Great Britain | 11/23/2022

Great Britain 2022 November

Further far-right terror attacks expected

In the wake of last month’s racist firebombing in Dover, the UK expects future terror attacks from far-right extremists.

The head of MI5 warned that far-right extremists are radicalizing themselves online “from the comfort of their bedrooms” and acquiring weapons. The spy chief also said they had seen an increase in far-right attempts to buy “firearms in particular, whether illegally obtained, homemade or 3D-printed”.

The warning came the week after the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism noted that older men are responsible for most successful extreme rightwing terrorist attacks. Security think tank Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) is investigating the British military and police over concerns about far-right radicalization.

Meghan Markle faced multiple threats to her life from the British far-right after marrying into the royal family, according to the Metropolitan Police’s former head of counter-terrorism.

The usage of the encrypted messaging app Telegram by the Scottish neo-Nazi group Highland Division was covered by the Daily Record. This came a week after a member of the group was caught putting up posters around Glasgow’s south side.

Conservative Party councilor in Kent has resigned after anti-racist charity Hope Not Hate published pictures of them wearing fascist uniforms at far-right events. Andy Weatherhead, who represented Hythe West on Kent County Council, was revealed to have once been a senior officer for the fascist organization New British Union.

Fascist party Patriotic Alternative distributed hundreds of leaflets in North Wales complaining about a hotel being used to house asylum seekers.

Transnational teenage neo-Nazi terrorists

Teenager Daniel Harris from Glossop, Derbyshire, was found guilty of six terrorism offenses. The 19-year-old was found guilty of five counts of encouraging terrorism relating to his creation and uploading material to the internet between February 2021 and March 2022. He was also found guilty of one count of possessing material for terrorist purposes, a 3D printer, which he had tried to use to make parts of a firearm.

Harris now faces extradition to the United States as the material he published inspired Payton Gendron’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. Gendron was a regular player of the American video game Roblox, according to his Discord logs, according to an article about neo-Nazis using the game to recruit children in the Daily Star.

American rapper Kanye West’s promotion of the ‘White Lives Matter’ slogan and anti-Semitic outbursts have significantly increased his popularity among British neo-Nazis. West’s far-right turn was being supported by failed British journalist Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos claims to have organized a dinner between former US president Donald Trump, West, and American alt-right livestreamer Nick Fuentes.

In May, PA leader Mark Collett produced a video offering advice to Fuentes, someone Collett has been keen to work with following his rise to prominence. Guests on Collett’s livestreams during November included Joseph Jordan, aka Eric Striker from the National Justice Party in the US, longtime Collett-collaborator Jason Kohne, and Australian neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell. American anti-Semite Kevin MacDonald appeared on a live stream with Collett and some other PA members to discuss his book The Culture of Critique.

Elon Musk’s purchase of the social media platform Twitter has led to numerous neo-Nazis who had been banned, returning to the site. From Britain, these include PA’s Yorkshire regional organizer Sam Melia and Heritage & Destiny (H&D) magazine, among others.

During November, H&D published an article celebrating the birthday of the prominent German Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck. The article included a short report about a banner drop celebrating Haverbeck, which was carried out in Madrid, in which H&D’s European correspondent Isabel Peralta participated.

Former English Defence Leader Stephen Yaxley Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, has been using ex-MI5 informer Peter Keeley, who once infiltrated the IRA, to conduct surveillance on his opponents, according to a book by Hope not Hate’s Nick Lowles.

A two-day far-right festival, set to include pro-Nazi Finnish band Mistreat, was canceled in Bathgate, West Lothian, following police involvement. According to Hope Not Hate this event was organized by the Blood & Honour network.

A 76-year-old letter from Hitler’s minister of foreign affairs, Joachim von Ribbentrop to former King Edward VIII, asking him to give evidence at the Nuremberg war trials in 1946, is going up for auction after being unearthed.

One of Britain’s ‘most prolific sperm donors,’ who has fathered 140 children, is a ‘proud fascist’. Clive Jones is reported to be a leading figure in the New British Union.