There, untroubled by criticism, or indeed intervention of any kind, was a very large fascist flag and its proud owner. Joe Mulhall of Hope Not Hate observed “Some ‘interesting’ characters at the London anti-lockdown/David Icke event”. Hanna Ines Flint had more.
“The British Union of Fascists was banned by the government in 1940 because of its Nazi support and the increasingly violent acts of its members. 80 years later, its symbol of Antisemitism and Hate is being flown freely in Trafalgar Square. This flag should be illegal”. Bethany Usher added “It’s the child standing beside it that breaks my heart. The British union of Fascists now flying flags again on the streets of Britain, fuelled by a right wing public discourse and news media that has convinced a nation the real threat is the ‘woke’ left. Devastating”. The return of 1930s fascism. Unchallenged.
One Tweeter, having noted “What a score getting David 'lizards' Icke and Piers 'myth of man-made global warming' Corbyn on the same stage!” then confirmed they, too, had seen That Flag. “Retro revival with the British Union of Fascists”. Another observer mused “I wonder how many of the 'Marchers for Freedom' realised they were marching under the flag of Moseley's British Union of Fascists?” Except the flag now has a new owner.
“Reminder - British Union of Fascists no longer exist. The flag has been appropriated by a newer and equally vile group called the New British Union. They were in London yesterday and are here on Twitter. If you want to bash some fash you can find them”. And the slogan of the New British Union? “Restoring faith in fascism”. Itchy right arm time once more!
All of which caused Sunder Katwala to question Simon Dolan, who wants to “Keep Britain Free”. “Simon - it seems a shame none of your speakers or protestors seemed to do anything to challenge those flying a British Union of Fascists flag. Why was this? Did people not notice - or not know what it was? Are Fascists welcome at your protests? Have you criticised them today?” Dolan’s response is not known.
That’s interesting. Because one eagle-eyed individual recognised the flag’s owner. “The man with the British Union of Fascists flag was a regular pro-Brexit protestor outside parliament at Carriage Gates. His flag of preference then was the St. George's Cross”. And Louise Raw, who you can tell as she’s a doctor, reckoned Gary Raikes was his name. “This you, Gary? And the little poster you had made of your face?”
That piece of detective work didn’t take so long. So what kept the “Keep Britain Free” crowd? David Icke’s Wikipedia entry includes “Icke claims that the antisemitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is genuine … Icke claims that Jews themselves are to blame for antisemitism (a classic Nazi claim that can be traced to Adolf Hitler)”.
But this is a complete coincidence. And if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.
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