Tuesday, 31 August 2021

European Outlook # 69 September 2021

British Independence

The 52% of the participating electorate that voted for Brexit wanted an independent Britain that decides its own future. They rejected the economic argument for our membership of the European Union and voted with their hearts instead of their heads. We have now left the EU and we are supposed to have 'got our country back', but how independent are we?

The UK has followed America in most major conflicts. When British forces fought in the Korean War, as part of the United Nations, we had little choice in the matter because we were heavily in debt to America. 

The Suez crisis of 1956 was the last time that we went to war without American permission. We invaded Egypt together with France and Israel in response to Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalisation of the Suez Canal, whereupon, a furious President Dwight D Eisenhower threatened us with economic reprisals unless we withdrew our forces. Prime Minister Anthony Eden promptly obeyed the American diktat and then resigned on the grounds of ill health.

Prime Minister Harold Wilson, to his eternal credit, refused to send British forces to Vietnam. The warmongering Tories supported America and the discredited KGB defector Antoli Golitsyn accused Wilson of being a Soviet agent, but he stuck to his guns and kept us out of it.

The Falklands Conflict was different because America had no strategic interest in a war between Britain and Argentina. President Ronald Reagan, who enjoyed a special relationship with Margaret Thatcher, was reputed to be 'instinctively' supportive of Britain but he did not intervene.

Britain followed America in the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. There were massive demonstrations all over the country, particularly against the Iraq War, but Prime Minister Tony Blair was determined to find 'weapons of mass destruction' that never existed.

British foreign policy is tied to America by NATO and because our so-called independent nuclear deterrent depends on rented Trident missiles that are kept under lock and key at the US Navy submarine base at Kings Bay, Georgia.

NATO is the military arm of American foreign policy in Europe. That's not a problem when British and American interests coincide, but we should be able to pursue our own objectives. For instance, Britain has no quarrel with Belarus or Iran but we are imposing economic sanctions against them just to please America. Until we can agree a common foreign policy with our neighbours, that takes account of British interests, we should mind our own business.

Security - Mark Webb

They have a security guard inside the former Camberwell Police Station and two others outside 24 hours a day. The outside guys have guard dogs. As private security companies go they are pretty typical, they cover night clubs, commercial properties, and football matches. The managers are well trained and experienced, but the vast majority of the staff are not. Large private security companies are providing everything from CCTV operators to door supervisors. Massive profits are being made but standards are poor. 

From the 1970s until the 2010s there was a prolonged gang war in cities like London and Manchester over drugs, protection rackets, and door security. Doormen were shot at on a regular basis as the gangs fought to control the pub and club security trade. Running the doors was the key to getting drugs into the club scene. This led to the 'door wars' of the 90s with gangs from Salford closing clubs with violence, and the 1995 Rettendon murders. I was working the door at the 'Hope' club in Ilford the night that fellow door staff were shot and killed around the corner at the Lighthouse'. One of the worst nights of my life. The girlfriend of one of the murdered guys upon hearing the news tried to commit suicide by eating broken glass.

Post that era there was better legislation and a huge government push to get people trained in security ahead of the 2012 Olympics. G4S failed to fulfil its security contract and the government had to draft in the army at the very last second to cover the shortfall. Post 2012 a wave of 'cheap as chips' security companies have been hiring basically anyone to cover retail, corporate and other security. What's missing is oversight on the training and hiring. Another factor was a wave of Eastern European guys doing door work in Liverpool, Leeds, London etc. Lots of Poles, Slovaks and guys from the Baltic States who, at the first sign of trouble on the doors, would be extremely violent in response. They were always looking for a fight, and they drove down wages. Club door staff were getting £300 plus a night; that halved and has stayed low ever since. Many security companies try hard but the big corporations  want cheap labour, especially in retail where they are expected to deter criminals, prevent theft, look after the shopping baskets, pick up litter and do a dozen things that arent really anything to do with security. Hence the rise of facilities management companies.

Outsourcing everything to FMCs has seen them take over cleaning, plumbing, heating, security, immigration  centers, youth detention, social housing, Covid testing centers, cars, homes, nursing etc.  They also buy up other service providers to form a monopoly.

The better security staff are leaving the profession which is taken over by old men, boys, people who can barely speak English, burned out former cops and prison officers. If you want proper professional security it doesn't come cheap. Residents in Chelsea, Mayfair and Knighsbridge pay a premium for reputable security firms that patrol these exclusive neighbouhoods around the clock and keep the crime levels low. They are replacing the Police because community safety has become a commodity that's bought and sold. 

War Surplus

America has pulled out of Afghanistan leaving $85 billion worth of military hardware behind them. According to Republican Jim Banks who served in Afghanistan as a military sales officer, this includes; 75,000 vehicles, over 200 aeroplanes and helicopters, over 600,000 small arms and light weapons. We dont know where these weapons might turn up. The Taliban have a history of working with terrorist groups throughout the world and their potential customers are well-funded by the Gulf States, who are supposed to be our allies.

