Crivvens! Jings! And Help Ma Boab! Whit’s going on with fash? In just one week we’ve seen that crap documentary on Channel 4 about 3 shouty fellers wandering round shouting with 6 other shouty types; Hope Not Hate have published a thorough guide to the fragmentation of far right; and our good comrades in Anti-Fascist Network have issued The Eejits Guide to Right Wing Losers so we have to ask ourselves, what is the state of the far right, right now?
The Channel 4 documentary followed a bunch of racists who are members of the South East Alliance and the solo South London Infidel, Colin. The tiny SEA is an alliance of half a dozen eejits and the hopeless South London Infidel runs his one man non-group from his mammy’s back room. This isn’t a movement it’s a handful of scrotes in tacky casual clothes acting like they were on an away day to a soccer tournament! Crivvens! For once, the usual cans of Stella were kept out of the camera’s way but it seemed that the manic language, tongue chewing and twitchy behaviour may have been caused by some troublesome narcotic or other. Remember kids, just say no!
One might ask, where were the northerners? The documentary seemed to suggest that as far as the far right were concerned, the only way is Essex. These small groupuscules are constantly calling for unity whilst falling out with each other and accusing folks of being a grass. SEA Cypriot immigrant, Paul Prodromou, was seen trying to drag the various factions together at the undignified protest in Rotherham which, instead of being a solemn vigil for the victims of sexual abuse, descended into factional fighting between the Infidels, the NF and the EDL whilst the throttled BNP had a demo on a roundabout. So much for unity Pauly Pops!
Coliflowers, the single SLI, was shown to be a confused individual who started off ‘hating fackin’ pakies’ and ended up having doubts about his self-esteem and role in the far-right scene. He was finally shown working in the local garden centre wondering why he had lost his previous job for being a far-right nutcase. He doesn’t learn does he? Needless to say he wont be tending the shrubberries at Homebase for much longer… Oh, as we predicted correctly …
And indeed, being on the telly was what it was all about: they were continually acting up in front of the cameras, seeing who could be the most racist (Pauly Poos wins!) which, instead of making them seem like serious political activists, made them look like total fuckspigots. The whole thing was a vanity show and we almost missed the tutored speeches of career criminal Steven Caxley Trousers (but not Kolourful Kousin Kev as Beaker has not been seen for some time).
Of course, the main photo to be distributed through the media was that of Paul Prodromou/ Pitt shouting his pretend- British bulldog head off with his chubby arms outstretched. This gesture along with the fascist salute and the arms spread out in a ‘cahm on then fackers!’ football stance constitutes the main body language of the far right.
Twitter went mental over it, the press seized on it, and the general viewers, well over a million of them, must have been pretty bemused by a documentary about a dozen or so losers who represent no-one but themselves.
The EDL were very absent. They are still clinging onto the delusion that they are ‘the famous EDL’ but are politically marginalised having completely failed to capitalise on the Rotherham horror and kept schtum over the Paris murders. This is because they simply do not have anyone to express their viewpoint articulately, if they have formulated one, seeing as they have no leader of note and no access to the media. Mr Tommy (remember when they called him ‘Sir Tommy’?) is currently lurking at the edge of UKIP and starting to get the ego media fix he so craves and we hope that the good, unracist UKIP will not allow him into their purple ranks as he is a former member of the BNP.
So, whilst the documentary showed that the far-right is virulently racist but small, what are other groups up to? Well, Hope Not Hate have given a sober breakdown on the collapsing BNP, through the two factions of the NF, the EDL and down to the ageing has-beens of Combat 18. Without overtly plugging this, it is well worth a read as it dissolves any notion that the far right are getting very far. Of course, for anti-fascists, it’s UKIP that are causing concern in our communities but this requires very different strategies to our usual ones.
Of course the Anti-Fascist Network Eejits Guide To The Far Right is what we are really plugging as it gives a very skeptical and amusing look at the fash:
This gives a run-down from the mono-membered Liberty GB run by the poshest man in England, Paul Weston, and disinters the EDL, the defeated March For England, Facebook group The Casuals and the long forgotten British Movement.
So what is the state of the far-right? Well, it’s fragmented as AFN and HnH expose and the documentary, apart from giving the SEA a much needed ego-boost, shows them to be small. The far-right in the UK have failed to capitalise on Rotherham due to ineptitude and infighting, Paris through cluelessness and insularity, they cannot gain the popularity of the French FN, Greek Golden Dawn, nor mobilise numbers like Pegida in Germany, and have nothing to say about the Charlie Hebdo murders. And for that, we are grateful. Be Seeing You!