By N. Copsey
For the 1st time because the Seventies while the nationwide entrance turned Britain's fourth greatest political get together, the new electoral good fortune of the British nationwide celebration has positioned Britain's severe correct again at the political map. Nigel Copsey offers a transparent and complete research of the historical past of the British nationwide get together and its fight for political legitimacy. With far-right events having fun with extraordinary luck throughout Europe, this publication additionally locates its topic within the broader overseas context.
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66 But pessimism and defeatism were the order of the day. Yet Tyndall’s efforts at ‘reconciliation’ had not been entirely wasted. Taking advantage of its ‘open door’, most of the NF’s Tower Hamlets branch broke away and joined forces with the BNP. Of course, at the time, the true signiﬁcance of this would be lost on Tyndall, but as it turned out it was this branch that made a decisive contribution to the party’s ﬁrst electoral victory – in September 1993 in Millwall, within the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
59 The NFSG claimed that certain BNP personnel had informed them that Tyndall would never agree to merger between the two parties unless his leadership went unchallenged and that the BNP’s constitution and its basic policies prevailed. ’60 Elsewhere, Clayton-Garnett, Tyndall’s proxy, blamed the ‘iconoclastic mentalities of certain segments of opinion extraneous to the BNP’ and drew particular attention to ‘considerable differences’ in political philosophy between the BNP and the NFSG. 61 Browned-off by continued division of the far-right camp, Clayton-Garnett left the BNP shortly afterwards.
It was Hill, at that time a former leading activist in the British Movement – an organisation founded by Colin Jordan in 1968 as the successor to his National Socialist Movement – who ﬁrst contacted Tyndall with a view to reunifying the various fragments on Britain’s extreme right in January 1981. The plot that Hill hatched was to bring together a new party with the intention of ultimately unravelling it and thereby further debilitating the far right by causing yet more schism. 108 In the event, however, Hill’s covert scheme never came off.
Contemporary British Fascism: The British National Party and the Quest for Legitimacy by N. Copsey