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posted by: Sarah Archibald | on: Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 09:34
Last week my colleague reported on the formation of yet another splinter group from the ever dwindling English Defence League.
The United Patriots of Britain are led by Andrew Edge, who is not the sharpest of even these self-described tools. This is a man who, with a conviction for violent disorder under his belt, travelled from his native Stockport to Crewe in order to pick a fight with some schoolkids.
Unveiling UPB Edge said it would have a 12 strong leadership, nearly all men naturally but with Jenna Louca there to show that when it comes to the UK far right, it’s women and children last. As it turned out, he couldn’t even drum up a dirty dozen for the all new formula fascist outfit. Two roles remained vacant.
Within just six days the new unity group did what all far right splinter groups do: splinter. This speed at which this lot fractured is, though, pretty impressive.
After spending days dealing with incoming from foaming former EDL colleagues, Edge & Co. were then faced with an angry Bill Weir aka Bill Sir William. Like the Hulk, Bill is not a man you want to make angry. He’s fabulously febrile when at his happiest, which is usually when ranting in front of a bunch of pissed up street fascists.
Gathered at last Saturday hilariously poorly attended fascist front of an LGBT demo hosted by Thomas Cook (aka Tommy English), Weir claims that he demanded his name be removed from the UPB roll call. Edge denies this and despite Weir publicly making his position loudly and transparently clear, demanded that request be put in writing before action can be taken. That’s the problem with the modern far right; the bloody bureacracy's a nightmare.
Weir declines to state why he wishes to depart what is quite clearly going to be a massive new street movement of Establishment-shaking proportions. After all, there’s been no decree stating that members can’t go out on the lash before defeating IS on some over-policed stumble on a randomly picked English town. That's unlike back at what remains of the EDL where puritanism is in the air, led by Christian-threatening ‘Christian’, John Banks.
Over seven years since it was formed, the new leadership has finally discovered that Eau d’Stella is not the fragrance du jour and that belching Belgian beer fumes and waving tinnies is not the way to win over the great British public. It has to stop says leader Ian Crossland who was last spotted on an EDL demo belching Belgian beer fumes and waving a tinny.
Meanwhile Pegida is also discovering there’s no ‘you’ in unity as former EDL leader Stephen Yaxley Lennon has decided Ann Marie Waters services are now surplus to requirement. To be fair the requirements aren’t much given Pegida under Lennon's reign has done slightly less than bugger all, bar a couple of incredibly sparsely attended marches. Never mind Tommy, there’s always Twitter to keep you and your many fundraising schemes going.
Officially Ann Marie has “stepped down” from what Pegida now describes as her deputy leader, having previously given her co-billing as part of the leadership team. But seasoned observers can still see the metaphorical boot mark on her bum which, perhaps not coincidentally, appeared immediately after she spoke at Cook's ill-fated Stockton event. It bears a resemblance to the one she sported when UKIP threw her out.
Down south Paul Prodromou, shouty leader of earlier EDL splinter, the laughable South East Alliance is getting mighty excited for his next demo. This follows in the wake of other successful day trips organised by the Anglo Greek Cypriot, such as two jaunts to Dover which saw so many of his followers sent down, facing charges or still being sought in relation to widespread disorder (one former West Midlands BNP organiser is said to have a particularly twitchy bum following the latest Kent Police appeal).
Not content with the UK voting to leave the EU Prodromou is demanding that the government invoke Article 50 right now. It’s simply not good enough that a full month after the result Johnny Foreigner is still living in Blighty.
Unable to neither sit nor stand for this, Prodromou and Co are set to march on Downing Street. We know this because SEA’s Facebook page has been constantly promoting the event. This mean it’ll be huge right? Well we already know North East na'er do well Alan Raine is capital bound, fresh from his conviction for assaulting a Greater Manchester Police officer. So that's one of 56 seats gone on the coach the North East Infidels have surely booked for this momentous event?
