135 nationalists from a wide spectrum of parties and movements attended the John Tyndall Memorial Meeting in Preston, Lancashire on October 10th 2015. All four nations of the United Kingdom were represented with speakers and audience members from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and we also welcomed visitors from the Irish Republic, Canada, Italy and the United States.
[Video links to follow.]
John Tyndall, former chairman of the National Front during its greatest era of the 1970s and founding chairman of the British National Party from 1982 to 1999, died ten years ago on 19th July 2005. The meeting opened with a minute’s silence in memory of JT and nationalist comrades who have died during the past 12 months, including H&D subscribers Walter Carr (a veteran colleague of JT’s in the NF and BNP) from the West Midlands, and Leslie Brannan from Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Meeting chairman Keith Axon opened the proceedings with a call for nationalist unity, and the rebuilding of the ‘broad church’ nationalism represented during the best years of both the NF and BNP. This call for unity was picked up by several speakers, and indeed embodied in the composition of the audience, which included a broader range of nationalist comrades than ever before.
Our opening speaker was Andrew Brons, presently chairman of the British Democratic Party, who was Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire & Humber from 2009 to 2014 and chairman of the NF from 1980 to 1984. Andrew reminded us that JT had not only forged two political movements shaking the political establishment, and edited the monthly nationalist journal Spearhead for 35 years – a prodigious feat of energy and organisation, but also had produced original insight into political philosophy and economics. Andrew drew our attention to JT’s book Beyond Capitalism and Socialism, which offered insights and remedies for Britain’s national crisis. Later in life JT regretted certain errors of his earliest years in politics, such as adopting (illegal) political uniforms, which many years earlier Benito Mussolini had warned Sir Oswald Mosley would be a mistake in Britain.
Nevertheless the core of John Tyndall’s political ideology remains embodied in today’s British Democratic Party – the perception that different cultures are created by different peoples, as opposed to the opposite and politically correct deception that peoples are formed by cultures.
Our second speaker was Max Musson, co-founder of the Western Spring website. Max was a long serving activist and organiser in the NF and BNP, previously in Stoke-on-Trent and latterly in the Bedfordshire area. He worked closely with JT in organising venues for the BNP’s annual rallies, a tremendous task due to determined efforts by opposition forces to deny the party access to hotels and conference halls. Despite electoral experience dating back to the mid-1970s, Max now sees elections as a waste of time, given the huge disparity in resources between nationalists and our opponents. The Western Spring project involves not only inculcating nationalist ideas but building an economically viable and self-sufficient structure which will allow us to be a credible alternative to the establishment. Check the website for details! (Max has now posted parts of his speech online, including apposite quotations from John Tyndall’s The Eleventh Hour.)
Tess Culnane was unfortunately prevented by illness from attending, so our next speaker was Francesco Fontana, a veteran Italian racial nationalist from Turin who volunteered to fight with the Ukrainian independence movement Pravi Sektor (Right Sector). Francesco gave a controversial account of the anti-imperialist struggle: he sees Putin as an ally in fighting Islamic State and bolstering the Assad government in Syria, but as the enemy of European resistance in the Ukraine. Moreover from a racial point of view the old Soviet Union encompassed many non-Europeans from Central Asia, many of whom are still around in today’s Russian Federation. Ethnic Russians are of course our fellow Europeans; Asiatics are not! H&D has previously published articles from a pro-Putin standpoint so were happy to redress the balance. We can see that the Ukraine issue, and the broader question of Putin’s Russia and its influence, can prompt different views among nationalists and are happy to present the full range of opinion in our movement.
We then took a lunch break, allowing our audience to browse among many stalls from organisations including Heritage and Destiny, British Voice, British Democratic Party, British Movement, A.K. Chesterton Trust / Candour, Western Spring, Preston Loyal, New British Union, Northern Patriotic Front, Church of the Creator, Telling Films, Counter-Currents / Arktos Press, Blood & Honour, Yorkshire Forum and Heretical Press / Historical Review Press. Thank you to our hosts for providing an excellent buffet.
After lunch our meeting chairman Keith Axon conducted an auction of nationalist literature and memorabilia donated by H&D subscribers and supporters. We then heard brief speeches from three guests: Gordon Wilson from Glasgow, national officer of New British Union, the organisation taking the ideas of Sir Oswald Mosley into the 21st century; Michael Cook from Pennsylvania, USA, who brought us greetings from the great European diaspora across the Atlantic, and revealed the truly shocking oppression exercised by the government in the “land of the free” against racial nationalists, notably the imprisoned Rev. Matt Hale of the World Church of the Creator, now the Creativity Movement; and Benny Bullman representing the world-renowned nationalist music organisation Blood & Honour, founded by the great Ian Stuart from Poulton-le-Fylde, just a few miles from our meeting venue in Preston.
