BF and the NBU

Have you ever wondered what Britain First would look like if they showed their true colours? Did you ever stop to consider how much more obviously Nazi Golding and Fransen would appear if they didn’t have Uncle Jim Dowson reigning in the worst of their PR disasters? Well – wonder no more…

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Gary Raikes, like Paul Golding used to be a regional officer for the British National Party. Like Golding, he too was a favourite of Griffin for a time and like Golding, Raikes rose to prominence within the party by toeing the party line. Raikes was even a member of Britain First for a time. He was once the Biffers’ Scottish organiser until his megalomania drove him to start up his own version. There just wasn’t room for two egotistical neo-nazi wannabe Fuhrers in the same pseudo-political organisation. In essence Gary Raikes and Paul Golding were then and are now soulmates. The only difference is that Raikes is more honest about his true intent. And what an intent it is.

Like Britain First itself, the ‘New British Union of Fascists’ was inspired by Moseley’s Hitler-supporting ‘British Union of Fascists’. All three groups have striking similarities including…

• Blatant fascism
• Nazism and neo-nazism
• Racism
• Religious intolerance
• Violent approach to politics
• Hatred of diversity
• White supremacist views
• Paranoia

It’s not all that surprising that the NBU is so very like Britain First. Not only did its leaders both meet in the BNP, they moved to BF together and the original plan was to divide the English and Scottish leadership between them. They’re carbon copies of each other.

Raikes and Golding were mates for years and let’s face it, paranoid neo-nazis are so universally unpopular they need all the friends they can get. They may not be best-buddies just now but that’s only because they’re rivals. They’ll be best of mates again the moment one or other of them gives up the leadership (or is ousted in a coup). It’s worth keeping an eye on Raikes. He’s a massive joke right now but no more than Golding (or Yaxley-Lennon of the EDL & Pegida). The shifting alliegances of British fascists make it difficult to predict just who will soon be in the ascendancy. Only time will tell.

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We may return to the NBU from time to time. That’s because they’re such a great lens, revealing the true nature of Britain First (as well as being funny in their own right). These are the guys who take the ‘political uniform’ argument to a completely different level. Pictured above holding their annual ‘conference’ in the spare room of an old peoples’ Day Centre, Raikes and chums really do look like a cross between Dad’s Army and Rudolf Hess as one Facebook commenter put it the other day. You can see for yourselves in a couple of weeks if you’re anywhere near Bristol.

NBU Bristol January 30th 2016

View from a barstool #8.1

Beer 2At 2pm yesterday, as my faithful barstaff came in to take my place, I heard the news that I had been waiting for for years. Facebook for all their failings on other pages, and allowing some real vitriolic bigotry, threats and downright racist filth had finally seen the light and banned Britain First. Cue delight from the majority of the Anti biffer network and for me to start to get a little bit drunk. But then from euphoria to the case of “hold on a mo” and an immediate request for fighting funds and what is going on. After a couple of pints 2+2 normally makes 5 (I’m useless at darts scoring after a couple) and sure enough within an hour the Biffers returned.

So what was it about, what made Facebook ban the page then give it back. Surely it couldn’t have been Facebook quaking at the thought of Biffer legal department taking them to court, I’m pretty sure they have taken on bigger and badder people. Even though they banned the Biffers when the page came back there were posts on there posted during the ban.

Now I’m not into conspiracy theories but a weekend Biffer meeting, KTI posts being openly shared,then your facebook page gets taken down, to return as if nothing happened except a request for funds to fight the fascists at FB seems to have been prepared in advance.

All in all the answer is simple, Britain First is still going and the fight goes on to take them down. If you haven’t checked go and see if you’re banned again, if not say hello from us (I would but I appear to have been banned again freedom of speech biffer style I suppose).

Six hours later, a fair few pints supped (the bitter tastes bitter after what seemed like victory) I found myself pretty tipsy. So in the words of many a drunk before me I love you all, you’re all my mate you are, I must go….the bins have to go out for collection soon, I just wish we could have been consigning the biffers to them too.

