Labour councillor resigns after porn charges

Former Labour councillor Martin Judd

A Labour councillor for the Hollinwood ward of Oldham Council has resigned and last week appeared in court facing charges of downloading child pornography.

Martin Judd, 25, entered not guilty pleas at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to three charges that between February 2018 and Febriary 2020 he had downloaded fifteen Category A (the most serious) images of children, twenty-three Category B, and 48 Category C.

Judd was committed for trial in Manchester next January.

Born in New Zealand, Judd was elected as a Hollinwood ward councillor in 2018. A year earlier he had been elected in Manchester as the youngest every President of a Rotary Club. (He worked for Waitrose in Manchester city centre.)

Some H&D readers will remember Hollinwood ward from the early 2000s: Oldham BNP organiser Mick Treacy polled 24% in the ward at the 2002 elections.

Since those days of curse Oldham BNP has ceased to exist, and in any case there can be no by-elections for the time being due to Covid-19.

Will the 2021 elections be postponed again?

London Mayor Sadiq Khan should have faced re-election last year, will the contest be postponed again this year?

Election officials in Lancashire have written to the government suggesting that this year’s local elections should again be postponed – or else held on an all-postal basis, due to the Covid-19 pandemic making it unsafe or impractical to hold elections as scheduled on May 6th.

The 2020 elections – including the London mayoralty and Greater London Assembly – were postponed in the early stages of the pandemic. This means that already many councillors and mayors have served an extra 12 months, and that this year’s elections were in any case going to combine the scheduled 2020 and 2021 contests.

There have been conflicting messages as to whether it’s feasible for the elections to go ahead this year. North West England was one of several regions that had an experimental ‘pilot’ project of all-postal elections in 2004, which resulted in a significantly increased turnout, but for various reasons it was decided not to continue the experiment.

Controversial journalist Katie Hopkins this week joined UKIP – but this year’s elections (even if they go ahead) might well be the party’s last stand

For racial nationalists this year might have seen the first electoral test for the new Patriotic Alternative party, if the Electoral Commission approve its registration in time. The National Front and the For Britain Movement will certainly have a few candidates if the elections go ahead, while Dr Jim Lewthwaite intends to stand in Bradford for the British Democratic Party. The late Richard Edmonds had planned to stand for the NF in last year’s elections before they were postponed, and had he lived would have been a candidate in May this year.

Any elections this year might also see the last gasp of UKIP and the debut of Nigel Farage’s new Reform UK party.

Perhaps more seriously, it could be the last gasp of the Union, with the Scottish National Party set to make further gains at the expense of both Labour and the Tories, and perhaps setting the scene for a second independence referendum. The decision whether to postpone this year’s elections north of the border rests with Nicola Sturgeon’s devolved government, so it’s possible there could be elections in Scotland, but none in England or Wales. No elections are scheduled this year in any case in Northern Ireland.

The spy story that helped derail Lady Renouf’s Dresden trial

Sir Frank Renouf (above left) with his close friend and colleague for many years, Hermann Abs, widely accused of financial ‘war crimes’

H&D‘s assistant editor Peter Rushton today reveals an extraordinary Second World War spy story – previously unknown to military and intelligence historians.

This story was one of the reasons for Dresden prosecutors’ abandonment of their prosecution of Lady Michèle Renouf three months ago. It had taken two and a half years for this prosecution to come to court.

Lady Renouf was charged with having committed ‘holocaust denial’ during an impromptu speech at a public commemoration in Dresden in 2018. Part of her ‘crime’ was to state that it had not been “exceptionally cruel” for Germany to intern Jews, given the fact that organised Jewry had declared war on Germany and that its representatives were closely involved in various forms of overt and covert warfare on the British (and later Soviet and American) side.

Lady Michèle and Sir Frank Renouf

H&D‘s Peter Rushton was a research consultant to the Renouf defence, and today he releases part of a dossier that would have caused great embarrassment to the German and British authorities had the case come to trial.

This reveals the existence of a previously unreported spy at the heart of the Third Reich – half-Jewish banker Robi Mendelssohn, partner in his family bank Mendlessohn & Co., the largest private bank in 1930s Germany.

Mendelssohn was an MI6 agent in wartime Berlin, meeting with British intelligence officers during his business trips to neutral Stockholm.

The case raises numerous previously unreported questions about the state of British intelligence regarding wartime Germany, including the so-called ‘Holocaust’.

