The prominent and respected nationalist, Andrew Brons, one of the British National Party’s two MEPs, has finally left, after ongoing problems within the party. What will happen next?
In a statement appearing on his MEP website and the Nationalist Unity Forum website (formerly ‘BNP Ideas’), Mr Brons, who is an MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Region states “I shall regard myself from this moment as being no longer a member of the British National Party but as a former member who has been constructively expelled.”
The reasons given include being marginalised over the last sixteen or eighteen months and his considerable contributions being ‘routinely ignored in the Party’s media’ as in the ‘Establishment’s media’. He was also critical of his treatment by the Party Chairman, Nick Griffin.
A new patriotic/nationalist party?
There is speculation as to what Mr Brons’ next step might be with some believing that he may go on to form a new party.
An e-mail sent by Roger Bennett to members of the ‘Brent Group’, shortly after Mr Brons’ departure from the BNP, indicated, “important announcements will be made in the near future.”
The Brent Group website includes the profiles of two notable nationalists, Andrew Brons and Andrew Moffat and it is possible that they will work together to build a new nationalist party.
As previously reported on Digital Journal, the Brent Group was originally set up largely to keep those who had left the BNP in contact with one another; initially in the South West, then the whole UK.
In January 2012, the Chairman of the Brent Group, Roger Bennett had previously moved across to the British Freedom Party and encouraged all Brent Group members to join the BFP. In February he was appointed to the position of Regional Co-organiser for the South West.
However, Roger Bennett later resigned on 27 April, stating, “The bottom line regarding British Freedom is, that here are some good Nationalists as members, but the party itself has moved away from it’s original concept.”
In previous articles Mr Brons has expressed concern about setting up a new party saying, “…historically, every breakaway party that has broken away, while the parent party was still alive, has failed to make any immediate or even any medium term progress.”
Current patriotic/nationalist parties
There could be said to be six main parties competing for the nationalist vote, as follows:
• British Freedom Party (inc EDL)
• English Democrats
• Britain First
• British National Party
• National Front
According to a report in The Telegraph, based upon government Office for National Statistics figures, the British will be a minority in their own country by 2066 (just over fifty years from now). Although it quotes Professor Coleman of Oxford University as saying that this milestone “would be passed much earlier in younger age groups." He also states that it would "represent an enormous change to national identity – cultural, political, economic and religious".
Therefore, there is a sense of urgency within the right of British politics to achieve electoral success, in order to take action on the out of control immigration tsunami before it is too late.