Stand up to UKIP!

With just a few weeks to go until the general election UKIP are still polling around 18% and are in the media daily. This group of ex tories, bankers and racists have seen phenomenal growth in support with their own aggressive brand of right wing rhetoric. But who are the people that are supporting UKIP, and what effect has their increase in air time had on the nation?


This week Nigel Farage was seen in the media complaining about the audience at the leaders debate being too left wing, a sentiment that is often echoed by UKIP on all levels. They use the term ‘left wing’ in a derogatory fashion, sometimes in quite aggressive terms, this is a central part of their party rhetoric. Well also this week a UKIP supporter was arrested after he took up arms and shot at 2 labour canvassers going door to door on his street in Rotherham, whilst chanting UKIP, UKIP, UKIP… This disgusting incident is frankly a hate crime and is not a coincidence, nor is it the only time that dangerous right wing extremists have looked upon UKIP as an inspiration. The fascist political party Britain First have recently been quoted urging their supporters to vote UKIP instead of voting for them as they apparently see themselves and UKIP as being part of the same movement. Britain First see themselves as the military branch in their perceived nationalist race war, with UKIP being the “political arm of the movement.”  And even this is not an isolated incident, with the fascist, racist and violent street protest group the EDL (and all their splinter groups) now regularly heard chanting UKIP on their marches. Now for a party that says its not racist, or even right wing for that matter (HA!), to be inspiring such hatred towards others based on their religion, skin colour and political beliefs there is clearly something wrong. And it is clear for all to see that what is wrong is the message UKIP are putting out, it is inspiring nazis, bigots and idiots to carry out hate crimes. And we as a nation cannot stand for that!


So I say to you, my fellow Britons, we need to stand up to UKIP! Now! Before its too late. As citizens in a supposedly free society we should not have to risk being attacked on the streets by bigots for our race, religion, sexual preference or political beliefs. And furthermore we should not tolerate a party like UKIP inspiring these narrow minded groups and individuals. We need to work together as a society to crush these bigots once and for all, socialists, liberals, anarchists, trade unionists, anti fascists and community campaigners together. We cannot let UKIP continue to gain influence and prevalence through more council seats and MP’s. So what can we do? We can do many things, some small, some large, but all valuable. For a start we all need to organise and attend large anti UKIP protests in all their target areas! If they are campaigning in your town or city centre then don’t simply walk past and ignore them, confront them about their rhetoric of hate and make them squirm in public! Or go to their election shops and ask them the awkward questions they can’t handle for the same confrontation! Canvass your area, not for any one party, just against UKIP! If you see a UKIP poster or billboard, graffiti it or rip it down! If you see Nigel Farage or Mark Reckless or any other high profile UKIP member canvassing near you, egg them! Take whatever action you feel is appropriate and that you are comfortable with, every single little thing helps. Just don’t sit back and do nothing… We need to stop them before its too late.

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EDL splinter groups, an antifa’s guide.

Since Tommy Robinson left the EDL the group is leaderless and has become fractured, leading to the emergence of numerous smaller fascist groups all over Britain. These groups are usually regionally orientated and due to their lower profile they are able to be even more overtly racist than the EDL. But who are these groups? Who are their leaders? And how can we stop them? Below is a profile of some of the most well known groups, followed by a complete list of all the splinter groups I know of to date.


INFIDELS

The Infidels of Britain are one the best known EDL splinter groups, dedicated to similar anti-Islam rhetoric but less coy about their links to the racist far right. The organisation has 2 major factions, the North East infidels and the North West infidels. The North West faction is run by John ‘snowy’ Shaw, a man well known to antifa’s as a particularly vile specimen. He is backed up by another notorious fascist, snowy’s good mate Shane Calvert aka ‘diddyman’. Amongst the notable members of the the 2 infidels factions are the moronic Liam Pinkham and Shane Martin, a charming character, who was jailed for threatening members of hospital staff. The North West infidels will be attempting to spread their hate in Oldham on February 14th.