Our next speaker was Richard Edmonds, a senior colleague of John Tyndall on the Directorate of the National Front and later as National Activities Organiser of the BNP – most famously as proprietor of the BNP’s bookshop and headquarters in Welling, Kent which was received worldwide publicity after the party’s first councillor Derek Beackon was elected in 1993. Richard Edmonds is now a member of the National Front Directorate.
Richard quoted the French dystopian novel Camp of the Saints by Jean Raspail, which forty years ago predicted the tide of alien refugees now threatening to overwhelm Europe. Only last week the British Home Secretary Theresa May described the threat to Britain from mass immigration: as Richard pointed out, she and other mainstream politicians have been rather slow to recognise this threat, which the NF has been warning about for decades.
The challenge to our corrupt establishment from newly elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was seen by Richard as another positive development: in particular the long overdue call for withdrawal from NATO, whose incessant interventions and provocations in wars around the world have helped create the 21st century refugee crisis.
Next up was another movement veteran – Steve Frost of British Movement, who was right-hand man to the late Colin Jordan, Britain’s foremost national socialist. Steve recalled that Colin Jordan and John Tyndall had been close colleagues for many years, and remained in regular communication long after they had moved into separate areas of political struggle: JT involved with successive political parties, while after a brief appearance in the electoral arena, CJ concentrated on the development of a national socialist ideology. This ideological challenge has never been more relevant, with the very existence of Europe and Europeans now under threat from cultural pollution, racial miscegenation and literal physical invasion. BM stands for uncomprising resistance to this betrayal.
Jez Turner of London Forum was our penultimate speaker. He reviewed an exciting year for nationalists, which included the two White Man Marches in Newcastle and Liverpool, and the outstanding victory over the ‘anti-fascist’ mob in Dover, at a rally organised by the National Front and supported by several other groups. Jez’s own London Forum came under a remarkably hyped level of attack from the Mail on Sunday and Searchlight magazine, a curious alliance of the Tory press and old-style Jewish Communists. He has also built international contacts and spoke at a recent Golden Dawn rally in Greece. Closer to home, an example of the treacherous double standard that we face was exposed by the march against the Shomrim, an officially recognised and sponsored Jewish police force.
After his address to the meeting, Jez was presented with a commemorative badge by a fellow veteran of the Royal Corps of Signals. While veterans were celebrated inside the meeting, assorted friends of IRA terrorism were making threatening phone calls and using social media to put pressure on the meeting venue. One renowned ‘anti-fascist’ / Irish Republican keyboard warrior even took time to publish news on Twitter about H&D‘s Peter Rushton collecting guests in a car from Preston station. Quite why this was regarded as an important item of news to be broadcast on the World Wide Web is a mystery!
Mark Cotterill was then called by meeting chairman Keith Axon to say a few words of thanks to all those who had helped make the event possible, especially our very efficient security team from the British Movement. Lancashire Police had done their best to sabotage the event and provoke violence and disorder, by deliberately placing another group of demonstrators in a pub on the same street only 200 yards from our venue. As anticipated, this event which was deliberately staged in the same area of the same city on the same day provoked considerable unrest, but our meeting was able to proceed unimpeded and with no danger to our audience – no thanks to Lancashire Police. Mark thanked everybody for attending and supporting this year’s event, which was a great success and had attracted yet another record attendance.
Peter Rushton was the meeting’s concluding speaker. He paid tribute to two welcome legal victories for nationalists in the past few weeks: the dropping of all charges against the Newcastle marchers who were disgracefully arrested for burning an Israeli flag in March this year (two of whom, Michael Woodbridge and Garron Helm, were present at the meeting); and the long overdue release of the German lawyer and political philosopher Horst Mahler, who has at last been freed after serving more than six years in prison for political crimes.
The Orwellian suppression of truth and justice across Britain and Europe is finally being challenged. Moreover the destructive liberal “consensus” represented by David Cameron’s ruling Conservative Party is increasingly exposed as a betrayal of Britain’s heritage: social liberalism’s cancer has eaten away or moral and cultural foundations, most obviously through mass immigration, while the simultaneous “free market” liberalism of deregulated international capitalism has subverted our economic foundations.
Meeting steward Ken Shapcott then conducted a raffle, assisted by a young lady from the audience, and drew the meeting to a close. He thanked all those comrades who even if unable to attend had sent donations and/or raffle prizes to help make the John Tyndall Memorial Meeting 2015 such a great success.
Check back here soon for links to video from the meetings speeches, which in a week or two’s time will also be available on DVD.
Richard Edmonds, National Front activist, parliamentary and council candidate in Lewisham during the 1970s; founder member and National Organiser, BNP, 1986-99; Proprietor of the BNP Bookshop in Welling, 1989-99. One of the closest associates of the late John Tyndall across three decades and in three successive parties: the National Front, the NNF and the BNP.
