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.

Defence regulation 18B

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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View from a Cellar 4

Landlord in cellarMore midweek shenanigans from the wonderful world of the right wing. I’ve been looking through the pages on facebook and in the papers and not a great deal is going on over in bigotland, the brand new theme park for the foaming right.

“Roll up roll up bigoted ones and racists all, for today we have all of you in one place.”

The EDL to the right, Pegida to the right, biffers on the evangelical right and thugs like the infidels, National Action and the NF to the far right. A foam fest of grand proportions for one day only.

There’s Goldibollocks and screechy preaching to their 120 followers wanting to take “are country back” This area comes complete with bible reading area (Brian Blessed type voice as we know the struggle with reading) Lefty Jounalist Pinata’s, a shop with stab vests and newspapers and a handy Police station for anyone who’s on Bail.

Oooh look There’s Pegida with stickers all over their mouths…..oh and a Pakistan flag…. all 127 of them with begging buckets. Tommy is there with MI5,MI6 and the rest of the intelligence community standing with him in case he wants to grass his former mates up. It appears Tommy has been on a ride as he seems to have taken a bashing coming out of a club. His police mates are looking at over a million suspects. This area comes with a dream factory as he’s delusional over 10000 people out on his next march and the management of Bigot World will have to get another couple of acres.

EDL Imbibing brotherhood brethren Bibo ergo sum in vino veritasPaul Locke and the EDL seem to have found Stella world, complete with directions on how to give the best Nazi salute. At least he seems to have found a couple of hundred like minded souls to keep him company. This part of the park includes handy advice on how to not get your Facebook pages hacked and how to scream about banning the Burka while still wearing face coverings.

Aha! Finally we have the real thugs and bigots. They are all bunched up in one. The infidels who are currently on an unsupervised march with no police protection as they haven’t told anyone….apart from Antifa, other groups and the police on social media. Where they are comes with handy Section 35 orders and instructions on how to get yourself nicked in one easy take. National Action are visiting a great area, a shop with banana’s and a left luggage office to take cover in the event of rain (or antifa). Their white knuckle ride is called “Scouse” and has them cowering in the corner. And it looks like the National Front have turned up..all 15 of them to show us Enoch was right.

It all looks so sweet until closing time when they seem to get on each others nerves, forget their percieved enemy and turn Bigot world into one big riot. Security (with real trained operatives with real licenses) turn up but along with the rest of the general public just can’t help laughing at these fucknuggets and their followers.

Oh well back to work now…look out for a view from a barstool this weekend with the news of the arrest of Screechy and Goldibollocks. I’m going to have to hide away well away from the Landlady.

Cheers

“They don’t integrate!”

BF Golding Dewsbury Town Hall steps out of boundsIt’s a favourite retort of the fash and their fellow travellers, and, to be fair, I’d have to admit that there is an element of truth in it.

 

They don’t fit in. More than that, they actively seek to not fit in. They take a great pride in not fitting in, they derive strength from it. Not fitting in confirms their certainty, it burnishes their zeal; it gives them the fanatic’s conviction to denounce all of us non believers as heretics in league with the devil, and the evangelist’s compunction to declare so, loudly and often. They even take themselves off on bizarre little day trips to towns up and down the country, just to not fit in somewhere else for a while. They know how the country should be run, and it is definitely not how it’s being done right now!

Essentially, they are a backward, primitive people, stuck in the past, out of place and out of their depth in the 21st Century. They stand apart from society, regarding it (us) with fear and hatred, chanting their mantra of “Taking Our Country Back!” while waving their crosses and upside down flags. The problem is they want to drag us all back with them. Right back to the 1970s, when the National Front were popular, and racism and light entertainment were interchangeable. A time when (they fondly imagine) a white man could call anyone who wasn’t a white man anything he wanted, and if said not white man objected, a handy policeman would be happy to arrest him and beat him up for the crime of being not white.

