Britain First: A grown up political party?

In the wake of unprecedented numbers of attacks on ethnic minorities, their persons and their property, representatives of all the major political parties have issued statements of condemnation. Even UKIP, small though the party is has joined the chorus of voices expressing shock and horror as the violence against British minorities escalates. This is the grown up thing to do.

Don’t waste your time waiting for BF to make any similar statements though. That’s not what they’re about at all. Having spent 5 years inciting racial and religious hatred they’re hardly likely to condemn it now. Instead the Biffers’ reaction to these appalling events was to publish this.

BF Islam lives freedom dies memeOn Tuesday the news broke about a petrol bomb attack on a halal butcher in Walsall. It’s important not to misunderstand this attack. The homemade bomb was not just thrown into the premises – it was thrown directly at the butcher himself. Fortunately it bounced off him before smashing on the floor, causing extensive fire damage to the building. Had it smashed against the man it was deliberately thrown at he would have been covered in accelerant and burned alive.

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This was attempted murder. Once again the British far right inflicts serious violence on an innocent citizen going about his normal, lawful business.

If ever there was a time for us all to cry “Not in my name”, that time is now!

Not in my name!

Not in our name!

Not in the name of this wonderful country!

Not in the name of human decency!

Not in the name of anything worth having.

Britain First must take some responsibility for inciting the wave of hate crime currently terrorising many British citizens. They deliberately and cynically misled their followers, whipping them up into murderous rage by falsely promising them that all their fears would be assuaged by a vote to leave Europe. It’s no surprise that the sense of frustration those ‘footsoldiers’ now feel is being directed at the people whom Paul and Jayda have been scapegoating for half a decade.

We call upon Britain First to join the proper political parties of UK in condemning these outrageous attacks on innocent citizens…

We’re waiting…

 

Wear a safety pin

This is brilliant!

Yesterday we posted a number of T-shirt suggestions to reassure ethnic minorities that we’re not all racist. But forget that – this is better. It’s easier, it’s more permanent (you don’t need to keep washing it) and it can be distributed around your friends for just pennies.

Wear a safety pin to show that you’re safe. Get it – a SAFETY pin. Let the whole of the country know that you’re not going to abuse ethnic minorities. Let the world know that you’re not racist. Let your neighbours know that you’re safe!

Wear a safety pin!

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Time to make a stand

Ever since the UK voted to leave the European Union, racists and nationalists have wrongly assumed that they have a mandate to abuse ethnic Brits. We don’t believe this is true. We don’t think that most Leave voters did so because of racism or aggressive nationalism. But unfortunately ethnic minorities living in Britain have a hard time knowing which Brits accept them as valuable members of our society and which are hostile. This is understandably frightening. When anyone could be a threat everyone is threatening.

So we have a suggestion.

The images below are easy to download. Why not choose one, take it to your local printer and get it transferred onto a T-shirt or sweatshirt? Why not have it printed on a mug to use at work or maybe a cap? Anywhere you like really.

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The idea is to show our fellow citizens in clear, uncompromising terms that we are not a threat. Let’s fill Britain with reassurances for those who need them most right now.

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It doesn’t matter how you voted in the referendum. We know that was about many issues that seem to have passed the racist minority by completely. This is about reclaiming our society for the tolerant majority of Brits and extending the hand of friendship and acceptance to all.

It’s time to make a stand and show the far right that they cannot win!

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After Brexit – In whose name?

People keep telling us they voted ‘Leave’ but they’re not racist. Yes we know. We actually have a couple of non-racist Brexiters in team EBF. One or two others wavered right up until polling day. We know that lots of people voted to leave the EU for motives that have nothing at all to do with racism.

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But we also know that many did vote to leave the EU because of racist views. Others did so because of an aggressive nationalism that, whilst not necessarily rooted in ideas of skin colour or racial origin still devalue the rights and contributions of ethnic Brits. That’s not everyone who voted to leave but it is a sizeable proportion.

So why are we still banging on about race when we know it wasn’t the deciding factor for so many Brexit voters?

The answer to that is simple…

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Since the decision to leave the EU was announced racist attacks and abusive incidents have increased substantially. Emboldened by the ‘Leave’ result many racists and aggressive nationalists (we know not all nationalists are aggressive, by the way) now mistakenly believe that they have the support of over half the population. They think they have a mandate from the British people to persecute ethnic Brits and some of the incidents over the last few days have been pretty vile.

We have been told of abuse and/or assaults against Poles, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Italians, Romanians and pretty well anyone who doesn’t fit the white British stereotype. Not that we’re surprised. We suspected that this would happen. Emboldened by a Brexit victory (that actually has little to do with race or religion in practice) the worst of our society has become even more aggressive and hostile.