Peter Rushton, Heritage and Destiny UK deputy editor. Founder and editor of JailingOpinions.com Frequent television commentator on Russia Today and Press TV. For the past decade has been among the most prominent activists developing an alternative to the political and financial corruption of Griffinism, initially as a key ally of the late John Tyndall and latterly as election agent for the England First Party when two councillors were elected toi Blackburn with Darwen Council, political base of then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
Peter Barker, founder of the North West Nationalists website; ex-BNP North West region press officer; served in Ulster and Germany with Royal Engineers; former NF and BNP organiser for Rochdale. As a branch organiser in Rochdale for the NF and later the BNP, Pete Barker was in the frontline of North West nationalism as right-hand man to regional organisers Ken Henderson and Chris Jackson.
Dr. James Lewthwaite, co-founder of Democratic Nationalists, 2008-. Bradford City Councillor, 2004-7, and later a candidate for Royds ward on Bradford City Council. Parliamentary candidate for Bradford South, 2005 and 2010. Former archaeology lecturer and key activist in moves towards nationalist unity during 2011-2012, speaking at several meetings alongside Andrew Brons MEP.
Steven Smith, founding organiser of Burnley BNP and parliamentary candidate for Burnley in 2001, when he polled 11.3% (the second highest parliamentary vote ever achieved by a nationalist in North West England). Steven wrote a book about the building of the BNP’s most successful branch How It Was Done. He was a regular speaker at Friends of Spearhead events during John Tyndall’s lifetime and hosted very well attended meetings in Burnley where JT spoke during the early 2000s. Sadly Burnley BNP has collapsed in the years since Nick Griffin forced Steven Smith out of the party.
Steven Frost, National Secretary of British Movement. BM activist since 1976. Yorkshire Regional Organiser and member of the 1984 Committee who saved the Movement after Michael McLaughlin closed the BM down. Personal friend of the late Colin Jordan and represented BM at his funeral. Recently compiled an important archive of Colin Jordan’s writings and photographic/video records of British Movement.
Jez Turner, founder and chairman of Iona London Forum. Twelve-year veteran of Royal Corps of Signals. Pashtun translator. Has built the Iona London Forum into one of the premier meeting points for nationalists from across the English speaking world, with speakers such as the late Jonathan Bowden, Dr Alexander Jacob and Lady Michèle Renouf.
Meeting Chairman: Keith Axon, founder member and former West Midlands regional organiser, BNP. A close ally of the late John Tyndall and his family, including the late Valerie Tyndall and Charles Parker. Parliamentary candidate: Birmingham Perry Barr, 1979 (NF); Worcester, 1983 (BNP); Birmingham Northfield, 1997 (BNP). Has chaired successive meetings of Friends of Spearhead and John Tyndall Memorials.
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Mark Cotterill of the England First Party took second place in Ribbleton ward, Preston – the first time that a nationalist candidate has defeated the Tories in this ward.
Lab 881 (66.1%)
EFP 293 (22.0%)
Con 158 (11.9%)
Previous EFP results in this ward were 15.5% in 2011 and 12.5% in 2010.
On what is already looking a bad night for nationalists across the country, this is a very encouraging result for Mark Cotterill and the England First Party.
Many thanks to everyone who supported Mark’s campaign. So far it looks as though this is the best result for any English nationalist in this year’s elections, aside from the English Democrat slate in Doncaster where the EDs control the mayoralty, the usual ED stronghold of Rochford, and the defending councillor Seamus Dunne.
In Doncaster there are still no ED councillors, but four of their candidates this year polled over 25%.
TOP 10 ENGLISH NATIONALIST RESULTS IN 2012
John Hayter, Trinity ward, Rochford, 32.2%
Ron Penketh, Wheatley ward, Doncaster, 28.3%
Nigel Berry, Finningley, Doncaster, 26.0%
Mick Glynn, Hatfield ward, Doncaster, 26.0%
Thomas Broad, Rayleigh Central ward, Rochford, 25.3%
Barbara Hewitt, Bentley ward, Doncaster, 25.1%
Seamus Dunne, Ashridge ward, Three Rivers, 22.4%
Mark Cotterill, Ribbleton ward, Preston, 22.0%
Gaynor Bennett-Spencer, Ravensthorpe ward, Daventry, 20.0%
Keith Hewitt, Edenthorpe ward, Doncaster, 19.9%
The England First Party has made political corruption in Preston a major campaign issue in the 2012 local elections. Leaflets have gone out in the past week across Ribbleton ward highlighting the case of Frank McGrath, former deputy leader of Preston City Council, who in March 2010 was convicted of laundering money for a major drug trafficker and jailed for four and a half years.
Our leaflet, published in support of Mark Cotterill, the EFP’s anti-corruption candidate for Ribbleton, pointed out that McGrath – who was one of the leaders of the “Preston Mafia” whose influence extended across much of Lancashire – had been ordered to pay almost £1 million. This represented profits from criminal activity.
