Griffin plans visit to Australia
September 14, 2008
The BNP has announced that its leader Nick Griffin intends to visit Australia in the “very near future” at the invitation of the miniscule far-right Australian Protectionist Party.
The APP is a tiny, minority party (led by a former BNP leading light) that seeks to drag Australia back to the dark ages of the “White Australia policy”, a policy that prohibited non-white immigration until 1973.
The proposed December visit by the leader of Britain’s premier racist party would help a tiny minority there in their attempts to drag Australia back into the dark ages of unapologetic imperialism and racism. It would also give Griffin the opportunity to act like some kind of spokesperson for ex-patriots, damaging Britain’s tolerant reputation while at the same time attempting to raise funds for his party’s coffers.
This year, the Australian parliament’s first order of business was to make an apology on behalf of the nation to the “stolen generation”, Aborigines who were removed from their families and ancestral lands to be “anglicised” (made to behave more like white people) for over one hundred years, until 1969. Only a tiny minority of Australians were opposed to this long overdue sentiment.
As a modern nation, Australia celebrates its new, modern and diverse culture with great pride. A visit by the BNP, a party notorious for sewing the seeds of intolerance, hate and mistrust, is likely to only be attractive and beneficial to the sort of Neanderthals who took pleasure from race-related rioting against Muslims in Cronulla New South Wales in 2006. Since those riots, described as a “pogrom” by some Australian journalists, the Australian far-right has gone to great lengths to recruit and galvanise support for their policies.
The BNP and its Australian supporters will attempt to use Griffin’s controversial visit to garner support to their campaign against the new Australia. In a time of sweeping economic turmoil, the APP will be hoping to learn from Griffin how to make local gains on the back of world-wide difficulties. This weekend (September 13th) the APP is standing in local elections as a litmus test for its policies.
Britain has strong historic, cultural and sporting ties with Australia. In 1998, Griffin was refused entry to the country as was Holocaust denier David Irving before him. The Australian government is being urged once more not to soil those positive ties by allowing Australia to take in another one of our criminal undesirables.
Jeremy Jones, a spokesman for Australia’s Jewish community said: ”A visit by Griffin ought to be a matter of concern for Australia’s Muslim community, indeed by all communities here who have found that tolerance and engagement is a better path than division and hatred.”
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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups
The APP is indeed a “tiny, minority party”, with a very short history: it announced its formation last year as a splinter from the Australia First Party, lead by veteran fascist militant Dr James Saleam. (AF split three ways: a third splinter claims to be the original — and er, the best.) Thus far, only three individuals have gone public as APP members: Darrin Hodges, Andrew Phillips, and Mark Wilson. Mark Wilson is the “BNP former leading light” whom Searchlight claims leads the party, and is also the person who attended the BNP’s recent Red White & Blue festival. As noted elsewhere ‘Australian Friends of the BNP’ was set up (in 1999/2000) by Wilson, a former BNP organiser from Hertfordshire.
Nick Griffin has indeed previously attempted to enter Australia, in 1998, under the auspices of the now defunct far right organisation ‘National Action’. NA was lead at one point by Saleam, but upon his imprisonment for organising a shotgun attack on the ANC representative to Australasia, his place was taken by Michael (de) Brander, who has most recently been embraced by Quadrant magazine.
[Previously] the main support for the BNP in Australia has come from the group, Australian Friends of Europe (AFE), formerly known as Australian Friends of the BNP, based in Petersham, NSW.
The AFE’s principal organisers are Welf Herfurth and Mark Wilson. Wilson migrated to Australia in the 1980s from Britain where he had been the BNP local organiser in Essex. He has previously spoken to Australia’s oldest racist group, the Australian League of Rights, which has touted him as an expert on “the effects of multiculturalism in Britain”.
A resident of Riverstone, NSW, Herfurth is a former executive member of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) in Bavaria, Germany. He has previously spoken to the Australian League of Rights and is next scheduled to speak at its AGM on 28 August 2001 on “The threat to freedom and democracy in Germany today”. He has also contributed to far-right forums, including the now-defunct Australian National News of the Day website and The News Report email list. Amongst the views Herfurth espouses is that Hitler “achieved some remarkable things”.
Source : ADC Online, Vol.2, No.4, July 2001
Welf Herfurth has since become Saleam’s right-hand man, the pair being the principal organisers of the annual Sydney Forum, a far right gathering in — you guessed it — Sydney. Herfurth is also the leader of another tiny fascist grouping called the New Right/’national anarchists’. Modelled on similar developments on the fascist fringe in Germany and the UK, they, like the APP, are also a very new formation, making their first public appearance in Sydney last year at the APEC protests. Included among the 20 or 30 or so members of the fascist ‘black bloc’ was Darrin Hodges.
