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.

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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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Tony Carmelo – another Nazi thug from Britain First

bf-tony-carmelo-fransen-luton-trial-attackLast Thursday, November 3rd we heard that Jayda Fransen had been convicted of religiously aggravated harassment and wearing political uniform. Why she wasn’t also done for failing to surrender to bail is a bit of a mystery but that’s OK. It was the least important of the three charges against her.

This was the reaction from Tony Carmelo, a regular Biffer attendee and all round arse-wipe that evening. Showing just how little respect Britain First has for British law and British customs, Tony (I’m a big kid) Carmelo has decided that he wants to batter someone. Like the rest of Britain First, Carmelo lacks the intelligence to handle not getting his own way like a grown up.

And just look at the uniform in the pic he posted. For fuck’s sake Tony – how neonazi can you get?

Oh well, off you go and beat up some poor sod. That’ll make you feel better, won’t it Tony?

But who is he going to batter? Now there’s a question.

It won’t be the Judge – that’s for sure. Even he isn’t that stupid. And it won’t be the police – all the Biffers ever do when the police are about is hide behind them. So that leaves people who can’t defend themselves and who had nothing to do with the court case anyway.

The fact is Jayda broke the law and has to face the consequences.

Only a childish bully would want to hurt an innocent person because he didn’t like the outcome of a court case. That’s why Carmelo fits in so well at Britain First. They’re all childish bullies.

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

 

It’s a nest!

It’s a nest (and Christine’s the queen)

The problem we face when investigating Britain first’s line up of political lightweights is the remarkable lack of available information. That’s what happens when you field novice candidates. They’ve done nothing significant in their whole lives until allying themselves with the Golding family business and joining the fash. Arguably even that isn’t particularly significant. They’re still lightweights, after all.

What we do know about them are their addresses. Actually that in itself is pretty interesting. As we look at the relationships between the Biffer candidates a striking pattern begins to emerge. We’d originally thought that the key figure, the one ‘wearing the trousers’ at Britain first was Paul “Der Fuhrer” Golding. But we were wrong. The common thread holding this nest of Nazis together isn’t Paulie – it’s his Mummy.

There are two strands, two threads linking these would-be representatives of British Nazism. One is about blood and the other is about geography. And both lead undeniably back to Christine Smith, not to Der Fuhrer. She might look like a harmless little old lady but looks can be deceptive. If Bexley contains a nest of Nazi wannabes then Christine is most definitely the Queen. Paulie is merely another drone supporting his Mummy’s dream of an all white, racially pure and religiously uniform society.

Why are the links to Paulie’s mother so much stronger than they are to Der fuhrer himself? It’s not as though Paulie doesn’t know any Nazis.

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Is Christine the real power behind the neo-nazi throne?

This wouldn’t be the first time British leaders have been little more than puppets for their Mummies. King John, the hated 13th century monarch only managed to hang on to the crown so long because of the efforts of his mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. The despised, debauched  wastrel, George IV only managed to cling on to his reputation with his mother’s help, sinking into utter depravity, incompetence and gluttony after her death.

Nothing positive ever comes from the elevation of weak leaders who rely upon others to direct them. The outcome is likely to be even worse when the power behind the throne is a Nazi. Christine Smith (Paulie’s mummy) is no Irene du Pont but she is the undisputed Queen of a particularly nasty nest of neo-nazis and she certainly appears to wear the trousers in the Smith/Golding/Elstone family firm.

We wonder how many rank and file biffers realise that their illustrious leader is such a Mummy’s boy.

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Where does this cabal leave Dutchy Fransen? Is this why she abandoned her chance to take over from Paulie? The real Fuhrer wouldn’t take too kindly to Jayda ousting her son from the family firm.

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Not quite Dick Whittington but Golding does have a cat

We have to admit we didn’t think they’d get this far. Fuhrer Golding and his financier, Jim Dowson really have managed to wrangle some more financial backing out of their ‘anonymous’ donors. Not only that, it didn’t all go on acquiring pies for Lewis and kebabs for Paulie. Consequently Der Fuhrer really has got himself registered as a candidate for the London elections.