This is a windfall for the victorious Taliban and for the Big Five defence contractors; Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Northrop Grumnan. They are what President Dwight D Eisenhower famously called the 'Military Industrial Complex'. He was not a crank or a conspiracy theorists, he was a brilliant military organiser and a statesman who knew exactly what he was talking about.

America's tragic involvement with Afghanistan started back in the 80s when they backed the Mujahideen who were fighting the Soviet occupation. They became the Taliban who turned Afghanistan into a brutal dictatorship that sheltered Osama Bin Laden. In response to the 9/11 attacks America invaded the country to oust the Taliban and install a compliant but totally corrupt regime. Now, twenty years later, the Americans and their NATO allies have retreated. They eventaully killed Osama Bin Laden, who was dying of kidney failure, in neighbouring Pakistan but their attempt to impose democracy on a tribal society was a bloody and costly failure. 

Borowed Money

The Tories used to be careful with our money but Boris Johnson is spending it like a drunken sailor. Events have conspired to empty our coffers. Brexit saved us our contribution to the EU but the loss of trade and Regional Fund payments costs a lot more. Then came Covid 19, an unexpected and unprecedented drain on our resources. And now we face another refugee crisis, this time from Afghanistan.

The Tories are reluctant to increase income tax because voters might not like it, and they are unlikely to increase corporation tax because most of them are shareholders, or directors, of the companies that would be penalised. 

They could make savings on public spending but vital services such as Health, Education, and Policing are already underfunded. Defence is often proposed for budget cuts but our spending is in line with our neighbours and subject to NATO requirements. We could save a few billion pounds by scrapping Trident but we must have nuclear weapons to keep our seat on the United Nations Security Council.

They will probably use underhand tactics. They have already increased the retirement age for state pensions, the next step could be qualified entitlement. Hard-working people who have paid into private pension plans could be denied a state pension. This would not harm the millionaires in Boris Johnson's Cabinet, men like Jacob Rees-Mogg who owns half of North Somerset, but it would seriously effect the majority of pensioners. Governments have always liked 'means testing' since the days when hard-faced benefit officers ordered desperate applicants to sell the piano.

When the Falklands War ended Margaret Thatcher was asked in Parliament how much it had costs the taxpayers. She replied that the conflict had been covered by money set aside for such emergencies. And she was telling the truth. In those days we actually had money to spare, unlike today when we rely on borrowing that will have to be paid back by taxpayers yet unborn. The answer is not austerity; we tried that and it didn't work. We must grow our economy by increasing production and stop wasting our money on drink, drugs, pornography, and gambling. Money that would be better invested in government bonds.

The Knights Templars of Albion 

Life is full of surprises. I recently discovered that my nephew, Nick Hall, is Grand Master of the Knights Templars of Albion. This is a Christian organisation with ancient roots that claims to be non-political, non-racist, and non-secterian. They are devoted to historical research and charitable works. They are not the same order to which former BNP leader Nick Griffin belongs. My nephew kindly sent me two articles that were far too long for this blog, but you can read all about the KTA by visiting their website.

Free Speech

Nation Revisited and European Outlook are issued in defence of Free Speech. 'Nation Revisited' recalls a duplicated newsletter entitled 'Nation' that I distributed from the Bladebone pub in Bethnal Green in the Seventies. European Outlook was launched to fight for Britain's place in Europe but we coldn't compete with The Daily Mail and The Sun.

My Group Mailing List is used to alert readers to the latest posting. From time to time new readers contact me but some readers pass away, or succumb to dementia, and others unsubscribe. Fortunately I don't rely on my GML because the majority of readers log-on unprompted or are redirected by friendly websites.

In the old days we used to sell papers on street corners or door to door. That was hard and occasionally dangerous work but now, thanks to the Internet, I can reach my readers with a click of a mouse. 

I distrust parliamentary democracy because so many politicians are in the pay of big business; but I cherish Free Speech and I deplore government moves to control the Internet, allegedly to catch pedeophiles and terrorists. We're all against the promotion of violence and child pornography but our right to communicate must be protected.

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

European Outlook # 68 May 2021

Is Britain Racist?

Various self-appointed bodies have issued damning reports on racism in Britain. We are told that black and brown people are discriminated against and that urgent measures are required to redress the situation. The Black Lives Matter movement wants to scrap the police force because it's 'institutionally racist' and their self-hating white supporters are in full agreement. They accuse prime minister Boris Johnson of being racist. He wrote in The Daily Telegraph: "the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies." But the word 'piccaninnies' is not racist, it comes from the Portuguese for 'very small'. His multiracial Cabinet includes; Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel. Kwasi Kwarteng, Alok Sharma, Nadhim Zahawi, and Suella Braverman.

But some people are never satisfied. On a recent radio talk show a woman with a West Indian accent complained that Priti Patel doesn't represent her because she is "practically white." So much for Afro-Asian solidarity. The caller may have a point about Priti's complexion but she can't complain about Kwasi Kwarteng who is of West African stock. His rise to prominence might have something to do with the fact that he went to Eton, but his position in the Cabinet shows that Britain is not a racist country.

