German Federal Election – end of Merkel era

Alice Weidel, co-leader of Germany’s anti-immigration party AfD

Results are being declared of today’s German election for the Bundestag (federal parliament). H&D‘s assistant editor Peter Rushton has been in Germany during the campaign and will report here and in the November issue of H&D on the results and their implications for the racial nationalist and broad pro-White movement in Europe. (click here to view detailed NPD results from this year’s election)

The German electoral system is a combination of constituencies (which elect members of the Bundestag on a similar basis to the UK Parliament, i.e. first-past-the-post) and a proportional ‘additional member’ system. This means that parties polling more than 5% nationwide are guaranteed Bundestag members.

The main outcome was a strong result for the social-democratic SPD, whose leader Olaf Scholz seems very likely to become Chancellor. Meanwhile the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) slightly slipped back from 12.6% in 2017 to 10.3% this year.

The constituency held for thirty years for the CDU by retiring Chancellor Angela Merkel was among those lost to the SPD, who won every directly elected seat in Merkel’s Mecklenburg region.

Despite its vote declining nationwide, AfD has gained numerous constituency seats across its strongholds of Saxony and Thuringia (regions of the old East Germany), though once the proportional element is allocated AfD ends up with 83 seats in the new Bundestag, down from 94 last time.

Of the sixteen constituencies in Saxony, AfD retained two, also regained the seat won four years ago by former leader Frauke Petry who had since quit the party, and gained another seven (from the collapsing CDU). This makes ten Saxon constituencies for the AfD, while just four were retained by CDU (including the two Dresden constituencies), one (Chemnitz) gained by SPD, and one (in southern Leipzig) retained by the Left Party.

AfD is now the largest party in Thuringia, with four of the eight directly elected Bundestag seats and 24% of the vote: a triumph for its regional leader Björn Höcke (above) who also leads AfD’s most explicitly nationalist faction

Of the eight constituencies in Thuringia four went to AfD, three for SPD, and just one for CDU. Moreover in a highly symbolic victory AfD took the largest vote share in Thuringia with 24%, ahead of SPD on 23.4% and CDU on 16.9%. This is all the more significant as AfD’s leader in Thuringia (Björn Höcke) heads the party’s most hardline nationalist faction.

Slightly to the north of Saxony and Thuringia, AfD gained two of the eight constituencies in the Saxony-Anhalt region. While it’s often assumed that the seats won by European racial nationalist parties are because of the proportional voting system, the fact is that today AfD has won sixteen seats in parts of the old East Germany under the “UK style” first-past-the-post system.

The CDU’s collapse means that in large parts of the old East Germany it will now be AfD that is the main voice of opposition to the likely new SPD-Green government. The great pity for AfD is that had they been able to continue concentrating on their popular policies on immigration and crime, these results could have been much better. It’s clear from today’s results that the party’s flirtation with Covid/vaccine conspiracy theory has been an electoral liability. Various candidates and parties focused entirely on anti-lockdown and/or anti-vaccine campaigning fared even worse, polling insignificant votes.

The big losers of this election seem to be both conservatives and the far left (with the ex-communist Left Party losing 30 seats, down to 39 in the new Bundestag): the big winners are Social-Democrats and Greens.

AfD polled 12.6% at the last federal election in 2017, winning 94 seats to become the third-largest party in the Bundestag, but their 10.3% vote this year left AfD in fifth place nationwide (overtaken by both the Greens and the liberal FDP).

More radical racial nationalist parties (of which by far the largest is the NPD) have been electorally eclipsed for the time being by AfD’s success and tend to concentrate more on local and regional elections where they stand a chance of winning seats. In the 2017 federal election the NPD polled just over 175,000 votes nationwide (0.4%). This fell to just under 65,000 votes (around 0.1%) this year.

The one certain result of this election is the retirement of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in power since November 2005 (latterly leading a coalition government of conservatives and social democrats). Her successor as head of the conservative CDU/CSU – Armin Laschet – had a disastrous campaign and seems most unlikely to become Chancellor: his party polled a record low vote and will finish slightly behind the SPD. Merkel will remain in post until coalition talks have agreed a new government, probably involving three parties in the new Bundestag: the SPD, Greens and liberal ‘Free Democrats’ (FDP).

One consequence of this conservative disaster will be a bitter battle for control, with the more ‘right-wing’ leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party CSU – Markus Söder – likely to push his claim to lead the conservative alliance, and probably arguing that it should drop its traditional refusal to negotiate with the ‘far right’ AfD.

see also “Return of the Schleswig-Holstein Question!”

NPD results in detail – German nationalist vote shifts to AfD

NPD leader Frank Franz (above left) with his predecessor and former MEP Udo Voigt.

As expected the NPD – Germany’s main racial nationalist party – lost votes again this year to the civic nationalist anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD).

For the time being NPD activists and candidates will concentrate their efforts more on local and regional elections. The NPD’s best Bundestag vote was in 1969 when they polled 1.4 million votes (4.3%). In the 2004 and 2009 elections the NPD won seats in the regional parliament of Saxony, as they did in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in 2006 and 2011. In 2009 they were only a fraction short of winning regional parliamentary seats in Thuringia.

Even regional parliamentary gains are unlikely while AfD remains a powerful force, yet NPD campaigning remains important both to build a core of radical nationalist support, and to continue influencing the radical faction of the AfD, some of whose leaders have a great deal in common with the NPD even while most AfD leaders are closer to the right-wing of CDU/CSU.

At this year’s Bundestag election the NPD put up party lists in every part of Germany but not constituency candidates. Every German has two votes – one for an individual candidate, and a second vote for a regional party list. It is for these second votes that the NPD was competing.

In the two states where AfD was the largest party this year – Saxony and Thuringia – the NPD vote fell to 0.3%.

Thuringia NPD leader Thorsten Heise (above right) with Lady Michèle Renouf and fellow marchers at the 2020 Dresden Memorial.

The Thuringia NPD slate headed by Thorsten Heise polled 4,105 votes (0.3%), down from 1.2% in 2017. Bear in mind that AfD became the largest party in Thuringia this year, with a 0.6% lead over the SPD – so this AfD lead can be attributed to the transfer of previous NPD votes.

AfD was already narrowly the largest party in Saxony but consolidated its position this year with a 5.3% lead over the SPD (the conservative CDU having collapsed to third place). Here the Saxony NPD slate headed by Maik Müller polled 7,489 votes (0.3%), down from 1.1% in 2017. The smaller Dritte Weg party (Third Way – no connection to the NF splinter group once led by Patrick Harrington and Graham Williamson!) also stood in Saxony this year, taking 4,285 votes (0.2%).

In Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania (on the north-east border of today’s Federal Republic) the NPD vote didn’t fall quite so dramatically, perhaps because this region was less intensely targeted by AfD than Thuringia or Saxony. Here the NPD slate headed by Michael Andrejewski polled 6,399 votes (0.7%), down from 1.1% in 2017.

Michael Andrejewski, leader of the NPD in Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania, where the party achieved its highest vote share this year

These three remain the strongest racial nationalist areas of Germany. In remaining regional / city state results were as follows:

Brandenburg, the NPD slate headed by Klaus Beier polled 4,871 (0.3%), down from 0.9% in 2017

Saxony Anhalt, the NPD slate headed by Henry Lippold polled 3,003 votes (0.2%), down from 0.7% in 2017.

Saarland, the NPD slate headed by Otfried Best polled 1,375 votes (0.2%), down from 0.5% in 2017.

North Rhine-Westphalia, the NPD slate headed by Ariane Meise polled 8,959 votes (0.1%), down from 0.2% in 2017.

Baden-Württemberg, the NPD slate headed by Edda Schmidt polled 6,029 votes (0.1%), down from 0.3% in 2017.

Bavaria, the NPD slate headed by Sascha Roßmüller polled 5,768 votes (0.1%), down from 0.3% in 2017, with Third Way taking 3,545 votes (slightly under 0.1%).

Sascha Roßmüller, leader of the NPD slate in Bavaria

Hessen, the NPD slate headed by Stefan Jagsch polled 4,528 votes (0.1%), down from 0.3% in 2017.

Lower Saxony, the NPD slate headed by Manfred Dammann polled 4,374 votes (0.1%) down from 0.3% in 2017.

Rhineland Palatinate, the NPD slate headed by Udo Voigt polled 2,773 votes (0.1%), down from 0.3% in 2017.

Schleswig-Holstein, the NPD slate headed by Mark Proch polled 2,015 votes (0.1%), down from 0.2% in 2017

Berlin, the NPD slate headed by Andreas Käfer polled 1,979 votes (0.1%), having had no slate here in 2017.

Hamburg, the NPD slate headed by Lennart Schwarzbach polled 651 votes (0.1%), down from 0.2% in 2017.

Bremen, the NPD slate headed by Heinz Seeger polled 290 votes (0.1%), down from 0.3% in 2017.

Nationwide the NPD’s list votes totalled 64,608 (0.1%), down from 0.4% in 2017.

Return of the Schleswig-Holstein Question!

Stefan Seidler celebrates his election to the Bundestag

In addition to the main parties mentioned earlier, it looks as though just one tiny party will make it into the Bundestag.

This is the ‘South Schleswig Voters’ Association’ (SSW), whose leader Stefan Seidler has won a seat, according to the preliminary results. This is the first time since the second Bundestag election in 1953 that a regionalist or national minority party has won a Bundestag seat. In those days the national minorities concerned were Germans who had been expelled from their homes in what had become Czech, Polish or even Russian territory, and had their own party – the All-German Bloc/League of Expellees and Deprived of Rights.

By contrast the SSW represents a small Danish-speaking minority who have lived in Germany from the creation of a united German state in 1871.

Obviously they didn’t pass the 5% threshold – they are a tiny regional party – and neither did they win a constituency. This party hadn’t even contested a federal election since 1961.

Waldemar Kraft (above, front row, far right) as a member of Konrad Adenauer’s cabinet in 1953. Kraft was the last leader of a regionalist / national minority party to be elected to the Bundestag, until Stefan Seidler’s election this week. Kraft’s party represented German refugees from several regions that had been taken over postwar by Czechs, Poles or Russians, leading to the expulsion of 12-15 million Germans from their homes.

There are 28 MPs in total elected from Schleswig-Holstein this time, 11 constituencies and 17 from the list. The SSW list polled 3.2% across Schleswig-Holstein, so that was just enough to get them one of those 28 seats, because as a party representing a ‘national minority’ they are exempt from the 5% threshold requirement.

Ideologically they are leftish-green, so I assume their MP would back the likely SPD-Green-FDP coalition.

But the reason they exist is to represent the Danish speaking population in Schleswig-Holstein, and the reason that exists is rooted in one of the most complex diplomatic disputes of the 19th century – the infamous ‘Schleswig-Holstein Question’.

Until 1871 Germany was divided into many different states/principalities/etc. that were a relic of the medieval age and the Holy Roman Empire: a patchwork of princes, dukes and dynastic traditions.

For centuries the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein (either side of the Holy Roman Empire’s northern border) had both been ruled by the Danish king, but with semi-independence as the Holstein part was German (and part of the Holy Roman Empire) and the Schleswig part was semi-German, semi-Danish.

Eventually there were two mid-19th century wars between Denmark and Prussia, one (1848-51) effectively won by Denmark; the second (1864) won by Prussia and its Austrian allies.

Denmark’s defeat at the Battle of Dybbøl in 1864 led to Schleswig-Holstein’s absorption into the new German state in 1871.

After the First World War, Germany lost the northern part of Schleswig to Denmark, but the southern part of Schleswig has remained German to this day, and is part of the German region of Schleswig-Holstein.

As with all these border disputes, a substantial community was stuck on the wrong side of the border, and since there was no IRA-type situation many of them stayed put, hence the need for a party representing their particular interests.

The British statesman Lord Palmerston, who was Foreign Secretary during the First Schleswig War and Prime Minister during the Second, famously said:
“Only three people have ever really understood the Schleswig-Holstein business – the Prince Consort [i.e. Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert], who is dead – a German professor, who has gone mad – and I, who have forgotten all about it.”

More than 150 years later, the question has returned to contribute to the most divided German parliament since the Weimar Republic. But this time the Danes in Schleswig-Holstein are amongst the least troublesome of Germany’s ethnic minorities!

20 Years on from 9/11

H&D editor Mark Cotterill was working in Washington DC on 9/11.

Twenty years later he has written his memories of that day and its implications.

Click here to read Mark Cotterill’s memories of 9/11.

9-11 – H&D’s Editor Remembers the Day – Twenty Years On

Today – 11th September 2021 – marks the twentieth anniversary of the famous 9/11 attacks, which saw nineteen Islamic terrorists from the al-Qaeda group take over and then control four planes over the US airspace and turn them into deadly weapons against their number one enemy the USA.

That Tuesday morning, I woke up as usual around 7.30am, and after the standard cup of tea (yes, I still drank tea in the morning – rather than coffee – even after six years of Americanization!) I kissed my (then) girlfriend Jackie goodbye and started to make my way into down-town Washington DC where I worked.

As I did almost every morning, I caught the bus – at around 8am – from outside my apartment block in Falls Church, which took me to the Rosslyn Metro Station, in NW Arlington – which is the last stop in Virginia – and transferred onto the Metro train (their version of our Tube train) which took me into DC.

