A view from a barstool #35 by Landlord

Beer 2Ha!!!! 1-0 to me, both over the Landlady who made me rebuild the pub garden for the kids only to see 2 days of drizzle, and after last week’s ‘view from a barstool’, over the biffers as they duly posted the poppy burning story. So a smug, grumpy landlord is writing this week.

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Golding’s not folding and Jayda’s getting jumpy

Well now. We were genuinely surprised when Moley first told us this little nugget of information but it’s becoming more and more obvious as time goes on. Apparently the Fuhrer in waiting, Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen is getting cold feet. We thought she had a bit more about her than that but Moley seems to think she’s not nearly as brave as she makes out.

BBC3 WWOCB Paul Jayda Banner Mosque spotted quick

Apparently she’s started to get more and more uncomfortable about the attention from South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire Police forces. Moley tells me she had a similar bout of nerves just after being arrested for having a go at Anjem Choudhary in London. We’d wondered what her mysterious absence was all about (apart from a change in appearance) at the time. It seems it wasn’t just about looking different. She nearly jacked it in altogether until she realised that she had no other source of income.

BF EBF Jayda Fransen Fuhrer in waitingAnd she’s getting scared again. That might be very poor timing for her. Our information has always been that she’s set to take over the reins of Britain First when Paulie gets ousted this summer but who knows – Uncle Jim might decide to appoint someone else if this carries on.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Doing the Dewsbury shuffle

Britain First have just published their report of yesterday’s shambolic shuffle through Dewsbury.

BF Dewsbury sleet storm

A maximum of 119 pseudo-patriots (AKA racist thugs) braved the sleet (BF had promised them fine weather).

BF Dewsbury weather forecast

We don’t know which forecast service they were using to dupe their gullible followers but even with that ridiculous lie they still couldn’t muster many. They got less attendees than the 130 or so they had at Burton which itself was less than previous marches. Their numbers are in decline and they know it. That’s why they hadn’t bothered to book a large venue for their ‘Britannia social’ in a local pub. They knew well in advance that hardly anyone would bother to attend.

BF Dewsbury Jan 30 2016 speeches small crowd

It’s worth noting the camera angle in the photographs they published on the BF website. It’s not really usual to take pictures looking up at the backs of protestors so we need to ask just what the photographer was trying to achieve. We think there are two reasons.

BF Golding Dewsbury Town Hall steps out of boundsFirstly – it makes it impossible to get a sense of just how few participants there were at Dewsbury yesterday.

Secondly – the angle gives the impression that the rally was held at Dewsbury Town Hall. The Biffers have long tried to make speeches from the steps of Town Halls a symbolic representation of ‘taking over’ the town itself. In this case though they were prevented from using council property and a line of police ensured that no Biffer got to stand on the coveted Town Hall steps.

This picture shows not only the fact that Grassing Golding is forced to remain at ground level (an unpopular choice for any speaker) but you can even see the temporary fencing used to cordon off the steps and the Police line ensuring that the barrier is respected. Despite the Biffer rhetoric it’s clear that Dewsbury’s council wanted no part of Britain Frist’s racist shenanigans and were prepared to go to unusual lengths to distance themselves from these outsiders’ attempts to ‘take back ‘their’ town’.

Unsurprisingly, Britain first has blamed the Police for their lack of attendance.

BF Dewsbury police turn away patriots claim

The truth is, of course far more obvious than that. They’re a bunch of sad racist cockwombles led by cynical, profiteering wannabes who have nothing to offer this country except hatred and division. That’s why nobody turned up. Britain First don’t represent the people of this country as they claim. Most people actually see them as irrelevant to their everyday lives. The majority of those who do notice them have no time for their divisive rhetoric or their aggressive, attention-seeking publicity stunts.

The speeches were predictable and the assembled band of shivering, sycophantic cockwombles must have wondered why they’d bothered coming to hear the same sad statements from the same sad people. There are only so many times you can say the same thing without it getting old and boring, Paulie.

