Friday, 31 March 2017

Nation Revisited # 126 April 2017

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The African Personality - Peter Wallis
From Action September 1961

The fate of Africa cannot be a matter of indifference to us in Europe. Interest and morality alike decree our involvement in this vast continent with whose destiny we chose to interfere in our imperial past, and in which large numbers of our fellow-Europeans have settled during several hundred years. It is therefore unwise to close our eyes to any evidence which may throw light on the complex problems facing Africa today.

Among the influences with which we have to contend is the emotional appeal of what is usually, wrongly, called African nationalism. African racialism would be a more accurate term, but racialism is of course a dirty word in the political vocabulary: it is only Europeans who commit that crime. But call it what you will, it exists.

"Today there is a new African in the world, and that new African is ready to fight his own battle and show that after all, the black man is capable of managing his own affairs," declared Dr Nkrumah at Ghana's independence celebrations, and his speeches since have all been full of talk of the "assertion of the African personality."

However much we may doubt whether Dr Nkrumah's actions have justified his proud boast of African capacity for self-government, the question of "the African personality" is certainly an interesting one. Is there in fact any such thing? The phrase occurs again and again in a recent collection of African writings edited by the American negro poet Langston Hughes, "An African Treasury" (Gollance).

In spite of the effusions of the editor there is little of any great literary merit here, though one or two of the poems come across well enough. "African Heaven," by Francis Ernest Kobina Parkes, with its opening lines: "Give me black souls, Let them be black, Or chocolate brown, Or make them the colour of dust" - may not exactly put Eliot or Pound out of business (it does rather remind one of Stephen Spender, though) but it is a forceful reminder of the emotional appeal of his blackness to the rootless African intellectual with no other means of identification with his fellow-negroes.

The political pieces are on the whole rather banal. All of them could easily have been taken from the pages of Encounter or The New Statesman, several of them were. There is nothing very memorable here except Peter Abraham's article "The Blacks" which by illustration sums up the situation of the minority of educated westernised Africans, frustrated by the lack of opportunity for them both in tribal Africa and European society.

Jomo Kenyatta is a case in point. Peter Abrahams' reminiscences show him storming out of a tribal ceremony in his honour muttering "I can't stand any more." Yet shortly afterwards Kenyatta was to be jailed for his part in the Kenya troubles.

So much then for the "African personality." In fact no such thing emerges, only a conflict between the tribal heritage on the one hand and an ersatz Europeanism on the other, as harmful to the African as to the European.

This is not perhaps, a book to comfort the white settler interest. Neither should it bring comfort to the pious sentimentalists of the Left - though so blinded by their own self-righteousness that they are likely to welcome it without seeing its deeper tragic implications.

Lastly a word about apartheid. Throughout the book the word is used as synonymous with the white man's injustice to the black. This travesty has now become a commonplace of English journalism, and its high time that someone pointed out that such injustices as exist  - and he would be both blind and foolish who denied they do exist - are the result of a hangover from old-fashioned colonialism and the lack of genuine apartheid.

In fact only real separate development, leading ultimately to separate nationhood, can allow a true "African personality" to develop, and so resolve the conflict, not just between black and white, but within the negro himself, which this book so clearly describes.

The Age of the Superficial

Presidents, prime ministers, chiefs of staff, and senior executives are surrounded by spokesmen but some of them can't keep their mouths shut.

Clement Attlee, the post-war Labour prime minister, was a man of few words. A BBC reporter once thrust a microphone into his face and asked: "Prime Minister have you anything to say." Attlee looked at him contemptuously and replied; "No." Nowadays we would have been subjected to fatuous phrases, such as; "let me be absolutely clear about this," or; "I think we would all agree." This would be accompanied by beaming smiles and practised gestures designed to sell snake oil.

Dave Cameron was a master of waffle who gave us such meaningless phrases as; "The Big Society" and "The Northern Powerhouse." He was chosen by his party because he was a good looking young man with the gift of the gab, unlike Clem Atlee who was a taciturn old man with a bald head.

The police are just as bad. Every major crime now results in  television appearances by a high ranking officer wearing an 
impeccably tailored uniform. Through perfect teeth they
convince us that their particular police force is doing a magnificent job and remind us how grateful we should be to be protected by such bold gendarmes. The fact that they have no idea who committed the crime is not allowed to spoil the performance. The days of Dixon of Dock Green making a simple statement are long gone.

The courts are another rich source of unnecessary comment. We have come to expect lofty reflections from soberly-suited magistrates and high court judges in their wigs and gowns who dispense judicial waffle together with justice.  

Not to be outdone churchmen of all denominations issue pious pronouncements from the whitewashed chapels of the non-conformists to the sumptuous cathedrals of Catholics and High Anglicans.

