posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 18:47
An English Defence League (EDL) supporter is being sought by Lancashire Police in connection with two assaults and a burglary.
Liam Buckley, of Nelson, also has links to Blackpool, Burnley and Lytham St Annes.
Police would like to speak with him regarding the alleged assault of an 18 year old woman and burglary last Friday. They would also like him to help with their enquiries into another alleged assault, described as serious, on a 43 year old man.
Buckley's Facebook profile shows he and his pals posing with an EDL flag. It also reveals likes for Britain First and the English Democtats' Kevin Riddiough who so recently offended many by standing in the Batley & Spen byelection following the murder of Jo Cox.
A dialogue on his timeline also shows a young woman telling him he's a "violent nasty boy" who needs locking up. She advises him to hand himself in to police.
That sounds like good advice.
Meanwhile Lancashire Police advise members of the public not to approach him, but if they see him to call them on 101. Alternatively sightings can be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 16:31
Not since David Copeland terrorised London with a series of bomb attacks in 1999 has so much attention been paid to what goes on inside the minds and bedrooms of British far-right extremists.
The reality is that the far right in the UK is very small, and in incredible disarray. Their heyday was the late 1990s when Nick Griffin took over the volatile and violent British National Party. He took it as far as two MEPs and one million votes in 2009 — but it is now administered from a small room above a convenience shop in Cumbria and no other party has been able to take its place.
Neo-Nazi or extreme right-wing activists consider democratic politics to have failed them and have abandoned it. As a result, their cause is represented by a collection of small and extreme organisations, fighting each other for survival.
Some of these groups are so small they barely even exist away from social media. They are fighting to be heard, fighting to stay relevant but are struggling to do either. Their hinterland is the north of England, where they attempt to gain support in deprived white working-class areas.
National Action is the remnant of the BNP’s old youth wing, disillusioned with the political process and clinging to the extreme vestiges of hatred on which the BNP was formed in 1982: that there must be a race war for them to succeed.
Groups like these desperately want people to fear them, and love the headlines and attention they receive. They will achieve notoriety and fear not with their stickers and leaflets but by walking like terrorists, talking like terrorists and, sometimes very nearly, acting like terrorists.
In our State of Hate 2015 report we made clear that the size of the British far right is not the problem. The real danger is that their vile words can become deeds. As the British far right becomes smaller, it shows signs of becoming more violent than ever.
Matthew Collins is the head of research at HOPE not hate @MattHopeNotHate
Posted: 29 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Thursday, 24 November 2016, 12:05
The British National Party's last remaining district councillor has quit the party, joining his local organiser Chris Vaans aka Chris Vance who quit mid-conference last weekend. Is it any wonder the BNP no longer videos its own conferences?
The British National Party (BNP) does maintain a few parish and town councillors. Think of the Vicar of Dibley with swastikas.
A little dickie bird also tells me that Paul Ainscough quit the BNP at the weekend too. It may be to do with the missing accounts and may allegedly be to do with £20,000 he allegedly recently gifted the party not showing up in the missing accounts.
Who remembers what their Dawn had to say last year about how the party was being run?
You may recall how in January of this year we paid a visit to the BNP's shoddy offices in Wigton, Cumbria. It's a hell of a place. Whisper around town is that the party has finally vacated those offices and moved into a tiny room above a high street convenience store in the town, instead.
The National Front were less than happy with us airing their dirty laundry ealrier this week. But them and the BNP are not the only ones having trouble keeping their mess together. The latest issue of Heritage and Destiny (H&D) magazine fell into my grubby palms yesterday. H&D is edited by an old comrade of mine from our days in the NF together, Mark Cotterill now of Preston.
Always one to jump ship qucikly when things go wrong, "Chi-Chi" as his old and racist detractors lovingly call him, has announced that there will be no John Tyndall Memorial meeting this year. Not that poor old John would be too bothered (what with him being dead) that a bunch of nazis are using his name to get drunk and raise some money off his name.
Last year's event was a bit of a disaster, what with drug gangs and wife beaters descending on Preston at the same time. Cotterill's editorial is best left here so that those mentioned can themselves take it up with him, later. But he's named names and called people grasses.
And finally, we don't mention him much any more, but our friend, the man's man that is Jack Sen- leader of the Jack Sen Five, has released a fitness video. Yes, so that the white man can fight back, Jack has made a very (un)professional video on his Iphone from the safety of his kitchen. Sometimes it's hard to believe that Jack once beat Joseph Stalin up in a night club. Still, when it comes to fighting that notorious Trotskyite, if Jack says it happened, it happened.
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Monday, 21 November 2016, 15:34
It's been a long time since London was considered some kind of epicentre of the far-right. But, the nation's capital is nothing if not awash with phone boxes.
So, down to the shadow of The Shard went the British National Party on the weekend for another instalment in a long and painful drawn out political death.
In writing up their conference as "brilliant" and "superb" and surprisingly, "professional", I would like to give top marks to the party's PR Monster, Charlie Wythe, who is the BNP's Head of Publicity.