- A former member of the NPD, and a street militant, Herfurth maintains very close relations with his fellows in Germany (as well as Australia’s leading Holocaust denialist Frederick Toben of the Adelaide Institute), and has twice attempted to arrange tours by “leading lights” of the NPD to Australia.
There is no love lost between Hodges/APP and Saleam/AF, Hodges having described Saleam as being a “criminal lunatic”, an “oily spiv”, a pathological liar, a “political gold digger” and in many other, less flattering terms. One of the principal dividing lines between the two is on The Jewish Question. Thus Hodges has abandoned his former anti-Semitism for the greener fields of ‘Islamophobia’, while Saleam contends that Zionism remains a principal enimy of The White Man, retains his membership on Stormfront (as ‘radnat’), and AF even announced its recent electoral campaign on the rancid, Florida, US-based site. (On the electoral results for AF and APP (that is, Hodges), see: NSW local council election results : far left and far right, slackbastard, September 14, 2008; also “Nazi rubbish”: James Saleam is unamused, slackbastard, September 15, 2008.)
Most recently, Saleam has announced AF’s desire to get warm and cuddly with a range of European fascist parties forming the ‘European National Front’, a manouevre preceded by AF’s establishment of a formal alliance with some racist kooks in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The Front consists of five parties: the Falange (Spain), Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (National Democratic Party of Germany/Gerrmany), Forza Nuova (New Force/Italy), Noua Dreaptă (New Right/Romania) and Πατριωτική Συμμαχία ΠΑΤΡΙ.Σ/Patriotiki Symmachia PATRI.S (Patriotic Alliance/Greece). Note that the ‘Alliance’ supposedly folded in January 2007 — although reports of its death may have been exaggerated… Note also that numerous other fascist parties have been members of or allied with the ENF: in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, England, France, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and elsewhere. Finally, it appears likely that the ‘Alliance’ was in reality a brief evolution in the history of Χρυσή Αυγή/Chrysi Avyi (Golden Dawn), a fascist formation which apparently has a habit of collaborating with Greek police in repressing antifa protest.
“Race-related rioting against Muslims in Cronulla New South Wales in 2006” took place in December 2005, and was fairly indiscriminate in terms of its targets. That is, any person not deemed white enough who happened to be in the area was at risk of coming under assault, and many did. (The ‘rioting’ was also followed by reprisals on residents in Cronulla and neighbouring suburbs.)
The “strong ties” between Australia and Britain date back to 1788, in which year British authorities established a penal colony in what formally, in 1901, become the nation-state of Australia. Approximately 3/4 of the population is native-born, the bulk of the remainder of British ancestry. In 2006, more than 270 ancestries were separately identified by Australia’s population. The most commonly stated were Australian (37%) and English (32%), while other main ancestries included Irish (9%), Scottish (8%), Italian (4%), German (4%), and Chinese (3%).
Anyway, lots happened between 1788 and 1901, but one event widely recognised as being pivotal in shaping subsequent relations occurred in 1882, when an Australian cricket team beat England on an English ground for the first time. The following day, on August 30, 1882, the Sporting Times carried a mock obituary to English cricket which concluded that: “The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”.
Hence: The Ashes.
NB. The first team to tour England, in 1868, was composed of Australian Aborigines, and coached by Tom Wills, who was instrumental in developing the game of Australian Rules football. Wills is honoured with a sculpture at the MCG by Louis Laumen, erected in 2002. The sculpture reads that Wills: “Did more than any other person – as footballer and umpire, co-writer of the rules and promoter of the game – to develop Australian Football during its first decade”; a contribution based — arguably — on his knowledge of and familiarity with the game of marngrook…
Finally, as for the BNP, and one of the keys to its modest success:
Meir resident Alan Hough, 62, angrily asks why the police cars parked nearby, clearly keeping an eye on the BNP leader, “aren’t out catching criminals”.
Mr Hough says he has voted for Labour all his life, but says he will vote for the BNP in future.
“My father will be turning in his grave, he fought the fascists for six years,” he says.
“But Labour aren’t doing their job, and that’s why people are voting for the BNP, they’re desperate.
“There’s no alternative, people won’t vote Tory and they’re fed up with Labour.”
~ BNP looks for cracks in the Potteries, Mario Cacciottolo, BBC News, September 20, 2008