The new British National Party constitution has been passed with an overwhelming majority by the Extraordinary General Meeting held today in a positive and unified spirit, BNP leader Nick Griffin MEP has announced.
Speaking at the conclusion of the meeting, held today in London, Mr Griffin said that there had been five votes against and four abstentions while the rest of the 300-strong gathering voted in favour.
“The meeting was dominated by a good spirit of unity, with everyone understanding that the party has to adapt for legal, financial and political necessity,” Mr Griffin said.
“No-one is particularly happy about being denied the right of self-association, which is what the court order and law essentially enforces, but it is understood that the party has to put this behind us and get on with the serious business of saving Britain from the ravages of the establishment parties,” he said.
“Everyone knows that there are going to be a few ethnic members,” Mr Griffin continued. “In fact, when I announced that I personally would welcome the brave Mr Rajinder Singh as a member in the light of his struggle against the Islamification of Britain, I was warmly applauded by the crowd.”
Mr Griffin said the new constitution gave added protection to the BNP which would prevent anybody, no matter what their ethnic origin, from entering the party with the aim of causing trouble or subverting it.
“Although we object to the basis of the law which does away with our right to associate with those we choose, the new constitution follows the letter of the law and does away with what the Equalities and Human Rights Commission calls ‘direct discrimination’. We will see if this satisfies the ECHR who have already made it clear that they think our policy will prevent people from joining.
“That is of course a nonsensical argument because all parties have policies that its opponents don’t like, which makes it impossible for example, for a BNP supporter to join the Tories or Labour.”
Mr Griffin said the next step in the process was that the new constitution will be sent to the ECHR on Tuesday. That organisation has a week in which to make formal comment , after which the BNP has a week to review their comments and respond.
After that, a new court appearance in March should finalise the matter. Mr Griffin added that it was clear that the ECHR’s intention was to keep the BNP in the courts in an attempt to financially exhaust the party.
To prevent this from happening, the new constitution has also empowered the party leader with the right to revise any clause over which the ECHR might try and make an argument. “In this way we can quickly circumvent any drawn out legal processes and concentrate on fighting the election,” Mr Griffin said.
During the meeting, veteran nationalist Richard Edmonds stood up and read a piece of writing from party founder John Tyndall which said that if the law was ever changed, the BNP would amend its membership criteria to comply with the law. This, Mr Edmonds said, was why he was voting in favour of the new constitution.
* During the meeting, BNP security removed a journalist from the Times newspaper from the hall. The journalist in question had been asked to pledge that he would not work with another Times journalist, Fiona Hamilton, who has specialised in fabricating the most vicious lies about the BNP in the columns of that newspaper.
The journalist refused to give such an undertaking and was then asked to leave. He refused and was then escorted off the premises by the BNP stewards. Mr Griffin said afterwards that the BNP did not mind criticism, which was part of the political process, but was “sick and tired of the outright lies from the Times.”
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