This line of work takes its toll on people.
Counterjihad activism doesn’t pay very well. It demands long hours from its volunteers. It also tends to cost them their jobs, their freedom, or even their lives. It’s not a pastime to take up if you prefer the quiet life.
Late in 2011, British Freedom announced that Paul Weston, Tommy Robinson, and Kevin Carroll were shouldering the burden of a political party that was sure to bring down the weight of the British establishment against itself. Sure enough, a little more than a year later, Tommy Robinson is languishing in solitary confinement without having been charged with a crime.
And now Paul Weston has decided to step down as Chairman of the party to concentrate on his literary efforts, a role in which he feels he can be more effective on behalf of the cause. Kevin Carroll, who made such a commendable showing in his recent run for Bedfordshire PCC, will move up to take the helm of British Freedom.
Here’s the resignation letter that Paul sent out yesterday:
It is with great sadness I must announce my resignation as Chairman of British Freedom. I am writing a book about the current dire state of Britain, which is going to take up the majority of my time over the coming months, and I feel it would be better for British Freedom to be led by someone who can devote more time to the party.
Kevin Carroll will now take over the Chairman’s role and he does so with my full support. Kev is an incredibly brave man who wears his heart on his sleeve. I am convinced his leadership will contribute to the ever-growing membership and media presence of British Freedom.
I am grateful to all of you who supported the party over the last twelve months, a period which saw British Freedom gain national and international recognition, and which culminated in the fantastic result Kevin and the party achieved in the Bedfordshire PCC election. I know we didn’t win it, but for a new party to achieve what we did is testament to not only the dedicated work of British Freedom’s volunteers, but also to the fact that our political message clearly resonates with a large section of the British electorate.
I wish British Freedom all the success it so richly deserves over the coming months and years. To all the members and supporters who worked (and donated) so hard to push British Freedom into a nationally recognised position, I wish you a Happy New Year.
2 January 2013