Yes, Wythe lives in Austria which is why one may feel the BNP's publicity machine is a little less oiled than it could be. Still, writing up his rare appearance at a BNP event, Wythe has written breathlessly "We are very fortunate in the British National Party to have the best Head of Publicity in the business, Charlie Wythe."
Nice work, Charlie.
Sadly, for the party, only forty three people attended the conference.
One person (amongst the other 296 paid up members) who did not attend, was party Treasurer and Deputy Chairman, Clive Jefferson.
So you will all be surprised to hear that once more, there was no chance for the party's leadership team to view the party's accounts. No? Us neither.
Chris Vaans, the party's hard working organiser from Burnley has finally had enough and quit.
It's all enough to make you laugh.
Posted: 21 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Monday, 21 November 2016, 13:33
At the dawn of this year, the National Front (NF) was without doubt one of the bigger gangs of drug dealers and wife beaters operating on the far-right in this country. And they were most proud of it.
Things went down hill very quickly. There were problems with drug arrests, wife beating and ear eating and a host of other neo-Nazi non-niceties. Sandwiched along with all that was the Dover riot and the follow up violence in Liverpool a few weeks later. And of course, the disastrous showing at Remembrance Sunday earlier this month when some of the chief protagonists in the current war failed to show up for fear of bumping into people they have been threatening with violence.
Much of the trouble relates to the "party's" relationship with drugs and the teen-sex gang, National Action. Kevin McMahon from Heywood, who leads a splinter group, refused to drive two members of National Action to Dover and things went from bad to worse from there.
McMahon and his wife are regularly the centre of trouble within the far-right. If it was not for her reputation as a "White Delia Smith" she and her hubby would've been ditched years ago. But there's few on the far-right that can resist a home-made and Anglicised onion bhaaji the way Debbie makes them. She even washes her hands, apparently.
When Nazis do fall out there never is a good side or a bad side. But what does happen is one side threatens the other side with violence and then the other side responds with violence and it all escalates.
And then there is the gossip. It's as vulgar as the mind that creates it and often thrown from glass houses. Wigan's Daniel Lewis is making a big thing out of rumours that Kevin Bryan, the former NF leader trying to get his old job back, is a man who allegedly likes to beat women. Let us not forget that Lewis has considerable form for stalking women, he particularly favours women with small children to defend, too. Maybe that's why Lacette Brooks, who is joining Lewis, the McMahons' and co in their attacks decided to leave hers at home?
As well as targeting Kevin Bryan, serial wally and self-appointed Guardian Angel of the garrotted, Daz Lumb comes in for some horrendous abuse. True to form, Lumb responds to the abuse with threats of violence and by poncing cigarettes.
Over at the British National Party (BNP) they held their annual conference on the weekend. No fewer (or more come to think of it) than 44 people bothered to show up.
So embarrassed with it all was party loyalist Chris Vaans that he quit before the conference had even finished.
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posted by: Sarah Archibald | on: Thursday, 17 November 2016, 16:07
It should perhaps comes as no surprise that the former NF grunt is a Holocaust denier. What might surprise though is that he would go as far as to visit Auschwitz in order to promote his denial.
He even posed in front a gas chamber to prove, apparently, that they didn't exist.
Some 1 million Jews died at Auschwitz, most in those very chambers, others through starvation, infection, the affects of forced labour. Some of those held at the camp were also subject to horrific medical experiments.
Today the site houses the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum which exists to preserve the awful truth, to remind us of the horrors inflicted by the Nazi regime. Of course history and education are anathema to a neo-fascist thug like Lewis, a man who can't even spell the name of the place he just visited.
On the off chance that he wants an education he should watch Auschwitz survivor Chaim Ferster relate his experiences at the concentration and extermination camp. It's a difficult watch, upsetting.
Lewis should also remember all those that fell fighting the Nazis, those that we as a nation remembered last Sunday. Thankfully his old NF colleagues were little able to disrespect Rembrance Sunday this year.
No longer part of the all but defunct National Front, Lewis now hangs with the infinitesimally small gang that trades as British Nationalists. Active among this minute mob is one of the North's most virulent Hitler-lickers, the recently unemployed fork lift driver Lacette Brooks. Adolf comes before the kids there.
Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Anton McCabe | on: Thursday, 17 November 2016, 10:29
Spanish fascists have attacked a monument to Dungannon poet Charlie Donnelly, who was killed fighting Fascism in the Spanish Civil War. The memorial is in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, on the outskirts of Madrid. The fascists threw blue paint over it. In Spain, the colour blue is associated with the far-right.
The Rivas-Vaciamadrid City Council immediately repaired the monument. Eddie O’Neill, of the Irish International Brigade Memorial Trust, said local people are very supportive of the monument. “They have a great gratitude to the foreign volunteers like Donnelly who came to Spain to fight Fascism,” he said. “The monument contains a stone from every county in Ireland, and the main stone comes from Dungannon, near Charlie Donnelly’s home. The City Council gave the ground.” He said that, unfortunately, there was still an element in Spain who targeted memorials to anti-Fascist martyrs.