I got off as normal – at around 8.45am – at the McPherson Square Metro Station – a couple of blocks from where I worked on 13th Street NW, (which was about six blocks from the White House) and made my way to one of the many restaurants in the area, where I bought breakfast! Yes, sadly in that respect I had got Americanized into buying breakfast out, rather than making it at home myself – or even getting Jackie to make breakfast (some hope there!).

I bought my standard DC breakfast, a large coffee (as their tea was awful), and a sun-dried tomato bagel, with a tasty egg, bacon, and cheese filling (yes, I know!) and made my way to work on 13th Street, which was around two or three blocks away.

Dr Roger Pearson’s office on 13th St NW, Washington DC, where H&D’s editor Mark Cotterill worked during the events of 9/11.

I worked as an office assistant to Dr. Roger Pearson, one of the greatest modern writers on race, eugenic science, anthropology, and Indo-European studies, who had both his home and office on 13th Street, NW. The office from where he ran three publications, Mankind Quarterly (MQ), The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies (JSPS) and his pride and joy, The Journal of Indo-European Studies (JSPS), as well as publishing dozens of books and monographs every year.

I got into the office on time, which was a couple of minutes before 9am and started to drink my coffee (I would do the typically American thing of eating my bagel while walking to work!). Up until then – as they say – it was just a normal day at the office!

Dr. Pearson was already in his office (which was the room next door to mine) hard at work. He normally got there before me around 8.45am most mornings. However, he did not have very far to travel – as he lived in an apartment (flat) just above the office, on the 4th or 5th floor (I think). We said our usual pleasantries, and I then got on with going through the mail from the previous day (I did not normally work on a Monday) and from the weekend.

Looking back on it, around the time I was getting my breakfast, around 8.46am, New York was turning into a scene of devastation after the first of the two planes smashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. And around the time I was sitting down at my desk and starting to open the mail, around 9.03am the second plane was smashing into the South Tower.

Both 110 story towers collapsed within an hour and forty-two minutes, leading to the collapse of the other World Trade Center structures including 7 World Trade Center, and significantly damaging all the surrounding buildings.

Of course, Dr. Pearson and I, were oblivious to all this, as we did not have a radio or TV on in either office, and it was just before the days of smart phones.

The first we knew that something was wrong, was when Dr. Pearson’s wife Marion rang him from their upstairs flat, where I guess she was watching the events unfold on TV. He told me what she had told him, but to be honest it did not really sink in there and then what was going on. So, we just carried on working as normal.

(above left to right) Mark Cotterill, Jackie Griffin and Nick Griffin outside Mark’s home in Falls Church, Virginia, in May 2001 – four months before 9/11.

I guess five minutes later, just before 9.20am we got another phone call which I answered this time. It was BNP leader Nick Griffin! He told us basically what Mrs. Pearson had just told us, that two hijacked planes had crashed into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center, but then added that two more planes were now on their way to DC to blow up the White House and Capital Buildings, and that we needed to get out quickly!

Of course, even if we wanted to get out – which we didn’t – where were we meant to get out to? However, Nick meant well, and I appreciate him warning us anyway, even though there was nothing we could do about it. I thanked him and told him we would not be moving from the building at this time, but if he could ring back with any updates, that would be very useful.

I talked over the situation with Dr. Pearson, and he said he did not think the planes would even reach DC, and even if they did, their targets were so far away from us that we would “probably be ok”! So, we sat back down at our desks and carried on working.

However, we had only been back at our desks for a couple of minutes, when we heard a hell of a commotion going on outside our building. At 9:37am, the third of the hijacked planes crashed into the west side of the Pentagon (the headquarters of the American military, as well as a large underground shopping mall), which was just over the Potomac river in NW Arlington, Virginia, causing a partial collapse of the building’s west side.

To give you an idea of distance, the Pentagon is about three miles south east of our office, maybe a ten-minute drive away. It’s just south of Arlington National Cemetery, and just north of Alexandria.

H&D’s editor was just three miles away from the Pentagon (above) when the third plane hit on 9/11

I can remember hearing an explosion, and then the noise of hundreds of other office workers, and locals outside our office on the streets. I said to Dr. Pearson that I was going outside to see what the heck was happening, because we had no windows in the office so I could not peer out. Once outside I could see all the smoke in the distance, and word got round that the Pentagon had been hit.

I can’t remember there being a panic, but a lot of my fellow DC workers were very concerned as word had got around that the fourth plane was on its way to DC!

However, the fourth plane – United 93 – never reached DC. And US authorities even to this day, don’t know for sure if the target was to have been the White House or the Capitol.

The story put about by President Bush’s spin-doctors, that the passengers aboard United 93 decided to act once they realized all was lost – i.e., storm the flight deck, attack the terrorists and bring the plane down before it reached Washington DC – sadly did not happen. But why would it have done: it never happened on the other three hijacked flights, and they had many more passengers.

The site of United 93’s crash has become an iconic memorial – largely due to the myth of heroic resistance that helped Americans deal with 9/11

What did surely happen, was that Bush ordered United 93 to be shot down before it got anywhere near DC. This flight was the only plane not to hit its intended target, instead after being shot down it crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, about 170 miles from DC at 10:03 am.

Once the news spread around DC that plane number 4 had crashed and that there were probably no more hijacked planes up in the skies, most of the workers either returned to their offices – as I did – or they left and started to make their way back home.

I asked Dr. Pearson what we should do, and he said, “just carry on working Mark”! Which is what I did until around noon when I went for an early lunch. All public transport in DC was in the process of being stopped, but most of the bars and restaurants seemed to be open, with customers glued to the TVs. I found a Subway close by and got a meal and a soda (pop to you Brits!) and tried to check my cell phone, only to find it not working. The internet had also gone down, but landlines were still working.

I made my way back to the office, where Dr. Pearson was still working. He informed me he was then going up upstairs to his flat for his lunch. So, I just went back to work. Strange when you look back on it.

Mark Cotterill with his then girlfriend Jackie in Falls Church, Virginia, September 2011

My girlfriend Jackie was calling the office, every half an hour or so asking when I was going to get out of DC and come home. I told her the same thing each time: as soon as I can.

Dr. Pearson came back down to the office around 2pm I guess, and told me to pack up for the day, as it would take me ages to get home as there was no public transport. Even most of the taxi drivers had gone home by then. So, I called Jackie back from the office landline and said I was going to start to make my way back to Falls Church, but be prepared for a long wait as it may take a while!

I walked across the city towards Georgetown, which took me just over an hour. I knew at the far end of Georgetown was the Francis Scott Key bridge where I could walk across into Virginia. However, it was a sweltering hot day and I needed a beer or two, so I stopped off at a bar not far from the bridge. It was busy, but not chock-a-block, with everybody watching the news channels on the big TV screens. It was there for the first time, sitting in that Georgetown pub with a cold pint of Sam Adams lager that I saw the footage of the first two planes fly into and then strangely disappear into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Images that will never be forgotten.

