antifa notes (december 20, 2009)

    Nazis. Silly. Old. Nazis.

    They’re funny!

    This post rips-off antifa on Eddy Morrison, the (boo hiss!) bourgeois media on Wigan Mike, and the SPLC on Arfur Kemp…

Nazi drunk Eddy Morrison has engineered a split in the NF whilst simultaneously falling out with the BNP.

Read all about it!

(Steady) Eddy Morrison


Despite the threat of the BNP making headway in the forthcoming general election, there appears to be ructions afoot in the weird world of nationalism. Lovable rogue Eddy Morrison is a long term fascist and alcoholic (a condition which he refers to as a ‘disability’ but is more like an ‘inability’) and held in suspicion by many on the far right. His relationships with various ‘players’ on the scene have been turbulent to say the least, joining any or all of the groupuscules that emerge from round the s-bend of far right politics and which often dissolve at best in acrimony and tears (Nationalist Alliance), at worst, in internecine murder (Combat 18, Wolf’s Hook White Brotherhood). He is currently involved in the splitting the NF in two.

The NF

The NF have recently been trying to reinvigorate the glory days of the 1970s when convicted Nazi John Tyndall and Martin Webster (close, err… ‘associate’ of Nick Griffin) were creating a viable alternative to state politics until usurped by Thatcher’s canny misappropriation of their xenophobic rhetoric. Simultaneously, the dissatisfaction of many BNP supporters is increasing: with Griffin’s abysmal TV appearance widely ridiculed; his disappearance to the EU with his clique and then reappearance to challenge for the Barking seat; his bowing to pressure to include non-white members in the party; and not least, the unaccountability of the party’s funds. Defections are rife. The NF is hoping to absorb these dissatisfied punters and bring them into a more extremist fascist party.

Until recently, the NF were presided over by ageing racist and technophobe Tom Holmes who has been involved in fascism for over 40 years and put a lot of time and money into what is proving to be a mainly fruitless venture. Morrison only joined the National Front recently and is still a probationary member but this has not stopped him from participating in, if not initiating, a coup. His appalling history of splinter groups and factionalism bodes ill for the Fronters as he has always managed to leave chaos in his wake.

Given that much activity in far right circles is done through the internet Holmes’ technophobic tendencies have done him few favours. He does have a mobile though. His side of the story has been propagated by sympathisers who actually know what a modem is. Morrison may be a dipsomaniac oaf but at least he is vaguely computer literate. With the emerging split any possible members are going to be faced with confusion and diverted into either Morrison’s faction or that of the loyalists. Other dissatisfied (and not so dissatisfied) BNP members have also been diverted into the EDL. Despite Griffin’s claim that they are a ‘proscribed organisation’ links and dual membership have been exposed.

History Repeats … Eddy’s Past

Morrison has a long history of splits, factionalising and general malfeasance with even John Tyndall warning about him. He has a few trusty followers but many on the far right are cautious of him, if only because of his chronic alcoholism. In April 1983, Tyndall wrote a piece entitled ‘The Wanderings and Posturings of the Pathetic Eddy Morrison’ in Spearhead. In it he cited many of Morrison’s moves and called him “a specimen who has constantly ratted on everyone who has posed trust in him, and always in an atmosphere of shady plotting and intrigue.” Don’t just take ‘JT’s’ word for it: the good folks over at VNN helpfully supplied us with Eddy’s at times hilarious resume.

    1982 — National Action Party but expelled “after a drunken Morrison falls into a swastika emblazoned cake”. Then hangs out with Tim Hepple, Searchlight spy. Oops!
    1987 — National Workers Party.
    1988 to mid 1990s — BNP.
    1999 — National Front. Again.
    2000 — Leaves NF. Again.
    2001 — Movement for National Unity.
    2002 — Aryan Unity.
    2002 — White Nationalist Party.
    2003 — ‘Retires’ from politics.
    2003 — Spearhead Group.
    2004 — Nationalist Alliance.
    2005 — British People’s Party.
    2006 — BPP leader.
    2008 — Resigns from BPP.
    2009 — NF. Again.

