Monday, June 08, 2009

Now BNP MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, this is the Real Andrew Brons

Last night the BNP won two seats in the European Parliament. One of them went to Andrew Brons in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

This is who he is.

If the BNP wanted to distance itself from nazism, the last person it should have chosen as a candidate is Andrew Brons.

Brons, 61, started his nazi career in the National Socialist Movement, an organisation that was deliberately founded on Hitler’s birthday by Colin Jordan, the British nazi leader who died in April aged 85. NSM members were responsible for an arson campaign against Jewish property and synagogues in the 1960s.

Brons appears to have approved. In a letter to Jordan’s wife, Brons reported meeting an NSM member who “mentioned such activities as bombing synagogues”. He declared: “On This subject I have a dual view, in that I realise that he is well intentioned, I feel that our public image may suffer considerable damage as a result of these activities. I am however open to correction on this point.”

He also sent Mrs Jordan money to buy a swastika badge and other Nazi material, explaining he was about the undertake a “crash programme” of publicity for the NSM in Yorkshire by deluging areas with Nazi stickers, posters and slogans.

Brons was a prominent member of the National Front, notorious for its extreme racism and violence, from its early days and was voted onto its national directorate in 1974. Later as the NF’s education officer he hosted seminars on racial nationalism and tried to give its racism a more “scientific” basis.

After the departure of John Tyndall from the NF in March 1980 Brons was promoted to NF chairman. One of his allies during this period was Richard Verrall, the author of Did Six Million Really Die?, with whom he edited the NF journal New Nation. In 1982 Brons led an NF march through Northfield on which marchers chanted: “we’ve got to get rid of the blacks”.

In June 1984 Brons was convicted of behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace following his arrest in Leeds while selling papers in a shopping centre.

He and another NF member were heard shouting slogans such as “Death to Jews”, “White Power” and “National Front”. When approached by PC John Raj, Brons stated: “inferior beings like yourself probably do not understand the principle of free speech”.
Brons resigned as NF chairman in 1984 and later faded from public view. He has been a BNP member for around four years.


Blogger David Lindsay said...

So Andrew Brons was in some overtly Nazi groupuscule in his extreme youth? Has he admitted it? Has he said that it was wrong AT THE TIME? I do not mean these questions rhetorically.

If he has, then he has one up on David Cameron and his courtiers, who came up through the Radical Right of the 1980s, a swirling cauldron of neo-Nazism, among so much other unpleasantness.

And he has one up on John Reid and Peter Mandelson, deep into their adult lives members of the Communist Party of Great Britain, the paid agents of an enemy power. One up on Alistair Darling and Geoff Gallop (Tony Blair's mentor at Oxford), late of the International Marxist Group. One up on the old Trotskyists Stephen Byers and Alan "Haze of Dope" Milburn.

One up on Charles Clarke, and probably also Jack Straw, of Labour's Soviet fellow-travelling faction that long controlled the NUS. One up on Tony McNulty, with his black beret and his collecting bucket.

One up on Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt, providers of legal cover for the Paedophile Information Exchange and Paedophile Action for Liberation. One up on those who sang, not 'The Red Flag', but 'The Internationale', at the funerals of Donald Dewar and Robin Cook. And one up on numerous other people besides.

Including Geoff Mulgan, the old Trot with CPGB connections who is on for a peerage and Ministerial office under Cameron, and who is doubtless only one among many.

Yet again, Molotov embraces Ribbentrop.

6/09/2009 6:52 AM  
Blogger Merseymike said...

I don't think there is any comparison at all between fascist organisations, and either communist of civil liberties groups. neither of the latter systematically aim to discriminate against named groups of people in society.

But, then, there has always been an element of the workerist 'left' that finds some common ground with fascism, in their belief in a strong state and conservative moral attitudes.

6/12/2009 4:49 AM  

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