Contemporary British Fascism: The British National Party and by N. Copsey

By N. Copsey

No different political get together within the heritage of Britain?s fascist culture has been as profitable on the poll field as today?s British nationwide celebration (BNP). This completely revised and up to date version of up to date British Fascism bargains an in-depth research of the BNP and its quest for social and political legitimacy.

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In June 1982 some BNP members led by Ray Hill attempted to bring the party to wider attention by interrupting a BBC radio transmission of ‘Any Questions’ in Peterborough. 12 But as for other possibilities, marches and rallies apart, the BNP was more than a year old before a major publicity opportunity presented itself. 15 Rather than winning votes – in only five constituencies were election addresses delivered to every household – the central purpose of the British National Party’s 1983 election campaign was to win publicity and recruit new members.

Unable to compete with the Conservative Party for ideological space and debilitated by its own disunity, the electoral performance of the extreme right during the 1980s went from bad to worse. 1 In June 1987, as Thatcher celebrated election to her third term, both the British National Party and the National Front had all but vanished from Britain’s electoral landscape. 2 This was undoubtedly a time of electoral decline and sterility for Britain’s right-extremist fringe, but it should not be dismissed as a period in which Britain’s far right merely limped on with little or no purpose.

25 But as the Front’s National Activities Organiser, Webster’s tenure was nearing its end. In December 1983, a band of young radicals led by Joe Pearce and future BNP leader, Nick Griffin, conspired to oust him and Webster found himself expelled from the Front in early 1984. The occasion for all of this was not Webster’s refusal to countenance reconciliation with Tyndall, but Webster’s bid to inhibit ideological radicalism and factionalism within the Front itself. While tensions came to a head in 1983, the beginnings of the Front’s radicalisation can be traced back to 1980.

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