There had been mixed reports on the news channels, some saying it was at first believed that a small private plane had hit the tower by accident but less than 20 minutes later, it was obvious that a terrorist attack had taken place. Everyone in the pub was coming up with their own ideas as to who had done it and why, I just listened and drank my beer.

DC’s metro was Mark’s usual commute – but closed after the 9/11 attacks, leaving him to walk over the DC / Virginia border

Somebody in the pub mentioned that the buses in Virginia were running again, but the Metro trains were still closed. So, I drank up and made my way across the Francis Scott Key bridge out of DC and back into Virginia – Rosslyn to be precise. Another five minutes and I was at the bus terminal, and the guy in the pub was right – the buses were running again! Thank the gods, that’s saved me another five mile walk home!

I remember our local left-wing newspaper The Washington Post, had been busy and got out a special afternoon edition, covering the attacks. I bought a copy to read on my bus journey back to Falls Church. As I was boarding the bus my cell phone started ringing – more good news the phones were working again – it was Jackie, frantically asking where I was. Thankfully this time I could tell her not that far away and that I would be home soon.

I guess I got back to my flat on South Manchester Street, which for those of you who know the area is just off Route 50 (aka Arlington Blvd) very close to the famous “Seven Corners” side of Falls Church, around 6pm. To say Jackie was pleased to see me was an understatement!

She and Justin (our lodger) a taxi driver who in his younger days was in the French Foreign Legion, were watching the TV News when I walked in. Justin who was very politically clued up and like me slightly to the right of George Bush, claimed he knew straight away “that it was the Muslims” who had done it. He was just not sure (then) which of the many types of Muslim it was! But to those like Justin they were all the same to him!

After freshening up (as Americans do after work!) I grabbed a beer and settled down to watch the non-stop TV News coverage along with Jackie and Justin. We were told that our bold leader George W Bush, who had been down on Florida’s west coast at a (mainly) African-American Elementary School in Sarasota (which is just south of Tampa), when the attacks happened, would be on the TV at 8pm (Eastern Time – which would have been 1am in the UK) to address the nation, from the Oval Office in the White House.

The moment when President Bush first heard news of the 9/11 attacks

I asked Jackie to go and get ready as we were going out to eat and we would watch the Bush speech on TV in one of the local restaurants or bars. However, that was not to be the case as we later found out that 99% of them had shut as a mark of respect!

Justin being a taxi driver, thought he knew of a couple of places that would buck the trend and stay open, but when we got there no such luck all closed. But as we turned around to head back home disappointed, Jackie said why not try “Little Salvador” – which was a 99% Hispanic area just off Route 7 – ? “She’s right” Justin said, “if anywhere will be open it will be in there”. And she was, we found an El Salvadoran restaurant open within a minute of entering the ghetto!

Justin was not going to stay himself, as he used to get up at the crack of dawn to start driving his taxi around 6am, but he dropped us off at the restaurant’s front door, saying “now you two are going be alright in there aren’t you!”. “Yes, I’m sure we will mate” I replied. Jackie was a bit nervous, but I told her it would be fine and don’t worry. I said something like “they’re all God’s children like us; we will be fine”!

And we were fine. The manager was very pleased to see us (and my money!), as we were the only Gringos in there that evening. The locals who did not speak much English were fine and kept themselves to themselves, but the manager and the waiter could not do enough for us (obviously hoping for a good tip at the end of the evening – which they got).

From what I can recall, the “local” food (which was very much like Mexican) and beer was very good. We had just been served our main course when Bush came on TV to deliver the most important speech of his career to the nation – and the world. However, probably very wisely his advisers told him to keep it short and sweet, and it lasted less than four and a half minutes.

President Bush addressing the nation on 9/11

“Good evening. – Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends, and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge — huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.

“A great people have been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

“Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington D.C. to help with local rescue efforts. Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks. The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well.

“The search is underway for those who were behind these evil acts. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

“I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance. America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.

“Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a Power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.

“This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world. –

“Thank you. Good night. And God bless America.”

From what I recall we watched Bush via an El Salvadoran TV channel, in English, but with Spanish sub-titles. The locals were quiet and reserved with no cheering at the end, but I’m sure there was in those few “White American” bars that were open, almost everybody was pro-Bush – for a few week’s anyway.

Following the attacks, Bush’s approval rating soared to 90%. A week or so later on September 20th, 2001, he gave the second most important speech of his career, when he addressed the nation and a joint session of Congress regarding the events of September 11th and the subsequent nine days of rescue and recovery efforts and described his intended response to the attacks. To be honest I can’t recall where I watched that one. New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s highly visible role directly after the attacks also won him high praise in both New York and nationally.

After a few more beers, I paid the manager (including a good tip!). He called us a local taxi and we were back home in less than five minutes.

Summer’s in Arlington

With everything that had gone on that day Jackie had almost forgotten that September 12th was her big day – in court that is! She had been arrested and charged the month before with drink-driving, and was due to appear at Court House, in Arlington (next to the famous Summer’s Pub where I spent many a happy hour watching English and Scottish football) at 9am. Oh dear, but what can you do. We got an early night, which meant bed before midnight for us, as it would be an early start in the following morning.

It was strange, worrying about this court case with all that was going on in the country, and it must have been even worse for Jackie as she could be looking at up to a year inside, as it was her second offence. We just made the best of it and prepared for the worst. We got up early and took the bus from outside the apartment direct to Court House not really knowing what to expect.

However, what greeted us as we approached the entrance to Court House even shocked me. There were dozens – maybe even a hundred National Guard (the Yanks equivalent of the TA), regular army, State Tropers and normal plod all milling around, trying to look mean and nasty.

I was a bit worried approaching them, but I had to! I explained to a State Trooper that we were here for Jackie’s court case and had been told to report at 9am. But before I could even show him the paperwork, he shouted that the Court buildings were now closed for the foreseeable future, due to yesterday’s attacks, and that Jackie would be getting a letter in due course telling her of her new date with the beak! He ended by saying “Now go away”!

So, with no court appearance for Jackie that morning, what was plan B? We decided to go to my second home – Summer’s Pub – which was only around the corner – and get some breakfast. The Manger was a great guy called Joe from Armenia. He welcomed us in and asked why we were in there so early? “There’s no soccer on until lunchtime Mark”. I explained the court situation, and also that Jackie really needed a drink (I may have needed one too, I forget!). Joe said, “you know I can’t serve alcohol in the main restaurant area – and the back bar where we watch the soccer (sorry football!) does not open until 11am.” I looked at my watch at it was only 9.30am.

