Sunday, 1 March 2015

European Outlook # 15, March 2015

A Government of National Unity

Pollsters predict that no party will achieve a majority in the coming election. Ukip are stealing Tory votes in England and the Scottish Nationalists are threatening the Labour Party in Scotland. The Lib Dems will be punished for forming a coalition with the Tories. And the Greens could gain another seat or two. We will probably have another coalition government but not necessarily the same as last time. It could be Labour with the Lib Dems, the Tories with Ukip, or even a German-style grand coalition of Labour and Tory.

Dave Cameron paints a rosy picture of Britain that is far from the truth. Unemployment has gone down but many of the jobs available are so badly paid that they’re hardly worth having. His efforts to reduce public spending have alienated doctors and teachers but they have hardly touched the budget deficit. He needs to increase taxes but he knows that it would be politically suicidal.

Whatever the result of the coming election we will face the same challenges. And since a coalition is almost certain we might as well go for a Government of National Unity drawn from all sections of society; a government of men and women acting in the interests of Country instead of Party. This was Oswald Mosley’s idea from the Seventies, when we faced another economic crisis. Then it was inflation and now it’s deflation but a GNU is still the best way forward.

                                               Sir Oswald Mosley

Such a government would harness the talents of the most gifted. Former chief executives with proven track records would replace politicians with no industrial experience. Outstanding ministers would be appointed regardless of party, and prime minister’s question time would make more sense if the people asking the questions actually knew what they were talking about.

The latest scandal involving former cabinet ministers Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw shows the extent of corruption in the old parties. Both men offered to sell their services to the Chinese in return for thousands of pounds.

Now that we have got a fixed term parliament it would be easy to install a Government of National Unity for a five year term. It should not be allowed to overspend or deviate from an agreed program or waste it’s time arguing. At the end of the five year term the nation could decide whether to keep it or revert to the party-political circus.

What’s going on?

The world is in such a state of confusion that it’s difficult to know what’s going on. The so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is slaughtering innocent civilians and prisoners of war but they still manage to sell billions of dollars worth of oil. America, Britain and France are bombing IS targets but so are Israel and Iran. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States pay lip service to American foreign policy but they appear to be on both sides at once.. Christians and Hezbollah supporters are fighting for President Bashir al-Assad of Syria and British-born Pakistanis are fighting for the Islamic State. Conspiracy theories abound. There is talk of “false flag operations” and “black propaganda” but there are more questions than answers. Does Israel really want a militant Islamic State on her borders? Will the Turks allow the Kurds to expand into their territory? Does America know the difference between Arabs, Kurds, and Iranians?  One thing’s for sure; Dave Cameron and the rest of the European leaders have absolutely no idea what’s going on; they are just following. America.

The US enforces her foreign policy by issuing dollars, manipulating credit and controlling markets. FD Roosevelt and Harry Truman rescued post-war Europe and Japan from starvation with the Marshal Plan. Dwight D Eisenhower used the threat of economic sabotage to humiliate Britain and France over the Suez invasion of 1956. Richard Nixon established the petro-dollar racket in 1971 forcing the world to use dollars to buy oil. Bill Clinton brought down the white regime in South Africa with economic sanctions in 1994. And now Barack Obama is forcing Europe into a dangerous and pointless confrontation with Russia.

We knew who we were fighting in 1914 and 1939 but the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria are not so clear cut. Dictators have been toppled but their states are in a worst condition than when we started. We are getting involved in conflicts all over the world that have nothing to do with us. This insane policy of “perpetual war” is designed to keep the American military-industrial complex in production. Wars need credit, tanks, planes, guns, missiles, uniforms, medical supplies, body bags and all the paraphernalia of mass murder. There are billions of dollars to be made in the name of “freedom and democracy.”

Julius Evola

In European Outlook # 11 we noted the views of Nietzsche, Spengler and Yockey on the subject of race. An excellent article by Tom Sunic shows that the Julius Evola (1898-1974) was also opposed to petty racism.

