Saturday, 27 December 2008

Will Tribalism be the big thing in 2009?

Lets face it, Yule is always a time when we look to the New Year with just a bit of hope in our hearts that a new day will dawn. For a while now, I've nailed my flag to the mast of National Anarchism...while remaining pragmatic. We must realise Broad Frontism is absolutely essential in the fight against globalisation, the state of siege that is multiculuralism, and the nightmare of bland Atlanticist monoculturalism. I'm hoping that National Anarchism can begin going under a different handle, a less formal, technical one. For some time I've preferred Tribalism. It is a word that is instantly recognisable and will appeal to the blood, so to speak. Most people are driven by their gut feelings and Tribalism is full of them.

Some US National Anarchists have produced this What is Tribalism? flier which uses my preferred buzzword. Let's hope it sets the standard and National Anarchists from all over adopt this positive tag in the years to come.


Well, this blog's survived '08. I have plans for expansion in '09 with more theory, photos, links and reports. I'm hoping to kick off the New Year with a look at the split between English Ethno-nationalism and it's Civic counterpart. Something to look forward to?

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Pioneering National Anarchist essays

I was frustrated recently to discover that I'd lost copies of articles I'd saved from the now off-line National-Anarchist Campaign website, last seen in 2006. Several essays on there from David Michael had a big influence on this author and the political outlook and worldview of this here blog. So you can imagine my joy when I retrieved them from the brilliant Internet Archive, which saves sites for posterity.

Dr Michael penned several essays on National Anarchist strategy, theory and practice, which all free-thinking anti-globalists and anti-capitalists can learn from. Here are the links:

'Unity in Diversity' - A look at alliance building between different anti-globalist camps and dealing with sectarianism

'On Strategy' - which details how National Anarchists should work

'On the importance of saying 'they've won' - A good article on what we can and can't achieve

'A new land, a new life, a new hope' - a look at intentional communities, past and present, and the lessons for anti-globalists

An article responding to criticisms of National Anarchism

Other stuff is accessible here

Dr Michael did get into squabbles with other National Anarchists, which is inevitable, but ultimately uninteresting. Certainly many National Anarchists disagree among each other on many things, and although these articles match my definitions of National Anarchism, I have no problem with other National Anarchist factions. To me National Anarchism goes beyond ethno-communities without hierarchy or the state. To me its more live & let live. I might disapprove of the way other people live, but its pointless condemning them - let them form into their own communities. I'll live in mine and we'll keep out of each other's way. Simple!

A lot of National Anarchists may oppose hierarchy, that's fine, a lot of hierarchy is oppressive. But some communities might like it, find that it works for them and argue that it benefits their community...and that's fine too. My National Anarchism comes from my natural tribalism and ethno-instinct, not so much from anarchism as an ideology, even though I cut my teeth in that tradition.

Monday, 1 December 2008

A question of ownership

The Green Party of England & Wales rightly did not make a song and dance last week when it emerged that two names on the leaked BNP membership list were ex-Green Party members. There was just a short discrete statement on their website about people with racist and anti-Semitic views not being welcome in the Party. Fair enough, it sits easy with this author who also happens to be non-racist and not anti-Semitic. But how do the GPEW explain the fact that the BNP has Jewish members, one, if I remember correctly, was or is a sitting councillor?

The very word racist has lazy, knee-jerk overtones to it. The BNP say rather than racists, they are racial realists, which is another thing entirely. Basically it's the view that when different races live amongst one another what results is usually social conflict or mistrust, so it's separatism rather than supremacy.

If anyone thinks that hopping from the Greens to the BNP is strange, well, yes it is - but not because Green ideas are the sole intellectual property of the Left. One of the aforementioned ex-Greens has said he thought the BNP had better environmental policies. No one tendency has sole property rights over Greenism. It is a classic example of an ideology that transcends the pigeon-holes of left and right. The GPEW is liberal-Left because it has added liberal-left policies onto its Green philosophy - not because Green philosophy is liberal-left.

A few years ago there was a big to-do in the anarchist scene about 'eco-fascism' - Those dirty fash jumping the bandwagon! - But nationalists have just as much right to claim the Green label - it's not the preserve of the Guardianistas - it is a train of thought based on environmentalism, devolved power and sustainable communities and economies together with an anti-consumerism. It's that and that alone, none of the Leftist add ons. It just as easily doesn't pander to the right's traditional cornerstones particularly, either.

The two ex-greens who defected to the BNP didn't cross that wide a divide, anyway. Remember Norman Tebbit describing the BNP as Socialists? He wasn't that far off the mark. We need to stop pigeon-holing politics and start looking to what works. Green ideas should belong to all anti-globalists and anti-capitalists, no matter what variety.

Greenlanders are now recognised as a separate people under international law and their Kalaallisut language is to gain official status. Although it stops short of full independence, last week's referendum saw Greenland's 57,000 populace gain much greater autonomy from the Danish yoke. On a 71% turnout, 75% voted for change. Greenlanders will now have a greater share of oil revenues plus control over police, courts, coastguard and some foreign affairs.

As a supporter of separatism, secession and decentralisation this author wishes the people of Greenland well and has this message of solidarity: Go out and thrive and prove to the world that small nations can look after themselves.

The Greenland experience is a peaceful story. Not so, sadly, for Kashmir where the on going elections have been met with bloodshed. The Kashmiri separatists are boycotting the poll due the their assertion that the ballot gives India more control over their land. Of course there are historical reasons why Kashmir differs from Greenland, but it's a grim reminder that national liberation is all too often bittersweet.

Two council by-elections on 11th December see the return of two minnows. The National Front in Hillingdon, where, for what it's worth, they seem to be carving out an enclave. While up in North Ayrshire Arthur Scargill's Socialist Labour Party is raising the Red Flag. Don't expect a political earthquake, but the SLP contest is in a former mining area, so maybe the King if Coal can inspire a higher that usual vote for the, basically phantom, SLP.

I've not submitted a Wheel of the Year column for far too long. I'll try and serve up a bumper look at the ol twirling year next time, folks!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

The phony war

Who will benefit from this week's BNP membership list leak? Anti-fascists? Rival nationalists? Rebel members? No, those that benefit are the globalisers and the liberal elite. Those responsible for the leak may be anti-Griffin modernisers, the Tyndallite old guard, leftist infiltrators or spooks, but it doesn't really matter - divide and conquer is the name of the game. This latest example of the BNP hitting the headlines (and they more than most will recognise that any publicity is good publicity) highlights the need for a redefining of politics away from the tired Left/Right paradigm and towards the new battleground of pro and anti-globalist camps. Genuine anti-globalists should jettison the Left/Right straightjacket - it only serves the interests of our common enemies.

The 'fascist'/'anti-fascist' divide descended into trench warfare a long, long time ago which neither side can win. There is a hideous way in which dogma consumes each side, so much so that the left and right charicature each other to the extent that each side's perception of the other is rarely a fair representation. The right see anti-fascists as ZOG's bootboys, and the left see the right as the hired thugs of the bosses. So it is two gargantuan myths that sustain this standoff - the left won't rest until the world proletarian revolution has wiped world history away, and the right won't be happy until the world resembles the plot of The Turner Diaries. This will get us nowhere.

Both the left and right are made up of reactionary and radical elements. We've had a century of them knocking lumps out of each other, we're long due a makeover. Pick out the best bits from each, mold it into something better, then throw it in the face of the elites. You might be an internationalist and see no borders - fine, but that does not mean the patriot is your biggest enemy - let him love his flag, he's no neo-imperialist turning the planet into Starbucks, is he?

The National Anarchist perspective on the left/right divide is one I agree with: If far-leftists fight against the globalisers, neo-liberals and neo-imperialists then they are worthy of support. When they side with the globalist agenda, support multiculturalism and left-liberalism they should be opposed. The same goes for the so-called far-right: If nationalists defend their people against unrestrained capitalism and global markets, they should be encouraged. If they side with the elites and reaction they become the enemy.

The war between the left and right is a trap, a vicious circle...and we need to look for an end game. In order to challenge the (vast) power of the globalisers, it is down to those who would deny them imposing their certainties on the world to place ALLIANCE BUILDING between different anti-globalist camps at the top of the agenda. This isn't to suggest that we form a pristine new movement of the Third Way that we can all join - it aint gonna happen. But it is up to the non-sectarians from all camps (themselves a considerable minority) to work towards co-ordination and new approaches. The mainstream anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist factions would benefit from the social nationalists, while the energy and organisational prowess of the left-anarchists can teach the traditional nationalist groups a thing or two about avoiding stupor.

Now, before anyone starts, we know that 90% of leftists and rightists will snarl and spit feathers at this suggestion. So what? Leave them to rot. We have to concentrate on the 10% that are non-dogmatic, more independent of mind, the free-thinkers who are open to new ideas, receptive to debate and who won't start ranting and raving. Look at what we have in common - in the case of the 'left' and 'right' it's more than the blinkered would let on.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Unity in 2012

Ralph Nader didn't become the 44th President of the United States, but he did get 677,285 votes - third place. Not as much as the triumphant 2.8 million he got in 2000 but then the Greens had backed him. They didn't back him this time, preferring to see the GPUS candidate, ex-Democrat Cynthia McKinney get 146,281. Mckinney only managed to get on the ballot in 32 states, whereas Nader reached the dizzying heights of 46.

