Britain First go back to Luton

Here’s a bit of a heads up. We heard a whisper that the Biffers may well be going back to Bury Park in Luton tomorrow. Having ‘played a blinder’, by pleading guilty to wearing political uniform on Friday, Golding feels much more confident about arranging for more harassment of Luton’s Muslims.

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It’ll be interesting to see how the Biffers dress tomorrow. Now that Golding has acknowledged that their political uniform is actually a political uniform there’s a legal precedent. That’s some ‘blinder’ you played there, Paulie. Seems much more like a blunder to us.

We wonder how the police will react to bottle-out green hoodies adorning the streets of Bury Park once again. It could be a very interesting day tomorrow. If we’re correct then all we can say to the good people of Luton is this…

Be careful if you’re out and about tomorrow. The Biffers still think Golding did a clever thing by admitting that the police were right all along. They don’t realise that he’s just  told the British legal system that their uniform really IS a uniform. They don’t yet realise that Golding’s ‘blinder’ potentially makes them all prosecutable. So they’ll be cocky and quite possibly a bit over-excited.

Please be safe.

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The EDL are getting despondent… again

Ever since their original Fuhrer, Tommy Robinson and his ‘cuz’, Kev Carrol defected to Quilliam the EDL has been in disarray. Like a snake without a head the toothless, remaindered racists and Nazis have represented the very epitome of ineffectual fash, running around trying to find a purpose and resorting to factional fighting as different elements of ‘the Master race’ vied with each other for dominance. Who can forget the infamous car park Kettle wherein coachloads of frustrated regional ‘Defenders’, unable to get to any brown people simply made the best of a bad job and battered each other instead? Ah… happy days!

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Now we hear that the divisions within the ranks have grown so serious that a small group of EDL rebels have decided to form their own, rival organisation, the United People of Britain. Just like the gang of four who left the labour party to form the Social Democratic party (now part of the LibDems) these turncoats look likely to split the EDL’s dwindling support, making both organisations even weaker. We wonder what motivated them to split their numbers even further. We wonder what might motivate any established EDL footsoldiers to join them in the inevitable destruction of Robinson and Carroll’s erstwhile ‘baby’. We wonder how long it will be before both groups disintegrate into the irrelevance they so richly deserve.

That’s the beauty of far right groups like this. They split every so often. Paranoia and mutual resentment gets in the way of any cohesion they might otherwise enjoy and before you know it their numbers fall exponentially as new groups constantly poach from each other.

So – to Andrew Edge and his (very) little band of rebels – we at EBF wish you well. We look forward to your ranks swelling as the EDL membership diminishes and new inter-fash rivalries take root. We especially look forward to the next time you find yourselves in a police kettle together. Now that will be a scrap worth watching!

Liberty GB and the Batley & Spen By-election

Jack Buckby is to stand for parliament in the Batley and Spen by-election. This is the now-vacant seat left behind by murdered MP, Jo Cox. Mrs. Cox was allegedly killed by Tommy Mair, a far-right supporter of international neoNazi extremist groups.

Buckby is to stand on behalf of Liberty GB, a new and still small-fry political party headed by Paul Weston, one-time leader of the British Freedom Party. Weston’s not so balanced influence on the policies of his new party are obvious. From paranoid Islamophobia to his condemnation of those he describes as ‘left-liberals’ (whom he describes as ‘evil’), Liberty GB seems set to become just as big a joke as the BFP was.

And yet it’s hard to argue with the decision to field Buckby in Batley & Spen – at least on the terms that Liberty GB present their case. The argument is based partly on precedent (we’ve never before had a compassionate ceding of a by-election by rival political parties) and partly on democratic principles (the people of Batley & Spen deserve representation). Looking at the situation purely without compassion they’re right. And politics has never been a particularly compassionate affair. Jack Buckby has a right to stand, Liberty GB has a right to back him and the people of Batley & Spen have a right to be heard. So far, so good.

So we thought we’d take a look at just what this compassion-free political party actually stands for.

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First – they’re far-right, ironically not so very far removed from the politics of Tommy Mair himself. Buckby was kicked out of university for his Islamophobic, far-right, nationalist stance and has done nothing to demonstrate any change in his views since then. This interview from May 2016 could almost have been parody, the black and white thinking Buckby displays is so stereotypical of nationalist paranoia and white supremacism.