The Church and the courts can keep their traditions but we can do without meaningless verbiage from politicians lacking in principles and common sense but brimming with self confidence. We live in the age of the superficial. 


The Chilean mine rescue of October 2010 was achieved with courage and leadership. 33 miners were trapped 700 metres underground for 70 days following a collapse at the Copiapo mine. Led by their shift supervisor, 54-year-old Luis Urzua, the men organised themselves into working parties and arranged food distribution, sanitation, communications and religious services. Thanks to their discipline and team spirit they maintained morale and none of them suffered serious injury. A rescue shaft was drilled and a special capsule was designed and built to carry the men up to the surface, one by one. The last man out was Luis Arzua.

Heroism is common in wartime but leadership and courage is just as important in peacetime. The Officer's Training Corps gives young men and women the chance to develop their leadership skills. In fact, most of them do not pursue army careers but their training and discipline is just as essential in industry. Similar schemes such as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award have equipped thousands of young people with valuable life skills. The Scouting Movement also instils the virtues of patriotism and comradeship.

The young officers who led our armed forces in two world wars were the product of an educational system designed for the purpose. Hopefully, we will never have to repeat their sacrifice but we will always need leaders. We have survived the egalitarian obsession which gave prizes to everyone to avoid disappointment. Determination must be rewarded because nothing can be achieved without effort, and nothing can replace leadership.

As a ten-year-old boy I had the honour to be presented to  Field Marshal Montgomery. He was born in his father's vicarage at St Mark's Kennington and I went to St Mark's School. We were all lined up like soldiers in the playground
when the great man inspected us. To my young eyes he radiated leadership. Years later I read his autobiography and met old soldiers who had served under him. And I found that my boyhood impression was well founded.

Free Speech and State Repression

Theresa May has kept her promise to the Jewish community to stamp out anti-Semitism. Several political activists are serving prison sentences and Jez Turner of the London Forum is facing prosecution. Her government treads carefully when dealing with left-wing organisations but patriotic movements are fair game. This has long been the case. The following editorial is from Action of October 1961:

The Lefty press has been horrified at the Home Secretary's action in banning under the Public Order Act the "Committee of 100" from demonstrating in Parliament Square. Some interesting admissions were also made in the Tory press when the old birds started clucking.

For instance, The Sunday Telegraph (17-9-61) explained "Government hopes of keeping order in Central London are pinned to an Act that was originally designed to deal with Britain's Fascists. The activities of Sir Oswald Mosley's Union Movement led to the passing in 1936 of the Public Order Act."

Leaving aside the obvious error in this statement (Union Movement did not exist in 1936) this is a remarkable admission indeed. It says right out what we have always claimed: the Public Order Act was not so much concerned with keeping order as with supressing the pre-war British Union.

Every trick in the game has been tried - from encouraging Red mobs to attack orderly British Union meetings, down to private prosecution of British Union members - without success. So pre-war Conservative Government, fearful of the mounting success of British Union, tried to smother it under the cover of the Public Order Act. It failed: it had to go to war in 1939 to do that.

The Sunday Pictorial on the same day went one better. You always get even more hypocrisy on the Left. It said the Act should never have been used: "It was originally passed to stop pre-war Fascist rioting." Something is clearly wrong with the Pictorial's memory - has it forgotten already what its old pals from Whitechapel and Aldgate were doing in Cable Street in 1936? - Jack Spot and his fellow-gangsters, the comrades from King Street and the rest of that alien throng?

The Battle of Cable Street - picture FOM

The fact of the 1936 rioting is that Mosley and the Blackshirts proposed to march to four meetings in Bethnal Green, Bow, Limehouse and Shoreditch on October 4, 1936; areas in which they had great popular support, as was shown at the LCC elections the following March when they polled 23 percent of the votes in Bethnal Green, 19 percent in Limehouse and 14 percent in Shoreditch.

To prevent the march and four orderly meetings the Communists and some Jews organised violence. They mingled with the crowd in their usual tactics to make an armed attack on the march. The police banned the march to prevent injury to onlookers; the Reds then proceeded to attack the police with their weapons.

It was left to a weak-kneed Conservative administration to complete what the Communists had started. Alarmed by the success of the New Movement in Britain, they rushed through legislation to ban the Blackshirt movement.

They used Red violence as the excuse for banning the one effective answer to Red violence. As always, their Public Order Act was humbug from start to finish - they had long surrendered public order to the Communists.

The Path to Europe by Lindsay Kent reprinted from Lodestar No 17 Winter 1991

English patriotism has been denigrated and attacked for years. Its revival and the reassertion of national confidence must precede any constructive part in which our people, along with our Welsh and Scottish companions, can play in European development. We need the combination of all the diverse national sentiments across the common continent, not their diminution or conflict with one another. None of us should ever feel smothered by a "foreign" majority or incur the slightest further damage to our individual tradition, but we do need to unite so that we can all again have a decisive impact upon future world history. This balance is difficult for our particular country, but the picture can be clarified with a few thoughts.

