FORMER BNP COUNCILLOR SLAMS RACIST PARTY
Blackburn's former British National Party councillor says he would prefer the current Labour administration over anything the BNP could offer. Robin Evans, who represented the BNP in Mill Hill ward until he resigned from the party in September, launched a stinging attack on the BNP in a letter to party supporters, which Searchlight has obtained.
Evans says he wrote the letter, dated 4 December, in response to an attack on him in the latest BNP members' bulletin. Gone were the conciliatory noises made by the party leadership at the time of his resignation and in their place was a personal and political attack. Evans's behaviour in publicly attacking the quality of the BNP councillors in Burnley was "disgraceful" and he was dismissed as a sad and lonely figure.
He claims there has been other gossip and "back-stabbing" about him. As the man who carried out the instructions of the leadership against the wishes of the local or regional membership, his sense of betrayal is clear.
He accuses the party's regional organiser, Bev Scott, who also calls herself Jones, of financial irregularities, while claiming that the other local BNP organisers were either too stupid or dishonest to complain.
But he is most revealing when he writes about the Blackburn BNP branch. "Upon election to the Council, it transpired that there was nobody that really knew what to do next, how the Town Hall operated or that was willing to learn. The local branch in Blackburn was largely made up of football hooligans and drug dealers etc. As I was 'in it up to my neck' and was receiving little or no support, I made the decision to restructure the local branch myself.
"All was working fine, steady progress was being made despite the opposition of the yobs. It was this pressure from 'the yobs', who although great in number are an unwelcome 'set of baggage' to myself and my faithful friends, that persuaded the weak-willed leadership to appoint one of their 'sort', a typical yes man, to the organiser position for Blackburn and Darwen."
(The new BNP organiser is Trevor Maxfield from Darwen. He was appointed by Griffin after several failed attempts by the local branch to replace Evans.)
Evans believes that the BNP simply does not have the calibre or political ability to bring about any real change in Britain. In fact, he now says the party will only make the country worse.
"If I and most others are honest, I do not really want my son to grow up under a Labour leadership, but in comparison to what I have learnt relating to the BNP organisation, I would rather have the current dictatorship than the political disaster that is promised from the BNP performance to date."
He concludes: "I have never expressed a desire to return to the BNP, nor shall I. Why on earth would I? Nor have I regretted my leaving (one of my better moves)."
Evans has circulated this letter to BNP supporters in Blackburn. Many have reacted with fury at his claims but attacking him publicly again could prove devastating for next summer's all-out elections.
This article appeared in Searchlight Magazine January 2004.