The far-left and the far-right are united by an obsession with race that is not shared by the general public. Black and brown people are well represented in sports and entertainment, and . most of our ethnic minority MPs were elected by white constituents. 

Those Brits who dream about deporting all the post-war immigrants and their descendants have lost touch with reality. Our small peacetime army would not be able to round up 10% of the population. And even if we could we haven't got enough ships or planes to send them back, and there is no guarantee that their countries of origin would accept them. We should certainly have strict immigration controls and a generous voluntary repatriation scheme but there will be no mass deportation.

The Public Order Act 1936 - Vic Sarson

The Battle of Cable Street initiated the 1936 Public Order Act.

The pre-war clashes in East London were mainly between fascists and communists, but journalists, politicians and historians, of the Guardian-ista variety, seldom report this accurately, thus distorting history.

There was at the time, in my view, a need for some sort of Act to regulate public behaviour, where the right of free assembly was being exercised, to prevent violence but the POA of 1936 was to some extent a knee jerk reaction. Although that era predates my birth I have known a number of people who were alive at the time and of various shades of political opinion; many have said that before the forming of the fascist groups, of which Mosley was certainly the most prominent, the communists existed in huge numbers and ruled the streets. Remember that street meetings, out of date now, were the norm at the time. Other groups and parties needed their permission to hold even indoor meetings that involved accepting tight restrictions on what they could say and  for how long their meetings could last. Protection money had to be paid over. Many that were not swayed by fascist arguments tended to take their side because of their fear of the communists that were associated with thuggery and violence for at least a decade before the emergence of British fascism. 

The POA 1936 was driven by the far left of the Labour Party, such as Fenner Brockway, Manny Shinwell, Herbert Morrison (uncle of Peter Mandelson) and others, and was heavily biased. It addressed none of the issues such as the criminal behaviour of the communists, as described. Certainly, the fascist practice of marching provocatively in uniform and military-type formations needed to be addressed and curtailed, which this Act did perfectly well, but what of the extortion as practiced by the other side?

The trouble with badly framed legislation is that it continues to ill effect normal life for decades, even centuries thereafter and often to ill inform subsequent legislation.

Nation Revisited: Reports of extortion may be anecdotal but the political violence of the 1930s is well documented. William Joyce, for instance, was slashed with a razor while stewarding a meeting of the Conservative Party at Lambeth Baths in 1924, The Reds used violence to disrupt meetings and Labour-controlled councils withheld meeting halls. This situation has not improved. A few years ago Eddy Morrison applied to hold a meeting in Trafalgar Square. To his surprise permission was granted, but he would have to pay for the police and take out insurance to cover any damage or injury. The prohibitive cost of such arrangements ensures that Free Speech is still denied.

Chris Farman

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to strike down the good and the bad. One of its first victims in the UK was the anti-fascist agitator Chris Farman. The Oxford Mail reported his death on May 29th 2020, which was his 83rd birthday. He glorified the International Brigade which fought on the losing side in the Spanish Civil War. John Bean mentions him in his memoir 'Many Shades of Black': 

A regular heckler was a local journalist called Christopher Farman. Writing in the Guardian in the mid-eighties he reminisced about the various political meetings held at Earls Court in the sixties, with Communists one night, Mosley's Union Movement another night. "But Wednesday nights," he wrote, "that was when you had to hold on to your balls! That was BNP night,"

I first encountered him at the historic demonstration in support of South Africa in London in 1961. I was with a small group of Empire Loyalists who were attacked by a gang of Red thugs led by Chris Farman. We fought back with some success, and at one point Farman was bounced off the windows of the Army and Navy store in Victoria Street. That evening we went to the Orange Tree pub in Richmond-Upon-Thames, and there, holding court with his cronies was the battered figure of Chris Farman. When he saw us he quickly departed. We had no idea that he drank in that particular pub but he probably thought that we had followed him there.

Chris Farman and his fellow anti-fascists were spoilt for choice on that Sunday morning 28th February 1961. The Anti-Apartheid Movement were holding a meeting in Trafalgar Square and every variety of nationalist turned up in opposition. Oswald Mosley was there with a large contingent of Union Movement activists who marched from Trafalgar Square to UM's headquarters in Vauxhall Bridge Road. John Bean was there with his newly formed BNP, and there were patriots from Colin Jordan's National Socialist Movement, and from the League of Empire Loyalists. It was one of the few occasions when we all stood together against a common enemy.

Accepting History

Omar Khayyam wrote: "The moving finger writes and having writ moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a line of it." His words are true but some people try to make history fit their own agenda.

The British Empire was a commercial venture backed up by the Royal Navy that conquered a quarter the world. It was a force for progress that brought untold benefits to its subjects, but it plundered raw materials, disrespected native cultures and kept order at the point of a bayonet.