“Evola writes that race represents a crucial element in the life of all humans. However, while acknowledging the clear-cut physical and biological markers of each race, he stresses over and over again the paramount importance of the spiritual and internal aspects of race – two points that are decisive for genuine racial awareness of the White man. Without full comprehension of these constituent parts – i.e. the ‘race of the soul’ and the ‘race of the spirit’ – no racial awareness is possible. Evola is adamantly opposed to conceptualizing race from a purely biological, mechanistic and Darwinian perspective. He sees that approach as dangerously reductionist, leading to unnecessary political and intellectual infighting.”

I reiterate that common sense is needed. We have a duty to defend our race and nation but hostility to non-Europeans is unacceptable. The intimidation of a black man by football hooligans on the Paris Metro was disgraceful. We have the technology to improve living conditions in the Third World and control mass migration. But such a grand project can only be achieved by international agreement. It cannot be done by little states motivated by racial supremacy. And it will not be done by driving wedges between the European nations.

Julius Evola realized the danger posed by unrestrained nationalism in his article “Spiritual and Structural Presuppositions of the European Union.”

“In our opinion, Varange (Francis Parker Yockey) is certainly correct when he announces the inadequacy of every federalist or merely economic solution of the European problem. As we have already said, a true unity can only be of the organic type, and for this the plan is quite well-known: it is that already realised, for example, in the European medieval oecumene. It embraces both unity and multiplicity and is embodied in a hierarchical participatory system. What this requires us to overcome and to leave behind is nationalism, in the sense of schismatic absolutisation of the particular; we must overpass, or retreat from, this to the natural concept of nationality. Within any national space, a process of integration should then occur - politically - which would co-ordinate its forces into a hierarchical structure and establish an order based on a central principle of authority and sovereignty. The same thing should then repeat itself in the supra-national space, in the European space in general, in which we will have the nations as partial organic unities gravitating into a "unum quod non est pars" (to use the Dantesque expression), that is to say into the field of a principle of authority hierarchically superior to each of them. This principle, to be such, should necessarily transcend the political field in the narrow sense, should be based upon itself alone, and should legitimise itself by means of an idea, a tradition, and a spiritual power. Then only would arise the Imperium: the free, organic, and manly European unity, really free from all levelling, liberalistic, democratic, chauvinistic, or collectivistic ideologies, presenting itself, by virtue of this achievement, in a precise separation from both 'East' and 'West', that is to say from the two blocs which, like the arms of a single pair of pincers, are closing themselves around us.”

Evola: Thoughts and Perspectives, Volume One, edited by Troy Southgate, is available from  

Euro Nationalism

Europe is much more than the landmass between the Atlantic and the Urals; it is the motherland of European culture and the spiritual home of Europeans throughout the world. A European does not lose his identity by crossing the Atlantic, and an African or an Asian doesn’t automatically becomes a European by landing on our soil. People can be assimilated over generations but in general they belong to their ancestral homelands. Home is where the heart is.

Great Europeans such as Giuseppe Garibaldi, Otto von Bismarck, and Eamon de Valera fought for their respective countries but nationalism transcends borders to embrace ethnicity and culture. Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana to independence in 1957, was the father of African Nationalism. The Rev Ndabaningi Sithole wrote the book “African Nationalism” which inspired a generation. Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, belonged to the African National Congress. And the Jamaican national hero Marcus Garvey promoted African Nationalism in the United States and the Caribbean. Africans throughout the world are entitled to self-determination and so are Europeans.

Educated Europeans have always felt a sense of unity but it was not until the arrival of packaged holidays, open borders and cheap air travel that ordinary people have lived and worked throughout the continent. We have been moving towards unity for a very long time. Pope Innocent 111 (1160-1198) banned the use of crossbows between Christian nations but his edict was ignored and millions of Europeans were slaughtered in successive wars and revolutions. We must hope that the insular nationalism that led to two world wars has burned itself out; but even now we are sliding towards war with Russia over the future of eastern Ukraine.

If we dismiss Nazi racial theory and Cold War propaganda, we realize that the Russians are as European as we are. When Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space he struck a blow for Europe as well as Russia. His journey into space was a European triumph. The international co-operation in space research following the collapse of the USSR was entirely beneficial. But it is threatened by the current wave of anti-Russian hysteria from Washington.

