Winter Solstice 2022

Greetings from H&D to all readers celebrating the Winter Solstice this evening.

Our ancestors across Europe marked this as the day with fewest hours of sunlight: the darkest point of the year.

And so they celebrated the fact that from now on the sun becomes stronger, with the promise of renewed life and the certainty of next year’s crops.

Recently European peoples have been reminded that food doesn’t simply come from the supermarket, and many of our fellow citizens are facing an especially hard winter.

As racial nationalists these continue to be hard times in ways that transcend such daily material questions. The recent UK census provided further evidence that our very existence is under threat from mass immigration.

Yet the message of the Solstice is that even at the darkest hour, hope remains.

Political progress from the darkness of ignorance and barbarism to the renewed light of European civilization and racial identity will be slow, but here at H&D we believe that this recovery will happen and will be relentless, whatever methods our enemies use to prevent a White British and White European renaissance.

Whether you celebrate the Solstice as a religious festival or as a political allegory, H&D wishes you all a Happy Yuletide.

Tory party’s ‘coronation’ of a Goldman Sachs Prime Minister

Rishi Sunak (above far right) with his wife and her billionaire parents

Less than three years after winning a landslide general election majority – gaining many previously safe Labour constituencies in the so-called ‘Red Wall’ of the post-industrial North and Midlands – the Conservative Party is engaged in a wholesale surrender to the globalist greed machine.

This will have dire consequences for the many White working class families who trusted the Tories, and who back in 2016 had voted for Brexit in the naive belief that this would lead to Britain being ruled by and in the interests of the British.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, an alumnus of Goldman Sachs whose blatant ambition and plotting were primarily responsible for the fall of Boris Johnson earlier this year, is to be ‘crowned’ as Prime Minister in the manner of a Byzantine usurper, without even a vote of Conservative Party members, let alone any mandate from the broader UK electorate.

Rishi Sunak (above centre) with the Prime Minister he plotted to destroy (Boris Johnson) and his predecessor as Chancellor, Sajid Javid, son of Pakistani immigrants, who perhaps surprisingly was not included in Sunak’s new government this week.

Sunak – himself of Indian origin and now becoming the UK’s first non-White Prime Minister – is one of the wealthiest MPs in Parliament, married to the daughter of an Indian billionaire. Yet he will soon be lecturing Britons on the need to “tighten our belts”, and imposing cuts to basic services on which British families rely.

This Prime Minister is a man whose wife has “non-domiciled” status – avoiding around £20 million in UK taxes – and who himself for years held permanent resident status in the USA.

H&D readers have known for decades that our country was secretly ruled by alien interests – though as an article soon to be reprinted on this website will argue, these alien interests are not conscious individual minds, but the blind workings of an impersonal global greed machine.

The difference in 2022 is that even the front man for this global greed machine is visibly alien.

Unfit for office: not just Truss but the entire Tory Party

Going, going, gone: Liz Truss attempted to defy political reality for a few weeks but the Zombie Prime Minister was forced to quit this afternoon

This afternoon – to no one’s surprise – Liz Truss resigned as leader of the Conservative Party. Provided the Tories are able to organise a leadership election within a week (which is what has been promised but might not be delivered) we shall have a new Prime Minister by next Friday.

In our November edition H&D will report on the shambles that has overtaken the Disunited Kingdom and destroyed the Conservative (but no longer Unionist) Party.

What can be said today as an instant verdict on the Truss era?

The simple answer is that the Conservative Party now represents entirely the wrong sort of ‘right-wing’ ideology, and has long since ceased to be ‘conservative’.

Truss was the candidate of the super-rich; the “citizens of nowhere”, as her predecessor Theresa May once put it. While wrapping themselves in the flag and making bold statements about immigration, the truth is that today’s Tories worship only the global capitalist ‘free’ market. It is a supreme irony that Truss and her first choice as Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, were destroyed by the very market forces that they venerate.

Kwasi Kwarteng and Liz Truss were the perfect leaders for a Conservative Party that is committed to colour-blind class warfare on behalf of the global rich. They betrayed White working class voters who had backed the Tories in 2019.

