Saturday, February 20, 2010

Nationalists Split Amongst BNP, National Front, And Independent Candidates In Stoke-On-Trent Central Race In The United Kingdom

Getting nationalists to work together is somewhat like herding cats, and nowhere is this more apparent that in the Stoke-on-Trent Central constituency in the United Kingdom. Voters there will have a choice between a British National Party candidate, a National Front candidate, and an "independent" candidate who quit the BNP. The split has been triggered at least in part by the BNP's decision to allow non-Whites membership in the party.

The BNP candidate is the party's deputy leader, Simon Darby. The so-called "independent" is Alby Walker, who is actually a highly respected councillor in the area but quit the BNP last year. Walker announced his candidacy shortly after Darby jumped in. And now, the National Front announced it is fielding a candidate, although they've not yet identified him.

The other declared candidates include:

Labor: Mark Fisher
Conservative: Norsheen Bhatti
Liberal Democratic: John Redfern
TUSC: Matthew Wright
IND: Paul Breeze

National Front executive member Steve Reynolds explained the decision, saying it reflects dissatisfaction among some BNP members over their party's decision to enroll non-Whites. He said, "We have got a local man who will be standing for us, but we are not in a position to release his name just yet. Our main platform will be anti-Muslim and anti-immigration. We have always had a number of members in the Stoke-on-Trent area and we always get a lot of enquiries and feedback from there, so it's a natural choice for us. We are also getting a lot of disillusioned BNP members and supporters joining us, because they are not happy about the party's new membership rules."

Alby Walker, who stepped down from the BNP in December 2009, said the National Front had asked him to represent them, but that he had rejected the offer. He said, "They contacted me and offered me £1,000 towards my election expenses if I stood for them in Stoke Central. But I'm not interested in party politics any more and I'm certainly not interested in the National Front. They say they are getting a lot of people defecting from the BNP since the party voted to relax its whites-only membership rules. But I'm not worried as I don't think they [the NF] have the slightest chance of winning." Of course, this does not explain why Walker would be willing to risk taking votes away from the BNP via his own candidacy.

Meanwhile, Simon Darby put a positive spin on this development. He believes the presence of a National Front candidate will help his and the BNP's campaign, saying "We're always being accused of being the National Front in disguise, but now people will be able to see that we are two totally different parties with different policies." Darby discusses his campaign efforts further on his personal blog.

BNP partisans on the Vanguard News Network's United Kingdom Forum appear to be rather displeased at the split, at the very least. Some believe the antifa group Searchlight is behind the opposition to Darby.

This problem exists on the American side of the pond, as well. White activists who disagree with one another frequently view their interlocutors as heretics who must be purged. Two prominent examples are John Taylor Bowles' ongoing feud with the National Socialist Movement and Alex Linder's feud with the "valuable intellectual properties" of Occidental Dissent. This penchant to demand absolute lockstep orthodoxy and to demonize honest opposition within our ranks hinders our ability to coalesce and form an effective mass movement like the British National Party. Our brothers and sisters who think differently than we do on a given issue are NOT our enemies, so long as they work for the welfare of our race.

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