BF Dewsbury speeches Jim Dowson sermon

Perhaps the most entertaining part of the day for us was Jim Dowson’s ‘sermon’. Like a cross between Tony Hancock and Billy Graham this demented hate preacher treated the decidedly unreligious crowd to a quite bizarre selection of cherry-picked Bible verses. His interpretation of god’s hatred for unbelievers was about as far at odds with modern Christianity as it’s possible to get. Not that it mattered – nobody in the crowd had ever picked up a Bible anyway so they had no way of knowing just how far from the reality of the faith this ranting, rambling reprobate was leading them.

Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen was no more original. As usual she talked about Zakat, Jihad, Terrorism and Satan. Suicide bombers and disinterested Police came under fire as she claimed that only Britain First could save UK from the evil Islamist. Her evidence for this, we could hardly stop laughing at this point, was American racist, Donald Trump!

Her words fairly dripped with paranoia about smelly lefties, Muslims wanting to kill us and, of course sex crime. Equally as usual tried to pretend that it’s all the fault of ‘evil Muslims’. To hear her shriek, you’d think that no Christian, white man had ever committed rape or abused a child. More despicably, she’d have you think that no brown Muslim man hadn’t. And make no mistake – equating colour and religion are very much part of Britain First’s modus operandi. They may claim otherwise but it’s clear from their many media comments that their real issue is skin colour – Islam is just a convenient cover for them to pretend that they’re not racist.

BF Dewsbury Jan 30 2016 speeches Jayda Fransen

Blasphemously she ranted about how other Christians didn’t recognise her role as defender of the faith and the ‘temple’ of Britain. But she’s only worried about our souls, of course. The Messiah complex was particularly strong as she condemned every mainstream denomination of Christian in UK for not joining the Biffers. Everybody else is going to Hell, apparently!

Eventually she got to the point. The solution was simple. Ban Islam. The crowd then took up a brief, sorry chant of ‘No more mosques’. It remains to be seen whether or not that was in breach of the restrictions imposed upon them that banned them from carrying the ‘No more mosques’ banner and also banned similair hate speech.

EBF BF Niemoller Christian condemnation

After the speeches the soggy, bedraggled Biffers shuffled off to the Prince of Orange pub for a boozy evening congratulating themselves on their bigotry. The room was small, showing that they’d anticipated this poor turnout (nothing to do with the Police turning people away) and the plastic glasses give a very clear indication of just what the pub landlord expected from this rabble of rowdy revellers. We can’t say we blame him. Would you trust this lot to behave themselves?

BF Dewsbury Britannia social Jan 30 2016 plastic glasses

Churches condemn unChristian Biffers

Just as Britain First was preparing to carry its weaponised crosses through Dewsbury in the name of Jesus this article condemning their racist crusade was published. It carries criticisms of Britain First from almost every major Christian organisation in the country. Official statements from just about everyone who knows anything about Christianity demonstrate just how united Christians are in their opposition to the divisive, anti-ecumenical message of Folding Golding and Dutchy Fransen.

Just as Jim Dowson prepared to reprise his rabble-rousing ‘sermon’ distorting Christ’s message of love and peace into a clarion call for hatred and violence representatives of various denominations decried his message of destruction.

BF church do not speak for Christians Golding

Just as Folding Golding get ready to give Muslims in West Yorkshire a right good telling off for having the audacity to exist, religious representatives throughout UK came together in a show of unity that the far right can only dream of.

Not so very long ago Jim Dowson was talking about tapping into the Christian churches as a way of mobilising their combined congregations behind Britain First’s racist cause. He almost got what he wanted. They combined, alright – but not in the way Dowson had hoped.

Britain First has awoken a sleeping giant. The Christian community has become aware of the threat of fascism that Britain First represents in a massive way and they’re not happy.

Some time ago we developed a briefing pack for Christians and church leaders together with an invitation to join us in spreading the truth about the way that Britain First has distorted the message of Christ for its own, exceedingly unChristian ends. Those church leaders who responded to our invitation were extremely positive and have been quietly going about their congregations and local synods spreading awareness on our behalf. We’d like to think that we at EBF have played some small part in today’s development through those church activists’ excellent work and the use of our resource pack.