The British Empire could have been an Imperial Federation as envisaged by Joseph Chamberlain before the First World War. But British politicians treated colonials as cannon fodder; South Africans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders fought and died for the Motherland in the First World War but at the Ottawa Conference in 1932 British prime minister Stanley Baldwin insisted that the Dominions should supply the Motherland with agricultural produce and raw materials in return for manufactured goods. This outraged the leaders of the Dominions who wanted to develop their own industries. The Conference established 'Imperial Preference' in principle but the United States objected and the scheme never really got going.

Seven years later Britain was once again at war with Germany and a loyal Empire immediately responded. We ended the war bankrupt and unable to keep the Empire together. Today we still have links of language and culture with the old White Dominions but they have gone their separate ways; Canada is inextricably linked to the United States, Australia and New Zealand are economic dependencies of China and Japan, and South Africa and Rhodesia have been taken over by the Blacks and are fast reverting to barbarism.

None of this is of any interest to the Black Lives Matter hooligans who destroy statues and set fire to police vehicles. All they are interested in is Britain's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. But old Omar was right; "The moving finger writes and having writ moves on.." Our little islands on the edge of Europe produced the men and women who trudged through swamps and jungles, and fought the savage foe, to build the greatest empire the world has known. And none of their piety nor wit can do a damn thing about it.

Starting The Fire

The riots in London and Bristol are just the beginning. After more than a year of Coronavirus restrictions young people are ready to risk arrest to make their feelings known. The anarchist element that is always present at demonstrations is prepared to set fire to police vehicles and it's only a matter of time before someone is killed. The State will respond with more repressive legislation and it will win because it has the weapons, the organisation and the backing of the general public. But before the rioters are defeated they will seriously damage the Boris Johnson regime. 

The so-called 'far right' have no chance of upsetting parliamentary democracy. They are far too polite and their instinct is to be obedient to the State, not to overthrow it. Our situation can't be compared to Italy in 1922 or Germany in 1933. We don't have millions of unemployed ex-servicemen at our disposal, and we don't have the backing of big businessmen frightened of a Red revolution. It's almost a hundred years since Miss Rotha Lintorn-Orman founded the British Fascists and in all that time we haven't had a single MP elected.

We don't have the money or the manpower to stage impressive demonstrations like the militant Left. So we should let them take on the police, face the courts, and pay the price in broken bones and harsh prison sentences promised by Home Secretary Priti Patel. She may be an attractive little woman but she is a self-confessed Zionist, an alleged bully, and a supporter of capital punishment. In Hindu mythology Priti is the Mother Earth goddess, usually depicted as a red cow bellowing thunder.

The police are doing a grand job and should be supported, but they are defending a corrupt government that is turning the UK into a cheap labour sweatshop. When Boris Johnson and his gang of criminals are confronted by screaming mobs of 'ant-fascists' we will be waiting in the wings. 

Let the left-wing rabble start the fire, They can't win because they have no base. The Reds were a threat in the days of Communist China and the Soviet Union but Russia has had a market economy for nearly forty years and China might call herself a Communist country but she is thoroughly capitalist. The coalition of chaos which includes Black Lives Matter can't win but they can create a situation in which a Government of National Unity will emerge.

The 2011 referendum on electoral reform was a condition of the coalition agreement between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. This was an opportunity to get rid of the first-past-the-post system that results in huge majorities for the leading party. Unfortunately, the public obeyed the Daily Mail and rejected the proposal, but the Electoral Reform Society is now urging the Labour Party to support a new campaign for proportional representation. This would result in the creation of new political parties. There would be a Ukip-like far-right party, a reactionary Tory Party on the Boris Johnson model, a One Nation Tory Party similar to John Major's administration, a Liberal Democrat Party, a Green Party, a moderate Social Democratic Party on the lines of the present Labour Party, a Socialist Party intent on bringing back Clause Four, and parties representing minorities such as Muslims. From this spectrum a Government of National Unity could be formed. So keep calm and campaign for proportional representation.

European Outlook

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. We seek reform by legal means according to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19:

"We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people."

This blog will appear occasionally in support of Nation Revisited which is posted monthly.


Monday, 22 March 2021

European Outlook # 67 April 2021

My mini-autobiography concludes with this issue. 

A New Start

In 1980 my rocky marriage finally came to an end when my long suffering wife Margaret left me. I don't blame her at all, I spent far too much time at work or in the pub. But it was a traumatic time.

I had lived in South Woodford for ten years but I never felt at home north of the River Thames. As soon as I was able to I moved back to South London where I was raised. When I was a boy the old folks referred to North London as "over the water", as though it was a foreign county.

Bill Barnes died in 1981 and to cheer ourselves up Paul and I decided to have a holiday in Wales. John Bean and another close friend came with us. We climbed Pen Y Fan and walked miles through the Brecon Beacons. This was in the summer when the weather was good but I wouldn't like to be out there in the winter, when the SAS do their training. For a born and bred Londoner the landscape in Brecon was desolate. Years later I worked in Cardiff and thoroughly enjoyed it but I didn't care for Brecon. 

