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Editorial: A world on fire

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These are really troubled times internationally with fighting and attacks on minorities in several countries in the Middle East, including Libya, Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan and spreading into Lebanon, and the tragedy of the downed passenger airliner in Ukraine and continuing conflict in the east of that country.

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New leader takes BNP ‘back to basics’

A month after his sudden appointment to the chairmanship of the British National Party, Adam Walker is ardently trying to establish himself in the eyes of party members and, in doing so, formulate a new identity for the BNP and distance himself politically from his predecessor Nick Griffin.

It cannot be easy for him. Griffin, who resigned on Saturday 19 July and became the party’s president, had presided over the big growth and subsequent decline of the BNP over the 15 years of his leadership. The party started its run of council election wins in 2002 (apart from one short-lived success in 1993) and at its peak had around 60 councillors. Griffin’s biggest victory was his own election to the European Parliament in 2009, along with Andrew Brons, who however soon parted company with the BNP.

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What’s next for UKIP: decline or growth?

The 2014 European Parliament election produced one of the most remarkable results in British political history. The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) topped the poll with over 4 million votes. However, the result was not a shock. UKIP had already performed well in the 2009 European election by securing second place with nearly 2.5 million votes, and many political commentators expected UKIP to win in 2014. [1]

Yet, UKIP’s victory was important. It was the first time that a non-mainstream party had won a nationwide election in the UK. No such party has ever come close to UKIP’s performance. Admittedly, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) secured 25% support at the 1983 general election, but that was as part of an alliance with the Liberal Party in what was, effectively, a repackaging of mainstream politicians. Moreover, whereas the presence of heavyweight politicians such as Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins. Bill Rodgers and David Owen made the SDP credible, and helped secure startling by-election victories before the 1983 general election, the calibre of UKIP candidates resulted in one commentator describing them as ‘cranks and gadflies’. [2]

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Murder, arms dealing, treason and sexual abuse: the apartheid regime and the Tory right

The late Conservative MP David Atkinson was a key player in South African intelligence operations seeking to enlist British politicians and media figures in a last ditch defence of the apartheid regime during the late 1980s. Some of these operations had the blessing of the British and American intelligence establishments.

As part of the ongoing media focus on paedophilia, national newspapers recently published interviews with Atkinson’s ex-wife and son. They described the Thatcherite MP as a predatory homosexual interested in very young men, and suggested that he might have featured in secret dossiers on Westminster paedophiles.

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The Führer’s ‘heir’ dies in obscurity

One of Europe’s most dangerous nazi terrorists died on 30 July. Manfred Roeder was 85 and living in obscure retirement – a far cry from the days when he hosted international rallies at a former hotel in the German countryside, which he had bought with lavish donations from old nazis and dubbed the “Reichshof”.

Roeder even claimed that Adolf Hitler’s successor, Admiral Karl Doenitz, had passed on the leadership of the Third Reich to him and that he was therefore at least the caretaker Führer under what he insisted was still the legitimate German constitution.

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