Sunday, 30 April 2017

Nation Revisited # 127, May 2017

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Email to Harold Covington of the Northwest Front

I admired the way that you stopped short of supporting Donald Trump when the far right, or alt right, was claiming him as our new saviour. Trump has now shown his hand by bombing the Syrian airbase and reviving the Cold War with Russia. He is no different to Hillary. He will pursue the same foreign policy designed to prop up the state of Israel. He might tinker with health insurance, and make some gesture on immigration but he is essentially a system politician just like the rest of them.

Well done Harold. But when it comes to Brexit you appear to have swallowed the propaganda. Pat Condell speaks for the 52% who voted for us to leave the EU but he certainly doesn't speak for me, or the 48% who voted to stay in Europe. We are certain that leaving the EU will do nothing to stop non-European immigration. Most of our blacks and browns come from former territories of the British Empire which are collectively known as The Commonwealth. Brexit might stop us from bringing in Poles and Lithuanians; fine people who work hard and make a positive contribution to our society. But we can expect even more non-Europeans as Theresa scrambles to do trade deals with India and China. So much for immigration.

The other Brexit argument is 'sovereignty', the ridiculous idea that the UK is an independent country. Our defence minister was screaming his support for the latest American atrocity in Syria almost before the missiles had landed. There is no way that we are independent. We are, and have been since the Second World War, a dependency of the United States. Our 'independent' nuclear missiles can only be fired with Donald Trump's permission. The only time, since the war, that we tried to operate our own foreign policy was the Suez fiasco of 1956. Together with France and Israel we invaded Egypt but we were ordered to withdraw by Washington, and we have behaved ourselves ever since.

There is no sensible economic advantage in turning away from the world’s biggest single market. We will simply be swopping the rules of the EU for those of the World Trade Organisation.

Condell says that the EU is a banker’s racket, but so is the rest of the world. The UK wouldn’t be one iota less capitalist outside of the EU.

Leaving the EU will make us weaker, poorer, and blacker. The Brexiteers are the same deluded species as the Trumpers; flag-wavers with no understanding of history.

Upsetting the Jews

The former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has upset the Jews by claiming that the Nazis helped the Zionist movement. My old friend PT, a veteran of Union Movement, doubts Livingstone's account of history because of Adolf Hitler's famous quotation from Mein Kampf:

"The Jew's domination in the state seems so assured that now not only can he call himself a Jew again, but he ruthlessly admits his ultimate national and political designs. A section of his race openly owns itself to be a foreign people, yet even here they lie. For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesn't even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organisation for their international world swindle, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the interventions of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks."

                                    Zeev Jabotinsky

Adolf Hitler wrote those words during his sojourn in Landsberg Prison in 1924. In the turbulent years leading up to the Second World War the Zionist agent Zeev Jabotinsky secured the support of the Italian Fascists for the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. Jabotinsky (1880-1940) founded the Jewish Legion which fought with General Allenby's army in World War One. His cause was taken up by the Nazis who wanted to rid Europe of the Jews and make problems for the British Empire. The Haavava Agreement of August 1933, between the Reich Ministry of Economics and the Zionist Federation of Germany, enabled German Jews to travel to Palestine. The Socialist Worker comments:
“What is more, the Nazis physical elimination of alternative political currents in Jewish society increased support for Zionism. While the Nazis dickered with Zionist leaders throughout the 1930s and 1940s, they made sure to kill every communist, socialist and Jewish resistance fighter they could get their hands on. While the Nazis were determined to kill all Jews, regardless of their political beliefs, they organised to crush working-class and socialist opposition long before they devised plans for the ‘Final Solution’.

Ken Livingstone has not been accused of revisionism but of anti-Semitism. But the truth is that the Zionists did co-operate
with the Nazis, they founded the state of Israel on the Nazi principle of racial superiority, and they adopted Nazi tactics against the Palestinians.

Israel appears to be invincible but so did South Africa during the apartheid era. The white regime was nuclear- capable and had strong defence forces but it was brought down by a change in American foreign policy. Israel will go the same way. President Donald Trump has got Jewish grandchildren and he is a staunch friend of Israel but he can't ignore public opinion forever. The European descended population of the United States is sympathetic to the Jews but the growing 
Latino population feels no guilt about the Holocaust and they will not be so ready to donate billions of dollars to the Israeli war chest.