Our perceptions are clouded by propaganda. We thought that Russian women were shapeless peasants but since the fall of the Soviet Union we have been dazzled by the beauty of Anna Kournikova. My childhood comics were full of cropped-headed Luftwaffe pilots with sabre-slashed faces being shot down by Spitfires; but sixty years later Angela Merkel is not so frightening.

                                     Anna Kournikova

The American government is dangerously provocative but it doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of the American people. “Democratic” governments are seldom representative. Two million UK protesters marched against Tony Blair’s war on Iraq but he simply ignored them. In the same way the European Commission is out of touch with the people but we cannot dismantle it anymore than we can dispense with the US Congress or the British Parliament.  

The right-wing parties banding together in the European Parliament are insular nationalists promoting a loose federation of nation states held together by treaty; more or less what we have at the moment. But leading economists such as Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, and Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, are calling for closer fiscal union. The EU will only realize its potential with a central government presiding over an integrated economy. In the meantime it’s important that we encourage a spirit of European solidarity. This blog therefore embraces all Europeans at home and abroad.

Mosley Remembered:
John G Wood
(John G Wood 1933-2007 was an English political activist who was a member of Union Movement until 1964 when he joined John Bean’s BNP. He was a founder member of the National Front, and John Tyndall’s BNP).
                                    John G Wood
I first became active in nationalist politics in the late fifties. Prior to that, I had been a typical young man from a Conservative-supporting family and my only forays into politics were to help out at the local Tory headquarters at election times. As a teenager, I was about as interested in politics as I was about Stone-Age cave paintings. I was not alone in my disinterest in the political scene; most of my friends and school-mates thought likewise. It was not until I entered university that I encountered people for whom political involvement was the norm. Unlike today, however, the politics of the university were mostly mainstream Conservative or Labour, with the odd Liberal and Communist rearing up now and again. My introduction to an entirely different world was when I picked up a discarded copy of Action on a tramcar; yes there were trams running in Sheffield in those days! The effect on me was astounding; never had I read anything like this before! Action, of course, was the magazine of Sir Oswald Mosley's Union Movement. At first, the news seemed too far-fetched to be credible; I hadn't seen articles so seemingly outspoken and such was the effect that this publication had on me, I immediately sent off for details.
I received a reply within a few days and, enclosed with the information pack, together with a membership application form, were several leaflets together with a current copy of Action, the paper that had started me off on the road to an alternative outlook. I quickly realized that although the paper was so very different from the Daily Mail, which I read every day, it was printing views and opinions that I, and many like me, had secretly been thinking for years. From that day forth, I was committed! Supporters and members soon approached me from the local U.M. branch and I started attending meetings and doing the obligatory newspaper selling.
Very shortly I was a full member of the branch and was an active participant whenever and wherever I was needed. I was greatly indebted at the time to the Yorkshire Regional Organizer, Frank Hamley. He had been with O.M. since the days of the New Party and had been incarcerated in a concentration camp on the Isle of Man during the war under the abominable Regulation 18b. I had never known that the British Government had, without trial, imprisoned loyal men because of their opposition to the war. I learned very quickly that the politics of the Establishment was a very dirty business indeed. After a relatively short time I was appointed Branch Leader and, under the guidance of the Regional Organiser, began to build up a very active cadre of enthusiasts.
This photograph (not available) was taken in 1958 and was my first attempt at wall painting! It was the first of many that appeared on walls all over the city, as in those days, it was the cheapest way of getting publicity.
Nowadays, this sort of activity is dying out but at that time, one could see slogans painted on busy flyovers, railway bridges and even one on a huge gasometer. That one stayed there for several years.
Early Days
It wasn't long after joining U.M. that I went to hear the Leader speak. I remember the first meeting I ever attended. It was outside Alexandra Park Gates in Manchester, not a stone's throw from Moss Side! In those days, the place was not as foully corrupted as it is now!
I listened to several speakers that day, George Webb was one of them and so was Frank Hamley; both rousing orators. The moment came for O.M. to speak; the climax of the occasion. As I listened and looked at him, I saw that this was a man I could follow, completely and without question. He was of a
different calibre of the politicians I had known before and the message came out crystal clear. This was a man! This was a patriot!
I was a newcomer in those days surrounded by men who had been with O.M. from day one, I still had an awful lot to learn but after meeting the Leader, life was never going to be quite the same again. Like most people, when listening to the news on radio or watching it on television, most of it went in one ear and out of the other but after even only a few weeks in U.M., I saw the news programmes in a different light; I realized that we, the general public, were being systematically brainwashed time and time again. I began to look for flaws and found great gaps; I searched for the truth and knew then that I wasn't going to get it; not from the B.B.C. anyway! It didn't take long to discover why U.M. in general and O.M. in particular were hated by those in power. They knew that Mosley had a terrible weapon at his disposal... He told the truth!!!
Even so, in the late Fifties and early Sixties, it was possible to hold meetings without too much trouble. In many places, we were allowed to steward our own meetings, which we did, to the chagrin of those who would disrupt us! In those days, we could hold very big meetings in places like
Birmingham City Hall, Manchester Free Trades Hall, Bradford Town hall and so on. Uniforms were a thing of the past but we adopted an unofficial style which most of us wore. It was a simple form of dress comprising black trousers, black tie and white shirt, complete with the Flash and Circle
badge, of course. We wore that garb with pride and never once was I challenged by the police for wearing it.
Looking back, I realised that we were far more advanced in being organized than many nationalist parties today. Even with a small branch as ours was in Sheffield totalling around thirty members, we were able to support our own headquarters that doubled as a bookshop. We could quite comfortably hold monthly branch meetings there and there was the added attraction of a pub with a sympathetic landlord a few doors away!
We always looked forward to the meetings in Manchester, both indoors and outside. Here, were to be found a great many old Blackshirt comrades from the days before the war and they used to regale us with yarns and experiences. In addition to the old pre-war members, there were quite a few of our own age among them and some a little older, who were among the most active in the country. I can remember with great fondness, an old comrade, Gordon Gee, who lived in Longsight in Manchester. He was a very voluble sort of man and would talk a glass eye to sleep if you let him. Sadly, Gordon is no longer with us.
I can remember once after a meeting in Manchester, I stayed the night at Gordon's home. The next day, Sunday, Gordon invited me to a drink at his local. He said he'd introduce me to the landlord. The name of the pub was Pity the Poor Struggler. We went along and we had a very pleasant lunchtime session. The landlord, an old friend of Gordon's turned out to be none other that Albert Pierrepoint. He had been the State Executioner for many years before his retirement. I found him to be a man of great wit and infinite charm.
We seemed to be far more active in those days; the 'phone would ring and it would be someone wanting help in sticking up posters or going on a painting expedition, etc. There always seemed to be something to do; someone to meet. Other areas would have a by-election and we'd flock there ready to put out leaflets or to go round the streets with a P.A. system on the car roof. The police were different in those days; rarely were we stopped when out canvassing or coming home late at night from a meeting or some other event.
(To be continued)
From Robert Edwards of European Socialist Action: 