Truss’s Tories abandoned traditional conservative values of fiscal rectitude or ‘balancing the books’. Instead they tried to throw money at the already affluent, even at a time when (partly for reasons beyond the government’s control) working families are facing a winter of hardship.

Truss and Kwarteng comprehensively betrayed the White working class voters who backed Brexit in 2016 and elected Tory MPs even in many traditionally Labour ‘Red Wall’ seats in 2019. Truss sacrificed Kwarteng despite his having been her closest political ally, but no amount of dishonourable blame-shifting could save her premiership. Not only Truss but the Tory Party as a whole deserves electoral annihilation, and whoever is elected as her successor, nemesis surely awaits the party at the next general election.

Suella Braverman will seek to take on her fellow Indian Rishi Sunak in a battle for the soul of a dying Conservative Party, but her version of ‘right wing’ politics probably lacks sufficient support to get her onto the ballot.

A credible nationalist electoral alternative is badly needed, but H&D readers will understand that we are still some way from having such an alternative. The British Democratic Party is making steady progress, but even its leaders recognise that rebuilding British nationalism will be a slow process and we shall be nowhere near having a credible challenge from the Brit Dems or anyone else if there is a general election within the next few months.

The good news is that progress is being made towards nationalist unity. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and while the Tory implosion is almost certain to produce a Labour government in the near future, only racial nationalists have the answer to Britain’s long-term crisis. There is a long hard road ahead, but there is no reason for defeatism. Our people’s voice will be heard – as Chesterton put it: “we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.”

Best of enemies: Boris Johnson (above right) seems likely to take on his former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who led the plotting to undermine him earlier this year. H&D will back Team Boris. Now about that peerage: how does Lord Cotterill of Ribbleton sound?

Thursday night update: The Conservative Party has decided this time to impose a requirement of 100 nominations for any candidate even to get onto the first ballot among MPs next week. This has probably destroyed the chances of Suella Braverman and other hopefuls from the so-called Tory ‘right-wing’. If these ‘right-wingers’ are serious about preventing a Rishi Sunak premiership, they will probably have to rally behind former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who might be in line for a more rapid comeback than even he could have expected.

Government adviser targeted in fake ‘racism’ storm

Paul Collier

The distinguished economist Sir Paul Collier is today at the centre of a fierce row over his views on race and immigration, following his appointment to an advisory council that will guide the British government’s “levelling up” agenda.

The Conservative Party’s election victory in December 2019 was partly based on convincing former Labour voters that the Tories were now serious about tackling social inequalities and lack of opportunity. Senior minister Michael Gove has been given charge of this agenda, and this week Gove confirmed that advisory council members “such as Sir Paul Collier, renowned economist at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, [would be ] providing further support and constructive analysis.”

Woke commentators and the race relations industry today rounded on Sir Paul, condemning his comments that “the indigenous British had become a minority in their own capital”, and his critique of the “easy-access welfare system, which tempts migrants into remaining at the bottom of the social ladder”.

One of Sir Paul’s sins was in the video below, where he dared to ask: “Is London such a great success for the indigenous population? Something rather drastic has happened to the indigenous population in London … I can think of no other major city where the indigenous population has more than halved.”

Other European capitals are set to follow London’s lead, with equally disastrous consequences, if Europe remains dominated by the socially destructive ideology of ‘free market capitalism’.

It is ironic that the so-called left – in their blind devotion to this ‘free market’ – are lining up to condemn Sir Paul Collier. Yet further evidence that radical nationalists should take over the ‘socialist’ agenda and defend the interests of indigenous European workers.

Banks join culture war by banning patriotic customers

This week the British-based bank HSBC closed down two accounts linked to the new racial nationalist political party Patriotic Alternative – a personal account belonging to one of PA’s leaders Laura Towler, and the party’s official business account.

H&D understands complaints are being made to the relevant banking oversight authorities.

HSBC is the sixth largest bank in the world and the largest in Europe. It was founded in 1865 as the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, making its initial fortune from opium trading.