During the recent regrettably under-played Battle of Britain celebrations, I was among those who felt the catch in the throat as memories were evoked by the chugging sound and monochrome sight of the Spitfire piloted in Kentish skies, and the history and poetry of this "blessed plot... set in a silver sea" returned to heart and mind. Yet this sentiment is perfectly consistent with the knowledge of the damage done to our country and to our entire civilisation by two Anglo-German wars, an admiration for Teutonic achievements in music and scholarship, and a realisation that our "island race" and the Germans, many centuries earlier, were largely the same people. Much as I acknowledge the virtues of Islam or the genial loyalism of many West Indians I do not feel in the least "foreign" among the Germans or the French, whereas this sadly  is not the case when travelling around the new "ethnic communities" resident in our ancient cities. And it is not a matter of "pigmentation."

What is it about the character of our English villages, market towns and cathedral cities that makes one feel a national patriotism? They are distinctive, of course, but paradoxically  much of their appeal lies in their very European character dating back further than Nelson or Drake to a time when Europeans shared a single faith, while branching out with the languages that derive from the "Aryan" original. Lagos and Delhi, Peking and even Los Angeles, do not feel "ours". With York or Salisbury, Triers and Rouen, there is a sense of belonging. Our "island story" - banned from school libraries by the leftwing censors of "multiracialism" - was one of Britons, Romans, Saxons, Danes and Norman French, a European history.

Our family of peoples made a civilisation still faced with internal and external dangers, whatever the truth about Gorbachev and the American banks that keep him afloat. Differences between Nordic and Mediterranean, or Celt and Slav, have become as irrelevant as the denominational dissentions among Christians. We all face problems of population overspill from the "decolonised" third-world, rampant materialism, the egalitarian ideology that accompanies decadence and runaway technology that can
split atoms and splice genes with horrendous social consequences. Readers should peruse the neo-Spenglarian accounts in such studies as Apocalypse 2000 by Peter Jay and Michael Stewart and Shall We Make the Year 2000 by JG de Beus.

England must re-adapt its politics, along with its immediate neighbours and former "dominions," precisely in order to preserve its essential character, and to recover effective control over "our own affairs." This entails sovereignty over changes inside British boundaries and co-operation, with others likewise threatened by international forces, over external supplies and meeting hostile threats. We should join the French and Germans against redefinition of our homelands as "multicultural societies" re-opened for Afro-Asian immigration on a scale unprecedented since the Mongol and Saracen hordes. Ideological nonsense, unscientific sloganizing and psychological terror used by so-called "antiracists" must be intellectually defeated and politically superseded.

A half way house between the old Europe of Nations and a new Nation of Europe, however, will bring the worst of both worlds. Elected European government should be concerned almost entirely with defence of this geostrategic region, and with credit-control and trade agreements to secure self-sufficiency and a balance between production and consumption, but little more. (The member for Finchley must not return from the Gulf to renew hostilities across the Rhine by the way). If compulsory multiculturalism can be overcome, and British patriotism and competence revived we might, even yet, feel sufficiently on top of events to contribute peacefully and constructively to European development: a role for Charles 111.

"The real Europe has existed for three thousand years, and these shifting barricades which separate us are of more recent and man-made origin. If it had not been for that little muddle after the death of Charlemagne, a united Europe might have been strong enough to prevent the neighbouring island grabbing most of the world. As it is, English experience may now be of some assistance in helping Europe (of which we are a part despite every crime and folly of our present rulers) to preserve nearly everything which still matters in the world.

Let us not think even in terms of 1914, 1939, or of the nineteenth century; let us dare even to think biologically... Much as we love our countries we shall grow to realise that the proudest words spoken on earth since Civis Romanus sum will be I am a European.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Nation Revisited # 125 March 2017


Every political party is a coalition of various factions; left and right, north and south, town and country, Catholic and
Protestant, and pro and anti-European.

The Tory Party's 330 MPs are divided between 'One Nation' Tories under Theresa May and hard right reactionaries led by Boris Johnson and Liam Fox.

The Labour Party's 230 MPs are split between the general
membership led by Jeremy Corbyn and the parliamentary party which is leaderless and despondent.

The Liberal Democrats' 9 MPs are united on the main issues and they lead the fight against Brexit in England.

Ukip only have one MP, Tory defector Douglas Carswell. Their leader, Paul Nuttall, was defeated in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election.

The Greens also have one MP, the talented, intelligent and attractive Caroline Lucas.

The extra-parliamentary left wing parties follow their long-dead leaders; Marx, Trotsky, and Mao. Their main function is organising riots and trying to stop free speech.

The numerous parties of the far-right have been completely eclipsed by Ukip. In the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election the BNP was even beaten by the Loony Party.

