As mentioned in my most recent Facebook post, (Ahem – ‘like’ me), today’s blog post has somewhat meandered off of the path of gender equality. Instead, I’ve chosen to write about ‘Britain First’, a far-right nationalist splinter party of the equally far right BNP. I think that it’s important for groups like Britain First and the problems that they pose to be addressed, particularly by Feminists, because although Feminism may theoretically just be the advocation of equal rights regarding gender, it should always in practice be advocation of equal rights for everybody.
Britain First negate these equal rights through their Islamophobic attitudes and proposed policies. Britain First also attempt to hide this desired inequality with the excuse of ‘patriotism’, with – amongst their pictures of supposedly dangerous women in burkas – ‘click bait’ pictures which urge Facebook users to show their support for British troops by ‘liking’ Britain First. They post numerous pictures of poppies, current and ex troops, and all things war-nostalgic, in order to incite in people well-meaning patriotism, which they then exploit through convincing people that a pound for them is a pound for British soldiers, (a quick heads up: when Britain First uses the image of the poppy, it does so without the authorisation of the Royal British Legion – this injustice is becoming particularly more irritating the closer and closer it gets to remembrance day). This of course means that anybody who opposes Britain First is consequently seen as being ‘against the soldiers’, and receives the usual host of “you’re a traitor to this country!” responses. The most poignant of these type of accusations, however, is the frequently used ‘Our grandads didn’t fight for this’. The irony, at least regarding the brave service of soldiers in the face of German fascism from 1939-1945, is that our grandad’s really didn’t fight for this – they didn’t fight for the ignorance and hate that categorises parties like Britain First. They fought against it. Bearing that in mind, the following points aim to exemplify the way in which these parties – Britain First, BNP, Ukip – are all doomed to just repeat history if given enough support.
- Throughout Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’, the future dictator frequently impressed upon his readers his anti-Communist views. He sought the ‘destruction of Marxism in all shapes and forms’, saw Marxism as part of a Jewish agenda that aimed to subjugate the world, (‘succumb to Bolshevik storm troops in the service of Jewish international finance’), and accused Germany of becoming ‘Bolshevised’, (does that conjure up in anyone else that dreaded term ‘islamification’?). Hitler despised Communists so much that even before the Nazis had implemented racially discriminatory policies, he pressured President Hindenburg into implementing the Reichstag Fire Decree in, which saw the arrest of 4000 German Communist party members, and forced the remainder of the movement underground. What’s more, the accused were not granted basic human rights, and could be detained indefinitely without a trial. And this ideology is something our dear Mr Golding also embraces. With an anti-Communist zeal that could rival McCarthy, Britain First’s Facebook page is often quick to brand any ‘non-patriots’ Communist. The most recent victim of this tarring is – wait for it – the Royal Mail, for refusing to deliver a bunch of leaflets used by Britain First to monopolise on the child exploitation scandal in Rotherham. However frequent victim of this odd “they don’t like us, they must be Communist” branding, ‘Red’ Ed Miliband, leader of the labour party. Seemingly the only reasoning behind this claim is the Marxist ideology of his father, though oddly Mr Golding’s Communist grandfather doesn’t have the same effect on his reputation. This anti-Communism of course comes accompanied with the constant screeches of ‘Looney Lefty’, (wear the title with pride, ladies and gents), following anybody’s disagreement with their policies.
- Joseph Goebbels, anyone? He was the minister of propaganda in Nazi Germany, and propaganda was vitally important in convincing the German people that Hitler’s anti-Semitic attitudes and policies were justified; in Mein Kampf Hitler said ‘the chief function of propaganda is to convince the masses’. The comparisons that can be made between the visual propaganda used by the Nazi Party and Britain First are vast, and can be explored fully on the Facebook page ‘Exposing Britain First’, but it’s also important to consider the censorship also involved in Germany’s propaganda machine. There were heavy penalties enforced on anyone who voiced disagreement with Nazi policies, designed to discourage public divergence and stop any information that potentially ‘showed up’ the Nazis from coming to life. And yet again, those dear comrades at Britain First have emulated this “I am right and must silent anybody who doesn’t think so.” In their own party policies. Despite Mr Golding’s claims this year that Britain First have ‘no control whatsoever’ regarding who posts on their Facebook page, there are huge masses of individuals who testify to having had comments critical of Britain First deleted, and having the ability to comment on Britain First revoked. I myself have experienced this having reminded Britain First, (following their potentially millionth attempt to politically monopolise on the tragedy of Lee Rigby), that Mr Rigby’s mother has in fact in the past spoken out about her son wouldn’t agree with the opinions and agenda of Britain First, and that the Rigby family do not wish to be affiliated with the far-right hate group.
- Britain First Christians were a splinter group of Britain First, (quite odd in itself given that the Britain First page markets itself as Christian also – are these extra, extra Christian?). Like many not-so-great Christian organisations of the past, the group on numerous occasions attempted to justify their bigoted attitudes through their religion, with their ‘about’ up until their termination earlier this year, (though its widely believed that the leaders behind Britain First Christians now reside within the campaigners of their mother group), reading ‘a home on Facebook for Christian patriots who love Britain and work towards restoring Britain as a Christian country!’. Now, the poor dears managing the group obviously experienced a little confusion with this claim that Britain is no longer a ‘Christian country’, given that over half of the population are Christian, (69%), and the second largest religion – Islam – not even coming close to this, (4.8%), but that doesn’t stop people buying into what they say. It doesn’t stop real, well-intentioned Christians from falling for the idea that being a ‘Christian patriot’ equates to being racist, islamophobic, and generally ignorant, and that they’re doing a disservice to their religion if they – you know, be a decent, non-judgemental, human being. You hardly have to work hard to see the similarities between the manipulation of religion employed by Britain First and the Nazi party, particularly given the pick-and-mixing of passages that suit their agenda. One memorable example that springs to mind from Britain First is the constant, inconceivably childish insistence on publishing pictures of ‘full English’ breakfasts – complete with bacon. Predictably, the comments that follow the posting of these images range from ‘eating one of these should be part of the citizen test’, (because apparently we have no vegetarians in Britain), to ‘A good CHRISTIAN breakfast !!!! Muslims should be forced to eat this!’, etc. All the while, Britain First fail to realise that the consuming of pork is prohibited in Leviticus.
- And finally, for the last piece of evidence that soldiers who fought bravely against the oppression of a fascist dictatorship will have done so in vain if Britain First continue to be supported? The comments made on Britain First posts by supporters. A selection of these are shown below courtesy of Exposing Britain First , and if they’re really not enough to set your blood boiling, then you’re right, Britain First – with its awful lack of compassion, empathy, and lack of love for the human race – is definitely the right organisation for you.