SOUTH EAST ALLIANCE

The South East alliance are a carbon copy of the EDL, just on a smaller scale, led by ‘Paul Pitt’ real name Paul Prodromou (he doesn’t use his real name for fear of being seen as a foreigner) a man with a long history of violence towards minorities. Other notable members include Kevin Layzell who ran for election as a BNP candidate and Mick Wittman, a nasty old man who ran with the NF for many years. These fascists are trying to branch out from their south east base recently, planning a demo on March 7. This is actually being done because the home office have banned the EDL from returning to Rotherham after 8 demo’s in the past 2 years, so the South East alliance are going instead. Different name, same bullshit.

ENGLISH VOLUNTEER FORCE

The English volunteer force was formed at the end of 2012 and are always seen at EDL national demo’s. Founded by Nazi John Sheridan, the group states that it ‘stands against militant Islam, against republican terror, against the extreme left.’ They also state that ‘militancy is embedded in Islam, therefore Islam must be eradicated from the UK’. Another notable member of the English volunteer force is Timmy Hoban, an evil fascist known particularly for his love of knives. Especially on marches.

CASUALS UNITED

Casuals united are a fascist group that sprang from both the EDL and also from British football hooligan ‘firms’. The group describes itself as ‘uniting the UK’s football tribes against the jihadists’. The group is organised around several British football teams hooligans and is led by Jeff Marsh of Barry, South Wales. Due to their membership consisting of violent football fans Casuals United are a particularly violent group and should be treated as such. They do not demonstrate to spread their fascist message, they demonstrate to fight.

MARCH FOR ENGLAND

Formed in 2007 this is one of the oldest groups to have broken away from the EDL. As the name suggests the groups main focus is organising marches, these range from celebrations of St George’s day to anti EU demo’s and counter demo’s at Islamist events. March for England are not actually friendly with the EDL any more, with leader Dave Smeeton in particular publicly criticising the EDL. However they do show strong support for other EDL splinter groups, especially casuals united.

FULL LIST OF EDL SPLINTER GROUPS

  • English Defence Union
  • United British Patriots
  • East Anglican Patriots
  • Scunthorpe and North Lincs Patriots
  • English Volunteer Force
  • Scottish Volunteer Force
  • Scottish Defence League
  • Welsh Defence League
  • The Valleys Frontline
  • South East Alliance
  • Casuals United
  • Northern Casuals
  • March For England
  • Infidels of Britain
  • North East Infidels
  • North West Infidels
  • Liverpool ‘Scouse’ Nationalists
  • British Patriots Society
  • British Counter Homeland Offensive
  • Anti-Sharia Alliance
  • National English Unity

These groups are now becoming more numerous and scattered across the country therefore keeping track of them nationally is becoming difficult. Some people see the splinter groups as a sign that the EDL is finished and that we are beating them back. Others feel that they are in fact more dangerous than ever now they are scattered across the UK in locally organized groups. I suspect that both are true. What we must do now is to take these splinter groups on on the streets, their numbers are small, we can stop them. Local anti-fascist groups should mobilise against their local splinter groups and smash them before they manage to get a foothold. And when the EDL call a national demo and all these groups unite for the day we must do likewise and mobilise antifa’s from all over Britain to ensure that we outnumber them every time. If we can all do this we can accelerate the decline of the EDL, then all that remains will be to put and end to these small splinter groups in our local areas. We are winning the fight against fascism in Britain, now lets end it once and for all!

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What is Britain First?

You will all more than likely have seen a Britain First post on facebook at some point, but who and what are they? Where have they come from? And what are their intentions?  I will here attempt to answer all these questions surrounding this new social media driven political party and suggest how they can be defeated.


History

As I have just mentioned Britain First are a political party, more specifically they are a far right party that formed as an offshoot of the British National Party (BNP). The founder of Britain First, Jim Dowson and his supporters (including current leader Paul Golding) broke away from the BNP, after an internal argument in which they accused the BNP of being too moderate for agreeing to comply with court rulings forcing them to accept members of all races into the party. They demanded the party stuck to its origins as a solely white British group, a demand that the party leadership refused to indulge for fear of prosecution. Following this those who wanted to move the party further to the right and remain ‘racially pure’ left to set up their own project in that vein, this project became Britain First. They First came to the attention of the public in early 2014 with their ‘Christian patrols’, which were little more than a pathetic excuse for them to harass Muslims whilst dressed in military style clothing. They also gained publicity for entering a mosque and throwing bibles at the congregation during prayers.

Ideology

Britain First is as I have already stated a radically far right party so as you would expect their policy focuses entirely on anti-immigration/anti-Islamic rhetoric, much like the BNP. However, unlike the BNP Britain First describe themselves as a ‘paramilitary’ group and see the best way to spread their message of hate as being through a mixture of street protests and electoral participation. In this sense they are similar to the 1980’s National Front. They are obsessed with the military and are overtly racist, put simply they are fascists.

Online campaigns

Britain First run most of their campaigns on facebook, a number of which have been highly controversial. They received widespread condemnation for their use of the image of murdered Woolwich soldier Lee Rigby, with his family demanding that they stopped desecrating his image by associating it with themselves and a racist ideology that Lee himself did not support. Another controversy surrounds their funding streams as the party share images such as abused animals and request donations to stop such things, leading to people unknowingly donating to a fascist political party instead of an animal charity. They have also received criticism for the misuse of the remembrance poppy image and support our troops propaganda for their own fundraising purposes. Put simply there are no depths these people will not sink too in an attempt to fund their bullshit racial war. They intentionally use images such as the ones mentioned here because the vast majority of people would agree with them, this means they will like and share Britain Firsts page without realising they are supporting a fascist group. This gives them a much larger audience to spread their racist propaganda too than they would ordinarily have. Their page is the fastest growing political page on facebook in the UK today with over 400,000 followers.

On the streets

Their numbers on the streets are in stark contrast to their support online, with several of their attempted demonstrations ending in humiliation at the hands of anti-fascist protesters. On a good day they can only muster 100 odd supporters from a national call out, with the majority of their attempts only managing to draw in 10’s of people. On the streets the pose no major threat at the minute due to this lack of numbers and frankly the more attempts they make that end in humiliation the more ridiculous they make themselves look.

How to defeat them

I see this as a fairly simple process, with a combined effort we can all put an end to this idiotic group of fascists. Firstly tackle them online, they rely massively on their facebook page to remain in the public conciousness. Many people share their propaganda without realising what it really is, if you see one of your friends has shared something from their page just comment on it telling them that this seemingly innocent picture is in fact Nazi propaganda and urge them to remove it. Alongside this we all need to oppose them when they take to the streets, their numbers are so small that they can easily be blocked from marching, as happened twice in the Rochester and Strood by-election campaign. Alternatively they can be kettled to the same effect, the police numbers at their demonstrations are so low that anti-fascists can easily take any course of action they wish too against them. If they continue to be so comprehensively publicly humiliated their support will rapidly dissipate and they will become just another insignificant far right party forgotten by the majority in society, just like the National Front and the BNP. After this any hardcore fascist dreg’s that remain can be dealt with easily by antifa’s if ever they dare to try and take to the streets again. We all have a duty to fight fascism, and a nasty little group like Britain First can be smashed easily with little more than a coordinated effort. So lets do it Britain!

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How to fight the EDL

The English defence league have been around for a few years now and are the most well known and easily recognised fascist group in the UK today, they are also by a distance the largest and most active. Areas like Rotherham have seen marches as frequently as every 6 weeks, some with over 1000 in attendance. They are an extremely violent group who focus mainly on attacking and intimidating the Muslim community in Britain, although if there are no immigrants around they will happily fight with anti-fascist groups, the police and if all else fails, each other. They have caused 10’s of thousands of pounds worth of damage to businesses in areas they have visited and the total bill to the taxpayer for policing their demonstrations is 10’s of millions.