Not that he stands much of a chance. His previous ‘political’ activity as a BNP local councillor (how telling is that?) left an awful lot to be desired. The residents of Swanley were certainly less than impressed.

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And yet here he is listed as a candidate for one of the most significant elected offices in the country, following his vast experience of a single, insignificant term on a small local council.

To stand such an obvious no-hoper in such an important election shows a real contempt for the office of Mayor and for the people of London who undoubtedly deserve someone much more competent and experienced than Golding. But that’s not the half of it. Have a look at the list of candidates Britain First is standing for the London Assembly. What sort of political party is so desperate for credible (ahem) members that they need to draft in the leader’s extended family to make up the numbers?

Biffers London montageNepotism rules in fascist political hierarchies and Britain First certainly fit the fascist bill with their incessant nationalism (even making ‘Putting British people first’ their election slogan) and utter contempt for everyone, British or not who isn’t both white and politically Far-right. They’d even go as far as to hang anyone who disagrees with them given the chance to do so. That’s probably why they couldn’t get any serious politicians to stand for them and had to rely on Paulie’s relatives instead.

According to Brian Furth Golding’s household pets were disqualified on the grounds that they’re household pets (shame)

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Actually that’s just as well since Golding’s cat, Fluffy is thinking of turning to Islam. Can you imagine the furore that would create in the Biffer camp?

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Of course none of these no-hopers have any chance of being elected to the London Assembly and Golding’s money-men will just have to cut their losses as the exchequer accepts their candidates’ lost deposits due to insufficient support. That’s hardly surprising given that this is Folding Golding’s idea of a serious electioneering statement…

“Londoners should vote for me and Britain First because this is London’s last stand. We’re now a minority in our own city because of mass immigration. Islamic extremism is running rampant in the streets of London and we are the only political party that’s stood up against Islamic extremism.”

He’s not exactly helping the fascist cause with a multicultural electorate who become more and more alienated from the Biffers every time Der Fuhrer opens his mouth. Londoners understand multi-culturalism and its benefits far more accurately than Golding and Fransen ever will. They also understand how tragic it is when minorities are abused, something both Folding & Dutchy should know only too well given their family histories. Dutchy is the product of Dutch and Jewish immigrants whilst Golding’s family heritage is the travelling community (ironically both Jews and travellers are popular targets of hatred and discrimination from rank and file Biffers who presumably didn’t get the memo).

Pretty much everybody else does understand the evils of racial and religious hatred though which is why displays of support for diversity are always much better attended than the Biffers’ mean-spirited displays of bigotry.

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All the Biffers ever do in the capital is turn up and cause trouble. Whether they’re baiting Muslims in their Mosques or insulting ethnic Londoners with their ‘(un)Christian patrols’, Golding and his gang of thugs make a nuisance of themselves wherever they go. Theirs would not be a harmonious capital – it would be a city divided against itself or at best, disrupted by the unfair policies of an unpopular regime.

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For all these reasons we know that the people of London will make sure that Der Fuhrer, Dutchy Fransen and their assorted friends and relatives suffer a humiliating defeat this May. After all – what respectable Western city would elect anyone whose policies so clearly reflect their ideological, Nazi heritage?

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Biffers with banners are a right bloody nuisance

If ever we needed proof that the Biffers read our blog this is it. Recently we published a piece about Fransen’s cold feet and how Moley had revealed her lack of confidence was putting her pending Fuhrership at risk. Today she seems to have regained her courage and, significantly without Paulie.

In a surprise move she was part of a brace of Biffers who descended on Whitechapel to protest outside the local mosque. Quite why they chose Whitechapel is a little mysterious. It’s hardly a massive structure and the area isn’t known for its racial tensions. Admittedly it has some history but this is hardly Jack the Ripper territory any more.