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So to those Brexiters who insist that they’re not racist and that they’re not aggressive the time has come to stand up and be counted. If you disagree with the persecution of minorities. If you don’t support the far right’s call for enforced repatriation of people who may well have been born in this country anyway. If you object to the antics of your fellow citizens who seem to mistake 21st century UK for early 20th century Germany then now is the time to stand up and say so. Repeat after us…

“Not in my name!”

We’ll end this post with the famous words of Edmund Burke. We think they’re very applicable to the current situation here in UK.

 “All that is necessary for evil to triumph Is that good men do nothing.”

We need unity now more than ever

The decision is made and the consequences, whatever they may be will be best faced as a united nation. The campaign leading up to yesterday’s referendum has been bitter and in some quarters violent. Commentators on both sides of the debate made exaggerated claims and strove hard to alienate their opposing camp. None of this was ever going to be helpful post-referendum.

EU and union flags brexitAs a staunch Remain advocate I won’t pretend that I’m not disappointed. But so what? Who gives a flying f**k about that? Emotions are irrelevant in this situation. The decision is made and Britain faces an uphill task to re-establish our identity as a nation, to re-establish our entire legal framework and to re-establish our relationship with the rest of the world.

Given that we might just have slammed the door on the international cartel that buys almost half our exports it seems certain that greater austerity is ahead. Equally worrying, especially for the low paid or those on zero-hour or casual contracts is the fact that many of their EU derived employment rights will cease to have any legal basis in UK law. Those workers who thought that their rights couldn’t be eroded any more than they already have been over the last few years may well be about to get a very large shock as they lose the protection the EU afforded them in the past.

The temptation for the Remain camp to blame the Brexiters for the sudden drop in the pound’s international value and for Brexiters to find a way to claim it’s all Remain’s fault really over the next few weeks, months and possibly years will be almost irresistible for many. The need for those workers who may soon begin to see their rights eroded to blame each other, whether they voted in or out will be equally strong. But we must avoid that temptation.

I won’t deny that I fear for this nation’s future today. But we must not fight each other. One of the most significant long-term consequences of the decision to leave the EU may well be the loss of the European Convention on Human Rights. Many of our current conservative leaders, including the Home Secretary have expressed their desire to reject both the ECHR and the British Human Rights Act that supports it in UK. This move opens the door for those who would remove those rights, potentially to replace them with an as yet unspecified ‘British Bill of Rights’. Potentially we have lost the framework that has hitherto defended the rights of working people, of religious and ethnic minorities and that has guaranteed us fair recourse to law. It’s too soon to know precisely what will happen next but the risk to our rights, especially to the rights of minority groups, to working people and to those who are out of work for whatever reason has suddenly become much more credible.

Not all Brexiters were far right sympathisers but all the far right sympathisers we interacted with were Brexiters. And there’s a reason for that. The loss of the EU means that far right groups like Britain First have just received a massive legal shot in the arm. As this country extricates itself to a greater or lesser extent from European legislation it will become easier for so-minded politicians to erode minority rights. And the thing that will make it easiest of all for them in this post-referendum Britain is sustained division.

If this nation continues to fight against itself, if we cannot find a way to come together and heal the divisions of the last few months of furious campaigning we will be too distracted in hating each other to notice the wholesale erosion of our protections.

The result is what it is. Britain, for better or worse has left the European Union. Now the task is to come together in unity.

Most people I know, be they Remain or Leave voters want to see a strong nation, not a divided one.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Marcia

Mair and the media

Tommy Mair Westminster magistrates courtRecent events have brought Britain First into the media spotlight and not in a good way. Tommy Mair shouting “Britain First!” and then spluttering on about death to traitors in court has brought the Biffers and their murderous intentions into the public eye in a way that we at EBF could only have dreamed of. We’re grateful to those national papers who have begun to see them for what they really are.

So it seems ungrateful to ask more of a media that has already done so much but there’s a very real danger here that the real point will be missed.

Yes, it’s true that Britain First have no real membership to speak of. It’s true that their extremist views are not shared openly by much of the British population. But that’s not the whole story.

Even allowing for bought likes and page merging-scams their page does have a significant number of genuine likes. That means that their reach across social media is huge and even though not many people would call themselves neo-Nazis many are taken in by the general tone of their rhetoric. So we’d like to ask two things of mainstream media…

When you report on the joke that is Britain First please also point out the dangers of their evil messages spreading relentlessly across social media. They really do have an influence. That’s why hate crime is on the rise. That’s why our society is becoming ever more intolerant. Britain First isn’t the only group spreading this filth but it is probably the most effective.

Please don’t forget about these neoNazi malcontents when the next story breaks. They aren’t going to stop their relentless assault upon the peace of our nation so please, don’t you let up either. We’ll happily let you know as major stories start to break if you inbox us with a contact. You can message us via our Facebook page or Email the EBF blog at exposingbf@hotmail.com

Who knows – you might get a scoop (do journalists still use that word?).

Now you know what Britain First is capable of, please help us to keep the pressure on. They’re far more dangerous than they first appear.

Thankyou.

Team EBF