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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A different view from a barstool

Beer 2An easy Sunday,trying to kick the hangover from (yet) another lock in and suddenly a call for a video conference for the EBF admins comes out of the blue. In this it became clear that a new remit was required with the surge of new fash groups starting up all over this multi-cultural isle. Although we will continue to expose the Biffers at every turn it was decided to Expose Bigotry & Fascism in general. These groups, full of hate and vitriol need the EBF treatment as they too incite the same people who Britain First do. The only good thing from an Anti Fascist point of view is the fact that the right are so splintered and the leaders so suspicious of each other that they haven’t got a hope in hell of merging to give us Super Fash. That would be a nightmare to all those in the Antifa movement.

In my humble opinion, the Biffers are on the wain. Their reach on Facebook, however impressive is not what they want. They were formed to make as much money as they can for their leaders and now have become a laughable group who’s memes are becoming increasingly religious. Their links to KTI and their other offshoots are all too obvious. It is starting to piss the fash off, and the hardcore fash find other outlets to continue their hatred.

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The EDL, SDL, Pegida, Casuals, Infidels, BUP, White Man March and all the others are hardcore racists. Where the Biffers think they are the acceptable face of racism and fascism (however misguided), the others are a home for white priders, drunks and football hooligans who see a punch up after a rally or march and arrest as a medal of honour.
Exposing Britain First’s Facebook page, Twitter and indeed this blog aren’t changing. We couldn’t stop challenging the stupidity and lies of Britain First. We will continue to debunk, challenge and laugh at them. Our lives will still be to ensure the break up of this odious of groups and the end goal is still the same. But the upsurge in support of other fascist groups and their plainly disgusting and vile actions (Pigs heads left at Mosques, picketing Friday prayers etc etc) need to be exposed too. Our pages won’t change, but we need to continue to Expose Bigotry & Fascism head on.

Now back to working on next weekends hangover.

Cheers

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…

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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’)…

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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!”

EBF one year on

This week Exposing Britain First celebrated its first anniversary. Yes – that’s right. We’ve been exposing the Biffers and their abusive ways for a full twelve months now.

During that time we’ve built up a wide following, without once paying for likes or resorting to click bait campaigns to boost the numbers. Every week our popularity has grown as more and more people become wise to the reality of Gold-digger and Dutchy’s Nazi intentions. And every week someone appears in the FB page inbox asking just what the problem is with this group of ‘patriots’ and why we’re so determined to stop them.

This week seems to be the perfect time to recap just who these people are and where they came from. If you’re new to Exposing Britain First you may not know all this. Even if you’re not new there might well be information here you weren’t aware of. So….

Who are BF anyway

Britain First is led by Paul “Gold-digger” Golding and Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen. But it wasn’t always. For all her bluster, Fransen is a relative newcomer. Originally the Biffers began with Gold-digger and one other figure – Jim Dowson. He’s the one who famously supported the idea of Holy War in a Channel 4 news interview. That’s the same documentary that shows the Biffers incompetently driving their landrover into a car park barrier whilst out on the streets ‘protecting’ us from extremists. We feel safer already!

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Dowson and Golding used to be senior figures in the British National Party – that racist bunch of white supremacist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic Holocaust deniers who had to be forced through the courts to allow non-whites to join them (not that many would). The BNP was led for many years by Nick Griffin, former ‘big-noise’ in the National Front which Golding was also a member of back in the day.

Since falling out with the BNP, Dowson and Golding have used a range of online marketing techniques to attract support for their racist and Islamopohobic agenda.

“If you apply professional marketing techniques and publicity to political fundraising – it’s a gift” (Jim Dowson)

They’ve done this mainly so that they can sell stuff in their online shops and attract donations for a range of causes, all of which seem to be fronts for Britain first’s own fundraising.

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Essentially the Biffers is an online business that exploits the insecurity of ordinary people to make money from their fears. In the process Golding, Dowson and Fransen are whipping up as much hatred and prejudice as they can – because, as every professional marketer knows, there’s money to be made from fear.

So they lie – they cheat, they distort the facts and they pretend to defend our country from an imagined Muslim invasion. They whip up as much fear and hatred as they can and then they beg for money. Always they beg for money.

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BF claims to be doing something useful but as we know they do nothing of the sort. They claim to expose terrorists but really they harass people who’ve already been written about in the newspapers (hardly a scoop) or they bully women on the streets and old men in otherwise completely empty Mosques.

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They claim to value freedom of speech but then they turn up mob-handed to intimidate anyone who disagrees with them and has the temerity to say so publicly. They even publish peoples details so their followers can have a go at them too.

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And these jokers expect to be taken seriously as a political party!

To date, Britain First has stood only one UK parliamentary candidate. In 2014 Jayda “Dutchy” Fransen put herself forward as candidate for the Rochester and Strood by election on a single issue (No more Mosques) platform. She managed to muster only 56 votes, lost her deposit and then pretended she really supported UKIP. It would be laughable if these people weren’t so damaging to our society.

Nobody (except a handful of misguided Biffers) wants Britain First to succeed as a parliamentary party. Nobody (except the aforementioned Biffers) really knows who they are. But many people are being fooled by their constant clickbait memes and blatant lies into a distorted view of our nation’s multicultural reality.

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Britain First regularly posts dehumanising images aimed at Muslims and non-white groups that are almost carbon copies of the Nazi propaganda found before and during World War 2. The comments their supporters leave on Britain First’s Facebook page clearly demonstrates just how toxic the impact of Britain First’s little business venture really is.

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Britain First is a commercial business pretending to be a patriotic political party. Their business model is based upon creating and then profiting from as much fear and hatred as they can manage. The effect of all this activity is to make the United Kingdom a more hostile, hate-filled and dangerous place for everyone, regardless of background, religious belief or ethnic group. Golding, Dowson and Fransen are deliberately damaging our society for their own, personal profit.

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That’s why we’ve spent the last year raising awareness of their lies and abuses. That’s why we’re proud to be doing something positive to counter the hatred they’re trying to create for profit. That’s why we’ll be here for as long as it takes until these cynical profiteers of hate are pushed back under the fascist stone they crawled out from.