The origins of Britain’s far right movement

Godwin’s law states that the first person to call their opponent a Nazi loses the debate. That’s because the word Nazi (the short-form of the German NSDAP or ‘National Socialist German Workers’ Party)’) is so over-used today. It’s become the go-to insult for those whose intellectual abilities have run dry and they find themselves unable to counter a well-thought out argument. In that sense, Godwin was right – the first person to call their opponent a Nazi has indeed, lost the debate. But what if the person you’re talking about or interacting with really is a Nazi?

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That’s when Godwin’s law starts to come apart. It becomes even more confusing when your verbal sparring partner subscribes to Nazi policies (see groups like Britain First, UKIP and Liberty GB) and yet genuinely believes that they’re not Nazi at all. What if they actually see themselves as ‘anti-Nazi’?

The leadership of the British far-right have been so diligent in redefining themselves that they really have convinced their supporters (and perhaps even themselves) that their policies, although often exactly matching those of Hitler’s Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s, are actually anti-Nazi.

Here we chart the descent of Nazism through the generations as we might track the passage of the runners’ baton in an Olympic relay race. Here the track is measured in years, not metres but the principle is the same. The same baton that was touched by the hands of Hitler, Franco and Mussolini now finds itself carried just as reverently by Weston, Griffin, Yaxley-Lennon, Hopkins, Golding, Fransen and Dowson.

Hitler, Mussolini, Franco

It’s no secret that these three mid-twentieth century dictators knew each other. Hitler and Mussolini even fought together against the Allies during World War 2. Before the war both men sent troops, funds and equipment to support Franco’s fascist cause in the Spanish Civil War. They were the three most prominent fascist dictators of the period, matched in ruthlessness only by Stalin in Communist Russia. What isn’t so well known is the way that these dictators interacted with British High society.

Mosley, the British Union of Fascists

Oswald Mosley was the leader of the British Union of Fascists, a party he formed in 1932 immediately after visiting Mussolini in Italy.

mosleyMosley’s followers dressed in black military style uniform, shared Hitler’s hatred of Jews and socialists and even had their own army of street thugs, the infamous ‘Biff Boys’. These violent, black-shirted gangs spent their time terrorizing and assaulting Jews, homosexuals (the word ‘gay’ meant something rather different back then). Socialists and non-whites. Their methods and their targets were exactly the same as those of Ernst Rohm’s brown-shirted SA in pre-war Nazi Germany. There’s a reason for that.

Mosley and the Mitford sisters

Mosely had very real links to the fascists of Europe. As well as Mussolini he also visited Nazi Germany and married his second wife, Diana Mitford in the home of Joseph Goebbels. There were only around half a dozen guests in attendance including Adolf Hitler himself. Mosley’s new sister in law, Unity Mitford was known to be extremely close to Hitler and even got to attend high level strategy meetings with the Fuhrer. Unity killed herself when war was declared, so heartbroken was she at the rift between the two nations.

William Joyce Lord Haw HawDeputy leader William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw)

Deputy Leader of the BUF was William Joyce, later to defect to Nazi Germany and broadcast pro-Nazi propaganda across the channel throughout the war. Nicknamed ‘Lord Haw Haw’ by the British he was captured in 1945 and hanged for treason shortly afterward.

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In late May 1940, Mosley and his wife, along with several other prominent members of the British Union of Fascists were imprisoned under Defence regulation 18B. This was an emergency power used to prevent any British citizen suspected of undermining the British war effort from aiding the enemy. The BUF itself was disbanded a few days later. However its legacy lives on.

Archibald Ramsay & The Right Club

Archibald RamsayArchibald Ramsay was a Scottish aristocrat and Conservative MP. He was a staunch supporter of Franco’s fascists during the Spanish Civil War. In 1935 he collaborated with German Nazi agents to found the Nordic League, an aristocratic version of Mosley’s BUF. Like the BUF, the Nordic League was deeply anti-Semitic and committed to establishing and maintaining a racially pure Britain. Ramsay was responsible for instigating a number of attempts to have Jews barred from political life in Britain.