Today that anti-corruption campaign has been dramatically vindicated, as former councillor McGrath has been ordered to spend a further two years in jail. He still owes more than £400,000 of his ill-gotten criminal loot.
The England First Party calls for a full inquiry into Labour’s “Preston Mafia” and the web of corruption that Lancashire police tried but failed to uproot during the 1990s. Both the Labour and Conservative parties have questions to answer about this corruption scandal – especially with a new Lancashire Police Commissioner due to be elected later this year.
Click here for a full investigation of the Preston Mafia, which will be extended later this week.
2012 is a Guild year in Preston – a year when Prestonians are meant to be proud of their home city. Preston Guild is a unique civic celebration, held every twenty years since 1328.
Yet this year there is a shadow over Preston Guild – a ghost at the feast.
For the record of the man who was Preston’s Guild Mayor at the last festivities, and who had led the City Council for the previous decade – the late Cllr Harold Parker – is again under scrutiny as part of an investigation into what was termed the “Preston Mafia”, a description coined not by political opponents but by his own Borough Treasurer!
The England First Party believes that both the Labour and Conservative Parties have serious questions to answer about corruption and political chicanery in Preston, and that a full enquiry is needed to get to the bottom of the scandal.
On 24th April 2012 the disgraced Labour politician Frank McGrath was ordered to serve a further two year prison sentence, after failing to obey a court order to repay almost £1 million of the proceeds from his life of crime. This in itself might seem bad enough: but to understand the full dimensions of the affair we must look back to 7th August 1991, when a team of twenty Lancashire Police detectives carried out simultaneous raids across Preston.
The targets of these police raids included Preston Town Hall and the homes and offices of Cllr Harold Parker, leader of the council since 1982, and his deputy Cllr Frank McGrath.
Rumours had been circulating for years about the improper business relationship between these two senior Preston councillors and Owen Oyston, a millionaire businessman and supporter of the Labour Party, featured as early as March 1984 in an investigation by the BBC’s Watchdog programme. A particular focus of these investigations was the redevelopment of Preston Docks.
Cllr Harold Parker effectively controlled Preston Council’s decisions over the dockland development while being paid a £450 monthly retainer by Oyston, who had a major financial interest in the project, and receiving numerous other benefits in kind from Oyston interests. Meanwhile his deputy leader Cllr McGrath became a millionaire in 1987 through his investment in Oyston’s company Red Rose Radio, which owned local radio stations in Preston, Manchester, Leeds and Cardiff.
The police raids in 1991 were codenamed ‘Operation Angel’ and led to criminal charges against Frank McGrath and several of Preston Council’s most senior officials, including the chief executive and deputy chief executive. Also raided were the offices of Tustin Developments, a company owned by Iranian exile Hossein Ghiassi and his California-based brother, who had won substantial contracts for the Preston Docklands project.
Frank McGrath was charged with multiple counts of fraud and theft in January 1992. Yet despite millions of pounds being spent on ‘Operation Angel’, his trial and almost all of the subsequent ones collapsed. It now seems that the interests of justice took second place to political machinations. Much of the campaign against Owen Oyston and his corrupt Labour cronies had been funded and organised secretly by prominent Conservatives, notably:
- Lord Blaker, former Conservative MP for Blackpool South, who served as a Foreign Office and Defence minister in Mrs Thatcher’s governments during the 1980s. He died in 2009.
- Sir Robert Atkins, Conservative MP for Preston North from 1979 to 1997 and an MEP for North West England from 1999 to 2009.
- Bill Harrison, property tycoon and millionaire Tory donor who regularly hosted Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at his Preston home during her visits to the North West. He died in August 1999. (Like his arch-enemy Frank McGrath, Mr Harrison lived in the affluent Preston suburb of Fulwood, though in even grander style at Greyfriars Hall.)
This Tory trio worked through local Preston residents activist Michael Murrin and Blackpool based private detective Chris More, who managed to access the confidential bank and income tax details of Cllrs Parker and McGrath. Yet when it came to prosecuting the targets of Operation Angel, the Tory party at national level proved most unhelpful, as did some very senior police officers.
Mrs Thatcher’s Attorney General Nicholas Lyell prevented the release of files implicating Balfour Beatty, the construction giant and major Tory donor, in the web of corruption surrounding the Preston Docklands development. This was very good news for Labour’s Cllr Frank McGrath, as it seriously handicapped the Operation Angel investigation into his affairs.
Fortunately for McGrath, although the Conservative Party were no friends of his, they were on very friendly terms indeed with Balfour Beatty, which had been founded a century ago by the Conservative MP for Hampstead, George Balfour, and retained close links to the Tories. Operation Angel happened to coincide with the controversy over the construction of the Pergau Dam in Malaysia, with more than £200 million of British taxpayers money authorised by Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd. A judicial review later found that Hurd had acted unlawfully in approving the Pergau project, which was being constructed by Balfour Beatty and another company with strong Tory connections – Cementation International, employers of the Prime Minister’s son, Mark Thatcher.
