Fascist Watch - What is The Steadfast Trust?
Quick change of subject. Idly surfing the blogosphere a few weeks ago I happened upon a genuinely hard-right religio-blog (the term gets flung about so indiscriminately these days that it's tempting to forget that that right-wing extremists do try to hijack religion for their own ends but indeed they do). Terribly affected Diary of an Edwardian Lady style, faux nostalgie, gazing moodily out across the ocean, with entries on religion, Euro-scepticism and daily whimsy, including musings on the characteristics of the different races (some are inherently martial, apparently). Anyway, among the links on the sidebar were the usual obvious ones (the BNP) and one I hadn't heard of, something called The Steadfast Trust. This is a charity, believe it or not, which has a very specific group of beneficiaries in mind - English whites only. The white-English community, it declares is discriminated against on the basis of ethnic origin, though it can't, or won't detail any hard evidence of this. It insists that it isn't a divisive or racist organisation (I think the BNP also officially denies that it's a racist organisation).
Now what with the recent Whites season on the Beeb and reportage focusing on, among other things, the chronic educational underperformance of working class white boys there's clearly something in the wind, a mood of disaffection among traditional Labour voters, a feeling of alienation and left-outedness which far right groups like the BNP capitalise on. Charities are increasingly being used as vehicles for exerting political influence, a trend this blog generally deplores and now it seems that the hard right has cottoned on to this wheeze too. Interested? I certainly was.
So I consulted ex-AFA man and expert on hard-right and fascist groupings, Dom Perignon, who told me that the Steadfast Trust's phone number is the same as that used by a commercial outfit flogging ethnic English tat, cross of St George beenie hats and such like. He pointed me towards this thread on a fascist website where the posters speculate as to The Steadfast Trust's links with the BNP but himself reckons that someone called Tony Linsell, who wrote the English Democrats' manifesto is connected to it all.
Either way, very interesting and excellent work by Dom Perignon, to whom I extend my grateful thanks. If anyone has any further information, do please let me know.
Hat Tip: Dom Perignon.