Costello – jailed for inciting racial hatred
Mark Collett and Patriotic Alternative are running scared following the jailing last week of James Costello for multiple offences of inciting racial hatred. Costello, whom they are describing merely as “a member of our community” despite being a leading member of the organisation, was sentenced to five years for 18 race hate charges and one of perverting the course of justice. But evidence was produced by the prosecution showing his links with a jailed nazi terrorist.
Costello was arrested after members of the public in Liverpool reported to the police stickers bearing the name ‘Creativity.com’ and saying, “Proud to be white?” which appeared on lamp posts in 2021. When police investigated the website it led them to Costello, and when they raided his home, they discovered large quantities of race hate material.
Costello professes to be a “reverend” in the so-called Creativity Movement, originally named the Church of the Creator, a notorious US-based white nationalist, antisemitic group established in 1973 by white supremacist Ben Klassen, who originated the idea of “racial holy war”. Its current leader Matt Hale is serving 40 years for attempting to incite the murder of a US federal judge.
Trying to distance themselves from Costello, PA are now whining that his offending predated him joining the organisation and had nothing to do with them. Though strictly speaking true, this skates over the fact that when he joined PA last year, he was already charged with eighteen race hate charges; they knew full well what he had been up to but were nevertheless quite happy to welcome him on board – and straight into the group’s leadership.
Costello (r) with PA leader Mark Collett at PA annual conference, October 2023
In fact, so highly regarded was he by PA’s leaders that he was allowed to address numerous public activities and in October was made chair (or ‘master of ceremonies’ as they put it) at their annual conference.
What is making them nervous now is evidence produced at his trial showing recent connections with National Action terrorist Jack Renshaw, currently serving life for plotting to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper and threatening to kill a police officer. Costello is known to have been involved with NA before it was banned, and to have trained with former members of the group at a “survival camp” in 2017, after the ban, but when he was raided by police they found more recent letters and postcards exchanged between him and Renshaw. This has upset PA leaders like Collett as it brings with it the prospect of further attention from the police and security services.
Mark Collett and other leading PA members were linked to NA before it was banned in 2016 under the Terrorism Act 2000. These former links have been a source of ongoing difficulty for PA, and anything which causes them to resurface makes the group very twitchy.
Only last June, Kris Kearns, also from Merseyside, a prominent PA and former National Action activist, was jailed for almost five years for terrorism offences. Kearns organised PA fitness clubs and online forums and contributed to Mark Collett’s many video streams and broadcasts.
Kris Kearns – five years for terrorism offences
In March, he admitted posting terrorist documents on his social media account, including the manifestos of mass murderers Anders Breivik and Brenton Tarrant.
When James Allchurch, another PA activist, was jailed earlier this year for inciting race hatred on his Radio Aryan podcast station, the prosecution pointed to the fact that one of the people he had interviewed was Mark Davies, a co-founder of National Action who got eight years in 2022 for secretly belonging to the group after it had been banned.
James Allchurch – hosted National Action terrorist.
Cases like these continue to underscore just what kind of organisation PA is: a natural home for violent white supremacists.