After the disaster of the 1979 general election the National Front split into various factions. John Tyndall resigned from the leadership of the Party in 1980 and founded the New National Front, soon to be renamed the British National Party. In 1989 there were two rival NF candidates standing in the Vauxhall by-election. Pat Harrington of the Official NF got 127 votes and Ted Budden of the Flag Group got 83 votes.

Union Movement had become Action Society which concentrated on publishing. They still held occasional socials but there was little political activity.

Oswald Mosley: the man who tried to change the System

In 1976 at a private function held at the Eccleston Hotel in Victoria to celebrate Oswald Mosley's 80th birthday, I was introduced to him. He was talking to a group of friends about the danger of atomic weapons and speculated that it might all have happened before. He said that mankind might have reached the atomic age thousands of years ago, only to wipe themselves out in an atomic war. I was impressed by his original thinking and wondered what he must have been like in his prime.

The Coming of the Internet

In 1986 a EU directive made it compulsory for construction managers to be qualified. I had left school without any qualifications so it was with some trepidation that I took my NVQ and Health and Safety tests. I passed them and in doing so I made my first use of computers.

About the same time my old friend Terry Savage got a computer and so did John Bean who started a blog called 'Beanstalk'. He kept this going until he was appointed editor of 'Identity' the glossy magazine of Nick Griffin's BNP. I took advantage of John Bean's editorship of 'Identity' to get a couple of letters published in support of the Poles. The BNP took an insular line on immigration that didn't distinguish between Norwegians and Nigerians. My argument was that if we needed immigrants we should chose those of our own race and culture rather than Africans and Asians: this is not racism, it's kinship.

I have sold political papers on street corners, usually in the rain, and gone from door to door giving out leaflets, but now I could reach people without leaving home. In September 2005 I started sending 'Nation Revisited' by e-mail. That was limited to how many e-mail addresses I had, but in September 2013 I went online and reached far more people. I was greatly assisted in this by Rufus from the 'News From Atlantis' blog.

The Internet has changed communications forever. I still take a childish delight when looking for something on a search engine to be directed to one of my blogs..

In 2013 I was temporarily locked out of 'Nation Revisited', so I started a new blog called 'European Outlook'. When I regained access to my original blog I decided to keep both of them.

The experience of blogging has brought me great satisfaction and made many new friends. On the other hand, I have been contacted by all sorts of conspiracy theorists, religious maniacs, and poor deluded citizens crying for help. There really are people who believe that the Royal Family are lizards, and that the Coronavirus was launched by Bill Gates to collect data. I have tried reasoning with them but it's a waste of time. Whatever explanation you give them they will say "that's what they want you to think."

Growing Up

In 1999 I was grossly overweight and suffering from blackouts, palpitations, gout, swollen legs, and bronchial congestion. My doctor told me that he could do nothing for me until I quit smoking and drinking. Outside his surgery I prayed to God and vowed to mend my ways. That was on 4th July 1999, and since then I have not touched a cigarette or a drink. The effect on my physical and mental health was immediately beneficial. I grew up at the age of 54. I stopped blaming everybody else for my own failures and took responsibility for my actions. Twenty-two years later I am not exactly in tip top condition but I am still alive. When we are young we think we are immortal but as we grow old we realise how vulnerable we are. 

Rita Barnes and me in our local pub the Beehive

In 2005 my friend and confidante Rita Barnes died. She was the widow of Bill Barnes. Rita nagged me to stop drinking and smoking and encouraged me to write. She changed my life for the better and to comply with her wishes I took her ashes to Waterford in Ireland to be buried in her family plot. I miss her more than I can say. 

In 2010 I was interviewed by the American historian Ryan Shaffer. I took this as recognition from a serious academic. I was warned that he would be hostile but I found him polite and considerate, He interviewed several people in the UK and his impressions are recorded in his book 'Music, Youth and International Links in Post-War British Fascism'.

In 2011 I started attending meetings of the Friends of Mosley organisation and writing articles for their magazine 'Comrade'. Unfortunately, it ceased publication on the retirement of its editor in 2017. FOM is still going but the passing of the years has sadly depleted our ranks

We have to thank Troy Southgate for hosting the New Right meeting that brought the various strains of nationalism together. This was going well until 2011 when the London Forum was established. Shortly afterwards Troy moved to PortugaI where he continues his prolific writing  

I attended most of the London Forum meeting where I heard some brilliant speakers. I also suffered a great many cranks and misfits. These included a Spanish professor who thought that the Large Hadron Collider is Switzerland was a time machine that could take the world back to 1939. And an ex-BNP councillor from Liverpool who seemed to believe in every known conspiracy theory.

Since Jez Turner was sent to prison for upsetting the Jews there have been no more meetings of the London Forum. And now we have the lockdown to contend with, but it's to be hoped that one day we can exercise our right of free speech.

