Britain First and the history of European Nazism

The problem with making historical comparisons is they’re never precise enough to satisfy the pedants and rarely obvious enough to catch the attention of most people. That’s because the majority of us have enough to deal with just coping with the necessities of everyday living. People haven’t time to go around studying political history and most don’t have the inclination to search for comparisons and similarities between modern UK and the worst of European thought.

EBF understands that. We know that to many this article will seem like an over-reaction to current events. But we think it important that we highlight the broad trends of 21st century ideologies even if the exact details differ from the precise events of the past. Modern Europe is very different from that of 80 or 90 years ago. Mass communication is easier and less controlled which accelerates the speed of social change. Deceitful propaganda is more easily spread and ideas, even dangerous ones can take hold of a population like wildfire.

EBF BF Wake up and rise up.pngBut people are still essentially the same. Their fears are the same, their vulnerability to manipulative ideologues is the same and their tendency to look for scapegoats to blame is the same. Our species hasn’t evolved at all in a few decades. We are as we were and what we were was frightening.

In 1920s Germany economic hardship was rife. People were literally starving to death as food became more and more expensive and wages, even for those lucky enough to be employed at all couldn’t keep up. Many felt hopeless and helpless.

In post 2007 Europe whole countries went bankrupt and others, like UK saw the weakest citizens, those suffering from disabling conditions or those who were unable to find work stripped of their incomes, sanctioned by civil servants or forced to work for nothing to ease the wage burden on large companies like Tesco, Asda and even’ the Biffers’ favourite’ – Gregg’s the baker’s. Many argue that this was little more than state-sponsored slavery designed to increase private, corporate profits at the expense of the public purse as several employers cut jobs, replacing paid employees with unskilled, forced (workfare) labour instead. Many at the bottom rungs of society felt hopeless and helpless.

In Post WW1 Germany a group of veterans calling themselves the Frei Corp (Free Army) began releasing propaganda explaining that Germany’s predicament was all the fault of international Jewry. This wasn’t true but it suited the emotional need of some of the people to scapegoat someone other than themselves.

In post-recession UK groups like Britain First began releasing propaganda blaming Muslims for all the country’s problems. This isn’t true either but it suits the emotional need of some of the people to scapegoat someone other than themselves.

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In 1920s Germany Adolf Hitler joined a small group of far right nationalists and quickly rose to prominence within what was one day to become the Nazi party.

In 2010 a relatively minor official in the British National Party (a far right nationalist group) broke away from the party to form his own rival group – Britain First.

In 1920s Germany the government largely ignored the Nazis. They were only one of many far right factions and they seemed too busy fighting amongst themselves to be of any significance.

In 2010 the UK government largely ignored Britain First. They were only one of many far right factions and they seemed too busy fighting amongst themselves to be of any significance.

In 1920s Germany Hitler’s Nazi party made very little impact. The demonstrations they held were violent armed conflicts and so the authorities eventually acted. When Hitler tried to begin an armed revolution and held hostage two government officials he was overwhelmed, tried and imprisoned for sedition.

In modern UK, Britain First incites violence against Muslims and immigrants but Golding et al have learned from history and never personally involve themselves in such crimes.

In 1930s Germany the Frei Corp became the Brown Shirts – the organised street fighters who persecuted Jews – their most infamous incident was ‘The night of broken glass’ or ‘Kristalnacht’ during which Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues were attacked in a domestic atrocity ordered by Hitler himself.

In modern UK we have not seen anything on the scale of Kristalnacht yet. We have however seen attacks against Muslim shops, Mosques and businesses, including arson and several Muslim deaths. At least one 81 year old Muslim was beaten to death by Britain First supporters whilst on his way to his local Mosque for morning prayers.

From the 1920s onwards Hitler and his cronies used dehumanising propaganda to isolate and encourage violence against German Jews.

From 2010 onwards Britain First has used dehumanising propaganda to isolate and encourage violence against British Muslims.

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The German Nazis relied upon nationalism and a sense of ‘taking back control’ to fuel their hatred.

Britain First relies upon nationalism and a sense of ‘taking back control’ to fuel its hatred.

