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…
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
• Religious intolerance
• Violent approach to politics
• Hatred of diversity
• White supremacist views
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.
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.