On a cold Saturday afternoon earlier this month, the dregs of various racist groups met up under the banner of “Nationalist Unity”
Hosted by the miniscule Democratic Nationalists group, the meeting took place in a seedy pub in a suburb of Bradford and brought together representatives from some of Britain’s worst racist organisations.
The main speaker was the increasingly isolated Andrew Brons, whose reputation within the BNP appears to be nose-diving on a daily basis and needs all the friends he can muster.
Sharing a platform with Brons was the very strange and slightly unstable Dave Jones of the Neo Nazi British Peoples Party. This is the same Dave Jones who likes to be photographed with swastikas and firearms on his near derelict farm on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border.
Another interesting guest was one of the few remaining BNP councillors, Brian Parker from Pendle. Parker’s attendance at the meeting will surely irk his party chairman Nick Griffin.
Speaking on the day was former BNP councillor Dr James Lewthwaite, who is now leader of the inconsequential Democratic Nationalists. Lewthwaite was exposed several years ago as the publisher of books glorifying Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Also attending the meeting were members of The National Front, British Movement, England First Party and Jeremy Bedford-Turner of the Iona London Forum. Bedford-Turner is a leading member of the New Right network and is also a leading figure in the Friends of Oswald Mosley group.
Two familiar faces who were due to attend but thought better of it at the last moment was veteran anti Semite Richard Edmonds now of the National Front and ex North East BNP organiser Ken Booth.
Once seen as a credible alternative to Nick Griffin as leader of the BNP, Brons is quickly becoming a laughing stock on Britain’s Far Right.
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Matthew Collins has been the focus of two BBC documentaries, 'Life Etc' in 2001 and the BBC3 film 'Dead Man Walking' (2004). His autobiography is 'HATE: My Life in the British Far Right' (Biteback) and he is also author of 'Nazi Terrorist: The Story of National Action' (HOPE not hate). He is a regular contributor to news & broadcast media.Twitter