Great Britain | 03/21/2023

Great Britain 2023 March

Migrant hotel protests continue.

Former footballer turned TV presenter Gary Lineker sparked controversy after comparing government policy towards refugees to Nazi Germany. This led to Lineker being taken off a flagship football show which prompted a walkout by fellow presenters.

Protests against hotels being used to house refugees continued in March, although smaller than in February, with the fascist party Patriotic Alternative (PA) again involved. A protest by PA in the Welsh town of Llantwit Major was heavily outnumbered by anti-fascist counter-protesters, and clashes on the fringes saw PA’s new West Midlands regional organiser Connor Marlow and an associate be punched by militant anti-fascists.

PA’s Scotland region organised another protest in Erskine outside Glasgow, as part of an ongoing campaign against a hotel there. The soap company run by PA’s Claire Ellis has received press attention in Scotland. Ellis is engaged to PA’s national administration officer Kenny Smith, the former head of administration for the British National Party.

There were a series of poorly attended far-right protests across the UK in March, including a protest at a Newquay hotel, protests against drag queen story hours in London, a protest in Wakefield, and a protest in Manchester. These all attracted anti-fascist counter-protests.

One of the biggest issues in the British far-right during March has been the trial of James Allchurch, aka Sven Longshanks from Pembrokeshire. Allchurch is behind Radio Albion, formerly known as Radio Aryan, and is a key activist in the fascist party PA. The trial culminated in Allchurch being found guilty of 10 counts of distributing racist and anti-Semitic content online. PA have been publicly supporting Allchurch, who attended their Welsh protest.

A 20-year-old man in Dunoon, Scotland, was arrested for distributing PA leaflets.

A 16-year-old teen from Yorkshire who idolized the Christchurch killer was found guilty of planning an attack on two mosques. Alan Madden, 65, from Port Sunlight in Wirral, pleaded guilty to posting videos online promoting the banned neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action. James Farrell, 32, from Priesthill, Glasgow, was jailed for two years and eight months for posting a replica machine gun tutorial in a group chat for far-right group Oaken Hearth.

Former private school pupil Oliver Riley, 19, from Watlington, Oxfordshire, who posted neo-Nazi and homophobic videos online, was given a community order avoiding jail.

PA celebrates years of online hate.

In March, PA leader Mark Collett’s weekly livestream Patriotic Weekly Review (PWR) marked 200 episodes with a four-hour long stream involving 30 guests from across the international far-right. Guests included Lana Lokteff and Henrik Palmgren from Red Ice TV, Andreas Johnansonfrom the Nordic Resistance Movement, Québécois white nationalist Jean-François Gariépy, neo-Nazi academic Kevin MacDonald, Australian neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, National Justice Party (NJP) leader Mike Peinovich and several other leading figures from PA and the US-based NJP.

During the stream, British neo-Nazi Ryan Williams aka Nativist Concern, revealed he has been travelling around Eastern Europe making connections with other fascists. Williams was one of the hosts of the British neo-Nazi podcast The Absolute State of Britain, which was published by The Right Stuff, the podcast network which has become the NJP.

When asked what he had been doing, Williams said: “Well, I’ve been in Eastern Europe a lot. Basically wife hunting, sort of gave up on achieving our natal goals in the UK. But yeah, it’s been good just running my Telegram page, making money, doing my training and making a few different friends, meeting some different nationalists.”

The Daily Mirror wrote about PA’s excessive use of Google’s video streaming website YouTube, which learned PA has at least 3,200 subscribers over five YouTube channels.\ The Sun wrote about YouTube still broadcasting racist songs, which inspired Anders Breivik.

Danish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan was banned from the UK after threatening to burn the Quran at a protest in Wakefield, Yorkshire.

A study by the UN-backed Tech Against Terrorism project found that the UK far-right launched a wave of transphobic hate following the Nashville shootings.

British anti-trans activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull aka Posie Parker, went on a controversial Australasian tour. At her event in Melbourne, Keen-Minshull was supported by neo-Nazis.

Far-right news sites have been radicalizing American Republican politicians, according to research from the London School of Economics.