A few weeks back, a comment was made to one of our posts to the effect that Nick Cass had been sacked as Party Manager and Ian Dawson, the BNP's former Head of Group Support Officer and well-known photographer for Redwatch, had resigned.
Since then, it has been confirmed that party management has been handed over to a three-person team - Tony Brewer, Martin Clutterbuck and Michaela MacKenzie - though the party has stayed remarkably tight-lipped about Cass and has avoided mentioning Dawson at all. The apparent reason the BNP has said nothing openly about the resignation of Ian Dawson might well have something to do with his resignation letter which we're assured is a real shocker, ripping into the much-despised Mark Collett and Great White Record's disastrous director, Dave Hannam, both of whom he accuses of undermining morale, incompetence and just about everything else.
Since the comment was made, very little has leaked out from the party (unusually) except for the unconfirmed news that Chris Beverley had 'resigned from the BNP's Advisory Council and been thrown out of his job heading up the money-spinning Excalibur (which sells overpriced tat to gullible BNP members), to be replaced by Nick Griffin's new blue-eyed boy Arthur Kemp, who you can read about here.
Now we hear that Sadie Graham has also resigned (before she was sacked) as the party's Director of Group Development, a post formerly held by the violent bomber Tony Lecomber, who apparently is still hanging around in the BNP doing odd jobs for Nick Griffin, despite having been sacked back in January 2006 and proscribed in April of this year.
The chaos within the BNP seems, at the moment, to be profound. While sackings and resignations seem to be occurring with startling regularity and Griffin seems to be surrounding himself with an informal coterie of close advisors (former South African police spy Arthur Kemp, the BNP's very own terrorist Tony Lecomber, the BNP's universally-derided and rubbishy legal 'expert' Lee Barnes, the new Press Officer Simon Darby and the General Secretary of the BNP-hijacked fake-union Solidarity, Patrick Harrington) members are being expected to just shut up and do the bidding of the party, most of which seems to be handing over vast amounts of money for various lost causes - the current biggie being the staggering £200,000 the party seems to want to throw away on the pointless attempt to replace Ken Livingstone with pornmeister Dicky Barnbrook as London's Mayor.
You'll note that out of the little gang of five that Griffin keeps close, the only actual party member appears to be Simon Darby unless Kemp has joined up in the past few weeks. One wonders what the membership feels about that.
In the last month or two we've seen some pretty high-profile sackings/resignations from the party - Andrew Spence, Jonathan Bowden, former Deputy Chairman of the party Scott McLean and former Press Officer Phil Edwards. Now, if the rumours are all true - and we suspect they are - another four have bitten the dust virtually unnoticed by the membership. Chaos seems to be reigning supreme in the BNP, particularly since the recent leadership challenge which seems to have been designed solely to weed out the dissenters from the ranks. Unfortunately (though not for us) an awful lot of the BNP's more valuable officers and members seem to be getting caught up in the action and are getting the heave-ho along with the 'vermin' that Griffin swore to get rid of.
Party members who take the time to watch the soap opera that the BNP has become must be cringing as every new disaster emerges and wondering why the hell they wasted thirty quid on joining a party that seems determined to implode despite the help offered to it by idiots like Labour's Margaret Hodge and the Conservative's Sayeeda Warsi.
Did we say soap opera? We meant to say farce.