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The internet and the speed with which social media spreads ideas around means that the popular nationalism that took the Nazis 15 years to achieve has taken Britain First with its social media savvy operation a third of that time. What they lack is political clout but there’s time for that and they’re certainly trying hard.

And it’s not just Britain First. There are other, equally disturbing groups at work in the UK. Nationalists organisations echo the same message of hate. Groups like the English Defence League and countless others also rely upon the same propaganda to fuel a nationalism that seems hell bent on taking this country back to a past that only really existed in their imaginations. Respectable political groups like UKIP seem almost to legitimise the nationalist agenda and may well be the key to political influence for all the other nationalist groups.

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It’s no coincidence that ‘Vote UKIP’ is a common refrain from the racist nationalists we interact with across social media. Britain First is unlikely to gain any political power but that doesn’t mean they can’t support UKIP. Golding and Fransen have already created something like a Frei Corp in waiting. Their own website describes Britain First as a ‘Street defence organisation’ and their regular calls for civil war against Muslims and their (admittedly laughable as yet) attempts to train their members in combat skills seems to point very clearly in one particular direction. Might they become UKIP’s Brown shirts in time?

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If the problem was only UK based that might be less of a concern but similair trends can be seen across Europe. Some countries are further along this dark path and it’s not hard to see where we’re all being driven. This week in Austria a far right party using the slogan ‘Austria First’ (there’s a coincidence) narrowly failed to become the ruling political party in the country’s national election.

EBF BF Austria far right Nazi election.pngIn the style of their Austrian predecessor, Adolf Hitler they are now forcing a new election. Hitler’s Nazi party also forced elections until they got the result they wanted. We’d hoped that Austrians would know better, given their country’s part in WW2 but seemingly not. Like Brits and many other European nationals they have short memories. It remains to be seen how prophetic the result of the UK’s recent ‘Brexit’ referendum may be. The result (48% v 52%) is strikingly close to the Austrian result after a campaign that was fought much more along nationalist and racist lines than any other issue. We believe that there is very real cause for concern both here in the UK and abroad.

Holland, a country defeated by the Nazis and subjected to all the horrors of occupation is currently seeing the rise of its own brand of Nationalism. Even Germany, the birthplace of Pegida has a growing number of fascists within its population. Similair stories can be told about many Western nations from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean. The far right hasn’t won yet but it’s making remarkably good headway.

There’s still time to turn this around. Please help us to spread the word and stop the neo-Nazis from dragging us back into the darkness of former decades.

Further relevant reading from EBF

An overview of Britain First (PDF)

Britain First’s Nazi policies (PDF)

Britain First’s general Nazism (PDF)

Jayda Fransen’s Anti-Islamic propaganda – just Like Julius Streicher’s anti-semitic ‘Der Sturmer’ (PDF)

Britain First has blood on its hands

How Britain First profits from violence

Britain First inciting civil war

Britain first as a uniformed, paramilitary militia

 

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After Brexit – In whose name?

People keep telling us they voted ‘Leave’ but they’re not racist. Yes we know. We actually have a couple of non-racist Brexiters in team EBF. One or two others wavered right up until polling day. We know that lots of people voted to leave the EU for motives that have nothing at all to do with racism.

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But we also know that many did vote to leave the EU because of racist views. Others did so because of an aggressive nationalism that, whilst not necessarily rooted in ideas of skin colour or racial origin still devalue the rights and contributions of ethnic Brits. That’s not everyone who voted to leave but it is a sizeable proportion.

So why are we still banging on about race when we know it wasn’t the deciding factor for so many Brexit voters?

The answer to that is simple…

Brexit send them back T shirt

Since the decision to leave the EU was announced racist attacks and abusive incidents have increased substantially. Emboldened by the ‘Leave’ result many racists and aggressive nationalists (we know not all nationalists are aggressive, by the way) now mistakenly believe that they have the support of over half the population. They think they have a mandate from the British people to persecute ethnic Brits and some of the incidents over the last few days have been pretty vile.

We have been told of abuse and/or assaults against Poles, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Italians, Romanians and pretty well anyone who doesn’t fit the white British stereotype. Not that we’re surprised. We suspected that this would happen. Emboldened by a Brexit victory (that actually has little to do with race or religion in practice) the worst of our society has become even more aggressive and hostile.

Brexit Polish vermin sign

So to those Brexiters who insist that they’re not racist and that they’re not aggressive the time has come to stand up and be counted. If you disagree with the persecution of minorities. If you don’t support the far right’s call for enforced repatriation of people who may well have been born in this country anyway. If you object to the antics of your fellow citizens who seem to mistake 21st century UK for early 20th century Germany then now is the time to stand up and say so. Repeat after us…

“Not in my name!”

We’ll end this post with the famous words of Edmund Burke. We think they’re very applicable to the current situation here in UK.

 “All that is necessary for evil to triumph Is that good men do nothing.”

Interpreting Britain First’s neo-nazi policies

Last month we critiqued Britain First’s policies. We showed how the Biffers’ Deputy Leader, Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen drew her inspiration from Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher. We went further and compared all the Biffers’ policies to their wartime German counterparts. We highlighted their remarkable similarity to the policies of Nazi Germany. We looked behind the polite, politically correct words (how ironic) and made a few predictions about what they really meant.

Last weekend the Biffers gave us the greatest gift they ever could. No more will we need to speculate about their Nazism. They’ve finally come clean and proven our original point for all the world to see. Fuhrer Golding’s hilarious announcement that he intends to run for election as London’s Mayor is nothing short of a complete admission of neo-nazi Biffer cockwomblery. They’re pretending no more. Britain First is now an OPENLY Nazi organisation.

Some of the Facebook comments accompanying the latest Biffer announcement are pure gold…

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But don’t just take our word for it – see for yourself.

For our part we’ve taken a few policy screengrabs to highlight just what this announcement demonstrates about the Biffers’ previously publicized policies…

BRITAIN FIRST POLICIES

Below is the full list of present Britain First policies.

Our policies are decided at the annual Conference held each Autumn.

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IMMIGRATION

– Deport all illegal immigrants;

– Deport all foreign criminals;

– Offer generous grants to those of foreign descent resident here who wish to leave permanently;

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– Completely halt any further immigration except in special cases such as genuine marriages where strict citizenship criteria has been met;

– Reject and deport all “asylum seekers” who do not originate from countries bordering Britain.

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GOVERNMENT

– Abolish the hated “Human Rights Act” which is being widely abused and which was forced on the UK by the EU;

– Implement an American style “Bill of Rights” guaranteeing freedom of speech, assembly and expression. No exceptions;

– Give England its own national parliament to create parity of esteem within the UK;

– Withdraw from the European Union and create a new trade agreement;

– Implement the need for referendums on any issues that involve the transfer of national sovereignty and the opening of our borders.

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CRIME

– Implement a radical reversal of the legal and policing focus on the “rights” of criminals and its replacement with the traditional focus on putting the victims of crime first;

– Greater use of National Service for habitual offenders;

– The restoration of Capital Punishment for paedophiles, terrorists and murderers;

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– Make prisons a place of hard labour rather than cosy holiday camps;

– Introduce the use of “chain gangs” to provide labour for national public works;

– Free the police from politically correct restrictions and unnecessary bureaucracy;

EBF BF policy screengrab 2

The full ‘announcement’ diatribe contains much more than these highlights (including the hilarious promise to defeat serious politicians in televised debate). You can download the whole sorry statement as a PDF here.

How anyone can think of Britain First’s Biffers as anything other than neonazi wannabes really is beyond us.

BF EBF Golding Hitler London Mayor May 2016

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…

BF BNP Nazi anti white racist

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’)…

BF biffer comments about anti BNP activists

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!”

BF: The next generation of British Nazis

EBF report August 2015 BF Nazi PDFYesterday we showed how the Biffers’ Deputy leader and ‘Press officer’, Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen has taken her inspiration from the work of Julius Streicher, the infamous, anti-Semitic Nazi propagandist.. Using a series of quotes from Streicher himself or his propagandist newspaper, ‘Der Sturmer’ we collated a short PDF to illustrate the point. That PDF can be downloaded here.

Today we’ve given the Britain First policy statement the same treatment. This time we relied chiefly upon policy pronouncements from Adolf Hitler himself with a few additional comments from the likes of Herman Goerring and other high ranking Nazi leaders. It was a real eye-opener, even for us.

Download our report and see for yourself.

We think it’s really important that as many British people as possible understand just what Britain First stands for and why it’s so important to stop them and others like them before it’s too late. As one German who lived through the second world war said (quoted in the PDF)…

“Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven’t done, (for that was all that was required of most of us: that we do nothing). You remember the occasions in which maybe if you had stood others would have stood too. You remember everything now, and your heart breaks. Too late. You are compromised beyond repair.”

Yesterday we were a little flippant (or so we thought) in suggesting that Dutchy Fransen had studied Nazi arguments and simply copied them. In truth we suspected that it was just a predictable similarity, both parties being ideologically the same. Having found the same pattern of plagiarising Nazi ideas in BF’s policy documents we’re beginning to think that they actually have deliberately lifted the Fuhrer’s ideas from Mein Kampf! It’s that much of a coincidence. It’d be incredible to think of the fidelity between BF and Nazi Germany’s policies as mere chance.

If you could share it (either this blog post or the pdf itself) we’d really appreciate that too.

Obsession with National Security

“Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.”

Britain first makes good use of this seventh characteristic tactic of fascism. Folding and Dutchy are well aware that most people have no problem with their Muslim neighbours. But that sort of harmonious integration, typical though it is has nothing to offer a fascist organisation determined to create the illusion of Holy War. If they are to stand any chance of stirring up UK citizens to support their hatred of Muslims and others they need to make them frightened of their neighbours.

But how to paint a convincing picture of national threat when everyday experience shows that it just doesn’t exist. The answer is simple – lie.

Britain First publishes lies on social media every day. They attribute hostile quotes to innocent Muslims. They doctor photographs to make Muslims seem to do things they didn’t. They make up stories about Muslim activities and they publish outrageous fantasies about hate preachers.

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Biffers are obsessed with UK law which is odd given how regularly they break it. They insist that UK Muslims are all engaged in a secret conspiracy to overthrow our legal system in favour of Sharia law. Their evidence for this is a single incident in which a group of fanatics tried to impose Sharia law several years ago. They were imprisoned for their crimes against UK citizens and the liberties we all enjoy.

There is no Muslim conspiracy. There was an isolated incident involving a handful of young men that was quickly dealt with years ago.

In addition they cherry pick verses from the Quran about killing unbelievers as though they are relevant today. What they don’t do is acknowledge that the same sort of hostility towards others can be found on other religious texts (including the Bible). In Bifferland hostile words from 1400 years ago are still relevant, despite the evidence that most modern Muslims have no wish to hurt anybody.

Britain First’s determination to create fear among UK citizens is both obvious and hopeless. Our nation is far too diverse and tolerant for that to work.

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

Supremacy of the Military

Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.”

Britt’s fourth characteristic, military supremacy, is very definitely aspirational so far as Britain First is concerned. They have absolutely no control over UK’s armed forces and in fact are hated by most serving soldiers and veterans. That doesn’t stop them hi-jacking the forces for their own ends though.

Facebook meme after Facebook meme encourages us all to ‘support our troops’ whilst all the while the Biffers rip off armed forces’ charities like Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion. Their constant abuse of the late Lee Rigby’s memory, despite the pleas of his family to stop are nothing short of disgusting. The way they hijack pictures of soldiers on manoeuvres and refuse to take them down when requested by British regiments is equally disrespectful. But their constant misuse of forces imagery maintains the myth that Britain First respects and values the military.

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The truth is that Britain First would only really support a very different military. They want a military that would further their nationalistic, racist, religious and paranoid aims. They want a crusade. They want a Holy war against Islam and all non-Christians. That’s why they post so many images of medieval Crusaders in shining armour. It’s all part of the aggressive nationalist, Christian fantasy.

Biffers glorify our current armed forces but really they would change almost everything about the modern forces, turning them into a hostile, invading force intended to eradicate anyone who Britain First decided was unworthy of life.

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