Michael Woodbridge, Bill Baillie, John Bean, Jez Turner

Leaders I Have Known

Oswald Mosley was a great orator and writer who could explain economics to the common man. He was one of the first to realise that the British Empire had been destroyed by the Second World War and to call for a United Europe. He took a common sense attitude to race and he dismissed conspiracy theories. I only met him very briefly but I'm glad that I did. Visit the Friends of Mosley website: oswaldmosley.com

AK Chesterton was a considerate man who made me welcome at his Croydon home. His book The New Unhappy Lords relies on the author's credibility. He explains: "the reader is presented with a continuous narrative which enables him to follow the workings of the conspiracy without having his attention distracted by the abundance of footnotes which otherwise would have been necessary."

I met Colin Jordan before he quit the old BNP. He was a brave man who defied the anti-fascist thugs who tried to kill him. He made a mistake by dressing up as a Stormtrooper but he was probably fitted up by Special Branch over the shoplifting charge.

John Tyndall was a dedicated man but he was stuck in the past and unable to understand the world around him. His 'economic nationalism' was nothing but Imperial Preference, a system that was replaced by the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944. He was also impatient. One day he gave me a lift from Earls Court to Mitcham. He drove furiously and years later I read in 'The Eleventh Hour' that he learned to drive while doing his National Service and never took a proper driving test.

I have been friends with John Bean since the 1960s. In his younger days he had the charisma and the drive to be a great leader but, in John Tyndall's words, he lacked "gravitas." His political memoir 'Many Shades of Black' is well-written, concise, entertaining, and easy to read.

I met Andrew Fountaine in 1962 at the BNP Camp at his Norfolk estate. His critique of Winston Churchill, "The Meaning of an Enemy" was serialized in 'Combat' from 1960 to 1965. In 2012, John Bean and I got it published by Ostara Books. I am proud to have taken part in this venture. The book is available from: ostarapublications.com 

I first met Martin Webster in 1961 when we were Empire Loyalists. He was National Activities Organiser for the National Front from 1969. He achieved a record breaking 16% in the 1973 West Bromwich by-election. His marches established the National Front as a serious political movement but he fell out with Party in 1983. He now writes for several websites including the Anglo Celtic blog: https://angloceltic.org   

The Dear Departed

The saddest part of my story is the loss of so many friends. The trouble with knowing elderly people is that they tend to pop their clogs. Up to a few years ago there were still some old comrades from before the war, but they have all gone and so have most of the activists from the Fifties and Sixties. In the past ten years I have gone to far too many funerals. Recently we lost Richard Edmonds and Eddy Morrison, but there have been so many that I will list only my personal friends.

Paul Barnes my boyhood friend died suddenly in 2012 following a motor accident. We had shared the fear and excitement of street politics in the Sixties and we were enjoying our retirement. I stayed with Paul and his wife Shannon in their villa in Sicily and I was looking forward to future visits, but it was not to be.

Roger Clare died in 2016 at his home in Ramsgate. He was a Union Movement activist from the late Fifties to its demise. At the famous anti-apartheid counter demonstration of 1960 in Trafalgar Square he was charged with attacking two policemen with his camera tripod. Oswald Mosley and Jeffrey Hamm appeared as witnesses and he got off with a small fine. In the Seventies he gave film shows at the New Focus cinema club in North London.

Carl Harley the man who recruited John Bean

Carl Harley died in 2019 at the age of 88. He was the Union Movement organiser for Lewisham who recruited John Bean just after the war. He had been friends with John Bean ever since. I first met Carl at the BNP camp in 1962, but I was unable to go to his funeral because of my health and the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

Frank Walsh was a talented man who produced a unique blog  combining artwork, poetry, songs and prose. He died this year at the age of 95. He was once known as the King of Speakers Corner where he defied the Reds with his fiery oratory for many years. I only met Frank at the London Forum meetings but I was very fond of him.

Frank Walsh the author of the unique 'My Site' blog.

We live in extraordinary times. The emergency measures brought in by governments all over the world to control the Coronavirus pandemic will not be lightly rescinded.. Governments tend to cling to repressive legislation and the rise of populism in the United States and Europe gives them the excuse to suspend parliamentary democracy. We must stay within the law when campaigning against unfair capitalism. There's nothing wrong with a company that treats its workers with respect, pays its taxes, and makes an honest profit. But the exploiters, rule breakers, and tax dodgers must be stopped. I believe that we can do it if we stick together. I will certainly keep trying for as long as a I can.

European Outlook

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. We seek reform by legal means according to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19:

"We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people."

This blog will appear occasionally in support of Nation Revisited which is posted monthly.



Saturday, 31 October 2020

European Outlook # 65 November 2020

 Forgotten History - Mark Webb

Another forgotten history. This one on the theme of WWII cover-ups, there's no finer collection of incidents swept under the carpet than in Australia. Over one million US troops, aircrew, seamen and marines were stationed/based in Oz at some point or other during the war. Including 100,000 black US troops. They brought big changes to Australian life. Over 12,000 Aussie women had married US servicemen by the end of the war and American culture had entered Australia permanently. In order not to give the Japanese negative stories that would be turned into anti-US propaganda, most of these events I'm going to write about, that took place between 1943 and 1944, were just covered up.