Ken Livingstone is not the first politician to upset the self-chosen. They opposed Oswald Mosley from the time he quit the Labour Party in 1930 until he was locked up under Defence Regulation 18B in 1940. Mosley always denied being anti-Semitic. AK Chesterton explained Mosley policy in Portrait of a Leader:

This may be a suitable place, therefore, to give a summary of Mosley's views on the Jewish question. At the beginning of the Fascist campaign these views were not very definite one way or the other. While it is probable that he had no deeper an affection for Jews in the mass than any other Englishman, the last thought in his head was that it would prove necessary for him to adopt any attitude towards them, apart from refusing them admittance to the movement - a step made essential by the power of the Jew in an incredibly short time to gain control for himself and his fellow-radicals of organisations with which he became associated. Even today Mosley refuses to be drawn into adopting any racial  line of attack on them, holding that an Empire composed of many different races, castes, colour, and creeds precludes any possibility of racial persecution, even if persecution were held to be otherwise desirable, which he denies. When questioned about his attitude towards Jews, his reply has always been along these lines: "Fascism has declared war on every kind of anti-social activity, from the jugglings of international finance down to the organisation of vice trades in great cities; in so far as the Jew is identified with any of these activities, so far but no further need he fear the Fascist advent to power. The Jew who conducts himself as a decent citizen, obeying the laws of the Corporate State, paying in accordance with the high wage system required of every employer, conforming to price regulations, and putting the interests of Britain above those of international Jewry, will not be in any way molested. Jews who refuse to observe these requirements will be treated exactly as other enemies of the people will be treated, absolutely without racial discrimination."

A Century of Betrayal
The American bombing of the Syrian airbase is yet another act of aggression in a region that's been plagued by outside interference for more than a hundred years. In the First World War Britain and France, fought Turkey and Germany for control of the Middle East. Both sides pretended to be on the side of the Arabs but they had their own agendas. The part played by the British officer TE Lawrence was immortalised in David Lean's brilliant film "Lawrence of Arabia." And the story of the revolt in the desert was recorded by Lawrence in his book "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom."

Lawrence was helping the Arabs to achieve independence from the Ottoman Empire, but Britain and France had no intention of freeing the Arabs; they were determined to partition the region between them and share the oil. Let Lawrence tell the story:

"The Arab Revolt had begun on false pretences. To gain the Sherif's help our Cabinet had offered, through Sir Henry McMahon, to support the establishment of native governments in parts of Syria and Mesopotamia, 'saving the interests of our ally France'. The last modest clause concealed a treaty (kept secret, till too late, from McMahon, and therefore from the Sherif) by which France, England and Russia agreed to annex some of these promised areas, and to establish their respective spheres of influence over the rest.

Rumours of this fraud reached Arab ears, from Turkey. In the East persons were more trusted than institutions. So the Arabs, having tested my friendliness and sincerity under fire, asked me, as a free agent, to endorse the promise of the British Government. I had no previous or inner knowledge of the McMahon pledges and the Sykes-Picot treaty, which were both framed by wartime branches of the Foreign Office. But, not being a perfect fool, I could see that if we won the war the promises to the Arabs were dead paper. Had I been an honourable adviser I would have sent my men home, and not let them risk their lives for such stuff. Yet the Arab inspiration was our main tool in winning the Eastern war. So I assured them that England kept her word in letter and spirit. In this comfort they performed their fine things: but of course, instead of being proud of what we did together, I was continually and bitterly ashamed."

So much for Sovereignty

Britain's long standing problems are being neglected by a government obsessed with Brexit. Our productivity is well below that of France and Germany, the national debt is increasing, we are crippled by interest charges, our prisons are overcrowded, and we still need more houses, schools and hospitals, but the Tories have called a general election to wipe out the opposition.

The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is weak and divided.  He is more like a student on a ban-the-bomb march than the leader of the Opposition. He was part of the Remain campaign but he is so frightened of 'the will of the people' that he has ordered his members to support the government.

The Scottish Nationalists are demanding another referendum on independence because the Scots voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU.

Wales voted with England to leave the EU despite the fact that Airbus is a big employer of Welsh labour and their farmers depend on EU subsidies.