So although Balfour Beatty’s own offices had been raided and police had discovered a payment of £140,000 from Balfour Beatty to Cllr Frank McGrath’s Isle of Man company bank account ‘Global Enterprises’, Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell decided at the end of 1993 to drop all aspects of the case that involved this major Tory donor. Cllr McGrath arrogantly told the press: “I offered no comment to the police when they questioned me and I understand the company did the same.”
No doubt Balfour Beatty were relieved when they were able to resolve their own embarrassing involvement in the Preston Docklands scandal by paying back £1.3 million to Preston Council in 1998.
Owen Oyston might have thought he had escaped the long arm of the law with the collapse of Operation Angel, but justice caught up with him in May 1996 when he was convicted of rape. Oyston’s friend Peter Martin, a former policeman, had regularly supplied girls from his model agency. One of them – a 16 year old girl – was raped by Oyston, who was jailed for six years. Later that year Peter Martin was jailed for 20 years after admitting a series of rapes and assaults on young girls recruited through his model agency.
Cllr Frank McGrath went on to become Chief Executive of the Oyston owned Blackpool Football Club, and it took a few more years for his luck to run out. During 2003 McGrath met convicted criminal Silvano Turchet, who was on day release from a prison sentence. McGrath described himself as an accountant and business adviser, though he had no accountancy qualifications. Nevertheless for some reason Turchet decided that McGrath was the ideal man to help him with his next business enterprise.
This turned out to be the large scale importation of heroin, which Turchet brought in via a private plane, flying into a small wartime airfield at Sleap, Shropshire. In May 2006 Turchet was caught red-handed when police raided the airfield and found him about to unload a cargo including heroin, cocaine and ecstasy. He is now serving a 21-year prison sentence.
During 2004 and 2005 McGrath had laundered hundreds of thousands of pounds of drug money for Turchet. Despite claiming that he was entirely ignorant of the source of these funds, McGrath was convicted of money laundering in February 2010 and given a four-and-a-half year prison sentence.
Ian Cruxton of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) commented:
“Serious organised criminals are motivated by money which buys them lifestyle and influence. Those who help them through money laundering enable the profits of crime to be invested in further criminal activity and this affects us all.
“SOCA doesn’t stop when it has caught and convicted the criminals. We will go after their wealth and we are determined to make sure they can’t use it or enjoy it.”
This SOCA policy led to the current attempts to recoup some of Frank McGrath’s ill-gotten gains. He was ordered to repay £925,000 and this week failed to do so, resulting in an additional two year prison sentence.
Yet many Prestonians are left wondering whether justice was really done over Operation Angel twenty years ago, when Frank McGrath and others succeeded in escaping jail. His old boss Cllr Harold Parker was never prosecuted, despite extensive investigations into his role as Owen Oyston’s representative during the Docklands development.
Cllr Parker retired from Preston City Council in 2009 due to ill health and died a few months later, after 45 years on the city council and its predecessor, Preston County Borough. He was made an Honorary Alderman, after previously being awarded the Freedom of the City and given the title “Guild Burgess”, which dates back to a 12th century award to Preston by King Henry II. Cllr Parker’s portrait hangs in the Town Hall, a public insult to anyone who cares about honesty in public life.
If Preston council tax payers are to have confidence in their political representatives and their police force, it is time for the criminal career of Frank McGrath and his cronies – whether Labour councillors or Tory businessmen – to be fully investigated by an independent inquiry.
As many of you will already know – if you regularly check with the England First Party office – the EFP are fighting the Darlington – Harrowgate Hill ward by-election (polling day – Thursday April 12th) with Paul Thompson as our excellent candidate. We are also fighting Preston’s Ribbleton ward in the May local Council elections (polling day Thursday May 3rd) with EFP leader Mark Cotterill as candidate.
Paul Thompson and his team have fought a good campaign up in the north east, and we now wait and see what sort of result we get on Thursday night.The EFP team in Preston have just started our campaign here, and we need all the help we can get to secure another good nationalist vote in Lancashire.
If you can help with our election campaign in Preston, please call our office now – 07833 677484. We need as many nationalists as possible to come and help leaflet and/or canvass Ribbleton ward. Please don’t let us down – we are counting on you.
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On 8th October 2011 Peter Rushton, assistant editor of Heritage and Destiny, chaired the sixth John Tyndall Memorial Meeting in Preston, Lancashire, and gave the following address.
John Tyndall led the nationalist movement from obscurity to the forefront of British politics, but he knew that anyone involved in our cause must experience the depths of crisis as well as the heights of achievement.