The Nader camp raised 4M dollars and overall ran a much more professional campaign. We must have unity in four years time between the Nader coalition, the Greens and (if they don't scare off the average American too much) the flotsam and jetsam of the far-left - the SPUSA, SWP and the Party of Socialism & Liberation all ran their own presidential candidates - they should all have got behind Nader in my book. I'm not suggesting they should all kiss Ralph's feet, but the radical movement in the states would benefit from one single figurehead.

Bob Barr for the Libertarian Party took nearly half a million votes across 45 out of 51 states. Now, it might be a tall order for the Libertarian Party to seek common cause with America's strongish paleo-conservative milieu, although I can't see why the newly formed, Ayn Rand worshipping, Objectivist Party can't come to some agreement with the LPUS in 2012.

What I'd really like to see in four years time is a united campaign from the Constitution Party (who's Chuck Baldwin picked up 180,000 votes this time) and the Reform Party, thereby uniting America's Old Right. Maybe Sarah Palin, could be persuaded to stand if she falls from grace in Republican circles...or Ron Paul...why not? They'd get more than Pat Buchanan did in 2000. A strong protectionist candidate in 2012 could once again show average Americans that self-sufficiency in the economy is no bad thing.

As a little footnote to my thoughts on America here - I don't get over on Stormfront much at all, you'll be relieved to know, but I bet the place is going mental at the moment, no, not so much because of Barak's skin pigmentation, but who he's just picked as his Chief of Staff - no not because of Rahm Emanuel's Jewish ethnicity (shock horror) but because his dad was a member of the Irgun, a militant zionist militia in Palestine...I can hear the aryan warriors spitting feathers as I write.

The Greens are now the third largest party in New Zealand with 8 seats (up 2 from 2005)with 6.43% of the popular vote. Although it was a bad night for the other anti-globalist forces - New Zealand First was wiped out. The far-left did badly: The SWP front Residents Action Movement got 405 and the less sectarian/born out-of-a-unity-project Workers Party got 824. For a party which claims 770 members, this isn't good.

Up in Glenrothes the fortunes of the once mighty Scottish left were just as derisory as their kiwi comrades. Solidarity picked up 87 votes, which is awful and the Scottish Socialist Party managed 212, although their apparent attempts to appeal to the Green vote are encouraging. For UKIP, who have never really bothered north of the border to beat a woman representing Tommy Sheridan's party (still a very popular man up there)speaks volumes about the poverty of the old left.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Propaganda or projects?

As I've mentioned here before, the small but vocal National Anarchist milieu is a good example of an anti-globalist current who's syncretic nature can appeal to potentially large numbers of people. But feet must be kept firmly on the ground. National Anarchists will achieve more if they present their politics as a philosophy and guiding set of principles for people to aim at, rather than taking on the ominous task of attempting to create a 'movement' in the traditional sense with drums, banners and loudhailers. National Anarchists have had some success in places attracting cadre from the various youth cultures, which although not wrong in itself does present the danger of National Anarchism creating its own sub-cultural ghetto - something that has befallen the leftist anarchists.

To widen their appeal National Anarchists could look toward creating Neo-tribalist projects where like-minded people can create informal networks promoting kinship and cultural bonds, as well as bartering systems, mutual aid and welfare systems and Friendly Societies each with a National Anarchist ethos.

While good ol' rabble rousing and agitation have their place, National Anarchism can gain ground by adopting a DIY attitude, with activists encouraging autonomy, self-sufficiency and local identity, either through their own example or by joining existing projects - Look how Freecycle schemes are a great success now.

Some National Anarchists including Dr David Michael advocate creating isolated intentional communities in remote areas, but although such ambitions are laudable and should be practically looked into, they only attract the pioneers and true believers of National Anarchism. This 'Head for the Hills' approach is very difficult to implement and can put off the more luke-warm of supporters. So creating 'halfway houses' like neo-tribalist initiatives can keep many of the less committed on board whilst providing a worthwhile alternative to consumerism and reliance on state and capitalism. The Afrikaner community of Orania in the Northern Cape is good example of an self-aware ethno-cultural community living semi-autonomously - inspiration enough for National Anarchists.

The National Liberal Party have a snazzy new website and seem to have demoted their Third Way label to a think tank. Rather ambitiously, they hope to stand 10 candidates at the next General Election against europhiles like Chris Huhne and Nick Clegg. Electoral politics can be a depressing old game and the field is increasingly crowded these days, but this blog wishes the NLP all the best in its new found vigour.

Next Thursday's Glenrothes by-election will see the now familiar sight of the once strong(ish)Scottish left going head to head - the SSP and Tommy Sheridan's Solidarity will both be trying to out-radicalise each other, but why no Green candidate? The party is the biggest of the minnows north of the border - at least in terms of representation. Surely finding a spare 500 quid can't be that difficult with The Greens raking it in from their two MSPs?

Don't hold your breath or anything, but the Convention of the Left is holding a recall conference on Nov. 29th, following on from September's inaugural gathering, which (by the standards of recent Left unity projects) went quite well. Can the Left prove this old fascist wrong and reorganise itself into something worthwhile? Well...

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Yeah, dude, no borders! (wtf?)

I choose my words carefully here - it is a real tragedy that the liberal-left took control of the Green Party of England and Wales in the early 90s. Of course, proud liberals in the party would say there was no coup d'tat, it was all carried out in the nicest possible way, democratic to the last. Me, I suspect it was a case of prevailing cultural Marxism. The Greens hated the Thatcherites, so they got into bed with whoever felt the same. That's how they've ended up in this leftist cul-de-sac.

During the 70s and 80s the party's economic policies were influenced by Distributism and Social Credit, ideas which still influence many Greens today, but why the current social-liberalism? Why the utterly barmy immigration policies?

The party is still strong on the economy, quite rightly declaring its reasoned critiques of rampant, unsustainable growth and the GP's emphasis on local grassroots decision making, self-sufficient, sustainable communities and economies can sit easily with any self-respecting anti-globalist...

So why, oh why does the GPEW have to spoil all this with its daft, cruel and dangerous policies on immigration and multi-culturalism? The consequences of these processes fly in the face of the Green vision, of small communities at ease with themselves. The Greens actually hit the nail on the head when it comes to immigration: Their Manifesto for a Sustainable Society states:

The Green Party's long term global vision is of an international economic order where the relationship between regions is non-exploitative, each region is as self-reliant and economically self- sufficient as practicable and the quality of life (social, political, environmental, cultural and economic) is such that there is less urge to migrate. Logically, in order to move away from the current level of immigration controls, we must create a fairer world.
MG101 The existing economic order and colonialism have both been major causes of migration through direct and indirect violence, disruption of traditional economies, the use of migrants as cheap labour, uneven patterns of development and global division of labour.

MG102 We are aware that, in the 21st century, there is likely to be mass migration of people escaping from the consequences of global warming, environmental degradation, resource shortage and population increase.

Quite true, we have to build a post-global, decentralised world, if we want people to stay where they are. But, as far as the Greens are concerned, in the meantime, its C'mon Over to My Place, an open door. How on earth is this sustainable? Transient, rootless communities are hardly green. Public services, schools, hospitals and housing are all put under increasing pressure through immigration - a society hardly at ease with itself.

As a young leftist our stock-in-trade take on immigration was The Capitalists can move capital, goods and materials around the globe at the touch of a key - if it's OK for the money, it's OK for the workforce. But this isn't good enough. A bank balance doesn't need a roof, its kids don't need a classroom, its spouse doesn't need the local clinic. It need not worry about sticking out a mile because of it's language, dress, custom or religion. The stock in trade Green reaction to this is: Yeah, well there's billions and billions of quid the government could set aside for immigration - look at what they spend in Iraq! ...It aint gonna happen though is it. The Greens, unfortunately, suffer from that condition all too common on the left: wishful thinking. We've got to stop pigeon-holing ourselves into little ideological straightjacket's. A curse on definitions.

The understandable friction caused when different cultures are thrust upon one another, is all too often left to fester away causing social strife and resentment,ill-will and general unhappiness. The Greens want a love-in, the best way to ensure this is to have mono-cultural communities. The disaster of multiculturalism hardly lies easily with the the Green vision of happy, stable communities. Communities are happiest when they have a sense of self, belonging, shared identity and a common cultural bond. UK 2008?! Even the most flowery optimist must say 'no'. Greens - drop the liberal baggage, it doesn't make sense - and I promise not to scream Nazis! if you do.

If the Green movement took up REAL cultural diversity (i.e. when different cultures are left to develop independently of each other)it could forge lasting alliances with other anti-globalist currents. The Greens urgently need to debate immigration and its silly 'NO BORDERS' posturing, this political posing is counter-productive, contradictory, harmful and ultimately serves the interests of the globalisers. The danger is that any process of dialogue may result in a damaging split - and I'm not out to split the Green movement - but...ALLIANCE BUILDING BETWEEN DIFFERENT ANTI-GLOBALIST CURRENTS IS OUR BEST CHANCE - NO REPEAT OF THE LAST 100 YEARS OF IDEOLOGICAL WARFARE...please.

The credit crunch shows glaringly that their is no alternative to capitalism. This is because the traditional factions of left and right are redundant. All the disparate forces opposed to the way the world is run in 2008 need to fuse, unite, throw all their worldviews in the pot, mix them all up and fight together.

The English Democrats South West organiser Mike Blundell managed to get 93 votes in a local election in Bristol last week. You've got to take the rough with the smooth and generally speaking English Nationalist votes over the past couple of years have been comparable with what the old Socialist Alliance were getting a decade ago. Fear not though, proud patriots. English nationalism has a far bigger reserve pool than trotskyite transitional demands. Stick on in there, chaps.