In 1939 he founded The Right Club, a secret society of upper class Nazi sympathisers and anti-Semites whose stated aim was to expose and oppose organised Jewry. Members included Mosley, the traitor, William Joyce along with Anna Wolkoff and Tyler Kent who were subsequently imprisoned for passing classified information to the Nazis during wartime.

AK Chesterton

AK ChestertonAK Chesterton (not to be confused with author, GK Chesterton) was a prominent member of the British Union of Fascists, The Nordic League and The Right Club. Like his fellows he was staunchly anti-Semitic and pro-fascist. He left England during the second world war and went to live in Africa, presumably to avoid being forced to fight against his ideological brethren. However he maintained his far-right, anti-Semitic and openly racist views throughout his life and was instrumental in passing the baton of fascism down to the next generation of British Nazis – The National Front.

 

Chesterton, Tyndall and the National Front

John TyndallChesterton’s most prominent protégé was John Tyndall. Through Tyndall and his fellow acolyte, Colin Jordan the ageing Nazi sympathiser passed the baton of extreme right wing politics to the next generation. Tyndall joined his mentor, Chesterton in the League of Empire Loyalists, The National Labour Party (mirroring Hitler’s National Socialist Party) and The National Socialist Movement (with Jordan) until eventually the pair co-founded The National Front in the late 1960s.

The early years of The National Front, steered as it was by Chesterton and Tyndall saw the introduction of many better known modern neo-Nazis who also carry forward the baton of British fascism first brandished by Mosley, Joyce and Ramsay. Under Chesterton and Tyndall’s stewardship the NF nurtured the early political careers of people like Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons (later to become British National Party MEPs), Holocaust denier, Martin Wingfield and even Tommy Robinson. Tyndall and Colin Jordan eventually formed the White Defence League before uniting with John Bean to found the British National Party.

Andrew Brons had been a member of Colin Jordan’s National Socialist Movement, an affiliation he has repeatedly had to distance himself from in later years. In 1965 he joined the National front led by John Bean. This is not the same National Front that Tyndall and Chesterton founded in 1967 although its aims and ideology were the same – anti-Semitism, racial purity and neo-Nazism. Only in 1967, following a merger with Tyndall and Chesterton’s League of Empire Loyalists did the current National Front come into existence. With this merger, a critical mass of new-generation Nazis was re-established in UK and Mosley’s baton became a truncheon once again.

Combat 18 and Column 88

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This newly imagined National Front gave rise to some of the most violent street warfare of the period. Groups like Combat 18 were as much the NF’s enforcers as Mosely’s ‘Biff Boys’ had been for the BUF. Named after letters of the alphabet, Combat 18 stood for A & H (Adolf Hitler). Column 88 whose initials stood for HH (Heil Hitler) was led by former British National Party stalwart Leslie Eric Lutz Vaughan. The column was a paramilitary Nazi group whose CO of operations was a former Black Watch Major called Ian Souter Clarence. The ‘good’ Major used to run military style training camps and was widely thought to have stockpiled weapons acquired after demobilisation of WW2 servicemen.

 

Both groups  have a string of convictions for intimidation, assault, harassment and even murder to their credit. More modern groups like The Pie and Mash Squad and the EDL’s breakaway ‘Infidels’ groups have their own links with these early bands of politicised street fighters.

Nick Griffin

Nick Griffin NF White PowerNick Griffin was mentored by Tyndall and followed his far-right tutor from the National Front into the newly formed British National Party. This erstwhile NF Street fighter rose to prominence in the BNP and eventually ousted his old mentor to take the BNP chair for himself. There he steered the party from relative obscurity to become the most successful British far-right party since Mosley’s BUF before financial irregularities and a string of law-suits brought his newly-built empire crashing down around his ears. Now the BNP is a shadow of its former self with many of its members defecting to join the ranks of street movements like the English Defence League and Britain First.