The Youth

As I have already mentioned the EDL are the largest fascist group in the UK today. This is in part because unlike others they are able to mobilise great numbers to national demonstrations, mainly because they are able to draw in young disillusioned white working class males whom it may not be accurate to describe as fully fledged fascists. Many are simply uneducated working class youths seeking acceptance and a day of drinking and violence to distract them from their miserable lives. I start by addressing this group within the EDL because I feel they need to be dealt with in a different way to the more seasoned hardcore Nazi’s within the group. These youths often know very little about what the EDL really are and are merely taken in by their propaganda and visible presence, they are angry at their lot in life and the obvious corruption within society today and go to the EDL marches as they see them as the only people taking visible action. The type of action, however abhorrent, does not concern them they just feel the need to display their anger at society in any way possible. I would dare to say that 90% of these youths will not harbour their current views by the time they are 30 and on that basis I feel that if possible the best course of action to take with them is education. Leaflet colleges, sixth forms and town centres with anti-fascist literature, the schools won’t educate the youth so we must do it ourselves. Once they come to understand that the EDL is little more than a reincarnation of the German Nazi’s they will quickly distance themselves from the movement.

On The Streets

As Trotsky said “The first course of action to take with any fascist should be to try and educate him, however when education fails it is time to introduce his face to the pavement!” And that put simply is how we should deal with the majority of the EDL, the question is how to do so when the police presence at their marches is often greater than that of the EDL and anti-fascist groups combined? That is a tricky question, but there are a few answers. First and foremost, MOBILISE! When the EDL gather we need all anti-fascists of all creeds to take to the streets and work together, trade unionists and anarchists need to be on the same team on this issue. At present most counter demonstrations are organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) who are an organisation backed by the unions, the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the Socialist Party and even Labour, the problem with this is that they are an extremely moderate group who will not (for the most part) support direct action for the sake of being inclusive. However this stops the anarchist groups like the Anti-fascist network (AFN) and anti-fascist action from confronting the EDL head on due to the new protest control powers granted to police allowing them to keep all protesters to designated areas and march routes. The solution is simple, don’t co-operate with the police! The orders they use to threaten protesters with arrest have no power if the police have not been forewarned that a protest will take place. Organise a demonstration on the EDL march route and simply take control of the situation. Block their march, occupy the area the want for their demo or if possible kettle the fascists. These are all peaceful and legal protest tactics that are 100x more effective than the UAF’s ‘multi-cultural demonstrations’ and ‘unity vigils’ that do nothing to actually stop the fascists. Any one of these approaches would not merely defeat the fascists on the day, it would send them into a violent rage giving the anarchist groups and the more radical minded in general the opportunity to give the Nazi scum the kicking they deserve while the moderates can fall back to a peaceful solidarity demonstration. The only solution to the violence of the EDL is to beat them at their own game, we will achieve nothing by waving banners at them through the barriers and police cordons. It hasn’t worked so far and it never will, it’s time for direct action, it’s time the UAF realised this and either changed their approach or left it to those who are actually willing to do what is required to organise the fightback.

Online

Another course of action is to take the fight to them online, as the anonymous opKKK showed, this can be very effective. This can be done in a number of ways. Firstly for the more technologically minded antifa’s there is the anonymous favourite of denial of service attacks aimed at their websites and message boards. The benefits of this are obvious, it takes them out of the public sphere for a short time and generates publicity for anti-fascism that benefits us all. The second option is much more simple, get their membership list and post it online! This can be done in 2 ways, by simply taking it from their facebook groups, or by hacking their sites. In either scenario once you have a list of EDL supporters and members just post it far and wide online. Add as much info about each individual as possible, home town, place of work, anything that you can find. Most of this info is on facebook, if your willing to spend some time on a project like this you could create a comprehensive portfolio of UK fascists that is publicly available. Finally the most simple thing anyone can do, oppose the EDL and support antifa’s. Go on the EDL web pages and tell them what they are, constantly! Make it so that no teenager who wanders there will do so without seeing 10 people calling them Nazi’s, the discouraging effect of this is obvious. Along with this help raise awareness, ‘like’, ‘follow’ or join anti-fascist pages and publicise their demonstrations, press releases and events. The more people do this the more people will see it, and more people will take to the streets to oppose the EDL when they take their hatred to towns and cities across Britain.


The EDL are a group in decline, their leader has walked away and the group has become fractured and disorganised. Where they used to mobilise 1000+ at national marches they now struggle to pull a few hundred. In their home town of Luton in Nov 2014 they managed just 300 odd people from their national call out. Their are cracking, due mainly to the tireless work of antifa’s around the country. We have them on the ropes, now its time to finish them off! Once and for all…

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