The 8th Annual John Tyndall Memorial Meeting

Photographs from this year’s meeting are now online; videos of some speakers will be available shortly.
This year we also remember two loyal comrades who had attended every one of our previous John Tyndall Memorial Meetings – Ralph Hebden and Joe Gould.
This weekend in Preston, Lancashire, almost a hundred nationalists from a broad spectrum of parties and factions joined together to celebrate the life and legacy of John Tyndall, founder of the British National Party, editor of Spearhead, author of The Eleventh Hour, and former chairman of the National Front.

(top left) John Tyndall with Charles Parker and Dave Bruce, addressing the inaugural British National Party Annual Rally in 1982; (top right) Ralph Hebden at last year’s John Tyndall Memorial Meeting; (bottom left) Ralph Hebden on patrol in Afghanistan with a mortar unit of 45 Commando, Royal Marines; (bottom right) John Tyndall with veteran national socialist Savitri Devi.

Meeting chairman Keith Axon opens proceedings at the 2013 John Tyndall memorial in Preston, Lancashire

Our opening speaker was Dr Jim Lewthwaite, former Bradford City Councillor, archaeology lecturer and twice a parliamentary candidate for Bradford South.  Dr Lewthwaite is now Lancashire & Yorkshire organiser for the British Democratic Party.  His address to this weekend’s meeting initiated a debate on nationalist political and electoral strategy, suggesting that in the foreseeable future European elections will remain our best chance of winning – due to the proportional electoral system.  In Westminster elections the first-past-the-post system effectively locks out smaller parties, including nationalists.  Dr Lewthwaite also suggested that nationalists will need to target their message, appealing to voters in terms that they can understand and prioritising particular aspects of the struggle to recover British identity.  Whereas UKIP will focus on opposition to the EU and hostility to migrants from Eastern Europe, nationalists should recognise that we share a substantial part of our identity with fellow Europeans – and that we are engaged in a common struggle against non-European invaders.

Dr Jim Lewthwaite is the Lancashire & Yorkshire organiser for the British Democratic Party. A former archaeology lecturer, he was a Bradford City Councillor from 2004 to 2007 and a parliamentary candidate for Bradford South at the last two general elections.

Richard Edmonds – one of John Tyndall’s closest colleagues as proprietor of the BNP’s bookshop and headquarters in Welling, Kent, and national organiser of the BNP during the years of its first great electoral breakthrough – was our next speaker.  Mr Edmonds began his political life in the National Front, and is now back with the NF as a member of the party’s National Directorate.  In his Preston speech this year he emphasised the betrayal of Britain’s interests in two catastrophic world wars during the last century.  Next year we will hear endless nonsense from the political establishment about these wars having defended our freedoms, but one only has to look around to see the true disastrous consequences, and the wasted heroic sacrifice of our armed forces.  Richard Edmonds remains optimistic that the British people can be persuaded to see through the lies and to reclaim our heritage.  While some nationalists might seek to calibrate their message in an effort to broaden electoral appeal, the NF will continue to promote the unvarnished truth about the origins of our predicament, and the determination to resolve it.

Richard Edmonds was a founder member of the BNP and was right-hand man to John Tyndall as BNP National Organiser from 1986 to 1999. Perhaps most famous for his leading role in the election of the first ever BNP Councillor Derek Beackon in 1993. A former mathematics teacher, Mr Edmonds has been a parliamentary candidate on four occasions.

Andrew Brons MEP, now President of the British Democratic Party. A graduate of York University, Mr Brons was lecturer in politics at Harrogate College from 1970 until retiring in 2005. Mr Brons achieved one of the best parliamentary election results in NF history at the Birmingham Stechford by-election in 1977, polling 8.2%. From 1980 to 1984 he was chairman of the National Front, where he helped re-introduce radical British nationalist ideas.

Andrew Brons MEP was our next speaker, addressing the John Tyndall Memorial Meeting for the first time.  Mr Brons was elected to the European Parliament in 2009, representing Yorkshire and the Humber, and is now President of the British Democratic Party.  During the 1970s he was John Tyndall’s deputy chairman in the National Front, and from 1980 to 1984 he was NF Chairman.  Mr Brons paid tribute to JT’s great abilities as an orator in the classical tradition – from the days when political leaders were required to address mass meetings, sometimes in the open air.  He also pointed out John Tyndall’s strengths as an analyst of Britain’s political and economic plight, notably in his early work Beyond Capitalism and Socialism.  He acknowledged that like all men JT was not perfect and should not be deified: for example JT himself regretted his youthful error in joining organisations that alienated ordinary Britons by adopting political uniforms and a paramilitary style.  Mr Brons’s experiences in the European Parliament have confirmed the corruption of the modern political establishment, latterly for example with the enquiry into the worldwide surveillance activities of the National Security Agency.  There can be little doubt that the anti-British policies of some leading politicians are influenced by long-term surveillance of their political and private lives, creating blackmail opportunities.  Despite this hegemonic power, the British people have retained the capacity to fight back, and Mr Brons hopes that the latest stage of rebuilding nationalist politics will continue with the forthcoming election campaign in Leicestershire by the BDP’s Kevan Stafford.


Some of the audience at the 2013 John Tyndall Memorial Meeting, and one of the numerous merchandise stalls.

The audience enjoyed an excellent buffet lunch provided by our hosts at the 2013 John Tyndall Memorial Meeting, held in Preston, Lancashire.

