Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Men bringing Blackshirts back to UK

Men bringing Blackshirts back to UK SUN investigation into Britain's new fascists Gary Raikes Far-right fanatic ... Gary Raikes at his croft, left, and on website of New British Union he has revived Exclusive By OLIVER HARVEY Published: 14 hrs ago 39 A BAND of Right-wing extremists is trying to resurrect Sir Oswald Mosley’s notorious British Union of Fascists from the 1930s. In the pre-war years the anti-Semitic organisation aligned itself with Nazi Germany and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, while Mosley’s paramilitary Blackshirts terrorised Britain’s Jews.

Now far Right fanatic Gary Raikes — like Mosley, known as The Leader to his followers — has revived the fascist cult and renamed it the New British Union. The 54-year-old dad of one told The Sun: “If democracy means everyone should have a say, then I’m not democratic, no. I think liberalism is a sickness that needs to be exterminated.” After reviving the party in January Raikes named 44 “officers” from across Britain on its web page, which has already had almost 40,000 hits. The site also lists representatives in 11 nations including the US, Australia, Italy and Poland. One banner on the site reads: “Some people are fascist. Get over it.” It adds: “New British Union. 21st Century Blackshirts Marching On For Britain.” Matthew Gill 'Policies officer' Matthew Gill ... in NBU coat at home, left, and online in uniform Along with his followers, Raikes — once the BNP’s boss in Scotland and close to party leader Nick Griffin — has even adopted Mosley’s paramilitary uniform, posting pictures of himself online in a black peaked cap, black military fatigues and leather boots. He proudly wears a red arm band bearing Mosley’s lightning flash insignia. One picture bears the slogan: “One Nation, One People, One Leader”. Raikes — who originally comes from Bristol and speaks with a thick West Country accent — said: “The uniform is to totally separate us from the shirt-and-tie politicians and it also goes with us being run under military lines.” On immigration, he said: “If it’s the right type of people, it’s good for any country. It’s not about race, it’s about space.” He also echoed the view once voiced by Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, saying: “I’m a fascist and not a racist. I agree with Di Canio,” adding: “National Front types hate me because I was engaged to a black girl. If we find anyone in our movement into the Nazi stuff or racism, they are out.” NBU literature Promotional literature ... from the NBU RAY COLLINS Raikes, who works for Scottish Water, lives with his 46-year-old wife Samantha on a remote croft in rural Aberdeenshire. He has organised a conference for his party at a secret location in south east England in October. Their website — which shows Mosley’s fanatical followers performing the stiff-armed fascist salute — boasts: “This will be an historic occasion, the first official Blackshirt meeting to be held since the Second World War, heralding the return of a registered fascist political party in Britain.” Raikes says he is in touch with some of the original Blackshirts and hopes “one or two” will speak at the gathering. The fascists are invited to wear uniforms — but only in private. Of the Nazi-style salute, he added: “We don’t do it because it’s been demonised by the Press, even though it goes back thousands of years and is a Roman salute.” Sir Oswald Mosley & Blackshirts Blackshirts ... Sir Oswald Mosley inspects East End group He then demonstrated what he said was an earlier fascist salute, placing his forearm diagonally across his chest. A key Raikes lieutenant is NBU “Policies Officer” Matthew Gill, a charity worker and Doctor Who fan. On the NBU website is an article on immigration in Gill’s name. It reads: “There are those who will say there is nothing wrong with massive Third World immigration so long as they learn the language, adapt to the local culture and so on. This presupposes that the human being can be intentionally colour blind.” Gill’s blog posting adds: “The truth, of course, is that even if a Kenyan can speak perfect English, even if he wears English clothes, uses English slang and attends the C of E, none of that makes him English!” The Derbyshire village of Sudbury, where Gill lives, was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and with its bowling green and friendly village pub, it’s a picture postcard location. Sir Oswald Mosley British Union of Fascists founder ... Sir Oswald Mosley BBC Dad-of-two Gill, 33, and his father Phil are both members of the New British Union. Answering the door in jeans and T-shirt, Gill Junior soon scuttled back inside to put on his black coat with an NBU badge. The former mortgage adviser, who says he now works for a Mormon charity, claims the party has “a few thousand” members and said: “We’re not racists. I’m a fascist but I’m not anti-Semitic.” He added: “Black shirts are a traditional way of making us stand out. We don’t wear them in public. “It sets us apart. Black was the colour chosen by Mosley.” Flag Flag ... representing the British Union of Fascists However, Gill then defended Mussolini, one of the party’s heroes. In 1938 the Italian fascist dictator passed laws barring Jews from universities and many professions. After 1943, when Germany occupied parts of the country, more than 7,000 Jews were deported to Nazi concentration camps, with many dying at Auschwitz. Gill insisted: “Mussolini was not anti-Semitic, he got carried away. He got in with the wrong crowd — with Hitler. But you can’t compare us to Nazism — they were National Socialists, I’m not.” The presence of a fascist in the tiny village — population 180 — has shocked locals. Gary Raikes Croft ... belonging to New British Union leader Gary Raikes Ray Collins Vicar John Vickerstaff, 52, said: “Well, I certainly don’t share their views,” while salesman Joe Hagan, 65, said: “The younger man has said some odd things to people so I’m not that surprised. I knew they were Mormons — but not fascists.” One anti-fascist campaigner who posted NBU activists’ biographies online called them “a few easily led fools” but added: “They’re still fascists who think they can organise openly and as such it seems sensible to cast a wary eye in their direction.” Oswald Mosley was born into an aristocratic family in 1896 and served as a Tory and Labour MP. In January 1932 he visited Mussolini and was so captivated that later that year he founded his own British Union of Fascists, BUF. Sudbury Sudbury ... home of NBU 'Policies Officer' Matthew Gill Jonathan Pow Raikes insisted: “Mosley wasn’t racist or against Jews,” although an MI5 report from a BUF rally in the 1930s revealed: “The significant feature was to express determination to defeat the enemy (The Jew) if not by the ballot box then by other and more drastic means, a sentiment cheered to the echo.” In May 1940 the BUF was banned by the Government, effectively killing off the movement, and Mosley was interned for most of the rest of the war. Perhaps reassuringly, more than 70 years on, Raikes appears no more optimistic about his own organisation’s prospects. He said of his bizarre band of followers: “I don’t think we’ll be voted in.”



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