Tony Hancock RIP

Tony Hancock – a key figure in British nationalism for decades – died yesterday afternoon in hospital near his Sussex home.  He had suffered a stroke a few weeks ago and though he had seemed to be recovering, suffered a more severe stroke yesterday.

Nationalists from many different groups and generations had come to rely on Tony, who fearlessly printed material that radically challenged the stranglehold of the British political establishment, and also assisted European nationalists from countries whose laws are even more oppressive than our own.

Together with his father Alan, a veteran of Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union, Tony was a member of the Racial Preservation Society, which merged into the National Front in 1967.  In 1976 he joined the National Party, a briefly successful breakaway from the National Front, but both then and later he was always ready to assist fellow nationalists regardless of faction.

In the early 1980s Tony set up the Historical Review Press, which printed important works of revisionist history including The Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Prof. Arthur Butz and Did Six Million Really Die? by Richard Harwood.  This made him a frequent target for Jewish terrorists, who were twice responsible for arson attacks on his printing factory.

During recent years Tony produced many important historical reprints, including works by British nationalist pioneers Arnold Leese and Colin Jordan, and in fact the last time I saw him was at a recent meeting in Paddington where Steve Frost gave an illustrated lecture on Jordan’s life and thanked Tony for preserving his legacy.

Tony’s premature death will shock his many friends in nationalism, and leaves our movement bereft of an invaluable comrade.  A fuller tribute to Tony Hancock will appear in the next edition of Heritage and Destiny.

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