As National Front chairman, as founder of the British National Party and as editor of Spearhead for more than forty years, he knew both triumph and disaster – and for the six years between Nick Griffin’s takeover of the BNP in 1999 and his own death in 2005, John Tyndall consistently argued that those who were increasingly sceptical of Griffin’s leadership should remain within the BNP and fight to recapture it.
The position of British nationalism today requires a reassessment of that position.
We now face the most serious crisis in the history of our movement. On Monday night the BBC will broadcast allegations of fraud against the BNP chairman Nick Griffin and his cronies. I have no doubt that those allegations will be fully documented, with evidence provided from people who until recently were Mr Griffin’s closest associates.
But none of this changes the underlying political realities. None of this changes the more serious crisis, which is the one facing our people and our nation – in fact facing all European peoples and nations. None of this changes the potential for a nationalist party capable of presenting a credible face to the voters of England.
For the first time since 1066 our country’s population growth is mainly due to immigration, with a disastrous impact on schools, on the chronic shortage of affordable housing, and on the National Health Service.
The political establishment has never consulted the English people about this radical transformation of our country: a transformation that has been accelerated because just as foreigners have been arriving, increasing numbers of indigenous Britons have been leaving.
Let’s dispose of the nonsense that this is all perfectly normal, that England is some sort of mongrel nation built up through immigration. The truth is that our population grew steadily up to about 1750, and very rapidly after 1750, without any mass immigration – until after the Second World War.
Our population in 1541 was about 2.7 million, which grew during the relative peace and stability of the Elizabethan age to about 4 million by 1600.
Over the next century and a half our population grew quite slowly to about 5.7 million by 1750. Interestingly it is assumed by demographic historians that this 1750 figure was probably lower than the total English population in 1300, when there were probably more than six million inhabitants of England.
The total British population was reduced by about 30% by the Black Death in the mid-14th century, so by the 1380s was only about 3 million.
It was the Agrarian Revolution followed by the Industrial Revolution that led to a population boom, so that by the early 1840s the English population was around 15 million: more than double its previous record and more than five times the population a century earlier!
One of the earliest official historians of postwar immigration, J.A. Tannahill, pointed out, in words that should be repeated to every lying apologist for multiracialism:
“Britain is not by tradition a country of immigration. In fact, between 1815 and 1914, she not only quadrupled her population without resorting to large-scale foreign immigration, but also despatched over 20 million people to destinations beyond Europe, at first largely to the USA and later in ever increasing proportion to the developing countries of the Commonwealth.”
One of the few major influxes of immigrants before modern times were the so-called Huguenots, Protestant refugess from France and Flanders arriving in two waves at the end of the 16th and 17th centuries. But in total even these Huguenots numbered perhaps 40,000 or 50,000. (This was far larger than for example the Jewish immigrant population, which as late as 1750 probably numbered only about 5,000.)
We hear a lot about the economic benefits of immigration, but the Huguenots were one of the very few examples where this is true, bringing with them not only capital assets but skills in weaving, hat making and watch making. There were about another 40,000 immigrants from France as a result of the Terror in the 1780s and 1790s after the French Revolution. Strangely enough it was this wave of immigration, causing concern that some revolutionary spies might be smuggled in among the immigrants, that led to the first ever English laws regulating immigration. Until the 1790s this was never thought necessary, because the numbers of immigrants were so small. Far from our country being a creation of waves of immigration, immigrants were such an insignificant factor that no one bothered to formulate regulations!
Until the late 1940s the overwhelming majority of immigrants in England were Irish immigrants. A few thousand black immigrants arrived as a result of the slave trade, but hardly any interbred with the indigenous English population.
If you read the Sherlock Holmes stories you will occasionally find reference to another type of immigrant who could be found in Victorian England – the so-called “Lascars” who usually lived in dockland areas such as Limehouse, having arrived as crew members of British ships trading with the Far East. A few female Asian immigrants were known as “ayahs”, nannies for East India company officials, or later officers of the British Raj.
Yet as Dr Roger Bullard of Manchester University has estimated:
“Until the beginning of the 20th century the South Asian presence in Britain remained minute. At any given time it would have included no more than a few hundred Ayahs and Lascars, [and] a rather smaller number of students seeking professional qualifications, whilst the number of princes and other aristocrats – most of whom only made the briefest of visits – could probably have been counted on the fingers of one hand.”
You can imagine why – given this historical context of very low immigration – Englishmen were very concerned by the tidal wave of Jewish immigration at the end of the 19th century. About 150,000 Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe settled in Britain between 1880 and 1914, the majority in a fifteen year period between 1891 and 1906.
Just as the French Revolutionary immigration in the 1790s had led to a brief period of immigration control, it was this Jewish immigration that led to the basis for modern immigration laws, the Aliens Act of 1905. It wasn’t a matter of “anti-semitism”, more a question of the scale of this Jewish immigration being way beyond anything our country had previously experienced. We were not a nation of immigrants.