Our only hope lies in information and education. We will not be saved by the spirits of our ancestors, our genetic heritage, or our knowledge of Freemasonry, but if we can persuade enough people to stop reading The Daily Mail, we might rescue our country from plutocracy. The answer is to avoid factions and devote ourselves to reading, writing and communication.

Years of Neglect

Britain’s problems did not just happen. Earthquakes and hurricanes just happen but the underfunding of the National Health Service, our chronic housing shortage, prison overcrowding, and our low wage economy are the result of years of neglect by Labour and Tory governments. These problems were not caused by immigration but they are aggravated by it. The loss of industrial jobs is the result of global capitalism, automation, and mass migration that has been encouraged by greedy bosses looking for cheap labour.

Both major parties have had an equal share of government since the war but they have failed to build a successful economy. The Labour Party usually increases public spending and taxes the working class into poverty. The Tories cut benefits and give tax breaks to the rich. But neither of them keep their election promises.

The Socialist Party of Great Britain was the original party of the working man. It predates the Labour Party and the Communists Party and has always had a comprehensive manifesto. Mosley’s Union Movement was the same; it had policies for everything. But some of the little parties are single issue groups with little understanding of economics.

Political parties should publish detailed manifestos and be held to them by law. They should be accountable for their actions, apart from events beyond their control, like a war, or a worldwide slump. When Dave Cameron promised to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands and then let in over 300,000, he should have been arrested and charged with electoral fraud, or something similar.

The House of Lords should be replaced by a Senate charged with monitoring the House of Commons. It should have the power to dismiss ministers who go back on their promises, and MPs who are caught fiddling their expenses.

Ukip have made promises that can't be kept. We import half
of our food and fuel but we have not fed ourselves as a nation since the eighteenth century, and despite having 1.6 million unemployed we still need immigrants. If we ban Europeans we will simply import Afro-Asians in their place.

Theresa May has promised a golden future for the UK when we leave the EU. We are enjoying a temporary boom because of devaluation but it will inevitably lead to inflation. And we will not save money on membership fees because we will face a divorce settlement of £60 billion.

Our politicians have been dishonest but nothing will be done to punish them. Throwing them out is not good enough. They should face imprisonment and disqualification from public office. That might stop them from telling lies and making impossible promises.

Islam and the Reich

The atrocities committed by Muslim terrorists around the world are inexcusable. And so are the murders committed by nominal Christians such as David Copeland in the UK, Anders Breivik in Norway, Dylann Roof in the USA, and Alex Bissonnette in Canada.

Crimes against humanity are universal and Muslims have often been the victims. Professor Ataullah Bogdan Kopanski tells the story of the Crimean Tartars in his essay Islam and the Reich, available from Steven Books.

In the Crimea, under the rule of General Manstein, the Muslims enjoyed full religious freedom. The mosques were opened in all towns, and muezzins called faithful Crimeans from minarets to prayer. Austrian Alfred Fraunfeld was nominated as a Generalkommissar for the Crimean Peninsula and he was very sympathetic to Muslim requests. He ordered the establishment of national Islamic-orientated schools for Tartars. The German administration granted the Tartars full political rights. In 1942, many exiled Muslim intellectuals returned from Turkey and Romania to the Crimea. Imams provided Islamic religious services to the Tartar troops. The Germans sponsored radio broadcasts aired an Islamic khutbas on Fridays. The Germans planned to open a new Muslim university in Akmacet (Simferopol), but the Russo-Anglo-American allies forced the Germans to withdraw from the Crimea.

Stalinist AV Mokrusov’s death squads raided and burnt 128 Tartar villages. Mokrusov’s partisans exterminated the Muslim population in Prolom, Alach, Kara Elstiza, Kasan, Baksan and Beshui. They kidnapped young Muslim girls, and after raping them, mutilated them.

In 1943, the German authority of the Crimea restored the institution of the Mufti, abolished by the Bolsheviks. In Berlin, the new Mufti, Ozenbashi, guided the Crimean Tartars until April 1944, when the Soviet army had re-conquered Crimea. During the first two weeks of the anti-Tartar Pogroms Soviet soldiers had murdered 12,000 Muslims. In Achjar (Simferopol) the streets were lined with corpses hanging from tree branches and telephone poles. Even women and children were shot without trial or formal charges. One witness reported that intoxicated Soviet soldiers raped Tartar children.

In 1945, the former ancient mosque of Yalta, was converted into a guest house, for the “Big Three”, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt where they signed the notorious Yalta Treaty, which divided Europe into American and Soviet zones of subjugation for the next 50 years. During the conference, Stalin said to Churchill: “Eastern and central Europe will not be permitted to group themselves into any federations or association…The rest of Europe will be reduced to military and political impotence.”