During the meeting’s lunch interval we were able to browse literature and merhandise stalls from many individuals and groups including the British Democratic Party, Candour, and British Movement.  The second half of the event then began when we welcomed our guest speaker from South Africa, Stephen Goodson, who was a director of the South African Reserve Bank from 2003 to 2012. Mr Goodson is a leading campaigner for monetary reform, and leads the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party.  He gave a highly informative overview of the stranglehold of usury over the Western world, notably in its early days in the Netherlands and the City of London.  A great disaster for our people was the establishment of the Bank of England and the present monetary system.  The hidden hand behind that system then forced Britain into a destructive war against the Boers in South Africa, whose independence had to be destroyed once gold was discovered in their territory.  During the mid-20th century South Africa was set on its path to present-day chaos by the assassination of its great prime minister Dr Verwoerd in 1966, masterminded by his corrupt successor B.J. Vorster.  South Africa today is a textbook case of the disastrous consequences of multiracial dogma, with the collapse of its once respected Defence Force and other areas of national life that depend on technology and skilled workers.

This year we are pleased to welcome an overseas guest speaker from South Africa: Stephen Goodson, who was a director of the South African Reserve Bank from 2003 to 2012. Mr Goodson is a leading campaigner for monetary reform, and leads the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party. He is a contributing editor of the historical revisionist journal The Barnes Review and has written several books including a recent biography of General Jan Christian Smuts, which was serialised in Heritage and Destiny last year.


Steve Frost – National Secretary of British Movement – was our next speaker.  He outlined the successful fightback against the decadence of multiracial culture.  BM has been heavily involved in rebuilding popular cultural nationalism, recently for example with the Ian Stuart Memorial event a few weeks ago, commemorating the great nationalist musician, lead singer of Skrewdriver and founder of Blood & Honour, who was killed twenty years ago last month.  This attracted an attendance of more than 1,500 and despite the hysteria of the left-wing media was able to continue without disruption.  If there is any chance for the survival of the British people, it can only be through resistance to the cultural poison of ‘gangsta rap’, drugs and miscegenation.  Working in collaboration with allies such as Blood & Honour, BM has promoted family events and has survived a determined attack on its internet servers by the usual suspects.  As a comrade of the late Colin Jordan for many years, Steve Frost remains an outspoken national socialist, promoting an alternative to the twin treacheries of capitalism and communism.

Steve Frost is National Secretary of the British Movement, having been a close and loyal colleague of the BM’s founder Colin Jordan from 1976 until CJ’s death in 2009. Mr Frost has drawn on decades of nationalist archival material to produce the photographic biography Colin Jordan: A National Socialist Life.

Our final speaker was Peter Rushton, assistant editor of Heritage & Destiny.  He quoted two current anniversaries – the forthcoming centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, which was the partial origin of Britain’s modern predicament, and the 20th anniversary of the first BNP election victory in Tower Hamlets, which was the first sign of a possible political resolution of that predicament and a rebirth of Britain.  Both World Wars had been built on lies, and tragically the First had helped discredit patriotism, while the Second had demonised “racism”.  A bankrupted Britain was then further betrayed by mass immigration, although even left-wing think tanks were arguing in the 1940s that immigration should only be from White European “sound stock”.  Derek Beackon’s election victory in 1993 had been seen as a serious threat by the world media, because of all places it was in East London that British voters had begun to fight back – the very area that had been promoted as emblematic of Britain’s Second World War Churchillian mythology.  The nation that had survived the Black Death can recover from the modern day plague of multiculturalism.  The Britain that ruled the greatest empire the world has ever seen – whose industrial foundations were built here in Lancashire – can be revived by the determined effort of a reunited movement.

Peter Rushton is Assistant Editor of Heritage and Destiny and regularly appears as an international political commentator on Russia Today, Press TV and other satellite channels. Founder of the website Jailing Opinions, campaigning against the laws that criminalise historical research in many European countries.

Meeting organiser Mark Cotterill is the editor and publisher of Heritage and Destiny magazine, founded in 1999. National Front Directorate member 1988-92. Chairman of the American Friends of the BNP 1999-2001. Founder and Chairman of the England First Party, 2003. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Councillor for Meadowhead Ward, 2006-2007.

A wide range of speakers at the 2013 John Tyndall Memorial. (left to right) Mark Cotterill, meeting organiser and editor of Heritage and Destiny; Dr Jim Lewthwaite; Stephen Goodson; Richard Edmonds; Andrew Brons MEP; Keith Axon; Peter Rushton.

A vintage National Front banner from the 1970s was presented by Colin Todd (editor of Candour) to Richard Edmonds, a member of today’s National Front Directorate.


Special thanks to our hosts and all who helped with the organisation of this excellent meeting, especially our security teams run by Tony Mac from Leeds at the venue entrance, and Beanie from Blackpool in the upstairs meeting room.
Despite a determined effort by the usual suspects, including some obsessive online factionalists, to disrupt our event we had no difficulties.  Elsewhere during this month’s nationalist conference season, Nick Griffin’s BNP had 80 attending their annual conference in Blackpool; the National Front had 40 at their AGM in West London; and the New British Union had 30 at their inaugural AGM near Milton Keynes.
Thank you all once again for your fantastic support. 

A special souvenir programme was produced for this year’s JT Memorial Meeting. A few spare copies of this programme are available now!

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