Griffin's side of cheating.

In turn, Nick Griffin accuses his colleague of being bitter and "yesterday's man".

There could well be angry confrontations as members wonder how the BNP has gone from having about 60 councillors in England to fewer than ten.

Just two years ago the party was celebrating unprecedented success at the European elections.

Since then voters have been offered infighting, as well as allegations of financial incompetence.

Mr Griffin had promised to stand down as chairman in 2013 but now says he will continue until at least 2015.

Mr Griffin's position as leader might well be secure but the party's future is far less certain.

The membership ranks behind the chairman are thinning out.

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"I think in terms of general soft public support, what I get out on the streets is we are stronger. In terms of it translating into victories at local elections, we are up against a really effective Labour Party machine which concentrates against us - it has knocked us back."

But he said recent council by-elections had seen the BNP triumph over the Lib Dems and Tories adding: "We are on the up again."

Asked about the party's election losses in May, Mr Griffin claimed the vote had remained "rock solid" but said Labour had "brilliantly exploited the postal vote" at local elections.

"But we've worked out what to do and we're going to be back."

The BNP has struggled with debts run up during election campaigns.

It was also engaged in a long-running court battle with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) over its policy of restricting membership to "indigenous British people".

The BNP scrapped the rule but the EHRC accused party leader Nick Griffin of failing to comply with an order to remove potentially racist clauses from his party's constitution.

Last year Mr Griffin fought off an attempt to have him declared guilty of contempt of court at the High Court - which rejected the EHRC's bid to seize the party's assets.

Internal party documents seen by Panorama reveal that 12 months ago the BNP owed creditors more than £570,000. Mr Griffin recently said the party now owes just £52,000.

In his interview with the Politics Show North West, Mr Griffin claimed that "everyone, from the far left through the BBC and all sorts of neo-Nazi cranks - they're all against Nick Griffin actually, everyone is except ordinary people out there".

"We've got enormous support which we are going to build on. This has been a rocky patch which we have come through, I'm in charge for the next four years and we are going to move forward.

"I'm in charge and the majority of the party is happy with that."

NWN: A free 'puff' of publicity for the crook Nick Griffin and his dwindling band of merry or not so merry men. Why the free publicity for Griffin ? We have never had it before.

Well they need the BNP to do nothing and be a burden on the nationalist movement, and that is what it is now. We should be 'flying high' and winning elections with the state of the Country, but we are not.

And why is that we wonder ?

Because Griffin is where he is by the support of the State. They like him where he is, causing chaos and ruining and trashing the BNP and the nationalist movement.


Anonymous said...

In his interview with the Politics Show North West, Mr Griffin claimed that "everyone, from the far left through the BBC and all sorts of neo-Nazi cranks - they're all against Nick Griffin actually, everyone is .....

Infamy infamy...they have all got it infamy !

Griffin is mad.

Anonymous said...

treason comes in many guises

Anonymous said...

Anyone of integrity has worked out what Griffin is up to. Those around him are either thick or just opportunistic, biding their time before they slip the knife in.
He must lie awake at night , sweating and wondering what we have planned for him.
His travel arrangements have to be made at the last possible moments, he cannot even trust his security staff, as there is clear evidence that his entourage is "leaky"

I am not a vindictive chap, but after what Gri££in has done to the movement, I am enjoying every moment of his obvious discomfort. For him there is no atonement, no escape from perdition.

Beware the ides of March,( or come to that November, December,Ja,,,, )

Every moment that passes brings his inevitable disgrace and downfall closer.

I hope everyone enjoys this as I am doing.

Anonymous said...

Griffin is not even in charge of his own home !

They bought some ham... said...

They will be able to have their meetings in old telephone boxes soon if they aren't already.

Job almost done Agent Griffin !

Anonymous said...

You didn't think Gri££in would actually leave did you?

The one-eyed shyster knows he'll lose his Euro seat when it's up for re-election so will stay indefinitely.

Come 2014, Gri££in will say that he will stay beyond 2015 and so on. Meanwhile the country will get worse and worse.

Funny he should say "neo-nazi cranks" considering the sort of people with whom he's surrounded himself over the past few years.

Gri££in = controlled opposition.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Griffinstein will have a tree in Israel named after him like Margaret Thatcher did?

Inspector Blakey
"i `ate you Griffin!"

Anonymous said...

When Griffin said "thats the end of it", he means that's the end of the BNP because that is his job to trash the BNP.

Anonymous said...

The hated BBC now gives good reports on Gri££in in Liverpool ?Gri££in is now even more of a dead weight around the Nationalist Movement that seems to be the plan.

Anonymous said...

You only have to look at Darbys blog and know its all a hoax and a con ! Darby never talks about the mass exodus especially in his beloved West Midlands where he was Regional Organiser which has lost about 90% of decent organisers and activists.Then look on the West Midlands or Birmingham nationalist blog sites run by Paul the Prickman & Alwyn the Meacon you will never see more than about 6 people now doing any kind of street activity ? Either these pair are deluded or taking the piss by still saying the BNP is on the up and referring to the 90% that left as the waste the BNP didnt need.Either way one day soon these pair of idiots will have a great wapping Ostrich egg on their face.

Anonymous said...

My god the BBC are giving Griffins BNP a lot of publicity over there meeting in Liverpool.

Its as if they want to support Griffin.

Anonymous said...

My wife is being blackmailed BNP man tells tribunal.

NWN Admin said...

Anonymous said...
My wife is being blackmailed BNP man tells tribunal.

1 November 2011 19:00

So what has Jenny Griffin been doing/done that she could be blackmailed ?

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