Engineering The Split

In September a Bradford meeting not attended by Holmes or his crony Bernard Franklin acted somewhat ‘unconstitutionally.’ The members at the meeting, eager for (small) change and perhaps realising the possibility of attracting disaffected BNP supporters and their subsidies, voted in a new directorate which ousted Franklin as deputy chairman and voted in Ian Edwards, who is more sympathetic to Morrison’s faction. The rebels allowed Holmes to keep his position as leader but perhaps this is because he is the main signature on the bank accounts and holds the membership list. Maybe not. Holmes reacted to these moves with what appears to be a typewritten and photocopied letter to the membership contesting the legitimacy of the vote. A split between Holmes loyalists and Morrison’s cronies appeared.

Leeds Argy Bargy

However, there is more to this saga. Morrison, like many of his ilk, has a tendency to spout off on the various far right forums and gets more and more vitriolic as the booze takes hold. Tommy Williams, who is BNP, claimed he had the NF’s membership list, something which Morrison denied. As the row over the list intensified, Morrison got more mouthy and Tommy took offence. Morrison and Williams exchanged more words so Tommy went round to Morrison’s flat to prove it. Williams arrived with Dave Howard who filmed Williams banging on the door in an attempt to confront him. Morrison, wisely, chose not to venture too far outdoors and waited until Williams and Howard got bored and left having made their ‘point.’ From here on accounts vary. Morrison is alleged to have contacted the police, something which irked various forum members who said he had ‘grassed.’ Morrison has been accused of being a grass in the past, of passing information on to the left and working for Special Branch/MI5. However, this is an accusation levelled by many fascists against rivals, so the truth of this, short of a full confession, is hard to ascertain. Morrison allegedly said that Williams was tooled up, something which he denies. Williams said he was only armed with the membership list which he intended to return to prove that he had had it all along. Williams and Howard documented the whole incident with a video camera and so the transcripts should reveal who is telling the truth. Whilst Tommy was visiting Eddy, and this really irked Tommy, someone popped round to Chez Williams and put an NF sticker on his door. And you know how hard they are to get off!

Williams and Howard were quick to put their story up on VNNuk which was supported by Bev Kerry, VNN moderator: VNN members, being pro-BNP, were obviously on the side of Williams and Howard who posts as Sir Rolf Of Harris and The Truth At Last and runs the Covert Undercover Nuisance Tactics website. The fallout was inevitable: the anti-Griffinites on the Northwest Nationalists condemned the incident as faction fighting whilst eagerly publishing Tyndall’s attack on Morrison’s credibility. Other sites sided with Morrison and his NF faction.

Web Fascists

The role of these assorted fascist forums is interesting and revealing and makes these fallouts easier to monitor. Many of the posters, some seemingly intoxicated, are often clumsy and details leak out over identities in their haste to either slag people off or put their opinions forward. When they are not outing each other on rival websites that is. Revealing adversaries names and addresses is a common tactic like calling people ‘grass’, ‘nonce’ or ‘red.’ On their Covert site, Williams and Howard have been slagging various NF members off in somewhat excessive terms lately. This is something that they specialise in and they use the site as an attack on anti-Griffin/BNP strains in far-right politics. They are particularly unpleasant about key members of the Northwest Nationalists who in turn have set up various websites in retaliation (Williamson Watch on fellow alcoholic and splitter Sid Williamson, Griffin Watch on the ‘glorious leader’) and spend much of their time firing equal amounts of bile and frustration at each other. Which can be very entertaining.

Is It The Readies, Eddy?

Currently the NF website features Eddy’s statement and discusses how the “thorough and much overdue reorganisation of the National Front got under way earlier this year, the NF Leadership team have overcome all obstacles thrown in their way and made some great steps forward.” That is by usurping Franklin and attempting to marginalise Holmes. Morrison then goes on to list his plans for the new NF, including the new magazine which will “be like the late and much missed Spearhead.” This is presumably the Spearhead that slagged Eddy off in on uncertain terms. There then follows the usual crackpot ambitions and offers of NF yuletide cards at a tenner a pop, all wishing you a White Supremacist Christmas no doubt. Eddy is not an adherent to the concept of employment so there is clearly the attraction of membership fees and merchandise at stake. However, Holmes is on to this and, via a web intermediary, sent out this plea: “Can anyone thinking of donating to the NF or sending cheque’s or ordering from the NF please ignore ALL PO Box’s or postal address’s apart from NF Chairman Tom Holmes.” This has precedent: when Eddy quit the BPP the tiny party were quick to transfer their cash to a new account, presumably before Eddy could drink it.