One of the reasons I was so pro-leadership in the recent Green Party of England and Wales leadership debate is the media attention I thought having a leader would gain the party. So, this week we had a big story where Climate Change and Energy Secretary, Ed Miliband, announces a commitment to increase the cut in emissions from 60% to 80% by 2050 - GREAT! But where was Caroline Lucas? The BBC got a quote from a bloke from Friends of the Earth, so why not the UK's premier Green? PR dept needs an overhaul, I reckon. The Prime Minister's Speech to the party faithful in Manchester last month mentioned the British National Party. If a veritable minnow like Mr Griffin's outfit can get a mention from her Majesty's first minister, the Greens should be at least second paragraph when it comes to a climate change story.

Well, they may have lost their sole defector MP but the Canadian Green Party didn't do too badly in last week's Canadian general election. 940,000 votes and 6.8% of the national vote share (up 2.3%) The Quebec secessionists gained and are in a relatively strong position. The Western and other secessionists, however, along with the Anti-globalist Canadian Action Party, bombed.

WHEEL OF THE YEAR you're talking. This is my favourite time of year. Round my way, we had our first frost a couple of weeks ago - always a good seasonal marker. This is the time when I see streetlights switching off as I amble to work in the morning mist.

One thing I have noticed this Autumn, however, is the distinct lack of poppies...Where Have All the Poppies Gone... Have a safe dark quarter, dear reader, and a Happy Samhain for the 31st. Blessed Be!

Monday, 29 September 2008

The Sound of Music

Well, your average South German nationalist could be forgiven for doing Julie Andrews impressions today...Another continental election, I can't keep up.

The Austrian legislative elections yesterday were good news for the nationalist FPO and it's breakaway, the BZO, together getting nearly 30% of the vote. Austrian (ie South German) voters still gave the nod to the neo-liberal parties of the centre-left & centre-right, however. They came out on top, but they will have do some backroom arm-twisting to form a government. But nearly a third of the electorate showed their disapproval of the EU and the islamification of their country.

In addition the Austrian Greens (dispite their usual lovey-dovey multiculturalism) held their own, and at least they're euroskeptic. I just hope the silly so-and-sos don't come to the centre-left/centre-right's aid and prop-up their pro-globalist administration. As things stand the results look like this:

Social Democrats (centre-left) - 29.7% (58 seats)
People's Party - 25.6% (centre-right) (50 seats)
Freedom Party - 18% (35 seats)
Alliance for Austria's Future - 11% (21 seats)
Greens - 9.8% (19 seats)
Other parties - 5.8%
Source: Austrian Interior Ministry

I've always had to admire a politician who doesn't care what he says and the FPO's Heinz-Christian Strache is no exception! Get a load o' this from today's Times:

Speaking at his final election rally in Vienna’s working-class district of Favoriten on Friday, he said that people were scared to see women in burkas running around "like female Ninjas"

An FPO colleague of Strache is quoted in the Guardian thus:

while another of his party leaders reminisced about the days when the kiosks on Vienna's squares sold sausage and wiener schnitzel, rather than "the kebab joints selling falafel and couscous, or whatever you call that stuff"

I know, I know...I'm gonna have to go on a diversity and inclusivity course (all at the taxpayers expense, probably) but I did laugh...

The civic-nationalist Free England Party gained a disappointing 81 votes (6%) in Stevenage's Pin Green council by-election last Thursday, down somewhat from previous outings. Oh well, the path to salvation was never a smooth one. The Banner's message of solidarity to FEP candidate Richard Aitkins is a quote from that great filum Michael Collins:

Eamonn De Valera (Alan Rickman, soothingly): Wait, Michael, wait...
Mick Collins (Liam Neeson, impatiently): Till when?!
Eamonn (knowingly):...The next time...

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Scottish Greens to debate Fuhrerprinzip?

Robin Harper, co-convener of the Scottish Greens has stood down from the post and has called for the party to adopt a similar leadership structure to their colleagues south of the border. They have about a year to debate the issues before next year's conference where they can put it to the vote. By next summer, the benefits (or not) of the new Lucas/Ramsay leadership team should be apparent and Scottish greens can see if its for them or not, by then. Having a face with whom the public can identify with positive green ideals may even go someway to clawing back the five MSPs the Scottish Greens lost in 2007.

Talking of the Greens,they are defending a seat in Formley & Wortley ward in Leeds, with polling taking place as I write this. They are defending a huge majority of around 1500. But what caught my eye about this contest was the Alliance for green Socialism are also standing, like they did in the same ward last year. They got a derisory vote last time which they will no doubt get today. But their existence still proves the sectarianism on the left. The AGS has it origins in Labour Party 'usual suspects' and CPB hangers on. But as far as i know their is no dialogue between them and the much larger GPEW. Looking at the positions of both the AGS and GPEW Green Left faction, I can see no obvious hurdles to dialogue. At the very least the AGS could agree not to stand against Green Left candidates, and for the Green Left's part - if they can work with small Trotskyite organisations like Socialist Resistance, they can work with AGS. Surely it's not being entirely Utopian to call for all Greens, when it comes to the electoral front, to strike as a fist?

Over on the english nationalist front Berrocscir's Banner is hoping for a good showing from the Free England Party's Richard Aitkins who is standing in the Hertfordshire Pin Green ward next Thursday, whilst hoping for a similar outcome for the English Democrat's Mike Blundell who is standing in a Bristol ward on October 9th.

Kiwis go to polls
New Zealand's General Election goes ahead in November and there are a handful of broadly anti-globalist formations throwing their hats into the ring.

Firstly, although monarchism is more popular here than with the Aussies, NZ's Republicans are hopefully going to show that the Kiwi nation can easily hold her own without the patronage of some elderly aristocrat 12,000 miles away. Although their returns last time around were meagre, a bigger republican vote in November, whilst highlighting the legacy of colonialism (proto-globalism) will indicate the people's appetite for self-sufficiently, independence and identity, something this blog always encourages.

The main left-wing grouping standing seem to be the recently formed Residents Action Movement Although kow-towing to the multi-cultural agenda and bending over backwards to Islam, the RAM can be applauded for their localist and decenralist policies and for their strong anti-corporate/anti-capitalist stance.

Also worthy of note are the Democrats for Social Credit who are standing in several seats. Any party keeping the flame of Social Credit burning is OK by this blog.

NZ's parliament also has seats set aside for the Maoris. Something entirely justifiable to safeguard this ancient, noble and distinct culture.

Turn, Turn, Turn - A Wheel of the Year special
It's been nearly a year since Berrocscir's Banner began the occasional Wheel of the Year column. Your's truly is no hardcore Wiccan or in-yer-face pagan, but just a soul who wants to pay homage to the eternal cycle of life and death and how it is manifested here on our beautiful planet. So the Wheel entries on here are a simple way for your author to keep in step with the rhythms of the year, and, for me, a way of keeping in with the lifeforce and our ancestors who built our nations and cultures thus making us who we are.

Last Monday night (15th) I gazed up at the full Harvest Moon (complete with a fine halo through the thin cloud cover)and contemplated this time of year: A time of harvest, reaping what we sow, sharing the spoils at this time of fruits. I remembered that Autumn is a time of maturity (which comes before decline). For a couple of minutes at these markers throughout the year, I can remind myself that I'm part of the infinite, Divine universe. I came from it and shall go back to it. Although, even as long as I breathe, I am ever connected to it. I am it. In all its uncharted majesty and awe.

As a child I used to love school Harvest Festivals, my eyes growing before nature's glorious bounty before me in the Assembly Hall. After assembly we'll take our horn of plenty round to the old people's bungalow's nearby and distribute our prize to them whilst singing We Plough the Fields and Scatter...

This fond memory is part of a larger folk-memory, vital to all peoples if they are to maintain their uniqueness, their identity, themselves.

Recently I've gazed at windfalls on the path on the way to work. A glance at the apple - a symbol of Autumn in England - on a drab, grey morning, is an incantation, a little prayer. Not to anyone in particular, but just to existence itself. A weekend bus journey passing ripe cornfields...having a full moon illuminate my journey back home after missing my stop - these are my altars.

I started Wheel of the Year last October 7th with Michaelmas, and, well the wheel turns indeed, here we are coming up to Michaelmas again.

In the Social calendar,the stuff Mother Nature has taken a back seat with, the English year has just taken in the wonderful Last Night of the Proms, so that means Guy Fawkes Night is on the horizon (its Bonfires borrowed from a much earlier time than the seventeenth century) and Remembrance Sunday...until then, Blessed Be!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

O Canaduh!

Above: The separatist flag of Western Canada

There's a federal election coming up on 14th October in Canada. Berrocscir's Banner will watch with interest the performances of the Canadian Greens (who last month picked up their first MP - a liberal defector). It's doubtful if they can gain seats this time despite their countrywide poll of 4.5% in 2006. Anti-globalists should also be cheering on the Canadian Action Party. Although they are unlikely to grab seats, the Left-Nationalist CAP are anti-globalist, anti-free trade, anti-NAFTA, so more power to their elbow. Their origins are in the Social Credit movement, once an influential force in Canada.

How Canada's thriving separatist and secessionist groupings fair in this year's poll, will also be of note. The The Quebec secessionists must be one of the most powerful in the world. Whilst there are a number of active Quebec nationalist groups in existence, it was the Bloc Quebecois who polled 1.4 million votes (42% of the whole Quebec poll) in 2006. In the 1995 referendum the figure voting to secede was 49%, so there's a real possibility we will witness a Free Quebec in the not too distant future. If this happens maybe it will kick start a domino effect on the rest of Canada which is ripe for dissolution. As well as the First Nations managing to keep a political voice today, there is also the emerging Western Separatist movement. This movement's main political force seems to be the fledgling Western Block Party. Although their 2006 vote was derisory, the WBP, who seek secession for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, could be on to a winner if their patience can hold. The Western territories have a different vibe from the rest of Canada. It is the ethnic homeland of the descendants of Germanic/Nordic settlers with their distinct traditions. It's people don't want the french language enforced on them and it has different traditions and heritage to the peoples of the First Nations. There are other Western separatist groups who unfortunately seem to relate to the WBP with some antagonism, but hopefully we can witness an improvement on the 2006 vote.

Other separatists exist in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, although whether they will stand and how well they fair if they do, is a moot point. Newfoundland in particular has a rich, distinct culture due to the many settlers it attracted from Wessex in the 1800s, so it at least has some identity to go on, should secessionist groups take hold elsewhere in Canada.

Now, there are some numpties who want to hop into bed with Uncle Sam, but, in Canada's case, hopefully the pendulum of history is going the other way.

A little bit of merger-mania to report this week. In a move which may cause their erstwhile colleagues in the English Democrats a cursory glance in their direction, the Free England Party have managed to poach Chris Nickerson, the (sole?) man behind the English Independence Party To all intents and purposes the EIP is Nickerson's personal brand name, but despite this, the fact that Nickerson agreed to take on the seemingly ceremonial role of FEP President at an NEC meeting on Saturday, is a small victory for English nationalism. Nickerson had been mocked by other activists for his own wilful isolation, so its good to see the FEP extending the olive branch. The EIP has been noted in English Nationalist circles for its robust immigration policy. Is this something we will see the FEP, as good civic-nationalists looking over?

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Secession, secession, sucession

Republican US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been courting controversy this week presiding over who must be the most embarrassed young couple on the planet. For Berrocscir's Banner, however, the real scandal was the revelation that Palin's husband, Todd, was a paid up member of the 13,000 strong Alaskan Independence Party as recently as 2002! Oh, the shame of it!!

This is all to the good, a free bit of publicity for the Alaskan secessionists, and indeed, the secessionist movement worldwide. Secessionists in the US seem to be on something of a periodic upturn, so this widespread media coverage is to be welcomed.

Talking of the US Presidential election, a footnote to this year's campaign is the welcome, no honestly, the welcome news that the Workers World Party , one of several Marxist-Leninist-Trotskyist groupscules in the States, is officially backing Cynthia McKinney, the Presidential hopeful for the Green Party .

Apart from the Wobblies I know very little about the Left in the US, and don't know if the WWP consists of half a dozen academics plus a token Blue Collar OR the massed ranks for the proletariat (...although I know what I'd put a tenner on)But this step the WWP has taken is encouraging. It shows the Left coming out of their ideological hidey-holes. The WWP has obviously studied green politics and had a little internal debate over it. The time was when small trot groups wished disease on other tendencies, so this small example is a step up from glorious isolation and impotent ideological purity.

At the present time, the best hope for alliances between disparate anti-globalist forces seems to be of the Red/Green hue. There is a strong socialist current within the Green movement which is a positive thing. Working together, talking together is the only way anti-globalists can make concrete gains.

It's not often you see the left get one over on the BNP these days, but that's exactly what happened on Thursday in the Barrow Borough Council Newbarns ward by-election. In a Tory hold the Barrow-based Socialist Peoples Party beat the BNP 155 votes to 104 and just 12 votes behind the runner-up Labour candidate. It might be a local issue the picked up on, respected local activists taking on local case work and the bread and butter stuff, but the SPP, in pipping 'the fash', actually only succeeded in splitting the anti-globalist, socialist vote. The BNP are just as socialistic as the SSP, albeit of a different hue. We could argue over the finer points, but divided the globalists will always win out.

Caroline Lucas is the first ever elected leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, taking a cool 90% of the vote. Good on loser Ashley Gunstock for preventing a straightforward coronation. Plucky little Adrian Ramsay was elected Caroline's deputy. The job now is to make this leadership team get well and truly on the media's radar and most importantly, to go out and WIN SEATS.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Year Zero

So, the UK economy has hit zero growth. All anti-capitalists of all hues should be dancing in the ailes over this. Zero growth SHOULD mean sustainability. Zero growth SHOULD mean a stable and self-sufficient population. It used to be said that the Green Party supported zero growth. I didn't see it mentioned specifically in the Economy section of their Manifesto for a Sustainable Society , but reading through their policy, one can see it is is compatible with zero growth. However, within the framework of capitalism, zero growth is bad news for the peasants. Zero growth is only positive if from a decentralised and bottom up economy. Is 2008 the beginning of such a vision? Are we looking at a new year Zero?

Last week I lamented the fact that Richard Hunt, the radical economic theorist, didn't seem to have his ideas (valuable to people looking for alternatives to globalism) up online. No sooner had I posted than I stumbled across this interview conducted by leading National Anarchist Troy Southgate and published on the now defunct Terra Firma N-A site. Other articles from Mr Hunt can be found via his Wikipedia entry

Nepal now has a Maoist Prime Minister. The Nepalese Maoists don't seem too bothered with PR going on the historic events associated with the Maoist creed, but it will be interesting to see how the new regime interacts (or not)with the new world order/neo-liberals and neo-cons. Hamas, it seems, have managed to stay fiercely independent of Uncle Sam despite them becoming world players. Will the Maoists remain defiant in the face of world economic hegemony? They say they want good relations with their neighbours. Will India, close by, with its large capitalist economy prove too tempting for the Maoists to resist?

It would seem the world's press are having a job getting into South Ossetia.
Reports are sketchy and rumours of South Ossetian death squads murdering Georgians are rife.

If there is blood letting, then I despair. Can we really ever hope to have ethnic homelands without the Grim Reaper? It is a question that needs answering. Is self-determination worth it if misery ensues?

Leona Lewis is a beautiful girl, but Greensleeves and Jerusalem are ENGLISH tunes. They don't belong to the British (whoever they are!)

Monday, 18 August 2008

A Green genius

Some people never get enough credit and former editor of Alternative Green, Richard Hunt, is one of them.

I only ever saw a few editions of Alternative Green back in the early 90s. But leafing through them had a profound influence on me, who, at the time, was every inch a leftist, and played a part in developing the politics espoused on here.

Hunt had launched AG in 1991 after being kicked off the editorial board of Green Anarchist. Back then GA was pretty much leftist, aligning itself with the more workerist anarchist groups. It was only later that GA set out a primitivist line.

Hunt was dismissed because of an editorial he wrote declaring his support for British troops in the build up to the first Gulf War. The reason Hunt gave was one of kinship and 'My country, right or wrong' Now, I won't go as far as to support troops engaged in such an imperialist endeavour, but Hunt's arguments struck a chord with me.

There was a real to do within anarchist circles with Hunt being a accused of racism. His response was to launch AG and push for the same autonomous village society that GA had, but with ones based on ending the left/right divide. AG was particularly hot when discussing the failures of both Left & Right and opening up a debate on nationalism in relation to the Green movement.

Hunt's essay 'The Natural Society', first published in 1976, would be particularly useful to today's anti-globalist activists, but it doesn't seem available online. Further, Hunt's theory of 'revolution on the periphery' will make good reading for today's National Anarchists. The basics of this theory being that the destruction of modern society will not start in the West as it is too bloated and decadent, and we must therefore look to revolution in the Third World, so as to start the system fraying at the edges...Hunt used the Roman Empire as a model.

Hunt's work really should be widely available. It's a shame that Alternative Green, which is still being published as far as I know, hasn't got a website. To fill the void then, if any National Anarchist group or similar has access to Hunt's articles or anything else that appeared in AG by other writers, then getting them online would be a great idea.

It's the economy, Stupid
The ongoing crisis in Georgia shows us that the New World order isn't 100% complete. The old 20th century battle lines have never totally disappeared, and their reemergence in the Georgian scenario, begs the question of if we are witnessing a return to Cold War stability. The answer of course, is no. Despite losing its empire, Russia is still able to flex its political muscle, due in part to its legacy of the Soviet era - a strong nationalistic streak running through Russian society, coupled with military supremacy, and the desire to look strong in the face of the old enemy, NATO.

But it is in the the economic sphere where Russia, like everywhere else, is under the jackboot of globalism and the neocon agenda. How many American firms now have a stake in Mother Russia? Will the Kremlin be booting these capitalist dogs off of its soil over America's latest finger wagging over Georgia? No. The world's elites are not going to kick Russia off the G8, either. That's too much market at risk.

Globalist projects like the UN, NATO, EU, NAFTA and WTO all involve the political and the economic. The globalisers have the latter pretty much sewn up, but you can bet your bottom dollar they're working on the former, and it seems to be coming on nicely.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Self-determination for all peoples

A big geopolitical battle is underway in that most problematic of regions, the Caucasus. I don't know much about South Ossetia, in fact until this week I'd never heard of it.