With days still to go before the history making march Prodromou is already making excuses, claiming his gang's Facebook page is being mass reported by leftist sorts. It's doubtful that anyone can be bothered Paul because your page is a) tiny and b) one long repetitive ad for your pointless demo which you claim is going to be mahoosive.
Anyway, let's be optimistic on his behalf. It'll be so big that Theresa May will have to take notice, ignore the advice of countless diplomats and economists, and begin exiting the EU before a game plan has been formulated. She’ll looked down fondly upon the ragtag mob of balding middle aged drunks and immediately think of picking up the phone to Herr Juncker. Then, of course, sanity will prevail, she'll glance down again, turn to hubby Peter and exclaim: “Oh cripes, that reminds me. It’s bin day tomorrow.”
The SEA demo. They may have mentioned it once or twice...
Posted: 26 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 10:03
No surprises last night when people loyal to English Defence League (EDL) founder Stephen Lennon split what remained of the group to form another group that will be exactly the same as the one they split from.
Twelve "tools" (their own words) have come together to form "United People of Britain (UPB)". The problem with this section of the far-right has always been themselves not understanding the difference between England, Britain a Wetherspoons and knife and fork. The United People of Britain will continue to work for the better interests of the English, blah, blah, blah. Like the Tory party.
Among the twelve tools is Billy Charlton who until yesterday, ran the Sunderland Defence League (SDL). Charlton is a notorious drunken ranter at far-right demonstrations and SDL had until recently been linked to the drugs gang "North West Infidels." It is understood (though not confirmed) that Charlton jumped ship after not being invited to a series of sit-down luncheons that group are having to discuss who will lead their depleted gang once the courts have dealt fully with their drug dealing and violence.
This UPB should not be confused with the other UPB who are the United Patriots of Britain. The new group has hoovered up a series of one man operations around the country. Most of those behind the new group are also active in Lennon's Pegida. None more so than Bill Weir who is a regular speaker at Pegida's under attended and rain-soaked rallies in carparks. Weir was the man honest enough to admit that the EDL were hoping to make a few bob out of the murder of Lee Rigby.
Another of the new group's leadership is currently on bail after storming his local church a week ago and making a bit of a tit of himself.
The rest are a series of human embarrassments who would not look out of place..... in the EDL. Aside from Charlton, they are all active in Pegida.
Splitting the EDL will obviously please Pegida who were having some trouble working with Lennon's old chums. There has been a few weeks of uncomfortable manoeuvres behind the scenes in Pegida and its supporter groups, namely Liberty GB, led by the quite brilliant Paul Weston. Having excused himself from their most recent demonstrations, word is he was back talking to Paul Golding again about the possibility of moving into a leadership position in Britain First. The murder of MP Jo Cox halted those negotiations as Weston then found himself leading a party that was going to stand in Cox's constituency against convention and general decency.
Yesterday the English Democrats announced they would also stand in Batley and Spen. Although yes, in the absence of the mainstream parties in the forthcoming by-election it does stink of sick opportunism, this decision is more about the infighting going on behind closed doors in Pegida. Both the English Dems and Liberty GB operate in the backroom office of Pegida, though there has been a push by some to oust Ann Marie Waters and in return, Lennon's PA Hel Gower in recent weeks.
Interesting but hardly exciting times, again. This new group will be no more dynamic and dangerous than it already was. With the Infidels all but completely going, going and gone to gaol and Pegida floundering, the most sensible thing to do was to reinvent the wheel and give a rust bucket a lick of paint.
After reading yesterday's blog, someone very kindly sent us a picture they hope illustrates just how drunk Ian Crossland was when leading the EDL in London last weekend. We've actually never seen him any other way.
Posted: 20 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 11:40
Saturday was a poor day out for the English Defence League (EDL), even by their low standards.
Their London demonstration was not only poorly attended (even by their poor standards) but descended into a series of drunken brawls. That is standard.