What is of interest here is how anyone given Morrison’s history would actually follow or support him in the NF? He has been a member of dozens of factions and parties, been accused of grassing, has a history of disruption and a serious drink problem: his apparent untrustworthiness is exceptional even for the most extreme fascist loser. The situation is down to both ego and the numbers game as well as a social desperation. To be the ‘Führer’ of a party, however tiny, gives people a sense of purpose in an otherwise bleak and marginalised existence. These obscure fascist groups are stuck for numbers and rather than opting for quality they go for quantity, taking on anyone who shows a vague interest despite their questionable history. With inevitable results. As they hold views that the vast majority of people think are either repulsive or demented, they can only congregate with likeminded people and remain socially ostracised. The membership of an obscure fascist clique helps remedy this isolation. And characters like Morrison will continue to thrive there. We can maybe take solace in this fact, that alcohol and egomania have done more to damage fascism than anything else.

~ Malatesta

Wigan Mike aka Michael Heaton

Back in March 2007, a bonehead called Wigan Mike commented on my blog. Like numerous other virtual intellectuals, Mike had stumbledupon a secret: IF YOU WRITE IN CAPITAL LETTERS, YOUR ARGUMENT BECOMES MUCH MUCH BETTERER.

Sadly, Mike is now UP ON CHARGES. The Aryan Strike Force leader has been “charged with soliciting murder and using threatening, abusive or insulting words likely to stir up racial hatred. He was bailed until January 15 when he will also appear at the Old Bailey, police said.” See : Man charged over murder and terror offences remanded, WalesOnline, December 16, 2009) | ‘Aryan Strike Force website administrators’ accused of inciting racial hatred, The Daily Telegraph, December 17, 2009.

Uncle Arfur (Kemp)

Arfur Kemp, the ex-policeman from South Africa (see : nutzis are W E I R D : Arthur Kemp / BNP, August 30, 2009), *s in an article published by the Southern Poverty Law Centre.

When Stephan Mills was 10 or 11, his father sat him and his older sister down after supper one night and told them that if they ever became emotionally involved with someone of color, he would kill them.

“I just nodded in agreement,” said Stephan, now 16.

The incident seemed normal to a boy who for years had been steeped in his father’s bigotry. Arthur Kemp, a South African white supremacist who has ties to British and American hate groups, indoctrinated his children with racist and anti-Semitic beliefs from the time they were very young. Stephan mostly adopted those views as his own. Several years ago, however, he rejected all that his father stood for. The experience would radically change his life and lead to his ongoing estrangement from his father, who’s now divorced from his mother and believed to be living in England…

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2024 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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One Response to antifa notes (december 20, 2009)

  1. @ndy says:

    National flop
    Simon Cressy
    December 2009

    The BNP’s vote “overwhelmingly” in favour of a party-wide ballot on allowing non-white people to join is creating waves in the ranks of the far right. One organisation hoping to benefit is the National Front.

    The British National Party’s decision at its annual conference in Wigan last month to pave the way for the removal of restrictions on party membership based on ethnicity has already created dissent among the rank and file party membership. A number of BNP organisers are known to be unhappy with the party’s direction. Some have gone so far as to defect to the much smaller National Front, promising to bring their members with them.

    But there are serious doubts over whether the NF is in a position to challenge the BNP. Today’s NF is the remnant of an organisation that in the 1970s threatened to become Britain’s fourth party, though never won any elections. After a series of splits John Tyndall, the NF’s former leader, went on to form the BNP. The NF is where Nick Griffin, now leader of the BNP, started his political career at the age of 15 and honed his skills at political intrigue and manipulating and surviving internal dissent.

    Over the past 18 months the NF has experienced mutiny, upheaval and back biting. Under the ageing leadership of its Norfolk-based chairman Tom Holmes and his deputy Bernard Franklin, the NF ground to a near standstill. Membership was at an all time low, the party newspaper, The Flame, appeared once in 15 months and the NF website waited similarly long for updates. Morale within the ranks could only be described as poor.