Robi Mendelssohn: half-Jewish banker and MI6 spy in wartime Berlin

And it is of special relevance to the Renouf case because for complex reasons it turns out that MI6 spy Robi Mendelssohn was the man who convinced British occupation authorities to reinstal accused ‘war criminal’ Hermann Abs at the centre of reconstructing Germany’s postwar banking system.

Abs went on to be the closest colleague and friend of Lady Renouf’s former husband Sir Frank Renouf, who was awarded the Verdienstkreuz (Germany’s highest civilian honour) for his work with Abs in transforming German investment banking.

Click here to read today’s extraordinary story at the Renouf trial blog: modeltrial.blogspot.com

Further details will appear in the March edition of H&D.

Police fine relatives of IRA pub bombing victims

‘Justice for the 21’ campaigner Julie Hambleton

Julie Hambleton (and five other relatives) whose 18-year-old sister Maxine was murdered by the IRA in the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombings, has been given a £200 fine by West Midlands Police, for allegedly breaking the Government’s Covid lock-down laws, by attending a memorial to the 21 killed in the IRA attacks. Julie (and the others) have refused to pay the fines and will have their day in court.

The memorial was attended by hundreds of “Justice for the 21” supporters last November in Birmingham. After a cavalcade through England’s second city, Julie said she asked her supporters to disperse and go home.

However, West Midlands Police – the very same Police Force that bent over backwards to help the Communist Black Lives Matter protesters last year, pathetically “bending the knee” to a career criminal and abuser of women (George Floyd) – issued her and the other five with fixed penalty notices, saying that they were “proportionate and necessary”!

Their lawyers had asked for the fines to be annulled given the ‘sensitivities’ and the fact that they were attending a ‘carefully planned’ event, but West Midland Police force has refused, meaning the six will now end up in court.

Birmingham’s Tavern in the Town pub after the IRA bomb exploded

Twenty-one mainly young people from Birmingham, having a night out in the city centre, were killed by the IRA and another 220 injured when devices exploded within minutes of each other in two city centre pubs (The Tavern In the Town and the Mulberry Bush) on November 21, 1974.

West Midlands Police, wasted millions of taxpayers’ money, by arresting the so called “Birmingham Six” – members of the IRA’s Birmingham Brigade, who were later found guilty of the 21 murders in 1975.

However, their convictions were eventually overturned after one of Britain’s worst miscarriages of justice. One of H&D‘s Patrons, the late Jock Spooner – who was working in Birmingham that evening (driving his taxi) – many years later told us that it was common knowledge in the city, amongst the Irish community, that the “Birmingham Six” did not carry out the bombing, as for one thing the IRA’s “Birmingham Brigade” was pretty useless, and spent most of their time “talking big and drinking in Digbeth rather than fighting the British”.

And it was in fact the IRA’s much better organised “Coventry Brigade”, that carried out the bombings.

Birmingham IRA men wrongly convicted for the 1974 bombings, actually committed by their Coventry ‘comrades’

In November last year, families and campaigners organised an event to mark the 46th anniversary of the bombings and to highlight the Justice for the 21 campaign. England was in the second national lockdown at the time.

Beforehand, Julie, who has led the families’ long fight for justice, worked with a team from West Midlands Police to ensure traffic disruption was at a minimum and that the event complied with Covid regulations. Which by all accounts it did. On the day, hundreds of supporters in cars and vans and on motorbikes took part in a cavalcade which threaded its way through Birmingham, ending up outside the West Midlands Police HQ at Lloyd House.

There, several people from the convoy started to gather. Julie said she went over to the group – who were all wearing face masks – to thank them for their support and ask them to disperse. Subsequently, West Midlands Police issued six penalty notices, of £200 each.

The 21 victims of the Birmingham pub bombings

Julie said: ‘My summons talks about “without having a reasonable excuse”, implying I have done something wrong by remembering my sister who was blown up in the biggest unsolved mass murder in criminal history.’

In a letter confirming the intended prosecution, temporary assistant chief constable Chris Todd – an active “anti-racist” and a big supporter of Black Lives Matter – said he was satisfied the action was ‘proportionate and necessary in these circumstances’. He went on: “The matter would be pursued through ‘standard criminal justice proceedings’.”

When Julie and other five relatives eventually appear in court, we expect a massive turnout of support, not just from Brummies but from from Patriots and Loyalists nationwide. We must show West Midlands Police, that they can’t and won’t get away with this persecution of relatives’ families.