Even in the period between the two world wars, and even accounting for the number of colonial troops who stayed in England after 1918, immigration was a very minor factor in English life. Only about 6,000 to 7,000 immigrants from the Indian sub-continent settled in Britain during the whole period from 1918 to 1939.
(About another 60,000 Jews arrived as refugees from national socialism during the 1930s, plus another 10,000 during the War.)
As is obvious, the scale of immigration post-war dwarfs anything previously seen in our history – which is not surprising because the British Nationality Act in 1948 explicitly granted the right of entry to 800 million subjects of the British Empire worldwide. Madness, you might think – or was it wickedness?
Even in those days it was known perfectly well that a sane immigration policy would have to be a racially conscious policy.
In 1949 the Royal Commission on Population determined:
“Immigrants on a large scale into a fully established society like ours could only be welcomed without reserve if the immigrants were of good human stock and were not prevented by their religion or race from intermarrying with the local population and becoming merged with it.”
Four years earlier, immediately after the end of the war in 1945, the Fabian Society, closely linked to the Labour Party, had issued a pamphlet Population and the People, which said that:
“From the population point of view we need to encourage potential parents of healthy stock to settle in the British Isles, and to discourage those whom we already have from leaving. …Men and women of European stock, between the ages of 20 and 30, are the immigrants best suited to assist population policy.”
The Fabian pamphlet added that immigrants should be chosen carefully to “ensure they were assimilable and could adapt to the British way of life. …The utmost care should, of course, be taken to admit only those physically and mentally sound, and free from criminal records, who will introduce a sound stock into the country. The eugenics of immigration cannot be overstressed.”
In 1948 – two days after the arrival of the infamous immigrant ship Empire Windrush, eleven Labour MPs wrote to their leader, Prime Minister Clement Attlee, warning:
“An influx of coloured people domiciled here is likely to impair the harmony, strength and cohesion of our public and social life and to cause discord and unhappiness among all concerned.”
As we have a former Bradford city councillor with us today, I should mention that two of those Labour MPs who spoke out against immigration in those early days were from his city: Frank McLeavy, later Lord McLeavy, MP for Bradford East, 1945-66; and Meredith Titterington, Bradford South, 1945-49, former Lord Mayor of Bradford.
[This website will later have a special section to honour those Labour MPs of yesteryear who spoke for England in opposing mass immigration.]
Since those days, the element within the Labour Party that truly aimed to fight for the white working class has steadily diminished, even as the truth of their warning that immigration would lead to “discord and unhappiness among all concerned” has been demonstrated time and again (most recently with the riots a few weeks ago). Nationalist parties have become the true representatives of white workers. While in many ways very different men with different outlooks, Oswald Mosley, Enoch Powell and John Tyndall spoke for Englishmen and English interests that the Labour Party (and of course the Conservatives and Liberals) have abandoned.
So it is with a heavy heart that nationalists must face the fact that we ourselves have been betrayed by the leadership of our largest nationalist party. In Ancient Rome provincial governors had to disarm themselves before crossing the River Rubicon and re-entering Roman territory. To march across the Rubicon with your army was to challenge the leadership of the Roman Republic and was treason, punishable by death.
In 49 BC Julius Caesar deliberately defied his leaders by taking his army across that river, and still today we speak of “crossing the Rubicon” as an irreversible step when we boldly choose to confront destiny.
On Monday night we will cross the Rubicon. Whether we like it or not, events will carry all serious nationalist activists across the Rubicon and force us to face facts too long ignored.
The leadership of the British National Party will be exposed for criminal fraud, which tragically cannot avoid staining every member of that party, regardless of their personal honesty and decency in the vast majority of cases – everyone who represents that party at any level will be tainted.
Many people have had to wrestle with a conflict of loyalty, and most especially with the knowledge that breaking away from the BNP, exposing the division of our movement to public view, trying to build a new movement out of the wreckage of the old, would be a titanic endeavour.
After Monday all such conflicts, all such strategic calculations will be settled. It will simply no longer be possible to argue that somehow the BNP leadership can be persuaded to see sense, somehow our difficulties can be patched up.
All personal and factional divisions pale into insignficance next to the overriding division of our movement:
on one side a tiny gang of crooks and embezzlers;
on the other the vast majority of decent and committed patriots.
In St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians he writes:
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
Let us as nationalists find the courage to put away childish things and confront reality.
We will not succeed in building a new post-Griffin movement by pursuing narrow factional agendas. It seems to me unquestionable that none of the alternative parties currently operating will be big enough to take on this task alone.
I therefore call on the leading activists in British nationalism to make a complete and irrevocable break from Nick Griffin and his party. To make the tough choice to cut loose from the BNP before its corrupt leadership drags down even more good nationalists.