Northern Ireland was divided on Europe and their power sharing administration is temporarily suspended. Nobody knows how the border issue will be resolved but many people fear an East German style border with watchtowers and barbed wire.

Our economy is driven by consumer spending which depends on borrowed money. As prices rise as the result of devaluation people will demand higher wages and we will be back to inflation. The Tories are banking on a favourable trade deal with Donald Trump, a protectionist who always puts America first. And if they don't get their own way with the EU they are threatening to turn Britain into an offshore tax haven; a deregulated low wage economy with minimal social services. 

If the Tories win the coming general election by a landslide they will tear us away from Europe and tie us to America. But instead of being the fifty-first state we will be like Puerto Rico, an island dependency undeserving of statehood. So much for sovereignty. 

Bill White

Nation Revisited # 110 of December 2013 reprinted a letter sent by Bill White from Roanoke City Jail, Virginia. He wrote to criticise an article I had written for Comrade magazine and to defend the memory of his hero Adolf Hitler. Bill White is a dedicated National Socialist who gets carried away with his own rhetoric.

Most countries have laws against racial incitement but Bill White is serving a twenty year sentence simply for 
expressing an opinion. The USA doesn't have a specific law against Holocaust denial but they determined to silence him. 

Harold Covington of the North West Front has written to President Donald Trump asking him to intervene in this case. HC hopes that the new president will be less vicious than his predecessor. His letter is worth reading:

Anti-terrorist legislation has been rushed through all over the world in response to attacks by 'Islamic State'. As a result,
people like Bill White are being rounded up by security forces looking for something to do between atrocities. The same thing happened in the UK in 1940 when Regulation 18B, which was designed to control the IRA, was used to detain Oswald Mosley and nearly a thousand of his followers. 

But far from protecting society repression could actually make things worse. Without the safety valve of free speech frustrated young men might resort to terrorism to make their protest. Surely, angry words on the web are preferable to bombs and bullets?

Long prison sentences should be reserved for murder, rape and armed robbery, and not used to silence political dissidents. Democracy cannot be defended by tyranny and opinions cannot be stifled by incarceration.

Some of the characters recently convicted in the UK were asking to be prosecuted. Threatening behaviour is not a legitimate political tactic. But lawful opinions expressed at public meetings, in print, or on the Internet should be protected by law. This right is guaranteed under Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which is displayed at our masthead:

"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."

Bloody Foreigners

Soldiers and colonists came to Britain from all over the Roman Empire. They were followed by invading Anglo-Saxons, Danes, and Normans, and refugees from the many wars that ravaged Europe for hundreds of years. 

The majority of them were Europeans and they were all absorbed into the general population. The first non-Europeans only arrived in significant numbers following the British Nationality Act of 1948. They were welcomed by big employers like the National Health Service and London
Transport that were short of labour, and by Churches and  political parties who were looking for members.

A few educated individuals distinguished between those
races and nations that have contributed to human progress and those that have not. But a lot of people disliked foreigners in general, except for those workmates and neighbours who they got to know.

There was little sense in Britain of being European; language was more important than race. The first wave of non-European immigrants were West Indians who spoke English, drank beer, and played cricket. But they were soon followed by Asians and Africans who spoke foreign languages and practised widely different cultures.

The mass migration of Afro-Asians to the UK was briefly resisted by the native population, but successive governments mounted an unprecedented propaganda campaign, backed up by legislation, to enforce racial integration, and a compliant British population was persuaded to accept them. We now have millions of black and brown people that refuse to be assimilated and entire areas where whites are not welcome.

The popular press, particularly The Sun and The Daily Mail, played a disgraceful part in the transformation of Britain. They encouraged mass non-European immigration from the start and waged a relentless campaign against the Poles and other Europeans who came here to work.

But despite years of propaganda the liberal dream of multiracial acceptance has not been realised, and the far-right dream of rounding them all up and sending them home gets more unlikely by the day.

It would have helped if there had been a viable political party that recognised our European identity and was capable of making sensible proposals for resettlement. But since the death of Oswald Mosley and Union Movement no such organisation has existed. Instead we had groups of insular nationalists who hardly discriminated between Nigerians and Norwegians: they were all "Bloody Foreigners."

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