UDA boss turns on Stampton

Matthew Collins - 06 02 15
Portinari (centre): Not a happy chappy

Portinari (centre): Not a happy chappy

Regular readers will know quite well of the antics of serial far-right alcoholic and clown Eddie Stanton/Stampton. If you too wanted to acquaint yourself with them, Eddie is often propping up the bar at the Salmon & Bull pub in Bethnal Green. For the price of an ale, he’ll tell anything to anyone, even a Serbian Anarchist..

Older antifascists may also recall one Frank Portinari, the boss of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) on the ‘mainland’.

During the 1990’s, Portanari built up the UDA in England and with the help of Nazi terror group C18 waged both a war against the Irish in Britain, and aided the bloody murder of people in the six counties.

When the conflict in Northern Ireland was at its most bloody and outrageous, Portinari shipped arms to the UDA’s murderous nom de plume, Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).

Portinari’s guns turned out to not be great quality however, so when caught, he did the sensible thing like his colleagues in C18 and agreed to ‘help’ Special Branch in return for a very, very light sentence– considering how much murder was occuring there on an almost daily basis.

For the past fifteen years, Portinari has been rebuilding the UDA in Britain using a variety of guises-mainly for prisoners, to recruit and raise funds for an organisation supposedly on ceasefire and therefore, without ‘Prisoners of War’. He has built himself quite an array of other fat, balding ex C18 men. They even have their own marching band.

Stampton & Portinari in happier times

Stampton & Portinari in happier times

Portinari was recently featured in the UDA’s magazine The Loyalist a sure sign that his star has risen again.

One of those who has attached himself to Portinari is Stampton. So attached is Stampton to Portinari, that he almost caused an enormous incident in a London pub two years ago when he threatened to have Jim Dowson kneecapped by Portanari-seemingly unaware that Dowson has himself, a very close relationship with Belfast’s paramilitary bosses.

When we saw this, we knew it would end in tears.

Other cock-ups by Stampton, either at the behest of German lager or his former probation handler, was the sending back to prison of former C18 boss Charlie Sargent.

Now it seems, he has upset Portinari. Apparently it is ‘personal’. Posting on the private Facebook page of the English Loyalist Prisoners Association (the UDA) Portinari has told the group that Stampton is no longer welcome to their functions.

This is not a good sign for Stampton. Portinari may not be the most bright of fellows, but he is most definitely not the nicest either.

Warning: No 'craic' for Stampton

Warning: No ‘craic’ for Stampton

Whether Stampton has stolen money from badge sales or is responsible for the sale of photographs to an Irish newspaper we may never know.

What we do know is, Eddie would do well to keep his head down and stop mouthing off about Frank’s weight.

Portinari in the 90's

Portinari in the 90’s


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