It’s 13 minutes you’ll never get back but it’s worth watching all the same if you want to understand the calibre of the man who presumes to fill Jo Cox’s shoes. There may not be any place for compassion in politics as Liberty GB contends but that still doesn’t justify the insult to Mrs. Cox’s memory and to the people of Batley & Spen that the candidacy of such a bigoted and small-minded racist represents.

If you do watch the video please bear in mind that Buckby’s whole justification for standing in Batley & Spen is the defence of democracy. This is the man who dismisses those who supported Sadiq Khan as ‘Dumbass voters’ who were merely ‘virtue-signalling’. He wears his anti-democratic sentiment, his racism and his Islamophobia like a badge and still he has the audacity to abuse the memory of Jo Cox. Buckby represents everything that Mrs. Cox and the people who voted for her despised.

Buckby’s anecdote about his ‘Trump hat’ demonstrates his immature and attention-seeking character and therein lies the true motivation for his candidacy.

Realistically, this far right upstart has no chance of being elected in Batley & Spen. But that’s not the point for this small-minded, media-hungry racist and his party. The circumstances that led to this Yorkshire by-election almost guarantee that there will be a huge amount of media attention and Liberty GB are capitalising on the back of tragedy. His hypocritical stance on democracy is clear from this more recent Buckby video, also interviewed by the same right wing chat host. He even tries to implicate Jo Cox in child sexual abuse. This comes shortly before he blames the LGBT community and left-wing politicians for the Orlando massacre. In typical far-right manner he closes this interview with an appeal to the American right to send him money. We almost thought he was a Biffer when we heard that!

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Here he blames left wing politicians for the Bastille Day massacre in Nice.

Lack of compassion is one thing.  Victim blaming and smearing the dead for political point-scoring is quite another!

 

Britain First’s High Court chickens coming home to roost

It’s hard to know quite where to begin with this, most recent Britain First scam. We could go on at length about the despicable hi-jacking of the tragedy in Nice to fill Britain First’s coffers but really there’s nothing new there. That, after all is what Britain First does. Like circling vultures, the Biffers jump on every available tragedy and do their best to make it all about them – for a profit, of course.

We could write about the hypocrisy of Britain First in assuming the Nice killer was motivated by ISIS whilst denying any relationship whatsoever between them and Jo Cox’s murderer, Tommy Mair. This in spite of the fact that the driver in NICE seems to have had no links to Daesh or even to any practicing Muslims.

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We could write about the judiciary’s attitude to Britain First in general and the way that their apparent Teflon-coating seems finally to be wearing thin.

But we’re not going to do that (well only a bit). Instead we’re going to write about funding. This is the begging video that Britain First released following the Nice attack.

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As you can see it begins with Golding discussing the events in France before quickly shifting to his own begging bowl. Claiming a ‘new’ outrage from Luton and Bedfordshire police he appeals for £15,000 to fight a ‘new’ injunction against Britain First. There’s only one problem – it isn’t ‘new’ at all.

On June 26th 2015 an interim injunction was granted by the High Court in respect of this exact appeal from the police in Luton. That’s the interim injunction curtailing Britain First’s activities in Luton at the hearing that Paul and Jayda continue to pretend to have ‘won’. It’s a strange definition of ‘victory’ that produces such a far-reaching injunction as this.

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The fact is that Britain First have already raised funds to fight this particular case. And they’ve announced that they reached their target at least once (despite the sum’s omission from their published accounts). So why all the fuss now?

Partly they’re begging for more cash because that’s what they do. And partly they’re begging for cash because this may be one of their last opportunities to do so. Britain First has ignored most of the terms of this injunction since it was granted. The only clauses they seem to have stuck to are not entering Mosque property uninvited and not bringing crosses or their childish ‘No more mosques’ banner to Luton last June. They’ve completely disregarded the other two conditions (underlined below in red) and on August 15th their behaviour over the last year will be reviewed in the High Court. We suspect it won’t go well for the despicable duo!

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This interim injunction was granted pending a full hearing ‘at a later date’. Now, a little over a year later that full hearing is fast approaching. It will be held at the High Court on August 15th 2016. As you can see the case reference number in both documents is the same(HQ15X02820). It’s the same case.

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To put it another way, Jayda and the Fuhrer have spent the last year demonstrating increasing bravado. They’ve flouted the law of the land with growing (but misguided) confidence, presumably because as time passed they became more and more convinced that the case had just ‘gone away’. And Jayda’s supposed to understand English law!

Now the chickens are coming home to roost and the realisation of the risk they face has begun to sink in. This ‘later date’ hearing really might be the end of Britain First. It might be the end of Paul and Jayda’s personal liberty too (here’s hoping).

Not long now!

No forced repatriation!

Yesterday, July 6th 2016 the House of Commons voted by a massive majority to secure the status of EU nationals in the UK. The motion was passed by 245 votes to 2 in what can only be described as a landslide victory for decency and common sense. After two weeks of anxiety the UK’s migrant population can sleep a little more easily, safe in the knowledge that there will be no arbitrary deportation, no matter how vocally racists and nationalists may demand it.

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This result not only restores some of the dignity this country has lost thanks to the appalling actions of some UK nationals over the last fortnight. It also underlines the Great British commitment to fairness, equality and our wholesale rejection of racism and narrow-minded nationalism.

Well done parliament. Now let’s put all this idiotic talk of repatriation behind us and start planning for our collective post-brexit future, nationals and migrants alike.

Britain First and the history of European Nazism

The problem with making historical comparisons is they’re never precise enough to satisfy the pedants and rarely obvious enough to catch the attention of most people. That’s because the majority of us have enough to deal with just coping with the necessities of everyday living. People haven’t time to go around studying political history and most don’t have the inclination to search for comparisons and similarities between modern UK and the worst of European thought.

EBF understands that. We know that to many this article will seem like an over-reaction to current events. But we think it important that we highlight the broad trends of 21st century ideologies even if the exact details differ from the precise events of the past. Modern Europe is very different from that of 80 or 90 years ago. Mass communication is easier and less controlled which accelerates the speed of social change. Deceitful propaganda is more easily spread and ideas, even dangerous ones can take hold of a population like wildfire.

EBF BF Wake up and rise up.pngBut people are still essentially the same. Their fears are the same, their vulnerability to manipulative ideologues is the same and their tendency to look for scapegoats to blame is the same. Our species hasn’t evolved at all in a few decades. We are as we were and what we were was frightening.

In 1920s Germany economic hardship was rife. People were literally starving to death as food became more and more expensive and wages, even for those lucky enough to be employed at all couldn’t keep up. Many felt hopeless and helpless.

In post 2007 Europe whole countries went bankrupt and others, like UK saw the weakest citizens, those suffering from disabling conditions or those who were unable to find work stripped of their incomes, sanctioned by civil servants or forced to work for nothing to ease the wage burden on large companies like Tesco, Asda and even’ the Biffers’ favourite’ – Gregg’s the baker’s. Many argue that this was little more than state-sponsored slavery designed to increase private, corporate profits at the expense of the public purse as several employers cut jobs, replacing paid employees with unskilled, forced (workfare) labour instead. Many at the bottom rungs of society felt hopeless and helpless.

In Post WW1 Germany a group of veterans calling themselves the Frei Corp (Free Army) began releasing propaganda explaining that Germany’s predicament was all the fault of international Jewry. This wasn’t true but it suited the emotional need of some of the people to scapegoat someone other than themselves.

In post-recession UK groups like Britain First began releasing propaganda blaming Muslims for all the country’s problems. This isn’t true either but it suits the emotional need of some of the people to scapegoat someone other than themselves.

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In 1920s Germany Adolf Hitler joined a small group of far right nationalists and quickly rose to prominence within what was one day to become the Nazi party.

In 2010 a relatively minor official in the British National Party (a far right nationalist group) broke away from the party to form his own rival group – Britain First.

In 1920s Germany the government largely ignored the Nazis. They were only one of many far right factions and they seemed too busy fighting amongst themselves to be of any significance.

In 2010 the UK government largely ignored Britain First. They were only one of many far right factions and they seemed too busy fighting amongst themselves to be of any significance.

In 1920s Germany Hitler’s Nazi party made very little impact. The demonstrations they held were violent armed conflicts and so the authorities eventually acted. When Hitler tried to begin an armed revolution and held hostage two government officials he was overwhelmed, tried and imprisoned for sedition.