Precisely because our national crisis and our racial crisis has moved on to an even more acute stage, the challenge is in some ways even greater than that faced by John Tyndall during the creation of the National Front and the British National Party. But the potential prize is greater too, as so many of our people are permanently disillusioned with Lib, Lab and Con.
We have absolutely no chance of capturing the loyalty of those disillusioned voters while our own movement is mired in corruption.
Yet if we can find the courage to cut out that cancer, our recovery can be rapid and our future can be bright.
An extensive analysis of the state of the nationalist movement following the May 2011 elections has been published online and will be covered in a forthcoming issue of Heritage and Destiny magazine.
This article by Heritage and Destiny assistant editor Peter Rushton uncovers the extent of the crisis that has now derailed the British National Party as a serious electoral force. BNP councillors and candidates across the country have now paid the price for years of incompetence, corruption and authoritarian factionalism by their party chairman Nick Griffin.
Mr Rushton concludes:
A new nationalist coalition will need to adopt the following as absolute essentials, the sine qua non for nationalist success and the very opposite of the Griffin approach.
- Nationalist parties must prioritise training and support for councillors.
- Nationalist parties must demand the highest standards of behaviour from party officials and candidates for public office.
- Nationalist parties must harness the talents of the best available individuals in our ranks. The cult of the leader is far less important than the need to build a successful leadership team.
Richard Edmonds has pointed the way forward. It is for other leading nationalists inside and outside the ranks of the BNP to decide how they can best contribute towards the rescue of the movement. I strongly suspect that the BNP is holed below the waterline, and that either constitutional finagling or financial collapse will intervene to prevent Richard Edmonds and his team from completing their rescue operation.
If I am right, then senior figures in the BNP should right now be preparing clear statements that they are prepared to stand alongside Richard Edmonds and his team, either in a rescued and rebuilt BNP (which I regard as an almost impossible proposition) or in a new post-Griffin coalition. The need for such a clear statement is urgent. If nationalism continues to drift through the summer, there might be little left to rescue of the party that elected two Euro MPs in 2009.
Probably the most famous were the ‘Accrington Pals’ who formed the 11th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment, recruited in September 1914. The battalion consisted of four companies, each of 250 men: W Company from Accrington itself, X Company from the surrounding district (including some from Blackburn and nearby villages), Y Company from Chorley, and Z Company from Burnley.
Within about half an hour on the first day of the Battle of the Somme – 1st July 1916 – 700 of the Accrington Pals went into action, suffering 585 casualties.
In Preston 250 of the first volunteers in September 1914 became the ‘Preston Pals’ – D Company of the 7th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Two hundred of these fell during the second phase of the Battle of the Somme which began on 14th July at Bazentin-le-Petit.
Seven battalions of ‘Manchester Pals’ were recruited – overall almost 10,000 men of whom 4,776 were killed during the course of the 1914-18 war.
It was entirely a matter of luck whether a particular battalion was decimated or not, depending on where they happened to be sent. The battalion raised in Oldham were known as the ‘Oldham Comrades’ and suffered relatively light casualties. By contrast the 22nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, raised in the city centre mostly from cotton workers, suffered 472 casualties of the 796 men who saw action on the first day of the Somme.
20,000 British soldiers were killed on that first day, with a further 35,000 wounded. A month later their commanders accepted there was going to be no breakthrough, and dug in for a campaign of attrition, with further offensives in September and November.
Though by the final end of the Battle of the Somme on 21st November 1916 the British Army had gained only two miles of territory after four and a half months of fighting and 420,000 casualties – two men for every centimetre of ground gained – historians are divided over whether the battle should be termed a military disaster.
One recent analyst, Prof. Gary Sheffield has concluded:
“The battle of the Somme was not a victory in itself, but without it the entente would not have emerged victorious in 1918.”
Yet as with the second European civil war of 1939-45, one thing can be said for certain. For the men and families of the Accrington Pals, the Preston Pals and their equivalents across the country, there was to be no victory.
EFP Chairman Mark Cotterill polled 599 votes (22.17%) in Preston East ward – Lancashire County Council Election.
The full result was:
Labour – 1004
Conservative – 707
England First – 599
Elsewhere in Lancashire County Council Elections, Tony Justice polled 482 votes (11.53%) for the English Democrats in Rossendale North ward. The full result was:
Conservative – 1894
Labour – 1343
English Democrats – 482
Lib-Dem – 435
And Ken Walters polled 179 votes (5.18%) in Ormskirk West ward. The full result was:
Conservative – 1465
Labour – 968
UKIP – 427
Green – 412
English Democrats – 179
There was also a by-election in Radcliffe West ward on Bury Metropolitan Council. Steven Morris polled 228 votes (8%) for the English Democrats. The full result was:
Labour – 879
Conservative – 870
BNP – 459
Lib-Dem – 429
English Democrats – 228
Well done to all English Nationalist candidates who stood and also a big thank you to everybody who helped with their campaigns.