Why the EDL persist with being the EDL is a bit of a mystery. They broke it and it has been beyond repair for a good few years now. Most of those who attended their marches and demonstrations in the past were soon convinced that nothing could be achieved by boozing and brawling in car parks. The endless splits gave and raised no opportunity to advance or improve either the quality of the membership of the group's abilities.
Despite, for many, the EDL being the first and most significant symptom that anti-Muslim hatred in a small section of society could boil over into rampaging and violence and even become a social movement (if that's your thing) it has achieved nothing.
The new leadership team of Ian Crossland and Alan Spence are now under increasing pressure from what remains of a small number of EDL addicts. Tonight a small number of activists will announce another split if they fail to remove Spence and Crossland. Most of those involved in this new split have still in some way, an attachment to the EDL's founder Stephen Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson), indeed many are also active in Lennon's new group, Pegida UK.
One of those lining himself up to be the new leader is Walsall based Liam Jones. Jones, a veritable and rotund array of colourful clothing has already distinguished himself in "patriotic" circles by being photographed drunk and with urine patches on his clothes.
Much of it is playing out on social media, but the current leadership do have their supporters too. The threats are starting now and should well and truly boil over by the time the beer gardens are crowded tonight.
They really are the new National Front. EDL News covered much of the argument here:
Posted: 19 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 18:21
Who could forget Peter Kramer, the resplendently black-clad and sexually inactive fascist with a uniform fetish who came to Liverpool last year for a riot?
Peter is the head drongo in 'Right Wing Resistance' a bunch of grown men with play stations who want to save the world from black people. They dress in all black and sew patches on their uniforms. They prance a lot, too. It's a world wide group of weirdos. About ten of them.
Their modus operandi, other than sitting on the internet in big boots is as a self-appointed mimic of the Nazi Ordnungspolizei.Heady stuff. Like all things daft and crappy, we were bound to get a branch of it here. They can't be doing very well as the Huffington Post are yet to assign somebody to follow them around all day. The British leader (head of Kleenex) is Gary Crane, an unemployable middle aged man who likes to hang around at bus stops bullshitting to teenagers and poncing fags off them.
The main activity of Kramer and Crane is to fill the internet with lies about their big armies, their big boots and millions of followers. They're even sadder versions of Gary Raikes!
When Kramer came to England last year to watch lots of Boneheads getting caved in at the train station in Liverpool, he made a series of promises to people in the pub. One was that he would stage a massive rally in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. He also told people that lots of blonde Swedish women would love to have sex with unemployed English layabouts in ill- fitting uniform and boots. He implored his English brethren to join him. They all readily said they would and Kramer said if they did go to Stockholm, he would put them up in some log cabins where they could get drunk and play with themselves.
Well, Kramer has announced that this weekend is to be the weekend of his mass rally. There's not been much interest in it in Sweden because like here, even the fascists think this kind of kinky stuff is bad for business. But this has not stopped Kramer. Writing on the group's international web page he is very excited about the potential for his British followers to turn up. In fact, he would just like anyone to turn up. As he wrote "If you say yes to come . Please come . You can all do me a favor. Invite your friends and other organizations to this demo." And if that isn't desperate enough, how about this list of luminaries he claims is joining him: "So far we have Infidels of Britain joining us, South East Alliance of the UK, AIFEnglishLions UK. EDL. RWR UK,RWR Finland RWR Spain., and RWR Sweden. "
This should be interesting. The EDL have a demo in London and the Infidels have a do in Sunderland that day. The South East Alliance may go, but their current leader is on police bail (as are most of the far-right in Britain) and since Brexit, the price of a pint of their favourite proletarian beverage has risen to about £8 in Sweden.
Kramer is still promising to lay on accomodation but it is now a tent by the airport. But he has added booze to the list of things to entice British Boneheads to spend upward of £400 to head to Stockholm to get filled in by Nordic anti-Nazis.
Last night Kramer was making frantic phone calls to his "friends" in England, begging them to get to Stockholm. Why are habitual liars always surprised when they get lied to in return? Anyway, let's see if any of our lads are brave enough to go. Here's a reminder of the last time some of far-right ended up in Stockholm.
