A Guide to the UK’s Far-right
Started in the 60’s by disciples of Oswald Mosley. Capable of mobilising large numbers in the 70’s and 80’s, they were mostly beaten off the streets by Anti Fascist Action and the Anti Nazi League. They have recently seen a small resurgence by campaigning on the issue of “Muslim paedo gangs”, currently publicly beefing with the EDL.
British National Party
Started in the ’82 after the implosion of the NF, and during the 90’s became the dominant far-right force on the streets. In 1999 the new leader Nick Griffin took them off the streets and into electoral politics, where they won a few councils but never achieved any major successes. The BNP lost their last few councillors and MEPs in 2013. Sunk into obscurity.
Founded in 1993 on a libertarian, anti-EU platform, the party shot to fame with the appointment of media-savvy ex-banker Nigel Farage as leader. Since then they have lurched to the right, with a socially conservative and economically liberal approach. They preach a wide range of racist and xenophobic policies, including the demonisation of Eastern Europeans and Muslims, and the closing of the UK borders to migrants.
The UK’s premier far-right street movement, for everyone from your stella-downing casual racists, to your out-and-out Neo-Nazis. Founded in 2009 in Luton after locals reacted angrily to a protest by Anjem Choudary against the return of a regiment of British troops from Basra. Once able to draw several thousands onto the street, the EDL have now declined in popularity and have splintered into acronym-soup of groups (see below). Currently having a small resurgence on the back of the Rotherham abuse scandal.
Lead by ex-BNP officer Paul Golding, formed and backed by ex-BNP funder and Orangeman Jim Dawson, these bin bag-attired muppets consider themselves the elite strike force of the far-right. More often seen cowering behind police lines, or crashing their land-rover into car-park barriers. Their much-touted recent tour of the UK has revealed that despite the large internet popularity and media attention they can only pull a maximum of 20 people to the streets. Currently imploding due to the spectacular rage quit of walking-wallet Jim Dawson.
March for England
Confusingly, not a march but a group, lead by Portsmouth resident and flat-cap aficionado Dave Smeeton. Started their annual St. George’s Day Brighton circus in 2008, and one of the groups involved in founding the EDL in 2009. Currently attempting to drag their racist shit-shower through Brighton every year, despite massive local opposition. Opposed by antifascists in 2011, 12, 13 and 14, the current score stands at 4-0 to the locals.
The far-right’s most active keyboard-warriors, best known for “going where they want” (they don’t) and not turning up to their own demos. A tiny group of wannabe football hooligans who couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag. Only current activity is twitter trolling and putting up pathetic stickers.
South East Alliance
One of the swastika-soup of far-right acronym groups to emerge from the EDL. Lead by ego-tripping snaggle-tooth Paul Prodmorou (who calls himself Paul Pitt to sound more English), and based around South Essex and North Kent. Currently to be found banging their heads against a brick wall in Cricklewood, North London.
English Volunteer Force
Another far-right splinter groupsicle from the EDL, most notable for being named after murderous terrorist group the Ulster Volunteer Force. They claim to have branches in Scotland and Wales, but no evidence has been forthcoming about these supposed numbers. Never pulled more than 50 on the streets. Currently in hibernation since March 2014.
Another splinter group from the EDL, split off when their politics became more extreme than the EDL’s. Mostly based around the North East and West of the UK. Absolutely tiny, rarely seen south of Manchester. Tend not to call their own demonstrations but rather attend other peoples.
National Action are a Strasserite affinity group pretending to be a national organisation. Run by students, they believe they are the vanguard of a white nationalist revolution in the UK. Their natural habitat is their mum’s basement, only calling for one demonstration. They produce propaganda of a higher quality than other groups, however their ideology is so extreme as to alienate potential support.
New British Union
Uniform-festishising Mosleyites who wish they were in the 1930’s. Distinguished as the only group on this list which describes itself as fascist. They have never even called a demo and have only been spotted once on the streets, however they do have to leave their uniforms at home for fear of falling foul of the Public Order Act.