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

By N. Copsey

For the 1st time because the Seventies while the nationwide entrance grew to become Britain's fourth greatest political get together, the new electoral good fortune of the British nationwide celebration has positioned Britain's severe correct again at the political map. Nigel Copsey presents a transparent and finished research of the background of the British nationwide occasion and its fight for political legitimacy. With far-right events having fun with unparalleled good fortune throughout Europe, this publication additionally locates its topic within the broader foreign context.

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44 Yet if truth be told, what ‘reconciliation’ meant for Tyndall was victory over the Front and unity on his terms, in other words, a new 1970s NF-style coalition but with Tyndall in full control. However, though Webster’s expulsion had removed one important obstacle to this political goal, as regards the Front’s ongoing radicalisation, Tyndall had to bridge an ever-widening gap. His response was to try to disabuse the Front’s supporters of the notion that ideological radicalisation held the key to future political success.

Where Tyndall had survived, others such as archrival Martin Webster had fallen. Now Tyndall had the upper hand, and at long last as the British National Party entered the 1990s it had succeeded in displacing the National Front as Britain’s leading far-right party. Establishing itself: the BNP in its early years As well as incorporating the whole of the New National Front, when the BNP had been instituted in 1982, it had been given a further boost 28 The Struggle for the Soul of British Nationalism 29 by support from various other far-right fragments – the British Democratic Party, the British Movement, the Nationalist Party and defectors from the National Front for whom the Front’s progressive radicalisation went against the grain.

58 Following this meeting, Brons recommended the Nationalist Alliance to the NFSG’s steering committee and a first meeting of the Liaison Committee took place in July 1987. But things were not right. The NFSG’s steering committee backtracked, and to Tyndall’s frustration the deal was undone. 59 The NFSG claimed that certain BNP personnel had informed them that Tyndall would never agree to merger between the two parties unless his leadership went unchallenged and that the BNP’s constitution and its basic policies prevailed.

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