March 1942 Brisbane, for ten nights there was fighting (often with knives) between the all white US 208th Regiment and the all black 394th Regiment. The cause was the issue of black men being in the company of white women.

In May 1942 an all black US labour regiment were tasked with building an airstrip and buildings, called Kelso Airfield, at Townsville, North Queensland. They staged an armed mutiny. They had been sleeping on the ground, not receiving proper rations, not paid, refused leave, treated badly by white officers and could not do the work they had been tasked to do, as the equipment they required had not been delivered. A black Sgt was beaten by white officers. The next day, on the 22nd, six hundred men took up arms, they machine gunned the white officer's tents, set fire to the ammo dump, and took the white officers as hostages. A short siege was in effect. The Australian Army was called in and they surrounded the base, sandbagged the roads and deployed Bren gun carriers. The following day some two hundred black soldiers were missing having gone AWOL. US congressman LB Johnson (later to become US President) flew out to assess the situation.. It was said that the missing soldiers were rounded up and the regiment shipped back to the US. The building of the airfield was abandoned. The fate of the ringleaders is very hazy. It was stated by several sources that they were executed. Regardless, the entire incident was covered up. Details only came out in 2012.

September - October 1942, in Inkerman a US soldier shoots and kills an Australian soldier in a gunfight and was in turn shot dead by other Aussie troops. An Aussie civilian was shot and killed by US military police in Townsville. Reports of knife fights between black US troops and white US troops in Brisbane over the issue of black men dancing with white women. The incidents of March flared up again. Reports of Australian police and US military police firing on and killing black US troops. One Aussie soldier is knifed to death and three other Aussia soldiers and a local woman are also stabbed by a US soldier who went on a rampage. It is reported that there are over twenty brawls a night in Brisbane. A group of American submariners and US Navy shore patrols are beaten and badly mauled by a mob of Aussie locals in Brisbane. There was also a race riot in Wacoi, a suburb of Brisbane. 

November 1942. The Battle of Brisbane, two days and nights of rioting and fighting between US military police, Australian troops and civilians and US troops. In the morning an Australian trooper was attacked by a US military policeman who was then attacked by Australian troops, resulting in one Aussie soldier shot dead by US military police, and half a dozen shot and wounded. The American PX and American Red Cross buildings both looted and burned to the ground, hundreds of people on all sides injured and wounded. Unconfirmed reports of US soldiers killed by Australians, eye witnesses reported seeing them beaten to death. They also  reported at least one US soldier was shot and killed by an Australian citizen. Unconfirmed reports of civilian deaths. None of this was reported at the time. Later, war correspondent John Hinde who saw the events from a hotel balcony said that: "The most furious battles I ever saw during the war was that night in Brisbane. It was like a civil war."

December 1942. Melbourne anti-US riots. Few details of this incident.

February 1943. The Bondi anti-US riots, very few details of that incident. Second Melbourne anti-US riots saw 3,500 American and Australian troops and civilians in an all out brawl, further riots in Fitsroy and Shepperton quickly followed.

November 1943. The sinking of the US troopship USAT Cape San Juan off the coast of Fiji. An all black US regiment travelling from San Francisco to Townsville, to replace those troops that mutinied in May 1942, Japanese submarine 1-21 slams a torpedo into her and she sinks. Many of the men are in the water or on rafts when a massive school of Oceanic White Tipped sharks ripped them to pieces. 1,462 men went into the water, only 448 came out. Totally hushed up.

January 1944. The Perth anti-US riots, very few details on this incident.

April 1944. The Freemantle anti-US riots in which two New Zealand servicemen were killed by US troops outside the National Hotel.

August 1944. The Cowra Breakout, which I will cover in detail in a later article.

As you can see it was not all friends and allies working together! The wartime period was marked by race hate, boiling resentment, poor treatment and the feeling by Australians that they were being occupied by a foreign army. 99% of what happened was censored, made to 'go away' and left out of the news.

Taking Liberties

A rebellious faction refuses to wear face masks during the current pandemic. Medical advice is that masks help to prevent the spread of the virus, but the refuseniks will not be dictated to by the government. They claim it's their right as free citizens to be infected and to infect others. And they attempt to back up their arguments with ridiculous conspiracy theories.

This is the old argument between those of us who respect authority and those that reject it. If the anti-authoritarians really believe in total freedom they should go and live in the woods, drink water from a stream, and defecate behind a tree. That's the only way that they can avoid paying taxes, obeying the law, and wearing face masks. 

The vast majority of us value the protection of the police, the fire brigade and the ambulance service, and we don't object to paying taxes and complying with emergency measures. We know that civilisation depends on our respect for others and we dismiss the selfish arguments of the so-called libertarians.

This gulf between responsible citizenship and anarchy is most obvious in the United States where the freedom junkies carry guns, and object to state funded health care for the poor. They believe in privatising everything and reducing the power of the state. The logical conclusion of their twisted thinking would be a return to the wild west, when everyone was armed and the poor simply died of starvation.