Among the bank’s first board members was Thomas Dent, whose arrest for large-scale opium trading had triggered the first Opium War of 1839-42, in which British gunboats forced China’s Qing dynasty to accept the drug trade and to hand over Hong Kong to British control.

Arms dealer and Midland Bank consultant Stephan Kock

HSBC’s British high street operation was formerly Midland Bank, which was heavily involved in the seediest aspects of international arms trading during the 1980s via sinister fixer Stephan Kock, a Midland Bank consultant with mysterious connections to numerous intelligence services.

In the same week as HSBC closed down Patriotic Alternative accounts, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism alleged that HSBC “appear to have failed to adequately investigate concerns over a major fraud after an heiress accused her businessman father of draining millions from trust funds”.

It seems that major British banks have been more concerned with politically correct purges of law-abiding clients than with combating serious organised crime.

In January this year Barclays closed the personal account of H&D assistant editor Peter Rushton without giving notice – the first he knew of any problem was when his card stopped working, and even his local branch had no idea what had gone wrong! Further investigation revealed that the account had been closed by a secret unit inside the bank that refuses to give any reasons for its actions.

Leeds money-launderer Manni Hussain

British patriots might well ask in whose interests our banking system operates. Earlier this week the National Crime Agency accepted settlement of a case against a man they regard as a major money-launderer for organised crime. Leeds ‘businessman’ Manni Hussain was served with an Unexplained Wealth Order, sometimes known as a ‘McMafia order’. He handed over properties worth £10 million.

Until 2019 this crook owned the Wakefield Trinity rugby stadium, which he sold to the club last year for £3m, partly financed by Wakefield Council. According to the Yorkshire Post there is a continuing criminal investigation of this sale, after it was discovered that the stadium was actually worth less than half the purchase price.

The sheer scale of criminal money-laundering through British banks is mindboggling, and the NCA were forced to accept a settlement in which Mr Hussain retained some of his properties and cash, and didn’t go to jail. His close criminal associate, Bradford gangster ‘Meggy’ Khan, wasn’t so fortunate – he got life for murder.

Still, so long as ‘racists’ are denied a bank account, our rulers will sleep soundly in their beds.

Gangland money launderer Manni Hussain with Meghan Markle

As the pandemic reaches the White House, what are Covid’s implications for our movement?

H&D correspondent Ian Freeman first wrote of a likely pandemic threat fifteen years ago.

On the day that Covid-19 threatens to transform US politics, we now publish a new article by Ian Freeman in which he offers a nationalist perspective on the crisis.

Click here to read this nationalist perspective on the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID – the nationalist perspective

by H&D correspondent Ian Freeman, writing from Northwich, Cheshire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among high-profile Covid patients, now joined by President Trump

Whilst the nationalist Movement should not in my view expend our very limited resources on getting involved in campaigning on short-term issues around the current C0VID-19 pandemic, there are a number of wider points which could be made from a Nationalist perspective. Most importantly, the very existence of the pandemic, and the threat of future ones, vindicates our position and offers us a unique opportunity in the longer term.

The salient points here are:

Firstly, the current arbitrary and draconian Govt measures turned on and off by decree in a chaotic and confused way are unlikely to prove effective in controlling the virus or even sustainable, but that is their problem, not ours.

A short period of limited lockdown to build NHS capacity and a Track and Trace system, together with drastic measures to sequester and shield the most vulnerable, most of whom could have been personally identified at the outset, combined with complete closure of all ports and airports to all passengers, save returning Britons who should have been confined to quarantine camps for 14 days, would have been a reasonable and proportionate measure.

Apart from setting up the Nightingale hospitals, which should reduce the risk of the NHS being overwhelmed, this evidently was not done, so in most respects in Britain the lockdown was wasted. Lockdowns in large populations, as opposed to those in small isolated ones such as New Zealand and the Channel Islands cannot eradicate the virus because they would need to be kept going so long that the economy, and as a result society, would collapse, leading to a sort of “Zombie Apocalypse” catastrophe in which most of the population dies horribly amid hunger, other diseases such as cholera and typhus, and violent general disorder. The three-month lockdown in Britain cost about 20% of the economy. Nobody knows how much more of the economy can be sacrificed before a disastrous civilization collapse, but I would advise against the experiment!

