In the brief period of just over one month since local people successfully forced Britain First to cancel a meeting they had planned to hold in Dartford, things have gone from bad to worse for the fascist hate group. From financial difficulties to a consistent failure to actually gain any support, it appears that Britain First’s implosion has begun and that they will soon go the way of the National Front, BNP and EDL in being consigned to the filthy pages of the history of the far-right in the United Kingdom. Whilst nobody would mourn the loss of Britain First, not least in Dartford and the surrounding areas where opposition to them has been strong, it is vital that we remain vigilant about the threat that they still pose to our community as we work towards ensuring their total destruction. Despite this, however, it is difficult not to smile wryly at the string of misfortune that has befallen the group.
In the days after they unsuccessfully attempted to hold a meeting in Dartford, Britain First were then forced to cancel the rest of the dates on their ‘July 2014 Roadshow’. Faced with strong opposition from local people wherever they went, and averaging around six attendees at each stop on the tour, BF decided that it was no longer worth trying to spread their hatred and lies in this particular way, so came up with a string of excuses about why they could no longer visit the towns which they had planned to. They even cancelled a planned meeting in Belfast, which was, until recently, the location of their headquarters and something of a ‘stronghold’ of support for them, if the level of support for BF can even count as such.
It is incredibly significant that Belfast was the location of BF’s headquarters ‘until recently’, as it was through no choice of their own that they upped sticks and moved away. Their founder and financial backer, Jim Dowson, who was previously the ‘brains’ behind the BNP and who had links to anti-abortion groups and Northern Irish terrorism, left the organisation after deciding that BF’s ‘Mosque Invasions’, which, for those who are unaware, essentially consist of around six BF ‘activists’ entering near-empty mosques and intimidating lonely elderly people who are inside whilst making empty threats, were ‘provocative and counterproductive’, and ‘unacceptable and unchristian’. Because systematically lying has become something nearing compulsory for Britain First, they tried to claim that Dowson had been misquoted in the Mirror article in which he criticised the mosque invasions, leading him to publish a video in which he reiterated his claims, leaving Paul Golding and the other five or so people who actually seem to exist within Britain First with yet more egg on their faces.
Dowson’s departure from the organisation has also left Britain First in serious financial difficulties. He essentially funded the party and their activities single-handed, meaning that without him on board, BF are struggling to stay afloat. As a result, BF devote more and more space on their website and social media pages to flogging their rediculous clothing and other items which they try and convince their non-existent activist base to purchase, giving them less time to try and increase their online support using honeytrap images of animal abuse and Drummer Lee Rigby.
Leading on from this point is perhaps the most enjoyable of all recent Britain First developments for those who oppose them. It emerged in the media this weekend that the clothing which they try and sell on their website is manufactured in a factory which is owned by Muslims. Brothers Raza Ali and Nasser Khan run Uneek Clothing, based in London, meaning that their primary source of income is only possible because of the very people BF spend their whole time trying to spread hatred against and get deported. This is surely the ultimate embarrasment for the circus that is Britain First.
Whilst Britain First may be a circus run by clowns, it is vital that we do not become complacent about the threat which they pose. We hope that we can count on you for your support in defeating Britain First wherever they try to go and however they try and spread their hatred and lies.