The Will of the People

Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1789) was a French lawyer who believed implicitly in "the will of the people." His Committee of Public Safety sent 16,594 men and women to the guillotine and shot and bayonetted to death another 25,000. Anyone accused of flouting "the will of the people" was deemed to be an enemy of the Republic and duly executed. No defence was possible and no mercy was shown. Eventually the Revolution devoured its incorruptible prosecutor. Robespierre was charged with treason and beheaded on the orders of his own blood-stained committee.

Two centuries later we are hearing again about "the will of the people." The 52% that voted to leave the EU have been glorified by the popular press and the 48% who voted to stay are vilified as traitors.

History is littered with politicians like Robespierre who were  executed by their own henchmen. At the moment "good old Nigel" is basking in the approval of the mob but when our economy collapses and we are overrun with Africans and Asians sent to replace the Poles; then he should take that job in America.

The Ukippers want to return to 1972 when we were still an "independent" state. In that turbulent year 23 million working days were lost to strikes. Brigadier Frank Kitson urged the army to prepare for civil unrest.  Unemployment doubled and inflation reached 8%. In Birmingham 40,000 engineers went on strike forcing the closure of the Saltley coke depot. The government took emergency measures to preserve coal stocks as Arthur Scargill led gangs of flying pickets. The dock workers threatened strike action and the construction workers went on strike. Twenty-four trade unionists were arrested, including Ricky Tomlinson, in an incident known as the Shrewsbury 24. To think, that we gave all this up to join Europe.

The Failure of the Far-Right
Minority political parties don't win elections but they have a responsibility to inform and educate their supporters. Left wing parties like the Socialist Party of Great Britain have been campaigning for over a hundred years. They have never attracted a mass following but they have introduced thousands of people to their political and economic ideas. Many activists in the trade unions and the Labour Party were influenced by the SPGB and similar socialist groups. They have helped to create a climate of opinion.
But their opposite numbers on the far-right relied on crude sloganeering and never developed an ideology. Their economic policies dated from before the war when we still had an empire, and so did their obsessive racism.

John Tyndall was a brave and determined man but he was
an old-fashioned insular Briton. Some of his colleagues had a wider perspective but they failed to speak out against a culture of petty nationalism that inevitably led to Polish workers being attacked. If they had devoted more time to 
educating their followers and less to grandstanding we might have a genuine patriotic party that stands for Britain and Europe; instead of gangs of crusty old reactionaries.

The far-right parties have now been overtaken by Ukip but following Paul Nuttall's failure to win in Stoke-on-Trent, they too are a busted flush. The Tory Party has stolen Ukip's policies and they are turning the UK into an offshore tax haven with the backing of the popular press.

This lurch to the Right in Europe and America is being hailed as a revolt against the Establishment. But men like Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, Lord Rothermere, Richard Desmond, and the Barclay Brothers, are pillars of the Establishment. What we are witnessing is an old-fashioned Tory revival. It's not "the will of the people" so much as the power of big business.


People often hold two conflicting opinions at the same time. Typically, they want to reduce taxation and increase public
spending. Logical thinking is an acquired skill like playing a musical instrument. Some people have got a natural ability but they still need tuition and practice. Others are tone deaf and some are totally confused. 

I once heard a man in a saloon bar holding forth about immigration. He sounded like an out-and-out racist who wanted to round up all the blacks and sent them home "in banana boats." His admiring entourage nodded in agreement but he ended his outburst with the words: "as I always say - live and let live."

Veteran nationalist Eddy Morrison is an avowed atheist who thinks that religions are based on "falsehoods and fairy tales" but he often invokes the name of Odin. He is entitled to his beliefs but Norse mythology, with its giants, elves, dwarfs, Valkyries, and dragons, is an unlikely choice for someone who does not believe in fairy tales.

The far-right movements are constantly begging but they condemn society for being materialistic and money-grabbing. They want to hang the bankers and blow up the stock exchange but they welcome bequests and operate Paypal
accounts to facilitate donations. 

Before the BNP's spectacular collapse their website featured a picture of a Second World War Spitfire. This turned out to belong to a Polish squadron that had fought in the Battle
of Britain; an unfortunate propaganda image for a party 
running a spiteful campaign against East Europeans who they accused of stealing British jobs.

It's only human to fall into hypocrisy but the far-right make a habit of it. The original British Fascists were founded by a reputed lesbian, Miss Rotha Lintorn-Orman, who drank herself to death at the age of 40. But their modern counterparts frequently engage in fits of moral outrage.

They also co-operated closely with the security forces. Maxwell Knight was a prominent member of the British Fascists who went on to join Oswald Mosley's pre-war movement but he was also an MI5 officer.  

The established parties are just as confused and illogical as the far-right. Perhaps George Bernard Shaw was right when he said that a wise man changes himself to suit society but a fool tries to change society to suit himself; and that's why the world is run by fools.