In societies as populous and densely populated as ours, at best lockdowns press the short-term Pause button on the virus’s spread, because they have to be abandoned before they reach pressing Stop lest the economy collapses, followed by society. In fairness, even Professor Neil Ferguson made this point in March in the paper he wrote to scare the Government into a lockdown. All the British Government has done by its futile lockdown is move the inevitable main wave of the pandemic out of summer into the peak National Health Service demand winter period.

The subsequent chronic, confused and erratic sub-lockdown measures dragging on for months we see now are likely not to work in terms of stopping the virus spreading, may cost more in lives directly and indirectly than they save, and impoverish the country for decades. Such impoverishment amongst other things means, far from “protecting” it we shall no longer be able to afford the NHS we had. Whilst the lives of an entire generation of children and young people will be blighted. The endless muddled flow of arbitrary and draconian measures, differing from place to place almost at random, will be increasingly ignored and flouted as the public weary of the whole thing, which, like the Prime Minister himself it seems, they will cease to understand anyway. “Social distancing” and mask wearing conflict with very profound aspects of evolved human social behaviour, and so are unsustainable in the long run anyway.

Extra ‘Nightingale’ hospitals were created to avoid the NHS being overwhelmed by Covid cases, but otherwise our government wasted the spring lockdown and might have postponed an inevitable Covid surge into the winter months.

Hiding political muddle behind a specious mask of “following The Science” shows the sort of total lack of understanding of what Science is, let alone what it says, typical of the Western ruling caste. Science is a process, not a body of knowledge. It is not – especially in dealing with a new disease on the basis of, initially, little hard data – an Infallible Oracle. Indeed, if, like the British Government, you set up an advisory committee comprised only of those scientists who agree with the policy of the politicians who appointed them, it can serve as a pseudo-scientific echo chamber for said politicians.

The real Science suggests, and many of the numerous eminent scientists in relevant fields sedulously excluded from the Government’s SAGE fig leaf over their own ineptitude believe, that herd immunity, natural or via a vaccine, is the only way out for this, like every other, pandemic. Ironically Boris Johnson was basically right about this at the outset and then panicked or was put under intolerable political pressure. Images of chaos in NHS hospitals would have played to a traditional perceived Tory weakness – clearly not so much lives as votes were at stake!

Secondly the complete suspension of the System’s pretence of “freedom” reveals the utter hypocrisy underlying their regime. Supposedly we fought two World Wars to defend the very freedoms which were simply snatched away at a moment’s notice in the face of what was already known to be a historically trifling pandemic (the Case Fatality Rate of which was known in March to be of the order of 1%, and even the World Health Organisation now say it is only 0.5-1%, comparable with severe influenza pandemics: indeed the 1918 Spanish flu had a Case fatality rate of 2-3%).

The May VE Day celebrations in which a nation of prisoners under arbitrary house arrest “celebrated the defence of freedom” were simply absurd and an insult to the memory of those who gave their lives, as they honestly, however misguidedly, believed, “for our freedom”.

The extreme risk aversion and unwillingness to sustain (likely very mild, by historical standards) casualties of Western regimes today manifest throughout this pandemic will be noted by enemies which, unlike an RNA virus, have minds. Twice in the previous century our nation and others were willing to sacrifice lives to defend freedom (as the public were told and believed). Now we evidently do the opposite.

Our 21st century risk-averse culture makes a mockery of the wartime generation and the recent 75th anniversary of ‘VE Day’

Thirdly, now the System knows it can impose an all-pervading dictatorship it will be tempted to do so again, for more directly political reasons. That is the only point in all this immediately relevant to Nationalists. That said, it is not yet clear if that current dictatorship will continue to function or will break down in a mixture of sullen non-compliance and street resistance. Hopefully so, or the veneer of “civil liberties” and a “free society” will have proved ephemeral indeed.