EBF BF Church leaders briefing pack in Jesus name

The pack is still available. You can download it here. We’d be grateful to anyone concerned about the way that Britain First has hi-jacked Christianity for racist purposes for sharing this post or the one linked here, especially to Christians and Church leaders.

Together we’ll beat them.

No pasaran!

Golding’s a useful grass but at what price

EBF BF fight clubSomething has been concerning us in the EBF office for a while now. We and other groups have been calling for the government to proscribe Britain First for well over two years to no avail. Not that the government has to do what we tell them to but it does seem worryingly inconsistent.

Anjem Choudhary’s hate groups such as Muslims Against Crusades have all been proscribed and Choudhary himself is facing significant charges relating to incitement and encouraging terrorism.

Tommy Robinson has been hauled through the courts and imprisoned following a range of offences. There’s a strong reason to suspect that his far right activities were instrumental in bringing him to the attention of the law over crimes that he might otherwise have got away with. It all looks very similar to the way the US government finally caught Al Capone on a charge of tax evasion.

Every week we read about far right neo-nazis being sentenced for hate crimes ranging from verbal abuse to murder and arson, many of whom clearly were inspired by the rhetoric of Britain First. And yet Golding, Dowson and Fransen remain at large.

BF EBF UntouchablesGolding has had several complaints against him dropped. He has instigated the intimidation and targeting of countless innocent people and deliberately flouted the law relating to demonstrations. Yet all he has against his name is an injunction to stay away from a particular woman in Essex.

Britain First itself (and via its many offshoot sites) is clearly dodgy in its fundraising, especially when claiming to raise money for
charity and yet none of its officers have been called to account by the relevant authorities.

Britain First was three months late in submitting its accounts without censure. The British National Party (arguably a far less significant threat to the nation’s unity) has just been deregistered for exactly the same offence.

Jayda Fransen regularly posts evidence of herself harassing innocent Muslims (a form of personal trespass) and spouts lie after lie intended to discredit and victimise the entire Muslim population of UK. Yet she too is allowed to continue without any legal consequence.

Britain First was subject to an interim injunction, imposed upon them by the High Court with a clear instruction to return to court shortly afterwards. That injunction, together with its conditions and subsequent hearing was allowed to lapse without further action.

BF High court injunction 2 detail 1

So we have to ask ourselves why.

We don’t care if Golding and Fransen grassed up the EDL leadership and did a deal with the Home Office to save their own skins.

EBF BF Jayda Fransen eliteWe don’t care if Uncle Jim has granted Special Branch access to BF’s records so that they can keep an eye on the far-right scumbags who’ve been stupid enough to join up.

We’re not interested in the advantage to the Home Office of access to ‘secret’ groups of fascists thanks to BF infiltration and reporting.

We care that BF continues to incite hatred and that this is a major problem for UK regardless of how much they help the Police. When innocent Muslims are beaten to death by Biffers because of Fransen and Golding’s incitement the price of that information is too high.

So we ask again. No – we demand that the British government…

Proscribe Britain First

The Fuhrer fails to face facts

BF conference 2015 Dowson and Golding rift Dutch lady winsI had an interesting little conversation with the EBF mole yesterday. It’s always useful having a spy in the camp, especially when that spy is so close to ‘The Boss’, as he calls the Fuhrer (not quite respectfully).
Apparently Fuhrer Golding (perhaps I should say ‘Future Mayor’ Golding) has his head wedged so firmly up his….. erm…. in the sand that he can’t see what’s been obvious to everyone in Biffer Towers for ages now. The long knives are out and the ceremonial ‘X’ that marks the spot on Paulie’s back is almost as wide as the yellow streak it’s painted over.

This isn’t some idle gossip over the office water cooler. Don’t believe the Biffer hype about needing funds for office furniture and the like. This is no plush, finely bedecked operation. Biffer HQ is much more virtual than most people think. Most Biffer business is completed via Email and that leaves a trail, if you know what to look for.