Marches and Demonstrations
The National Front held some spectacular marches in the seventies. I only went on one of them, the Red Lion Square march of June 1974. I disagreed fundamentally with the NF about Europe but I was persuaded to support the march because it was specifically about immigration.

We assembled at Victoria and marched through London without incident until we got to Holborn where a battle was raging between the police and hundreds of "anti-fascist" demonstrators. Thankfully, there was no contact between us and the mob. We later found out that a student called Kevin Gately, had been killed. This was not surprising as the police were defending themselves with batons against the thugs 
who were attacking them. Thirty-nine officers were injured keeping the peace.

This picture of Paul Barnes, Bill Barnes and me on the 1974 Red Lion Square march is a screenshot from a film by Roger Clare. All three of them are now dead, and, in the words of Joe Cocker: "I don’t feel too good myself."

Despite the threat of Red violence the NF defiantly held marches and demonstrations until their collapse in the early eighties. They were banned from radio and television, constantly misrepresented in the press, and denied the use of public meeting places. Marches were one of the few ways they had to make themselves known.

I was pleased to see the police at the Red Lion Square march and more than forty years later I was pleased to see them when a meeting of the London Forum in Kensington was besieged by a screaming mob of 'anti-fascists'. The police dispersed them and escorted us safely to Gloucester Road Station. Three cheers for the boys in blue.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Nation Revisited # 124 February 2017

Climate Change
Factory chimneys belching smoke used to be a sign of prosperity. We never worried about pollution is those days because we were glad to have jobs to go to. Today, it's very different. We still make cars and pharmaceuticals but heavy industry is only a small part of our economy and financial services are our biggest export. Nevertheless, employment is at record levels.
President Donald J Trump thinks that climate change is a trick by the Chinese but the rest of us are convinced by the evidence. We know from tree ring data and core samples that the climate has changed over the centuries. We have suffered several Ice Ages that have left their mark on the landscape. How much industrial activity effects climate change is a matter of speculation but it must play a part.
Environmental causes have been taken up by left wingers but the green movement was pioneered in Britain by BUF writers such as Jorian Jenks and Henry Williamson.

                                     Jorian Jenks

Those of us who lived through the smogs of the fifties know how dangerous they were. Thousands of people died of respiratory problems until the Clean Air Act was passed in 1956. The air in London became breathable when coal fires were banned, thus proving that we can control our environment with sensible legislation.
The pollution generated by industry may not be melting the polar icecaps but it's definitely contaminating our environment. Science may eventually find a way to use fossil fuels safely but at present all we can do limit the damage. 
The answer surely lies in solar power. The Sun powers everything in nature and we already know how to harness it. The big oil companies know that they have to change and they are already investing in solar technology. The challenge is to generate and store electricity without destroying our planet.
We survived in prehistory by learning to hunt animals and live in caves. Later we discovered farming and developed societies. Now, we are advancing beyond the industrial era into the age of artificial intelligence. Science has always found a way.

Blogs and Newsletters

I published a newsletter called Nation from 1973 to 1975. At that time there were two very different patriotic movements campaigning against uncontrolled immigration; Union
Movement which stood for 'Europe a Nation' and the National Front that was bitterly opposed to European union. I thought then, as I do now, that Third World immigration was the biggest threat to Britain; in or out of  Europe. 

Nation was a small scale newsletter typed on an old manual typewriter and reproduced in a photo-copy shop. In those days the written word was all we had apart from street corner meetings. I used to distribute Nation from the Bladebone pub in Bethnal Green. It was mostly my own work but several friends contributed articles including Terry Savage, Bill Whitbread of Tru-Aim, and Roy Chester in South Africa.

An article by Bill Barnes, writing under his nom de plume ‘Athelstan’, was included in John Bean’s political memoir Many Shades of Black. It was entitled From Camelot to Ridley Road and it questioned the value of marches and demonstrations.

In 1975 I accepted Jeffrey Hamm's offer to write for Action, the journal of Union Movement. The last issue of Action 
appeared in November 1992, just as the Internet was about to transform publishing. Unfortunately this technology
came too late for Robert Row and Jeffrey Hamm who had worked so hard to produce the paper.

In 2005 I started an email bulletin along the same lines as Nation - which is why it's called Nation Revisited. In 2012, Rufus, of News from Atlantis, helped me to turn it into an online blog. I do not share Rufus' conspiratorial worldview but I will always be grateful for his help.

In 2014 I brought out European Outlook in support of the Remain campaign. Unfortunately, the referendum was won by the Brexiteers with the help of the mass-circulation tabloids. The cause of European unity has suffered a setback but it's early days yet and we are still tied to Europe by blood and culture.

