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BNP: Hitler Lovers

It is such an obvious point, that people sometimes forget to make it: but the BNP really is a Nazi party.

I mean, they actually do love Hitler and hate Britain’s wartime leaders for having defeated fascism.

You can make this point as many times as you want, and there are still some people who don’t quite absorb the fact. They think that the BNP has “changed”, that it is merely a “little Britain” party with some hardline views on immigration.

It isn’t.

Readers of this blog will have noticed that I, and other commenters, have asked Lee John Barnes the BNP’s legal officer, three questions which illustrate the party’s admiration for  Nazism.

Lee is quite happy to post what he must imagine to be jokes about antifascists ejaculating on biscuits. But he runs a mile when I ask the following three questions:

1. Why do you source your material from neo Nazi Holocaust denial organisations?

2. If the BNP is not a Nazi party, why do you allow your activists to participate in and promote “Blood and Honour

3. BNP activists and spokesmen, Joey Smith and Mark Collett are friends with Combat 18 supporters. Any problem with that?

You may be forgiven for thinking that the reason that Lee John Barnes won’t answer these questions, is because there is a very simple answer, which even Lee realises is “off message” in the superficially rebranded British National Party.

I think the answer is that Lee is a Nazi, and that the BNP is a Nazi party.

Anyhow, here’s Hope not Hate.

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An apologist for Nazism: How Nick Griffin and the BNP backed Hitler's Nazis

Nick GriffinAn apologist for Nazism:
How Nick Griffin and the BNP backed Hitler’s Nazis

The British National Party and its leader Nick Griffin try to portray themselves as patriots, nationalists and the defenders of our country. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Time and again Griffin and other key BNP leaders have defended, promoted and excused Hitler’s Nazis.

Why? Because they share many of the same views.

The BNP leaders might wear snappy suits and tone down their public message but their real politics are the same as they have always been. The BNP is racist and nazi and must be exposed as such.

Here are 10 examples of how BNP leaders are apologists for Hitler

1 In November 1986 Griffin headed an NF march to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, desecrating the memory of those who fought and died in the struggle against Nazism by marching ahead of a banner which bore the legend “No More Brothers Wars” a key rallying cry for post-war fascists who claim Britain was dragged into a “Jews war” against the Third Reich with whom it should have been forged an alliance.

An apologist for Nazism: How Nick Griffin and the BNP backed Hitler's Nazis
Nick Griffin (insert centre) leads 500 NF nazi saluting thugs to the Cenotaph in December 1986

2 Griffin has described the Nazis as “a movement that aimed to give a voice to the deepest aspirations of a nation”.

Nick Griffin (left) outside Coventry Cathedral
Nick Griffin (left) outside Coventry Cathedral

3 In 1996 Griffin picketed Coventry Cathedral in protest at a service being held to commemorate the Nazis’ destruction of Coventry in the Second World War. Griffin did not think the Nazis had anything to apologise for and described the service as a “guilt trip”.

4 Griffin has described British RAF pilots as war criminals and murderers. He wrote an article in The Rune, the antisemitic journal he edited, praising the “courage and sacrifices” of the Waffen-SS soldiers while claiming in another piece that “the Waffen-SS were undoubtedly no worse than the troops of other nations … ” including Britain!

5 Griffin loathes the British wartime leader Winston Churchill. The Rune featured articles claiming that Churchill was a tool of the Jews who deliberately prolonged the war against Nazi Germany in order to lead Europe down a road to “racial suicide.”

Victims of the HolocaustGriffin is a notorious Holocaust denier. He said: “I am well aware that the orthodox opinion is that six million Jews were gassed and cremated or turned into lamp shades. Orthodox opinion also once held that the earth is flat … I have reached the conclusion that the ‘extermination’ tale is a mixture of Allied wartime propaganda, extremely profitable lie and latter witch-hysteria.”

The Rune 10: SS Special! Sick of Vera Lynn?7 Griffin’s chief lieutenant between 1999 and 2007, Tony Lecomber, branded Winston Churchill “a drunken, warmongering slob”.

8The BNP is trying to make money from selling a CD called The White Cliffs of Dover, which includes several songs by the forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn. Yet Griffin proclaimed on the front cover of The Rune: “SS Special! Sick of Vera Lynn? See pages 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, & 88″. The last number was not a page number at all; “8″ denotes the eighth letter of the alphabet “H” and in fascist parlance “HH” means “Heil Hitler”.

Mark Collett, the BNP's director of publicity9 Mark Collett (pictured right), the BNP’s director of publicity, said of Winston Churchill: “Churchill was a f***ing c**t who led us into a pointless war with other whites [ie the Nazis] standing up for their race”. He was speaking on a Channel 4 documentary entitled Young, Nazi and Proud, in which he praised the Third Reich stating that “Hitler will live forever; and maybe I will”.

Oswald Mosley and fascist leader Benito Mussolini in Italy
Oswald Mosley and fascist leader Benito Mussolini in Italy

10 Griffin has repeatedly praised the British Union of Fascists, the prewar group led by Oswald Mosley, many of whose members were rounded up and detained during the war because of their support for the Nazis. “There is a strong, direct link from Oswald Mosley to me,” Griffin boasted.

An apologist for Nazism: How Nick Griffin and the BNP backed Hitler's Nazis

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