|copyright 2014 - European Socialist Action No 51
New British Union national conference in Milton
Patients on day release from a local
Mental Health Unit seem to have enjoyed dressing up for Gary Raikes’ much trumpeted Phoenix Day event
on October 5th. Yes, folks, the Blackshirts are back and are on the march again. All behind closed doors, of course.
dressed himself up in his Führer tunic along with Sam Browne belt in order that he
stood out amidst his massed fascist legions. All that was missing was the Iron Cross first class and a wound badge on his
left breast. New British Union has triumphed!
We learned Gary was later given his medication and was then
locked in his room where he spent the rest of the evening sucking on his thumb.
All those attending
were described as “NBU officers”. There they are, looking for all the world like extras from the film One
Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
If you have ever watched
the low budget film from the early 1960s, It Happened Here, you will have caught some of
the atmosphere of this meeting. Uniforms can do strange things to a certain type of person. A uniform can not only transform
them but it can also empower them. In the above picture, Gary positively exudes power in that oh so familiar pose with regulation
clasping of hands over genitalia. One is left wondering if he is wearing highly polished jackboots behind the make-shift podium
but that is left to the imagination. Not another kilt, we trust. In fact, this event left far more to the imagination than
to any connection to reality.
This was not Olympia nor the Albert Hall and it
was hardly a Blackshirt revival in any real meaning of the phrase. It was a deluded West Country bumpkin playing silly beggars
Where's the Leader ... someone's