Ironically, the “human rights violations” inherent in the lockdowns and their enforcement would previously have drawn the ire of the very regimes now perpetrating them! The System has been revealed beyond dispute as utterly rooted in hypocrisy and lies, which must strengthen the long-term hand of national revolutionary forces seeking its overthrow.

Fourthly it is interesting that the measures implemented do not serve in any way, that I can see, the interests of global corporate capitalism. Indeed, quite the reverse. This shows its “Money Power” is not all powerful, which gives us hope. Nor indeed are our rulers, very evidently, wise, far-sighted or even basically competent. The obstacles in our path are evidently weaker and less formidable than we imagined!

Fifthly the virus is most likely a natural phenomenon, the latest of the epidemic diseases of other animals to jump to our species, in this case from rhinolophine bats. It is remotely possible it could be a bioweapon – the total absence of evidence that it is one either means it isn’t or that the developers have successfully concealed all trace and evidence of their work. Which they would have to do – unleashing, by design or accident, a bioweapon would be regarded by the rest of the world, and notably the United States, as the equivalent of a nuclear first strike, justifying right across the political spectrum of the West massive retaliation. Although its power is growing, China is not yet in a position to win, or even survive as a state or a society, such a conflict, knows this, and would therefore be most careful to avoid triggering it. The more so as the balance of forces is steadily tilting in its favour anyway. President Xi and his Government know this and have shown themselves anything but fools. As indeed they would be to put a bioweapons lab in the middle of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, when anyone who, like me, has flown over China can see the vast expanses of wilderness covering the north and west of the country in which to keep it both hidden and safely isolated from any risk of accidentally harming their own people. As Chinese nuclear weapon sites are.

Ian Freeman argues that the anti-lockdown cause is discredited by crazy conspiracy theorising

All the other explanations of the pandemic being spouted – CoVID-19 “does not exist/was caused by the Government/a Paedophile Plot/Bill Gates/giant alien lizards/5G masts” etc. are, in the complete absence of the extraordinary evidence, or pretty much any evidence, needed to uphold such extraordinary claims simply deranged loony nonsense. The “lockdown-sceptic” movement, founded on a rational and sensible base of upholding our traditional freedoms and civil liberties and constitutional rights as ably argued by the likes of retired top judge Lord Sumption, is in serious danger of discrediting itself by association with a menagerie of these cranks and nutjobs, the likes of Piers Corbyn and the Giant Lizard Man David Icke. Were we to involve ourselves in this movement they would be used to discredit us and we would be used to discredit them. We would in my view gain nothing by doing so and would be wasting our time and resources.

As we would by getting drawn into the anti-vaxxer lunacy which will I suspect shortly rear its head – “any CoVID vaccine is a plot to poison us or take over our brains” etc. etc. There is a real danger a vaccine, which is the deus ex machina which will end this particular mess and save the System’s bacon, may be rushed out in haste with inadequate testing. To help counter which I would advise readers to do as I have and volunteer to test it – should the vaccine start turning me into a Giant Lizard I will be sure to let you all know.

My view is that we should avoid being drawn into any of this. We should not waste our time on any short-term tactical imbroglio around this pandemic, to which we have nothing in particular to contribute and whose outcome we are as yet too weak to influence anyway. Instead we should take a long-term strategic view on the – long warned about (including by me 15 years ago!) – and now visibly real Pandemic Threat. Of which CoVID is only the beginning.

For, given the endless proliferation of our species, the relentless pressure on formerly wild areas where hitherto untouched wild species may carry potential zoonoses of this sort, and the habit of, especially, the Chinese and non-Muslim Africans of eating exotic wildlife (“bushmeat”) there will certainly be many more of these pandemics from entirely natural causes in the coming years. This is not “a once in a century pandemic”: it is the first rumble of the coming storm, and of course was long predicted.