Dear Bill,
Jeffrey Hamm was never the leader of Union Movement. That was always OM's prerogative. Jeffrey put it to the Directorate after OM's death that he should be regarded as the leader. His proposal was rejected.
He became the Secretary of the Action Society after previously being the Secretary of Union Movement.
In a previous mailing you used the phrase 'European nationalists". We were never that. OM coined the phrase "National Europeans". I have never been a nationalist in my entire life. Sounds like you are pandering to the racial nationalists, again.
Another thing, Karl Marx did not hate Jews. He wanted Judaism abolished. Which is a different thing altogether. The phrase "nigger" was commonplace in those days, as was Yid, and is not remarkable, as such. In German, it is Neger, meaning 'negro'.
Other than that, all this reminiscing over the political fringe of the 1950s and 1960s has more than a touch of self-indulgence on your part. You still have not wrenched yourself out of this far right lunatic quagmire. They are all reactionary, you know.
When I attended the inauguration meeting of the National Front at Caxton Hall in 1965, as a Union Movement member, A K Chesterton sat at the far end of the stage and was visibly drunk. His head sank several times. So I don't know where you get the idea he never drank. Chesterton was alcoholic. His successors nearly all shared this moral weakness. 
Best wishes, Robert

Follow me on Twitter @Baillie1Bill