It’s more than 46 years now since the IRA blew up the two Birmingham pubs and murdered 21 of our people, yet West Midlands Police are still no closer to arresting, yet alone convicting anyone for the atrocity. The West Midlands Police should hang their heads in shame.

Traditional Aussie ‘sledging’ causes new fake ‘racism’ row

Indian cricketer Mohammed Siraj complains to the umpire about ‘racist’ abuse from the Sydney crowd this week.

Generations of cricketers have experienced the unique pleasures of touring Australia.

Among these pleasures is to experience a stream of banter, often skirting or crossing the borderline of obscene abuse, when fielding anywhere within shouting distance of the crowd!

Historically some of the ripest language would come from particular sections of Australian grounds where, shall we say, the less refined spectators were concentrated – among them “The Hill” area of the Sydney Cricket Ground, and Bay 13 at Melbourne – both of which were redesigned so as to spread traditionally raucous elements more evenly.

In the early 20th century one famous barracker was nicknamed ‘Yabba’: he has since been immortalised in a bronze statue at the Sydney ground.

An example of Yabba’s humour was directed at a nervous visiting batsman who had played and missed many times, but just about survived. Between overs this batsman put his hand down his trousers to adjust his protective ‘box’, only for Yabba to shout: “Those are the only balls you’ve touched all day!”

The legendary Sydney sledger ‘Yabba’, now immortalised in bronze

Yet at the same time Australian crowds have been quick to applaud outstanding displays by visiting cricketers, just as they will spot a weak or easily distracted opponent and mercilessly taunt him.

Sadly this Australian tradition has now fallen foul of the race police.

In this week’s third Test between Australia and India at Sydney, New South Wales police were called in to investigate complaints of ‘racism’ levelled at the Aussie crowd by Indian fielder Mohammed Siraj.

Spectator Rishi Aryan told the Sydney Morning Herald that the issue had been greatly exaggerated:
“All these boys were doing is a bit of sledging of the player on the outfield.

“First it was (Jasprit) Bumrah then they had a sledge against Siraj. They kept calling him Shiraz and all that crap. Next thing you know they said: ‘Welcome to Sydney, Siraj’ and then he got the shits.

“That was literally it. Then he walked off. I don’t know why (the police kicked the men out). Next thing you know you see police everywhere.

“It didn’t make sense. It was confusing.”

Of course it didn’t make sense – it’s yet another example of the race police using any excuse to step in. Had a balding player, or an overweight player been taunted, there wouldn’t be any fuss – and there seems no evidence of racial epithets.

The bottom line is that Siraj is playing only his second ever Test match: the crowd thought they could exploit this inexperience and wind him up. This has always been part of the game, and the only answer is to grow up and pay back the opposing crowd by winning the match for your team: that way you will also win the crowd’s (perhaps reluctant) respect.

Panicking US media labels Trumpist circus as ‘nazi’

Can they be serious? Pro-Trump demonstrators later labelled as ‘nazi’ by the liberal media display an Israeli flag alongside the QAnon conspiracy cult flag.

A motley crew of demonstrators stormed the US Capitol yesterday in scenes that arguably had no precedent since August 1814 when (as part of the ‘War of 1812’) British troops commanded by Ulster-born Maj. Gen. Robert Ross captured Washington and set fire to the White House and the Capitol.

However, the War of 2021 was over pretty quickly.

US media and liberal academics have been quick to spout the usual nonsense about ‘nazis’ – yet even a cursory examination of the crowds at the Capitol shows that far from being part of a ‘nazi’ organisation (or indeed any disciplined force attempting a ‘coup’) this was an incoherent raggle taggle ‘army’ including many of the usual Israel-worshippers, religious fundamentalists, and fringe conspiracy theorists.

DC police who so blatantly failed in their basic responsibilities can count themselves lucky that this rabble wasn’t infiltrated by trained operatives from any terrorist group or hostile state.

In fact the one thing yesterday proves is that neither the Russian nor Iranian governments have any interest in promoting terrorist acts in Washington: had they wished to do so it would have been pitifully easy to use the rioters as cover to attack the pinnacle of US political life.

Observers in Tehran would have been especially entertained by the presence of would-be revolutionaries from Iranian monarchist groups loyal to the family of the ex-Shah and associated fantasists and hangers-on.

Iranian monarchist flags flown by some of the many political fantasists who gathered on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Now it’s back to basics for defenders of White civilization in the USA.

Trump was never one of us, and association with his regime has done our cause nothing but harm.