This blog advocates secession as a way of breaking down the empires and as a way to a decentralised and diverse world. Ossetians are an ethnic group in the own right with their own language and culture, but their wish to join the Russian Federation must be respected. It is also important to remember that 30% South Ossetia's population is Georgian. We don't want a repeat of the Bosnian scenario. The people of Abkahazia too, are flexing their muscle. Both they and the Ossetians seem close to the Russians, and some Georgian commentators are saying the Kremlin intends to gain back all the old territories of the USSR - that old imperialist monster! However, it seems Abkhazia is more independently minded that Ossetia. If full secession is not possible as it will lead to war, death, rape, misery - then semi-autonomy for ethnic minorities in Georgia is the way forward. It's something that could happen in a united Ireland, semi-autonomy for the Protestants or 'British-Irish' as the CPGB (PCC) would have it. There are countless other states where ethnic minorities have their own political parties and representation in government. Ethnic Italians have their own voice in Switzerland, ethnic Germans in Romania have theirs. Serbs in Slovenia have theirs - where these exist we do not hear about ethnic cleansing.

In Moldova, Transnistria, which is mainly populated by ethnic Russians, is an autonomous region, although it sadly cost a thousand lives in the battles of 1992.

Can this sort of thing happen in the UK with Leicester and Bradford? Ethnic homelands can only happen within existing states if the population share a meta-ethnicity and where cultures are not too different.

This blog will follow the Georgian crisis with concern and interest in the possible remedies.

In the meantime:

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Queen Caroline

Well, this rubbishy little blog won't win any awards for punditry. Out of the names touted here last week regarding the Green Party's Leadership election coming up in September, only Caroline Lucas has thrown her hat in the ring. Quite frankly, as the UK's most recognisable Green (after David Icke) things would have been slightly awry if she hadn't. She's going up against perennial candidate and ex - 'The Bill' actor Ashley Gunstock, who, bless 'im, never does spectacularly, so it looks like Lucus is home and dry.

There was only one taker for Deputy Leader - young Adrian Ramsay, leader of the 13-strong Green opposition on Norwich City Council. He certainly looks the part, our Adrian. He rivals David Miliband in the 'Young politician on the make' stakes. The irony is that he will only be able to take on the new role if Lucas wins, due to the Greens illogical gender balance rules.

MINORITY REPORT - Titbits from the Outer-limits
I've long admired the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee) Their paper, the Weekly Worker, is just about the only place where you can read up on the true, miserable state of the UK Left. I like their stance on Northern Ireland: United Ireland, but with semi-autonomous homelands for the 'British-Irish' Protestants centred on Antrim. But the comrades are still rabbiting on about how the British state must be maintained so that workers have the maximum unity to take on the British ruling class and should organise into one single Communist Party of the UK. Now, this is all fine and dandy if taken from some Marxian, scientific logic. But reality check: The British ruling class have been superseded by the globalised system. It is this one-world system that is the true enemy of the world's toilers. Better for anti-globalisation activists to call for the break-up of an artificial, multinational state like the UK. An independent Scotland, Wales and England are far better as a first practical step to challenging the status quo. Secession is the key to breaking down the almighty proto-world system. There are 189 states on the planet, but there are hundreds of ethnic groups and nationalities. If these started flexing their collective muscle, then the globalisers should start worrying.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Nationalism or Regionalism?

According to the European Union, there is no England. There's only 9 regions carved out of her with no consideration to local cultural or historical markers. These phony Euro zones have given regionalism a bad name, not least within English nationalist circles. Berrocscir's Banner is for the continuing unity of England on political, ethnic and cultural levels. However, regional autonomy can happily co-exist with national unity. Authentic regionalism is not artificial and merely for administrative purposes like the grey and rootless Euro Zones.

Some English regionalists such as the Wessex Regionalists and the Mercia Movement want devolution and sometimes independence (!) for the old sub-kingdoms of the old Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy . Now, there should be an historical element to regionalism and a revivalist renaissance of the Heptarchy, no harm in that, but to all intents and purposes hasn't the Heptarchy fallen out of folk memory? The Heptarchy is certainly part of what defines the English and is part of their rich heritage and history, but does it mean much to the English today? No, the Heptarchy has been demoted to the history books, a process which started with the Norman Conquest and cemented with the 1707 Act of Union which bought about that most strange of all nationalisms - British. This might be a tad harsh, but real regional pride these days is manifested in county/shire pride. Yorkshiremen hold the White Rose close to their bosom, the Norfolk are very self-aware and down in Somerset, well they know who they are. Returning political power back down to the Shires can help re-enforce this sense of place. Adopting a Swiss style Canton system, giving real powers to local government, will encourage decentralisation and self -reliance, thus eroding the globalisation of everyday life. English nationalists might argue this will inevitably lead to the break-up of England. Quite possibly, but a growth in regional identity might actually reignite English identity by overtaking the 'global village' mentality and vague internationalism which has got its claws into large swathes of the social strata. England has been united since the tenth century, so that's long enough to actually mean something, but if transcending the global order means taking devolution to its natural conclusion and the concept of England passing into history, then so be it. England will always be in my heart, but that doesn't justify its existence.

MINORITY REPORT - Titbits from the Outer-Limits

The Passing of a Great Helmsman
Such are the fortunes of Veritas these days that I rarely check its website. So I was unaware that Patrick Eston, the chap who had the unenviable task of picking up the pieces after Kilroy's departure, had himself jacked it in a while back. It really should be game over for Veritas, who presently still seem determined to stick with it. For a week or so after the party's launch, it really looked like something was happening, but Veritas, through their own making, have made themselves figures of fun from all quarters. But the membership however, remain sincere people. Maybe some of their old adversaries in UKIP should let bygones be bygones for the good of their cause and welcome them back.

Keith pips Derek
Meanwhile, over at the Green Party, Brighton councillor Keith Taylor, a centrist, has beaten arch-leftie Derek Wall into third place on Green party's Euro-list for the South East region. Is this a sign of dissatisfaction in the ranks of the party of the tyranny of the Reds or has this blogger got a fertile imagination and its simply down to Keith being a good councillor and activist? Probably the latter. The former's a nice thought, though!

Monday, 28 July 2008

Greens get going

Nominations close this Thursday for those hopefuls who are after the top job/s (leader/deputy leader/co-leaders) in the Green Party of England & Wales.

Last November Green Party members wisely voted to scrap the impotent posts of male & female principal speakers in favour of real leadership - just the sort of vanguard necessary to take green ideas forward. The new leader/s will have voting powers on the party's Executive. Having someone at the top will give the public a face to identify with ('That's that Green bloke'...'Oh, she's the Green woman') There's talk of adopting co-leaders, but what's the point of that? It will show voters that the Green's just can't shed that hippy image.

Having a SOLE leader will get more media attention. Look at Nigel Farage, the UKIP boss, he's never off the box and pops up on Radio 2 like clockwork - The media can only understand formal leadership.

As of today the candidates are not clear, but it's likely to be Caroline Lucas, Sian Berry, Darren Johnson and possibly Jenny Jones (the only name here that actively campaigned to retain the status quo) In terms of media savvyness it can only be Caroline. She will be a good, uniting influence between the leftists and the centrists. A victory for Berry, as a supporter of the influential Green Left faction, might lead to the portrayal of the Greens as hard left. Now, the Greens can certainly mop up the Labour vote and they've just started doing well in traditional Labour areas, but Berry at the helm could lead to a media backlash against the party, prompting a hemorrhaging of support in the suburbs.

It would be a mistake for the Greens to present themselves as an explicitly left-wing party. Green thought encompasses the entire political spectrum, a fine example of how politics must transcend left & right - Something that is desperately needed in the fight against the neocons, neolibs and their global empire building. So while there is much that is commendable about the manifestations of the Green Left, they must not be allowed to capture the soul of the Green Party. Berrocscir's Banner calls for a renaissance of the rightist and nationalist Greens, but not in preparation of civil war. A strong rightist tendency will help the Party to present itself as a pluralistic alternative to the black & white of left & right.

The result of the leadership ballot will be announced at Party Conference in September, when incidentally, one Ken Livingstone will be guest of honour. Whoever ends up the Daddy (or Momma)the Green Party looks to be taking its electoral work very seriously. Greens rightly know that standing in the maximum possible number of local seats translates into Green votes at national and EU level. The party has enough members and healthy enough infrastructure to stand anywhere, anytime. Smaller parties need to be selective, but the Greens have reached the critical mass - every seat must be contested. Interesting then that we're getting rumours that the Greens two MEPs are in danger of losing in next year's Euro poll...Well, I don't know - the Party managed to retain its two Greater London Assembly members back in May, despite some fierce competition. It really would be a blow to lose the Euro reps.
So, despite all the doom and gloom on the EU front, the Greens seem confident of picking up an MP or three come the General Election(if there's one before year end then sorry Greens - no chance, but if we've got another two years, then maybe!)This blog, deep down, thinks this is a bit of a tall order, but looking at the maths in the Green's target seats of Brighton Pavilion and Norwich South, well, they could just do it...couldn't they? Check out the Greens for Parliament site for all the details. Funny then, that all this ambition is not matched on the seat-tally. The Greens say they've got 140 candidates confirmed and hope for 300. They really need to listen to Sian Berry's call at last year's conference to work for a full slate. If they can work towards this achievable goal then the Greens really would have come of age.

We hear that the Libertarian Party continued to be a bit sloppy with the old paper work, not getting it in on time for Glasgow East. They did this in Henley. Will they go for the hat trick?

The Free England Party seem to be less rabid when it comes to Cornish types than other English Nationalists. They appear to be ready for dialogue if the Cornish nationalist movement reaches tipping point. This recognition that you can't force nationality on anyone who doesn't want it, is to be welcomed.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Where next for National Anarchism?

