True Brits – A new fascist party is formed in Britain
A new fascist party is being born in Britain. Called True Brits (TB), it is made up of current and former members of the British National Party (BNP) and it will seek to attract the hundreds of activists who have left the BNP in recent years.
But it will also bring together some of the more extreme elements of the British far right, including antisemities and holocaust deniers.
Last month, Yorkshire and Humber MEP Andrew Brons resigned from the BNP claiming mistreatment from Nick Griffin and the party hierarchy. This was the green light the rebels had been waiting for.
The fall-out between Brons and Griffin are organisational disputes rather than political differences and, if anything, the new party will be even more extreme than the BNP. It will remain embedded to racial nationalism and total opposition to a multiracial society. Only last year, in a radio interview, Brons described the English Democrats’ “courting of multiracialism” as the primary reason he opposed their party.
The new party will include some of Britain’s most hardline racists, antisemites and Holocaust deniers. It will be BNP mark II but even more toxic. It will be TB in name and equally dangerous.
The new party will be led by Peter Phillips, a former BNP member who in 2006 stood for election as President of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Andrew Brons will become its President. Newcastle-based Kevin Scott is acting as the Secretary of the Steering Group and Andrew Moffat and Ken Booth its deputy chairmen.
Around them will be former BNP organisers and activists, people drawn from small and hardline groups such as England First and the Democratic Nationalists and a number of former National Front activists who were prominent in the 1970s and 1980s.
Its strength will initially be in the North East, Yorkshire, East Midlands and London, though it is likely to quickly attract other disillusioned BNP members from across the country.
Britain’s most hardline antisemites and Holocaust Deniers will be joining True Brits. These include Peter Rushton and Bob Gertner. It was Gertner, together with Phillips, who registered the party with the electoral commission.
Another person who has been involved in the discussions over the formation of the new party is Richard Edmonds, John Tyndall’s former deputy and now a leading figure in the National Front. Edmonds is a hardcore nazi and Holocaust Denier, so any involvement from him will clearly demonstrate the true nature of Brons’ new party.
Brons’ group will be expected to contest some of the forthcoming parliamentary by-elections, including Middlesbrough and Croydon, both to be held on 29 November. However, the new party will really look towards next year’s county council elections to stamp their mark on the British far right.
The next few months will decide whether Brons’ new far right outfit replace Griffin’s BNP as the dominant force on the British far right or whether Griffin will weather the storm and remain in control. True Brits will have the activists and the enthusiasm but Griffin is a political street fighter and his party has the recognised brand name.
However, let us not think that there is anything moderate in this new party. It is simply BNP Mark II but even more toxic.
And whoever emerges dominant, HOPE not hate we will be there to oppose them at the ballot box and in the community.
HOPE not hate profiles some of the people supporting the new party
Peter Phillips: Phillips will become the leader of True Brits. A Surrey-based architect, Phillips attracted media attention in 2006 when his political affiliations became known during his candidacy for the presidency of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2010 he was the BNP’s parliamentary candidate in Windsor, though soon after he was suspended from the party by Nick Griffin and became involved in the BNP Reform Group. In addition to his former BNP allegiances, Phillips was known within RIBA circles as having “particular unpleasant views on the abilities of women.”
Ken Booth: Booth was the North East organiser in both the NF and later the BNP. He once described Auschwitz as being comparable to “Disney Land”, refusing to believe the “official figures” of those who died in the Holocaust and did not recognise the “authenticity” of the buildings at Auschwitz.
Booth will become deputy chairman of True Brits.
Andrew Moffat: A former National Front member who was booted out of the Army in 1980. He was once David Irving’s political secretary and has remained close friends with former NF National Activities Organiser Martin Webster. He stood for UKIP in Beaconsfield in 2001, finishing in last place. He later joined the BNP, becoming the BNP’s economic spokesman and became Andrew Brons’ close political assistant, running his Brussels office. Moffat will become deputy chairman of True Brits.
Adrian Davies: A former member of the Monday Club, Tory Action and London Swinton Circle, Davies has flirted with the extreme far-right in this country since the 1980s. In the 1990s he joined up with some BNP rebels to form the Freedom Party. A barrister by trade, Cambridge-educated Davies has registered a new political party in April 2011 in what would appear to be a premature move to align with Andrew Brons’s rebels. Davies was personal secretary to the Holocaust denier David Irving during the early ‘80s. In 1983 Davies was sharing a flat with Italian neo-Nazi Roberto Fiore, and Michael Walker editor of Scorpion magazine.
Steve Brady: Stephen John Brady is a veteran nazi and former Vice-Chairman in the National Front. He has also been linked to the Loyalist paramilitary group, the Ulster Defence Association. He was also a founder member of the hardcore nazi group the League of St George in the 1970s and became its international liaison officer. He once described the Italian fascist Ordine Nuovo as: “Basically neo-fascist urban guerrillas whose main activities are machine gunning Red marches, blowing up Red offices, car bombing of Reds, assassination of leading Reds and good clean fun of that sort.”Brady is arguably Brons’ closest political ally though he may prefer to play a more private role in True Brits, like he has done over the last few years with the BNP.
James Lewthwaite: Former Bradford BNP councillor and now leader of the Democratic Nationalists. He studied archaeology at Cambridge University and later went on to teach and research at Bradford, Lancaster and Sheffield Universities. Lewthwaite was exposed in 2004 as a publisher of books which glorified Hitler and Nazi Germany. Lewthwaite has been pushing hard for Brons to form a new party for some time.
Peter Rushton: Rushton is one of Britain’s leading Holocaust deniers and has links to nazi groups across Europe and antisemites in the Middle East. He was previously involved in the BNP but was expelled by Nick Griffin in 2002. He is currently deputy editor of Mark Cotterill’s magazine Heritage and Destiny and regularly speaks at National Front, British Movement and RVF events.
Ivan Winters: Former Bradford Conservative, Winters was once an active anti-fascist and even attended Trades Council meetings. He left the Conservative Party after being imprisoned for fraud. Winters is now involved with James Lewthwaite’s ‘Democratic Nationalists’ and has written extensively about the need to establish a new ‘nationalist’ party.
Martin Wingfield: A former chairman of the National Front, he was jailed for 90 days in 1984 for refusing to pay a fine after being convicted of distributing literature likely to stir up racial hatred. He joined the BNP in 2001 and became editor of the party’s newspaper. He is currently Andrew Brons’ communications officer. Wingfield is also closely linked to Steve Brady.
Bob Gertner: Former Croydon BNP organiser, Gertner is an active Holocaust denier and closely linked to Richard Edmonds. In 2000 attended the David Irving libel trial in the company of other BNP activists to offer him support and in his position as Croydon BNP organiser he regularly invited leading Holocaust deniers to speak. Gertner registered True Brits with the electoral commission along with Peter Phillips in November 2011.
Richard Edmonds: One of Britain’s most hardline national socialists and Holocaust deniers around, Edmonds joined the National Front in the early 1970s before moving over to the New National Front in 1980 and then becoming a founder member of the BNP in 1982. Always a close confident of John Tyndall, Edmonds is a unreconstructed nazi. During the 1980s and 1990s he produced Holocaust News, a tabloid newspaper which denied the Holocaust. Today, he is still a vocal Holocaust denier and is closely linked to hardline Nazis across Europe. At the end of May 2011 Richard Edmonds was planning to challenge Griffin for the leadership of the BNP but stood down in favour of Andrew Brons.