In modern UK, Britain First incites violence against Muslims and immigrants but Golding et al have learned from history and never personally involve themselves in such crimes.

In 1930s Germany the Frei Corp became the Brown Shirts – the organised street fighters who persecuted Jews – their most infamous incident was ‘The night of broken glass’ or ‘Kristalnacht’ during which Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues were attacked in a domestic atrocity ordered by Hitler himself.

In modern UK we have not seen anything on the scale of Kristalnacht yet. We have however seen attacks against Muslim shops, Mosques and businesses, including arson and several Muslim deaths. At least one 81 year old Muslim was beaten to death by Britain First supporters whilst on his way to his local Mosque for morning prayers.

From the 1920s onwards Hitler and his cronies used dehumanising propaganda to isolate and encourage violence against German Jews.

From 2010 onwards Britain First has used dehumanising propaganda to isolate and encourage violence against British Muslims.

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The German Nazis relied upon nationalism and a sense of ‘taking back control’ to fuel their hatred.

Britain First relies upon nationalism and a sense of ‘taking back control’ to fuel its hatred.

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The internet and the speed with which social media spreads ideas around means that the popular nationalism that took the Nazis 15 years to achieve has taken Britain First with its social media savvy operation a third of that time. What they lack is political clout but there’s time for that and they’re certainly trying hard.

And it’s not just Britain First. There are other, equally disturbing groups at work in the UK. Nationalists organisations echo the same message of hate. Groups like the English Defence League and countless others also rely upon the same propaganda to fuel a nationalism that seems hell bent on taking this country back to a past that only really existed in their imaginations. Respectable political groups like UKIP seem almost to legitimise the nationalist agenda and may well be the key to political influence for all the other nationalist groups.

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It’s no coincidence that ‘Vote UKIP’ is a common refrain from the racist nationalists we interact with across social media. Britain First is unlikely to gain any political power but that doesn’t mean they can’t support UKIP. Golding and Fransen have already created something like a Frei Corp in waiting. Their own website describes Britain First as a ‘Street defence organisation’ and their regular calls for civil war against Muslims and their (admittedly laughable as yet) attempts to train their members in combat skills seems to point very clearly in one particular direction. Might they become UKIP’s Brown shirts in time?

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If the problem was only UK based that might be less of a concern but similair trends can be seen across Europe. Some countries are further along this dark path and it’s not hard to see where we’re all being driven. This week in Austria a far right party using the slogan ‘Austria First’ (there’s a coincidence) narrowly failed to become the ruling political party in the country’s national election.

EBF BF Austria far right Nazi election.pngIn the style of their Austrian predecessor, Adolf Hitler they are now forcing a new election. Hitler’s Nazi party also forced elections until they got the result they wanted. We’d hoped that Austrians would know better, given their country’s part in WW2 but seemingly not. Like Brits and many other European nationals they have short memories. It remains to be seen how prophetic the result of the UK’s recent ‘Brexit’ referendum may be. The result (48% v 52%) is strikingly close to the Austrian result after a campaign that was fought much more along nationalist and racist lines than any other issue. We believe that there is very real cause for concern both here in the UK and abroad.

Holland, a country defeated by the Nazis and subjected to all the horrors of occupation is currently seeing the rise of its own brand of Nationalism. Even Germany, the birthplace of Pegida has a growing number of fascists within its population. Similair stories can be told about many Western nations from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean. The far right hasn’t won yet but it’s making remarkably good headway.

There’s still time to turn this around. Please help us to spread the word and stop the neo-Nazis from dragging us back into the darkness of former decades.

Further relevant reading from EBF

An overview of Britain First (PDF)

Britain First’s Nazi policies (PDF)

Britain First’s general Nazism (PDF)

Jayda Fransen’s Anti-Islamic propaganda – just Like Julius Streicher’s anti-semitic ‘Der Sturmer’ (PDF)

Britain First has blood on its hands

How Britain First profits from violence

Britain First inciting civil war

Britain first as a uniformed, paramilitary militia

 

They fought for us

Today is the 100th anniversary of the first day of the battle of the Somme. Here is EBF’s tribute to the brave men and women of all races and religions who fought alongside Britain over the years. This PDF download was originally posted as a series of articles on the EBF blog throughout Armistice Day 2015.

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