First, lets get things into perspective: National Anarchism is not a mass movement, nor is it likely to be for the foreseeable future. A few years ago there were literally a handful of voices in the wilderness, who today have been joined by a handful more. A quick Google search reveals a noticeable growth in National-Anarchist ideas, but, outside the fringes, it remains an unknown current.

National Anarchism, with its promotion of identity politics, pluralism and decentralism, is potentially able to command public sympathy: scratch Joe Public and you will find ideas compatible with it - Most people possess a natural inclination to 'the tribe'. They want to live and let live and they want more control over their lives...But we live in a post-ideological era where isms are wasms. Here lies the rub - National Anarchism, like any movement starting from scratch, needs pioneers. Hardcore political activists with the skills, resources and determination to move things forward. While it would be a mistake to discard the hoi polloi completely, today's National Anarchists would be wise to target the free-thinking minorities from within already established political camps. National Anarchism can appeal to the less dogmatic from the ranks of the Greens, Reds and anarchos from the left and the Third Positionists, New Right, Paleoconservatives and nationalists from the right. For the immediate future, this is where National Anarchists need to concentrate their work - to engage with the already politicised. This author's political teeth were cut on the anarchist/libertarian communist scene, yet I now accept the once alien concepts of nationality and tradition, ethnicity and culture, into my worldview. National Anarchist ideas can appeal to the distributists, social crediters, the Guild Socialists and co-operatists. It can attract the ruralists, the squatters and back-to-the-landers. The regionalists and the separatists. Now, some are already out there doing all this communicating to other activists with fairly limited success. But if nine blinkered fools call you rude names, the tenth might be won over or at least come to properly understand N-A principles.

A real debate needs to start within National Anarchist circles about how we bring about a new politics for the twenty first century. The globalised world is all powerful so its opponents need to co-operate as a first step to even begin to think about challenging it. National-Anarchism is just the kind of puralistic, universal tendency that can accommodate all anti-globalist camps...

...There's just one problem with the branding: The name National Anarchism is fine for the politicised rump, but it positively reeks of the twentieth century. It's too much like the National Socialist bogeyman. A new description is needed for public consumption - any ideas?

In the meantime, anti-globalists who are serious about their politics (and not just play acting) should be looking to aim all their fire-power (meagre though this might be) fairly and squarely at the globalised system and not each other - that's just soooo last century! To all dogmatists out there I say 'just let go'.

Well, if the Scottish Green Party candidate had beaten the two Marxist candidates, here in Red Clydeside aka Glasgow East - now THAT would've been the political earthquake. As it was, The SGP's Eileen Duke failed to overtake either the Scottish Socialist Party or Solidarity rep. Looking at the result - SSP 555/Sol 512/Green 232 - shows the decline of the the once formidable Scottish left, bucking the UK left's fortunes and reaching a high water mark of seven MSPs in 2003. To be fair the left vote in Glasgow East in last Thursday's by-election, actually held up from 2005 when the sole SSP candidate took over 1000 votes. But at by-elections everybody goes a bit nuts and votes for an outsider. Going on this result, I can't see any light at the end of the tunnel.

Time for a bit of DIY
Far from it be that I stick up for government, but an article I read in the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday had me fuming. There are calls for the government to fund cultural activities for schoolkids. Well, if we had nurtured our culture, looked after it instead of being seduced by americana since the fifties, our culture wouldn't need resuscitating by public money. I'm all for anything that helps a cultural rebirth in England. But it's our own fault, not the state's, that we find ourselves in this cutural desert.

Run for your lives! It's the Union for the Mediterranean!!
I literally grimaced when I heard news of this. step closer to the New World Order...
The Grand Alliance will increase immigration and dilute cultures. But hey, millions more people will be able to express their liberty by buying more stuff, consuming more crap. Hail the free market...fair play to Gaddafi for snubbing it!

The Wheel turns indeed! I can't believe we have reached Lammas already! Lammas is usually observed around August the first and dates from the time of our Anglo-Saxon forefather's harvest time. A vital time of the year for them and still for us today!

Friday, 11 July 2008

The highs & lows of Merrie England

As I walked out one fine Summer's morning
For to view the fields and to take the air
- Banks of Sweet Primroses (Traditional)

One Summer's day in the month of June
Bonny Bunch of Roses (Traditional)

I was reminded of these lines when, a couple of weeks back, I took a day
out from wage slavery to travel to the Berkshire town of Wantage (contrary
to popular belief, Wantage is not in Oxfordshire - Berkshire's boundaries were set
over a thousand years ago, it will take more than a Whitehall mandarin to change them)

Birthplace of Alfred the Great and boasting a fine Church, Wantage
is bearing up in the face of globalisation. So, it does have it's
multinationals and chains, but it still retains it's independent small
businesses, including the fine Wessex flour mill. The town's splendid
Vale & Downland Museum regularly hold exhibitions outlining the
area's rich social, cultural and rural heritage, and locals seem to
have a healthy sense of identity and place.

Lying at the foot of the Berkshire Downs (recently rebranded, in a rare nod to
authentic regionalism, The North Wessex Downs, by some body of authority or other)
Wantage is the major settlement in a long line of them that grew out of the
spring line at the foot of the escarpment - to it's west are sprinkled,
almost at regular intervals, a line of villages stretching to the Wiltshire
border. On this particular day, I took in the first three.

I don't want to knock the well-travelled - I understand the Wanderlust
many possess even if I don't. But, a day out around Wantageshire reaffirmed
my gut instinct that this England is hard to top. I like to think that
this is a naturally occurring tribalism that can be applied to all peoples,
a feeling of place and belonging. In The Everlasting Man GK Chesterton wrote:

There are two ways of getting home, and one of them is to stay there.
The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same

Old Mont Abbott, the Oxfordshire carter and shepherd at Enstone, said:

I've scratched old England on the back, and her's gived me wealth untold...
Our Enstone, our Oxfordsheer, this England, take a lot of beating

I walked out of Wantage's west end for half an hour before reaching East Challow.
A linear village, it's main road slopes down in a curve, off the high
ground that commanded views that reminded me of Old Mont's observation
above. The village had a pub and, much to my annoyance my watch said it
was noon - another seven hours till opening. This tragedy resolved me
to carry on. A footpath sign saying 'WEST CHALLOW 1' ordered me to follow
the route past the old unused Wiltshire & Berkshire Canal.

Into West Challow, a clustered village with no pub, but an impressive
multiple signpost on a miniature raised Green - surely an English icon.
West Challow's church was quainter than it's sister village's, but I was
thirsty. I passed a low, single-storied building which appeared to have some
communal function, but although obviously a lovely place to live, I
left West Challow with that empty feeling of knowing it had become a
dormitory. A hundred years ago the place would have bussled on a day like this
- not now.

Onwards and (literally) upwards for another mile, and I reached Childrey.
This village got it's name from the Anglo-Saxon for 'Spring Stream' and
seemed in good health. A recently renovated village pond, shop (the PO
closed a few week's previous to my visit) and a fine pub.

A large, rather imposing building, dating from 1830, The Hatchet (a free house)
is a Grade II listed building and has a proper old door, dark slate roof and white washed
walls. It had, to me, the familiar sight of the now defunct Morland Brewery's ceramic built
into the brickwork...You guessed it - the place was shut. I resigned myself to mere
temperate refreshment and called at the shop for exactly that. Luckily for me, the place
was a veritable Offy! I would have preferred to have walked out with a couple of bottles
of Childrey home brew, but I had to content myself with a can of Stella (so much for
Mr 'I hate globalism', eh?). I sank the Stella sat by the pond, which I conceed is a tad
uncouth, but as far as I know I wasn't breaking any by-laws and wasn't hurting anybody.
Fifteen years ago I would have revelled in public drinking, this day I was furtively discreet!

Over the road the Master Thatcher's were just finishing off a job and I
hoped that some young guns would come and fill their boots when the
time came. The Stella gone, I reluctantly thought about the return
journey without gusto. My luck, however, was in: one of those
subsidised/community minibuses came trundling around the corner.

Getting back to the teeming citadel of Wantage, I vowed that I would
see the interior of public house that day and selected The Lamb. Just
down the road from the flour mill, from the outside this pub looked
the ticket: Thatched, low, small windows fromthe days of odd taxes...inside
the place was hideous. They've killed it, ripped out it's guts and soul.
You know the thing: MTV blaring out, mass produced furniture that made the
place look like an IKEA shop floor, G**** K***, general ponciness. A
seventeenth century pub with all its collective memory - WIPED!
I'm not advocating that everything be preserved in aspic, I'm saying
that change should be natural and gradual, over the years. An extension
added, new lick o' paint, no rush. This is fine by me, what I object to
is the wholesale gutting of a place by the big chains to match their vision
of the ideal clientele.
Still at least it kept it's name. I even don't mind pub names changing.
After the Battle of Waterloo a lot of pubs changed their name to the
Duke of Wellington, pubs used to adopt the name of new nobility, or
local occurance - this is living history. What I can't stand is the puerile
'Slug & Lettuce' type, a day of mixed emotions, then. Rant over.


Ol' David Davis's seat, eh! In yesterday's by-election the Greens chalked up their first second place (Shan Oakes received 1,758 votes/7.3%). But what really gratified me was the English Democrats not far behind (ex-UKIPer Joanne Robinson bagged 1,714 votes) After some dismal results of late, I'm really pleased for them. Yes I know they benefitted from the exceptional circumstances, no UKIP candidate etc, but for the EDs keeping their 500 quid must be satisfying as I expect all the mentions on the Today Programme and Radio 2 that they've been getting today is. I would have thought the NF's Tess Culnane would have got more than the 544 votes she did.