Those of us with something to say should be heard. Our efforts are bound to be dwarfed by the mainstream media but we can still try to inform and educate the public. The little parties of the far-right want to deport millions of people, dynamite the Stock Exchange and hang all the bankers. 
Nation Revisited is not so ambitious but we support good government, social justice, and European solidarity. 

Bigotry and Racism - Beyond the Cliches
by Rabbi Mayer Schiller -

To hate a human being because of his race, religion or nationality is a horrible thing. The history of all mankind is marred by the outbreak of unspeakable violence against people perpetrated, not because of anything they did, but merely because of who they were. Bigotry is a vile thing, its prejudgment of a man in direct violation of Judeo-Christian morality as well as the norms of Western Civilization.
Yet, it is also clear that so much of what makes life worth living is to be found in group identity. We are who we are not only as individuals, but also as members of larger entities, i.e. families, neighborhoods, towns, nations, races, religions and civilizations. No man is born into a total vacuum of identity. We are the products of genetic, familial and cultural forces. In the end meaning is provided solely by these extra forces which provide our perceptions and action with conceptual or at least visceral coherence.

Whether these extra personal loyalties be of a metaphysical nature deriving their essence from an essentially spiritual (God centered universe) or be they merely an inherent part of the rational world is a question beyond the confines of this brief essay. What is relevant for our purpose is that man needs identity, meaning and purpose and becomes confused and demoralized without them.

Accordingly it is one of the moral imperatives of our era to articulate a philosophy and seek to implement a policy which will allow men to realize themselves in a group without falling prey to hating or harming other groups. This is far from an easy task. Indeed, there are those who would maintain that the enmity which often goes hand-in-hand with group identification is inevitable and it is best to pursue policies which will inexorably weaken those loyalties. It is an alluring position and one to which the "respectable" media and politicians of our era are all pledged.

It is, an illusory, immoral and unnatural agenda, however. Illusory, for history's testimony is that widely diverse people cannot and will not live peacefully together. Immoral, because its ultimate results will be the end of the truths and virtues of the world's various faiths, races and nations. Unnatural, because group identity is a fundamental need of all men.

The way out of our current impasse on matters of race, ethnicity, etc. would seem not to lie in the direction of totalitarian coercive mixing, but towards voluntary disentanglement by men of good intentions.

All any man really desires is a sense of physical security, some orientation towards a life of meaning, a community whose ways are familiar and pleasant to him and a place to call his (and his peoples') own.

Sadly, today all the above is granted certain groupings but not others. Europeans, White people and those attached to traditional faiths and lifestyles of the West are told by the powers-that-be that they alone among mankind's tribes are forbidden to have or even articulate a collective identity.
Perhaps this is due to their having overstepped the proper boundaries in the past, or alternatively to their own current weakness and gullibility. Whatever the reason none can deny the current threat to Western Man. Other peoples define themselves as groups, only European Man is forbidden to do this.

A solution to our crisis will be found to the degree that all of the world's assorted tribes can say to each other: "You have your way of life and your place to live. We wish you well. Now let each of us live among our own. We bear you no ill will."

It is in the spirit of separation founded on mutual respect that I have attempted on a personal level over the past decade to communicate with nationalists (White and Black), to patriots of many nations and to committed members of many faiths. My goal has been to strip group identity of hatred and the responses I have received have been almost uniformly encouraging. I have found that when you face a man and say; "Your people are a people with a unique identity. They have a right (perhaps an obligation) to survive as a people. Yet you must realize there are other peoples in the world who have similar yearnings. How can we work this out?" - that most men are willing to act in a positive fashion.

To sum up, groups should speak to each other as groups (away from media terror and self-seeking politicians). Far more important than speaking, though, is listening. To hear the other as we remain ourselves is our contemporary task.

Sorting Fact from Propaganda - Ian Buckley
This article was posted on the BPP website in 2005

We can all be fooled at times, and I was recently fooled by a film called Enemy at the Gates. This covered the epic battle-within-a-battle when Soviet sniper Vasilly Zaitsev fought German Colonel Thorwald at Stalingrad. I had believed that this scenario was true, since the story is recited as history in several books.

But the masterful Stalingrad the Fateful Siege: 1942-1943, by Anthony Beevor, dismisses the whole thing as a Soviet propaganda tale:-

'The telescopic sight of his prey's rifle, allegedly Zaitsev's most treasured trophy, is still exhibited in the Moscow armed forces museum, but this dramatic story remains essentially unconvincing. It is worth noting that there is absolutely no mention of it in any reports.'

The history of the Second World War is littered with numerous examples like that. The outright lies shade into half-truths and distortions, such as the so-called 'Malmedy Massacre', which incidentally could and frequently did happen on the allied side, a process that continues to this very day in the military operations of Bush 'n Blair's various NWO wars.

This is not to suggest that the German soldiery were saints, merely that they were better than some and no worse than many others.

