The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Papa Luigi’s article is, contra the title of this thread, not a ‘new’ bag at all. At least not for him and not for those of us who have read his contributions to this forum over the last few months. He has been propagating his rather nebulous strategy of the eschewing of electoral politics, in favour of the development of a semi-clandestine network of nationalist donors, increasingly openly.

What should one make of such a proposed strategy? Well, the first thing to say is that it is fundamentally flawed. Fundraising is certainly an important element in politics, on that much most nationalists can agree. But fundraising as an activity is inseparably linked to the front end activities of any political group. When the fundraising activity of a group that has supposedly political aims becomes its top priority, becomes effectively an end in itself, displacing the formal goal of winning political power, as we saw in the case of the BNP from 2008 to 2010, then donors begin to ask themselves the question: where is all this money going and what good is it doing?

Now, for all I know there may be nationalists who are willing to re-live their experience of 2008-2010 with the BNP, minus the electioneering which was the ostensible justification for that party’s fundraising efforts. If so, then one can only marvel at the triumph of hope over experience.

Where fundraising is concerned there must always be scrupulous candour and accountability, if the confidence of donors is to be won and maintained. A semi-clandestine group, with no formal constitution or membership, even if led by an honest man, by virtue of its very secrecy militates against such needed candour and accountability, just as the BNP militated against them, despite possessing a formal constitution and membership, because it was led by a dishonest man who employed other dishonest men.

Donors expect to receive something in return for their donations. In the case of a political party that return is activity in the shape of campaigning and contesting elections. If these activities produce observable progress and positive results then fundraising revenue tends to rise, whereas if the hoped for progress fails to materialize fundraising revenue tends to decline. But provided a party continues to fly the flag of nationalism in elections nationalist donors have some reason to contribute, on the grounds that even standing in an election is in itself a minor victory, in that nationalism’s message of hope is still being propagated, however ineptly.

Of course, one ‘advantage’ of a semi-clandestine group is that when sceptics say “But what are you actually doing?” and “What are you using this money for?” it can reply “It’s a secret. But become a donor and I’ll tell you more”. The Emperor’s new clothes come to mind at this point.

The history of the BNP over the last ten years demonstrates that a nationalist party can win elections without spending vast sums of money. Most of the BNP’s electoral victories, including its earliest, have been in council elections in which highly successful campaigns have been conducted on a shoe-string budget. With a more rigorous and impartial selection process for candidates and crucially, a proper scheme of ongoing training and support for both prospective candidates and elected councillors, there is every likelihood of a nationalist party succeeding in winning control of councils in the future. And the control of councils is the best springboard for the winning of seats in parliament.

Those who have focused upon the venal charade of the European ‘parliament’, as if play-acting in its masquerade were of any benefit to nationalism, have led nationalists up a blind alley, while those who counsel the abandonment of electoral politics entirely, in favour of some kind of cultic retreatism or anarcho-localism, are equally in error, be their motives what they may.

Am I advocating a renewed support of the BNP then, or calling for the support of any of the other extant nationalist parties? God forbid. Before Christmas a new nationalist party will be launched, one with which I am proud to be associated and which, I hope, many others will also be proud to join. A new party is needed because none of the other nationalist parties has the characteristics, or the leadership, necessary to inspire the thousands of disillusioned former members of the BNP, let alone win many decent new converts to nationalism.

My colleagues and I are under no illusion regarding the difficulty of the task we face. None of us expects overnight success. We are here for the long haul because we love our country and our people and because no sacrifice seems too great in the sacred cause of the patriot.

Join us today in Patria, the party of nationalist patriots. Patria needs you!

Dr Andrew Emerson
Treasurer
Patria

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16 Comments on "The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come"

  • I find it interesting that the very first article on this new website should be one attacking Papa Luigi. I am sure he will be flattered that Patria consider his organisation to be their most important rival group, rather than say the BNP or the BDP?

    There is an interesting article of the Britist Resistance website that may be of interest.

    • Andrew says

      Max

      It’s not a personal attack, though it does include a political critique of Papa Luigi’s position. One of the things which has held back nationalism is the inability of nationalists to debate ideology and strategy, while at the same time treating one another considerately.

      If we can also learn to co-operate as allies, instead of conflicting as rivals, then political success will be much less likely to elude us.

      The article also criticizes Messrs Griffin and Brons, without actually naming them, as well as others, but again the critique is political rather than personal.

  • Andrew says

    A very good article about Patria has just gone up on the British Resistance web site, http://thebritishresistance.co.uk/.

    • Enlightened Patriot says

      Yes, I have put my twopen’th there and wish Patria every success. As stated, I would be very interested to see the T sword in the name tried in red to see see if it gives greater visual impact with the blue/red lettering/white background then representing the Union Flag.

      • Andrew says

        Enlightened Patriot

        What you suggest about the sword was considered, but it was felt that a red sword would look too threatening, as well as detract from the visual integrity of the word since the other letters would be in blue.

        • Enlightened Patriot says

          I take your point Andrew and am glad that it had been considered.

        • Steve Gray says

          Perhaps thretening is required at this stage of the game so as to be taken notice of?

          • Steve Gray says

            My apologies for the bad spelling!
            Might I suggest a retrospective edit facility?

  • Enlightened Patriot says

    I am trying to find and read the article `The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come’ by Papa Luigi to which these comments refer. I cannot find it here or on the Western Spring website so I am obviously doing something stupidly wrong. Is anyone able to point me to it? Thanks.

    • Andrew says

      ‘The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come’ was written by me, rather than Papa Luigi. Although the article refers to Papa Luigi, it is not mainly about him or his ideas but about the need for a new nationalist party that is committed to electoral politics at the grass roots.

      Papa Luigi’s ideas have been outlined on the British Democracy Forum.

    • The article by Papa Luigi that the above article responds to can be found at http://www.thebritishresistance.co.uk/guest-writers/2196-looking-forward-to-christmas, furthermore Dr Emerson’s article above was first published on the British Democracy Forum in reply to Papa Luigi at http://www.democracyforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=116910&p=1502068&viewfull=1#post1502068

      • Enlightened Patriot says

        Thank you Max. I now remember the article on the BR site and, in fact, commented below it in a positive way. Alas, my memory seems to be letting me down these days.

  • overner2 says

    Ian and all, just to let you know that i wish you all the luck in the world with this venture, I am all for CONSTRUCTIVE crititism but it always amazes me that it is always so-called Nationalists who are always first to try to knock DOERS, not the reds, who needs enemies eh! dont let them get you down, but i know you already know this so..Best Wishes and all the best for Christmas and 2013

  • Steve Gray says

    If you’re successful beware the four horsemen, Perversion, Diversion, Pollution & Dilution.

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