Contemporary British Fascism: The British National Party and by N. Copsey

By N. Copsey

No different political get together within the background of Britain?s fascist culture has been as winning on the poll field as today?s British nationwide social gathering (BNP). This completely revised and up to date version of latest British Fascism bargains an in-depth research of the BNP and its quest for social and political legitimacy.

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In the first place, as we have seen, disunity prevailed on Britain’s far right. For the moment, the idea of the ‘grand’ Nationalist Alliance was still being mooted, and therefore the BNP would have to go it alone and contest the general election from its own limited resources. Secondly, since 1983 the party had not appreciably gained in strength, it had not benefited from any sizeable financial windfall, and due to Tyndall’s imprisonment, had undergone a damaging period of internal disruption. Thirdly, with the raising of electoral deposits from £150 to £500, the BNP would have to commit itself to spending at least £25, 000 in order to contest 50 seats.

On his release from prison, Tyndall returned to the helm. However, stormy waters lay ahead as he soon found himself having to navigate the forthcoming general election. It was Tyndall’s belief that if the BNP The Struggle for the Soul of British Nationalism 41 contested the 1987 general election, it was essential for the party to make a ‘credible showing’. 72 But the party was clearly up against it. In the first place, as we have seen, disunity prevailed on Britain’s far right. For the moment, the idea of the ‘grand’ Nationalist Alliance was still being mooted, and therefore the BNP would have to go it alone and contest the general election from its own limited resources.

The CNU subsequently issued a circular to 200 leading right-extremists and invited those who registered a positive reply to a conference that took place in London at British Rail’s Charing Cross Hotel on 27 March 1982. 111 In spite of the NF’s call for its members to boycott the CNU, a tiny NF faction did attend this unity conference. All together, around 50 extreme-right activists were there, including 22 delegates from the New National Front. The end result was an agreement whereby a new political party would be established calling itself the British National Party – though some, including Tyndall, had favoured the name ‘National Party’.

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