Charlie Donnelly was a major Irish poet of the 1930s, killed before he could fulfil his potential. He was born in Killybrackey, just outside Dungannon, in July 1914. The family moved, first to Dundalk then to Dublin. He studied briefly at University College, Dublin. He was expelled from the University, and twice jailed for left-wing activities. He was both writing poems and very involved in socialist movements. At 20 he was on the executive of short-lived left-wing organisation Republican Congress.
When the army, with support from Nazi Germany, rebelled against the democratic government in Spain, he joined the International Brigades. After short training, he was promoted to Company Commander. His unit was sent into the Battle of Jarama, where it prevented the fascists winning a decisive victory. On 27 February 1937 he and his fellow-volunteers were taking cover from heavy fire among olive trees. He picked up a handful of olives and said: “Even the olives are bleeding.” He never spoke again, because within minutes he was killed by machine-gun fire.
There will be a commemoration in Dungannon in February next to mark the 80th anniversary of his death.
* This aticle originally appeared in the Sunday World on 13th November
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posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Monday, 14 November 2016, 18:19
Every Remembrance Sunday and a good few hours after the war heroes, the Royals and world's media has left the Cenotaph in central London, a gaggle of boneheaded neo-nazis and their leaders' in the National Front (NF) shuffle up Whitehall and lay a wreath for a combination of other things they felt were missing from the official remembrance ceremony.
When they first started doing this march nearly fifty years ago, the NF would lay a wreath for the South African soldiers who had died in World War Two. Well, the white ones anyway.
In recent years and as the NF has declined to just a pitiful handful they have thrown their wreaths onto the Cenotaph in memory of their Nazi heroes too.
Yesterday the NF were back at the Cenotaph. Around fifty of them managed the shuffle. It has been a traumatic year for the nazi party with dozens of their members being incarcerated for drug offences, domestic violence and rioting. They also managed to have another trauma, by shedding another chunk of their members last month.
The party's former Chairman, Kevin Bryan- most famous for crashing his car into a bus, has been taking a greater role in the party since the split. Last Thursday the group dumped by him and what remains of the NF, revealed they had evidence that Bryan used to beat his girlfriend.
Bryan was one of a number of people who decided they would not join the march in London yesterday through fear of confrontation with their renegade former colleagues. Even Darren Lumb who has been behind most of the bullying and threats stayed away.
Still, one bright moment was the appearance of the English Defence League's (EDL) Muslim supporter, Abdul Rafiq.
Yes, the man most normally seen singing anti-Catholic songs and running around with the EDL, was down by the side of the NF's march, one assumes to show support.
It's hard to tell if it is he or the NF that must be most desperate for friends in the circumstances.
Posted: 14 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Monday, 14 November 2016, 18:14
Back in August I blogged that with problems mounting across the far-right, the only hope for Paul Golding would be to step down as leader of Britain First.
Events had taken hold that already meant would-be suitors viewed the party as increasingly toxic. Golding had held a number of discussions with minor players he wanted to front the party, making promises that Britain First could become a proper political party and not just some front for biblical hooligans. Golding has long suggested that Britian First becomes an English nationalist party.
The party’s ambitions to move into international waters over the past eighteen months have also collapsed. Humiliatingly.
Today, Golding has announced that he is stepping down from the party leadership position for six months. Not six months without salary, you understand. Apparently, according to himself, this is all for for family reasons- though he does face a potential six months in prison himself for his own activities. That and he is fighting a losing battle to turn the party around.
There has long be uncertainty about the relationship between Golding and his deputy Jayda Fransen. The two are mainly held together by their mutual fear and hatred of others. And love of money. Golding readily admits one million pounds have gone through party coffers. What's all that gone on, then?
We wrote back in November 2015 how people were pushing for Fransen to replace Golding as leader. Indeed it was at their 2015 annual conference that Fransen somewhat stole the show from Golding. And she did the same earlier this month, when she was finally punished by the courts for her activities.
Two months ago a website appeared totally dedicated to Fransen. It has a lot of pictures of her wagging her finger at people.
Although Golding is being slightly disingenuous about the reasons he is stepping back, Fransen is unlikely to halt the party's growing demise or particularly heal the rift between Golding and certain other underlings in the party.
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posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Thursday, 10 November 2016, 10:33
Police in Cambridge have released a grainy CCTV image of a person they want to interview in regard to a series of hate stickers that have gone up across the
city- including the police station in support National Action, the teenage tearaway gang.
The gang like to spend most of their time with their faces hidden. Even though there appeasrs to have been a lapse in their routine on this occasion, I'm not really sure anybody is going to recognise the person in the footage the police have released.
May we politely suggest, then, that the police ask Lawrence (pictured) who is the gang's leader in Cambridge and is also the person who brought the stickers into Britain from Germany, whether he can identify who it is putting his stickers up for him?
Lawrence should be easier to spot, shouldn't he?
Posted: 10 Nov 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments