Many people have not yet renewed their subscriptions, others have indicated that they maybe dropping out. This was understandable given the poor showing of Nationalists in elections over the past few years, but it is no longer justifiable given the excellent result achieved by the party in Wyke on 3rd May. I strongly urge all former members to re-subscribe and invite non-members, whether adherent of other parties or pressure groups or those who have never joined an “electable” party to consider joining the British Democrats, given our recent encouraging performance.
The Wyke Campaign
The party paid for all the leaflets used in the campaign which were put out by party members working along side non-party volunteers. Campaigning started long before the announcement of nominations. The key questions were the balance of local and national issues and the logistical peculiarities of leaflet design. For the prospective candidate warm-up leaflet, a small A5 card was chosen. Distribution of this commenced in early February. The main election address commenced distribution as soon as nominations had been submitted. In conjunction with the election address, a supplementary anti-immigration leaflet was distributed. This latter leaflet can be used nationally in any campaign scenario.
During leafletting, every opportunity was taken to talk to constituents. What was striking was the number of voters, often intelligent, articulate and affluent who said they would not be voting. They were by no means apathetic or indifferent – rather resigned to the unfairness of the electoral system and the inability of ordinary people to make themselves heard. Turnout in Wyke was 27%; in other words, nearly three quarters of voters in effect voted for “more of the same”!
Implications of the Wyke vote
We gained 5.5% of the vote but could have done much better still had the civic Nationalist “Democrats and Veterans” (only set up a few months ago) not gained 5% and the UKIP candidate 4%. In other words, the total Nationalist vote was nearer 15% (for comparison, Labour won with 49%; Tories came second with 31%; we were third; Dems and Vets with 5%; Lib Dems and Greens with 3% each.
Clearly, it will be necessary to prevent this from happening in future. UKIP is in terminal decline and may fragment altogether, but the Dems and Vets could be a coming force and we will be negotiating with them as soon as we can. We will certainly build on our success in Bradford South.
In general, it is clear that Labour are getting in all over Bradford South – including the sitting M, Judith Cummins (who loathes us!), because UKIP and Tories cannot get their act together. The Dems and Vets are likely to gain the UKIP vote as the latter party declines. The Dems and Vets are close to us, but not racial Nationalists. However we can work with them to challenge and weaken the mainstream block and open up politics to genuine direct democracy.
Nationalist unity does not mean uniformity
The author believes that there is overwhelming support for the principle of the Nationalist movement, co-operating but that does not specifically mean uniting in a single party as in the “glory days” of the NF and BNP. rather it means that various groups agree not to engage in needless fratricide, eg. by standing against each other as in the tragicomedy of Batley and Spen in 2017, or in Facebook/Twitter trolling. This merely benefits the establishment. What speakers at a number of meetings advocate and I endorse, is moving forward in parallel – each party concentrating on wards and constituencies where it is strongest. The important thing is to stop endlessly debating what we would do if in power on ideological grounds, but concentrate on getting there via practical means. Pragmatism does not mean loss of principles – it means distinguishing between recognition of the objective (strategy) and flexibility of means (tactics) – using every opportunity to get closer to the real goal. This does not require us to belong to one party or acknowledge one leader.
In Bradford, we are now in a run of three election years (2019 and 2020 to come) with an election free year of 2021. We shall be working from now on toward the 2019 election, aiming to reach a consensus in 2020. We shall need the support of all party members who can assist with leafleting and canvassing; we shall appeal to members of other Nationalist organisations to help us. We shall attempt to canvass; to organise meetings locally; to put together petitions and set up pressure groups on such issues as traffic control measures and a Town Council for Bradford South Central (Wibsey/Royds/Wyke), with delegated powers as a sort of “White Homeland”, since City Hall is dedicated to spending any available funds in inner-city areas (code for …..) As chairman, I urge all members to do their utmost to move their home towns and villages forward by personal example and by recruiting.
My Best Wishes To You All,