Seriously lads, IKEA is much better in Sweden.
Posted: 13 Jul 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Thursday, 7 July 2016, 08:14
Much ado in the newspapers over the last week or so about a rise in the far right in Britain. Apparently the far right is everywhere. If only it was that simple – that every act of racism, and outrageous stupidity was the action of a minor and fringe part of society. I guess believing that allows people to casually ignore that racism has been on the rise for a while now, and has in fact been described as "institutional" previously.
The far right that people are taking about is of course, the likes of the British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL). Yes, they are nasty, but rising? There's not a steroid shot big enough to raise those dinosaurs from the dead.
But everyone is at it; today The Guardian even had a video telling us that Brexit will somehow lead to a rise again of the BNP. To prove their point, there was even a short video clip of the BNP's former leader Nick Griffin. You remember him, right? He's the guy currently trying to sell his home and move overseas.
One scientific magazine even went as far as to Nova Scotia to find someone to tell them that the conditions are exactly the same here as they were in Germany in the 1930's. Wow, that's research for you...
I'm sorry to tell many people, that the far right is still tiny, and the only rise it has done was to get out of bed in some prison this morning to slop out.
The conditions for a rise of the far right are definitely ripe. They have been for ages and no doubt, if this was the 1990's they would rise (like they did). So why isn't it?
Our report from earlier this year is still the most accurate assessment of the state of the far right in this country. It's nasty, it's active, it's violent and has been for decades. But it is less than a quarter of the size it was in 2009 when the BNP had 60-odd councillors (some were very odd) a seat on the Greater London Assembly and two MEPs. And I’ll tell you something else; a large number of those old BNP members were not flag waving, Sieg-Heiling Hitlerites. Sure, their party was, but it did its best to hide that fact for as long as humanely possible.
I did an interview with TIME magazine earlier this week that gives a pretty good outline as to what we are experiencing. Swastika-waving boneheads do not have the sole rights to racism in this country, and to suggest they do, is infantile. Wake up!
Does this video we found of serial wally Paul Prodromou (aka Paul Pitt) from a couple of weeks back look like the far right is rising? No, but they are probably enjoying an unwarranted bit of spotlight from people who have gleefully ignored them for years and were suddenly handed a video camera and some old footage.
We've had an explosion of racism since the EU Referendum, that is true. It probably was not a good idea to hold the Referendum while the football was on. That leads to jingoism and violence at the best of times. Perhaps people think racism was merely confined to Facebook?
The main problem the media has is that it can only report (however badly) on the far right if they are saying it is rising. Otherwise, what is newsworthy? Previously ignored, we must now expect every sighting of a bonehead or one of their leaflets and stickers (they never stopped putting them out, you know) to lead to the mass assumption that a siege of Stalingrad is somehow just around the corner.
Even when changes of tactics and personnel become apparent, they assume that a change is either a change in fortune or an indication that millions of people are queuing up to be Britain’s next Fuhrer.
I hate to sound like a Brexiter, but we are not Europe; this is not Germany and this is not the 1930’s. Much of Nick Griffin’s more palatable rhetoric from the last decade is now so mainstream that you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between him and a local election candidate on your doorstep. To redress that, Griffin’s gone back to even more extreme ways and was last seen stuffing his face with Goulash in an upmarket restaurant in Budapest (at the EU’s expense).
By my rough count there are around 200 far-right activists currently in gaol and another 40 either on bail or due for sentencing soon. Their places are not being filled, but they are becoming more and more desperate. They are not even interested in elections any more. They’d prefer a race war. They always have, even before Brexit. Even while you were opening your Christmas presents last December.
The language and rhetoric now worrying us, should worry us. But perhaps we should worry about the rise of a mainstream where this language, narrative and behaviour has until now been so apparently acceptable.
Posted: 7 Jul 2016 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments