by Joe Pearce
AFTER GROWING STEADILY the last ten years the National Movement can move into the 1980s with a strong feeling of optimism for what the new decade has in store. During the last decade Nationalism was to experience many ups and downs, many victories and a few defeats. Yet, through it all and after more than a few trials and tribulations, it has emerged somewhat battle-scarred but nevertheless ready to continue the struggle for power into the next decade.
There can be no doubting that the 1980s will be a decade of great importance to the Nationalist Movement. It is almost inevitable that the events of the next ten years will be decisive for the final, ultimate victory or defeat of Racial Nationalism. If the Party does not make substantial progress during the 1980s, the whole future of our racial and national ideology will be jeopardised, if not totally destroyed. It is then, at the dawning of this new era, an ideal time to discuss the required plan of campaign for the decade.
No true tactical plan for the future can be drawn up without due consideration being given to previous experiences and to lessons learned from the past. With this fact in mind, the failings of the NF's present electoral strategy must not be overlooked, and indeed it is very important that these failings be discussed.
For many years now, it has been the tactical policy of the NF to gear its organised activities towards the fighting of elections; and for many years this policy paid off, with the NF polling relatively high votes and gaining, in consequence, much publicity. However, it is a basically indisputable fact that outside influences, such as economic and social factors are by far the biggest determinants of the way the electorate votes. For this reason, regardless of how many election addresses are sent out, the size of the final vote will be overwhelmingly determined by the economic and social conditions being experienced by the electorate at the time of voting. This fact can be borne out by the contrasting votes gained by the NF in the last two General Elections. During the years between the 1974 and 1979 General Elections almost every Party activity was geared to fighting elections; consequently, by the time the 1979 election came around, the NF's election machine was far more efficient than ever before. This did not, however, as might have been expected, lead to better votes; on the contrary, the National Front achieved relatively far fewer votes in 1979 compared with 1974, despite having a far more efficient election campaign!
By gearing the Party machine and its members solely towards fighting elections, the Party's success inevitably becomes measured by the number of votes it polls. Consequently if, as has been shown, votes are dependent on influences outside the immediate control of the Party, so too will the Party's apparent success become dependent on these outside influences. As a result, the membership's morale dropped drastically after the General Election, triggering off a mass of petty bickering and general discontent.
From now or where elections are concerned, the NF's primary should be to secure as many new members as possible and to gain as much publicity as possible. The actual number of votes cast for the NF candidate should be a secondary consideration. In other words, elections must be recognised first and foremost as a tool that should be used to build up the membership the movement.
It is not my then, nor is it the purpose of this article to advocate the withdrawal of all participation in elections. On the contrary, it is my firm belief that the contesting of elections must form a very important part of the NF's overall strategy if it is to come to power. What I am very strongly advocating is that the fighting of elections must cease to be the sole criterion for Party activity. It is essential that, in the future, nationalism branches out in all directions; nationalists must strive to make their views influential in the day to day running of as many peoples lives as possible.
I have spent the first part of this article examining the tactical errors that have been made in the past and expressing my belief that a radical change in the Party's strategy is urgently needed if the Nationalist ideal is to gain widespread support and influence in the 1980s. The rest of the article will outline the basic changes that I believe are necessary to the long term future of the Movement.
The first and most pressing priority for the 1980s must be the promotion of a feeling of comradeship within the movement. need to nurture comradeship will be absolutely vital as a self defence mechanism against attack from the Establishment. Internal strength is the only defence against external attack, and internal strength can only be built upon comradeship and a sense of belonging. Thus, with the promotion of a group psychology within the Party, it will be possible to form a closely knit organisation capable of withstanding any onslaught the Establishment might throw at it. Once the National Front achieves this stability it will be able to launch effective offensive action against the liberal Establishment, without the constant recurrence of disunity within its own .
Another very important move towards Nationalist unity and strength will be the development of a far more detailed and structured ideology. the present time, many the Party's activists know very little of ideology other than the policies on race, immigration and communism. This state affairs can only be damaging to the long health of the NF, because until a member knowledgable to the various aspects of Party's ideology he or she will never be committed to its cause.
A major development also towards the long term properity of the Nationalist will be increased emphasis being put the importance of propaganda. At the time, this is an area where the NF is lacking and every effort must be in the future to increase the frequency and of publication of propaganda and broadsheets. In fact, I am of the opinion that, in order to be politically effective countering the propaganda of the Marxist left, the Party must aim to be producing a for street distribution that will come week.
In terms, however, this will not possible without the NF aquiring its own printing press. This then, should be one of the priorities of the National Front over the twelve months.
In a couple of years time, with a weekly national circulation newspaper and a printing at our disposal, the NF will look back its propaganda efforts in the 1970s as relatively futile in comparison.
Yet another very important strategic move that the NF will need to make in the 1980s will be the widespread involvement of Nationalists into as many fields of the economic and social life of Britain as possible. This will be absolutely essential if the Front is to capitalise on the impending economic crisis that will be facing this country in the years ahead.
The political importance of social involvement can easily be seen by the success of and Trotsyist organisations in this. The political influence exerted by say the Communist Party of Great Britain or the Workers Party far exceeds proportionately their support amongst the population as a whole. This influence is due predominantly, of course, to their widespread and infiltration into the Trade Union Movement.
The posibilities for the Nationalist cause that could be exploited by adopting such tactics be phenomenal. involvement in the Unions, for instance, could result in great and power being gained by Nationalism. all, British Nationalist are, to most ordinary British people, far to the policies of communism. For reason, the NF could very easily make great into British Trade Unions, with the full and support of much of the White population.
During the 1980s it will be up to the NF to take the fight against communism to the places where so far they have been given a free hand, and that includes the shop floor!
I endeavoured in this article to give a yet clear outline of the direction that I the Nationalist Movement will have to in during the next decade. To summarise, National Front will have to get its attitudes elections in perspective and it will need ensure internal strength through a growth in comradeship. The movement must seek possession of printing equipment, the result of must be a greater variety of nationalist being produced more frequently regularly. Finally, but not in any way least, Nationalists must seek to involve in the economic and social life of the NF.
If these fundamental changes in the long term strategy of the Party are carried out I firmly believe that the 1980s will be the decisive decade in which the foundation of our final victory is firmly and irrevocably laid.