A shuffling shower of fash

If ever evidence was needed of Britain First’s woefully inadequate ‘on the ground’ support, this weekend’s shuffle through Burton provided it in spades. Even allowing for their standard trick of carrying multiple flags to make their numbers appear greater, it was clear just how outnumbered this shuffling shower of fascists actually was.

As I write this the videos of the day’s proceedings are just beginning to arrive at the EBF Blog’s virtual HQ (AKA ‘my laptop’) and the anxiety on the faces of the marchers is obvious. Usually these tin pot Nazis are protected behind police lines which keep them well apart from the #Antifa counter-protestors. Not so in Burton.

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The route took the Biffers right past hundreds of counter-protestors, including Hubby and I and we were all very vociferous in our condemnation of the little entourage of racist rabble. This level of opposition was clearly a lot more than Britain First had anticipated and they most definitely didn’t like it.

As if to underline the point (not that any emphasis was needed) Fuhrer Golding repeatedly had to turn around to reassure his flock of fascist sheep and urge them to continue moving forward. Presumably this was to prevent the wannabe Knights of this fearsome, Crusading ‘street defence organisation’ from turning tail and running away.

Oh well – they shouldn’t go around trying to stir up trouble then, should they? Especially after having been told so very emphatically by the locals that they’re not wanted!

#FacesAgainstRacism

#facesagainstracismThere’s a new movement on social media. #FacesAgainstRacism is an invitation to publish selfies alongside the ubiquitous hashtag to show your opposition to odious groups like Britain First. It’s laudable, it’s courageous, it’s an idea full of integrity and mutual support. It’s also dangerous.

So far as we can tell it began in response to taunts from neonazis who, tired of trying and failing to identify anti-fascists have adopted a different tack. They taunt people into revealing themselves. The fact that many of the people taunting us to reveal ourselves do so from fake accounts is ironic but that’s not the point of this post. This is a warning.

We don’t want to tell people what to do but we do believe in making informed choices. It’s too late to lock the stable after the horse has bolted.

Every member of the team at Exposing Britain First is anonymous. We use psuedonyms to conceal our true identities. There’s a very good reason for that. Britain First, the English Defence League, the National Front, the North West Infidels, the British National Party, the Pie and Mash Squad, Knights Templar International, English and Proud, Combat 18 and the rest are desperate to know who their opponents are. They aren’t interested in having discussions about the rights and wrongs of neonazism. They want to know who you are so that they can hurt you.

BF security identitiesIt’s true that the likes of Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen and Paul “Folding” Golding have created a very public presence for themselves. But there are a few other things to consider too…

Golding and Fransen, thanks to the donations of their followers and their wealthy backer, Jim Dowson have been able to afford a bunch of violent thugs as bodyguards. Can you do that?

Golding and Fransen have aligned themselves with the violent against the peaceful. Would you do that?

Golding and Fransen are well aware that those who oppose them tend to oppose violence so their risk is minimal. You oppose those who use violence as a routine way to get what they want. Are you prepared to deal with that?

Some very vocal antifa like the veteran John McKnight have repeatedly spoken out against Britain First without reprisal. That’s true but the likes of McKnight are ex-military and more than capable of looking after themselves in a scrap. Can you do that?

We’ve had more messages than we know what to do with reporting intimidation, violence, threats, spurious complaints to employers, trumped up legal letters and abuse of relatives from those anti-fascists who were unfortunate enough to end up on the fascists’ radar.

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We’ve witnessed many innocent people face intimidation and abuse simply because Britain First and their ilk have mistaken them for our own team members. Some of our followers have reported needing formal police protection as a result of being ‘outed’ across far right networks. Known anti-fascist protestors can find themselves featured on a number of social media platforms such as RedWatch, sites that exist only to publish photographs and contact details of people who the neonazis think deserve a good kicking – or worse. Trust us – there is nothing straightforward about outing yourself to the far right. These people are vicious and they do act upon the information that they receive.

