What would John Tyndall say?

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I always urge upon our various active units that getting our message across to the public is useless if it is done in such a way as to display weakness.  If public demonstrations are mounted in any area, extra members must be drafted in from other areas so as to give an impression of numbers.  This is not only necessary from the standpoint of the physical safety of our demonstrators in the face of likely attacks by our opponents; it is also important as a psychological weapon.

In our circles, the questions are often asked: “When will the British people wake up and rise against their misgovernors?  When will the big backlash come that ought to come against the appalling policies that have been imposed upon the nation for so many years?”

The very phrasing of such questions shows a misunderstanding of how great political changes really occur.  ‘The people’ as a whole never ‘wake up’ or ‘rise’ against anything.  In the mass, they are totally inert.  There never is any ‘backlash’ in the sense implicit in the question quoted.

Any awakening must always be on the part of a public-spirited and politically active minority.  Any backlash is the backlash that that minority sets in motion.  For even when a political movement has attained sufficient strength to become a real national force, contending for political power, its members still comprise, along with the members of all the other political parties put together, a relatively small part of the population.

It is this reality that renders so inane the slogans currently adopted by the other parties about ‘people’s power’ and those parties’ claims that people (the mass of the people, that is to say) should “take a greater part in the decision-making process.”  Such ideas are wholly contrary to the true nature of people in the mass, who want neither ‘power’ nor the right to make decisions, (other than at a purely personal and domestic level).  People in the mass do want a strong and purposeful national authority that will exercise power and make decisions for them, albeit that those decisions should be in accordance with their own deepest instincts of right and wrong; but that is something else entirely.

The British people in large numbers will translate their inner feelings about national affairs into support for nationalism at the polls when, and only when, a national and patriotic political force has been established which is big enough, strong enough and with a voice loud enough to make its presence felt throughout the land on a scale that puts it among the front runners in politics and gives it the image of irresistible power.  Until then, that public will shirk the decisive step needed, and cling instead to its old political habits.

Such power as I have described must of course include the capability to expose, by information and enlightenment, any attempts by political parties of ‘establishment’ pedigree to head off the nationalist challenge by the fraudulent adoption of what appear to be similar policies – tactics which, as I have demonstrated earlier, were widely employed by the Conservatives in the general election of 1979.

Tyndall J, The Eleventh Hour, Third Edition, 1998, Welling: Albion Press, pp 527-8 

This extract was previously published on Dr Emerson’s blog, New Leadership, at

1 comment:

Anonymous 8 November 2011 22:57 

What wakes people up? I remember years ago my dad would come into my bedroom and tip the bed up if I was not up in time, I would go flying out of the bed, if I had not washed my feet properly he would scrub them with a scrubbing brush, I never left the dinner table unless the plate was empty, speak with your mouth full invited a smack around the head; the moral of this story is simple “to really learn” you must first suffer.