Our position should be that the Government may or may not have over-reacted to the threat of this current pandemic, but it certainly will under-react to the threat of the next one. And the one after that, and so on, some of them inevitably much worse than this historically very minor pandemic, with death rates not of 0.5-1% but similar to historical pandemics such as the Black Death and the Antonine and Justinianic Plagues, with 30 to 60% of the population dying. We do not know if our civilization could survive that. The origin of that threat lies in the very ideology of liberal capitalist internationalism and is one to which only nationalism has the answer.

For the root cause of the current pandemic, and the much worse ones that will surely follow, is their system based on globalisation and the large-scale rapid movement of people. Moreover, the threat is made worse by the biological and cultural homogenisation of the world’s population through mass Immigration and race mixing, a promotion of universal sameness touted in best Orwellian style as “promoting diversity”. Because that homogenization is turning our species into a genetically similar monoculture, and such monocultures, be they of crops, cattle or people, are most at risk from new diseases.

The best defence against future pandemics, the best way to “keep us safe” from future viruses, is to replace the current globalised world with a world of separate, genetically distinct nations, independent and as far as possible self-sufficient economies, in which new diseases are kept out behind strong, impermeable borders secured by firm quarantines on all arrivals. That world nationalism, and only nationalism, offers.

As recent events have shown, the globalist, internationalist alternative threatens not just our national and racial identities, about which not everyone cares, but all our own individual lives and those of our families, about which everyone does care. It is here, making that broad, strategic point, not messing about with cranks and loonies in the details of the current crisis, that Nationalists should be pitching in.

Taking a broader view against globalisation and internationalism to stop all future pandemics generally, rather than wasting our meagre resources opposing our governments’ floundering attempts to deal with this one specifically, plays to our Movement’s Unique Selling Point. The more so as many influential and expert minds will concede that we are basically right.

As can be seen from the leading textbook on this sort of thing, Global Catastrophic Risks, edited by Nick Bostrom and Milan M. Cirkovic, published by Oxford University Press in 2008. A book our rulers evidently never bothered to read, at the cost now of our lives. On page 16 thereof, the Editors make our case for us thus:

“the evolution as well as the spread of pathogens is highly dependent on human civilization. The worldwide spread of germs became possible inhabited continents were connected by travel routes. By now, globalization in the form of travel and trade has reached such an extent that a highly contagious disease could spread to virtually all parts of the world within a matter of days or weeks.

“Kilbourne” (New York Medical College Professor Edwin Kilbourne, one of the world’s leading virologists and epidemiologists) “also draws attention to another aspect of globalization as a factor increasing pandemic risk: homogenization of peoples, practices, and cultures. The more the human population comes to resemble a single homogeneous niche, the greater the potential for a single pathogen to saturate it quickly. Kilbourne mentions the ‘one rotten apple syndrome’, resulting from the mass production of food and behavioural fads:

“If one contaminated item, apple, egg or, most recently, spinach leaf carries a billion bacteria not an unreasonable estimate and it enters a pool of cake mix constituents then packaged and sent to millions of customers nationwide, a bewildering epidemic may ensue.

“Conversely, cultural as well as genetic diversity reduces the likelihood that any single pattern will be adopted universally before it is discovered to be dangerous, whether the pattern be virus RNA, a dangerous new chemical or material, or a stifling ideology.”

So, the Science follows us. Nationalists, and only Nationalists, offer a way out of an endless nightmare of wave after wave of pandemics, of which CoVID-19 is but the first ripple, a tide which will sweep away our civilization. A tide only Nationalism can stem.

By taking such a long-term, strategic stand, we can win support – possibly rather reluctant support in some cases! – in circles which hitherto were closed to us. What governments do about the CoVID-19 pandemic may or may not prove them right in the short term. That is not, or should not be, our concern. The existence of the CoVID-19 pandemic proves us right in the long term. Our task is to focus on making that clear to all.

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Comment from H&D Assistant Editor Peter Rushton: – In several recent issues I have argued implicitly against Covid conspiracy theory, and explicitly against movement groups or parties engaging in militant anti-lockdown protests. My view on that isn’t likely to change. Although from a purely personal perspective I find the Covid regulations intensely annoying and obstructive, I don’t think there’s any political mileage movement-wise in positioning ourselves either in favour of wild conspiracy theory, or in favour of lawbreaking.

