Andrew Brons MEP, Julian Leppart, Sam Swerling and Adrian Davies spoke to a well-attended London regional launch meeting of the BDP at Dartford (yes, we do know that Dartford is just outside London, but the venue suited people coming from South Essex!) on Thursday night.
Sam Swerling, a former Conservative councillor and parliamentary candidate, and chairman of the influential right leaning Monday Club, outlined the ideological follies of the Cameron government, especially its foreign policy adventures, meddling in the affairs of independent, sovereign states and seeking the overthrow of governments that wished us no harm, but which our rulers seem intent on replacing with dangerous fundamentalists, who do wish us harm.
Julian Leppart, a former mayoral candidate for the BNP, emphasised the malign consequences of the disappearance of elected patriots from the council halls of London and its constituent boroughs. After three years of relative disengagement from politics, he was motivated to become involved again by his sense of outrage at the murder of a serving solider on the streets of Woolwich.
Adrian Davies said that the present divisions in patriotic ranks were not the consequence of deep ideological divisions, but rather of an unwillingness to accept one man’s arbitrary and capricious mismanagement, and a welcome acceptance amongst patriots of a need for financial transparency and internal democracy.
While the BDP could not promise instant results in a political climate dominated by the rise of UKIP, in this life things were rarely so good or so bad as they seem. Patriotic candidates willing to work hard at local level might yet hope for electoral success in local government elections, if not, perhaps, at higher levels for the time being. Over the next year or two, the BDP would lay down solid foundations for real growth in the future.
Andrew Brons made a powerful and very well received speech, by no means without welcome touches of humour. He comprehensively demolished the pretensions of UKIP to be a patriotic party, while readily acknowledging that many patriots had flocked to its banner of late. While they would continue to do so in the short term, in the medium to long term, many would come to realise that Nigel Farrage does not have a genuinely patriotic agenda. For example, he only appears to oppose immigration from member states of the European Union, whereas most of the 500,000 or so immigrants who arrive in the United Kingdom each year are not from Europe, bu from Africa or Asia. We must prepare a successor party to UKIP that would one day win over those whom Mr Farrage flattered only in the end to deceive.
After Andrew had spoken, all present stood in a minute’s silence in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby.
After a short time for solemn reflection, a lively but good natured question and answer session followed, and all present had their say in the spirit of democracy and free debate that the BDP values and nurtures.
A collection raised the generous sum of £300, which has been paid into London regional funds.
If you live in the London area and wish to get involved contact Julian Leppert at: email@example.com or phone 07929 294578