Idle conversations in the works canteen are one thing. Email exchanges, complete with promises of loyalty and favours between conspirators are quite another. It’s easy to dismiss the mutterings of disgruntled colleagues having a crafty fag out the back by the photocopier room. It’s not so easy to dismiss Emailed dissent and even password-protected PDF reports sent only to the select few.

The upshot of all this secret skulduggery is that Paul’s days are definitely numbered. It may even happen before the Mayoral election, Jolly Jim Dowson is so tired of throwing good money after bad trying to recover Paul’s losses. Apparently Burton was the final nail in the Fuhrer’s coffin – now it’s just a matter of time.

And yet, like the original Fuhrer in his underground Berlin bunker, Paulie Golding refuses to see the truth. He still thinks he’s going to be allowed to lead the Biffers to victory. In fact all he’s achieved recently has been a reduction in on-street numbers and rapidly shrinking donations.

What we’re not sure about is the timescale. Our mole tells us that Jayda and Jolly Jim had several huddled, quite conspiratorial conversations during quiet moments at the Bifferfest last Saturday. Unfortunately even ‘Moley’ doesn’t know quite what they said to each other but he got the distinct impression that something big had been decided. What’s most significant was that something big had been decided without Paulie.

And yet the Fuhrer carries on as if nothing has happened. He still expected respect from the three dozen or so assembled Biffers, even though everyone but Paulie knows the day was a complete washout. According to Moley the only one who doesn’t get the joke is Golding himself. Almost nobody else takes him even remotely seriously these days. Even Jayda doesn’t need to bad-mouth him any more. Others are doing that for her now. All Fransen has to do is continue to play the part of loyal, faithful, intimate confidant and wait for the long knives to pierce ‘The Boss’s’ back!

After last weekend’s disastrous Bifferfest losses it’s only a matter of time.

It’s a lonely life being a Biffer!

EBF blogger post to Sitwell Arms re BF conference 2015BF Conference 2015 – what a washout!

On November 14th 2015, Britain First held its annual conference. It was an interesting affair, beginning with a bizarre ‘treasure hunt’ to find the venue itself. The Biffers met at a motorway service station where the actual venue was revealed amid a secrecy more reminiscent of Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ stories than a legitimate political party for grown-ups.

The actual venue was a place called The Sitwell Arms, a nice looking place, popular with fitness enthusiasts and newlyweds. It’s not the sort of establishment we would have expected to host a Nazi conference which makes us wonder whether or not the licensee actually knew what the booking was about.

We have contacted The Sitwell Arms via Facebook to ask them (and to offer to host a statement from them on our blog should they wish to make one). Since being identified as the venue by a Sheffield Anti-fascist group the hotel risks significant loss of trade. If they really didn’t know who they were playing host to, it’s only right that we at EBF try to soften that blow for them.

If they did know they may well have put their licence at risk. If they didn’t (which is entirely likely) Britain First has pulled another ‘fast one’ on some unsuspecting Hotelier and put the unfortunate licensee’s livelihood at risk. Under UK licensing regulations venues aren’t supposed to host racist events or encourage antisocial behaviours. Biffers are renowned for inciting terrorism and radicalising people against non-whites and Muslims so this conference would certainly fit the criteria.

We originally thought that only 30-35 Nazis met there last weekend to ratify the Britain First policies for the forthcoming year. Having reviewed more pics as BF posted them we’ve revised that figure to a massive 39 fasicsts (including the photographer). That was all they could muster. Most British people understand that our ancestors were right to oppose Nazism during the Second World War. They understand the huge sacrifice made by people of many colours, creeds and nationalities and they don’t want anything to do with Britain First’s attempts to rekindle Hitler’s abusive dream.

Unfortunately however, there are a few malcontents who continue to look up to Uncle Adolf. They pretend otherwise but then we see policies like those presented to the 39 sad dweebs at the Biffers’ annual conference and the illusion is shattered beyond repair.

These people are Nazis – plain and simple.

It’s not surprising that they had such a poor turnout. For all their deceptive clickbait campaigns and bought Facebook likes Britain First has never been particularly popular in the real world. What was surprising was the apparent silence of the Fuhrer, Paul (Folding) Golding. The Biffers co-founder and leader has yet to give a speech according to the published material currently being churned out by Britain First’s media machine.