The BNP gives birth to the EDL and Britain First

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Paul Golding had once been a member of the National Front but he followed his mentor, Nick Griffin into the BNP when still a teenager. With Griffin’s mentorship he rose to become Communications Officer on the party’s National Executive and was widely tipped to rise high in the organisation. That was until things started to fall apart.

Tommy (EDL leader) RobinsonStephen Yaxley-Lennon was a member of the British National Party under Griffin’s leadership. It’s unclear how well he knew Griffin personally but they certainly had shared contacts and their ideologies are broadly the same. It was Robinson who took the far-right baton in a new direction and abandoned politics, albeit temporarily to form the English Defence League, a street movement that once boasted up to 5,000 ‘foot-soldiers’ at its largest demonstration.

The English Defence League still exists but without Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) who has since been associated with the Muslim-led anti-terror organisation Quilliam and then the UK Branch of the anti-Muslim group, Pegida. More recently in a desperate effort to avoid a much-deserved obscurity he’s pretending to be a journalist. In truth he’s generally found causing trouble, getting into fights and then filming the retaliation of others whilst pretending to be a victim. These days he tries to assume an air of reasonableness but underneath he’s the same bigotted thug he always was.

British National Party fundraiser, Ulster Unionist and long-time pro-life campaigner, Jim Dowson became involved in a spat with Griffin over allegations of sexual misconduct. Dowson left the party in less than amicable circumstances and Golding went with him. Together they formed the anti-Muslim party, Britain First in 2010. They were later joined by former EDL ‘Angel’, Jayda Fransen and spend much of their time campaigning against Islam and ‘invading’ Mosques and Halal businesses. The pair regularly find themselves in court for harassment, breaches of bail and ironically for wearing political uniform, an offence under the Pubic Order Act of 1936, originally created to kerb Mosley’s black-shirted British Union of Fascists.

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Having recognised their ideological soul-mates in Nigel Farage’s UKIP, Britain First even set themselves up for a time as UKIP’s attack dogs. They harassed their opponents and mounted unofficial ‘patrols’ to ensure would-be demonstrators against UKIP were intimidated. They were a much less effective and actually quite laughable parody of the German Nazi party’s violent, brown-shirted ‘SA’. Golding, Fransen and the rest of the BF leadership have repeatedly called for their supporters to vote UKIP, presumably having noted the many similarities between UKIP’s extreme right policies and their own.

Most recently both Golding and Fransen have been imprisoned for racially motivated harassment and their organisation has been banned from the largest social media sites. It is this double-whammy blow to Britain First that has prompted EBF to rebrand itself and broaden our horizons. Britain First is dying but British fascism is not – so we continue.

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Godwin’s law revisited

It’s clear that step by step, generation by generation the British fascist baton has been passed down without interruption from mentor to student, from racist to racist, Anti-Semite to anti-Muslim, Nazi to neo-Nazi for almost a century now. As this series continues we’ll start to look at how the very same policies and ideological beliefs have withstood the test of time. Some have remained unchanged whilst others have adapted slightly in the face of modern attitudes and current events. But however they might have been adapted, disguised and given the superficial appearance of something far more moderate than they really are, the core of  fascism and Nazism remains unchanged.

Remember – Godwin’s law only applies if the people you’re talking about aren’t actually Nazis. In this case – they really are!

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​A view from a barstool #31 by Landlord

A hot week at Landlord central this week as our British weather finally realises it’s summer and the bright yellow speedos come out to play. I am reliably informed that this heat has been sent by Europe so biffers, kippers  and brexiteers please move to a cold area where you don’t have to sample the EU weather.

The news in brief, the government have decided to strip apart the human rights act, the French have gone apoplectic about a swimsuit of choice, the big breweries have hiked beer prices and in the US Trump met Farage for a kind of Racist get together, oh and a beardy sat on the floor of a train as there were/weren’t any seats left depending on your persuasion.

So to the news about biffers. Well mosque invasions, begging mail, old videos, the continuing absence of Screechy and the odd biffer troll accusing the admins of the page of being Muslims who are brainwashing readers of the page to our wicked ways( I’m sitting here with a particularly fruity Merlot and a bacon butty so by all means be brainwashed by me. Call the police I’m obviously radicalising you all).

Last week, Goldibollocks, and a team of shittroopers visited Cardiff to invade a mosque, demanding with menace, that a cleric stops preaching something that was debunked easily. They seem to visit on a Saturday, nowhere near prayer time when nobody is about apart from elderly gents going about mosque business. Needless to say, we have sent this information to the authorities as this appears to be in flagrant disregard of the conditions set up and accepted by Goldibollocks by the court.

The latest begging mails are nothing but hilarious, they seem to have forgotten Screechy’s legal fund and now requesting money for leaflets as they are getting more activists, although we have only seen the same racists in every picture or video. They could be coming to a town near you soon so please keep your cameras handy and send them to us.

The biggest question in the office, well not the biggest, ok my question, in actual fact no one cares but Marcia told me I have to ask it, where’s Screechy. Please can everyone look down the back of the sofa, under the bed(cringe). It seems like the biffer pin up has put a piece of tape over her gob and gone into hiding. I believe, and it’s my opinion only, that she was close to a coup, close to deposing der fuhrer, but Goldibollocks got in first and left her fucked. First he pled guilty to his charge, told her not to and left her facing jail time, secondly his high command have stopped begging for legal costs. It’s now all about him.

Finally we were visited by a cat, accusing us of being Muslims, being a one man band, radicalising you guys. Just about everything the biffer trolls do in several attacks. Just to reiterate we are several, atheists, Muslims, Christians, agnostic and human. We believe bigotry in all forms is wrong. So when we get trolls like the one we had we laugh, smile for screenshots and wait for “la grande flounce”

So that’s it for now, another week over and the barmaid has put another bottle next to me to enjoy.

Toodlepip

No pasaran!

BF Reich eagle naziIt’s easy to pretend that stuff doesn’t matter, that it doesn’t concern us or that it just couldn’t possibly be as bad as all that because people wouldn’t allow it. We can sympathise with that view. People really won’t allow it. We won’t allow it!

It really is inconceivable that Nazism could rise again in modern UK. But why is it inconceivable? It’s not because there aren’t any Nazis left. We know there are plenty of those, not only here in UK but across the developed world. That’s the price we pay for our society’s tolerance – there’s always someone ready to hi-jack what we’ve built.

The real reason why Nazism cannot thrive in decent societies is ordinary people. People like you who don’t just assume that someone else will stop them. We all have our part to play in beating the modern threat of neo-nazism whether it comes from Britain First, the English Defence League, the New British Union, Unity, Pegida or anyone else.

If you pretend it doesn’t matter, you make yourself complicit. If you wait for someone else to spread the word and expose these thugs you miss an opportunity to halt the propaganda war that won’t simply stop with muslims or ‘lefties’.

All any of us have to do is tell our friends what we know whenever the subject comes up. When they share that Facebook meme from the EDL challenge it. When they praise the Biffers for facing up to extremists tell them about their true cowardice, hiding behind police and harrassing women and old men. When your relative likes that clickbait picture of kittens or traditional British fish and chips make sure you let them know who they’ve just ‘liked and shared’.

There is no official body of anti Nazis ready to swoop on fledgling fash like Britain First There are only ordinary people – individuals like you, doing their little bit when the topic comes up. That’s all we ask.

Will you do your part in this war of ideas?

They shall not pass!

No pasaran!

The betrayer is betrayed

Oh dear! Poor old Paulie seems a bit upset. And it’s hardly surprising.

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Do you remember all the time and effort he and his fascist mates invested acting as UKIP’s attack dogs in the run up to the 2015 general election? Who could forget how they gallantly intimidated a tiny woman on the South coast or the courageous way they attacked a troupe of cabaret performers who’d dared to criticise Uncle Nige? They even coughed up to fill the Landy with diesel for a day trip to Margate in their role as UKIP’s infamous SA shit-troopers.

And now look. Just as Uncle Adolf ditched Ernst Romme’s original SA when they got to be more trouble than they were worth, so Uncle Nige has done the very same thing with his version of the SA rabble. The only surprising thing is that anyone, even the Biffers, could be surprised.

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Grasser Golding threw his hat into the ring in support of UKIP because he recognised that Nigel Farage is essentially just like him. They’re both wannabe chancers who turned their backs on the political parties who taught them their craft and they’re both opportunists who feed on fear and hatred to garner support.

It seems obvious that they’d both be capable of the same betrayal.

Just as Paulie stuck the knife in his old mentor, Nick Griffin, Uncle Nige has abandoned Paulie, his former thug-wrangler with equally little ceremony. Perhaps the inimitable Mr. Farage has realised what would happen to his MEP expenses if the UK pulled out of Europe. Something’s made him change his mind about the single issue he’s banged on about incessantly for the last 20 years.

Poor, poor Paulie.

We’d weep if only we could stop laughing long enough!

View from a Cellar

Landlord in cellarBack down in the cold of the cellar to get away from the couple of idiots that came into the pub with their Kipper literature. I tried, really really tried to be polite but their message and demeanour was repugnant to me. I tried to stay professional when I told them to bugger off, but in the end the Landlady took over and they seem to have left. You see these people see themselves as trying to get into power to me they are fascists, bigots and racists that need to be countered as much as the biffers, EDL, National Action et al. To some they are the acceptable face of the Bitish right wing movement, to me there will never be an acceptable one.

At the weekend we saw two different marches, one to stir up hatred and division, the other was to have a beer and a riot. One group succeeded the other didn’t. National Action, the EDL, National Front, Combat 18 and all the other undesirables had a “National day of Action” where patriots from all over the country would converge on Dover to prove they have widespread support for their racist bigoted views. That widespread support was proved to the princely sum of 150. They were countered by probably 300 Antifa. Now I heard before the march that both sides were intent in having a fight and maybe it wouldn’t be the place to visit which is what I was going to do. It was probably the wisest thing to do as before I opened reports came in of Antifa being attacked at a service station, coaches attacked and daubed with swastika’s in blood.

Unfortunately the follically challanged nazi’s also smashed up a coach which was taking some Russian schoolchildren to France. Well done Combat 18 well done indeed. At the riot, sorry march, the police tried to keep the two factions apart, as bricks and bottles were thrown. In the end in football parlance the score was a predictable draw, both managers claiming a win but neither came out with anything more than a shake of the head by us more liberal anti’s. The right say “we gave the left a kicking” Antifa said “we gave the right a good kicking” but in the end did anything actually come of it? Did the fash change the governments mind to burn mosques, the Qu’ran or close the borders? he answer is a big fat NO. Did Antifa stop the right from marching any more, come out with the moral high ground? Again the same answer.

In Dewsbury, if you believe the biffer high command, hundreds of patriots marched through the town to protest about the Muslim takeover of this country. I looked in my crisp store and they haven’t taken over that or my bar, my village or anywhere else I looked but there again I was always useless at hide and seek. I even asked Mr Khan in the corner shop if he was taking over the country but he doesn’t have time as he opens early and closes late. Biffer command also said faaaasands were turned away, buses didn’t stop and trains went straight through Dewsbury and didn’t stop. This was countered but this time the anti’s were kept from the cockwombles and no one heard the racist chants or rousing speeches apart from the 91 people there…..yes 91 not thousands. All of the biffer resources, the TV studio (chortle) the inflammatory video’s (snigger) and even Uncle Jim’s appearance could only muster 91 people. Once again they claim victory but this time it was definately a home win for the good guys.

This weekend in my favourite city, Birmingham, Tommy the convicted criminal, is staging the relaunch of Pegida with a silent march through Birmingham. There will be no alcohol, no chanting just a show of racist bunglecunts walking. Now I’ve seen evidence that the same fash from the weekend are going so silent could be violent pretty quick. Tommy says he is expecting thousands, I have 250 in the office sweepstake. At the end of the day he is walking through what possibly is the most wonderfully diverse city in Britain, where the vast majority of residents live peacefully hand in hand and this is what the right hates. Until Tommy, Goldibollocks, Weston and the kids at National action realise that the people of Britain may moan about the weather, warm beer, the state of our football team but when it comes to the right wing we don’t want you.

Which brings me back to UKIP. I have a severe intolerance of them, their politics and “acceptable racism” do not enter my pub again, don’t try and give my customers your literature as they will litter my floor with it. In fact no one likes the far right apart from the 250 people who marched this weekend.

Cheers

A different view from a barstool

Beer 2An easy Sunday,trying to kick the hangover from (yet) another lock in and suddenly a call for a video conference for the EBF admins comes out of the blue. In this it became clear that a new remit was required with the surge of new fash groups starting up all over this multi-cultural isle. Although we will continue to expose the Biffers at every turn it was decided to Expose Bigotry & Fascism in general. These groups, full of hate and vitriol need the EBF treatment as they too incite the same people who Britain First do. The only good thing from an Anti Fascist point of view is the fact that the right are so splintered and the leaders so suspicious of each other that they haven’t got a hope in hell of merging to give us Super Fash. That would be a nightmare to all those in the Antifa movement.

In my humble opinion, the Biffers are on the wain. Their reach on Facebook, however impressive is not what they want. They were formed to make as much money as they can for their leaders and now have become a laughable group who’s memes are becoming increasingly religious. Their links to KTI and their other offshoots are all too obvious. It is starting to piss the fash off, and the hardcore fash find other outlets to continue their hatred.

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The EDL, SDL, Pegida, Casuals, Infidels, BUP, White Man March and all the others are hardcore racists. Where the Biffers think they are the acceptable face of racism and fascism (however misguided), the others are a home for white priders, drunks and football hooligans who see a punch up after a rally or march and arrest as a medal of honour.
Exposing Britain First’s Facebook page, Twitter and indeed this blog aren’t changing. We couldn’t stop challenging the stupidity and lies of Britain First. We will continue to debunk, challenge and laugh at them. Our lives will still be to ensure the break up of this odious of groups and the end goal is still the same. But the upsurge in support of other fascist groups and their plainly disgusting and vile actions (Pigs heads left at Mosques, picketing Friday prayers etc etc) need to be exposed too. Our pages won’t change, but we need to continue to Expose Bigotry & Fascism head on.

Now back to working on next weekends hangover.

Cheers

Vote any way you want – as long as it’s UKIP

Britain First broke the irony meter again this week! By supporting UKIP’s claim that democracy is dead they reveal not only their own anti-democratic stance but also that of their favourite political party.

Their political hero, Nigel Farage has claimed that Thursday’s Oldham West election was fixed because Asians didn’t vote for the UKIP candidate. That’s like complaining because turkeys don’t vote for Christmas (or ‘Thanksgiving’ as the American Biffers would understand it).

EBF BF UKIP Labour democracy Oldham west postal vote.pngWhat exactly does Farage’s tantrum mean for democracy though?
Not much as it happens. We’ve summarized our thoughts below…

The unelected (and unelectable) leader of a parliamentary political party has decided that since the people his party hates most have not voted for the party that hates them the most, democracy has failed. The message is clear…

It’s only democracy if UKIP wins. Otherwise it’s a fix!