Glasgow East by-election
I know the Left like nothing more than to knock lumps out of each other but according to the Daily Record, the Solidarity candidate has been going round saying that the Scottish Socialist Party candidate had been at the same school as her. The Solidarity candidate claims to have been a rebelious Mod while the SSP rep was the authoritarian Prefect. You can't make these up, can you?

England's Parliamentary Party
The EPP's Paul Gilbert claimed 78 votes in Stafford Common ward, Stafford BC yesterday. It's hard to judge if this is respectable or not. Mr Gilbert may be relatively inactive, in which case this is a fair showing. If, however, he is well-known in the area as a community figure and he put a lot of work in for this, then it's not.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Third Way backed Independent wins in Havering

A few posts ago I hinted that the BNP had a chance of taking the South Hornchurch ward in the London Borough of Havering. Well, they came second. The real news is that an Independent candidate, Michael Burton, was the victor. The significance to this is that the National Liberal Party - Third Way, a grouping with its roots in Third Positionism, had publicly endorsed Burton as their preferred choice. I'm assuming NLP cadre were out actively campaigning, but I hope they themselves will confirm this on their site soon. Harrington, Williamson and co must be cockahoop. I had wondered why the NLP didn't stand, now I see why.

Incidentally,this was another night to forget for the English Democrats, who scraped 28 votes. The EDs really need to look at strategy.

Friday, 27 June 2008

English Democrats bomb in Henley

The big news from yesterday's Henley by-election is that the Greens and the BNP beat Labour. I'll shed no tears for Brown's man, but what struck me was the abysmal 157 votes that the English Democrats' Derek Allpass picked up. A lot of the gossip emanating from English nationalists is that people are not bothered by the union, the national question, independence, or English parliament, but by all the bread & butter stuff that concerns us all. This is very true. So English nationalists need to start thinking about how to address doorstep, parish pump politics without discarding their patriotic goals. Those not interested in the long haul or think there is some quick fix just around the corner, might as well pack it in now.

Talking of by-elections, we are to be treated to no less than 26 candidates in the 10th July Haltemprice and Howden poll, David Davis's seat. Among them are such delights as David Icke, the New Party (on a rare electoral outing)and Tess Culnane of the NF who must be hoping for second place in light of their high poll in the London GLA elections last month, with no BNP (they back Davis on 42 days)they must fancy their chances. The English Democrats must be hoping to improve on their Henley figure.

Monday, 23 June 2008

Mad dogs and Englishmen...

I see that one of the waifs & strays of English nationalism, Parish Cllr Paul Gilbert, of the phantom England's Parliamentary Party is standing in a local by-election for Stafford Common ward on July 10th. I suppose it's part of being English that we get mavericks like this going it alone, and I wish him well, but if patriot political activists were really serious about their identity they'd throw their lot in with either the EDP or FEP. Still, having the word 'England' on the ballot parer is something I suppose.

The Greens are going up against David Davies in what must be the most bizarre contest in years, as a sort of left-liberal alternative. A big gamble - head office must be hoping for second place, but it could all backfire if the electorate become enamoured of a beauty queen or a loony.

Friday, 20 June 2008

The Sunne in Splendour

Bright blessings to all at this Summer Soltice. The Solstice actually passes tonight at one minute to twelve. This is the time when, as Vivien Crowley says, the Lord and Lady dance through all creation. The earth is at her most bountiful and in full bloom. But it is also a time to acknowledge that however powerful life becomes, it will always reach a point when it can grow no more and begin to decline.

I didn't make it down to Stonehenge (again) this year, but I'm hoping to drag myself up tomorrow and get out to where there's a bit of green for a hour's reflection. Must get an early night.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Eirinn's folk say "No T'anks"

A small victory for anti-globalists courtesy of the Irish - Despite the alleged benefits that the 'Celtic Tiger' economy bought to them, they threw a spanner in the works of the global bulldozer yesterday by rejecting the Lisbon treaty. OK, OK, so the globalisers aren't going to worry about little glitches like popular mandates, and they'll get their way somehow in the coming years. But even so, this result will be a significant hindrance to the EU, the multinationals and the neo-liberals and what they had planned for us. Credit must go to Sinn Fein for playing a full role in the 'No' campaign. Its good to see nationalists like themselves not pandering to world power blocs, unlike certain left-nationalists in Scotland (Alba), Wales (Cymru) and Cornwall (Kernow)

So well done Ireland. I'm a Real Ale man myself - but go on then, I'll have a Guinness.


It is slightly disappointing to see the Libertarian Party not standing in the Henley by-election later this month. They had originally announced Henley would indeed provide the setting for their first sortie into the electoral arena, only to pull out when they realised the job would be too much like hard-work. Come on all you minnows - get your houses in order - don't shout about anything until those nomination papers are in. You might find that a little bit of planning will actually make you look like contenders.
Among those parties who made it on the ballot paper are UKIP and the English Democrats. I take no pleasure in saying this, but the former will trounce the latter, I'd wager.

Havering borough by-election - South Hornchurch ward
In a seat that the BNP must be seriously rubbing their hands over, it is also disappointing to see the National Liberal Party - Third Way stand aside and back a local campaigner in an area the NLP will see as their backyard. In their defence the NLP will say that their decision is down to circumstance and a healthy dose of non-sectarianism. Away from the Punch & Judy stuff if you will. But with them receiving respectable showings in Havering, the NLP should be looking to enter the fray at every opportunity. You have to speculate to accumulate.

Monday, 9 June 2008

National Anarchist evangelicals predictably given short-shrift

Within the National-Anarchist milieu are a few brave-souls out spreading the gospel to the iron columns of both left and right. Predictably however, the right dismiss them as commies and the left as fash. Leftist anarchists especially, come out with the 'Nazis in disguise' response - like the left never wear different hats depending on who they are talking to! And if N-As were Nazis in disguise, jealous of the pull anarchism has for certain layers of youth (which I find hard to swallow) then surely they would be adopting a populist, modernising approach like the rest of the right?

From the exchanges I've read, the National Anarchists seem to be giving a good account of themselves, giving as good as they get. But is there an argument against crusades like this? Well, maybe. Shouldn't N-As by-pass the sub-cultures and ghettos and go straight to the masses? I think there are many appealing aspects unique to National-Anarchism for the minority of the general public who are motivated by ideas and the 'vision thing', but these people are few and far between. That said, National-Anarchism rightly knows that history is made by pioneers, not the great multitude. So it would be a mistake for N-As to ignore the public completely, who knows what firebrands are hiding out there?

The tactic of engaging with established political trends can be defended, however: If banging collective heads might result in 1 in 20 ideologues, who will be swayed by the N-A message, or at least develop a true understanding of it, and perhaps adopting elements of it into their worldviews - then it will have been worth it.

The familiar refrain of "How can you be a nationalist and an anarchist?!" can be slowly eroded by patience. National-Anarchism is not a straight forward fusion of nationalist and anarchist thought (although a fusion there certainly can be). It is a current that promotes autonomy and choice to people who want to live life how they want to - as long as the rest of us don't have to endure it. Communist, religious, green communities, racial separatist, hippie, fascist communes - they are all fair game to National-Anarchists as part of their wider vision of a post globalised world. It is not a case of "It's OUR WAY or death" as the left and right say, but one of plurality and diversity. It is hard to imagine that everyone will ever want to live under the same political and economic systems. National Anarchism then, reasons that separate communities should agree to disagree and happily co-exist independently of one another. The road to this utopia is unclear, no doubt, but propaganda aimed carefully is the first step in turning theory into action.

So why do I rabbit on about National-Anarchism, an idea at present pretty marginalised and untested? Because it has the potential to become an all-encompassing ideology after the 20th century's failure of warring factions. It offers true diversity in human society. It recognises that contrary to the proclamations of modern liberalism, humanity is not uniform. We can't be uprooted from our respective organic cultural and spiritual DNA and get renamed 'Homo economicus'. Left-anarchists can't wipe the human slate clean

I recently read an article in the Independent detailing the threat climate change is posing to the Sami people (or Lapps to you and me) of northern Scandinavia. Nothing for the reindeer to eat, so no livelihoods for the Sami. It paints a pretty grim picture. Not only are tribal peoples feeling the heat from the globalisers, but now also from climate change (which is mainly due to the rampant capitalism of the multinationals)

We have a World Wildlife Fund - how about a World Indigenous Fund to safeguard threatened cultures? Come on the Great and the Good, how about some generous corporate sponsorship? ...Thought not.


Looking at the new 2008 list of registered political parties I was interested to see the rubber stamp given to the Mercian Party. The Mercians (who were given that name by the West-Saxons - 'Merce' or 'Border folk') now have a regional voice. I remember the Mercian Party stood in a Staffordshire (or was it Shropshire?) council seat last year, so the flag of true regionalism (as opposed to phony governmental 'Euro Zones') is fluttering again in the famed Heptarchy of Anglo-Saxon England. I can't see them setting the political scene alight, but their existence does throw up questions of nationalism and regionalism and the chances of them complementing each other. Hmmm...might treat the reader to that in a future post - stay tuned

Monday, 2 June 2008

O'Connor's latest endeavor...

A new month, a new party. Fathers 4 Justice supremo Matt O'Connor who walked out on the English Democrats and their London mayoral candidacy just days before polling day, is to head a new party called Endeavor - and claims two well healed backers with 50k already in the bag. It seems like the formation will be broadly populist and anti-UK, but I predict this will amount to English Nationalism's 'Veritas' moment - even the name rings bells of that little's is perfect for a battleship, but rather pretentious for a political party. No more, please.