That might be a ploy to get people like us to comment on Paul’s silence so that we’ll look silly when eventually the Biffers post evidence that he really had spoken all along. If so it’d be a particularly immature tactic on their part that can only demonstrate how little legitimacy they have. Realistically you’d have thought a ‘registered political party’ with aspirations to lead a fourth Reich would have more to crow about than a cheap ‘pull the Fuhrer out of the hat’ conjuring trick. Only time will tell.

For now we need to assume that Fuhrer Paulie really didn’t speak on Saturday. And that leads us to yet another question. Why not?

EBF BF Jayda Fransen elected deputy Fuhrer 3 years conference November 14th 2015Our Mole in the Biffer camp has long been reporting that Biffer central is becoming increasingly unsatisfied with Golding’s stewardship. Numbers are dwindling and it’s costing them a fortune (most of the donations they receive) to keep up appearances buying Facebook likes from overseas click farms. His inadequate oratory and lack of political acumen mean that he has increasingly been seen as a liability. Whether he actually gave a speech at the 2015 conference or not doesn’t change the fact that his premiership is at risk. Word has it that Deputy Fuhrer, Fransen is set to take over when Paulie is ousted from office (and quite possibly expelled from the party) in May or June 2016.

This may explain the 3 year vote of confidence that saw Jayda confirmed as Deputy until 2018. That won’t prevent her from taking over the leadership in 2016. It just makes it automatic once Paul is expelled. The Biffers are stitching him up because he’s just not profitable enough.

In place of Fuhrer Paul we saw a rare appearance by co-founder and Britain First financer, ‘Jolly Jim’ Dowson. He was supposed to have left Britain First at around the time he first got into hot water over the infamous Northern Ireland Flag Protests. He’s no stranger to political conflict.

Jolly Jim treated the assembled throng to what can only be described as a religious sermon where he misappropriated a verse from the Holy Bible to make the outrageous claim that Christianity is all about the destruction of non-Christians. It’s hard to tell how the congregation of Nazi cockwombles received this message from the would-be Rev. Dowson but we imagine it wasn’t too convincing, even for Biffers. We don’t imagine many British Nazis are particularly interested in Christian doctrine anyway. It’s a good clip to stick on Facebook though. That way BF’s American donors, the paranoid, Republican, Christian right wingers might cough up a few more fascist dollars for the Biffers’ beleaguered bank balance.

EBF BF Dowson sermon terrorism incitement conference November 14th 2015What we can glean from this disgraceful misappropriation of Holy Scripture is the undeniable fact that Britain First uses religion to radicalise and incite both hatred and violence. They regularly criticise ISIS for using the Quran to radicalise Muslims and yet here they are using the Bible to do exactly the same thing. It really is difficult to see how Britain First and ISIS differ.

EBF BF Dowson Holy War crusade quoteThey both pretend to speak for a major religion.
They both misrepresent and undermine the religion they claim to represent.
They are both despised by the vast majority of the faithful.
They both want to incite violence and start a ‘Holy war’ on the streets of Europe.

It’s easy to infer the desire to start a Holy War from Britain First’s behaviours but actually we don’t need to. Dowson made that point very clear a couple of years ago when speaking with Channel 4 Television. Jolly Jim genuinely seems to believe that violent uprising against Islam, extermination of the faithful, peaceful Muslims in our midst would be a good thing. This is precisely the same attitude that Hitler had against Europe’s Jews. It’s Nazism – pure and simple. And it’s dangerous.

That’s why we take heart in the knowledge that less than 40 people turned up for the conference. Those that did were treated to a tacky, plastic ‘medal’ that looks uncannily similair to the cheap keyrings that Britain first has been unable to sell. We bet those Nazi activists felt really valued as Fuhrer-in-waiting Fransen presented them in front of the half empty function room. Such is the fate of Britain’s fascist minority. Sleazy ceremonies in secret locations with Christmas-cracker style medals complementing extremist rhetoric from religiose fanatics.

EBF BF conference medals November 2015It’s a lonely life being a Biffer!