If we fast-forward through the decades, how are those who fell for the stories and the half-truths of World War II fared?

Well, our government typically seeks to crow over some statistics which seem to indicate that Britain is starting to move up from the very bottom of the European poverty league. Big Deal!

If the aged veteran should want the council to repair his leaky roof, he'd better be prepared to wait until every last asylum-seeker has had his dwelling done up to scratch, in accordance with those many secret government directives! Is this the future that our war veterans fought for, and was John Amery not right when he wrote that: "Win or loose, every door reads 'RIP Britannia' "?

In spite of being plastered by dozens of B52s, Baghdad still looks to be in a better state than most of our own towns, wrecked as they are either by glass and concrete in prosperous areas or by dereliction and decrepitude in poorer ones.

You know, just when we think that we have the measure of this Government's utter contemptibility, they seem to sink a little lower, as if - as it were - to wallow around more in their own sleazy evilness.

Now we have wasted around £3 billion (perhaps far more) on a war against Iraq, that was staged in the pursuance of no possible British interest, economies are required. From now on it's farewell to pension books. Instead pensioners have been issued with swipe cards and PIN numbers. 

Arthritic fingers will have to get the hang of fiddling with mini-terminals. Obviously, this will mean more hassle and longer queues for our pensioners. Inflicting inconvenience and misery on the aged will help save a mere £35 million for future wars for Zion, and Uncle Sam (sadly, now almost indistinguishable).

Additionally, the prospects of their grandchildren enjoying the dubious privilege of being stuck in a cubicle all day answering telephone calls seem increasingly slim given the ongoing export - at a mind-numbing rate of loss - of call  centre jobs to India.

Surely, no nation can supress the truth and hope to prosper? We are assailed from all sides with calls to tackle the 'drugs menace', and informed that we are in the midst of a 'war on drugs'. But how can we tackle a problem like this when the facts about the drugs trade are kept from the public?

To discuss the realities behind heroin, cocaine and especially ecstasy, is like treading on a mine field in the present atmosphere of political correctness. In the days when sanity still prevailed in this country - during the middle to late 1950s - Robert Fabian of Scotland Yard wrote a couple of books detailing his experiences.

Fabian was very forthright in saying that most organised and persistent crime was the responsibility of foreign elements in this country. This was not to stigmatise any particular nationality, since the natives of many different countries were involved, but merely to point out the facts as they prevailed at that time. But these days Inspector Fabian would be behind bars on 'hate crime' charges, while the asylum-seeker he arrested would be claiming massive compensation at the High Court!

A fair number of readers will be already familiar with what happens every year to several thousand gullible and native Russian and Ukrainian women. Such girls, who are often well-educated but lack opportunities in their own homelands, are enticed to Israel by adverts which promise well-paid jobs as office workers, hotel receptionists and the like.

But once they arrive, these unfortunate women find themselves trapped inside a hellish world of forced prostitution and sex-slavery. Even this statement conveys something milder than the horrifying actuality, since according to The Jerusalem Post of November 12th, during these Slav girls' trek to their destination:-

'Women who complain of any kind of pain during the taxing march across the desert are drugged with medication and painkillers, and anyone who breaks down and collapses is abandoned on the roadside in the desert, as if she were a dying freight animal.'

The author of the article, Isaac Herzog, is a member of the Israeli parliament, and to his credit he called for an end to this evil trade, suggesting that: "Too bad those traffickers cannot be hanged, but long years in solitary confinement would be an adequate alternative."

How utterly despicable it is that the 'mainstream' media makes disappointing noises about Arab women in far-away countries being allegedly forced to wear veils, while ignoring the torments inflicted on these poor duped Russian and Ukrainian females in Israel. Surely, if forced to the choice, all women would plump for a scarf over the head rather than suffer the fate of being auctioned off like Roman slaves and stuck in filthy cages - which may sound like hyperbole but actually happens in some cases.

Alas, the man on the London bus does not read The Jerusalem Post, and is thus an easy target for the merchants of managed, pseudo-news with their childish and inaccurate cast of 'goodies' and 'baddies'. The slave trade in Eastern European women, like the Lavon affair or the Mossad transmitter in Tripoli that led to the Reagan/Thatcher bombing raids in Lybia, remains unknown to 99 percent of the people, and both the broadcasters and the governing elite would like to keep it that way.

Indeed, if a person had any capacity for independent thought  or a backbone of any sort, they would never find themselves in the position of making Newsnight commentaries or writing Observer editorials. Those kinds of people know all the accepted parameters of received opinion. They are adept at providing slanted coverage, basically state propaganda and censorship masquerading as public service broadcasting.

But recently, it seems that the boundaries of 'left' and 'right' have begun to change. Increasingly, it is everyone else against the media, the politicians and the plutocrats. Could it be the beginning of the British peasants' revolt? If so , it is long overdue! 

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