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Apparently the Biffers stayed outside the mosque, blocking its entrance with their ridiculous banner for a full 20 minutes today before buggering off back into the sewer. As usual they remained just long enough to get some publicity shots and pretend they were actually doing something useful. In reality the whole thing was just another photo opportunity for Frau Fransen. It’s amazing that anyone still falls for this rubbish but somebody must or they wouldn’t keep doing it.

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This comes hot on the heels of an IBTimes news article that looks for the most part like a Fransen press release, bigging up the Biffers and trying desperately to sanitise their thugishness. The article did make it very clear that BF don’t just go after extremists but all Muslims.

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That’s strange. They told the BBC a very different story – not that anyone actually believed them.

The truth is that these people demonise all Muslims because like all neo-nazi groups they need someone to scapegoat. It didn’t need to be Muslims, it could’ve been any minority, but Muslims were topical so they took the fall.

And having chosen Muslims the Biffers really are going for it. But they’re getting more and more desperate. Police forces across the country are making it clear that they’ve had enough. The courts have stopped giving them friendly slaps on the wrist and are very clearly gearing up to hit them hard and their ground support is fading away much more rapidly than it came. That’s why they’ve gone back to direct action at Mosques – a tactic they declared didn’t work less than 12 months ago. They need the attention. Unfortunately for them though, most people stopped caring about their displays of desperation long ago.
Three lonely Biffers, all of whom are familiar faces from demos across the UK reveal a very depressing picture for Britain First. They may be able to buy likes and even comments from overseas. They might do OK with clickbait memes of sick puppies and cute kittens but Facebook isn’t the real world. If they can’t convert their army of keyboard warriors into actual support they lose. And they can’t. So they’ve lost.

We don’t know if this renewed show of bravado will get Dutchy restored in Dowson’s good books. We don’t know if she’ll inherit the Biffer crown this summer – she may have shot herself in the foot already with her recent show of nerves. We do know that whoever sails the Bad Ship Britain First into the sunset half of 2016 will be captain of a near-empty and very leaky vessel. It’s already running with a skeleton crew, and the few passengers that remain seem to be firmly locked in their ‘keyboard’ cabins.

The Biffers are doomed, and those heavy fleeces will make very poor life jackets

Have we forgotten yet?

This weekend saw the passing of another historical icon in the fight against fascism. Samuel Willenberg, the last living survivor of the Treblinka death camp passed away in Israel at the age of 93. He never forgot the horrors he witnessed at the camp in which almost every inmate died at the hands of their Nazi captors. Their only ‘crime’ was to belong to the wrong religion (or as the Nazis saw it then and now – the wrong race).

Samuel Willenberg last Treblinka survivor

Willenberg dedicated his long life to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. He regularly returned to Treblinka to help each new generation understand just what human beings are capable of given the right circumstances. His was a life dedicated to the principle ‘Never again’.

As I look around modern UK and the still embryonic but very definite revival of fascist ideologies; As I witness the neo-nazism of hate groups like Britain First and the EDL; As I watch these deplorable organisations distort the memory of those brave men and women who fought the Nazis in WW2 I have to ask myself…

Have we forgotten yet?

It seems that many of us have.

Many of us know nothing of the horrors that Nazism inflicted on the world so few decades ago. Still worse, some modern neo-nazis actually deny that these things happened at all, so desperate are they to sanitise the horrific ideology they support.

SwastikaMany modern supporters of divisive hate groups are so misinformed about the reality of the Holocaust and all its perpetrators stood for they actually believe that they are part of some vague opposition to Nazism when in fact they are its keenest supporters.

Have we forgotten yet?

It seems that many of us have.

I ask any members of Britain First, the English Defence League, Pegida, The New British Union or any of the seemingly endless list of far right organisations cropping up across the Western world to stop and consider for a moment. Do you really, truly understand what you’re getting into? Do you really want to be part of a movement that wants to murder anyone who doesn’t agree with its own policies and ideologies? Do you really believe that anything good can come out of the wholesale persecution and slander of an entire religion?

Have you forgotten yet?

Well… have you?