BF Dewsbury advance party January 16th 2016 Jayda Fransen and thugsWhen they rail against “political correctness” (which is most of the time, it seems) what they’re actually bemoaning is the fact that they can’t use the ‘N’ word (or the ‘P’ word or the ‘W’ word or whatever word they think will be the most wounding) without some “traitorous libtard” labelling them with the ‘R’ word. Oh how they don’t like the ‘R’ word. The ‘R’ word seems to affect them in the same way that they think pork products affect Muslims. It is Biffer Kryptonite. You just have to look at how defensive/aggressive they get when the ‘R’ word gets thrown in their direction. “Islam isn’t a race” they’ll bleat. “Its a made up word, and made up by a lefteye to boot” they’ll claim (erroneously – plus ça change). They’ll fluster and they’ll bluster and they’ll get all offended and upset and shouty, bless. They do, however, reserve full rights to use the ‘R’ word to describe anyone who isn’t them, whenever they think they can get away with it.

It’s all a bit one sided, but then just about all they say and do is. Like their stance on freedom of expression, which can be summarised simply as “we say what we like and you can fuck off if you don’t agree”. It’s the fash equivalent of a toddler screaming obscenities in public, then doing the “blah blah blah” thing with their fingers in their ears when they get told off by the grown ups. That’s Britain First, the “Political Party” with 1.2 million likes on Facebook, but only about ten dozen on their “Days of Action”. Britain First, the “Political Party” that wants to stand Paul Golding in the London Mayoral Elections, despite his only previous experience in office being as a piss poor borough councillor for the piss poor BNP. He couldn’t even manage to serve his whole term – much to the relief of the constituents of the ward, I’m sure. Britain First, the “Political Party” who long for a civil war, want their opponents hung and anyone “a bit brown” deported.

A serious “Political Party”? Until they can manage to assimilate themselves into civilised society and behave like adults, I wouldn’t trust them with a game of Buckaroo.

The award for the least popular fash group goes to…

Today saw fash from all over UK travelling to support their favourite thugs in Dewsbury and Dover. Folding Golding has spent the last month or so crowing about how popular his bunch of vagabond Biffers has become. He claimed that the newly created dance of division – ‘The Dewsbury shuffle’ would take the UK by storm, attracting hundreds if not ‘faasands’ (sic) of neo-nazis to hassle the good people of West Yorkshire.

Unluckily for him, Britain First wasn’t the only nasty bunch of neo-nazis out annoying people today. The National Front had organised their own antisocial soiree in Dover. Such is the skilful co-ordination of British fascism – they can’t even refrain from competing with each other. Or maybe that’s the point. Maybe today’s events were part of some perverse popularity contest to see which group holds the most sway over our nation’s far-right fringe.

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So let’s have a look at what happened. Where did the rest of Britain’s bored bovver-boys choose to spend their time. They could join Britain First in Dewsbury which is actually relatively central (especially given how many of the far-right seem to congregate around Manchester, Newcastle and south Yorkshire) or they could travel to the South coast (a much longer journey for most) to meet up with the National Front. Which journey would you choose?

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It seems that several of these disaffected drunken drones chose to go out of their way to join the NF in Dover. Many, such as these members of the imbibing brotherhood had to drive right past Dewsbury on their way South. That’s an extra few hundred miles in a minibus just so they could snub Grassing Golding and his combined force of a few dozen cockwombles.

EBF BF Diddyman NWI Dover vs Dewsbury Sat 30th Jan 2016

The actual numbers (according to our spotters’ best estimates) were…

Dover 60

Dewsbury 119

The results are in. And it’s a landslide! The award for the least popular fash group goes to…

The National Front!

Grassing Golding hasn’t got too much gloating room though. Any genuinely popular ‘registered political party’ with 1,300,000 Facebook likes holding a rally in the middle of Britain should get way more than that. The Biffers have been advertising this for months now, urging people to join them and doing everything in their power to encourage a high turnout. Even with ALL their officers and officials in attendance they only just scraped into triple figures. Without all the plastic paramilitary ‘ranking officers’, division leaders, unlicensed bouncers, paramilitary style standard bearers and attention-seeking speakers they would have mustered far fewer.

That’s the real lesson from today’s fascist fiasco. Even combined the two groups (and all the assorted fascist groups who chose between them) couldn’t make it to 200 attendees. With massive advertising from both sides, an entire country to draw people from and enough geographical variation to make at least one of these events accessible for just about everyone they still got an embarrassingly low turnout.

Face it fascists – you’re finished here in UK. Less than 200 people between you. And as for Grassing Golding’s lot. That’s just ridiculous.

Hilarious!