View from a barstool #4

Beer 2So another week’s over and another week of seeing my takings suffer as the rest of the home nations nosedive out of the Rugby world cup. BT sports taking over of the Champions league is driving the punters away. The mixed pool team has won another game, much to the chagrin of Beryl who continues to put holes in everything other than the dartboard. I do hear the ladies tiddlywinks team may be short next week.

So what have we learnt from Biffer towers this week? Well they were triumphant in Burton, they still hate the thought of countries taking in immigrants, they love Putin, they adore the Knights Templar International (other real groups are out there) they’ve stayed strangely quiet over a massacre in Sweden and finally as remembrance day comes close they wheel out the old clickbait memes to con (sorry make) money out of their supporters.

Apparently Britain First’s brave 139 protesters were confronted by a few anti’s and bravely stood their ground. This however once again turned out to be a load of rubbish as Antifa, locals and Anti Biffers including most of the EBF office turned out to harass, heckle and generally have a good day out (see EBFBlogger here and here). Once again a huge police presence and shut shops proved what a waste of tax payers’ money and the costs of closing local businesses ensues when Folding and Dutchy come to town.

far right sweden school sword killer Anton Lundin PetterssonThe massacre in Sweden by a white, right wing terrorist and I mean terrorist not a misunderstood kid, not a loner, but a terrorist has led to near silence by the media, right wingers and politicians in this country. It appears to me that a nutter is a nutter whatever race or religion he or she may be. But while every Muslim man or woman is labelled a terrorist by the press or Biffer towers I have to counter that when this happens. I wasn’t the only one whose first thought when I heard the colour and politics of this boy was not Muslim was one of relief, when I should have been showing respect to those that had lost their lives. It must be working in the murky world of Anti Britain First that has made me do this.

But now on to the most important issue of the week (to me) and the outpouring of clickbait from Britain First and it’s offshoots including ones we are still checking on claiming to respect our troops, respect remembrance day, respect the poppy. So here we go, they are begging to get Folding elected, they are begging to stop their computers from being hacked, they are begging for court case costs and once again they are stealing money for their tatty products representing the poppy. And yes I did say stealing, because every penny they take goes into their bank account and is sent not to the armed forces but kept for whatever purpose Folding and Dutchy want to use it for (trip to Hungary, new tyres for their van or to hire a snooker hall for an hour). The unfortunate truth is any money raised does not go to respect our troops or to buy housing (something their memes tell us the refugees are getting) and Folding is still disrespecting our troops nearly 10 years since he wore pants on his head at the Cenotaph.

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One of our page readers has challenged Golding to prove where the money has gone. To date nothing has been heard. Many of the good people of the page have been asking us if this page is real, is that page real and it’s got to the point where even we can’t be sure. I have recently had three people in my pub asking me to collect for remembrance day and each time I have said no, not because I don’t want to but since seeing the murky world of Britain First I will only have the Royal British Legion in and then for the rest of the year the Royal Air Force. Two of the three understood why I’m taking this stand, sighed and admitted that most of the pubs were taking this line too. The other got quite angry and insisted that I should allow his box on my bar. He left when I asked for his registered Charity number.

So to all you good souls who give money to respect and honour our troops please be careful where your pennies are going. I would advise sadly that you should only give money to the Royal British Legion this year and politely decline others. Give your reasons, the true ones will sigh and understand – only the shysters won’t.

This is a busy time for me at the moment. In a weeks time I will have completed my move to the South Coast, and my new pub will be halfway through the renovation. At least Beryl won’t be putting holes in the wall, Bazzer complaining about 3-5-2 or 4-2-3-1 and Gaz telling me every two minutes that the world is better under the conservatives will be a distant memory

Cheers

Britain First ignores the neonazi Swedish swordsman

This week we heard the terrible news that a vicious, unprovoked sword attack on a school in Trollhattan, Sweden had left two people dead and three more seriously injured. When the story broke little was known about the identity or the motives of the killer – simply that a maniac had entered the school and attacked both pupils and teachers, apparently indiscriminately.

Britain First, always on the lookout for a progaganda coup, responded quickly. And it didn’t take long before their obedient supporters began to take the bait. Dowson, Fransen and Golding have already pre-programmed the Biffers to assume every act of violence must be the fault of Muslim aggression. Britain First doesn’t even need to say it any more – just give the context of aggression and let their well-trained indoctrinated flock make the link for them.

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The post was quickly removed from the Britain First Knight’s Templar International Facebook page once the reality became clear. Unsurprisingly enough, there has been no subsequent mention of it on any of the other Biffer pages so far as we can tell either. There are many pages under Biffer control, pages where they could have reported the truth, had they wanted to, including KTI (where the above meme first appeared).

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Britain First and KTI both deny that there is any connection between them but we know better than to believe that. The rank and file Biffer foot-soldiers may be too stupid to notice all the indoctrination and financial fleecing but the rest of us see it very clearly indeed.

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far right sweden school sword killer Anton Lundin PetterssonBut let’s get back to the Swedish tragedy – the one that all the Biffer pages have become so very silent about.

Anton Lundin Pettersson, a 21 year old Swedish loner with no current or previous connection to Kronan school. He was a far right, neo-nazi who had fallen for the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam rhetoric of the ‘Sweden Democrats’, an extreme right wing political party. Like so many other far right groups, the Sweden Democrats use the same tactics of radicalising their followers on line and then sitting back whilst the sheep they have groomed go off and commit atrocities. So many of these attacks involve far right loners who are vulnerable targets for the likes of the Sweden Democrats and Britain First.

“He marches through the corridor with his weapons – a large sword and a large, sharp knife. He chose his victims. Those with dark-skin were attacked. He met with lighter-skinned people who were not attacked,” police investigator Thord Heraldsson told Aftonbladet.

Their gullible followers are like ticking time bombs with little more than a circumstantial link to implicate the neo-Nazis who primed them to explode.

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Their own predictable destruction (Pettersson himself was shot dead at the scene by armed police) makes it even more difficult to link the crime to its true instigators, the extremist far right propagandists who convince them about a war against ordinary Muslims, refugees and immigrants that doesn’t really exist.

BF implant bulletsPettersson left a note (now treated as a suicide note) in which he explained his motives. According to the Swedish police he had targeted those whom he considered to be ‘foreigners’ and objected to Sweden’s policy of accommodating refugees. His targets seem to have been chosen by skin colour. He had contact with several white-skinned pupils and staff at the school whom he left alone. He even paused for photographs with white-skinned pupils who thought his ridiculous costume, reminiscent of a WW2 German army uniform was some sort of Halloween stunt.

KTI BF EBF Texas militiaThe incident is just one more in a series of hate crimes that testify to the impact of online radicalisation by extremist right wing groups. Groups like Britain First whose behaviour (in common with other groups who encourage terrorism from the safety of their computer keyboards) has become increasingly extremist, inciting more and more violent behaviour over the last year.

But it doesn’t stop there. Over in the US, Britain First is currently working on a new type of incitement. ‘Knights Templar International Texas’, an offshoot of Knights Templar International which is itself an offshoot of Britain First (all of these are controlled by Golding and Dowson) is actually forming an armed militia to prosecute Holy War. BF’s British contingent is largely comprised of namby-pamby keyboard warriors but the Americans have a long-standing and very different relationship with gun-related crime. Texas, one of the American far right’s traditional strongholds, is fertile ground from which to develop a new anti-Muslim militia. Especially when the group floods their Facebook pages with deliberately fictional horror stories and out of context photographs in propaganda like this.

When we see the anti-Muslim, anti-refugee agenda that characterises both BF and KTI, together with the attempt to start real, on the ground ‘units’ of armed extremists it isn’t difficult to predict where all this is heading.

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It’s easy to pretend that the awful tragedy of Kronan School was just an isolated incident. But we think there’s much more to it. We think that Anton Lundin Pettersson was radicalised on line by extremist neo-Nazis. We think that makes this gullible young man just as much a victim as those he slaughtered in that Swedish school.

We think that Britain First and its offshoots are engaged in the same basic activity – they radicalise gullible people by convincing them that a war is going on where no such conflict actually exists. Of course, as much as anything they do this for money. They extort donations under false pretences, they divert money from legitimate charities and they sell exorbitantly priced merchandise (ironically, made in foreign sweatshops) but their pathological hatred for non-whites is real too. Britain First knows that their livelihood comes at the expense of victims such as those in Trollhattan but so long as the money keeps rolling in they really don’t care.

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The longer these people are allowed to continue spreading their hatred the closer this country will come to the next attack. We’ve already seen some appalling crimes, not least the vicious murder of an elderly Muslim man in Rotherham – an innocent local elder beaten to death by three young neo-Nazis whilst on his way to the Mosque for prayers.

How long will the UK shrug off these atrocities, be they domestic or foreign before we proscribe Britain First and the rest of their ilk?

We say – Proscribe Britain First now! Prosecute the extremist ring-leaders who are the cause of so much misery and destruction. Prevent further betrayal and radicalisation of gullible British citizens just to fill Dowson, Fransen and Golding’s pockets with the next 30 pieces of silver.