It may feel good to out yourself but please don’t do so lightly. These people are desperate to identify the main players in the antifa movement. Remember – they’re neonazis. Neonazis are just like the old nazis of the last century. They crush opposition whenever they get the chance.

Outing yourself through #FacesAgainstRacism is a gift we’d strongly advise you not to give them.

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Britain First and the BNP

We’ve made the point before that Britain First is really just a racist, white supremacist bunch of malcontents. You can find the evidence here, here, here, here and here among other places. Of course the Biffers always deny their obvious racism whenever it’s pointed out. But that’s hardly credible. Especially when they post Facebook memes like this…

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The photograph is of an anti British National Party (BNP) rally. Interestingly – the placards we see don’t mention race – they are very clear. This group of protestors are objecting to the BNP’s fascism. The protestors rightly point out that the British National Party is a neo-nazi organisation and their protest is on political, not racial grounds. Ironically, it’s the Britain First caption that brings race into the equation. But they’re not racist – apparently.

It’s not all that surprising that Britain First supports the BNP. After all it was founded by BNP members and many of its hierarchy are former BNP activists. In fact, as we demonstrated in an earlier post the Britain First hierarchy is choc full of ex British National Party, ex English Defence League, ex National Front cronies. So it’s hardly a shock to see them conflate politics with race, is it?

And what do you imagine the rank and file Biffer sheep make of all this?

Would you expect these fine, upstanding, ‘non-racist’, ‘not at all fascist, honest’ citizens to call their Biffer leaders out on the obvious mistake of equating anti-Nazism with anti-white racism?

Might it be reasonable to expect the occasional objection from Biffers who don’t see politics as a race issue?

Well it might – if there actually were any Biffers who weren’t also white supremacist. Let’s see the sort of comments that actually appeared on the Britain First ‘echo-chamber’ (we mean ‘Facebook page’)…

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John McKenna’s comment is interesting, isn’t it? Let’s paraphrase it for those readers who don’t quite get it yet…

“We at Britain First are so committed to freedom of speech and democracy that we’ll lock up everyone who doesn’t agree with us!”

Fraudulent Elections

“Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.”

Now we come to the last of Britt’s fourteen characteristics of fascism. If Britain First weren’t so laughably inept it might be easier to show their attitude to the electoral process. As it is their electoral  influence is so small there’s not too much to report here. On balance though, we think that’s a good thing.

We do know that BF stood a few candidates in the early days. They came precisely nowhere in the last round of European Parliamentary elections, where they used the slogan ‘Remember Lee Rigby’ despite the late drummer’s mother’s pleas for them not to. They came nowhere again in the Roschester and Strood by election in which deputy leader Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen lost her deposit with only 56 votes. They haven’t bothered to stand in any elections since. They even bottled out of the 2015 General Election, preferring to back UKIP by intimidating Farage’s political opponents instead.

Even this brief foray into the world of legitimate politics tells us a lot about the Biffers’ attitude to the democratic process though. Here’s what we know…

Biffer candidates have no intention of fairly representing the entire electorate. Fransen was very clear in Rochester and Strood that she would oppose the needs of Muslims and other ethnic minorities. The Britain First election mailshot was so blatantly racist and discriminatory that the Royal Mail refused to deliver it.

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Biffers use elections in the same way they use everything else. Elections are just opportunities to make more money for the Biffers. The election appeal to raise the money for Fransen’s deposit was painful to witness. Then there was the campaign to raise money for the election mailshot that may or may not have been printed in the numbers they claimed, the money for postage of the mailshot that was never required and the money to take the Royal Mail to court (that never happened). Finally Folding Golding earned his nickname when he and Dutchy said on record that they never wanted to run a serious campaign in Rochester & Strood, bizzarely claiming that Dutchy’s candidature was a ploy to support UKIP (from whom she probably took 56 votes). Not a penny of this money, taken under false pretences was ever refunded.

The Biffers raised funds to field 6 candidates in the 2015 General election. Then they changed their minds and fielded nobody at all. The money was never returned. The Fuhrer and his Biffers have no respect for the democratic process.

Worse than that, they are very happy to threaten, intimidate, silence and smear political opponents. We have already seen here and here how they treat anyone who engages in politics for any other faction (except UKIP). As a tiny, extremely ineffectual fledgling group of fascists they’re limited in what they can do to disrupt democracy. If they ever were granted legislative power we think it’s clear just what would happen.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely – and the Biffers are pretty corrupt already!

Based on the article ‘The 14 characteristics of Fascism’ by Lawrence Britt

Corporate Power is Protected

 “The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.”

Since they have no authority in UK it’s hard to be sure about the Biffers intentions here. But there’s a lot we can learn from the way they act already.

BF Help for Heroes H4H letter to EBFCertainly they’re very profit orientated. Their entire operation seems linked to the making of money. From begging letters to sales of memorabilia and branded merchandise their relationship with profit is obvious and very, very sordid. They even rip off charities in the name of Biffer profit.

Politically the Biffers threw their weight behind UKIP in the run up to the last parliamentary elections. UKIP’s proposals have been examined in great detail elsewhere and that’s not really what were about here except to make the obvious point that many have argued that UKIP’s policies were intended to support the business elite at the expense of those who worked for them.

It’s no secret that Britain First’s opposition to human rights and the industrial trade union movement would benefit the ‘business aristocracy’ more than any others. There’s also good evidence that Britain First’s own leadership has been courting right wing financiers from Russia and elsewhere.

They have no power in UK but if they ever did gain any it’s unlikely that ordinary working people would benefit from a Biffer government.

Based on the article ‘The 14 characteristics of Fascism’ by Lawrence Britt

Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights

“Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.”

The second of Britt’s characteristics of fascism is so unBritish it’s really hard to see how anyone could possibly combine this profound malice with the extreme Nationalism of the first characteristic. And yet that’s exactly what Britain First tries to do.

Their contempt for the human rights of non-white citizens (British or otherwise) is breathtaking. Britain First regularly ignores and undermines established legal process to call for the execution and torture of Muslims, Asians, immigrants and others despite their being acquitted of crimes or indeed, not even accused of any.

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For Britain First the fact that someone worships in a Mosque is enough to warrant them being gang-raped, burned alive, beaten to death or even sent to gas chambers (we wonder where they got that idea from).

One of the most common themes within Britain First’s propaganda is their hatred for the European Convention on Human Rights and the UK Human Rights Act. The call for both these pieces of law to be revoked goes out almost daily in one form or another.

Like every other fascist group, Britain First is committed to removing Human Rights for all but themselves. This makes them everyone’s enemy. If you’re not a Biffer yourself you’d be at risk if the Biffers ever gained power in UK.

Based on the article ‘The 14 characteristics of Fascism’ by Lawrence Britt

Fascist Biffers

EBF fascist fascism BFWe at Exposing Britain First are often criticised for describing the Biffers as a fascist organisation. The fact that Britain First makes a big deal of supporting the British armed forces who fought against the fascism of Hitler and Mussolini is used to show that Folding Golding and Dutchy Fransen simply can’t be fascists themselves. We think that argument is silly.

Dr. Lawrence Britt has shown that there are actually 14 characteristics shared by truly fascist regimes from Hitler to Pinochet. Over the next 14 posts we aim to show that Britain First matches all 14 of these characteristics perfectly. We think that all UK citizens should thank their lucky stars that the Biffers haven’t got any actual power and little chance of ever having any in the future. Follow this set of articles to see why we will keep on describing these thuggish control freaks as the Fascists they are.

The 14 characteristics are:

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
  4. Supremacy of the Military
  5. Rampant Sexism
  6. Controlled Mass Media
  7. Obsession with National Security
  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
  9. Corporate Power is Protected
  10. Labour Power is Suppressed
  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
  14. Fraudulent Elections

Based on the article ‘The 14 characteristics of Fascism’ by Lawrence Britt

Thankyou so much, Britain First

OK – we were mistaken. We admit it. Mea Culpa. We got it wrong.

All this time we’ve believed that Britain First was a racist, bigoted organisation run by leaders who were more interested in profit than politics. We thought Golding and Fransen were really just bumbling political lightweights with no clue how to influence anything beyond the few hundred genuine followers lurking among the bought likes and foreign (non-voting) fundamentalists who egged them on.

How wrong we were

It seems that Paul and Jayda were being far more subtle than that. Their task wasn’t to spearhead the rise of fascism in the UK after all. They had an altogether different agenda. Britain First was set up to stop fascism – yes, that’s right – it’s not a typo.

Britain First exists purely to discredit UKIP!

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Think about it….

When Britain First began UKIP was just beginning to be noticed after around 20 years in the political wilderness. Nobody had really heard of Farage’s little bunch of nationalists until then. What’s worse – with the austerity programme already biting hard they were even starting to attract some support. Something had to be done.

That ‘something’ was Britain First!

What better way to expose the awful truth behind UKIP than to satirise it? The British people have always loved satire and Britain First really has been comedy gold. The Golding & Fransen show could have rivalled any comic double act and therein lay their success.

These comedic geniuses satirised racism and religious intolerance so thoroughly that the name ‘Britain First’ is now synonymous with bigotry and small-minded stupidity throughout the land. They made their brand toxic to voters and then…

A stroke of political genius

They associated themselves with UKIP.

Stage one

First they tested the waters with a mock campaign in Rochester & Strood. Nobody ever expected Britain First to keep their deposit but they needed to gauge just how hated they were. The result was spectacular. Never has a ‘political party’ (even a comedy one) been so hated since Mosley’s ‘British Union of Fascists’. Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen became the most despised woman in British politics whilst simultaneously remaining the biggest joke. That’s quite a combination and it took some really hard work to pull it off. But, with Golding’s publicity skills and Dowson’s money behind her she managed. Britain First had reached first base with spectacular success.

Stage two was easy….

After that all Dutchy had to do was get herself photographed with a few UKIP campaigners whilst Golding told everyone to vote UKIP (even whilst Fransen was standing in the same election). Once again BF combined comedy and apparent stupidity with the more serious political task of undermining UKIP through association.

Once the task of associating themselves with UKIP was done – once they established the link in the eyes of the public all they had to do was keep on reinforcing it.

  • Acting as self-appointed bouncers who harassed people outside UKIP meetings was pure genius.
  • Invading office blocks to have a go at anti UKIP performance artists was brilliance on stilts.
  • But the real cracker was publishing the details of an anti UKIP activist whilst followers (or possibly their own sock-puppet accounts) issued threats and in one case even offered a reward to whoever ‘glassed’ her.

The result…

Association with all this thuggishness sounded UKIP’s death knell. Try as he might (and he did try) Farage just couldn’t get the electorate to believe that UKIP wasn’t really in bed with Britain First. That might have worked if Golding hadn’t repeatedly told people to ignore UKIP’s denials. The assertion that Farage had to say that but really didn’t mean it was just genius. After that the association between UKIP and Britain First was just reinforced with every denial.

So well done Britain First. You did it. If it wasn’t for you, UKIP might have gained more than a single parliamentary seat. In fact, before Rochester and Strood (when you first began smearing your own toxic brand all over their purple pamphlets) they looked likely to gain considerably more. The liberally-minded, non-racist, tolerant citizens of UK owe you a debt of gratitude for your sterling work in keeping UKIP out of Westminster.

Thankyou so much, Britain First!

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