Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Thursday, 28 April 2011
The British National Party has reported that Wales has become the second party region to be allowed its own regional bank account.
In a normal political party that would hardly be front page news but a matter of internal administration of marginal interest to members let alone the public. But the BNP has been beset by financial difficulties and incompetence for many years. Reporting this event is part of the party’s attempt to claim matters have improved in its treasury department.
Jennie Noble, the Welsh regional treasurer, has been allowed to open the account only after passing “a Treasury Department checklist showing levels of competence in performing all aspects of the job, including training new fundholders, operating the party’s accounting software, filling in a petty cash book to the required standard and regularly checking that all fundholders in their region do the same”.
One might have thought it surprising had Noble not shown the required competence in these basic tasks as she used to be the BNP’s national treasurer. However she only lasted ten months in the job, from July 2008 to April 2009, a period when the auditors were unable to verify that the financial statements gave a “true and fair view” and listed several accounting failures and gaps in the records. Both the 2008 and 2009 accounts were submitted to the Electoral Commission very late and incurred £1,000 fines.
Perhaps Noble has been on a training course. However if she still has any difficulties she will be able to “count on the support of the Regional Treasurer James Mole and National Treasurer Clive Jefferson”. Yes, that’s Jefferson the Cumbrian buffoon, a man with no known accountancy abilities, who in his parallel role as national elections officer is currently engaged in trumpeting the BNP’s success in getting several parish councillors elected unopposed, including several who are no longer BNP members.