“Look Joe” I said, “can you do me really big favour and let us go in the back bar and just have a quick beer and maybe a large Scotch for Jackie”? While he was deciding what to do, I handed him an “Andrew Jackson” (a $20 note) and said, “and this is for your trouble Joe”. Strangely he decided it was OK and we could use the bar for a drink!

Richard Barnbrook addressing an AF-BNP meeting in Arlington, Virginia in August 2000.

As it happens, I had been in the same situation with Joe about year before. It was nine something in morning and I was in Summer’s Pub for breakfast before a big AF-BNP (American Friends of the BNP) meeting which was going to be held in a restaurant directly opposite called The Little Café that afternoon. I was with two other Brits, both called Richard. One was ex-Pat from Arizona, who had flown up from Phoenix for the meeting, and the other was one of our guest speakers Richard Barnbrook, who had flown over with his wife from London. Richard Barnbrook would later become leader of the BNP group on Barking and Dagenham Council, and also the BNP’s only ever representative to the Greater London Assembly.

What I did not know was Richard Barnbrook was also an alcoholic, and after picking at his “full-American” for ten minutes, said “Mark, what I really, really need is a proper drink”! So, as with Jackie a year later, I had to bribe Joe with an “Andrew Jackson”, to let future Councillor Barnbrook sit in the bar on his own with a pint of Sam Adams and a double Brady (with not much coke in it!).

Such was life as Chairman of The American Friends of the BNP!

Anyway, back to September 12th, 2001. After I finished my breakfast, and Jackie had knocked back another couple of large Scotch’s, I called Dr. Pearson and explained the situation, that the Court House had been closed and what looked like martial law been imposed on the streets of Arlington.

He suggested that I come into work (I had booked the day off to be with Jackie in her hour of need), as there was no point in wasting a day now the court case had been cancelled. He was right as we had a stack of back orders to get through that week and a new issue of JIES to mail out.

So, after the customary farewells to Joe, I flagged a taxi down on North Courthouse Road for Jackie and sent her back home to Falls Church. I walked the short distance to Court House Metro Station and caught the train into DC. What struck me straight away was how empty the train was. OK it was not rush hour, when I usually travelled, but there was hardly anybody on it.

McPherson Square Metro Station – closed on 9/11 and very quiet the next day!

On reaching DC I got out as usual at McPherson Square Metro Station, and took the escalator up to the front entrance, which again is what I normally do. However, what greeted me outside was very far from normal, but then again it was not your typical DC day!

As I stepped out onto “I” Street to walk the couple of blocks to the office, I was greeted by the sight of open top tanks cruising down the street, it was like a scene from North Korea, China, or the former USSR, except the soldiers in those tanks were all black. There were also regular army and National Guard (mainly black) soldiers on both sides of the road, sort of jogging, to keep up with the tanks. It was an unreal sight.

After watching these saviours of the Free World jog up and down “I” Street, for a minute, I pulled myself back together and made my way to Dr. Pearson’s office. It was good to get back to work and away from all the insanity outside.

At first the US mainstream media were claiming that over 10,000 had died in the attacks. And yes, the 9/11 attacks still remain the deadliest terrorist attack in modern history, although after more than a year the death total had come down to 2,977, plus of course the 19 Islamic hijackers, making a grand total of 2,996.

The overwhelming majority of deaths occurred in New York City, with 2,606 people killed either inside the World Trade Center or on the ground below. This included around a dozen Sinn Fein/IRA supporters who were working in the offices of the American Friends of Sinn Fein, which was based in the South Tower, of the World Trade Center. Oh dear, what a shame.

Among the victims on 9/11 were about a dozen staff of the terrorist support group American Friends of Sinn Fein, whose office was in the World Trade Center’s South Tower

At the Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, 125 people were killed, including a good friend of my ex-wife Jenny. Four days later on Saturday 15th September, I drove over to Pentagon with AF-BNP member Tom Avis, who had come over from Ohio for the weekend, to have a look at the site. We had to stand around 100 yards away, as it was completely fenced off as you can imagine. Salvage crews were still clearing up there, but you could clearly see parts of the plane that had broken off when American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon’s west side.

Sadly, all 39 civilians on board United Airlines 93 were killed when it was shot down and crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, not far from the border with Maryland. Rumours in the bars and restaurants close to the White House have it that Bush was very reluctant to order it shot down, that is why it got so close to Maryland, before being taken out.

Over 90 countries lost citizens in all the attacks, including 67 from the UK (the largest group being from Northern Ireland, working at the American Friends of Sinn Fein office). The UK had the most non-US deaths in the 9/11 attacks.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the World Trade Center site became known as Ground Zero, which stretched over an area of 14.6 acres. I visited it with my buddy Jim from American Renaissance two and a half months later (when we were in nearby Connecticut for Thanksgiving and took a half day trip to NYC to look at it) and I can recall the horrid smell from the fire damage and the soot everywhere. It was an incredible sight.

The Twin Towers, which I visited three times during my stay Stateside, were the most recognizable building of the Manhattan skyline, dwarfing even the famous Empire State Building, which I also climbed to the top of three or four times. Of course, the outline radically changed after the buildings fell, and the Empire State Building became the tallest building in the city again – well for a few years anyway, until the One World Trade Center was finished in 2014.

Hundreds of thousands of tons of debris had to be cleared following the attacks, while it took years to identify victims from body parts discovered at the site.

Plans to rebuild the World Trade Center were put in place soon after 9/11 and twenty years later several new structures have been put in place – the most visible being One World Trade Center, a 1,776 feet (541 meters) skyscraper that is the tallest building in the USA.

As I’m still banned from the USA, I’ve yet to see the setting sun reflect off the windows of One World Trade Center in New York City, build to replace the original buildings, but I’m told it is an incredible sight to see.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

And what of those who are accused of planning the 9/11 attacks you may well ask? While Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – a 57-year-old Pakistani Islamist militant held by the US at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba under terrorism-related charges – is regarded as the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks, it was al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden (aka OBL) who is most widely identified with the plot – according to the CIA anyway.

After becoming president in 1992, we are told Bill Clinton made capturing Bin Laden a priority for the US following a series of attacks on US citizens at home and abroad, during the 1990s. Well we know how that ended!

However, it was 9/11 that ramped up the search to find OBL and a $25m reward was offered for information that would lead to his capture or killing or both I guess.

OBL became a sort of folk hero for young Pakistanis in northern England after 9/11. Many wore plastic masks with his face on and carried his image on their smart phones!

His whereabouts were a subject of much confusion, with reports of him hiding out in mountains in caves (and watching videos!) in Afghanistan proving not to be fruitful, while it was also claimed he was attempting to avoid capture in neighbouring Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden

For years the searches turned up nothing but US intelligence agencies claimed they finally tracked him down to a secure compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.

The compound was raided by US SEAL Team Six on 2nd May 2011, and the CIA claim Bin Laden was in there with one of his wives and some of his children. The CIA claim the Seals shot and killed OBL (although this has never been proved). This was nearly ten years after the 9/11 attacks took place.

After the raid, reports from Reuters stated that US forces had taken bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan for positive identification, then buried it at sea, in accordance with Islamic law, within 24 hours of his death. However, as there was no imam on board the USS Carl Vinson, where the burial was said to have taken place, this is very unlikely.

There have been numerous claims of OBL been spotted in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Oman, and even south-east China. However, rumours that he was spotted in the Glodwick area of Oldham recently proved unfounded!

Sadly, there are many on “our side”, who still claim the 9/11 attacks were not the work of OBL and the al-Qaeda organization, or any similar Islamic group. They claim that the Muslims were too stupid to have carried out such a well-planned attack, and it must have been the work of the CIA, FBI, and or Mossad, and organized and carried out by (yes, you’ve guessed it) the Jews!

Some of these are well meaning nationalists, others are just cranks, nuts and loons. Whoever they are they just don’t understand or maybe want to understand that the nineteen non-White men who allegedly pulled off the deadliest terrorist attack the modern world has ever seen, were serious, patient and very well organized. They had the discipline to keep their mouths shut for months, so as not to leak any information about what they were planning to the CIA/FBI etc.

Of course, I’m in no way suggesting that we copy them (even if we could), what I am saying is that their utter dedication to their beliefs enabled them to successfully carry out their mission, a mission few – if any – thought could ever be accomplished. Those nineteen men willingly gave their lives for their religion and what they believed in. Hundreds of years earlier many White Christians did the same. They too were not afraid to die for what they believed in.

We – in our little nationalist movement – on the other hand, are not looking for any of our activists to die in suicide missions, or even just die for the nationalist cause. We are simply looking for White men and women to dedicate their lives to the nationalist cause, so that our White race doesn’t die out by the end of this century. But sadly, we can’t find many White people to even put out a few leaflets at election time, let alone stand as a nationalist candidate!

Let’s be honest here. What happened to the World Trade Center in New York City and at the Pentagon, in Arlington twenty years ago today, is a direct consequence of (most of) the American people permitting ZOG to control their government and use America’s military and financial strength to advance ZOG’s interests at the expense of everyone else’s interests.

When some people are driven into a corner – as many people in the Middle East have been – sometimes they will fight back. ZOG will then scream for the blood of their enemies, and their lackeys in NYC and DC will strike at ZOG’s enemies for them, just as the Bushes, Clinton and Obama have done in the past – and probably Biden will in the future. And the consequence will be that the number of ZOG’s enemies will grow without limit, and not just in the Middle East (as Islamic State proved for a few years).

The Islamic terrorists who flew those planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, did it because THEY had been pushed into the corner by ZOG. Plenty of ‘our’ people now understand that twenty years on. They know that those attacks were just the beginning of what is in store for America (and the UK).

They know that the CIA/FBI and MI5/MI6 have been very lucky so far, in that they have stopped every MAJOR Islamic attack since 9/11 (although a number of smaller attacks did succeed). But the Islamic terrorists know that they only have to be lucky ONCE, whereas the CIA/FBI and MI5/MI6 have to be lucky EVERY single time!

WAHHABIST KNIFE ATTACK IN AUCKLAND –LIBERAL CANT UNABATED

Kerry Bolton reports from New Zealand

The Auckland mall knife attack at Countdown, New Lynn, on 3 September that felled seven people, three in a critical condition, has been undertaken by a Muslim from Sri Lanka. He is said to have been a known supporter of ISIS, which adheres to Wahhabism.

The jihadists are a minority within Sunni Islam– Wahhabists backed by the USA’s Saudi and Emirate allies. Shi’a and certain Sunni Imam and scholars are friends and allies of the Right (see: Arash Najaf-Zadeh, The European New Right – A Shi’a Response, London, 2019) and some seminal Rightist thinkers, such as Claudio Mutti, are Muslim converts. Iran is the citadel of Shi’a, yet the primary target for elimination by the USA.

Islamophobia is instigated by influential and wealthy pro-Israeli neocons; they fund those such as Geert Wilders and Tommy Robinson who oppose Islam because it is in conflict with Western Enlightenment Liberalism. But is the defence of the latter the Right’s cause? Hardly. Traditional Islam and the Dissident-Right are in accord on that.

But the Right serves as a red-herring. You will not get Patrick Gower or Paul Spoonley exposing the actual promoters of Islamophobia. (See: Kerry Bolton, ‘Islamophobia: Trojan Horse Amidst the Right’, Arktos Journal; and Kerry Bolton, Zionism, Islam & the West, London, 2018 – reviewed in H&D Issue 92).

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

What we have is the utter cant and hypocrisy that have been the instant response from Prime Minister Ardern. She states with emphasis that this individual (‘S’) is not representative of a faith or an ethnic community, and that ‘nobody supports his ideas’.

Ardern cries of Islam in regard to the attack: ‘it is not them; it is not them’. Imams will follow: ‘it is not us’.

Nonetheless, what has been the ongoing response of Ardern, the Left, media, Gower, Spoonley, police, SIS, ‘experts’, the Islamic Federation, and politicians in the aftermath of Tarrant? – To vilify the entirety of the so-called ‘far right’; to describe the Right per se as intrinsically ‘white supremacist’ and violent. To seek to criminalise and demonise the ‘Right’.

Yet the fact remains that despite extensive searching by Gower, Spoonley, SIS, police, and antifa groups, the only terrorist training network ever found in New Zealand has been that of the psycho-left ‘peace activists’ practising throwing Molotov cocktails with Maori in the Ureweras.

Kerry Bolton’s Zionism, Islam and the West was reviewed in H&D Issue 92

It is not widely realised that just a year prior to the Tarrant lunacy, a terrorist action was narrowly averted – a Muslim youth had planned to take a car and randomly drive into infidels in Christchurch, then proceed with a knifing spree. He was given a jolly good wrist-slapping and put into the care of the Linwood Mosque. A media report stated at the time:

“A Kiwi teenager radicalised online planned to ram a car into a group of people in Christchurch and then stab them

“The teenager wrote a goodbye note to his mother, then started a violent incident, but has since told a psychologist when it began he ‘decided not to hurt anybody because he did not have the means to kill enough people’, Crown prosecutor Chris Lange told the Christchurch District Court at sentencing on Thursday.

“‘The reason no-one was hurt was that he did not have access to knives,’ Lange said. But there was significant premeditation and hostility towards non-Muslims.

“After his arrest, the youth told police he was angry and had ‘done it for Allah’. He had left school at age 15, become socially isolated, and converted to Islam.