It’s been very surprising to see several ‘respectable’ leading voices of our movement in the USA defending Trump, indulging in nonsense about ‘stolen elections’, and at least semi-justifying the clownish antics of this Capitol Hill mob.

Who needs antifa when our own best and brightest are prepared to dig our political graves?

Perhaps it’s time for a new party, focused at first on securing representation at the most humble, local levels of public life; perhaps we should celebrate the imminent disintegration of the Republican Party; and perhaps we should be looking very seriously at proposals for a separate White American homeland recently advocated by Jared Taylor of American Renaissance.

One thing’s for sure. There’s absolutely no future in the ideologically vacuous and strategically clueless behaviour encouraged yesterday by Donald Trump. The soon to be ex-President’s fantasy of a dime store Götterdämmerung might entertain him in his retirement at some gold-plated penthouse. It has nothing to offer our movement.

Brexit Party changes name to Reform UK

Nigel Farage (third from right) visiting Donald Trump in happier times at Trump Tower soon after the President’s election victory in 2016, together with Raheem Kassam, Arron Banks, and colleagues from UKIP and Breitbart

Having received approval from the Electoral Commission, the Brexit Party has changed its name to Reform UK.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage founded the Brexit Party in 2019 to contest the European Parliamentary elections at a time when it seemed possible the 2016 referendum result might be overturned or diluted.

Having won 29 European seats in that election, the party collapsed six months later when having selected almost 600 parliamentary candidates Farage agreed to withdraw from more than half of these contests in order to give Boris Johnson’s Conservatives a clear run.

This morning Farage and Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice have written to members and supporters explaining the change. In their email (seen by H&D) they write:

“We must reform our approach to Covid, the House of Lords, the Civil Service and the BBC. We need to campaign hard on reforming the voting system and critically, we must reform the economy so that it incentivises the self-employed, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Faster growth for all will be achieved by reforming our taxes, unnecessary regulation and wasteful government spending.”

This makes fairly clear that unlike UKIP, or the 2016 referendum campaign, or the Brexit Party itself, which sought to be ‘all things to all men’, the new party’s pitch is radically neo-Thatcherite, US-style libertarian.

One problem is that (with the exception of electoral reform, which Farage is promoting for self-interested reasons, as would most small parties) this pitch is similar to one wing of Boris Johnson’s cabinet – the likes of Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Kwasi Kwarteng and Liz Truss.

Another problem is that such ‘free market’ policies would (at least in the short term) be a disaster for many of the ‘left behind’ areas of England that voted for Brexit.

The ‘Movement News’ section in the new Issue 100 of H&D being printed today includes an update on the new Reform Party, its antecedents and competitors in post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain.

‘Antisemitism’ in Glasgow as Celtic fans turn on their Israeli player

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton playing for Israel against Croatia

The latest ‘antisemitism’ scandal is not at a traditionally ‘rightwing’ club such as Chelsea or Millwall but north of the border at Celtic – defending Scottish champions – whose fans are turning on their team as they face up to losing their title this season to vastly improved rivals Rangers.

Celtic fans are traditionally ‘leftwing’ and especially pro-IRA, with close international ties to ‘antifa’ hooligans at ultraleft clubs such as Germany’s St Pauli.

This week’s Jewish Chronicle reports that Celtic fans have targeted their Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton. Abusive messages on social media include calls for Bitton “tae be hung on the streets”.

Celtic fans have repeatedly displayed pro-Palestinian banners, sometimes leading to the club being fined by Uefa

An earlier abusive message read:
“Expose him to the worst torture the Israeli Defence Force uses on young Palestinian kids, see how much of a man he is then. Scumbag.”

Bitton was born in the Israeli port city of Ashdod and made more than a hundred appearances for his local team before signing for Celtic in 2013. He has since made 143 appearances for the soon to be ex-champions, and has thirty caps for Israel.

Before joining Celtic, Bitton completed his national service with the Israeli Army.

Superspiv Farage now backs Blair!

Former UKIP and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage once again displayed his lack of principle this week by publicly endorsing Tony Blair as head of a vaccination drive to end the Covid pandemic!

While H&D contributors and readers hold a range of divergent views about the merits of vaccination and the nature of the pandemic, I would guess that we would all agree Tony Blair is just about the last person who should ever be entrusted with political power ever again.

Yet Farage said this week:
“It is time to have a government, and to have people leading it, who’ve got genuine talent even if they disagree on many other policy matters. …Much as I don’t like Tony Blair, he does get things done, he commands respect, he is seriously bright. Why not get people like Tony Blair involved to help us solve a national crisis?”

Brexiteers at war: Farage’s criticisms of the government are rooted in bitter splits within the 2016 referendum campaign – Farage (above left) now prefers Tony Blair to Brexiteers such as Johnson and Dominic Cummings (above right).

The truth is of course that Nigel Farage knows absolutely nothing about Covid or the various medical/scientific issues involved.

The sole reason he is now boosting Blair is his residual resentment against Boris Johnson and Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings. Now that the Brexit issue has (perhaps) been resolved, Farage is looking for another headline and ludicrously hopes he might secure some influence in a Blair-led or Blair-influenced “government of national unity”.

No serious analyst imagines that any such national unity government will happen; if it did, there is next to no chance of Blair leading it; and if by some incredibly remote chance Blair did so, there is zero chance of his rewarding or promoting Farage.

The whole idea is a scam, dreamed up to impress certain weakminded voters who periodically express halfbaked notions about national unity governments.

Only one thing is interesting about this bizarre Farage statement: the fact the this superspiv of British politics seems to have calculated that there is no mileage for him in aligning with lockdown sceptics and anti-vaxxers.

Release of secret IRA document illustrates how far we have fallen

Bernard (now Lord) Donoughue in 2017: his secret 1978 correspondence about the IRA has just been published

A newly released Cabinet Office document (examined by H&D this morning) illustrates how far we have fallen since the far more principled era of the late 1970s, when a Labour government was serious about fighting terrorism.

The previously secret correspondence was between Dr Bernard Donoughue, top adviser in Prime Minister Jim Callaghan’s Downing Street, and Sir Brian Cubbon, senior civil servant at the Northern Ireland Office, responsible to Secretary of State Roy Mason.

The background was the ‘dirty protest’ by Provisional IRA terrorist prisoners at the Maze Prison near Lisburn, Northern Ireland. These terrorists had been granted “special category status” as a concession by a Conservative government in 1972, but the status was withdrawn by a Labour government in March 1976.

“Special category” had meant that the terrorists were treated more like prisoners of war rather than ordinary criminals: for example they were not required to wear prison uniforms or do prison work; they could be housed together in IRA or INLA blocks; and had extra visiting and food parcel rights compared to ‘normal’ criminal prisoners.

Most importantly from an IRA standpoint, this special category entailed a ‘political’ status, giving them some ‘respectability’ to the outside world.

Senior civil servant Sir Brian Cubbon, who was himself seriously injured by an IRA car bomb in 1976

When special category status was withdrawn, the Provos responded with a militant campaign ranging from murdering prison officers to refusing to wear prison uniform (instead wrapping themselves in blankets) and refusing to leave their cells to ‘slop out’, soiling their own cells in the so-called ‘dirty protests’.

The newly published document reveals that Dr Donoughue was approached at Downing St by an Irish trade union contact, who proposed that the government could resolve this confrontation by arranging for trade unionists to visit the prisons and for IRA prisoners to take classes in lieu of work.

The interesting part of the story is that when Donoughue approached Sir Brian Cubbon, the latter insisted that no such compromise should even be discussed, as it would amount to a surrender to IRA demands – a “slippery slope to political status”. Reflecting the principled stand taken by his ministerial master Roy Mason, Sir Brian wrote:

“There will be no concessions on the basic issue at the Maze, and there will be no negotiations directly or indirectly with the Provisionals.
“…Any contact with potential mediators on this issue is liable to be misrepresented or misinterpreted. …We are not in the business of having any contact with them.”

IRA prisoners in a faeces-smeared cell during the ‘dirty protest’

Donoughue’s reply from Downing St included a slightly cynical paragraph:
“I was very impressed by the confidence of your ringing declaration that we will not have any contact with the Provisionals, direct or indirect. Remembering Eoka, the PLO and various other terrorist murderers, one realises how complex these things are and how times change.”

In fact we now know that a few years earlier some of Donoughue’s ministerial masters, including then Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Home Secretary Roy Jenkins, had been in favour of the radical option of withdrawing British troops from Northern Ireland and even some form of independence and Dominion status for the Province.

And despite the official insistence of Sir Brian Cubbon and his ilk that there would be no direct or indirect contact with the Provisionals, a ‘back-channel’ for negotiations was established as early as 1973-74 between MI6 officer Michael Oatley and the Provisional IRA leadership. This eventually led to the Good Friday Agreement and the present position where the political wing of the IRA shares power at Stormont.

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