    Terry Blackham, the convicted gunrunner who was the NF’s main activist, walked away from the party following differences regarding his personal life and accusations of financial irregularities.

    Rebellion was in the air and the catalyst appeared to be the reemergence of Tony White, the convicted violent Leeds thug.

    White turned up with two East London NF activists, Dave Hill and Bob James, at Speakers’ Corner in central London on 31 August 2008 for a vigil to remember white victims of racist violence. It had been organised by POWER (Patriots of the White European Resistance), a small nazi quasi-terrorist group by then on its last legs, but the NF hijacked the event.

    A few months later, White acted as an official steward for the NF at its annual Remembrance Sunday march to the Cenotaph. Average attendance at the march had dipped to around 50 over the previous few years and had reached a new low of 30 in 2007. However, in 2008 it suddenly rose tenfold to around 300.

    Although Holmes and Franklin led the march, it later emerged that the pair had not wanted to stage the event at all that year. The NF had been marching to the Cenotaph since 1969, missing only 1986 following a punch-up at the meeting point between factions led by Griffin and Martin Wingfield, now Griffin’s communications and campaigns officer in his North West European Parliamentary constituency.

    The “Young Turks” of Stuart Hollingdale, Hill and White were determined that whatever happened they would march to the Cenotaph. In pursuance of their aim the three men managed to gather together a whole menagerie of nazis, freaks and thugs from a variety of small extreme-right groups, including the British Freedom Fighters, British People’s Party, POWER and the Racial Volunteer Force.

    Also noticeable was a small group from the BNP led by the South African Neil McAllister.

    Various websites declared that the Front was back. But their triumph was short-lived as the splits in the party deepened.

    The Young Turks launched a website attacking the leadership and calling for change. On it White declared that he was the NF organiser for Yorkshire. He was being a little economical with the truth, however. Numerous messages on websites such as Stormfront, the international nazi forum, declared him a liar and fantasist, and not all NF activists were happy to see him back after his previous spell in the party, which had eventually got him imprisoned for handing out racist literature to school students.

    White quickly found his name on the proscribed members’ list.

    Over the following months other familiar names joined the NF. Among them was Nick Walsh, the former BNP organiser for Hull, who was drafted in as the NF’s group development officer. Tom Linden, a former BNP organiser for Harrogate, is now the party’s national press officer as well as the Yorkshire organiser. And Eddy Morrison, the drunken veteran Leeds fascist and founder member of the BNP, was brought in as the head of publicity and tasked with setting up a new and functioning website and establishing a regular party publication.

    These new officers joined together with the remaining unhappy members to make a concerted bid to remove Holmes and Franklin.

    The opportunity came at a meeting in Bradford in September, which featured as guest speaker the white supremacist and former Croatian diplomat Tomislav Sunic. Unbeknown to Holmes and Franklin, the NF directorate met alongside the meeting and a new directorate was voted in. Franklin was unceremoniously dumped as deputy chairman, to be replaced by Ian Edward, the former Hillingdon BNP organiser.

    Also brought into the directorate were Linden and Joe Rhodes, a former cocaine addict from Bradford. The veteran racist Norman Tomkinson stayed as the NF’s national treasurer.

    Surprisingly Holmes was not removed and remains chairman, but all is not well as he has refused to accept the new leadership and there are moves to have him replaced by Edward. Holmes has issued his own NF newsletter in which he blamed Morrison for the mini revolt, labelling him “a known troublemaker and alcoholic”.

    Holmes also refused to attend this year’s Remembrance Sunday march, stating in his newsletter: “I will not associate with the traitors who have their own agenda for the Party I had dedicated my life to”.

    Numbers at the Cenotaph fell dramatically to little over 100, despite the NF claiming the presence of “hundreds”. Steve Rowland from south London led the march with Hill. Morrison, Linden and Rhodes all travelled south from Yorkshire and Tomkinson made the journey from the West Midlands.

    True to his word Holmes failed to show, but one surprise on the day was the appearance of Mark Atkinson, leader of the RVF, acting as a steward.

    The NF could potentially prosper from the BNP’s forced rule change. However the power feud within could leave the party once again politically stagnant.

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