“The court has adopted a rehabilitative approach to the teen’s sentencing, with Judge Stephen O’Driscoll releasing him on intensive supervision with a list of conditions and a warning that if he breaches the conditions or reoffends, he will likely be sent to prison.

“Among the conditions – which will apply for two years while the judge monitors his progress – is counselling by a member of the local Muslim community.” (see ‘Kiwi teenager radicalised online planned mass killing in Christchurch “for Allah’”‘, Stuff, 16 February 2018).

Hazim Arafeh, president of the Islamic Federation, said at the time: ‘It’s easier to recruit people who are misinformed about Islam. If people wanted to know about the real Islam they could approach anyone at mosques around the country’ (Ibid.). To which it could have been said if given the opportunity somewhere amidst the cynically manipulated hysteria in the aftermath of Tarrant: ‘It’s easier to recruit people who are misinformed about the Right…’ I could go as far as to suggest that had Tarrant read my book Zionism, Islam and the West, published the year previously, and translated into Arabic, with an introduction by a Muslim scholar, he might not have proceeded to act on the Islamophobic bilge that originates from pro-Zionist neocons.

Brutal Saudi godfather Prince Mohammad bin Salman was a key ally of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu: his regime is based on Wahhabism.

Yet this same Islamic Federation (founded by anti-Communist Albanian refugees, but now jumping aboard the same bandwagon with Communists) prattles in its submissions to parliament that the Right is synonymous with ‘terrorism’; that it is ‘white supremacist’. It even cites Zionist sources such as the Anti-Defamation League.

What irony that this attack comes just after another of Patrick Gower’s inane attempts (‘On Hate’) to show the existence of what really does not exist – a ‘white supremacist terrorist threat’. Will Gower present an ‘On Hate’ TV special in regard to Wahhabism in New Zealand? Will Spoonley warn of a lurking threat? Rather, what we will hear is nothing other than apologia that ‘this is not Islam’. Indeed it is not, but the stench of hypocrisy will rise like excreted putrescence from Ardern and the rest, lest the multiculturalism become suspect.

We are assured by Ardern that ‘S’ was a ‘lone wolf’; hence there is no further danger to the public. Yet Tarrant was a ‘lone wolf’, but two years later and the Establishment is still trying to keep the public in a state of paranoid tension in regard to mythic ‘white supremacist terror cells’.

Let the Right maintain its composure and discipline, and leave it to the Left, politicians, journalists, academics, and whatever political faction it is that seems to have taken over the Islamic Federation in recent years, to peddle their cant… This is Wahhabism; not Islam per se, any more than Tarrant was ‘the Right’. But now that ‘the shoe is on the other foot’ we will see the double-standards come quick and fast.

Did ‘racism’ win on penalties?

An ‘anti-racist’ mural of Marcus Rashford in Manchester was mobbed by gestures of wokeist support after ‘racist’ social media criticism of his missed penalty.

According to the football authorities and mainstream political leaders, ‘racism’ (especially on social media) is yet again the big story of the week, this time because of a few football fans’ reactions to England’s defeat on penalties in Sunday night’s final of the European Championship.

After weeks of intense wokeness led by England manager Gareth Southgate – who seems to believe that the talents of a few black footballers have resolved the entire debate about the merits or demerits of the multiracial society – the penalty shootout between England and Italy proved to be the wokeist’s worst nightmare.

Of the five English penalty takers, two White players scored while three black players failed.

It would be cruel as well as foolish to make too much of this, especially as one of the Blacks is only 19 years old.

Yet consider what would have been the universal media and political reaction had it been the other way round, or simply had a black footballer scored the decisive penalty winning the game for England, rather than missing the decisive penalty sealing our defeat.

Every other aspect of the match would have been a minor issue: the heroism of the black goalscorer would have been the front-page lead, and we would all have been treated to endless analysis of how this ‘English’ triumph had redefined our new, ‘diverse’, ‘vibrant’ nation.

The three players who missed for England: Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka

These plaudits would have been just as exaggerated as the brickbats presently cast on social media, yet the former would have been the accepted (indeed compulsory) reaction to victory, while the latter is now being criminalised and indeed made the excuse for new crackdowns on the entire social media world.

And no one seems to be asking the only relevant question in footballing terms: did Gareth Southgate allow his wokeness to affect his managerial judgment? Not only did he choose three blacks among the five penalty takers (including 19-year-old Bukayo Saka, son of Nigerian immigrants), he actually brought two of these three onto the field during the final minutes of the match when they could make no positive difference in open play, with the sole intention of their taking penalties.

Afterwards Southgate insisted his choice had been based on how the players performed in training. Yet everyone knows that taking a penalty under pressure is completely different to taking one in training: indeed scoring from a penalty is not an extraordinary feat of footballing skill. Most schoolboy footballers would manage it most of the time in training. The knack is to to perform under pressure.

And you don’t have to be any sort of ‘racist’ to recognise that while Africans and Afro-Caribbeans might have many merits, performing well under pressure is not (on average) among them.

Who but an inveterate wokeist, when asked to guess the ideal type of man to score a penalty in front of an expectant crowd at the end of the final of the world’s second-most important football tournament, would answer: “a 19-year-old ethnic Nigerian”?

It’s no doubt ‘racist’ of us even to discuss such questions. Football personalities well outside the England set-up are now crying ‘racism’ whenever they wish to avoid embarrassing scrutiny.

Controversial Oldham Athletic owner Abdallah Lemsagam

No one in Oldham was surprised, for example, when yesterday the unpopular chairman of Oldham Athletic – Abdallah Lemsagam – who has been under pressure to resign from many fans, former players and staff – accused unnamed fans of ‘racially abusing’ him and his brother at a recent pre-season friendly.

He no doubt hopes that everything else about his running of the club will pale into insignificance next to an isolated alleged instance of ‘racism’.

How much longer will this craziness continue? Will ‘taking the knee’ be compulsory at every football match in England this season? And why stop there? Should we not insist that schoolchildren ‘take the knee’ at the start of every school day, much as in a bygone era they might once have said a prayer?

So far it appears that Gareth Southgate and his team have succeeded where Meghan Markle failed: institutionalising ‘anti-racism’ by the simple expedient of missing three penalties.

Trans row splits Green Party: ultra-woke leader quits

Sian Berry resigned today as co-leader of the Green Party a few days after the resignation of her colleague Jonathan Bartley. Ms Berry is probably the second-best known Green in England (after the party’s sole MP Caroline Lucas) and was her party’s candidate for Mayor of London in 2008, 2016 and 2021, finishing third with 7.8% this year. She has been a member of the Greater London Assembly since 2016.

Her resignation was prompted by a bitter internal row within the Green Party over “trans rights” – specifically whether a man should be allowed to define himself as a woman even if he has not had “gender reassignment” surgery.

