From Andrew Brons (Chairman)
To parody the opening words of A Tale of Two Cities: “It is the best of times; it is the worst of times…….it is the spring of hope; it is the winter of despair. We have everything before us; we have nothing before us.”
Electorates throughout the White World have never before, at any rate in recent times, been so alert to the dangers or so aware of the opportunities. The vote to leave the European Union in the UK, the increased votes for the FN in France, the FPO in Austria, Alternative für Deutschland in Germany and the Dutch Freedom Party in the Netherlands and, of course, the election of Donald Trump in the United States are all graphic examples.
Nationalists can be sceptical about the soundness of some of these phenomena. We cannot really be sure of the extent to which Mr. Trump is simply using establishment figures for his advantage or is being used by them for its advantage. However, none of that detracts from the scale of the transformation of the mood of the electorate.
We can see the fundamental dishonesty of the UKIP leadership but the 3.8 million UKIP voters cannot be dismissed quite as easily. Many of them and many UKIP members would, in other circumstances, have been voters for, or members of, a genuine Nationalist party.
However, the Nationalist Movement is hopelessly fragmented. No single Nationalist party shows any sign of emerging as a serious electable Nationalist Party.
We have struck the right balance between adherence to principle and presenting policies in a palatable way. We have created a Constitution that provides checks and balances and, most importantly, prevents the security and disciplinary procedures from being used for factional purposes. However, we like all the others, have failed to inspire the thousands of disenchanted Nationalists to move in our direction.
This year must be the year in which Nationalists in all parties and none start to engage in dialogues and joint activities – as long as those activities are not likely to haunt us in the future. All parties and factions must drop the demand that everybody should move in their direction without conditions.
However, there are some minimum conditions that any emergent electable party must satisfy. It must be internally democratic without the concentration of power in one set of hands. It must be convincingly committed to respecting and retaining a democratic political system in the United Kingdom. It must be expressly observant of key Nationalist principles, whilst presenting policies in a form that does not repel potential voters.
It would be foolish to recreate a Nationalist monstrosity tailor-made for a megalomaniac to step into. It must have safeguards that would make that unlikely, if not impossible. Furthermore, we must create a political culture that fosters respect and restraint rather than unbridled aggression.