There are seven billion people living on our planet. In order to feed, educate, and look after them we need good government at all levels. International co-operation is necessary to regulate trade between nations and to prevent border disputes leading to wars. Aggressive nationalism and excessive individualism have no place in the modern world. Nations and individuals cant just do as they please.

I used to know a merchant seaman who went on a drinking spree in Leningrad, now St Petersburg, in 1959. He tried to leave the bar without paying and found himself in front of a Soviet judge, who sentenced him to five years imprisonment for 'hooliganism'.  As luck would have it, British prime minister Harold Macmillan was visiting the USSR, and as a gesture of friendship Nikita Khruschev freed a number of British prisoners, including our man, who has behaved himself ever since.

The Death of Democracy

The Coronavirus pandemic has killed thousands of people, damaged the economy, and helped to put an end to democracy. It's impossible to hold a public meeting because of social distancing regulations, and it's almost impossible to make use of the Internet if your opinions fall outside the narrow confines of political correctness. Many browsers block access to political groups that are labelled 'far-right'. And if you do manage to reach such a website you run the risk of being prosecuted for 'hate crimes'.

It's allowed to call for an end to immigration but its illegal to specifically call for an end to non-European immigration. That would constitute discrimination against non-Europeans and could lead to a heavy fine or imprisonment. Those groups still campaigning against non-European immigration are in constant danger of being shut down.

Zionism is another minefield. Any criticism of Israel is likely to be interpreted as 'anti-Semitism'. The recent trouble in the UK Labour Party was the result of some members of the Party supporting the Palestinians. Even Jews who protested against Israeli aggression were threatened. The Tory press, the BBC, and most of the mass media are pro-Zionists. That's not conspiracy theory, if you look up who owns the mass media you will find that they are all Zionists, not necessarily Jews but Zionists all the same.  You may think that Zionism is harmless but it's really Jewish supremacism, based on the ridiculous idea that the Jews are God's chosen people.

It's perfectly reasonable for black and brown people to join the police force. They are part of the population and it's only fair that they are represented. But the police go too far when officers take part in political demonstrations such as 'taking the knee' at Black Lives Matter demonstrations. All lives matter, not just black lives. The BLM movement is racist by implication and should suffer the same constraints as 'far-right'.

We are facing a major recession as the result of the pandemic and our decision to declare UDI from Europe. (For those too young to remember, UDI was the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, Ian Smith's brave attempt to maintain white rule in Rhodesia). With millions unemployed and hungry the liberal consensus will be abandoned as we stop worrying about alleged insults to minorities to concentrate on our very survival.

JFK's Letter to Ben-Gurion

The American presidential election has brought forth pledges of loyalty to Israel from both candidates. But this was not always the case. President John F Kennedy sent the following letter to Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion in May 1963. Unfortunately, JFK was assassinated six months later and every American president since, except for Jimmy Carter, has turned a blind eye to Israel's nuclear arsenal.

Dear Mr Prime Minister

I welcome your letter of May 12 and I am giving it careful study.

Meanwhile, I have recieved from Ambassador Barbour a report of his conversation with you on May 14 regarding the arrangements for visiting the Dimona reactor. I should like to add some personal comments on that subject.

I am sure that you will agree that there is no more urgent business for the whole world than the control of nuclear weapons. We both recognized this when we talked together two years ago, and I emphasized it again when I met with Mrs Meir just after Christmas. The danger is in the proliferation of nuclear weapons systems are so obvious that I am sure I need not repeat them here.

It is because of our preoccupation with this problem that my Government has sought to arrange with you for periodic visits to Dimona. When we spoke together in May 1961 you said that we might make whatever use we wished of the information resulting from the first visit of American scientists to Dimona and that you would agree to further visits by neutrals as well. I has assumed from Mrs Meir's comments that there would be no problem between us on this.

We are concerned with the disturbing effects on world stability which would accompany the development of a nuclear weapons capability by Israel. I cannot imagine that the Arabs would refrain from turning to the Soviet Union for assistance if Israel were to develop a nuclear weapons capability - with all the conseuences this would hold. But the problem is much larger than its impact on the Middle East. Development of a nuclear weapons capability by Israel would almost certainly lead other larger countries, that have so far refrained from such development to feel that they must follow suit.

As I made clear in my press conference of May 8, we have a deep commitment to the security of Israel. In addition this country supports Israel in a wide variety of other ways which are well known to both of us. (4-1/2 lines of source text not declassified)

I can well appreciate your concern for developments in the UAR. But I see no present or imminent nuclear threat to Israel from there. I am assured that our intelligence on this uestion is good and that the Egyptians do not presently have any installation comparable to Dimona, nor any facilities potentially capable of nuclear weapons production. But of course, if you have information that would support a contrary conclusion, I should like to receive it from you through Ambassador Barbour. We have the capacity to check it.

I trust this message will convey the sense of urgency and the perspective in which I view your Government's early assent to the proposal first put to you by Ambassador Barbour on April 2.

Sincerely, John F Kennedy


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