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Archive for March 5th, 2010

Richard Edmonds, The BNP and Zundel.

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It seems to me that as you get older the questions that troubled you in your youth rarely seem to matter, but one topic often comes up: memory, and more importantly why do we remember certain things and not others.

I would be the first to acknowledge that my faculties are incredibly diminished, but when I see a picture of the well-known neofascist Richard Edmonds my mind seems to come alive. I can picture him in my mind walking down the road, he’s tall and has a certain mannerism.

Why I remember him I can’t tell you, but I do.

Richard Edmonds has been a neofascist for over 30 years, from his time in the National Front and now in the BNP.

Edmonds like so many modern neofascists tries to hide his darker side and appear presentable, but his true character and real attitudes eventually come out.

Therefore, I was not too surprised when Edmonds went to provide support to Ernest Zundel.

Older readers will remember that Zundel is the genuine article, an unrepentant Hitler lover and the author of the well-known neofascist classic, “The Hitler We Loved and Why.”

The CST explains more.

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05/03/2010 at 23:11

The Guardian’s Blindspot.

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There is an excellent article in today’s Guardian, dealing with the growth of Far Right groups in America and it highlights how aggressive rhetoric from people like Glenn Beck may have contributed to that rise, as it reports:

“How far such language is now part of the mainstream political discourse was confirmed by Politico today, which reported that it had obtained a Republican national committee document detailing plans to raise election funds with “an aggressive campaign capitalising on ‘fear’ of President Barack Obama” and a promise to “save the country from trending toward socialism”.”

So the Guardian is right to point out that aggressive rhetoric in the public discourse can have dire consequences, the rise of the Far Right, the potential for incitement, racial violence, etc

All very observable and easily documented, based on the evidence.

Yet the irony is that the Guardian, in the form of its electronic service, Comment is Free contributes to such racism on a daily basis.

Granted, it is not the bellicose demagoguery of American talk show hosts, it is rather very English, understated, but the effect is similar.

Instead of attacks on President Obama, creeping socialism etc, instead of that Comment is Free posts outpourings of anti-Jewish racism, conspiracy theories and attacks on Israelis on a daily basis.

And that is the Guardian’s blindspot, their inability to see how they are actively contributing to anti-Jewish racism.

(H/T: Adam Holland)

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05/03/2010 at 14:20

UKIP’s Allies Too Extreme For Own MEP.

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Well, this is a turn up for the books, a UKIP MEP has objected to her our own party’s allies in the European Parliament saying they are too extreme, the BBC reports:

“A Euro MP has been expelled from the UK Independence Party after refusing to be part of a multi-national group it has joined in the European Parliament.

Nikki Sinclaire had said some UKIP’s allies in Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) had “extreme views”.
The West Midlands Euro MP has refused to sit with her own party members in European Parliament meetings for weeks.
UKIP said her plans to stand also as a candidate for the party in the general election may not go ahead.

The EFD group was formed in Strasbourg after last summer’s euro-elections, made up of 32 right-wing MEPs from nine national political parties. Ms Sinclaire announced her refusal to continue in the bloc on her website, attacking a “variety of extremist views” of other EFD members, including “anti-Semitism, violence and the espousal of a single European policy on immigration”.

All a bit strange, Nosemonkey’s EUtopia wrote about the EPD last year and it is still a funny read.

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05/03/2010 at 03:43

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