Monday, 26 May 2008

Wanted: A Grand Alliance Against Globalism

I hear that the Green Party is involved in a 'Convention of the Left' to be held in Manchester in September. How this sits among the not insignificant non-Marxist Greens might be interesting to hear. The event also has the imput of the CPGB (of Weekly Worker fame) The CPB (of Morning Star fame) and various other flotsam and jetsam of the left. Now, I'm all for talking to people (although I'd prefer to see action) and pigs might fly - we might actually see something positive come out of it. But looking at things in terms of Left and Right are redundant. I'm sure that, at heart, these groups genuinely oppose the march of globalism, but in challenging it from their own rigid worldviews, they fall at the first hurdle. Opposition to the overwhelming power of the global system can only actually mean something in practical terms if some ideological ceasefire is reached - a 'Grand Alliance' of anti-global forces from right across the political spectrum. If the Green Party can work with the Leninists of the CPGB/CPB et al, between whom there is a substantial ideological gulf, they can work with nationalist currents who, incidentally, have always had a green veneer to them. Greens, Reds, Paleoconservatives, revolutionary nationalists, anarchists - they all talk about anti-globalism. They know its the world's biggest enemy. They should find common cause, leave each others throats alone and stop the phoney war.

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Anti-globalists organise Down Under

Since undertaking this blog I've tried to keep it free from sectarianism. If a tendency or group is broadly anti-globalist in nature, then it will get a bit of publicity on here. It is the height of stupidity to come out against some political current if you oppose 10% of it, but agree with the other 90%. Just because someone you don't particularly like is big on some idea or other, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad one! So while this blog doesn't subscribe to any particular 'ism', it gives credit where credit's due and tries to highlight ideas that promote political, cultural and economic alternatives to the global empire, the neocons and neoliberals. It's for this reason that Berrocscir's Banner is giving a little plug to National-Anarchism. This tendency, still in its relative infancy, has been doing a fine job of infuriating disciples of dogma from both the 'left' and 'right'. And in Australia right now, it looks like gaining a niche (albeit a small one) on the political scene. What is National-Anarchism? I've written on the subject before, but the following basic points from this site cover the basics well enough:

1. That a one-world government, either in the form of a de jure global superstate or in the form of a de facto global superstate arising from an advanced state of globalisation, is a bad thing.

2. That imperialism and neo-imperialism are bad things.

3. That the creation of small, more-or-less independent communities is a desirable alternative to globalisation, imperialism and neo-imperialism and that a world built up of such communities would be a good thing.

4. That the traditional political distinction between ‘left’ and ‘right’ is simplistic and unsuited to the modern world.

5. That in the highly globalised world of today, which approximates to a de facto global superstate, a more useful distinction is that between ‘the system’ (‘the Establishment’) and ‘the enemies of the system’.

6. ‘The system’ (‘the Establishment’), being a globalising, imperialistic and neo-imperialistic institution, is a bad thing that should be opposed.

7. That some degree of alliance formation between enemies of the system is a good thing.

...and that the aim of N-A propaganda is:

1. To try to inspire opponents of America's global empire, irrespective of their political, religious or theoretical backgrounds, to work against that empire in a way that will yield sustainable results in the long term.

2. To present a vision of a diverse world where different communities can live according to their own values, rather than a global empire where we all have to live according to cosmopolitan, American, neoliberal McValues. To try to suggest realistic ways of gradually bringing about such a world.

National Anarchism then, promotes what I call cultural separatism. If you care about cultural preservation, believe in each culture's intrinsic worth in the face of creeping world monoculture, the best way of securing this is to take action to encourage all the world's peoples develop their own ways of life without outside influence. If you try to mix them all up, as the liberal-left champion, all that results is the death of one or more, or the watering down of them to such a degree, that they might as well be dead. You also tend to get friction, like it or not. The same goes for local economies and political systems. Above all N-A ideas champion real autonomy - something all anti-globalists can find common cause with if they can discard their own prejudices.

As they rightly say: "We're all Tibetans now". It seems that the Aussie N-As are leading the way, but there are other propaganda groupings in Scandanavia, Germany, Spain, US and a portugese group that maintain a good blog

In every sphere the peoples of the world are losing their cultures and identities to MTV and the shopping mall. The crass, superficial, rootless, disposable culture that global capitalism is promoting is just as repugnant as the Marxist idea of the 'prolekult' - an enforced, uniform, manufactured miserable existence for those unfortunate enough to experience it. National-Anarchists fight for the right of self-determination for all the people's of the earth in all their beautiful distinctiveness against Americana and the drab monoculture it creates - and for that, this little blog wishes them well.

MINORITY REPORT - Titbits from the Outer-limits

In addition to Cllr Colin Auty running for the leadership of the BNP, last year's challenger Chris Jackson is throwing his hat in the ring once more. With a moderniser on one side and the Old Guard on the other, Nick Griffin won't be losing any sleep.

Yippee - English nationalism's very own Kilroy-Silk, Matt O'Connor, is setting up his own party - but we'll have to wait until September. There's been talk in English nationalist circles that the emergence of multiple 'English' parties is a positive development. I strongly disagree. English Nationalists need maximum unity, they need to strike as a fist. I think the English Democrats have reached a critical mass and are now clearly not some flash-in-the-pan. Despite the leadership's federalism, the party is a broad enough church for all English nationalists - Strike for England as one!

Friday, 16 May 2008

This one gave me a lump in the throat

This is a great song of ethnic pride from folk duo Show of Hands. Wise words. I liked the line "I've lost St George in the Union Jack, it's my flag too and I want it back" ....class!

Friday, 9 May 2008

Alex, where's yer troosers?

Gordon Brown wants to take that Wendy Alexander down a peg or two. Fancy calling for a vote on the very existence of the Union without running it by the gaffer first.
Basically, what our Wend' tried to do was put the jitters up the SNP by getting Salmond to call a referendum which, deep down, he knows they'll loose. But by-passing the Labour hierarchy and treating the Labour Party like it was some decentralised, federative outfit...yer card's marked, lassie.

Mind you, I can see Alexander's logic. Get the scots to reject the SNP's reason for existence, then point out that there is now no point to the SNP which leads on to Labour reclaiming power north of the border.

English nationalists need to bang the drum down here for Scottish independence - they need to tell the Scots that we want it too. Scots & Sassanach nationalists need to support each other against what in the next few years will be a barrage of unionist propaganda and scare stories.

Another year another headache for Nick Griffin. Kirklees BNP councillor (and part-time songsmith) Colin Auty is running for leadership - See here . Auty doesn't seem to be part of the the Voice of Change lot, but they are backing him nonetheless. However, Auty will do well to beat the 9% Chris Jackson got last year. I think the majority of BNP members are unaware of the splits in the party's activist base and won't want to change the regime. Griffin might be a tad worried that his members might be getting a bit restless if the modest gains of the past few years don't kick up a gear next year. Given the socio-economic conditions, the BNP should be making better progress than it currently is.

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Election night special

The dust has settled and life pretty much goes on the same...

I was pleased Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate came in 4th place in London Mayoral contest with 77,000 first preferences. If the election was a beauty contest, Sian would've walked it. Their list vote was up too and they've managed to keep their two seats on the GLA. Hey, there's nothing wrong with treading water.

The BNP's Richard Barnbrook came in 5th in the London Mayoral contest with 69,000 votes and he also will now sit at City Hall in the GLA. What an endearing image - Richard flanked by Jenny Jones and Darren 'Dazzler' Johnson sharing the tea and biccies.

In the South West GLA seat the big news is that Andrew Constantine, leader of the Free England Party, beat the English Democrat candidate by nearly a thousand votes. I can see this being a topic of contention within English Nationalist circles for some time to come. The English Democrats didn't score too badly in the GLA - 4000 odd being their top score. To notch up 10,000 Mayoral votes for Matt O'Connor who had already withdrawn isn't so bad either, considering the EDs blew it big time with that sorry affair...

The NF, whose national membership is somewhere between 1 and 200, did very well in the five GLA seats they contested, their highest score being 11, 000 odd. The NF name still clearly carries a lot of weight.

The figures for the Left List were not disastrous for them but not spectacular either. Also ol' Danny Lambert of the loveable Socialist Party of Great Britain picked up 1500 votes in Lambeth. I once met Danny in my youth. He came to politics rather later in life than me and showed great zeal for the SPGB's style of utopian socialism, always wearing a big smile. The SPGB are the NF of the left. They have nowhere near the NF's popular appeal, but like them, they plough their own furrow, they know they're right and it's nice to see them standing.

I was a tad disappointed by the Green's performance at council level - a net gain of only five brings their number of councillors up to 116. I think the BNP gained around 10-15, taking them up to about 70. Actually, the BNP getting a seat on the Greater London Assembly, has saved party chairman Nick Griffin a lot of argy-bargy I think. The council performance was not spectacular and failing to get a GLA seat might have sparked a grassroots rebellion in the ranks. Of course, now Nick must be eyeing up Brussels for next year. A tenner says he'll scrape in as an MEP.

I couldn't bring myself to trawl the internet in search of the truth, but web-based title-tattle has it that the Socialist People's Party, based in Barrow-in-Furness (you couldn't make it up) have taken a couple of ward seats from Labour up there. And the Democratic Labour Party in Walsall just missed out on glory, apparently.