Ms Berry (in common with most of the ultra-woke left – though why this should even be a left v right issue is a mystery to H&D) is a fanatical supporter of trans rights: so far as she is concerned, people can define themselves as male, female, or something indeterminate – regardless of biological facts.

Her problem is that the Greens (being very ‘democratic’) elect their party spokesmen, so she is unable to choose her own leadership team.

In her resignation statement, Ms Berry writes of “an inconsistency between the sincere promise to fight for trans rights and inclusion in my work and the message sent by the party’s choice of front bench representatives.

“This inconsistency has left me in a very difficult position. I can no longer claim that the party speaks unequivocally, with one voice, on this issue.

“And my conscience simply cannot agree with the argument that there is anything positive in sending these mixed messages, especially when the inclusive attitudes of our membership and wider society are clear.”

Shahrar Ali

While Ms Berry was careful not to name names, H&D understands that the split centres on Shahrar Ali, a former deputy leader of the party who stood for the leadership last September against Ms Berry and Mr Bartley.

Shahrar Ali (who has a doctorate in philosophy from London University) is now the Green Party’s spokesman on policing, and it appears that due to his taking an opposing line on ‘trans’ Ms Berry found it impossible to tolerate his presence in the leadership team.

Dr Ali issued a statement last July entitled “What is a Woman?” in which he dared to write: “A woman is commonly defined as an adult human female and, genetically, typified by two XX chromosomes. These facts are not in dispute nor should they be in any political party. We campaign for the rights of women and girls to be treated equally on the basis of the protected characteristic of biological sex, as enshrined in the Equality Act 2010.”

While he went on to defend the rights of those who had gone through “gender reassignment”, this statement was interpreted by the ultra-woke as “transphobic”, apparently because Dr Ali seemed not to recognise the “rights” of people to make up their own gender regardless of biology.

It’s not the first time that Dr Ali has been in trouble for speaking his mind. In 2018 the Campaign Against Antisemitism and the Jewish Chronicle reported a speech he had made nine years earlier, describing it as an “offensive” anti-semitic “rant”. Dr Ali eventually won a ruling in his favour from the press regulator IPSO.

Westminster Bubbles – can any politician cast the first stone?

Following the resignation of Health Secretary Matt Hancock over breaching Covid regulations in connection with an extra-marital affair, Westminster and Fleet Street rumour mills are working overtime.

The two frontbenchers most in the spotlight are Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove. Coincidentally Rayner has been responsible for shadowing Gove ever since Labour’s misfired reshuffle.

But the rumours have nothing to do with politics.

Rayner split up from her husband, union official Mark Rayner, last year and has for some time been very close to her former campaign manager, Ilford MP Sam Tarry – a former employee of the ‘anti-racist charity’ Hope not Hate. Both Tarry and Rayner are married with children: indeed Rayner (though only 41) is a grandmother.

Hope not Hate boss Nick Lowles sprang to Tarry’s defence before the 2019 election when his former aide was accused of having links to ‘antisemites’ in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

At least Rayner and Tarry are involved in a straightforward, old-fashioned, extramarital affair.

The Tory scandals are far more exotic, involving swingers’ parties, cocaine, and perhaps their very own Philip Schofield about to ‘out’ himself.

Michael Gove reporting for the BBC on a Gay Pride march in 1993

Covid regulations make this sort of thing much more complicated: at one time a Tory MP might have thought ‘lockdown’ had something to do with Miss Whiplash in a Shepherd Market flat. But now even the highest in the land are subjected to the Daily Mail‘s middle-class morality.

Fortunately for Michael Gove (who once shared a flat with gay businessman Ivan Massow and gay Tory Nick Boles) a large part of the British media belongs to Rupert Murdoch, who has always seen Gove as his man – so you can guarantee that whatever stories break this week, they won’t be Sun exclusives!

Mr Gove has in some respects always been proud of swinging both ways. In February this year he was challenged in the House of Commons about his claims to have sung The Sash, but professed that in addition to this loyalist anthem he also sang the republican favourite Fields of Athenry and the Scottish nationalist Flower of Scotland.

‘Anti-fascist’ thug accused of ‘inciting’ attack on scientist

Lee Hurst – violent anti-fascist turned “proud Covidiot”

Comedian Lee Hurst has been reported to the police following what Prime Minister Boris Johnson described as “despicable harassment” of the government’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty.

In recent years Hurst has been portrayed by the mainstream media as ‘right-wing’ after apparent support for EDL founder ‘Tommy Robinson’ and hostility to climate campaigner Greta Thunberg.

However H&D can reveal that Hurst was an ‘anti-fascist’ street activist involved with the ultra-violent Red Action, notorious for its brutal attacks on the BNP and other nationalist groups in the 1980s and 1990s.

On 21st April 1990 for example, Hurst took part in a Red Action attack on BNP members attending an election meeting at Weaver’s Field School, Bethnal Green – one of that era’s most notorious acts of ‘anti-fascist’ violence.

Finding himself among more ‘respectable’ left-wing protesters, Hurst climbed over a fence to join the hardcore Red Action thugs who were attacking BNP members (including pensioners) and the police.

Police on the day had foolishly or deliberately insisted on dividing the BNP members (who were on their way to a perfectly peaceful and lawful election meeting) into small groups, making them easier to attack. The party newspaper British Nationalist reported:

“The Left did exactly as anticipated: they made several attacks in sectors where they were able to pick on the BNP in tiny numbers. A number of BNP supporters suffered injuries, one of them an elderly pensioner. Another received a hairline fracture of the skull and had to be taken to hospital. And this was not all. In some cases where BNP men defended themselves vigorously against the left, despite being outnumbered, they [the BNP] were arrested for ‘breaches of the peace’.”

Two Red Action terrorists – including its London leader Patrick Hayes – were later jailed for carrying out the 1993 bombing of Harrods on behalf of the IRA.

Meanwhile Lee Hurst went on to find fame as a television comedian, and now notoriety for his Twitter campaign against Prof. Chris Whitty. After demonstrators picketed Whitty’s home and he was confronted while walking through a park, Hurst tweeted: “What has happened to Chris Whitty is not enough.”

Former England rugby international Brian Moore was among many to condemn Hurst for his ‘cowardly’ attack – pointing out that when the scientist was just 17 his father was murdered by a terrorist gunman in Athens (having apparently been mistaken for an MI6 officer from whom he bought his car).

While there is a wide range of views among H&D readers about the Covid pandemic and government policies, we can surely all agree that it would be both foolish and wicked to fall in with agents provocateurs who seek to intimidate scientists in their homes. Neither do we want anything to do with evil ‘anti-fascist’ thugs like Lee Hurst. We haven’t forgotten or forgiven.

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