Having said that, I’m appalled by the heavy-handed police reaction to anti-lockdown demonstrators, as witnessed for example both in London and Melbourne.

Covid-19 in Leicester: ‘racism fears’ let sweatshops go unchecked

According to a front page story in today’s Sunday Times, senior ministers believe that police and local authorities – concerned above all to avoid allegations of ‘racism’ – allowed blatant abuses in Leicester’s garment industry. Poor working conditions in the city’s ‘sweatshops’ have been blamed for a new outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, forcing a renewed Leicester lockdown.

The Home Secretary is said to have argued that “police and other government agencies have turned a blind eye to exploitation in Leicester’s textile warehouses and factories in the same way as the grooming scandal in Rotherham was ignored for years.”

Sunday Times journalists were briefed by a source close to the Home Office who said: “This scandal has been hiding in plain sight and there are concerns cultural sensibilities could be in part to blame for why these appalling working practices haven’t been properly investigated.”

Boohoo co-founders Mahmud Kamani (above, far left) and Carol Kane (second right) with rapper Snoop Dogg and Kamani’s son Samir

Many of these sweatshops are said to work for the highly successful bargain fashion brand Boohoo, which buys about 80% of all clothing produced in the Leicester area. The billionaire owners of Boohoo are the Kenyan Asian Kamani family, who came to north-west England in the late 1960s and started selling handbags on a Manchester market stall.

In partnership with designer Carol Kane, who started working with the Kamanis in Manchester in 1993, Boohoo was launched in 2006, targeting girls in their teens and early 20s who were looking for fashion bargains. It also operates the brand PrettyLittleThing and in 2017 bought the American retailer Nasty Gal.

£1bn has been wiped off the company’s share value in the past week, following belated revelations about Leicester working practices.

Non-European immigration at record level

Newly released statistics show that net immigration to the UK from outside the European Union hit its highest level on record last year.

During 2019, 282,000 more non-EU citizens arrived in the UK than left. This was the highest such figure since this statistic began to be collected in 1975.

By contrast net immigration from EU countries declined to 49,000 – less than a quarter of the peak figure four years ago.

These statistics pre-date the Covid-19 pandemic, which will reduce both immigration and emigration for an indefinite period, though it’s worth pointing out that at least 20,000 people arrived in the UK infected with the virus before UK authorities got round to imposing restrictions.

Some commentators have explained the astonishingly high 2019 immigration figure in terms of increased numbers of students arriving from China and India, in particular.

What isn’t explained is whether all of these students go back home at the end of their courses: experience would suggest that many stay in the UK (legally or not).

One of the questions to be answered by any eventual inquiry into Covid-19 is the extent to which London’s massive overcrowding contributed to the virus’s spread. What’s already clear is that post-virus our bloated higher education system is no longer financially viable. Post-Covid reconstruction will depend on putting the British people first and ignoring the usual calls from the business community for a continued flow of immigrants.

Many of those who voted for Brexit believed (wrongly) that they were voting to turn off the immigration tap, when in fact the pro-Brexit lobby (from Nigel Farage down) were openly in favour of increasing non-EU immigration.

The government’s bungling of Covid-19 lockdown has already compromised the future of the next UK generation. It seems clear that a generation will grow up significantly poorer than their parents. It would be unforgivable if they also had to live in a country that was no longer either British or European.

Coronavirus predicted by nationalist science writer 14 years ago

As we all struggle to comprehend the scale and nature of the coronavirus crisis, it is interesting to look back at an article published fourteen years ago by the nationalist journal Scorpion.

This was written by a well-known nationalist activist who had a regular column in Scorpion under the pen-name ‘Loki’, and who presently contributes regularly to H&D under a different name.

Aside from formatting, we reproduce this article here unchanged – with thanks and acknowledgments to Scorpion – as our contribution to continuing discussions about the social/political implications of the present crisis.

Click here to read Loki on Health.

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